Northeast Middle School honored at theater festival

By Michele Dotson

Northeast Middle School’s Theatre Department, under the direction of Mr. Brian Seagroves, brought home honors from the 2014 North Carolina Theater Conference (NCTC) Middle School Play Festival, held at Kings Mountain High School on March 15. Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 8.38.26 PM

The group presented The Arkansaw Bear at the festival and was presented with the following awards; Excellence in Choreography, and Excellence in Student Design and Production – Scenic Design/Scene Painting.

Each spring, the North Carolina Theatre Conference presents the Middle School Play Festival at two regional sites across the state.

In 2014, more than 300 students from 13 schools participated in the statewide event, presenting 15 plays.  Continue reading

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Car restoration honors father-in-law showcases talent he inspired

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 9.14.22 PMWhen Doug Pressley was a youngster growing up in Mint Hill, he liked to tear things apart and put them back together again. But it wasn’t until he was in high school and started spending time with his future father-in-law that he began to see that his talent for fixing mechanical things could lead to a lucrative career.

“As a kid, I liked to take my bike apart and put it back together,” says Pressley. “I didn’t think much of it, but when I started working with my future father-in-law on his ’54 Chevy truck, he encouraged me pursue it as a vocation.”

Pressley credits Doug Sloan for encouraging him to pursue training in automotive repair; a career that spanned 30 years. Continue reading

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Local teacher earns national board certification – Speaks at media briefing

By Michele Dotson
Jennifer Lunsford

Jennifer Lunsford

Rocky River High School mathematics teacher Jennifer Lunsford spoke at a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) media briefing held at the school on Wednesday, February 27. The media briefing focused on ways National Board certification is aligned with Goal 1 of the CMS Strategic Plan 2018.

Superintendent Heath Morrison’s long-range plan calls for “new kinds of schools with new kinds of instruction.”

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. As part of this process, teachers must analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement over time. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Middle participates in black history quiz bowl

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 2.28.02 PMSix students from Mint Hill Middle participated in the Annual Black History Quiz Bowl held for the first time at Carmel Middle School on Saturday, February 22.

Students from the south, east and central learning communities competed in a “Jeopardy”-style quiz bowl and answered questions about black history vocabulary, arts and entertainment, sports, inventors and famous firsts.  Continue reading

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Queen’s Grant Community School will host an Open House

Queen’s Grant Community Charter School,6400 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., will host an Open House this Thursday, Feb.27th. 2014 at 6pm to 7:30pm.

 Who: Queen’s Grant Community Charter School (K-8th. grades)
What: Open House/Tours/Prospective Parent Information Meeting
Why: To learn more about the school and receive a tour
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Technology takes toll on mind, body

Charlotte-Mecklenburg students must complete a graduation project where the student investigates a topic and presents their findings and a project to a panel. Independence High School senior and Mint Hill resident Erin Evans researched the negative effects of technology. Her report is below and has been edited for brevity. The full version is on our website www.minthilltimes.com.

Erin is the daughter of Evan and Whitney Evans of Mint Hill. 

by Erin Evans

(edited for brevity)

A child sits quietly, hardly blinking, occasionally jerking, constantly staring, oblivious to his surroundings. Some might wonder if he is schizophrenic, autistic, or suffering from another mental illness.

This child is simply addicted to the technology that holds his undivided attention and isolates him from the real world.

Technology, which has so greatly impacted life today in positive ways, has now begun to raise concerns about its negative influences, especially upon the young.  Continue reading

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