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Compiled by Erica Batten
School Pride video contest: The Cam Newton Foundation is sponsoring the annual series of School Pride video contests for students attending kindergarten through eighth grade in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Each month, October-March, one team of 15 or fewer students from each school may submit a video lasting 90 seconds or less that displays their school pride and focuses on student programs and activities. The first deadline is Oct. 15. Schools are encouraged to submit different videos each month. Winners will be selected by a committee and the Charlotte community. Videos will be judged on criteria such as content, production and creativity. Each month’s winning team will get to have dinner with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Winning videos will be posted on Newton’s social media outlets and the Cam Newton Foundation website, and winning schools will receive a banner to hang in their lobby. For details, visit http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/Pages/default.aspx.
Silent auction results: The Cornelius Elementary PTO’s inaugural Investing In Excellence Silent Auction Fundraiser,.which kicked off the school’s Investing In Excellence capital campaign, raised more than $10,000 toward the school’s annual goal of $68,000. Money raised will be used for building classroom libraries, continuing education opportunities for teachers and staff and grants for teachers to be used in the classrooms, as well as for teacher appreciation, school beautification projects, an end-of-the-year ice cream social for students and the fifth-grade awards ceremony. Donations can still be made to the campaign by check or cash at the school or online at: http://corneliuspto.org/online-store/.
Torrence Creek Elementary
Ribbon-cutting: Several Torrence Creek Elementary School students participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation and the town of Huntersville on Sept. 9 to officially open the Torrence Creek Greenway Tributary No. 2. The extension will allow more Torrence Creek students to walk and bike to and from school. The 1-mile trail begins near Bradford Hills Lane in Huntersville and connects five neighborhoods to the Torrence Creek Greenway and Rosedale Shopping Center area. The extension creates a 2.36-mile network of greenway trails.
J.M. Alexander Middle
Rugby Club: The Cobras Rugby Club is accepting boys and girls in grades six-eight at J.M. Alexander Middle School. The club plays tackle rugby, which is suitable for athletes of all shapes and sizes. The club meets at Hambright Field next to Blythe Elementary. A parent interest meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 in the J.M. Alexander Middle School Media Center.
East Lincoln High
Information session: A representative from the N.C. School of Science and Math will hold an information session for interested freshmen and sophomores at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 9 in the Seminar Room. Preregistration is required by Oct. 8 with Ms. Withers in Guidance. Students must have a pre-approved pass signed by Ms. Withers to attend the meeting.
Langtree Charter Academy
Test results: Langtree Academy students exceeded state proficiency and College and Career Ready expectations in every category in the recently released results of North Carolina’s statewide testing from the previous school year. Langtree Charter topped state proficiency rates by 20 percentage points in reading, 19 percentage points in math and 7 percentage points in science, for a net advantage of more than 46 percentage points. Last year was Langtree’s first year in operation. Both Langtree Charter and its sister school, Cabarrus Charter, have waiting lists totaling more than 1,700 students. The board which governs both schools, the N.C. Charter Educational Foundation, will submit additional charter applications with the state requesting two additional schools – Mooresville Charter Academy and Kannapolis Charter Academy – to help satisfy the demand of parents in both of these areas.