Lake Norman & Mooresville

School news: Lake Norman and Iredell

Camp Joy campers and staff members spoke to SouthLake Christian Academy students during the academy’s annual Missions Week. Pictured from left: Missy Hill, Ann Brice, Katie Hill, Madi Black, Jason Myers, Ben Bartel, Kirby Hutchinson and Sydney Seferyn.
Camp Joy campers and staff members spoke to SouthLake Christian Academy students during the academy’s annual Missions Week. Pictured from left: Missy Hill, Ann Brice, Katie Hill, Madi Black, Jason Myers, Ben Bartel, Kirby Hutchinson and Sydney Seferyn. SouthLake Christian Academy

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Cornelius Elementary

Proctors: More than 50 parents are needed to volunteer as proctors for end-of-grade tests for grades three through five 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 25, 26 and 31. Parents must register as volunteers with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in order to participate. For details or to sign up, go to

Field day: Parents are needed to volunteer for Cornelius Elementary’s annual field day celebration 9-11 a.m. for kindergarten through second grade and 1-3 p.m. for grades three to five, both on May 6. For details, contact Frank Smithwick at

J.V. Washam Elementary

PTO candidates: The PTO is searching for parents who are interested in being candidates for next year’s board. Board positions are open for re-election every year, and officers are limited to a two-year term. Previous involvement in the PTO is a plus. All officers except treasurer can split the position between two co-officers. Elected board positions include president, vice president of fundraising, vice president of volunteers, vice president of membership and communication, secretary and treasurer. The new board members will be elected at the Brown Bag Lunch meeting May 18. For details, email Lori Ciuca at, Maribel Tubbs at or Christen Vesely at

J.M. Alexander Middle

PTSA board: The PTSA is searching for people to lead on the PTSA board as officers and committee chairs for the 2016-2017 school year. Nomination forms with descriptions of the positions needing to be filled are available in the front office. Forms should be submitted by May 13.

Staff appreciation activities: Donations and volunteers are needed for a week of staff appreciation activities May 9-13. Activities will include a teacher breakfast and luncheon, raffle, gift distribution and more. For details and to sign up, visit

Hough High

Proctors: Volunteers are needed to proctor spring exams 7:15-11:30 a.m. June 3-8. For details and to sign up, visit

Hispanic Partnership meeting: The Hispanic Partnership will meet 6-7 p.m. May 10 in the cafeteria to discuss graduation requirements. The meeting will be conducted in Spanish. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be given at the door. Onsite childcare is available.

North Mecklenburg High

Plant sales: The Horticulture Greenhouse will be open by appointment to sell plants 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on school days through the end of the school year. For details on available plants and to schedule a time to shop, email horticulture teacher Stephanie Anderson at

Auditors: The PTSA is looking for three volunteers to help with the annual audit of the PTSA books. For details or to volunteers, contact Dawn Bosse at

Mooresville Graded School District

South Elementary

Pet supplies drive: The South Elementary Girls on the Run group is collecting pet supplies through May 5 to benefit the homeless animals at the Humane Society of Iredell County. Donations of items such as collars, leashes, toys, treats, food, blankets and beds can be brought to the school.

Faculty awards: Second-grade teacher Erin Micklow was recently named Teacher of the Year for South Elementary. Third-grade teacher Rita Marie Brannon was named Beginning Teacher of the Year and kindergarten teacher assistant Pattie Sigmon was named Teacher Assistant of the Year.

Mooresville Middle

Spirit Night: A Spirit Night dining-out fundraising event will be held 5-8 p.m. May 4 at Moe’s Southwest Grill, 465 River Highway, Mooresville. Fundraising applies to dine-in meals only. Guests should tell the cashier they are with Mooresville Middle School in order to have a portion of the sale donated to the school.

N. F. Woods Advanced Technology & Arts Center

SkillsUSA: Students competed at and brought home awards from the 50th annual SkillsUSA North Carolina State Leadership and Skills Conference April 19-21 in Greensboro. Nearly 1,800 high school and postsecondary students competed in over 106 different skills and leadership contests at the conference. All first-place winners qualify to attend the national conference and competition June 20-24 in Louisville, Ky. First-place winners from N .F. Woods include Anthony Saraco and Stephen Collins, Additive Manufacturing; Henry Brown, Aviation Maintenance Technology; Luke Maxson and Ross Sands, Digital Cinema Production; Avery James, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Ethan Beaver, Sheet Metal. For the full list of N.F. Woods winners, visit

Iredell-Statesville Schools

Coddle Creek Elementary

Staff awards: The new Teacher of the Year, Teaching Assistant of the Year and Bus Driver of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year were recently announced. The Teacher of the Year is fifth-grade teacher Katherine Cohen. Jinny LaBar is the Teaching Assistant of the Year and Beverly Whitlow is the Bus Driver of the Year.

Lake Norman Elementary

Hometown Hero: Fifth-grade teacher Amanda Moore was recently named a Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award recipient by Charles G. Monnett III and Associates. Moore will receive $250 in classroom supplies and her class will receive a Domino’s pizza party. Each month during the school year, Charles G. Monnett III and Associates honors one teacher in Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union counties with the award. Students, families and faculty may nominate teachers for the award. To nominate a teacher, visit

Brawley Middle

Proctors: Parents are needed to volunteer to proctor in the classrooms during testing 7:45 a.m.-noon June 1-6. Breakfast will be provided. Sign up at

Lake Norman High

Lake Norman Run to Honor: The Lake Norman Run to Honor 5K and 1/2 mile Run will return for its second year on May 14 at Lake Norman High School Stadium. Sponsored by LNHS Student Council, National Honor Society, Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America, the event will benefit the American Cancer Society through Iredell County Relay for Life. For details and to register, visit


SouthLake Christian Academy

Missions Week: Students raised $6,448 to purchase a six-passenger golf cart for Camp Joy, a camp in Flat Rock, that serves those with special needs. Students raised the money during a weeklong school event called Missions Week (April 13-20).

Missions Week is an annual spring event that teaches students to serve the community in the name of Christ on a global level. This year’s theme was “Helping those with Special Needs.” In addition to fundraising efforts, the week’s activities also included a student-led parade of nations, disability education and awareness activities and a guest speaker named Cynthia Bauer from Kupenda for the Children, an organization that assists Kenyan children with disabilities. Bauer spoke to SLCA students about advocating on the behalf of disabled children to the Kenyan government.

Davidson Day

Teacher Change War: On behalf of the Davidson Day School varsity football team, 10th-grader Jack Carter recently coordinated a community service project to benefit the Pinky Swear Foundation, which helps the families of children battling cancer. In mid-April Carter and his football teammates organized a Teacher Change War among Upper School classes with the winning teacher being required to kiss a pig. Teacher Mat Saunders narrowly won the competition, which raised more than $675 for Pinky Swear. The football team has also adopted a Pinky Swear All-Star child named Sam, a 6-year-old who has been in remission from neuroblastoma for six months. The team will host Sam at some home games.

Lake Norman Christian

Dance team win: Lake Norman Christian Academy’s Shine (Seeking Him in Everything) dance team beat 150 competitors to claim the top prize at the Absolute Dance Competition on April 16 at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg. Shine was the only team in the contest without prior competition experience. The group, comprised of six girls and one boy, performed to the song “Beautiful Day” by Jamie Grace and received first place overall in the Junior Performance Small Group category. The group’s coach is Wendy King. Shine performs dance routines to contemporary Christian music at pep rallies, sporting events and chapels as an act of worship and encouragement.