Butler High School to hold orientation for inaugural Academy of Health Sciences

By Leah Schmalz

 On Thursday, August 14, during freshman orientation, Butler High School will hold an open house for the inaugural year of its Academy of Health Science. “We are one of two Health Science Academies through National Academic Foundation in the state of North Carolina so we’re really excited,” said Ann Marie Ferguson, Assistant Principal of Instruction and the administrator of the academy.

 At the open house, students will have the opportunity to experience some of the experiments and activities that will be part of their regular academy classes. During the school year, students will follow a curriculum that prepares them for paid internships in health sciences by junior year. “Right now about 50% of kids that have signed up for courses in the academy are looking into veterinary medicine,” said Ferguson. “We’re hoping to get some internships with vets in the area.” The students will also be taking college level courses for credit by junior year. Each Monday students will hear from guest speakers or take field trips.

 This year there were no restrictions in place to sign up for the academy. In following years, there will be a 100-student cap on the program. Ferguson said the school will see how the first year goes before determining how to set the cap or if there is a need for more teachers.

 

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Dr. Steve Bain connects with lineage during Mint Hill visit

By Leah Schmalz

Steve Bain: Dr. Steve Bain stands next to a portrait of John Bain at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Steve Bain stands next to a portrait of John Bain at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

When Dr. Steve Bain, a professor at Texas A&M, began researching his family lineage, he never imagined it would take him to Mint Hill. The link extends back to Bain’s great-great-great grandfather, who was John Bain’s uncle.

Bain received a gracious welcome last Thursday at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where some of his ancestors are buried. Mayor Ted Biggers presented him with several mementos from the town, including several pins and an ornament of the town hall. “We were quite excited when we heard we had a namesake from the Bain family coming,” said Biggers. ““This is about…meeting the community and connecting so when people come here they don’t have to have the last name Bain to feel welcome.”  Continue reading

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Principal John LeGrand transitions from Bain to Butler

By Leah Schmalz

John LeGrand, named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community this year, is in the process of transitioning from Bain Elementary to Butler High School for the next academic year.

John LeGrand, named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community this year, is in the process of transitioning from Bain Elementary to Butler High School for the next academic year.

John LeGrand is in a unique position as he makes the transition from principal of Bain Elementary to principal of Butler High School. Some of the students who attended Bain Elementary during his first year in 2008 are now freshmen and sophomores at Butler. “Each class going forward for the next several years will have the kids that I worked with here at Bain also. There’s a familiarity factor there that’s going to make this transition much easier for me,” he said.

 

LeGrand has served as principal of Bain Elementary for six years. This year he was named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community, a zone that includes schools like Independence, Butler and Bain.  Continue reading

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Girls Soccer Independence & Butler. Independence Senior night.

The Rocky River Ravens girls’ soccer team visited Independence High School Tuesday afternoon looking to upset Indy on their final home game of the season and Indy’s senior night.

Indy got goals from four different players to take a take a 5-0 win over the Ravens.

The Patriots’ first goal came at the 6:01 mark in the first half when Mariel Guns scored
to give Indy a 1-0 lead.
17:52 into the second half, Indy’s Maddy Little broke free and scored the Patriots’
second goal.
Six minutes later, Indy’s Jocelyn Guzman added the third putting Indy up 3-0.  And just
twenty-six seconds later Karla Herrea added the fourth goal making the score 4-0 Indy.
The Patriots rounded out the scoring with one minute left when Mariel Guns scored her
 second goal giving the Patriots the victory over the visiting Ravens 5-0.
PHOTOS AND STORY BY RON MORRIS
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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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