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Phoenix Montessori Academy

Open house events: Families interested in learning more about Phoenix Montessori Academy can attend one of two upcoming open house events scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16 and 6:30 p.m. March 5 at the school located at 17609 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius. To RSVP or for details, visit www. phoenix montessori. org .


Results of art and writing contests: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has announced the winners of the district-wide 2011-2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Writing Contests. The annual competition is open to elementary, middle and high school students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Each school chooses one winner from school-wide competitions in the "Visual Arts" and "Writing" categories to move on to the district contest. This year's theme was "Defending the Dream." An awards ceremony for the winners was held Jan. 12. To see the full list of winners and their entries, visit www. cms. k12. nc. us , click on "Media Room," then click on "Documents" and look for "2011-2012 MLK Awards."

Art winners from schools in the Lake Norman area include Zahria Patterson-Nwaorgu, second place, , first grade, Cornelius Elementary.

Writing winners from schools in the Lake Norman area include Elizabeth Russell, second place, eighth grade, Bailey Middle; and Guilia Girboni, third place, , second grade, Cornelius Elementary.

Ceremony honors teachers: The Mallard Creek High hosted a ceremony on Jan. 19 to honor 121 Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System teachers who recently achieved the National Board Certified Teachers certification. Members of the board of education, Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh and the Teacher Professional Development Department recognized the teachers for their accomplishment. To qualify for the voluntary certification, teachers participate in performance-based assessment and testing that takes one to three years to complete. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System employees 1,854 who have achieved this certification and is ranked fourth nationally for the most certified teachers.