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School news


Clover District: Bethany Elementary School was named highest achieving Distinguished Title 1 School in the state. Bethany is now in competition with other state winners for the national prize. As Clover's smallest school, Bethany surpassed state averages on the spring, 2011 PASS test.

York School District 1: Help York School District 1 schools win Clorox Power a Bright Future grant by texting clorox4676 to 44144, or at

Rock Hill

Belleview Elementary: This school joined Eco-Schools USA, a National Wildlife Federation program acclaimed for teaching environmental best practices while boosting academic success. An Eco-Action Team (composed of Belleview students, teachers, staff and parents) energy audit will include school use of water, energy, waste and green hours (time spent outside).

Northwestern High: Varsity cheerleaders won the Region Championship in Gaffney held in October. The JV cheerleaders also scored highest in their regional division. Morgan Bockskopf, Brittany Manzella, Morgan Jane Myers, Blair Peele, Taylor Yeager, Ashley Heise, and Maria Neal were named 2011 All-Region Cheerleaders and Coach McManus was named Coach of the Year.

Charlotte Mecklenburg

Online survey: Mecklenburg County residents can participate in the search for the next superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools at

Talent Effectiveness Project: Sue Varga-Ward is the Teacher-in-Residence for 2011-12. Varga-Ward's classroom expertise will be used in the Talent Effectiveness Project. She will work with teachers on the Facebook page and Twitter account phases of the project. In addition to serving as sixth-grade team leader at Quail Hollow Middle, she is a CMS-trained mentor and received the 2008 Career Status Teacher honor.

Charlotte Country Day: Charlotte Country Day School AP Latin students are involved in college- and graduate-level research in classical language. The students are comparing the ninth century manuscript of Josephus, De Bello Judaico, a chronicle of the Jewish wars, with a 16th century edition. Using digital images to note discrepancies in the later edition, the students have already made distinctions in the language that will change some of the meaning. The student's research will become part of academic databases. CCDS is one of two high schools nationwide participating in this research.

Charlotte Christian: Open house 1 p.m. Nov. 12. Details:

Hawthorne High and Socrates Academy: To reinforce the recent history and culture studies of Hawthorne freshmen, Hawthorne history teacher Tony Jenkins invited local Greek community members to attend and discuss life in Greece. Showmars Restaurant President George Couchell and Socrates Academy Co-founder Larry Peroulas spoke about growing up in Greece and the value of an education. Socrates students dressed in traditional Greek clothing.

West Charlotte High School: The Students Against Violence Everywhere Chapter won a grant to promote teen safety and safe driving practices. The group plans displays and PTA presentations, focusing on holidays, prom and graduation activities.

Central Piedmont Community College: CPCC received the Trane Energy Efficiency Leader Award Nov. 2. The award recognizes efforts on the main campus that will result in a 20 percent reduction in energy usage.