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Compiled by Gina Smith

J.V. Washam Elementary

Open house: An open house will be held for prospective families at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 22. The event is open to parents of rising kindergarteners and parents of elementary students not currently enrolled at J.V. Washam who live within the J.V. Washam school zone. During the open house, parents will receive information about the school, will have a chance to ask questions with administrators and will receive a brief tour. Parent-led tours of the school are also available at 10 a.m. on select Thursdays through the end of the school year. The next tour will be held on Jan. 29. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Prospective kindergartners will have an opportunity to visit the school on Beginners Day, April 22. For details, call the school at 980-343-1071.

Bailey Middle

International Night ambassadors: Parents and students are needed to volunteer to represent Germany, Italy, India, Sweden, Ecuador, Japan, Dominica, Venezuela, Israel, Brazil, Peru Vietnam or Poland at Bailey’s annual International Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 19. The event showcases the diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the Bailey families. Volunteers are asked to represent their chosen country or region by decorating a booth, dressing in traditional clothing, and sharing art, food, music and games. Bailey will provide the tables for the booths. Students who participate with their families by setting up a booth will receive extra credit in their choice of subject. Sign up at:

Reflections winners: The following students won awards in the annual Mecklenburg County Reflections Contest: Brandi Alden, first place, dance; Tilly Boraks, first place, film; Brandi Alden, third place, photography. Winners will be invited to attend the Mecklenburg County Reflections Awards Ceremony and Gallery Walk on April 25 at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School. All first- through fourth-place winners will receive trophies, and honorable-mention winners will receive ribbons.

Hough High

Speed limit change: The speed limit on Bailey Road changed recently. During the week and while school is in session the speed limit is now 25 mph 6:45-9:45 a.m. and 1:45-4:45 p.m. in the school zone. The speed limit is otherwise 45 miles per hour on other stretches of Bailey Road the rest of the day. Vehicles that are not in compliance with the new speed limit are receiving tickets from the Cornelius Police Department and North Carolina State Troopers.

PSAT/PLAN Night: 6 p.m. Jan. 22, auditorium. Families may attend to learn how to understand and gain insight from their students’ scores from the PSAT taken by 10th- and 11th-graders and the PLAN taken by the 10th-graders in October. Individual scores will be distributed that night or sooner.

Corporate sponsors: The PTSA is seeking corporate sponsorships from local businesses in an effort to raise almost $30,000 to meet the school’s technology and academic support requests for this school year and to fund programs including the PTSA Scholarships, graduation project judging, Homecoming Parade, Powderpuff Football Game, teacher appreciation events, new picnic tables, school beautification projects and other activities. Details: Maxine Williams at

Community School of Davidson

Fresh Take: The fourth annual Fresh Take: Strategies for Student Success education conference will be held 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 23 at Community School of Davidson High School, 404 Armour St., Davidson. This year's keynote address will be given by Michelle Icard, author of “Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years.” The conference is for educators of all levels. The registration fee of $75 includes 60 workshops, three meals and conference swag. Register at: or