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Open house: The school will host an open house 7 p.m. Jan. 27 for students in grades junior kindergarten through 12th grade. Head of School Barry Giller, along with faculty members and students, will talk to potential families about the school, its many programs and its commitment to its mission. Tour the facilities and meet with principals and teachers in specific grade levels. Please contact the admissions office at 704-366-5657, ext. 6500.
UNC scholarships: Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a state-supported summer program of the University of North Carolina system for talented rising juniors and seniors. Students reside and study at one of five university campuses for four weeks at no cost. Program details and a link to the online application may be found at www.summerventures.org. Applications are online only; deadline is Jan. 31.
FAFSA: FAFSA Day is a program offered by College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the State Employees' Credit Union each February. On Feb. 19, college financial aid officers and other volunteers will help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. The program is open to students who plan to attend college in the 2011-12 academic year. For information, visit CFNC.org.
Autobell car wash tickets: PHS Orchestra is selling Autobell Car Wash tickets: $13.95 for a full-service car wash. These tickets are good at any Autobell location and they do not expire. Please contact an orchestra student or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics: SVSM is a state-supported summer program of the University of North Carolina system for talented rising juniors and seniors. Students reside and study at one of five university campuses for four weeks at no cost. Program details and link to the online application may be found at www.summerventures.org. Deadline to apply is Jan. 31.
Battery collection: Providence Day Middle School students recently collected more than 800 9-volt batteries for smoke detectors for families in need in the Charlotte area. The batteries will be given to a Social Service representative at the monthly Charlotte Fire Department's Safe Kids meeting. This project was a part of Providence Day's fire safety campaign, held in December.
Magnet student-assignment lottery: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools magnet student-assignment lottery application opened Jan. 7. CMS families can go online to apply for magnet programs. The online lottery will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day through Feb. 6. On Feb. 7, the last day of the lottery-application period, the application will close at 10 p.m. CMS has been sending personalized instruction sheets home with all current students. Students who will be new to CMS, and students who are assigned to Title I Choice schools, will receive the information in the mail. The sheets include student identification and PIN numbers, as well as directions to apply online. The sheets also list a student's current assignment for the 2011-12 school year. Only families who wish to apply for a magnet program need to participate in the online process. CMS will provide free computer access at the Family Application Center (700 Marsh Road) and at all zone offices. Computers at these locations will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families can contact student placement with any questions: 980-343-5335. Spanish-speaking representatives are also available. CMS will also host regional magnet mini-fairs in three locations across the district: North region: Jan. 25, Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.; Central region: Jan. 27, First Ward Elementary School, 715 North Caldwell St.; South region: Feb. 1, South Mecklenburg High media center, 8900 Park Road. Each fair will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and schools within each area with magnet programs will be present.