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Mecklenburg County

CMS: Student assignment notifications have been sent home with students. Magnet lottery applications will be accepted online until Feb. 13.

Cornelius and J.V. Washam elementaries and Hough High will attend school for a half-day Jan. 23 to make up a day lost Nov. 14 due to power outages.

Rural Electric Youth tour applications are now being accepted by EnergyUnited. Two rising high school seniors will be chosen to visit Washington, D.C., this summer and learn about the legislative process. Details: www. energy united .com/ youth tour .

Anami Montessori: Open house dates are: 1-3 p.m. Jan. 8 for families; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10 for parents.

Socrates Academy: Open house dates are: 9-11 a.m. Jan. 10; 5-7 p.m. Jan. 12; 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17; 9-11 a.m. Jan. 19.

Friends School of Charlotte: Students in grades kindergarten through fourth used math and writing skills to study deserts. After charting desert temperatures and communicating with students in Cairo to learn about life in an arid region, the findings were presented to parents and students.

J.V.Washam Elementary: Marshall Larsen, CEO of B.F. Goodrich visited Amy Peters' fifth-grade reading class and spoke in conjunction with a recent leadership project.

Union County

Weddington Elementary: The school held its annual Global Week on Dec. 12-16. Irish bagpipes, Indian dancing and life in New Zealand were among the cultural presentations representing eight countries.

Sun Valley Elementary: Students participated in a letter-writing campaign to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Students were informed that for each letter they wrote, Macy's would donate $1 to the foundation, up to $1 million. Kindergarten through fifth-grade students wrote more than 600 letters of hope. Siblings at Sun Valley High also wrote letters. The 750 letters were delivered to Macy's at SouthPark in December.

Cuthbertson High School: Junior Jessica Weber has been awarded the 2010-2011 National SAVE Student of the Year for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to her school and community. SAVE is a national organization for the prevention of school and community violence.

Porter Ridge High: Kathryn Glasheen was awarded the Distinguished Service in Science Education in North Carolina Award at the N.C. Science Teacher's Conference.

Porter Ridge High School also received awards at the N.C. Theatre Conference: Excellence in Playwriting for "What's Left of Us," Jordan Sullivan and Brooke Elam; Excellence in Live Music for "War at Home," Vanessa Rada; Excellence in Acting, Female, in "War at Home" for Bryce Moore; Outstanding Achievement in Acting, Female, in "What's Left of Us" for Brooke Elam; Excellence in Directing for "What's Left of Us," Katie White; Distinguished Play for "What's Left of Us," Superior Rating.

Central Academy of Technology and Arts: CATA Performing Arts Academy won state honors at the N.C. Theatre Conference State Play Festival. For "For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf," the group earned Excellence in Overall Production Design and the John Parker Award for Directing. Dayna Hodge Lynch won Excellence in Acting, and Nkeki Obi-Melekwe won Outstanding Achievement in Acting. In March the play will represent North Carolina at the Southeastern Theatre Conference High School Play Festival. Another play entered, "J.B.," earned Excellence in Overall Production Design. Hayden Bartin also won an acting award.

Wingate Elementary: Fifth-graders shared their heritage through individual culture boxes. Organized by fifth-grade teacher Lynn Schwallie as a unique way to incorporate social studies and for students to introduce themselves to classmates, the boxes contain items that represent family traditions, art and music.