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CMS: More than 100 teachers in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools recently became National Board Certified Teachers. The certification is a voluntary, performance-based assessment based on advanced teaching knowledge and skills, and can take one to three years to complete. CMS ranks fourth in the nation in number of certified teachers.
CMS announced bell-schedule changes for 10 schools for the 2012-13 school year. Details at www. cms. k12. nc. us .
The public is invited to the CMS calendar development process during the meetings Jan. 30, Feb.6 and Feb 13, 4-6 p.m. at Metro School, 405 S. Davidson St. Parking at the Education Center.
Friends School of Charlotte: Students honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a "day on" and attended the Charlotte MLK Day Forum. The kindergarten through fifth-grade students discussed their ongoing community service project, in which they sort nails for Habitat for Humanity.
Socrates Academy: The school hosted the fall season of the South Charlotte chapter of Girls on the Run, a nonprofit program designed to foster self esteem in pre-teen girls through running. The 12-week season included discussions on healthy living and culminated in the participation in the New Balance Girls on the Run 5k held in December in Huntersville.
Thomasboro Academy: Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi recently spent time with students at Thomasboro Academy, encouraging good behavior and grades and speaking out against students joining gangs. During the NFL's off-season, Massaquoi, an Independence High School graduate, volunteers in Charlotte.