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Rock Hill District
Meetings: School board members with be meeting with civic groups over the next few months to discuss challenges facing Rock Hill schools. For more information call 803-981-1005.
Old Pointe Elementary
Author to visit: Local author Jonathan Miller will visit Old Pointe on Feb. 28 to talk with students, as part of the Read Across America celebration.
Grant awarded: The Old Pointe PTO received a $5,000 grant from Lowe's. The funding will be used for landscaping improvements and a palmetto tree statue.
Castle Heights Middle School
Contest winner: CHMS student Kayla McCormack won the Rock Hill Schools Energy Conservation Light Switch Plate Decal Design Contest in the middle school category. Her design will be used in Rock Hill district schools.
Saluda Trail Middle School:
Open House: There will be a STEM Magnet open house 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
South Pointe High:
Award finalist: Assistant Principal for Curriculum Instruction Denise Khalid was named one of three finalists for the 2012 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year award. In November Khalid was chosen as the SC Assistant Principal of the Year.
Larne Elementary School
National anthem: Larne Elementary Soaring Singers performed the national anthem for the Winthrop University varsity women's/men's basketball doubleheader Jan. 28. The group was directed by Michele Ripley, Larne Music Teacher.
District Spelling Bee: Aditi Jain, a fifth-grader at Elon Park Elementary, won the 33-round district competition held Jan. 30 at the Mint Museum on Randolph Road.
The following is a list of zone winners:
Aditi Jain, Elon Park Elementary, fifth grade, District first-place winner.
Akshra Paimagam, McKee Road Elementary, fourth grade, District second-place winner.
Central Elementary Zone:
Alina Madsourivong, Tuckaseegee Elementary, fifth grade.
Central Secondary Zone:
Sedarian Murphy, James Martin Middle School, eighth grade.
Joie Mills, Ridge Road Middle School, sixth grade.
District receives Energy Star: CMS has earned the Energy Star recognition for the planned replacement of Pineville Elementary School. The district has included environmental stewardship as a strategic goal for 2014. About 25 percent of the total space maintained by CMS has received the Energy Star designation.
Outstanding teen: Charlotte Christian freshman Payton Walker has been named Miss Mecklenburg Outstanding Teen 2012. Payton will represent Mecklenburg County in the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen Pageant in June.
Jay M. Robinson Middle
Student meets U.S. Surgoen General: Student Michelle Ballasiotes recently met with U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. The Surgeon General was in the state in January to promote the National Prevention Strategy, composed of tobacco control and obesity prevention programs. Michelle and other American Heart Association volunteers joined the Surgeon General in a town hall and statewide teleconference with local health directors.
Healthy living: Five local chefs recently gave third-grade students lessons on the importance of a healthy diet and how to make nutritious food choices as a Chefs Move to School event.
Chefs Move to Schools is a USDA program that partners chefs and schools to teach about nutrition.
Presentations: Students recently presented grade-level projects at the school's annual Halls of Wonder event. Each grade worked in groups to master a specific topic: conservation, electricity, the human body, weather, matter or arctic and antarctic animals.
Opera singer visits: Todd Thomas, baritone opera singer who performed in Opera Carolina's January production of Madama Butterfly, visited music theory students at Charlotte Latin. Thomas also provided feedback on several individual student performances.
Music honors: Seniors John O'Keefe and Kate Player and juniors Connie Zhou and Grace Lowe were selected for the N.C. Western Regional Orchestra. Player was also selected for the South Central District Bandmasters Association Senior High School All-District Band Clinic. Middle School students Carl Kim and Emily Padgett were selected for the Middle School All-District Band Clinic.