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Ardrey Kell High
Young author: Junior Andrew Daly has produced his own novel. He started his young-adult fantasy book “Portal of Vaal” as a short story when he was 12 and it evolved into a novel over three years. He is a member of the Charlotte Writers Club science fiction/fantasy group and speaks to elementary and middle school groups to foster reading and writing. Daly is now working on a sequel.
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Performance Learning Center
P.E. Teacher of the Year: William Bode has received the N.C. Physical Education Association 2015 Teacher of the Year award. In his 24th year as an educator, Bode teaches P.E. and mentors students in academic courses. He connects with thousands of teachers worldwide through Twitter and participates in district-wide teams and at national conferences.
Beverly Woods Elementary
Blue Ribbon School: The school has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education. BWE was one of only three schools in the state and 335 schools nationwide to receive the award. Schools are selected based on student scores and graduation rates and are nominated by the top state education official.
Sleeping Beauty: The school will present “Sleeping Beauty” Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Advanced reserved tickets are $12 and are available online at www.charlottechristian.com/boxoffice. General admission tickets are $6 and will be available at the door.
Open houses: The school will hold Admission Open House events this season. Grades 6-8 will have an open house Oct. 17 at noon. Junior Kindergarten and kindergarten Open Houses will be held Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 9:30 a. m. Grades 9-12 Talk and Tours will be held Nov. 11 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. JK-Grade 5 Open Houses will be held Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Families are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Mecklenburg High
National merit: The following students were named National Merit Semifinalists: Kevin Gauch, Nicholas Lowell, Michele Mitchell and Graham Weaver.
The following students were named National Merit Commended Students: Kristen Barnes, Brittain Bilon, Ross Bonnin, Natalie Brown, Katya Caleca, Amy Griffin, Lane Hays, Linda Henry, Katherine Kelker, Connor O’Leary, Joseph Perez, John Shealy and Dan Ta.
Outstanding educator: Head of upper school Lawrence E. Wall Jr. has received The University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award for excellence in teaching and mentorship. Wall was nominated by his former student and UC freshman Matthew Sparks. The College of the University of Chicago asked entering students to identify and commend outstanding high school educators.
Omni Montessori School
Endowment donation: Omni Montessori has received $90,000 from Alan and Gwen Gardner to start The Gardner Family Endowment Fund. The fund will be used to promote diversity at the school.
Bridging digital divide: One hundred freshmen from West Mecklenburg, West Charlotte, Harding, Vance and Garinger have received laptops through a collaboration of CMS, E2D, Inc., Communities In Schools and Lowe’s in an effort to bridge the digital divide. The laptops also include educational software. Eliminate the Digital Divide was started in 2013 by CMS student Franny Millen to promote digital inclusion and has resolved needs for over 750 families. CIS connects needy CMS students and their families to relationships and resources.
ST-ARTS: Special Talents in the Arts is a Winthrop University summer program for 250 public school students in grades 6-8 with talents in dance, drama, visual arts and music. Parents and teachers may nominate students to participate in the screening process. The deadline for referral forms is Oct. 15. For details, visit: http://www.york.k12.sc.us/files/user/9/file/ST-ARTS%20Flyer%20and%20Referral%20Form%202016(1).pdf
Rock Hill District
Scheduled community visits: The community is invited to attend scheduled visits to all district schools and facilities during the current school year. Visitors must bring their driver’s license and check in at the school office. For the schedule, visit: http://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/UserFiles/district/Documents/Communications/Community%20School%20Visits%202015-16%20Sheet1.pdf
All star golf coach: Lyn Harper has been selected to coach the North team in the fourth annual North-South All Star Girls Golf Match scheduled for Nov. 13-14 at Timberlake Country Club in Chapin. The CHS head girls golf coach has led the girls golf program for 11 seasons and will be the first coach from the school to coach in the event.
Outstanding general educator: Regina Inman has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding General Educator of the Year Award. The CHS dance and choreography teacher received the award for demonstrating outstanding commitment and direct service to the education of students with disabilities. In addition to teaching, Inman directs the Flight Dance Team and choreographs with the CHS state champion choral program.
Porter Ridge High
Student athlete award: Sarah Welch received the Bank of North Carolina student-athlete award Sept. 25 for academic and athletic accomplishments. Ranked fifth in her class, she has a 4.91 GPA and is a four-year varsity starter on the volleyball team, leading the team in assists with 262. Welch also is Interact Service Club president, National Honor Society and Student Government Associations member and is a volunteer at Matthews Medical Center. In honor of her award, BNC presented the school with a $250 check.
Band honored: The PRH Band of Pirates was named Grand Champion at their first competition of the season, the Sandhills Classic at McBee High School in South Carolina. The band also won first place among Class 5A bands and won awards for best music, marching, percussion, drum major and color guard. The band has 172 members.
Marvin Ridge High
New team: The school has a new women’s field hockey team. Of the 48 total players, only two had previously played field hockey. The team is coached by MRH teacher Skylar Brosse who played in high school and college and coached a high school and club team in Pennsylvania.
Apprenticeship: MHS 2015 graduate Nicholas Pietrowski earned an apprentice position at Greiner Bio-One. Through a collaboration with South Piedmont Community College, Pietrowski will train at the medical manufacturing company and receive tuition reimbursement while enrolled at the college. The program trains students in preparation of being hired upon apprenticeship completion.
Sun Valley Middle and High schools
Mattress fundraiser: The SV middle and high school bands will hold the fourth annual SV MS and HS Mattress Fundraiser Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The event link is: http://bit.ly/beds4sunvalley
United Way donation: WHS faculty and staff have recently contributed over $18,000 to United Way of Central Carolinas. Collectively the school has donated over $60,000 to United Way in the last four years.
College day: The Union County Public Library College Day will be held Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Representatives from N.C. and S.C. universities will be on hand to answer questions and provide general information. For more information, contact Gypsy Culp Houston at 704-283-8184, ext. 232 or email@example.com.