Kiwanis names September Terrific Kids

Bain Terrific Kids Kindergarten: Elijah Smith, Isabella Perry, Gavin Poulin, Abigail Hayes, Abigayle Price, De’Asia Alexander. Second: Jayden Osorio, Sienna Hopkins, Natalie James, Alex Kem- per, Jordan Appling, Jessie Butler, Josie Mullis. Fourth: Calvin Saia, Emma Elliot, Cole Schoolcraft, Tamia Burgess, Nahua Cortez, Jana Pak, Ryan Arne. First: Natalie Johnson, John Howard, Natalie Howie, Ryan Land, Katie Watson, Ian Turner, Taryn Vogler. Third: Ol- ivia Troy-Mebane, Andrew Graham, Kelsey Diggs, Tyler Whetstone, Jake Russell, Jake Brabson, Kalyn Cuthbertson. Fifth: John Hernandez, Sterling Dennis, Joshua Ponder, Chelsea Matthews, Harrison Gates, Bryson Hogsed, Jada Adams.

Bain Terrific Kids
Kindergarten: Elijah Smith, Isabella Perry, Gavin Poulin, Abigail Hayes, Abigayle Price, De’Asia Alexander. Second: Jayden Osorio, Sienna Hopkins, Natalie James, Alex Kemper, Jordan Appling, Jessie Butler, Josie Mullis. Fourth: Calvin Saia, Emma Elliot, Cole Schoolcraft, Tamia Burgess, Nahua Cortez, Jana Pak, Ryan Arne. First: Natalie Johnson, John Howard, Natalie Howie, Ryan Land, Katie Watson, Ian Turner, Taryn Vogler. Third: Olivia Troy Mebane, Andrew Graham, Kelsey Diggs, Tyler Whetstone, Jake Russell, Jake Brabson, Kalyn Cuthbertson. Fifth: John Hernandez, Sterling Dennis, Joshua Ponder, Chelsea Matthews, Harrison Gates, Bryson Hogsed, Jada Adams.

Clear Creek Teriffic Kids Kindergarten: Holden Smith, Triniti James, Maicy Metzgar, Isabel Pereira, Maricarmen San- chez-Martinez. First: Bryce Sprout, Brandon Bernai Jarquin, John-Ru- ben Jimenez, Jesse Sprout. Angel Hernandez. Second: Jonathan Chadwick, Michael Graham, Naima Adams, Peyton Carros, Jailynn Lo- pez. Third: Kerry Creech, Michele Amoah, Christopher Jones, Naomi Moga, Giselle Lee-Diaz. Fourth: Abigail Lee, Amahri Surratt, Sofiya Iurceac, Joshiah Sutherland. Fifth: Zoe Hopwood, Alex Patrick, Natalie Tepedino, Joni Gerringer, Jessimey Reyes.

Clear Creek Teriffic Kids
Kindergarten: Holden Smith, Triniti James, Maicy Metzgar, Isabel Pereira, Maricarmen Sanchez-Martinez. First: Bryce Sprout, Brandon Bernai Jarquin, John Ruben Jimenez, Jesse Sprout. Angel Hernandez. Second: Jonathan Chadwick, Michael Graham, Naima Adams, Peyton Carros, Jailynn Lopez. Third: Kerry Creech, Michele Amoah, Christopher Jones, Naomi Moga, Giselle Lee-Diaz. Fourth: Abigail Lee, Amahri Surratt, Sofiya Iurceac, Joshiah Sutherland. Fifth: Zoe Hopwood, Alex Patrick, Natalie Tepedino, Joni Gerringer, Jessimey Reyes.

H Gunn Terrific Kids Kindergarten: Nahom Abraha, Nina Manning, Sierra Tal- ley, Ahmad Savage, Maurice Rovira, Caleb Jackson. First: Alexisa Tedeku, David Tourn, Daisy Diaz Zambrano, Jesse Davis, Shessley Hernandez, Reem Ezzaarate. Second: Yaz- min Lowery, Valeria Delgado, Isabella Garcia, Joel Velas- quez, Sarai Barrios, Plankhy Shaw El. Third: Derek Estrada, Paris Maxell, Esmeralda Boria, Marlon Duran Chavez, Anabel Ibarra-Gomez, Veronica Ro- man. Fourth: Marro Agbaga, Francisco Limon, Lashandria Jordan, Javares Green, Barba- ra Sanchez. Fifth: Addison Ga- ron, Genesis Jimenez, Kacee Sinclair, Jackie Dunlap, Destiny Estrada, Marco Torres, Clem- ente Mayo, Landon King.

