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ACT scores improvement: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools saw gains in 2014 in composite scores on the ACT, a national test used to determine student readiness for college-level work. District-wide scores increased as well as in English, reading and science, with scores dropping slightly in math. Composite scores also rose at more than half of the high schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, according to data released by the independent testing group ACT, Inc. The number of students in the school system who took the test increased by 383 students, or 5.2 percent, in 2014, the second year that North Carolina has required all juniors to take the test. Hopewell High and Hough were among four schools showing increases in every category. The other two schools were Northwest School of the Arts and Turning Point Academy.
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Fall Festival: Local businesses and arts and crafts vendors are invited to register for booths at the Barnette Elementary Fall Festival, to be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the school. This will be a communitywide event. http://barnettepta.weebly.com/
Chess Club: The Cornelius Elementary Chess Club will partner this year with the Charlotte Chess Center and Scholastic Academy to provide a program for Cornelius Elementary students that features master-level instruction and curriculum. The club will meet 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursdays starting in mid-September. A starting date is yet to be announced. Cost is $120 per child. Book and materials are included. Registration closes on Sept. 8. www.charlottechesscenter.org/#!after-school-registration/c172i.
Silent auction: Cornelius Elementary will host its inaugural Investing in Excellence Silent Auction Fundraiser 7-10 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Galway Hooker Pub, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. Tickets are $25 per person. The event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
J.V. Washam Elementary
Boo Hoo Breakfast: 7:45-8:45 a.m. Sept. 4, for parents of kindergarteners.