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Compiled by Gina Smith
Mooresville Graded School District
Opening Convocation: All the staff in Mooresville Graded School District gathered Aug. 21 for the district’s 2015 Opening Convocation. The event kicked off with a Spirit Dance-Off among eight schools with Rocky River Elementary School winning the grand prize. Town, county and state representatives, as well as members of the Mooresville Foundation for Excellence in Education, the NAACP and the Career Bridge Advisory Council were present at the event. Superintendent Mark Edwards remembered Mac Herring and Frank Rader with a moment of silence. During the convocation, Dee Gibbs, principal of N.F. Woods Advanced Technology and Arts Center, was named the district’s Principal of the Year. Rebekah Jack of Mooresville Intermediate School was named the district’s Beginning Teacher of the Year. Allen Stevens, veteran teacher at Mooresville Middle School, was named the MGSD Teacher of the Year and received a Ford Explorer courtesy of Jeff Shoe and Mooresville Ford.
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Driver’s Education suspension: Kannapolis City Schools has decided to suspend its Driver’s Education program for the start of the school year due to indecision at the state level regarding a budget for Driver’s Education programming. Earlier this summer, the N.C. House of representatives passed a budget that funds Driver’s Education while the North Carolina Senate did not. Until the two chambers agree on a final budget, school districts do not know if money will be available to operate Driver’s Education programs or what will future requirements of them in terms of offering Driver’s Education. For details, visit www.kannapolis.k12.nc.us.
Fall Open House: 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 8.
PTSO meeting: A meeting of the PTSO takes place 6-7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Magnolia Campus. The PTSO is in need of volunteers, including a treasurer for the 2015-2016 school year and people to help with fundraising and hospitality events. For details or to sign up to help, email the PTSO at email@example.com.
T-shirt design contest: The DECA club is sponsoring a Blue Devils homecoming T-shirt design contest for students. Designs may be submitted through Sept. 4, and students will vote on administrator-approved designs Sept. 8-10. The winner gets a T-shirt, two tickets to the homecoming football game, a gift card to Moe’s and Blue Devils sunglasses. For details, visit http://mhsbluedevils.blogspot.com/2015/08/homecoming-t-shirt-contest.html.
Chinese student exchange partnership: Tower Bridge International Education Group/D & R Consultants and Iredell-Statesville Schools met Aug. 20 in the Media Center at Statesville High School to sign an agreement that makes Iredell-Statesville Schools the model for schools in the eastern United States for providing educational opportunities and host families for Chinese students wishing to study abroad. A group of Chinese students is scheduled for a three-week visit to the area in February, with plans for them to return in August to start the 2016-2017 school year. As a result of this new partnership, schools within the ISS district will have sister schools in China allowing greater opportunities for cultural exchange.
Coddle Creek Elementary
PTO parent meeting: The first PTO parent meeting of the new school year will be held 7:30 a.m. Sept. 4 in the cafeteria. All parents of Coddle Creek Elementary School students are welcome to attend.
Mount Mourne IB Middle
Book sale: Families may buy all books for required classroom reading for the 2015-2016 school year Sept. 2-7 at Barnes and Noble Birkdale, 8725 Townley Road, Huntersville. A portion of each sale will support Mount Mourne. To make sure the school receives the proceeds of each sale, customers should present the cashier with the voucher code 11685757. Online shopping is available Sept. 2-12 at www.bn.com/bookfairs. To ensure the school receives credit for the sale, on the payment page, scroll to the bottom and choose "Check this box if this is a book fair order," then enter the book fair ID number 11685757. For a list of novels required for each grade level, visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pkYASPqVo5GP296gAcsa6T4IbAPHItHLa1rKvO-KmdU/edit.
Lake Norman High
Yearbooks: Yearbooks for 2015-2016 are on sale through Sept. 16 at the lowest price of the year. Price until Sept. 16 is $75, but will go up to $85 after that date and will increase one more time before distribution. To buy a yearbook, visit www.jostensyearbooks.com or bring check or cash before school Tuesday-Friday to Carrie Hall in Room 450. Checks must be made payable to “LNHS,” written in black or blue ink and include a phone number. Payments at school can only be collected Tuesday through Friday before school.
Record enrollment: Cannon School opened its school year Aug. 17 with the largest student body in its history. During the summer, construction was completed on a dining hall expansion and renovated middle school space. The space includes a science lab, multipurpose area and brand-new ThinkTank room that features three-dimensional printers, robotics, circuitry and hardware to help integrate science and technology with the arts.