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Scholarships: The graduating class of 2011 earned $63 million in scholarships. Almost $55 million was in academic scholarships, with athletic scholarships accounting for $8.2 million. Providence High had the most with $10.1 million, followed by Ardrey Kell with $7.9 million and South Mecklenburg with $6 million.
Focus groups: Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh announced CMS will bring teachers into the development process for tests that measure how much a student learns in a year or semester. The Office of Accountability will set up focus groups with teachers, which will start in July and continue through summer into fall. The district also will revisit the logistics of testing in kindergarten through second grade to see if there are improvements that can streamline the process.
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Innovative Education Forum: Independence High School Spanish teacher Matthew Kelly is one of 102 finalists to share pioneering projects for learning through technology at Microsoft's U.S. Innovative Education Forum. The forums celebrate the achievements of innovative K-12 teachers and school leaders improving education by creatively implementing technology in the curriculum.
Hawk Ridge Elementary
Do The Right Thing Award: Joseph Elyea, a recent graduate of Hawk Ridge Elementary, was one of 12 Charlotte-Mecklenburg recipients of the Do The Right Thing Award in May. His award was for strength, maturity and responsibility during and after his mother had a heart attack in his bedroom. While his father performed CPR, Elyea called an ambulance; his mother eventually recovered.
Myers Park High
National Merit Scholar: Andrew Bowen and Abigail Cooksey received National Merit Scholarships to attend Vanderbilt University and UNC Chapel Hill, respectively. College-sponsored awards provide from $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
National forensic award: Priyang Shah was named the 2011 National Champion in Congressional Debate by the National Forensic League. In this competition, students propose legislation around current events. Shah was awarded a scholarship toward his college education for winning his category.
South Charlotte Middle
Do The Right Thing Award: Michael Bandril, a rising eighth-grader at South Charlotte Middle was one of 12 Charlotte-Mecklenburg recipients of the "Do The Right Thing Award" in May. His award was for telling his teacher that a student had a knife in class when no one else did.
Ghost Walk: Scott Clark Toyota will hold its second 3-D Ghost Walk in October to raise funds for local elementary school's PTAs. For $5 children will gain entry to the ghost walk, receive a bag of candy, hot dog and a drink. Last year, more than $12,000 was raised for eight elementary schools. This year's goal is $100,000. In-kind sponsorships are now being accepted; contact Lara White at 704-621-2469 or email@example.com.