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Grand Oak Elementary
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Teacher honors: In early May, fifth-grade teacher Kelly Lippard was selected to be a member of the Teaching Fellows Institute Class of 2016. The TFI recognizes and honors the Charlotte area’s outstanding teachers and provides opportunities for them to develop leadership and professional skills. Also, computer teacher Trish Cloud was recently selected by the TeacherCast website as a Top 10 (Plus 1) educator in Minecraft in Education. TeacherCast curates educational technology resources for teachers and students. Read more about the Top 10 (Plus 1) Minecraft in Education teachers at www.teachercast.net/2016/05/08/top-10- minecraft-educators/2/.
Outstanding Owl: Kate Domby was chosen as the Marc Allen Orthodontics Outstanding Owl of the Month. Kate is a fourth-grader and was selected for her consistent hard work, perseverance and positive attitude.
Torrence Creek Elementary
Teacher honors: Eagles teacher assistant Tammy Dookhith has been named the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Teacher Assistant of the Year. Superintendent Ann Clark and Torrence Creek Principal Leah Davis made the announcement in late May, surprising Dookhith at the school. Dookhith’s award is one of many this year for Torrence Creek Staff. In October, Davis was named the North Mecklenburg Learning Community’s Principal of the Year and first-grade teacher Lorri Whisenant was named a Hometown Hero by a local law firm.
J.V. Washam Elementary
New PTO board: The J.V. Washam Elementary PTO recently announced its leadership for the 2016-2017 school year. Erica Petrucci and Melissa Turney will serve as presidents, Cristy Culpepper and Vivian Gibbs will be vice presidents in charge of volunteers, Khrista Helfer and Diane Denton will be vice presidents in charge of communications, Erin Houser and Dana Emery will be secretaries and Rebecca Morris will serve as treasurer. The past-president is Nicole Wachter.
Katherine Martin, Christen Vesely and Lori Ciuca are leaving the board after serving during the 2015-2016 school year.
J.M. Alexander Middle
PTSA executive board: The PTSA recently elected new executive board members for the 2016-2017 school year. The new officers are Danice Horton, president; Toni Thompson, vice president of fundraising; Alyssa Wood, secretary; Lissett Vitale, treasurer.
National STEM championship: The 13-member STEM team won the National STEM League National Championship at Homestead Miami Speedway in Miami, Fla., on May 21. Bailey also took first place in the competition’s Community Outreach and Team Presentation categories, second place in Graphic Design and Race Events and third place in Data Driven Design. The project that won the team top honors in the Community Outreach category was the launch of a Project UNIFY organization at Bailey Middle School to work with special needs students. Bailey Middle school has been a part of the National STEM League for three years. The team placed third at the national competition during its first two years. The coaches are Stephanie Coggins, Heather Heiser and Kory Trosclair. For details about the National STEM League, visit www.nationalstemleague.com.
PTSA scholarships: The Hough PTSA awarded eight scholarships at the school’s recent 2016 Senior Awards night to seniors who contributed to the local community through leadership, advocacy or service. The scholarship recipients are Peyton Tarry, Jacob Noble, Megan Bright, Madeline Dreffer, William Hayes, Trevor Stevenson, Erica Williams and Sean Wydra. In addition to several Hough parents, several local elected officials, including Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, Davidson Mayor John Woods and Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla, helped in the recipient selection process.
Mooresville Graded School District
Back to School Bash: Area churches and businesses have scheduled this year’s Back to School Bash for Aug. 6. The venue will be Mooresville Middle School. The event helps Mooresville Graded School District students kick off the school year by offering free school supplies and shoes along with food, games, bounce houses and music from K-Love 94.1. The event is open to all rising kindergarten-12 th-graders and their families. Those who wish to attend must register at www.b2sb.org/. Volunteers are needed and can register at the website.
