School news: Lake Norman and Iredell

Grand Oak Mathapolooza winners, from left, Eli Gundlach, Brannon Maynard and Dermot Lowry.
Grand Oak Mathapolooza winners, from left, Eli Gundlach, Brannon Maynard and Dermot Lowry. Grand Oak Elementary

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

School lottery applications

Deadline approaching: The second School Options Lottery application period is now open and runs through 10 p.m. June 6. The lottery application period allows schools to fill vacant seats remaining after the first lottery. Families may participate in the second lottery application process, even if they participated in the first lottery, however, the family’s first lottery application and wait-pool position will be automatically voided. Participation in the second lottery is best for families who are new to the district or did not participate in the first lottery or for families who have reconsidered school options and want to make new selections. The first lottery results, including wait pool sizes and a list of magnet schools with available spaces, is posted at Families participating in the second lottery will be notified of the results in late June. For details, contact the Magnet Programs office at 980-343-5030. The application is at

Grand Oak Elementary

Mathapolooza results: Grand Oak students received several awards at the annual Mathapalooza event in late February. For Individual Problem Solving in Grand Oak’s subgroup, Brannon Maynard won third place, Dermot Lowry won second place, and Eli Gundlach won first place. Eli also took first place overall in the competition against 500 students. Grand Oak students also won second place in the team categories of Team Problem Solving, Exploration and Team Build. Mathapalooza is a competition held annually for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools third graders. Students work independently and in teams to complete math challenges and hands-on problems that must be solved using teamwork and math skills.

Hough High

‘The Little Mermaid’: The Hough Performing Arts Department will present Disney’s “The Little ” at 7 p.m. March 17, 18 and 19 and 3 p.m. March 19 at Hough High School, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Advance general admission tickets are $10, and reserved seating is $15. General admission is $12 at the door. For tickets and details, visit

North Mecklenburg High

Finishing Touch Salon: North Mecklenburg High’s Finishing Touch Salon will be open to the public 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19. Haircuts, permanents, coloring, manicures, pedicures, facials and more are available. For details on prices and services, visit

Job board: The Horticulture Department is creating a job board for students. Jobs posted on the board do not have to relate to horticulture. Local businesses and organizations that can offer part-time jobs to students after school or on weekends may advertise available positions by contacting Stephanie Andersons at

Mooresville Graded School District

Park View Elementary

All Pro Dads: The All Pro Dads group will meet at 7:30-8:15 a.m. March 18 in the cafeteria. Those planning to attend should RSVP at

Mooresville High

Registration night: An optional registration night for rising ninth graders will be held 4:30-7 p.m. March 17 at Mooresville High’s Magnolia Campus. For details, visit

N.F. Woods Advanced Technology and Arts Center

SkillsUSA competition: The N.F. Woods Advanced Technology and Arts Center SkillsUSA Chapter took 89 students to the Northwest North Carolina Regional Competition at Wilkes Community College on Feb. 29. The group brought home 65 medals from the event, including 27 first-place awards. The students will continue on to the state competition in Greensboro in April.

Iredell-Statesville Schools

Coddle Creek Elementary

Baccalaureate candidacy: Coddle Creek Elementary School principal Susan Fail and Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Brady Johnson signed the International Baccalaureate Candidacy Application for Coddle Creek Elementary on Feb. 29. The application is part of the process required for the school to seek accreditation as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. If accepted, Coddle Creek will be the first elementary school in Iredell County to host the IB program. During the past year, a team at Coddle Creek has been gathering information concerning the IB Primary Years Programme and seeking feedback from students, parents, staff and the community. If approved, the school will spend the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years in the candidacy phase before being authorized to be a complete IB Primary Years Programme. Iredell-Statesville Schools has three IBO World Schools: Northview and Mount Mourne middle schools are authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Programme, and South Iredell High School offers the Middle Years Programme for ninth- and 10th-graders, and the Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme for 11th- and 12th-graders. Coddle Creek Elementary School is holding open enrollment through May 1. For details, visit

Kindergarten registration: Coddle Creek Elementary will host registration sessions for rising kindergarten students at 9-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m. March 24. Parents should bring their rising kindergartner with them to the registration. Students must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2016. Families must preregister to attend the registration sessions by coming to the school with recent proof of residence. Examples of proof of residences include a power, gas, water, cable, satellite or home landline phone bill. Once families present proof of residence, they will receive an enrollment packet to complete. Also needed for registration are copies of the child’s birth certificate and immunization records. For details, call the school office at 704-439-4077.

Woodland Heights Elementary

Spirit Night: A Spirit Night fundraiser will be held 5-9 p.m. March 16 at Chipotle 5PM-9PM, Chipotle Mexican Grill, 643 River Highway, Mooresville. A portion of the evening’s sales will benefit the school.

Brawley Middle School

Night of the Arts: Tickets are on sale for the 13th annual Night of the Arts reverse raffle. Tickets are $10 each, and only 300 will be sold. Raffle tickets also include entry to the Night of the Arts event on April 19. The owner of the last ticket pulled during the raffle will win a $500 Visa gift card. The winner does not have to be present at Night of the Arts to claim the prize. All proceeds from Night of the Arts and the raffle will benefit the Brawley Middle School Fine Arts Department. Brawley band, chorus, dance and advanced art students are selling the tickets.

Mount Mourne IB Middle

Quiz Bowl: Two teams from Mount Mourne participated in the 2016 Quiz Bowl Triad Regional Tournament in Thomasville on March 5. Mount Mourne’s Team A won four out of five matches and Team B won four out of four matches. Team A qualified to move on to the Quiz Bowl State Final, which will be held March 19 at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.

Lake Norman High

‘Bye Bye Birdie’: Lake Norman High Schools students will present the 1950s musical satire “Bye Bye Birdie” at 7:30 p.m. March 17, 18 and 19 at the school. The play is based on Elvis Presley going into the army. The cast and crew for this production includes more than 70 students. For tickets, call 704-799-8555 or send an email to

Private schools

SouthLake Christian Academy

Trip to Greece: Ten SouthLake Christian Academy high school students spent the week of March 1-7 in Greece for the Global Next Leadership Conference. The conference, named “Connecting the Dots – Understanding Cultural Shifts,” was hosted by Phil Johnson, founder and president of Global Next. The purpose of the conference was to enable SLCA students to explore fundamental issues regarding philosophy, global worldviews and current societal and cultural trends that affect biblical thinking. Emphasis is given to examining these issues in the context of Greek history, culture, philosophy and arts. For details on the program, visit

‘Suessical’: Performances of SouthLake Christian Academy’s student production “Seussical the Musical” will be at 7 p.m. March 17, 18 and 19 and 1 p.m. March 19 at the school. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and other children. Tickets are available online at

Lake Norman Christian

Basketball championship: The Lake Norman Christian varsity boys’ basketball team won the state title with a recent 58-39 victory over Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy in the championship game. The win allowed the LKNC Storm to finish the season with a 14-0 record in the MAAC Conference. Leading scorer Jackson Perry racked up 28 points during the game, making 36 percent of shots attempted while also sinking 73 percent of free throws taken. Ben Hoag scored 11 points for the Storm, and Ryan Zalewa’s performance behind the three-point line resulted in nine points for the team. Hoag was also a big defensive contributor, with seven rebounds, three steals and one block. Lake Norman Christian finished the game with 38 rebounds (15 offensive, 23 defensive), three blocks and nine steals. Varsity players will attend a week-long basketball camp at Liberty University this summer to prepare for the upcoming season.