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School news: Lake Norman and Iredell

A team of students from the Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center took third place in Quaker State’s Best in Class Challenge. The team spent six weeks restoring and customizing a used vehicle for the national competition.
A team of students from the Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center took third place in Quaker State’s Best in Class Challenge. The team spent six weeks restoring and customizing a used vehicle for the national competition. Quaker State

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Cornelius Elementary

Online school store:

Cougar holiday ornaments, Tervis tumblers, Spirit Wear shirts, Tenders gift cards and other items are for sale at Cornelius Elementary’s online shop at Some sizes have limited availability. Orders will be delivered directly to the student’s classroom.

J.M. Alexander Middle

Fall Fundraiser results:

The 2015 Fall Fundraiser brought in a total of nearly $6,900 dollars from both order forms and online sales. Those who bought fundraiser items but have not picked them up yet should call 980-343-3830 to check the status of the items. The classes of Kaitlyn Kelleher, Joshua Zebracki and Shauna Dicker sold enough items to win limousine rides to Sweet Frog in Huntersville.

Hopewell High

Hopewell drama department:

Students from Hopewell High School recently earned honors at the 2015 North Carolina Theatre Conference State High School Play Festival. It is the largest high school theater event in the Southeast.

After excelling at the Regional Play Festival, Hopewell was selected as one of the top 16 productions in the state to advance to the NCTC State Play Festival Nov. 19-20 at Greensboro College. Students showcased their work in a collaborative atmosphere and vied for $600,000 in scholarship offers from Catawba College, Greensboro College and Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Hopewell High’s play, “Love Sick” earned a Superior rating and won Honorable Mention for Distinguished Play. Bennett Patton received an Excellence in Acting award.

Parking-space painting:

As a fundraiser for the booster club, students with valid parking passes may apply to paint their parking space any way they want. The cost is $15, and the artwork will remain for until the end of the school year. The painting will take place 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 12. Applications with sketches of proposed art are due by 2:15 p.m. Dec. 10. Applications are available in the office or in Student Services. The winter sports coaches will vote on the entries, and a winner will be announced Dec. 18.

W.A. Hough High

College affordability workshop:

Hough Student Services will present a workshop, College Affordability: Exploring the Expense of College, at 7:30-9 a.m. Dec. 15 and noon-1:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Learning Commons. Facilitator Sandy Shore will provide information about student loans, hidden expenses, minimizing costs of higher education and strategies to help families prepare financially for college. The sessions are open to all grade levels. Space is limited. To sign up, visit

Band fundraiser:

A Dine Around fundraiser for the Hough band program will be held 4-9 p.m. Dec. 15 at Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse, 16609 Statesville Road, Huntersville. Ten percent of all sales that evening will be donated to the band program.

North Mecklenburg High

Cookie walk:

The PTSA’s annual Staff Appreciation Cookie Walk will be held Dec. 17 in the Media Center.

North Mecklenburg High families are needed to bake at least four to eight dozen holiday cookies, bars or other holiday treats. Each staff member will be able to choose one dozen to take home for the winter break. Baked goods should be brought to the Media Center or the main office by 8:30 a.m. Dec. 17.

Disposable containers should be used as returns are not guaranteed. Several volunteers are also needed to help with set-up, serving and clean-up on the day of the event. To sign up, visit

Orchestra honor:

Tenth-grade orchestra student Nora Matthews was recently chosen to perform with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ Honors Orchestra. Matthews’ audition on Nov. 21 involved playing scales, a preassigned cello selection and impromptu sight reading. As part of the Honors Orchestra, Matthews will participate in a clinic for orchestra students and an honors concert on Feb. 6.

Winter concert:

Teacher and conductor Lynda Pickney will present a winter concert 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the North Mecklenburg High School auditorium. The concert will feature performances by Pickney’s guitar students and orchestras from both North Mecklenburg and Hopewell high schools.

Private schools

Davidson Day School

Food delivery:

Third-graders from Davidson Day School recently donated over 4,600 cans of food and grocery and personal hygiene items to the Ada Jenkins Center as the result of a four-week-long food drive. The effort was aimed at helping stock the center’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, which provides groceries and personal care items to families and individuals in need in Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville and Troutman. The initiative was the school’s most successful food drive to date, with the class significantly exceeding its goal of bringing in 3,000 cans of food. Parents and students delivered the food in truckloads periodically over the course of the drive, helping to stock the pantry prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

SouthLake Christian Academy

Community service projects:

Several SouthLake Christian Academy classes have participated recently in community service projects. The freshmen and sophomore classes took part in the school’s annual Days of Service effort Nov. 16-18. During the three days, freshmen students washed dishes and prepared meals Mooresville Soup Kitchen, built a silt fence for the Mooresville branch of Habitat for Humanity and organized donations for East Lincoln Christian Ministry. Meanwhile the sophomores traveled to Honea Path, S.C., to spend three days helping repair and maintain homes for the Widows Watchman Ministries. And on Nov. 24, the SouthLake eighth-grade class spent the day volunteering at Shining Hope Farms, an equestrian therapy facility in Mount Holly. The students chopped and stacked wood, cleared riding trails and performed maintenance jobs at the farm.

Mooresville Graded School District

Mooresville Intermediate

All Pro Dads:

The next All Pro Dads Breakfast will be held 7:15-8:15 a.m. Dec. 11 at the school.

Mooresville High

Capstone Projects:

Parents and members of the community are needed to volunteer to help judge senior projects, also known as Mooresville High School Capstone Projects. The judging will take place 3-5 p.m. Jan. 7 at Mooresville High. No special skills or experience are needed. For details, visit To register to volunteer, contact Colleen Kennedy at

Iredell-Statesville Schools

Coddle Creek Elementary

Restaurant Night:

Coddle Creek Elementary’s next Restaurant Night fundraiser is 3-8 p.m. Dec. 17 at South Main Sweet Shop, 428 S. Main St., Davidson. A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s sales will be donated to the school. Customers should mention that they are with Coddle Creek Elementary when ordering.

Woodland Heights Elementary

Gift Card Give Back Program:

Dec. 9 is the last day to turn in orders for gift cards through the PTO’s GiftCard Give Back Program. Through the program, the school receives rebates from the sale of gift cards in various denominations for dozens of stores and online businesses. Gift cards are sold at face value. The order form is available at

Cards can also be ordered and paid for at Cards will be delivered by Dec. 15.

Staff holiday luncheon:

Parents are needed to volunteer to help out with the Holiday Luncheon for teachers and staff 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 11. The meal is catered, but volunteers are needed to stay with classes while the teachers and teacher assistants attend the meal and to help set up, serve and clean up.

Sign up to volunteer at

Career Academy and Technical School

National automotive win:

A team of students from the Iredell-Statesville Schools Automotive Technology Center took third place in the Quaker State Best in Class Challenge, a hands-on automotive education program and competition for high school auto shop students from across the country. Over the course of six weeks, five schools restored and customized a used car into a showroom-ready representation of their school. The first-place winner was a team from Maxwell High School of Technology in Atlanta, and the second-place winner was a team from Satellite High School in Orlando, Fla. The CATS Automotive Technology Center team received a $1,500 AutoZone gift card and will join the other two winning teams in participating in a Mecum Auctions classic and collector car auction in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 11, where their custom vehicles will be auctioned off with proceeds going to their schools. The schools were judged on criteria including engine presentation, cabin detailing and exterior finish.