School Notes for November 19

The River Oaks Academy Band, directed by Melissa Ray.

River Oaks student band to perform around town

River Oaks Academy’s elementary school band will perform in several parades and holiday celebrations this year:

• The Carousel Parade, on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day) at 10 a.m.

• The Mount Holly Christmas Parade, in downtown Mount Holly, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

• The Hopewell High School Christmas Show, 11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

Led by Melissa Ray, the band of fourth and fifth grade students is the only elementary school band in the district.

Cannon hosts event for parents on paying for college

CONCORD – Cannon School, at 5801 Poplar Tent Road, invites parents of high school students from throughout the Charlotte area to learn some tips about college tuition.

The free seminar takes place at the school’s Concord campus on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

Matthew Proto, director of scholar selection for the Morehead-Cain Foundation at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Chad Spencer, senior assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at Davidson College, will talk to parents about ways to pay for rising costs of college through scholarships and financial aid. They will meet in the school’s Taylor Hall.

Community college recruiters offer enrollment information session

CHARLOTTE – Central Piedmont Community College recruiters will offer a program Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Overcash Building, Room 308, for parents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg twelfth-graders.

They will discuss the school’s early registration program, academic programs, financial aid, and frequently asked questions about community colleges. The community college’s main campus is located at 1201 Elizabeth Ave., and parking is available at the 4th Street Faculty/Staff Parking Deck. For more information e-mail

Other News:

• Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: Schools are closed Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 24 through 26, for Thanksgiving.

• Gaston County Schools: Schools close Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 24 through 26, for Thanksgiving.

• East Gaston High: The second six-week grading period ends Monday, Nov. 22 and the school distributes report cards Dec. 2.

• Francis Bradley Middle: Items from the Parent-Teacher Association’s fall fundraiser can be picked up Friday, Nov. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the dance room, located in the gym. … Students may sign up for basketball Friday, Nov. 19, during lunch. … The School Leadership Team meets Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

• Hopewell High School: The school holds rehearsals for The Christmas Belle in the auditorium Nov. 29 through Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. each weekday. The Christmas Belle performance takes place Dec. 8 through 11 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

• Lake Norman Charter: Applications for the 2011-12 school year lottery are available at the middle and high school campuses, 12701 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, as well as on the school’s website, The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2011.

• Long Creek Elementary: The fourth-grade class travels to JA Biztown Friday, Nov. 19, for a field trip. … The Honors Choir’s regular rehearsal schedule will resume Dec. 1 at 7:30 a.m. in Mrs. Gommel’s music classroom.

• Mount Holly Middle: The school invites people to participate in a Turkey Trot on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The registration deadline for the run has passed, but the runners welcome support from the sidelines. … The school seeks donations to help Gaston County Cancer Services. Items sought include soups, Gatorade, Powerade and meal replacement drinks such as Ensure and Boost.

• Mountain Island Charter: The school will hold its admissions lottery for kindergarten through eighth grade Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. at New Covenant United Methodist Church, 14514 Lucia Riverbend Hwy., Mount Holly. Applications will be available on the school’s website,  The application period closes at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 7.

• Mountain Island Elementary: Students, parents and visitors are invited to the school’s Commit to be Fit community luncheon Friday, Nov. 19. Students in the following classrooms eat from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.: Johnson, Love, Young, Nels, Parker, Price, Jugis, Force, Jay, Kelley, and Makowski. Students in the following classrooms eat from 11:40 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.: Wicks, Barrier, Cuthbert, Glaze, Moore, Towler, Campbell, Green, Hall, Robb and Roberts. Students in the following classrooms eat from 12:35 to 1:20 p.m.: Scallan, Hess, P. Mehldau, McElhinny, Puckett, Phillips, Bass, Dula, Kirch, A. Mehldau and Meredith. Parents and visitors pay $4 at the door, and students will pay $2, deducted from their lunch account. … The Parent Teacher Association’s executive board meets Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 9:45 a.m. … The Parent Teacher Association’s board meets Thursday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. … The school invites parents, students and community members to a holiday expo Thursday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the school. Arts, crafts and other items will be available for sale.

• Paw Creek Elementary: Sonic restaurant on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road hosts a family night Dec. 3 from 2:30 to 8 p.m. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the school’s Parent-Teacher Association.

• Pine Lake Preparatory: The school is now accepting online enrollment applications, at

• Ramah Christian Classical School: The school closes Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 24 through 26 for Thanksgiving.

• River Oaks Academy: The school is collecting canned food items for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry. Students may bring canned food to their classrooms. The school accepts donations until Tuesday, Nov. 23.

• West Mecklenburg High School: The school takes student pictures for ninth, tenth and eleventh grades through Friday, Nov. 19, in the auxiliary gym during English classes. Seniors who still need their pictures taken may participate in the make-up picture day Dec. 16.

• Whitewater Academy: Third- through fifth-grade students compete in a spelling bee Friday, Nov. 19 beginning at 8 a.m. in the media center. … The school begins selling tickets to the Winter Dance on Nov. 29. … Parents enjoy a “Parents Night Out” Dec. 3 from 2 to 6 p.m.

– Compiled by Christina Ritchie Rogers

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