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Shannon Peake’s classroom won J.V. Washam Elementary’s recent schoolwide classroom door decorating contest.
Shannon Peake’s classroom won J.V. Washam Elementary’s recent schoolwide classroom door decorating contest. J.V. Washam Elementary School PTO

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Barnette Elementary

Charlotte Checkers Spirit Night:

Barnette Elementary is partnering with the Charlotte Checkers for a Spirit Night on Jan. 23. Barnette will be “Race Weekend for the Checkers, so NASCAR drivers will be at the game and signing autographs. Tickets are $15 each and are available by cash or check 7:15-7:45 a.m. Dec. 18 outside the school store.

Grand Oak Elementary

Papa John’s Pizza Spirit Night:

Grand Oak Elementary will receive 10 percent of all sales for both pickup and delivery all day Dec. 16 at Papa John’s Pizza, 16235 Statesville Road, Huntersville. There is no need to mention the school when orders are placed. To place an order, call 704-896-7272

J.V. Washam Elementary

Door decorating contest winners:

The winner of the school’s recent classroom door decorating contest was Shannon Peake’s class. The second-place winner was Emily Abernathy’s class. The theme for the contest was colleges and universities.

Bailey Middle

Winter Concert:

The Bailey Middle School Chorus’s Winter Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius.

Winter Warmth Drive:

The Bailey Gives Back Club is collecting nonperishable food items as well as gently used winter jackets and scarves and new hats, gloves and socks for children and male adults through Dec. 27 for its Winter Warmth Drive. Donations may be dropped off at the Media Center. Food in glass containers will not be accepted. Adult clothing items will be given to the Charlotte Men’s Shelter; children’s clothing will be distributed by school counselors to Bailey students in need. Bailey Gives Back members are also knitting scarves for the Charlotte Men’s Shelter. Food donations will go to the Ada Jenkins Center.

W.A. Hough High

Career Day volunteers:

The Hough High Future Business Leaders of America and JROTC unit seek parents and business professionals from the local community to participate in the school’s third annual Career Day 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 9. The event will allow high school students to gain firsthand knowledge of different career opportunities. This year’s event will expand to include professionals from careers involving international trade, drama and music. To sign up, visit

North Mecklenburg High

Staff appreciation Cookie Walk:

The PTSA’s annual staff appreciation Cookie Walk will be held Dec. 17 in the Media Center. North Mecklenburg High School families are asked to bring four to eight dozen or more home-baked holiday cookies to the Media Center or main office by 8:30 a.m. Dec. 17. Treats should be brought in disposable containers. Each staff member will be able to choose one dozen cookies to take home. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up, serving and clean-up the day of the event. To sign up, visit

Mooresville Graded School District

Mentoring program

Volunteers needed:

Mooresville Graded School District’s Change a Life Mentoring Program seeks adults members of the community to volunteer as mentors for local students. For details, email J.D. Haglan at

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty:

Michelle Ross, Park View Elementary School teacher assistant, was recognized at Mooresville Graded School District’s December board meeting with the school system’s monthly Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award. Park View Elementary School Principal Dennis Hobbs and Assistant Principal Hayley Johnson nominated Ross for the honor.

Board of education members:

At the Dec. 1 meeting of the Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education, re-elected board members Roger Hyatt and Larry Wilson and newly elected member Debbie Marsh were sworn in to office for their terms. N.C. Rep. John Fraley performed the ceremony. Wilson and Hyatt were elected to retain their roles as chair and vice-chairman, respectively.

Park View Elementary

All Pro Dads:

The All Pro Dads group will meet 7:30-8:15 a.m. Dec. 18 in the cafeteria. For details and to RSVP, visit

Rocky River Elementary

Exceptional Students Teacher of the Year:

During the 2015 North Carolina Exceptional Children’s Conference, held Nov. 18-20 in Greensboro, Sarah Milholland was recognized for receiving the Mooresville Graded School District Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence Award. Milholland is a speech and language pathologist and Exceptional Children’s Department lead at Rocky River Elementary. She also serves on the district’s Autism Problem Solving Team.

East Mooresville Intermediate

Holiday chorus concert:

The East Mooresville Intermediate School Chorus will put present a holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the school gym. Admission is free.

Mooresville Intermediate

The Grinch:

The Mooresville Intermediate School Bobcat Chorus will present “The Grinch: A Holiday Performance” at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the gymnasium. Admission is free.

Mooresville High

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery meeting:

An information meeting about the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the school auditorium. The program offers students a way to earn credit for high school courses without taking the course.

Iredell-Statesville Schools

China Cultural Exchange Program

Deadline approaching:

The deadline to return host-family applications for Iredell-Statesville Schools China Cultural Exchange Program is Dec. 18. The program, which is a partnership between Iredell-Statesville Schools and public schools in Beijing, China, begins in February 2016. The district is looking for host families to take students into their homes. The Chinese students will be here for three weeks in February, then will return for the entire 2016-17 school year. For details on becoming a host family, contact Kelly Cooper at 704-832-2538 or

Lake Norman High

Financial Aid Information Session:

The College Foundation of North Carolina will host an information session at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Lake Norman High School Media Center. Topics to be discussed include the financial aid process, scholarships, grants, loans and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Exam proctors:

Adult volunteers are needed to proctor final exams Jan. 11-15. Proctors need to arrive by 8 a.m. at the main office on their chosen volunteer day and should be finished by about 11:45 a.m. For details and to sign up, visit

Teacher wellness basket items:

The PTSA and the student Always Write Club are collecting boxes of tissues, disinfectant wipes, large bottles of hand sanitizer, paper towels, hand lotion and candy to replenish teachers’ classroom wellness baskets. Items can be dropped off in donation bins in the school office through Jan. 5.