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Cornelius Elementary

Kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration forms are now available at Cornelius Elementary. Beginners Day for all prospective and enrolled rising kindergarten students and their families will be held at 9:15 a.m. March 2. Attendees will be able to meet the teachers and learn about kindergarten at Cornelius.

J.V. Washam Elementary

Literacy Night

J.V. Washam Literacy Facilitator Lisa Bryant will host Literacy Night 6-7 p.m. March 3 in the Media Center. The program will cover the aspects of the school’s Balanced Literacy Program, including videos of classroom instruction at Washam. Parents will be provided with tips for supporting student reading at home.


The Boosterthon Fun Run program kicks off with a pep rally on March 2 and finishes with the Boosterthon Fun Run event on March 10. Boosterthon is a fundraiser for the school that also promotes the values of fitness, leadership and character. This is J.V. Washam’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised through the event will go toward buying technology items for the classrooms, including ChromeBooks and iPads. Volunteers are needed to help make decorations and posters for the event. For details or to sign up to help, contact Christen Vesely at

J.M. Alexander Middle

Spirit wear winter sale

Select Blue Devil spirit wear items are on sale. Hoodies are now $20, long sleeve t-shirts are $15 and short sleeve t-shirts are $10. Items will be available 8:45-9:15 a.m. Feb. 26 and March 4 in front of the main office

Hough High

Mock caucus

The Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics classes will conduct a mock caucus, or Moccus, for the Democrat and Republican parties at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Hough gym and cafeteria. Students will research the candidates from both parties and will be prepared to answer questions on the issues. The event will be presented as a question-and-answer session, not a debate. At the end of each session, participates will vote to determine which candidate will represent each party. The Moccus is free and open to the public, with the goal of helping voters make an informed decision before the North Carolina primary on March 15.

Tenders Tuesday

A Tenders Tuesday fundraising night for Hough will take place 4-9 p.m. March 1 at Tenders Fresh Food, 18341 Statesville Road, Cornelius. A portion of the proceeds for each diner, both dine-in and take-out, who mentions at check-out that they are with Hough will be donated to the school. As part of Tenders Tuesday, $10 Tenders gift cards will be on sale during all lunches at Hough on March 1 and the first Tuesday of each month for $7 each or three for $20.

North Mecklenburg High

Speech and debate

The North Mecklenburg High School Debate and Speech Team recently placed fourth overall against more than 20 schools from three states in a tournament at Southside High School in Greenville, S.C.

Highlights from the competition include a first-place finish by Lincoln-Douglas debate captain Sam Thornton and third-place wins for the team of Pooja Mistry and Ashna Ram in Novice Public Forum, co-captain Ryan Golden in Senate, Satya Khurana in Informative Speaking and Leslie Nyandjo in Children’s Literature.

Girls Night Out

The sophomore Girls Night Out event was rescheduled to 2-4 p.m. Feb. 25. The event is designed to provide young female students a way to come together in order to learn about health, beauty, safety and being strong women. Parent volunteers are needed to help before, during and after the event. Details:

Davidson Day School

Academic awards

As part of its 2015-2016 second quarter Academic Awards, Davidson Day presented one student from each of the middle and high school grades with the Students of Character award.

Students of Character are nominated by teachers and staff as pupils who embody the school’s Patriot Pledge, which states, “I will not lie, cheat, steal or plagiarize, nor will I tolerate the dishonorable behavior of others.”

Students of Character for the second quarter are:

▪ Fifth grade: Will Cantey.

▪ Sixth grade: Alexandra Hamm.

▪ Seventh grade: Cooper Ferguson.

▪ Eighth grade: Zach Rhodes.

▪ Ninth grade: Elizabeth Crispino.

▪ 10th grade: Ella Kiley.

▪ 11th grade: Emma Garcia.

▪ 12th grade: Cole Burkhart.

One student per grade receives the honor each quarter. Other awards announced as part of the second quarter Academic Awards were students who were named to the Headmaster’s List and the Honor Roll.

Mooresville Middle

Parent night

The presentation “Helping Your Middle Schooler Become a Successful College Applicant” will be offered to parents 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 1 in the gym.

Mooresville High

Theater production

Mooresville High School Theatre will present the play “Teachers on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown,” by Bradley Hayward at 6 p.m. March 1-2 in Roland R. Morgan Auditorium. The school is at 659 E. Center Ave., Mooresville. In the play, five high school teachers find themselves at the end of their ropes, and it’s only the first day of school. The production is presented as part of Voices, which features all theater classes. Tickets are $3 each.

Coddle Creek Elementary

Kindergarten registration

Families of rising kindergarteners may register their students for next year’s classes during two sessions at 9 a.m. and noon on March 24. Parents must bring proof of residence to receive a registration packet. Rising kindergarteners will be assessed during the registration sessions. Details: 704-439-4077.

Woodland Heights Elementary

PTO meeting

The PTO board will meet at 9:30 a.m. March 1 in the science lab.

Lakeshore Middle

Students vs. Teachers Basketball Game

Lakeshore Middle will host its second Students vs. Teachers Basketball Game fundraiser 3:30-6:30 p.m. March 3 in the gym.

All students who are on a Lakeshore sports team are eligible to play. Admission is $3 per student, $5 per adult. An iPad Mini and other items will be raffled at the event and there will be giveaways. Raffle tickets are $1 per ticket, $5 for seven tickets. Participants must be present to win. All proceeds will benefit the Lakeshore Middle School Athletic Department.

Lake Norman High


The ACT will be given on March 1 at Lake Norman High to all current juniors. Preregistration is not required. Students need only come to school on time to school that day. Students must provide their own calculators.

South Iredell High

African Book Project

The school recently collected more than 1,100 gently used books for its African Book Project. The goal of the effort is to build a library in Africa. The school is now collecting donations of money for the next phase of the project, which calls for raising $500 to pay for shipping the books to their destination. Donations are tax-deductible and should be brought to the Media Center by March 1.