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Metro School: Cognitively disabled students used iPads and a music app to perform the school’s annual holiday music event in December.

Under the direction of teacher Matthew Whittle, the students formed different types of sound by moving their fingers across the iPad to make lines and shapes that form different sounds and rhythms. Whittle incorporates iPad apps and Nintendo Wii games into music lessons to allow participation by students who were reluctant or unable to use traditional instruments.

Albemarle Road Middle: Guitar students performed a recital in December using new instruments provided by Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. A foundation grant provided the school with 30 guitars, five acoustic-electric bass guitars and 29 band instruments. Strings/orchestra teacher Jonathan Todd had applied for the grant to expand the guitar program to include all grade levels.

Options lottery: The online School Options Lottery is open until 10 p.m. Jan. 26. The application is available online in English and Spanish. Free computer access will be provided at all Learning Community offices, schools and the Smith Family Center. Details: 980-343-5335 or

Mallard Creek High: The campus tour scheduled for Jan. 23 has been cancelled.

Charlotte Catholic High: Students collected over $8,000 in donations in December for families in need. Through the homeroom Christmas Project, students helped to meet the wish lists of 39 children and families and, in addition, 32 developmentally challenged children who did not have families.

Countryside Montessori: The school will hold an admission open house Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. School officials, staff and parents will discuss school programs and answer questions. Register at:

Charlotte Secondary: The school will hold winter open house on the following dates: Jan. 22, Feb. 12 and Feb 24. The sessions are for all grade levels and are 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the school campus at 8601 McAlpine Park Drive, Charlotte 28211.

Community Charter: The school will hold open house 6:30-7:30 p.m Jan. 15and 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 27.


First flight: The second annual STEMbassy Airplane Contest was held Dec. 17 commemorating the first successful flight by the Wright brothers. Students in the STEM programs at Coltrane Webb STEM Elementary, Patriots STEM Elementary, J.N. Fries Magnet and Central Cabarrus High worked in teams to engineer paper airplanes which flew through the 11- story atrium at Concord Embassy Suites. Teams competed in 3 categories: Hang Time (longest flying plane); Bull’s Eye (plane closest to target); and Best in Show (plane with most artistic flare).

Hang Time winners: first place, Uzochi Dimpka and Mia Cameron; second place, Spencer Higdon and Julina D’Atre; and third place, Bomet Beke and Adeline Rookstool. Bull’s Eye Winner: Chloe Chinski-Tucker and Rodrigo Piccilli. Best in Show winners: Katie Ferguson, Waylyn Reynolds, Gabe Newton and Abel Salas.

Magnet programs: Applications for the Magnet Programs for the 2015-2016 school year will be available Jan. 13. For details for programs offered and schools, visit:

Cannon School: The school will hold and information session for parents of students in grades 5-12 at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20. Register at:

School of science: The deadline for application to the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics is Jan. 15. The public school is for high school juniors and seniors. Applicants must be in the 10th grade. Visit: for information.

Financial aid: There will be a Financial Aid Night 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the CMS Northeast Hamrick Theatre. Information about the FAFSA and financial aid application process will be provided. 704-403-3000.

Cabarrus Charter Academy: The school will hold information sessions 9:30-10 a.m. Jan. 17. On Feb. 12 tours will be held at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. and Information Sessions at 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.


Saluda Trail Middle: Principal Brenda Campbell was named S.C. Middle Level Principal of the Year Dec. 16 by the S.C. Association of School Administrators. Campbell has been the principal for 10 years. She is now the state’s nominee for the National Middle Level Principal of the Year.

Lake Pointe Academy: The school will hold open house events 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and Feb. 10. Prospective families will meet school leaders and staff and receive information about the curricula. RSVP at:


Bright ideas: Fourteen teachers have been awarded with Bright Ideas Grants totaling approximately $11,000.

The grants are provided by Union Power Cooperative to fund innovative teaching projects. The following teachers have been awarded grants: Angela K. Hill and Miranda Thomas, Western Union Elementary; Ann Jacob, New Town Elementary; Chris Roncone, Marvin Ridge High; Kelly Lepsig and Jessica Ennis Hall, Monroe High; Susan Helms, Tracy Price, Alli Sanderson, Angie Medlin and Annette Harris, Piedmont High; Darleen Morris, Parkwood Middle; Donna Brown and Cheryl Nebel, Walter Bickett Education Center.

Sun Valley Middle: Makala Wilson won first place in the gingerbread competition for her rendition of the school.

This was the 10th year of the competition. Students Benno Zrihan and Roberto Ornelas respectively placed second and third. In the faculty division, Assistant Principal Pascale Glenn won first place for her House on the Island. The event was judged by local business members.

All Schools: Students interested in summer programs at Duke University, visit:

• The Union County Youth NAACP is sponsoring an essay contest open to students in grades nine-12. Deadline for applications is Jan. 31.

Early College: The school will hold a parent information night 5 p.m. Jan. 15 for parents of rising ninth-grade students. Applications for the 2015-2016 school year for rising ninth-graders are due Feb. 6.

Compiled by Cindy Stern