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Charlotte Country Day
Musicians honored: Five students have been selected for the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Honor Band. The NCAIS band is comprised of the talented musicians in grades 8-12 from independent schools throughout the state. William Malambri, director of bands at Winthrop University, will conduct this ensemble of musicians: Upper School students Alex Kim, percussion; Sun-Young Wang, flute; Sam Wishnek, trumpet. Middle School students Robert Haggart, clarinet; Jonathan Vehaun, alto saxophone.
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Story time: The Montessori Early School at Charlotte Preparatory School welcomes toddlers and their parents to story time on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. Call 704-366-5994 for details. The school also holds story time at South County Regional Library on alternating Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. See the calendar of events at www.charlotteprep.com for dates.
Covenant Day School
Athletics updates: Marni Halvorson, Head of School, has announced that work has begun on new fields and significant field upgrades appropriate for Covenant Day School's varsity teams who now compete at the 3A level with the largest schools in the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association. The school now has 825 students enrolled in grades TK through 12. A ministry of Christ Covenant Church, Covenant Day School serves families from more that 40 area congregations. Its first classes were held in 1989. Families are invited to call the school's office at 704-847-2385. Tours are available.
Student Hunger Drive: For the past six weeks, students from across the Charlotte area participated in a competition to see which school could collect the most food for Second Harvest Food Bank. Ardrey Kell was named the winner during an awards rally at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Eight Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools high schools participated in the drive, including Ardrey Kell, Myers Park, Providence and South Mecklenburg. The Student Hunger Drive, a nonprofit organization was founded in 1986 and has collected over 13 million pounds of food valued at over $24 million since its inception. The Charlotte-based organization founded in 2010, is based on the same model.
College commitments: Three Charlotte Christian student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play at the collegiate level during the NCAA Fall National Signing Day ceremony held in the Lamb/Johnson Gymnasium. Anthony Gill will play basketball at the University of South Carolina; Tyler Simmons signed to play baseball at Wingate University; and Worth Smith will play basketball at the United States Naval Academy.
60th anniversary: The campus of Charlotte Christian School joined together on the athletic stadium field on Nov. 12 to commemorate the 60th day of the 60th school year as part of the school's ongoing anniversary celebration. Faculty, staff and students dressed in their Charlotte Christian blue and white spirit wear and posed together for a group photo in the shape of a large 60.
Global learning: Olde Providence Elementary School third-grade teacher Cheri Powers takes educating globally aware students to the next level. Powers and her students took part in learning and connecting with Chinese culture. Powers was watching "ABC World News Tonight" when she heard about an upcoming program dealing with Chinese culture. The program asked the public what kind of information they wanted to know about China. Powers took it back to her students and they came up with a list of 20 questions. The students' questions ranged in topic from parental involvement in schools to assessing student learning within Chinese culture. ABC was so impressed with the students' questions that they called Powers and asked to come and visit the classroom to learn more about their study of Chinese culture. "ABC World News Tonight" with Diane Sawyer aired from China with Powers and her students on the show.
2005 reunion: The class of 2005 will hold its five-year reunion Nov. 26, from 8-10:30 p.m. at Tyber Creek Pub, appetizers, beer and wine. Questions? Please contact Sally Gray Smith '82, director of alumni affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-846-7253.