CMS Magnet and student assignment: Student assignment notifications have been sent home with students.
Magnet lottery applications will be accepted online until Feb. 13.
Make-up days: 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.
Open house: Anami Montessori School open house dates are:
Jan. 8, 1-3 p.m., for families.
Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m. for parents.
Open house: Socrates Academy open house dates are:
Jan. 10, 9-11 a.m.
Jan. 12, 5-7p.m.
Jan. 17, 5-7 p.m.
Jan. 19, 9-11 a.m.
Applications accepted: 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.energyunited.com/youth tour.
Ridge Road Middle School
Mock trail champs: The school has won the Western Regional Title in the N.C. Bar Association Mock Trial State Championship.
The event was held Dec. 9 at the Catawba County Courthouse in Newton.
Team coaches were teachers Kendall Hallingse, Katelyn Collishaw and Kevin McKenna and volunteer attorney Shannon Hoff.
The mock trials help the teams of N.C. middle school students develop public speaking, critical thinking and language skills.
Fourteen teams competed at five locations across North Carolina.
Essay winner: Sixth-grader Kara Bringewatt's essay, "In Defense of Some of My Favorite Books," will be published April in a book, "Celebrating What Is Important to Me."
The essay about the Harry Potter series was chosen from entries throughout the Southeast.
Friends School of Charlotte
Desert study: Students in grades k-4 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
Class visit: Marshall Larsen, CEO of B.F. Goodrich visited Amy Peters' fifth-grade reading class and spoke in conjunction with a recent leadership project.