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North Learning Community
Beginners Day events: Elementary schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ North Learning Community are hosting Beginners Day events during April and May for rising kindergarten pupils and their families. The events are designed to give new pupils an idea of what to expect when school starts in August. Families will be able to tour the school, meet staff members, learn more about kindergarten and find out ways to prepare their child for school. Beginners Day event scheduled through April 27 in the North Learning Community are as follows: Grand Oak Elementary, 8:45 a.m. April 20; J.V. Washam Elementary, 8 a.m. April 27; Long Creek Elementary, 5:30 p.m. April 26; Stoney Creek Elementary, 5 p.m. April 21; Torrence Creek Elementary, 6 p.m. April 21, Trillium Springs Montessori School, 5 p.m. April 26; Winding Springs Elementary, 6 p.m. April 21. Details about registering for are available at www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/StudentPlacement/Pages/EnrollingYourStudent.aspx.
Career Fair: The Career Fair will be held 9-11:30 a.m. May 4. Do you have an interesting career? Would you like to share it with students? If so, please contact school counselor, Aara Bunyan, at 980-343-3905 or Aara1.Bunyan@cms.k12.nc.us.
Grand Oak Elementary
Outstanding Owl: Campbelle Cyrus was chosen as Grand Oak’s Outstanding Owl winner for March. She received the award for being a great citizen and helping a classmate who had left a jacket out in the rain. Marc Allen Orthodontics sponsors the Outstanding Owl awards each month at Grand Oak.
J.M. Alexander Middle
Debate team: The school will introduce a debate team in the fall. The team will work closely with the award-winning team at North Mecklenburg High. For details, contact Angela Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honors Band students: Band students Lucas Coker, Nikolaus Heiser, Austin Laminack and Ty Reppe were chosen to participate in the 2016 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Honors Band April 8-9. Lucas plays the euphonium, Nikolaus plays percussion, Austin plays trumpet and Ty plays trombone. The clinician for the band was former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools band director Jerry Lowe, who now teaches at North Lincoln Middle School.
Graduation Project: Parents and other members of the community are needed to volunteer as judges for Hough High’s 2015-2016 Senior Graduation Project 7:15 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25-29 in the Media Center. Mandatory trainings are provided at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Two volunteers will be paired with a faculty member, and teams will evaluate each senior's portfolio, product and presentation. Lunch will be provided for volunteers each day, as well as coffee and light breakfast snacks in the morning. All volunteers are needed for the entire day. Also, each day three volunteers are needed who can each provide two dozen cookies for students to snack on after their presentations. Both store-bought and homemade cookies are appreciated. To volunteer as a judge or to donate cookies, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4baaa82da02-hough/.
Mooresville Graded School District
Chick-fil-A Night: The PTSO will host a dine-out fundraising event 5-8 p.m. April 25 at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 457 River Highway, Mooresville. A portion of the proceeds from sales during the hours of the event will benefit the PTSO.
Spring yard sale: The PTSO will host its spring yard sale fundraiser 7 a.m.-noon April 30 at the school. Vendors may set up booths 6-7 a.m. Vendor spaces are $20 each. Items sold must be school-appropriate. The deadline to turn in vendor applications is 2:15 p.m. April 25. For details, contact the PTSO at email@example.com. Vendor forms are available at https://sites.google.com/a/mgsd.k12.nc.us/mms-ptso-site/Mixed-Bag.
Summer School: The 2016 Mooresville High School Summer School will be conducted June 15-28 at the Mooresville Middle School campus on Kistler Farm Road. Courses will be offered depending on student needs. Students must sign-up for Summer School with the Counseling Department. Check the school website at www.mgsd.k12.nc.us/page.cfm?p=2730 for more details, or students may contact their counselors or Assistant Principal Kevin Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capstone Projects: Graduating seniors will present their Capstone Projects 3-5 p.m. May 19. Volunteers are needed to judge the projects. For details, send an email to email@example.com.
Coddle Creek Elementary
Parent Curriculum Night: The school is hosting Parent Curriculum Nights to help with students’ end-of-the-year transitions. Families will be able to meet with teachers for their child’s upcoming grade and ask questions about the next school year. Second- and third-grade families had their Parent Curriculum Night on April 19, but other grades’ events are scheduled as follows, all in the Media Center: Kindergarten 5:45 p.m. April 25, first grade 6:15 p.m. April 25, fourth grade 5:45 p.m. April 28, fifth grade 6:15 p.m. April 28. Families should attend the session for the grade their child is currently in.
Woodland Heights Elementary
Spring Fling FUNdraiser: The PTO will host its annual Spring Fling FUNdraiser 5-8 p.m. April 22. The FUNdraiser will feature food trucks, a cake walk, a tricky tray raffle, an art auction, carnival games and a dance party with official Charlotte Hornets kid deejay Chase Dawson. Donations of items for the auction are needed. For details and to help with the event, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054baeaa2baa8-support.
Laker Entertainment Cards: Students are selling Laker Entertainment Cards through April 21. The cards are $10 each and offer discounts at local businesses that are valid for one year. Businesses offering discounts include Sports Page restaurant, The Pitt, Field of Greens/TCBY, La Patisserie, Zootastic, LKN Putt Putt, Brawley Market Car Wash, Tony’s Pizza and more.
Dance volunteers: Parents are needed to set up, chaperone and clean up for the Spring Fling dance 8-10 p.m. April 22. Set up starts at 7:30 p.m. and cleanup is 10-10:30 p.m. www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a45adab2ca57-spring.
Mount Mourne IB Middle
Quiz Bowl win: The Mount Mourne IB Middle School Quiz Bowl team was the runner-up in the state competition held March 19 at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. The placing qualifies the team to advance to the national tournament in Atlanta on May 7. Quiz Bowl is a fast-paced game of skill and knowledge organized by the N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities.
Pioneer Springs Community School
New wildlife habitat: The National Wildlife Federation recently recognized that Pioneer Springs Community School successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat through its Garden for Wildlife program. The garden space is designed to improve habitats for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. The NWF’s Garden for Wildlife program encourages responsible gardening that helps pollinators and other wildlife thrive, including planting with native species such as milkweed and discouraging chemical pesticide use. Pioneer Springs Community School is a holistic, nature-based public charter school serving kindergarten through fourth grade. In the 2016-2017 school year, fifth grade will be added to the school and a consecutive grade each year thereafter.
Battle of the Books: Davidson Day School students recently traveled to Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C., to compete in the Region 9 Independent Schools Elementary Battle of the Books competition. The Patriots competed against the host school and Cannon School of Concord, N.C. Davidson Day earned second-place honors with a score of 121 points. Ravenscroft won the battle with 135 points and Cannon took third place with 110 points. The regional competition is the equivalent of a state competition for independent schools. Davidson Day has made it to the regional competition in six of the last seven years and in each of those years finished in the top three in the state. For a list of books the students read and studied this year for Battle of the Books, visit www.ncslma.org/assets/docs/EBOB/eboblist2015-16.pdf.