Still haven’t registered your child for school? It’s not too late. Also, CMS announced its Merit Scholars for this year–none from Butler or Independence, however. Finally, CMS’ surplus auction ends this Friday. Better hurry if you want some deals.

Don’t forget to register: If you’re new to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area and you haven’t registered your children for school yet, what are you waiting for? Families can stop by the Family Application Center (700 Marsh Rd) Monday – Thursday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Families will need to bring the following items: certified birth certificate, immunization records and three proofs of residency (utility bill or mortgage/lease agreement). If you have questions, call the Student Placement Office at 980-343-5335 or email them at: School will begin Tuesday, Aug. 25.

2009 National Merit Scholars named: The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named 21 CMS graduates as 2009 National Merit Scholars. The winners are among 8,200 distinguished high school graduates from across the country who received the prestigious college scholarships worth $36 million for undergraduate study. Myers Park High School led CMS with seven students receiving scholarships. Students from Ardrey Kell, North Mecklenburg, Northwest School of the Arts, Providence and Renaissance School at Olympic high schools also received scholarships. For more information, click here.

Summer meals: The summer food service program continues through Friday, August 7 at more than 120 sites in Mecklenburg County. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will provide free meals at several open sites to all children who live in the county. These sites include most CMS schools and some churches, YMCA branches and summer camp programs. Children must meet the national school lunch program income guidelines to be eligible to receive free meals at closed locations. Families who have questions should call CMS Child Nutrition Services at 980-343-6041. Click here for a list of meal locations, dates and times of operation. CMS has been participating in the program for more than 30 years.

Tuesday, July 14

Camp Invention (David Cox Road Elementary, 4215 David Cox Road) – Dozens of kindergarten through sixth-grade students are participating in Camp Invention at David Cox Road Elementary this week. The students are having fun while learning about science and math during lessons that include inventing a communication module for a spaceship, cleaning a polluted city, using recycled materials to create art and building robots to perform tasks. Camp Invention is being held at 24 CMS elementary school sites this summer. For more information, please contact Kathleen Johansen at 980-343-0472.

Wednesday, July 15

This week’s media briefing has been cancelled.

Friday, July 17

CMS Closed: All CMS offices and schools are closed today due to the four-day summer work week.

Online auction ends today: CMS surplus items up for sale include musical instruments, wooded bookcases, washer and dryers, and refrigerators. Those interested may go to the CMS Web site ( to be linked to the GovDeals site. Bidders can register free on the site.