School Notes October

Coulwood Middle teaches parents about gang awareness

CHARLOTTE – Coulwood Middle School and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Parent University will present a gang awareness program 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Coulwood Middle Media Center, 500 Kentberry Drive, Charlotte.

Parents will learn about Charlotte’s growing gang epidemic and ways to protect their children from gang influences.

Details: 980-343-6090.

School closures saved CMS millions of dollars, report states

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education reported during its Sept. 25 meeting that last year’s school closings saved the district millions of dollars.

The 10 closings were approved by former superintendent Peter Gorman.

The district saved $5.2 million a year on support staff and $138 million on renovations by merging students from closed schools into other schools. A majority of the controversy centered on the district’s decision to close several inner city high schools, including Wadell High, and open eight pre-kindergarten through eighth grade schools.

Academic results at these new schools have been disappointing, according to the report. Less than half of students at six of the schools passed state-mandated End-of-Grade reading tests, according to the report. Enrollment at many of these new schools has also exceeded capacity since the beginning of the school year.

“The academic growth and performance levels vary from school to school,” deputy superintendent Ann Clark said. “Our next step is to learn from our principals and their feedback to see where we could improve.”

Superintendent Heath Morrison told the board that low test scores shouldn’t necessarily be attributed to the school closures. He said it would take about four years before the district learns the full academic impact of kindergarten through eighth grade schools.

Lancaster’s BBQ hosts cornhole fundraiser for Hopewell High

HUNTERSVILLE – Lancaster’s BBQ will hold a fundraiser for Hopewell High School’s athletic program.

An inaugural corn hole tournament will take place Oct. 6 at the restaurant, 9230 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.

Call the restaurant at 704-394-1464 for specific times and entry information.

Festival to help fund D.C. trip

HUNTERSVILLE – Barnette Elementary School will hold a fall festival 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4 in its gym and car rider lane, 13659 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.

Festivities include games with prizes, face painting, temporary tattoos, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating center, picture post, DJ, food and a basket auction.

Proceeds from the basket auction will benefit a field trip to Washington, D.C.

Readers log 13.8 million minutes

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has announced that county residents read more than 13.8 million minutes as part of this year’s summer reading program.

According to end-of-summer results, 22,167 residents signed up for the program, a 26 percent increase from the previous summer. Children, teens and adults read for an average of about 20 minutes per day. The program ended Aug. 10.

Cannon School to offer SAT prep classes

Concord-based Cannon School is offering Princeton Review SAT prep courses to area students this fall and winter.

The first course runs Oct. 20-Nov. 17, while the winter course runs Jan. 26-March 2. Registration costs $450 per course, which covers all course materials as well as pre- and post-tests. The course is recommended for high school juniors.

Go online to www.cannonschool.org/satprep for a registration form. Payment must be submitted by Oct. 5.

Barnette Elementary uses grant to open outdoor classroom

HUNTERSVILLE – A grant from the Cabot Creamery Cooperative and Barnette Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association will provide Barnette Elementary first- and third-graders with an outdoor classroom.

Students will use 5-foot by 3-foot raised beds, built by the school’s parent volunteers, to plant gardens later in the fall. Students will work in groups to tend to their assigned plots, while learning about where food comes from. Project-based learning teacher Amanda Womack will lead the classroom.

Third-graders will research the types of vegetables that thrive during late summer and early fall, identifying the parts of a plant and learn how weather and temperature affects plants and their life cycles. First-graders will focus on the basic needs of plants. q

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