Independence FFA Chapter promotes National Teach Ag Day

By Leah Schmalz

The Future Farmers of America, or FFA, at Independence High School is working to promote National Teach Ag Day this Thursday.

“There is a dire need for agriculture teachers,” said John Hess, the program’s advisor. “National Teach Ag Day is trying to promote students to get into agriculture and even into the field of teaching agriculture.” The program is doing this through announcements and posters that provide data on the need for agriculture teachers specific to the Southeast.  Continue reading

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Citizens Oppose New Development

By Charles Kelleher Harris

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners were in rapt attention as several citizens urged them to vote against a proposed housing development.

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners were in rapt attention as several citizens urged them to vote against a proposed housing development.

At least two dozen citizens were present at the September 11 meeting of the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting to voice their concerns over a proposed housing development behind the new Publix shopping center site during a public hearing.

Earlier this summer Ryan Homes, owned by NVR Inc., made a request for exemption from two zoning requirements in architectural guidelines in the proposed housing development located at 6828 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

“We are requesting approval (to) allow a garage to not be recessed from living space and relief from the exemption that every house must have a full front porch,” a representative from Ryan Homes told the board.  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Arts Welcomes New Teachers

Fall classes for students of all ages (children, teens, and adults) will begin Sept. 15, 2014, at Mint Hill Arts, with an exciting array of classes, ranging from watercolors to oils to photography.  Returning to MHA classrooms are Judy Mizell, Larry Ferguson, Vicki Crossman, Mila Antonyuk, and Pamela Shook.  Joining them will be eleven new teachers representing a variety of talent in their respective mediums:

Ruth Crowe — Pastel Techniques and Basic Art Class.  Award-winning pastel artist; member of the Piedmont Pastel Society and Appalachian, Abingdon, and Kingsport Guilds.

Johannah Kelly – Pen & Inn with Watercolor Postcards.  Multi-lingual teacher working in a variety of mediums (watercolors, pen and ink, oils, acrylics, and multi-media collage).

Laurie Schorr – Exploring Photography and Learning to See like a Photographer.  Professional photographer and owner of LaurieSchorrPhotography, with teaching experience at Northwest Performing Arts School and The Light Factory.

Kathy Hood – Polymer Clay; Saturday Sampler classes on Jewelry: Resin Pendants and Making Exciting Earrings.   Artist specializing in polymer clay and jewelry and a member of Blue Ridge Clay Guild and Queen City Clayers.

Gina Anderson – Techniques in Colored Pencil (Saturday Sampler).   Member of the Pencil Art Society and the Colored Pencil Society of America, winner of national and international awards, and featured artist in numerous publications.

Mark Anderson – Basic Photographic Principles (Saturday Sampler).  Imaging manager at Cardinal Camera at the Arboretum, with over 30 years’ experience in the photo industry.

Tommy Beatty – Wet-on-Wet Oil Painting (Saturday Sampler).  Certified teacher of the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet painting technique and retired business professional.

Pam Rooney – Artsy Tangles (Saturday Sampler). Artist specializing in creative ways to “doodle.”

Michele Dotson – Capture Your Memories (Saturday Sampler; two sessions using the creative writing process).  English teacher with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Anna Walker – Batik Painting (Saturday Sampler).  Retired art teacher and award-winning artist known for her batik painting workshops.

Tamra Davis – Blendabilities (Saturday Sampler).  Stampin’ Up! specialist and card designer.

 Mint Hill Arts is located at 11205 Lawyers Rd, Ste. A, Mint Hill, NC 28227. For more information on classes, including schedules and costs, call 980-226-5532 or visit www.minthillarts.org. You may also contact Marta Brown, Education Director, at martabob@aol.com or 704-577-8922.

 

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Coffee with a Cop opens dialogue on national front

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 2.04.26 PMBy Charles Kelleher Harris

Citizen’s concerns for law enforcement go beyond the scope of the Mint Hill town limits.

“I just think it is terrible on the news how people are down on the police,” said a Mint Hill resident who asked to be identified only as Leslie, “This whole climate in the country is terrible.”

Leslie was one of the residents who turned out for the monthly “Coffee with a Cop” that is hosted by the Mint Hill Police Department.

September’s event was hosted at Showmar’s Restaurant.  Continue reading

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Morrison praises Indy for graduation numbers

By Michele Dotson

CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison held a press conference Tuesday, September 2 at Providence High School to share preliminary graduation results from across the district.

Morrison praised Independence High School for posting an impressive graduation rate of 88.6  which is an increase of  4.5 % from 2013.

Independence Assistant Principal Amy Mims described the school’s massive efforts to make connections with students and parents in order to pave the way to success.

Since the media briefing last Tuesday, further results have been released and Independence High School has been recognized for “Exceeding Expected Growth”  as a school with an overall 19.67 growth index  with EOC state tests.

In measuring student progress, the state recognizes growth in addition to proficiency. The state uses a sophisticated statistical analysis of students’ past performances to determine if they have learned at least a year’s worth of material; or exhibited growth.

This indicator is designed to show that students are learning even if their test results do not meet expected proficiency.

According to results published on Friday, Independence finished first in the district for the highest student growth on the English II EOC, second in the district for the highest student growth on the Biology EOC, and sixth in the district for the highest student growth on the Math 1 EOC.

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