Cindy Corwin wins Teacher Assistant of the Year

 

Cindy Corwin of J.H. Gunn El- ementary won Teacher Assis- tant of the Year for 2013-2014.

Cindy Corwin of J.H. Gunn El- ementary won Teacher Assis- tant of the Year for 2013-2014.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools named its 2013-2014 Teacher Assistant of the Year at a ceremony held at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology on May 22. Cindy Corwin of J.H. Gunn Elementary won Teacher Assistant of the Year.

Corwin has worked at J.H. Gunn as a teacher assistant for 10 years. She teaches reading and math to kindergarten, first-, third- and fifth-grade students. This year, all of her students achieved at or above grade level in their literacy assessments. Prior to serving at J.H. Gunn, Corwin taught pre-school at Wilson Grove Baptist Church for more than a decade. In 2012, she was named the CMS Teacher Assistant of the Year. The Charlotte native said Gunn is dear to her heart because all three of her children received their elementary education there.
Principal Monique Davis said, “Corwin cares about treating her students as individuals and takes pride in educating them. She’s like a mother eagle that looks forward to the day our eagles soar from the nest.”
CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison presented Corwin with a certificate and a basket of prizes.
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Clear Creek Elementary holds ‘Rock the Test’ pep rally

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Times

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.11.48 PM“I believe that we’ll make 5’s!” was the cheer echoing through the gymnasium at Clear Creek Elementary School last Wednesday afternoon. The school held a pep rally for third, fourth and fifth graders in anticipation of End of Grade testing.  
“You say to yourself, ‘What is Miss Heath thinking letting us come in here and scream like maniacs two days before end of grade tests?’” said Principal Debbie Heath. “I was thinking you need a break. Today what we are doing is celebrating the fact that you are going to blow the lid off the EOGs.” 
After breaking through a “Rock the Test,” banner, Heath and the teachers performed a dance they had learned just for the students, who responded with cheers and applause.  Continue reading
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Student ministries director returns to “Inspire youth for the next generation”

By Michele Dotson
Daniel Baird returns to Blair Road United Methodist Church as the Director of Student Ministries. Baird was raised in Mint Hill and grew up in the church he now serves.

Daniel Baird returns to Blair Road United Methodist Church as the Director of Student Ministries. Baird was raised in Mint Hill and grew up in the church he now serves.

Daniel Baird was hired in March as the new Director of Student Ministries at Blair Road United Methodist Church, but he’s no stranger to Mint Hill or the church located on Blair Road.

Baird was born in Long Island and raised in Mint Hill. He graduated from Butler High School and then went on to Appalachian State where he studied Business Management and minored in Recreation Management.

He was also an active member of Blair Road United Methodist Church, even completing his Eagle project at the church.

Baird was previously employed by the Boy Scouts as a District Executive in Boone for six years before transferring to Greensboro for the past year.

“I felt God calling me to youth ministry,” says Baird. “I was confident it would work out for me.” Continue reading

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Holocaust survivor speaks to Mint Hill Middle School students

By Leah Schmalz
Irving Bienstock answered questions from Mint Hill Middle School students last Monday about his experience as a Jew in Germany during the Holocaust.

Irving Bienstock answered questions from Mint Hill Middle School students last Monday about his experience as a Jew in Germany during the Holocaust.

When Irving Bienstock saw the Nazi military starting fires in synagogues, smashing windows, and raiding the houses of Jews on the night that is now known as Kristallnacht, his hope of survival wavered. “At that moment I thought I was going to die,” he said, as he recounted his story to eighth grade students at Mint Hill Middle School last Monday.

Bienstock covered his experience in Germany during the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power, when Jews weren’t permitted to ride buses, visit parks, or continue to run their businesses. Most of his extended family was killed and his father was forced to flee. Finally the rest of the family was able to escape the country. His father eventually made it to the United States in 1939 and the rest of the family joined him the following year. Bienstock entered the military and returned to Europe five years later to fight in World War II.  Continue reading

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New home building increasing steadily in Mint Hill

By Michele Dotson
Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

New home building has really been on an upswing in Mint Hill this year, with price points set for a moderate budget.

In April 2012, only 62 new home permits were issued in all of Mecklenburg County.

April 2014 shows a very different picture with 229 housing permits issued throughout the month.

So far this year, 837 permits have been issued for new homes.

While some of these new Mint Hill neighborhoods were taken over from previous builders who lost their property to foreclosure during the economic downturn, there are new properties being developed all over the area. Continue reading

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Discover Mint Hilll

The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

Discover Mint Hill, the annual showcase of the town’s civic, artistic and historical groups, was held Saturday, May 3.

The Lions Club was present selling brooms.

The Kiwanis had a prize wheel and participants of all ages spun for their chance to win a prize.

The blacksmith shop and the wheelwright shop were operational for demonstrations.

The date also marked the official start of the Mint Hill Farmer’s Market season which will be open weekends through fall.Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 5.15.56 PM

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