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Charlotte Country Day
Featured artist: Rising senior Kerchuan Soong is one of several local students selected for SouthPark Magazine's salute to high-achieving students. Her work was featured on the cover of the August issue, and a gallery of paintings is on online: www.charlotteobserver.com/southparkmagazine.
VIC card: Re-link your Harris Teeter VIC card by going to the CCDS homepage at www.charlottecountryday.org.
British American School of Charlotte
Open house: Prospective students and their families are invited to an open house at The British American School of Charlotte from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24 or Sept. 21. The school welcomes students of both international and American backgrounds, ages 3 to 16. Teachers are recruited from the UK. RSVP: 704-341-3236.
Back to school: A back to school kick-off will be held 3-6:30 p.m. Aug. 19.
South Mecklenburg High
Orientation: Ninth grade and new student/parent orientation will be 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22. Rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students will have open house 4-6 p.m. Aug. 23.
Ardrey Kell High
Campus cleanup: Ardrey Kell will hold a campus cleanup 8 a.m. Aug. 20. Bring yard tools and gloves to join the community movement. Community service hours will be rewarded.
Know your teachers: Read full biographies of all teachers online at www.providenceday.org.
Hawk Ridge Elementary
Open house: There will be a drop-in open house to meet teachers and find out about upcoming school-year events 2-4 p.m. Aug. 23.
Middle school sports: A $25,000 sponsorship agreement with Hendrick Automotive Group will allow CMS to offer a complete program of middle school sports for the 2011-12 academic year. The sponsorship, combined with a contribution from an unidentified donor, will provide the remaining amount necessary to fund the full lineup of 13 sports at all 32 middle schools.
Academic statistics: State ABC calculations made public Aug. 4 showed academic growth declined from a year ago in CMS but still outperformed the state average. CMS had 85.4 percent of schools making expected or high growth, compared to 94.1 a year ago; the state average dropped to 81.4 percent from 88 percent a year ago. Middle schools showed the greatest improvement, with only two schools not making expected growth. For details, visit www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/accountability/Pages/documents.aspx.
Ghost walk: Scott Clark Toyota will hold its second annual 3-D Ghost Walk in October to raise funds for local elementary school PTAs. For $5, children will gain entry to the ghost walk and receive a bag of candy, a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.