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Charlotte Country Day

Great Decisions lectures: Charlotte Country Day will host the annual Great Decisions Charlotte Community Lecture Series, open to CCDS parents, faculty and staff. The six lectures, sponsored by the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, will be held weekly starting Jan. 11 through Feb. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Topics include: Jan. 11, Germany Ascendant, Dr. Scott Denham, Davidson College; Jan. 18, Crisis in the Caucasus, Dr. Elkhan Mehdiyev, Fulbright Scholar at Duke University; Jan. 25, Horn of Africa, Dr. Kenneth Menkhaus, Davidson College; Feb. 1, Global Governance, Dr. James Walsh, UNC Charlotte; Feb. 8, Sanctions and Proliferation: North Korea and Iran, Dr. Chris Van Aller, Winthrop University; Feb. 15, Responding to the Financial Crisis, Dr. Richard Buttimer, UNC Charlotte. The lectures will be at Cramer Lecture Hall at the school at 1440 Carmel Road. Cost: $40 for individuals for all six sessions; $10 for individual lectures; $20.56 for a Great Decisions briefing book. Download, print, and complete a registration form from www.charlottecountryday.org. Checks made payable to UNC Charlotte. Send to: Great Decisions 2011, Office of International Programs, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223. Contact Maddy Baer, 704-687-7744, or e-mail to mbaer2@uncc.edu.

South Mecklenburg

VIC card links: Please remember to re-link your VIC card. South Meck High School's TIE number is 2192. Ask your Harris Teeter cashier or you can do it online with your VIC card number at: https://www.harristeeter.com/default.aspx?pageId=32. You can link to more than one school.

Providence High

Online shopping: You can earn money for Providence while shopping. iSearchiGive.com is a search engine powered by iGive.com, an online shopping mall where a portion of every purchase is donated to our PTSO. Please go to: www.iGive.com/ProvidencePTSO to read more about it and sign yourself up. We earn a percentage of every purchase from the more than 700 associated stores, get $.01 every time you do an online search through iSearchiGive and a $5 bonus for the first time you shop. Feel free to uncheck the questions at the bottom of the online signup form so you remain anonymous. Contact Sharon Cichocki at sdcichocki@carolina.rr.com.

Providence Day

Upper School Chorus: The Upper School Chorus participated in the 14th annual Independent Schools Choral Festival this fall at Wingate University. Libby Tilson, PDS Choral Director, managed the event, which drew the largest group of participants in its history: 288 students from eight N.C. Independent Schools.

National Honor Society: Providence Day National Honor Society members collected 75 stockings for children in need this holiday season as part of The Salvation Army Stocking project.

Girls on the Run: Providence Day's Girls on the Run team recently participated in the Presbyterian Jingle Jog 5k Fun Run in Charlotte.

Charlotte Catholic

Crystal Ball Gala: The annual Crystal Ball Gala will be March 5 at the Ballantyne Hotel. The Gala is Charlotte Catholic's premier fundraising event and is hosted by the CCHS Foundation. Please join us for a fun-filled evening of auctions, raffles with great prizes, delicious food and music. Tickets go on sale in January. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, we are looking for restaurant and spa certificates, vacation homes, frequent-flyer miles, golf outings, baskets and ribbon, sports memorabilia, jewelry and anything unique. Contact Jennifer Johnson at 704-543-9118 or at jbjohnson@charlottecathlic.com for more information

Ardrey Kell

Dance marathon: Registration began Dec. 15 for students interested in "dancing" for The Kids. Registration fee is $20 (Dec. 15-Jan. 15); $25 (Jan. 16-Feb 1).

Financial aid information: Financial Aid Information Night will be 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 6 in the media center. A representative from Davidson College will be there to answer questions regarding the FAFSA and scholarships. Please plan to join us to explore financial aid opportunities.

Quail Hollow Middle

Open house: Principal Tara Sullivan will give a presentation and answer questions in the school's media center. Tours of the school will be given by PTSA parents and students, and there will be short performances by both the Orchestra and Jazz Band. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 9 a.m. Jan. 14. Please contact PTSA Prospective Parent Chairs Missy Giles, missyjon3@bellsouth.net, and Layne Garner, laynegarner@bellsouth.net, with any questions.

Sterling Elementary

CMS Principal of the Year: Nancy Guzman, principal of Sterling Elementary, was named 2011 Wachovia Principal of the Year for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Guzman is one of the CMS Strategic Staffing principals chosen to lead a struggling school. Her 37 years of experience in education have contributed to a new and energized approach that has redefined Sterling. She and her staff have raised expectations and closed the gap in student achievement. The school's success received national attention when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the school in September. Guzman received her undergraduate degree from Lander University and a master's degree from Clemson University. Guzman served as principal of Pinewood Elementary beginning in 1999 and moved to her current position as principal of Sterling Elementary in 2008.

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