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Coffee with the Superintendent: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison will hold Coffee with the Superintendent sessions again this school year. The next local session will be offered 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 18 at J.M. Alexander Middle 12201 Hambright Road, Huntersville. All sessions are open to parents and community members. Morrison will discuss ideas about district initiatives, legislative action and how to improve education. For details on future Coffee with the Superintendent events visit www.cms.k12.nc.us.
Principal of the Year: Jametta Martin-Tanner, principal at Ridge Road Middle, was recently named the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 2014-2015 Principal of the Year. Martin-Tanner has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for 17 years and has been principal at Ridge Road since 2009. Previously, she was a principal at Hawthorne High, assistant principal at both Hopewell High and J.M. Alexander Middle and an assistant principal and special populations coordinator at Vance High. In 1991, Martin-Tanner began her career as a special education teacher and career specialist in Florence, S.C. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Appalachian State University and a master’s of education in learning disabilities from Francis Marion University.
Batty For Box Tops Contest: Cornelius Elementary gathered 8,500 Box Tops for Education in its recent Batty For Box Tops contest, earning about $850 for the school. The winning classrooms at each grade level: kindergarten – Heather Dubiel, first grade – Ashleigh Donner, second grade – Brian Rosebrook, third grade – Trisha Hefner, fourth grade – Holly Reader, fifth grade – Patricia Amato. Parents and other school supporters can continue collecting Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education and Tyson Project A+ labels for the next Box Tops for Education contest to be held in February.
Croft Community School
Fall Festival: Croft Community School will hold a Fall Festival 1-6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the school. The event will feature games; face painting; food by Bobbee O’s BBQ, 360 Bistro, Marco’s Pizza, Kona Ice and more; Get the Teacher Out of Jail; a magician; a balloon artist; fire trucks; basket raffles; a book fair; a bakery walk and more. The festival is open to the public. Credit cards and debit cards will be accepted for games and raffle tickets, but only cash will be accepted for food. Those who bring nonperishable food items in for the Angels of Croft Food Pantry will receive a free popcorn.
Torrence Creek Elementary
SWAG Club: A new student community service club at Torrence Creek Elementary, Students With a Goal, seeks local nonprofit organizations and agencies interested in partnering with the group. Students will learn about what it means to be a person in need and discuss how to formulate plans of action for helping others. The club may facilitate collection drives for organizations, but students will also be involved through making gifts, writing letters, creating posters and other hands on projects. The club meets weekly. Details: Cindy Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership program: Vance High hosted a Chick-fil-A Leader Academy national leadership program event on Oct. 9. About 150 high school students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools worked to put together meal kits with rice, lentils and dehydrated vegetables to be distributed by Second Harvest Food Bank. Participants came from Vance, Independence, Rocky River, Providence and Hawthorne high schools. The meal kits provide six servings of lentil casserole that can be made in minutes with only boiling water. Before the service project, students received an overview of the academy, viewed motivational videos and heard from academy representatives. Students also received a lunch provided by Chick-fil-A. The academy’s seven-month curriculum is designed to teach students leadership skills and ways to apply them to community projects.
Winter Soccer Clinic Series: Cannon School’s Director of Soccer Matt Barlow will offer his third annual Winter Soccer Clinic Series for players ages 7-12 of all skill levels. Clinics will be held noon-1:30 p.m. on five Saturdays Dec. 20-Jan. 31 on the Cannon School’s back field. Barlow has more than 20 years of coaching experience and holds the NSCAA Premier and National Youth Diplomas as well as licenses in Brazil, Holland and England. Registration for the entire series is $90. Preregistration is required. For a schedule and to register, visit www.cannonschool.org/sportsclinicsclubs.
SAT Prep Course: Cannon School will offer the Princeton Review SAT Prep Course on on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings Jan. 31-March 7, 2015. Both courses are open to private, public and homeschooled students and are recommended for juniors. The course focuses on the essential test elements and includes 18 hours of live instruction. The registration fee of $450 covers all course materials and pre- and post-tests scored by the Princeton Review. Registration is required, and class size is limited. Online registration is available at www.cannonschool.org/satprep.
Kindness Day: Hope Academy students in kindergarten-eighth grade participated individually or as a class in the school’s Purposeful Acts of Kindness Day on Oct. 8. Having read Geronimo Stilton’s “The Race Across America,” Heather Laychak’s first-grade class hosted a bike-a-thon benefiting Cookies for Kids Cancer. The 18 students, along with siblings and other Hope students, took per-lap pledges from friends and family then rode 793 laps in the school’s parking lot. Lindsay Merritt’s fourth graders, having studied state laws impacting the homeless, made and delivered more than 500 sandwiches to the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte. A group of third-grade students and their families brought donations and served lunch at Operation Homeless Inc.’s soup kitchen in Kannapolis, while middle school students visited nursing homes. Some students gave cookies and thank you notes to policemen, firemen, construction workers, post office employees and members of the military. Others delivered meals or provided babysitting services to families. The purpose of the event was to model the kindness of Jesus to people and places near the school, which is near the Concord Mills shopping center. A video celebrating the day of service was shown at the school’s end-of-quarter event on Oct. 14.