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Parent Information Night: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will host the 2016 Summer Learning Parent Information Night 5:30-7 p.m. May 25 at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School, 1601 Park Drive, Charlotte. Information will be offered to parents and guardians of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students about summer learning opportunities, including CMS-sponsored programs and offerings from organizations such as the YMCA, YWCA, Above and Beyond and more. Refreshments will be provided. For details, call the Extended Day Office at 980-343-3854.
Proctors: Volunteers are needed to proctor end-of-grade tests 8:30 a.m. to around 1 p.m. May 25, 26 and 31. Trainings will be provided each morning before testing begins. To volunteer for one, two or all days, sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baeab2eaa8-endofgrade or contact Ashley Hanks at Ashley.Hanks@cms.k12.nc.us.
Odyssey of the Mind winners: Two teams from Cornelius Elementary School will advance to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa State University May 25-28. They will compete against about 500 teams from all over the U.S. and world. Cornelius Elementary Is the only elementary school in Mecklenburg County to move on to the world finals and one of 10 in the state. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Cornelius is sponsoring the two teams’ travel to Iowa for the competition. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. For a list of all North Carolina winners, visit www.ncom.org.
Robotics award: Cornelius Elementary’s Cyber Trash Talkers robotics team won the Judge’s Award at the 2016 RoboFest Robotics Championship at UNC Charlotte in late April. The Cyber Trash Talkers competed against 58 Western North Carolina robotics teams to win the prize.
Grand Oak Elementary
Jump Rope for Heart: Grand Oak Elementary students, families and staff donated a total of $11, 821 to the American Heart Association during the school’s recent 2016 Jump Rope for Heart event. The top fundraisers for this year’s effort were kindergartener Austin Baxter with, who raised $370, and second grader Peyton Vest, who raised $355. Jump Rope for Heart is a fundraising and physical activity program based around skipping rope that helps raise money for heart disease research and education while teaching school-aged children how to keep fit and healthy.
Teacher Assistant of the Year: Dana Bintz was recently named the Grand Oak Elementary Teacher Assistant of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. Bintz is in his first year as an assistant in the school’s Autistic Self-Contained classroom.
J.V. Washam Elementary
Test proctors: Volunteers are needed to proctor end-of-grade tests May 25-26 and June 1-2. Parents should sign up to volunteer for a grade level that is different from their child’s grade. A mandatory training will be held at 3:15 p.m. May 17 and at 8 p.m. May 20. Proctors must be registered as volunteers with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at www.cmsvolunteers.com. For details, contact Amy Palumbo at email@example.com. To register to proctor, visit http://tinyurl.com/JVWashamproctors.
North Mecklenburg High
Letter of intent: Senior Lauren Stewart signed a letter of intent to play for Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk Virginia on April 21. Stewart received a total of seven offers to play volleyball from division two and three schools. From Virginia Wesleyan College, she received a guaranteed $100,000 scholarship over four years. Stewart has played varsity volleyball for North Mecklenburg High for four years, was selected for All Conference twice, was team captain twice and was this year's MaxPreps Player of the Year. She is the daughter of Chris and Julia Stewart.
Mooresville Graded School District
Laptop take-home pilot
Third-grade classes: Rocky River and South elementary schools are piloting allowing third-graders to take laptop computers home. While third-grade classrooms have been 1-to-1 with laptops for three years, the laptops have always stayed at school when the students go home. Students in fourth through 12th grades may take their laptops home. Participation is optional for third-grade parents. Laptops were deployed at Rocky River upon returning from spring break. At South Elementary, students who chose to take part in the pilot received their laptops on April 13. Park View Elementary is in the planning stages of implementing the program.
Capstone Projects: Senior Capstone Projects will be held 3-5 p.m. May 19. Volunteers from the community are needed to judge the projects. For details on what is involved, visit http://tinyurl.com/ISScapstone. To volunteer, contact Colleen Kennedy at 704-658-2573or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Enrichment Camps
Registration: Registration is open for rising third- through 12th-grade students from Iredell-Statesville Schools for ISS summer camp offerings. Traditional camp topics are available, inlcuding all levels of robotics, art, theater, coding and chess as well as new camps with topics such as cooking, origami, guitar and engineering. Camps run June 20-23 and June 27-30. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/ISScamps.
Football meeting: An information meeting for rising seventh- and eighth-grade football players and their families will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 16 in the cafeteria. The football coaching staff will discuss plans for the optional football summer camp and expectations for the 2016 season. For details, send an email to email@example.com.
Career Day: Lakeshore Middle will host Career Day for students June 3. Adults from the community are needed to attend and talk to eighth-grade students about their careers. Volunteers may be needed to speak to more than one class. People engaged in any career are welcome to participate – the intent is to expose students to as many occupations as possible. To volunteer, sign up at http://tinyurl.com/ISSproctors.
End-of-grade test proctors: Volunteers are needed to proctor end-of-grade tests May 27 and 31 and June 1-2. About 30 proctors are needed each day of testing to meet state regulations. For details and to sign up, visit http://tinyurl.com/ISSproctors.
Lake Norman High
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon: The PTSA is hosting its annual spring luncheon for teachers and staff on May 19 in the cafeteria to show appreciation for their hard work this school year. Parents are needed to sign up to supply food, drinks and paper products. The cafeteria staff will be served at 10:30 a.m., so food and drinks must be delivered no later than 9 a.m. to the Main Office. The main lunch will be served during Smart Lunch, and the custodial staff will be served at 1 p.m., so volunteers are needed throughout the day. Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/LKNhighschool.
Pioneer Springs Community School
Spring activities: For four weeks recently, Pioneer Springs Community School with daily nature and outdoor activities for students. First-grade students explored the habitats found around the school then choose a woodland creature from one of those habitats. The studies culminated with a Woodland Creatures Wax Museum attended by families wherein students portrayed their creatures in costume, placed themselves in the appropriate habitat then related what they’d learned to those visiting their exhibit. Second-grade students presented what they had learned about the forest by singing an original song written about the deciduous forest layers then demonstrating yoga moves while standing on tree stumps in the school’s Forest Amphitheater. The students also made vases using native materials from the forest. Third-graders spent most of Earth Week outside by hosting all lessons and activities outdoors with tree stumps serving as desks. Pioneer Springs Community School is a holistic, nature-based public charter school. For details, visit www.PioneerSprings.org.