School Notes for October 15th

Charlotte Teachers Institute hosts ‘Exploding Canons’ at the Bechtler

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Teachers Institute is presenting the next installment of its discussion series, ‘Exploding Canons,’ on Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. with “The Planets in Outer Space and Beyond” at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Faculty members from Winthrop University, Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, along with a WDAV program director, will participate in an interdisciplinary panel discussion that examines new ways of looking at outer space.

“We’ve planned a full evening of planetary exploration,” Molly Shaw, the institute’s director, said.

The event begins with a reception in the lobby of the Bechtler Museum, featuring a planetarium show hosted by Discovery Place, followed by a panel discussion in the Wells Fargo Auditorium at 5:45 p.m. The evening will conclude with the Charlotte Symphony’s performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Knight Theater.

The reception and panel discussion are free and open to the public, but, tickets must be purchased for the symphony performance. The Charlotte Teachers Institute and the Charlotte Symphony will provide free tickets to the concert for the first 150 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers who e-mail by Monday, Oct. 18. Others may contact the Charlotte Symphony ticket office at 704-972-2000 for concert tickets.

For more information about Charlotte Teachers Institute, contact Molly Shaw at 704-687-0078 or

Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy holds information session

MOORESVILLE – Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, a University Model School, holds an information meeting for the 2011-12 school year Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

The school meets in the Harbor Church facility on Williamson Road in Mooresville, between exits 33 and 36, just south of Brawley School Road. For more information or to register for the session, e-mail

CMS Board continues community forums

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education has planned four more public forums in school auditoriums to discuss changes for area schools. The changes, proposed by district staff at the board work session Sept. 28, would take effect for the 2011-12 school year.

During each forum, board members will discuss changes relevant to schools in the surrounding area. The dates of the remaining forums are as follows:

• Thursday, Oct. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Vance High, 7600 IBM Drive.

• Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. East Mecklenburg High, 6800 Monroe Road.

• Thursday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. West Mecklenburg High, 7400 Tuckaseegee Road.

• Monday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. South Mecklenburg High, 8900 Park Road.

For more information on the forums and the proposed changes, visit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools website,

• East Gaston High: Alumni who graduated in 1980-89 are invited to an 80s decade reunion Saturday, Oct. 16, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Held at the Sheraton on Billy Graham Parkway near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the evening includes music, dancing, appetizers and a cash bar.Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Register to attend on the class reunion website,, or call Ann Adams Scott at 704.697.8716.

• Francis Bradley Middle: Fridays this month are Bradley Spirit days. … The week of Oct. 25 is Substance Abuse awareness week.

• Hopewell High School: The school’s leadership class sponsors a school beautification day Saturday, Oct. 16, from 8 to 11 a.m. The school needs student and staff volunteers to help with general trash cleanup while volunteers from Rubbermaid work on landscaping. Volunteers should bring work gloves and meet in the cafeteria courtyard at 8 a.m. Trash bags will be distributed at that time. … The PTSA meets Monday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. … The school’s barbecue fundraiser is Oct. 23. … The school’s “Spooktacular Fundraiser” runs through Oct. 31 at the Palace Theater in Cornelius.

• Long Creek Elementary: The Scholastic book fair runs Monday to Friday, Oct. 11 through 15. …The school holds a talent development meeting Thursday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. … The school hosts family fun night Thursday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• Mountain Island Charter: Interested parents and community members are invited to review amendments to the school’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-Part B, Public Law 108.446) project. The project describes the special education programs that Mountain Island Charter School proposes for federal funding for the 2010-2011 school year, and is available for review the week of Oct. 18 in the school’s Exceptional Children Services office, 14516 Lucia Riverbend Hwy., Mt. Holly. All comments will be considered before the school submits the amended document to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. … Curriculum maps, school supply lists, and the school calendar are now available on the “academics” page of the school website,

• Mountain Island day: The first grade travels to The Pumpkin Patch in Albemarle Tuesday, Oct. 19. … The fourth grade travels to Reed’s Gold Mine in Midland Thursday, Oct. 21. … The school hosts its annual fall festival Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

• Mountain Island Elementary: Fall picture make-ups are Thursday, Oct. 21. … The Mounty Boo Bear Cookie Sale runs Oct. 25 to 28. … The school book fair runs Nov. 1 to 5.

• Paw Creek Elementary: The school launches its new website Monday, Oct. 18 … The school holds a book fair Oct. 21 through 29.

• Rankin Elementary: The grading period ends Oct. 28. … The school hosts a fall carnival Oct. 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. … The Ida Rankin Elementary Cookbooks are available in the school office for $12.

• Whitewater Academy: Make-ups for individual fall pictures are Oct. 22.

– Compiled by Christina Ritchie Rogers

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