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Academy of Engineering Grants: Teacher Adam Phillips and a team at Hopewell received more than $28,000 in grants for the Academy of Engineering. The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded the school $25,000 to purchase equipment and upgrade technology. The Academy will outfit their classrooms to support the Project Lead the Way and Academy of Engineering curriculum. They also look to upgrade current instructional technology used by instructors. Phillips spent 10 years in the engineering industry and completed his first year as a teacher this May.
Knights Performance: Students have been invited to perform at the Charlotte Knights Stadium on May 18 to sing "God Bless America" and "The Star-Spangled Banner." Students, family and friends should RSVP to reserve tickets online at www.mckinneyacademy.com.
National Spanish Exam: A competition sponsored in March by the American Association of teachers of Spanish and Portuguese awarded Cannon School students nationwide in the Spanish1 level against 33,000 students.
Eighth-graders earned two gold medals, 11 silver medals and five bronze medals. Gold winners are: Kelli Baker, of Concord, and Sydney Frankenberg, of University City. Silver winners are: Kate Beckman, Cornelius; Noah Edmondson, Davidson; Rachel Fitzpatrick, Cornelius; Emily Fromke, Concord; Chris Gaskin, Concord; William Gordon, Davidson; Colleen Hurley, Huntersville; Erin Norton, Davidson; Kendall Thomas, Cornelius; Tyler Ventura, Davidson; Andrew Zelina, Huntersville. Bronze medal winners are: Caitlin Brewer, Concord; Ben Campbell. University City; Annie Collom, Davidson; Rachel Mazur, Davidson: Bailey Middleton, Harrisburg.
Educator honored: Dana Pillsbury was selected along with seven other educators in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to participate in seminars with the Yale National initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools. Pillsbury will write a curriculum unit to teach students what they learn in seminars and will share with other teachers in the district and internationally. Her seminar is called The Art of reading People: Character, Expression and Interpretation.
St. Mark Catholic
Beginners Day: Incoming Kindergarteners and their parents get a first peak inside the school with a welcome from Principal Debbie Butler and a visit to the current kindergarten classrooms.
PTO Meeting: For all parents 7p.m. May17.
All School Mass: May18 with the annual May Crowning event following. Students will lay flowers at the statue of Mary in the school courtyard.
Middle School Sports Banquet: May19.
Band: Recruitment Night for rising fourth- and fifth-graders May25.
School closed: May 30 for Memorial Day Holiday.
JV Washam Elementary
Student art exhibit: The "Charlotte's Got A Lot" student art exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. opened May2. Fifth-grader Leslie Bosse has art work chosen for the exhibit. Around 30 pieces were also chosen from all CMS elementary, middle and high schools. Bosse and her family, as well as art teacher Celeste Dulin, attended the opening and ceremony in Washington.
Bailey Middle School
Teacher honored: French teacher Andrew Uglehus was named the school's World Language Teacher of the Year for a second year in a row. Uglehus played soccer at Winthrop University and professionally, he also coaches part-time at Hopewell High.
East Lincoln High
Flo Robinson winners: East Lincoln students Montana Fenske, Kayla McMillan and Jessica Kulibert each had winning entries in the 28th Annual Flo Robinson Literary Competition, sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County.
Quiz Bowl: The East Lincoln High Quiz Bowl Team won the Lincoln County Schools Knowledge Bowl on April30 by 120 points. Placing first with 345 points, the team was down one player. Participating members were Stephen Shenigo, Chris Dean, Hanna Hicks and Zanobia Jones.
Lincoln County Schools
Summer camp: Science and Technology Camp 2011 will focus on the them: Nature Maters! Form and Function. The camp takes place at G.E. Massey Elementary 8;30a.m.-2p.m. June20-23 and is open to first- through fifth-graders. The first 100 applicants will be accepted. Deadline is June 1. Details: bit.ly/kW2nRC.