Lake Norman & Mooresville

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Hopewell High

Top scholars: Benjamin Lane, valedictorian; Claudia Hanby and Joseph Hardin, salutatorians.

Scholarship: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announced Blair Steinmetz received a $2,000 award from the "2009-2010 High School Scholarship Program." North Mecklenburg

Top scholars: Daniel Kuzmanovich and Kathryn Driest, valedictorians; Nicholas Capets, salutatorian.

William A. Hough High

Open house: 11a.m. Aug. 14.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Gains: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools showed improvement in 23 areas tested and the district's graduation rate rose by almost four percentage points in the 2009-2010 school year, according to preliminary state data released July 19. The district had 97 schools making Adequate Yearly Progress, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which is 57.7 percent of all schools.

Lake Norman Charter

High School: An open house will be held Aug. 16 with the first day of classes Aug. 18. Summer office hours are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Freshmen: 9 a.m. presentation in High School Gym; 9:30-11 a.m. open house.

Upper Classmen: 1-3 p.m. open house.

Middle School: An open house is being planned for Aug. 17. Details: 704-948-8600.

Grace Covenant Academy, Cornelius

Elementary School Orientation: 6 p.m. Aug. 19; first day of school Aug. 23.

Pre-K Orientation: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20; first day of school Aug.. 25.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Criminal justice degree: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering a new online AAS program in Criminal Justice Technology that starts with the Fall 2010 semester. Questions or details: Kimberly Boling at 704-216-3695 or