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Advanced Placement students: The number of high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools grew to 8,492 in 2014-2015, up from 7,840 the previous year, according to data from the College Board. This is the second year AP course enrollment has increased in the district. In 2013-2014, 20 percent of CMS high school students were enrolled in an AP course, while in 2014-2015 that number had risen to 21 percent. Fifteen percent of CMS high school students took an AP course in the 2012-2013 school year. The district also saw growth in AP course enrollment across all subgroups of students. AP course enrollment increased more than 12 percent for African American students, 16 percent for Hispanic students, nearly 11 percent for Asian students and more than 4 percent for white students over the previous year. The number of students taking AP course exams and the number of exams taken also increased in the district. Throughout CMS, 8,512 students took at least one AP exam in 2015, compared to 7,686 in 2014. A total of 16,048 exams were taken in 2015, an increase from 14,598 taken in 2014. There are 33 AP subject exams administered in CMS. Successfully completing an AP course and exam is seen as an indicator of student readiness for college-level coursework. Students who earn passing scores on an AP exam often receive college credit for the course. The pass rate on 2015 exams was 49.6 percent, comparable to 49.5 percent for 2014. For details, visit www.cms.k12.nc.us/News/Pages/More-CMS-students-taking-Advanced-Placement-courses-and-exams.aspx#sthash.2f6R7nFx.dpuf.
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Book fair: The Davidson Elementary Fall Book Fair runs 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. school days Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in the Media Center. Volunteers are needed. Signups are at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45a4a828aa8-desfall/. The following special events are planned in connection with the book fair:
Kindergarten party – 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Kindergarteners and their families can shop and have snacks.
K.I.S.S. (Kids Inviting Someone Special) – 7:45-8:45 a.m. Sept. 30. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and more may join their student for a Chick-fil-A breakfast and shopping.
Family Fun Night – 5-8 p.m. Oct. 2 in the gym. Families can shop for books at the book fair then play bingo in the gym 6:30-7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Families can buy dinner from Tenders in the bus lot 6-7:30 p.m.
J.V. Washam Elementary
Curriculum Night: Curriculum Night for grades three through five will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
Back-to-School Picnic: The annual Back-to-School Picnic will be held 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 2 on the football field. Students can dunk the principal and teachers in a dunk tank. Games and activities include a triple bungee challenge, giant trike race and wrecking ball. There will be free cotton candy and popcorn, and food trucks will include Tenders, Jet’s Pizza, Philly Pretzel Factor and Carolina Ice Cream. For details, visit http://bmsptsa.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/.
North Mecklenburg High
Volleyball team fundraiser: The volleyball team will be selling raffle tickets and hosting a yard sale 6 a.m.-noon Sept. 26 in the teacher parking lot. Raffle items include four tickets to the Charlotte Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles football game Oct. 25 as well as gift cards to Bonefish Grill, Moe’s, P.F. Chang’s and more. Proceeds will be used to buy a net system for the team.