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Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools
Student assignment discussion: The League of Women Voters will host a discussion, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Student Assignment: Guidelines and Opportunities, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at the North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools undergoes a student assignment review every six years. To view the 2017-2018 Student Assignment review, visit www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/StudentPlacement/PlanningServices/20172018StuAsgnReview/Pages/default.aspx
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Grand Oak Elementary
Teacher of the Year: Jennifer Kershaw was recently named the 2015-2016 Grand Oak Elementary’s Teacher of the Year. Kershaw is a fourth-grade teacher. She has volunteered as a presenter at two statewide conferences and this year she has opened her classroom for observation to university students training to be teachers. As a schoolwide Teacher of the Year winner, Kershaw is a nominee for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ annual Teacher of the Year Award.
J.V. Washam Elementary
Teacher of the Year: Courtney Whittaker was recently named 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year for J.V. Washam Elementary. Whittaker is a second-grade teacher. As a school Teacher of the Year winner, Whittaker is a nominee for this year’s Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Teacher of the Year Award.
J.M. Alexander Middle
Teacher of the Year: Longtime J.M. Alexander Middle School teacher Jennifer Heymann was recently chosen by her peers as the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year for the school. As a schoolwide winner, Heymann is a nominee for this year’s districtwide Teacher of the Year Award.
W.A. Hough High
Band fundraiser: The band program will host a fundraising breakfast 7-10 a.m. Feb. 6 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 137 Norman Station Blvd., Mooresville. Tickets are $7 for a full pancake breakfast. All proceeds benefit the band. Tickets are available from band members.
PTSA Scholarships: The Hough PTSA will award $6,000 in college scholarships to eligible Hough seniors based on demonstrated community involvement and leadership. To apply, students must be paid Hough PTSA members by Feb. 19. Membership forms and the $6 annual dues may be submitted to the school secretary in the front office by the deadline. For memberships forms, visit http://files.ctctcdn.com/3034687f001/8b2a8382-2d0a-44b4-92cd-2f5f49a99adf.pdf. For scholarship eligibility requirements and competition applications, visit http://files.ctctcdn.com/3034687f001/0c3c12fb-d534-4eb3-b8fe-e61e6d1af97e.pdf. Scholarships may be used at any two- or four-year college. Completed scholarship applications should be turned in by 2:15 p.m. April 6 to Lisa Estrada in Student Services. Local community leaders and scholarship committee members will select the winners who will be recognized at the end-of-year awards ceremony in May.
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North Mecklenburg High
Band honor: Ninth-grade student and tuba player Julian Price was chosen to participate in the South Central District All-District Honors Band Clinic held Jan. 29-30 at Stuart W. Cramer High School. Julian was among six tubists selected for the clinic from a field of 21 during auditions at South Point High School on Jan. 9. At the clinic, Julian rehearsed and performed with nationally known conductor and composer Richard Saucedo.
Mooresville Graded School District
SAT postponed: The SAT test previously scheduled for Jan. 23 at Mooresville High School was postponed because of the inclement weather. The test will now be administered on Feb. 20 at Mooresville High.
All Pro Dads: The All Pro Dads group will hold its regular meeting 7:30-8:15 a.m. Feb. 5 at the school. South Elementary’s All Pro Dads meets the first Friday of every month at the school for discussion and a free breakfast donated by local businesses. For details, visit www.mgsd.k12.nc.us/page.cfm?p=2554&pback=2545.
Mentorship program: Mooresville High School is seeking community members willing to volunteer to serve as positive role models for student. Mentors will meet with students for 15 minutes to 20 minutes at a time at least twice a month. For details or to request an application, contact Colleen Kennedy at 704-658-2573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Norman Elementary
Look-In at the Lake: The Look-In at the Lake Kindergarten Preview Day, previously scheduled for Jan. 22, was rescheduled due to winter storm Jonas. The event will now take place at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5. Look-In at the Lake will offer school tours and information sessions for families of prospective students in advance of the official kindergarten registration period in the spring. RSVP is required. To arrange for a tour, call 704-662-8261.
Challenge Cup: Brawley Middle is now ranked fifth in the state for this year’s North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities Challenge Cup in the category for large middle schools. The NCSSM Challenge Cup recognizes the best middle schools in North Carolina based on performance in all major scholastic competitions, including Battle of the Books, Odyssey of the Mind and Envirothon.
Mount Mourne IB Middle
School tours: Mount Mourne is offering campus tours for families interested in enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year. Tours will be available at 9 a.m. Feb. 5, 12 and 19 starting in the main office. Registration is required. To sign up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094ba5ad28a4fe3-school.
Lake Norman High
Test rescheduled: The SAT exam that was previously schedule to be administered at Lake Norman High School and Statesville High School on Jan. 23 was canceled because of inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 20.
Woodland Heights Elementary
Father/Best Guy-Daughter Dance: The Father/Best Guy-Daughter Dance will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the school gymnasium. The theme is Totally 80s Dance Party. Two photo booths will be set up at the event. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at www.cheddarup.com/tabs/whe-father-best-guy-daughter-dance. Payment is due by Feb. 3. Tickets will be sent home in students’ folders.
DIY sound diffuser: Cannon School’s robotics team, the Brainy Yaks, recently created a quadratic sound diffuser for the school’s cafeteria using discarded Keurig K-Cup drink pods. The students built the diffuser using 1,008 cleaned pods stacked in prime number sequences then glued to plywood, covered with fabric and painted. The group has made step-by-step instructions for building the diffuser available to other schools and the public via a blog at cannoncups.wordpress.com.
Talon Challenge results: In observance of School Choice Week 2016, Lincoln Charter School in Lincoln County and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Rutherford County announced the results of the seventh annual Talon Challenge competition between the two school communities. Together the two schools raised more than $12,750, all of which will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Since the effort’s inception, both schools have raised over $50,000 for the V Foundation. The Talon Challenge was started in 2009 to build on the friendly rivalry between the two schools and to help instill an atmosphere of service in the schools’ athletic programs and student bodies. The V Foundation pledges that 100 percent of direct donations funds cancer research.
SouthLake Christian Academy
Science fair winners: SouthLake Christian Academy students Lexie Cash, Amaya Gallivan and Sam Cronquist all won first place in the school’s eighth-grade science fair on Jan. 20. Lexie’s science project supported the hypothesis that LED light bulbs consume less energy than incandescent light bulbs. Amaya’s project asserted that most famous photographers use the Rule of Thirds, which identifies the four important parts of an image for positioning subjects. Sam’s entry demonstrated that more copper wire wrapped around an electromagnet increases the strength of that magnet. The three winners will advance to the UNC Charlotte Region 6 North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held Feb. 13 at UNC Charlotte. Winners of the regional competition qualify for the 2016 North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair April 1-2 at Meredith College in Raleigh.