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East Mecklenburg High

"Race to Nowhere": On Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., East Meck High will host a screening of "Race to Nowhere." Vickie Abeles' film "examines the pressure placed on students through mandatory testing, excessive homework and an education culture obsessed with achievement" said WFAE-FM's Scott Graf. In an interview with Abeles prior to the screening at the Omni Montessori school in October, the director summed up one of the film's key talking points: "So many classrooms have become test prep centers rather than places for young people to engage in learning and to see learning as a lifelong skill. We're losing the critical-thinking skills, the problem-solving skills, and I think more importantly we're losing so many of the other aspects of education that are important and develop the different parts of the brain, the creative aspects." The film, which will be in the school's auditorium, will be followed by a brief discussion period. Admission is free but registration is required: www.racetonowhere.com/postcard/charlotte-nc-january-6th.

Academy of Engineering: For parents and students wanting more information about East's Academy of Engineering, there will be information sessions at the East Meck Media Center from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Jan. 31 and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Contact AOE Director Penny Ratchford at penny.ratchford@cms.k12.nc.us.

Ardrey Kell High

Dance marathon: Registration has begun for the Dance Marathon to support the Children's Miracle Network. Registration for a commitment to dance and stand for 6.5 hours and raise a minimum of $50 is $20 through Jan. 15; starting Jan. 16, registration is $25. Balloons will be sold for $1 in support of the marathon during both lunchtime sessions. The time committed to the marathon counts toward Community Service Hours.

Financial aid info: The Financial Aid Information Night will be Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. in the media center. A representative from Davidson College will be there to answer questions regarding the FAFSA and scholarships.

Financial aid: FAFSA Day is offered by College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the State Employees' Credit Union each February. On Feb. 19, college financial aid officers and other volunteers will help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. The program is open to students who plan to attend college in the 2011-12 academic year. To register and for information, go to CFNC.org.

Charlotte Country Day

Great Decisions lectures: Charlotte Country Day will host the annual Great Decisions Charlotte Community Lecture Series, open to CCDS parents, faculty and staff. The six lectures, sponsored by the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, will be held weekly starting Jan. 11 through Feb. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. The first topics will be: Jan. 11, Germany Ascendant, Dr. Scott Denham, Davidson College. The lectures will be at Cramer Lecture Hall at the school at 1440 Carmel Road. Cost: $40 for individuals for all six sessions; $10 for individual lectures; $20.56 for a Great Decisions briefing book. Download, print, and complete a registration form from www.charlottecountryday.org. Checks made payable to UNC Charlotte. Send to: Great Decisions 2011, Office of International Programs, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223. Contact Maddy Baer, 704-687-7744, or e-mail to mbaer2@uncc.edu.

Charlotte Catholic

Spirit Night: The Charlotte Catholic High School Foundation Spirit Night will be Jan. 13 at Time Warner Cable Arena, where the Charlotte Checkers hockey team will take on the Manchester Monarchs at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the Charlotte Catholic Choral Group will perform the National Anthem. Visit the Charlotte Catholic website for information: www.gocougars.org.

Quail Hollow Middle

Open house: Principal Tara Sullivan will give a presentation and answer questions in the school's media center at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 and 9 a.m. on Jan. 14. Tours of the school will be given by PTSA parents and students, and there will be short performances by both the Orchestra and Jazz Band. Contact PTSA Prospective Parent Chairs Missy Giles, missyjon3@bellsouth.net, and Layne Garner, laynegarner@bellsouth.net, for information.

Providence Day

Siemens Competition finalist: Congratulations to student Jason Yang, who recently was chosen as a finalist in the 2010-11 Siemens Competition in math, science and technology. With its high academic standards, rigorous judging process and emphasis on authentic scientific research, the Siemens Competition is regarded as one of the leading science and mathematics research-based competitions for high school students.

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