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Charlotte Christian: The National Council of Teachers in English has selected Charlotte Christian senior Evan Marcey as one of eight North Carolina winners for the 2011 Achievement Award in Writing. NCTE bases the selection on outstanding performance in writing by high school juniors.
Trinity Episcopal School: Fifth-graders attended a four-day program at the Green River Preserve's School of Environmental Education this month. The students hiked the Blue Ridge Mountains, learned Cherokee Indian history and native plant identification and observed insects and animals in their native habitats. Part of the program involves personal challenges including setting goals and trying activities beyond individual comfort levels.
Cato Middle College High School: The school has achieved a 100 percent graduation rate with the 2011 class. Cato was recognized individually by State Superintendent June Atkinson in a ceremony in Durham.
Palisades Episcopal School: The school's first home volleyball game marked the start of the new athletic program at Palisades. Volleyball, co-ed cross country, basketball, golf and tennis teams were added to the athletic program for grades five through eight.
Eastover Elementary: Eastover Elementary fifth-graders are publishing "Eastover Eats," an updated cookbook based on the 2006 edition, "Eastover Favorites." The fundraiser will defray costs of the fifth-grade overnight field trip to Charleston, S.C. The cookbook contains more than 350 recipes collected by the students from families, friends and neighbors. Available mid to late November: $15.
Northridge Middle: Due to the efforts of Central Piedmont Community College turf-grass management students, the Northridge football, softball, soccer and baseball fields have been revamped. Work began after last year's football season, when the field was reseeded. Repairs were made to the irrigation system, the pitcher's mound was rebuilt and new yard markers and school logos were applied. Most of the project costs were defrayed by donated materials and services.
Walk-to-School Day: CMS schools took part in Walk-to-School Day on Oct. 5. Walk to School events encourage physical activity for children, environmental awareness and creating pedestrian and biker safety. Parents, teachers and nearly half of Winterfield Elementary School's bus ridership walked together to the campus.
CMS: The Austin, Texas, Chamber of Commerce visited CMS on Sept. 26 to learn about programs the district uses to increase student achievement. Representatives from CMS and Project Lift and the chamber discussed those initiatives.
Technology: During a weekly podcast, "itWeeklys," Jacob Standish and Timothy Smith demonstrate how teachers can incorporate technology tools, including iPads and Wikis, in the classroom. The two former teachers began the professional development audio and video podcasts in March. More than 30 shows have focused on assimilating technology, curriculum standards, publishing rules and security issues. The podcasts have reached an international audience as well as other states.
York County School Districts: Each York school district received a gift of $10,000 from Wells Fargo last week. Celebrating the changeover to the Wells Fargo name, a stage coach drove into York County with several school superintendents as passengers.
Duke Energy Foundation: The Future Farmers of America chapter at The Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center recently received a $3,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. The grant will fund a student-developed horticulture area for horticulture and agri-science classes at the center. Included in the proposed area are potting/plant-prep areas for a new greenhouse, shade house for sun-sensitive plants and plant-identification lab. This facility will provide students hands-on training for horticultural careers.
New iPads: Three Clover elementary schools use iPads as tools in classroom education. Larne, Kennard and Bethany Elementary Schools used federal Title I money, for schools with high numbers of low-income families, to purchase iPads for the upper grades. Teachers research and practice applications before using them for instruction.