Enrolling your CMS student

Parents of kindergarteners and new students in Mecklenburg County can contact CMS or their local school for a student enrollment form. Required documents also include a certified birth certificate, three proofs of residency, and immunization records.
The three proofs of residency require a proof of address from each of three types. Type A includes a copy of deed or record of most recent mortgage statement, copy of current lease (including Charlotte Housing Authority and HUD leases), HUD closing statement, residency affidavit from landlord affirming tenancy, Section 8 agreement, or a letter from approved agency (group home purposes only). Type B is a utility bill within the last 30 days. Type C includes a valid N.C. driver’s license, current vehicle registration, valid N.C. photo identification card, W-2 dated within the last year, vehicle or property tax bill dated within the last year, Medicaid card from the last year, payroll stub or bank statement dated within the last 60 days.
Prospective kindergarteners must be five years old on or by August 31, and a health assessment must be completed within the 12 months before the start of school.
Immunizations are required at various levels of schooling. Elementary schoolers need DTP/DTaP/Dt/Td, Polio, Hep B, Haemophilus influenza type B (HIB), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Varicella. Middle and high school requires those and Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap).

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Common Core standards set for new school year

Like most of the nation’s states, North Carolina will put into practice for the 2012-2013 school year the Common Core State Standards for public schools. The Common Core was coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and input from teachers, administrators, college professors, and representatives from student groups including students with disabilities, English learning students, and civil rights groups was considered in the creation of the standards. Public feedback included 10,000 responses.

Gov. Beverly Perdue announced N.C.’s State Board of Education adoption of the Common Core in June of 2010. She was meeting with the U.S. Department of Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, when she made the announcement.
“North Carolina has always been a leader in education reform and this is yet another example of how the leadership in this state remains committed to putting our children first,” said Perdue in a press release.
The Common Core’s key points are in English language arts, including reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and media and technology, and in mathematics. The standards in each subject and in each grade are geared to ensure graduating high school students are “able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.”
Students will be expected to: read diverse texts, classic and contemporary, fiction and non-fiction; write logical arguments with sound reasoning; communicate at the individual and group levels; analyze and use media; apply mathematics to the real world; use mathematics and statistics in decision making.
The Common Core was not created on the national level. It is a state-led initiative, though federal funding is available. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers has stated they intend to remain state-led.
“This is the first time that states have led an effort to create a common set of learning standards for our students,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson in a press release. “North Carolina’s own essential standards are well aligned with the math and English Common Core, and we look forward to the benefits for our students. We are excited about the opportunities the Common Core offers us to share professional development and best practices with our partner states.”

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Fatal motorcycle crash

A 21-year-old Mint Hill man died last Saturday when his motorcycle hit a culvert pipe.  He ran off the right side of Hwy. 521 in Lancaster County, S.C. around 8:50 pm.  The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash, and his name has not been released.

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CMS football begins

The 2012-2013 football season begins this Friday. Start times of CMS home games is always 7 pm, unless otherwise noted. The schedule for this week is as follows: Ashbrook at Olympic; Charlotte Catholic at South Mecklenburg; Concord Senior at West Charlotte; Cox Mill at Harding University; Garinger at Myers Park; Hopewell at Providence; Hough at Independence; Mallard Creek vs. Butler at Memorial StadiumMarvin Ridge at East Mecklenburg; Phillip O. Berry at Vance; Rocky River at West Mecklenburg; OPEN: Ardrey Kell, North Mecklenburg.

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Kindergarten staggered entry

CMS uses a staggered entry approach for kindergarten students. Using this method, approximately a quarter of each class’ students attend each of the first four days of school. On the fifth day, the entire class is in attendance. CMS kindergarten students are staggered August 27-30. All kindergarten students are requested to attend school on Aug. 31. Each school determines their own staggered entry schedule. Parents should contact their child’s school to learn more about that school’s staggered entry process.

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School volunteers

Many CMS schools have benefited from volunteers and partners who contributed 355,898 hours during the 2011-2012 school year. School volunteers have the power to make a difference in the lives of our students and progress in the classroom. Volunteers positively impact students’ self-esteem, attitudes, social growth and communication skills by helping to provide the personalized attention students need to succeed. Volunteers can also assist teachers, and provide support to the office and media staff.

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