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Pine Lake Preparatory
Robotics Team: The school's Robotics Team has received a $12,000 check from Newell Rubbermaid on Feb. 27 to cover international robotic design competition entry fees and machine parts. The grant benefits Pine Lake Preparatory's FIRST (For the Inspiration & Recognition of Science Technology) Robotics program, Team SPORK, which was created to inspire youth to be science and technology leaders. Newell Rubbermaid is also providing Team SPORK the use of its facilities, mentorship from employees and product donations from the company's Rubbermaid and Irwin Tools brands. www.pinelakeprep.org.
Night of the Arts: 6-8:30 p.m. March 22 at the school. Performances by the school's 9 Week Chorus, Glee performers and WIN Chorus; the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands, the seventh- and eighth-grade percussion ensemble and the jazz band. Gift baskets created by each of the first-block classes will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to support the band, chorus and arts programs at the school.
Believe in Brendan Game: 6-7 p.m. March 9 at the school gymnasium. Fundraising student vs. teacher game, with proceeds going to help a fifth-grade student at Lake Norman Elementary who is battling cancer. Tickets are $3 per person.
"Sympathy" study: Students in Lauren Mobley and Sharon Simpson's eighth-grade Language Arts class used the poem "Sympathy" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar as a way for students to make a connection between Dunbar, son of a former slave, and the N.F. Woods Advanced Technology and Arts Center. Students learned while reading the poem that during segregation the school was named after Dunbar and called the Dunbar School until the name was later changed to N.F. Woods. Students became interested in learning why the school was now called N.F. Woods.
Andy Poore, historical librarian at the Mooresville Public Library, said the school was started around the turn of the century after 1906. The school was first through 11th grade up to desegregation when it became fifth and sixth grades. While the original building is gone, the old gym, cafeteria and the extensions that were added over the years remain. The name was changed to N. F. Woods in honor of professor, Naurice Frank Woods, who worked to build up the school and the community, as well as to help make desegregation work in the community.
Retired teacher Patsy Sexton said the school name change took place in 1972. Woods was the principal at that time. He retired after 35 years in Mooresville. At the time of his retirement, the school board changed the name of the school to N. F. Woods. Students recently toured the campus to see the high school career paths they might be interested in as they begin to register for classes to transition into ninth grade in the fall.
Evening with the Arts: 6-7 p.m. March 22 at the school.
VPAC Enrollment: The I-SS Visual and Performing Arts Center High School is accepting applications from current eighth-grade students for the 2012-2013 school year. The deadline is March 15.
National College Fair: 12-4 p.m. March 11, The Park (formerly Charlotte Merchandise Mart), Independence Hall, Independence Boulevard, Charlotte. More than 200 colleges will have representatives at the fair. More information available online at www.nationalcollegefairs.com.