Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools notified 304 teachers on May 22 that they will not have jobs next year. The district sent similar letters last week to teachers who meet the criteria for nonrenewal established by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education – retirees, employees with end-of-year contracts and part-time teachers.
The letters are part of an ongoing reduction in force by CMS, made necessary by county and state revenue shortfalls. The district receives nearly all of its funding from Mecklenburg County and the state of North Carolina.
Two home-schooled Science Olympiad teams from the Charlotte area competed with 42 other public, magnate and private school teams at the State Tournament in Raleigh on March 25. The South Charlotte and Union County team Science Hounds received five medals and placed eighth overall and the QUEST team from North Charlotte received six medals and placed 16th overall.
West Charlotte High School students in William Boyles' class prepared for the End-of-Course exams with a 15-song compact disc of hip-hop songs about science. Nearly 80 students performed three songs for parents and school staff on Tuesday. In addition to books and study materials, Boyles uses a keyboard, microphone and music box to teach physical science. Details: 980-343-6775.
Beverly Woods Elementary School is one of seven public schools named 2009 National Schools of Character by the Character Education Partnership. Each winner will receive an award and grant at CEP's 16th National Forum Oct. 29–31, in Washington, D.C.
Students at Beverly Woods are taught to care for others while developing their academic potential. All students are given diversity training, beginning in kindergarten, to assist them in understanding and accepting students with special needs. Details: 980-343-3627.
Caroline Riddle, a graduating senior at Myers Park High School, was named 2009 recipient of the second-annual Debbie Antshel Memorial CPCC Scholarship during a special presentation at CPCC's Central Campus on May 19.
The scholarship honors the memory of Debbie Antshel, a longtime community advocate and supporter of education. Antshel spearheaded a leadership program at CPCC that empowered high school students to earn their GED, find employment and become community leaders. Details: 704-330-6660.
Communities in Schools (CIS) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg awarded $72,000 in college scholarships to 59 graduating high school seniors in the CIS program at a Scholarships Reception on May 19. Adonis “Sporty” Jeralds of the Charlotte Bobcats served as the program's emcee. Details: 704-943-9447.
James Hill, a UNC Chapel Hill undergraduate from Charlotte, has been selected as a Phillips Ambassador for study in Asia. The economics major will study and complete an internship in Beijing this summer.
In addition to studying Mandarin language and Chinese culture, Hill will intern with the start-up company Cosaga, a Web-based global issues advocate. He will be responsible for promoting the site with the English-speaking community in Beijing. He will also aim to find sustainable revenue-generating avenues for Cosaga, as it is currently grant-supported. Details: 919-843-4454.
The North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center will host an online auction June 12-27 with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting the center's arts and education programs. The auction will feature arts memorabilia, travel packages, business services, health and beauty treatments and more.
Visit the auction's Web site at www.blumenthalcenter.cmarket.com or call 704-348-5838 for details.
The NASCAR Foundation has presented a $7,000 gift to Phillip O. Berry Academy for use with its technical education program. The gift was presented to Principal Donald Fennoy by NASCAR Truck Series drivers Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter, who brought their personal vehicles to the school and invited the students to test their skills on the car.
The Charity League of Charlotte announced the following three students as recipients of the 2009 Robert J. Alander Scholarship: Ineisha Callaway of Independence High School and Kelsey Bradshaw and Daphne Haraburd of North Mecklenburg High School.
The scholarships are awarded to students planning to study marketing in college. Details: 704-502-8721.
Terra Lingua seeks host families for French and Spanish high school students, ages 14-18, eager to experience American family life for three weeks. Families provide food and shelter while sharing daily life and activities with the students. Details: www.tltlhost.com 704-649-2531.