J.V. Washam Elementary: Kindergarteners learned about fire safety and saw Ladder 4 and the firefighters in their turnout gear when the Cornelius-Lemley Fire & Rescue visited the school Oct. 8.
Grand Oak Elementary: More than 200 students biked and walked to school Oct. 8 as part of the annual Bike and Walk to School Day. The event was supported by the Huntersville Police Department, Safe Kids Charlotte and FedEx.
Huntersville Elementary: The school has raised more than $24,000, 110 percent of the goal, for its Making IT Happen Direct Donation Fundraising Campaign with Minion Mania. The funds will support classroom technology and libraries and parent-teacher association sponsored events.
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Hope Academy: Kindergartners through eighth-graders served the community Oct. 8 through a variety of activities.
A bike-a-thon was held benefiting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, more than 500 sandwiches were prepared and delivered to Urban Ministry Center, students visited nursing homes and families donated food and served lunch at a soup kitchen. Other students gave cookies and thank-you notes to policemen, firemen, construction workers, post office workers and military members.
Ridge Road Middle: Jametta Martin-Tanner has been named the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 2014-2015 Principal of the Year.
Martin-Tanner has been principal at Ridge Road since 2009 and has been with CMS for 17 years. She holds degrees from Appalachian State University and Francis Marion University.
Clover High: The swim teams competed at state championships Oct. 11. The boys’ team finished seventh and the girls finished 12th.
The relay team of Brice Beverly, Oscar Onoszko, Seth Hurst and Wade Summer finished third in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle events. Morgan Rulevich was second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke. Brice Beverly finished third in the 200 intermediate.
• The Interact Club participated in their sixth Riversweep of Lake Wylie earlier in the month.
The volunteers worked at two locations to clean up the shoreline and worked on the Crowders Creek area with members of the Lake Wylie Interact Club.
York Comprehensive High: The Deca Club is sponsoring a Bigger Than Bullying 5K Run/Walk 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 15. Proceeds will benefit the Olweus Bullying Prevention program in York County Public Schools/District One Schools.
• The Cougar Band won 1st place at the Byrnes Tournament of Bands. The band also won the music award in their division.
York Middle: The following chorus students auditioned and were selected for the Rock Hill Middle School Honor Choir: Yasmine Brady, Bethany Garner, Katherine Sharpe, Lilli Kale, Alex Constantine, Beck Johnston, Sarah Spencer, Grace-Lyn Neal, Liza Tolson, Jackson Williams, Miranda Goforth, Cati Cofield, and Parker Sims. Yasmine Brady, Bethany Garner, Alex Constantine, and Beck Johnston earned a perfect score.
Cannon School: Students in the Jazz Combo and Big Band recently participated in an in-school master class with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
JALC players Walter Blanding, Victor Goines, Dan Nimmer and Greg Gisbert performed with the students onstage and discussed music techniques and the importance of the arts in education.
Furr Elementary: The school will hold its Falcon 5K and Fun Run November 15.
The fundraiser will support the schools PE, arts and music departments. Sponsorship opportunities also available. Details and online registration: www.itsyourrace.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord High: A group of band alumni have recently formed the Spider Band Alumni Association to support the CH band program. To support the organization: visit www.spiderbandalums.org, email email@example.com or contact the group via US Mail at PO Box 941, Concord, 28026.
R. Brown McAllister Elementary: The school has been named a Title 1 Reward School by the U.S. Department of Education.
North Carolina will select one of the top Reward Schools in each of two categories, high performance and high progress, to represent the state at nationals.
A.T. Allen Elementary: Sue Nash has been selected as the 2014-2015 Assistant Principal of the Year for Cabarrus County Schools.
Nash has worked at the school since 2010. She holds degrees from Western Carolina University and is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Wolfe School: Les Deming has been named principal. Deming is currently assistant principal and special needs administrator at Sun Valley High. He has also held positions at Piedmont High and in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Goddard School: Preschoolers at the Goddard School in Indian Trail have been involved in testing for the national Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test.
The event tests toys, including classics and new products, at age-appropriate levels in classrooms under teacher supervision. The results will be announced in November.
Benton Heights Elementary: Jennifer West is the October “Hometown Hero” for Union County.
The pre-kindergarten teacher has taught for nine years. She was recognized by the Charles G. Monnett III & Associates law firm, which honors area teachers each month based on online nominations.
West received a $250 gift card for classroom supplies and a pizza party for her class. Students, families and faculty may nominate and vote at: www.carolinalaw.com/hometown-hero-teacher-appreciation-program.aspx.
Sun Valley Elementary/Middle: Tate Hawkes and Jack Hawkes recently appeared as extras on two programs of “Sleepy Hollow,” the Fox television show.
Tate is a seventh-grader in Heidemarie Klein’s class at Sun Valley Middle. Jack is a second grader in Zvi Vines’ class at Sun Valley Elementary.
Career options: Several hundred Union County Public Schools students recently examined career options during Manufacturing Awareness Week.
Officials at Greiner Bio-One, Goulston Technologies, Inc., Quality Electronic Manufacturing Services, Inc. and SAFRAN Turbomeca USA gave tours and discussed their manufacturing processes with the students. The event was a collaboration between UCPS, South Piedmont Community College and the UC Chamber of Commerce.
Compiled by Cindy Stern