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School news: Iredell

Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center student John Benge works on wiper blades during the second week of the Quaker State Best in Class Challenge.
Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center student John Benge works on wiper blades during the second week of the Quaker State Best in Class Challenge. Quaker State

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Mooresville Graded School District

Leadership award: Cheryl McCrorey, second-grade teacher at South Elementary School, was recently named a North Carolina Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leader. North Carolina Phi Delta Kappa is the state chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International. McCrorey nurtures global awareness in her students through use of Skype, Twitter and other social media tools. McCrorey was one of 20 educators in North Carolina chosen the leadership program, which took place Nov. 6-8. Participants attended seminars on curriculum, digital leadership and education policy and advocacy.

Art grants: Art teachers Debbie Hauff of N.F. Woods Advanced Technology and Arts Center and Jennifer Lindsey of Mooresville Intermediate School both were awarded checks for $666.66 from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff. They will use the money to buy art supplies for their classrooms. In addition, Lindsey was the winner of the 2015 Art Scholarship for Teachers. She attended a WSNC watercolor workshop with artist Linda Baker Oct. 12-16, and the scholarship covered the cost of supplies for the workshop as well as the cost of a substitute teacher during her absence from school.

Iredell-Statesville Schools

Coddle Creek Elementary

Father/Daughter Dance: The school will hold its seventh annual Father/Daughter Dance 7-9 p.m. Dec. 4 in the gymnasium. Parent volunteers are needed to help with planning, decorating, setting up, chaperoning and cleanup. For details, email Amy Howell at

Woodland Heights Elementary

Online safety seminar: Cyber security expert Susan Wind will present an online behavior and social-media awareness workshop for parents 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Media Center.

Hawk’s Nest: This week, the PTO opened a new school store, the Hawk’s Nest. The store is open 7:10-7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the atrium near the Media Center. Woodland Heights Elementary pencils, notebooks, shirts, pencil toppers and more are for sale. Only cash and checks are accepted.

Mount Mourne IB Middle

Technology training: The Mount Mourne instructional support staff will present a technology training for the parents of Mount Mourne IB Middle School students 4:15-6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the school. The training will consist of two sessions: How to Use the Parent Portal for PowerSchool and Canvas as well as The Basics of Using a MacBook and Proactive Digital Parenting. Both sessions will be offered both at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., so parents may attend one or both sessions. Parents need to bring their child’s MacBook computer, computer password and student identification or lunch number. Sign up at

Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center

Best in Class Challenge: Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center in Troutman is a national finalist in Quaker State’s Best in Class Challenge. The Best in Class Challenge is an automotive education program featuring auto shop classes from across the United States restoring, tuning and customizing a pre-owned car into a showroom-ready, creative representation of their school. During the six-week competition, which kicked off on Oct. 13, Team ATC is up against top schools from Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago and northern New Jersey. Each of the five finalist schools received a vehicle valued at $3,000 from a local car lot plus a $2,000 gift card from AutoZone to buy supplies and parts for the competition. Judges Tommy Pike, owner of Tommy Pike Customs, and Paul Menard, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 27 Quaker State-Menards Chevrolet SS, are judging students based on strict automotive criteria including engine presentation, cabin detailing and exterior finish. Online voting will also be considered. The winning auto shop class will be featured in Popular Mechanics magazine, will be have the chance to attend the 2015 Mecum Auction in Austin, Texas, and will receive a prize package from AutoZone and scholarships for their high school.

School of the Year: WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, and Tomorrow’s Tech magazine, has named Iredell-Statesville Automotive Technology Center in Troutman, as the 2015 School of the Year. On Oct. 27, during a surprise ceremony at the school, Luke Lambert, crew chief for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman, spoke with the students about the importance of education in their field. Iredell-Statesville ATC is the eighth recipient of the annual designation, which names the best technical school in the country. As the 2015 School of the Year, the Iredell-Statesville Automotive Technical Center received a $2,500 donation to the school’s automotive technology program from WIX Filters, merchandise from O’Reilly and WIX Filters and a travel allowance for the school’s instructor and a guest to attend Babcox Media’s recognition dinner at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo in Las Vegas. The School of the Year program is open to all high schools and post-secondary schools that have a subscription to Tomorrow’s Tech magazine. There were 77 entries for this year’s contest.

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Cannon School

Farm to School Month: Cannon School’s cafeteria recently celebrated National Farm to School Month by preparing a lunch using 90 percent local food items. The monthlong celebration set up by National Farm to School Network is designed to enhance the connections between children and local food. Local foods used in the meal included lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey, pork and fresh herbs as well as many others. Students were also encouraged to dress up like farmers.