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Hometown Hero: Torrence Creek Elementary first-grade teacher Lori Whisenant was named the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Hometown Hero for September. She was surprised with the award in her classroom on Oct. 5. She received a $250 gift card and a pizza party for her students. Whisenant sponsors the school’s Students With A Goal (SWAG) club, which does community service activities. Hometown Hero is a teacher recognition program sponsored by Charles G. Monnett & Associates law firm and Domino’s Pizza to help teachers offset some of the money they spend out of their own pockets each year for classroom supplies. To nominate a teacher, visit www.carolinalaw.com and select the “Vote” button.
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Bulletin board winners: Out of 30 participating schools, Barnette Elementary placed third in the Charlotte Fire Department’s 25th annual bulletin board contest. The contest celebrates National Fire Prevention Week, which was Oct. 4-10 this year. This year’s contest theme was “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Other prize-winning schools were Polo Ridge Elementary, first place; Ballantyne Elementary, second place; Barringer Academic Center and Hawk Ridge Elementary, honorable mention; and Metro School, the Chief’s Award.
Grand Oak Elementary
Biking to school:
On Oct. 6, hundreds of Grand Oak Owls rode their bicycles to school to promote healthy lifestyle choices. The Huntersville Police Department and the MacAulay, Birkdale and Wynfield Forest neighborhoods supported the initiative.
Mountain Island Lake Academy
Book Character Dance: Mountain Island Lake students are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character for the annual Book Character Dance 5:30-7:30 Oct. 29 in the Multipurpose Room. Weapons are not permitted, even if they are part of the costume. Admission is free and concessions will be for sale. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times Drop offs are not allowed. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the Media Center during the dance.
Trillium Springs Montessori School
Open house events: Open house events and school tours for prospective families will be offered in preparation for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools admissions lottery, which ends on Jan. 25, 2016. The events will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 3, Dec. 8 and Jan. 19 and at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14. For more details, call the school at 980-343-9442 or visit http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/trilliumspringsmontessoriES/Pages/Default.aspx.
After-school nature club: The PTA is offering an after-school nature club for students in kindergarten through fourth grade 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 27- Dec. 15. Activities will include gardening, hiking, animal and plant identification, building a compost bin and more. Cost for the entire session is $80. Space is limited. For questions, contact Casey Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details about registration are available at http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/trilliumspringsmontessoriES/Pages/Default.aspx.
Advocacy Advisory Board: The PTSA and the Guidance Department are looking for parents, scholars and community partners to form an Advocacy Advisory Board. This group will provide support to students who require tutoring, life skills instruction and access to other supplemental resources. For details, contact guidance counselor Tameka Marsh at email@example.com or 980-343-3830.
Veterans Celebration: Bailey Middle School will host its annual Veterans Celebration at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20 in the gym. Local veterans are invited to attend. Bailey’s dance and step teams, chorus, band and orchestra will perform as well as the JROTC from Hough High. For details or to RSVP attendance, contact Teresa Lester at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homecoming donations: Donations of food and decorating items are needed for the Hough High School homecoming dance Oct. 24. Decorations are needed by 2 p.m. Oct. 22, and food items are needed by 3 p.m. Oct. 24. Donations should be marked “student leadership” and brought to the front office. For a list of needed items, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4fa4a628a46-hough.
North Mecklenburg High
Final Touch Salon opening: The Final Touch Salon will be open 11:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. one Saturday per month beginning Oct. 22. The salon is run by North Mecklenburg’s advanced cosmetology students. Services include haircuts for all ages and manicures. For an appointment, call 980-343-9400. Details are available at http://northmeckcosmetology.weebly.com/.
Viking Classic: The Debate and Speech Team hosted the 13th Annual Jimmy K. Poole Viking Classic Debate and Speech tournament Oct. 10 at the school. The team competed against 32 schools from North and South Carolina and came in seventh overall. Pooja Mistra and Ashna Ram placed first in novice public forum; Satya Khurana and Sara O’Brien placed first and fourth, respectively, in novice original oratory; Sierra Moore placed third in novice dramatic interpretation; Owen Baker and Chris Miller placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in novice student congress and Luis Villalobos placed 10th in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, the largest category of the competition.