Report cards: Year-end report cards will be available after June 27 in the main office. Report cards will not be mailed home. Office hours in June are 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Office hours in July and August are 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Student parking passes: Due to continuing construction and renovation projects, student parking will again be limited for the 2016-2017 school year. Student parking passes will go on sale in August for the upcoming year at a cost of $60 per pass. Passes will be sold for designated spaces again this year, meaning passes only allow students to park in one specific lot and one specific space for the entire year. Priority will be given to students who have an internship or CCP class during the school day. After that, priority will be given to seniors then juniors. Sophomores will be unable to buy parking passes. Students may not drive to school unless they have a parking pass.
Of the Years Celebration: Iredell-Statesville Schools recently held its annual Of the Years Celebration at the Statesville Country Club. At the event, one teacher assistant from each school in the district was given a plaque and was recognized by superintendent Brady Johnson, board of education members and other district leaders. Christine Flanagan, a teacher assistant at Lake Norman High School, was named the 2016-2017 Iredell-Statesville Schools Teacher Assistant of the Year. Flanagan has worked with the district as a teacher assistant since January 2008.
Lake Norman High
Summer Transition Camp: Summer Transition Camp for rising ninth-graders will take place 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 15-16. Students should preregister for the camp at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zcGhk4EQs8SW19JU1qiG-6dN562iltc6cPcb49iSA6k/viewform. Students are also encouraged to sign up on the Remind 101 application, which will provide regular updates about camp and other school-related activities. Students can receive text reminders by texting the words @new2lnhs to the number 81010 (standard text message rates apply) and can choose to receive email updates by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the Summer Transition Camp, contact Jim Worthington at email@example.com.
Graduation: Eighty-five seniors of the Class of 2016 celebrated the school’s15th Upper School Commencement on May 20 at the campus in Concord. Louis Foreman, CEO of Enventy’s and Edison Nation Medical and parent of graduating senior Aaron Foreman and 2013 graduate Hailey Foreman, delivered the commencement address. The valedictorian for the Class of 2016 was Davis Nelson of Salisbury, son of Eva and Vaughn Nelson. The salutatorians were Austin Coale of Concord, son of Melissa and Stuart Coale, and Christina Stylianou of Concord, daughter of Debbie and Tony Stylianou.
Golf championship: The boys’ golf team took home the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state title on May 16 at Salisbury Country Club, beating second-place Christ School by 21 strokes. The team posted a five-over- par team score of 573 for the two-day event. This is the second straight state title for boys’ golf. Sophomore Michael Sanders of Davidson was named the top player, and sophomores Michael Childress of Salisbury and Lansdon Robbins of Davidson earned All-State honors. There were no seniors on the team.
Lake Norman Christian
Marathon fundraiser: Lake Norman Christian School raised more than $52,000 through its annual STORM Marathon on May 16. Now in its second year, the event brought students, families, faculty and staff out to run the 3.9-mile course on the school’s campus. A total of 107 students covered over 478 miles at the event. Students obtained pledges in fixed dollar amounts or by the 1/10 th mile. Corporate and individual sponsorships were also applied toward the goal of $52,400. The money raised from the race will help buy the school a 15-passenger van, pay to certify high school teachers to teach Advanced Placement classes, provide technological upgrades for elementary and upper school classrooms, replace teacher laptops and projectors, make facility upgrades and furnish 30 laptop computers for a mobile computer cart.
SouthLake Christian Academy
Graduation: The commencement ceremony for SouthLake Christian Academy’s Class of 2016 graduates was held May 27 in the school’s Wilcox Gym. The valedictorian was Daniel Osei Ntim. Ntim will attend Duke University this fall and is a recipient of the university’s Reginaldo Howard Scholarship. Also known as “The Reggies,” the scholarship is awarded to students who embody the qualities of Reginaldo Howard, Duke’s first African-American student government president. Ntim is a resident of Cornelius.
The salutatorian was Davidson resident Matthew Allen. Allen will attend UNC-Chapel Hill this fall. The senior speakers at the commencement were student body president and Huntersville resident Aaron Schretzmayer and Denver resident Julianna Peres.