H Gunn Terrific Kids
Kindergarten: Nahom Abraha, Nina Manning, Sierra Talley, Ahmad Savage, Maurice Rovira, Caleb Jackson. First: Alexisa Tedeku, David Tourn, Daisy Diaz Zambrano, Jesse Davis, Shessley Hernandez, Reem Ezzaarate. Second: Yazmin Lowery, Valeria Delgado, Isabella Garcia, Joel Velas- quez, Sarai Barrios, Plankhy Shaw El. Third: Derek Estrada, Paris Maxell, Esmeralda Boria, Marlon Duran Chavez, Anabel Ibarra-Gomez, Veronica Ro- man. Fourth: Marro Agbaga, Francisco Limon, Lashandria Jordan, Javares Green, Barba- ra Sanchez. Fifth: Addison Ga- ron, Genesis Jimenez, Kacee Sinclair, Jackie Dunlap, Destiny Estrada, Marco Torres, Clemente Mayo, Landon King.

Lebanon Terrific Kids Kindergarten: Jazmin Sumter, Razia Ahmed, Brayden Ramirez, Sophia Tristan, Tatiana Collins, Peyton Mines, Valeria Valle Ojeda. First: Alexshai Valdovinos, Andrea Jacobo, Nadira Estrada, Corey Burleson, Frankie Jones, Luai Abdulraheem, Yazmin Galvan-Martinez. Second: Austin Bodin, Tyler Phan, Jalyn Allen, Bereni- ece Cervantes. Third: Bryan Martinez, Pamela Santibanez, Nathan Rankin, Kayla Castro, Lakshmi Alfaro Perez. Fourth: Melissa Flores, Cara Story, Jaheim Roscoe, Lizbeth Munoz Ro- driguez, Amy Figueroa-Cribas. Fifth: Briana Phan, Sammy Haile, Amaya Coe, Nicole Garcia, Brianna Ca’Camo, Chelsy Montoya.

Lebanon Terrific Kids
Kindergarten: Jazmin Sumter, Razia Ahmed, Brayden Ramirez, Sophia Tristan, Tatiana Collins, Peyton Mines, Valeria Valle Ojeda. First: Alexshai Valdovinos, Andrea Jacobo, Nadira Estrada, Corey Burleson, Frankie Jones, Luai Abdulraheem, Yazmin Galvan-Martinez. Second: Austin Bodin, Tyler Phan, Jalyn Allen, Bereni- ece Cervantes. Third: Bryan Martinez, Pamela Santibanez, Nathan Rankin, Kayla Castro, Lakshmi Alfaro Perez. Fourth: Melissa Flores, Cara Story, Jaheim Roscoe, Lizbeth Munoz Ro- driguez, Amy Figueroa-Cribas. Fifth: Briana Phan, Sammy Haile, Amaya Coe, Nicole Garcia, Brianna Ca’Camo, Chelsy Montoya.

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Former Bain students now working on staff

By Michele Dotson
Former Bain students Dorothy Flaherty, Kelli Drye, Tracy Mullis, Susan Moore and Jessica Corrigan have returned to their elementary alma mater as employees. Flaherty is the school’s administrative and financial secretary, Drye is the Instructional Facilitator, Mullis and Moore are both teaching assistants, and Corrigan teaches third grade. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Former Bain students Dorothy Flaherty, Kelli Drye, Tracy Mullis, Susan Moore and Jessica Corrigan have returned to their elementary alma mater as employees. Flaherty is the school’s administrative and financial secretary, Drye is the Instructional Facilitator, Mullis and Moore are both teaching assistants, and Corrigan teaches third grade. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Whoever said “Nothing good can last forever,” certainly had never attended Bain Elementary School.

Five current members of the Bain Elementary staff are former students.  What has drawn them back to Bain to work as adults is basically the same feelings they got when they were kids.
“The closeness that we have is like an extended family,” says Administrative and Financial Secretary Dorothy Flaherty who attended Bain from Kindergarten through sixth grade.
Third grade teacher Jessica Corrigan is proud to be at Bain to continue the traditions.
“The heart of Bain is what makes it so special.  There is a feeling of love and warmth amongst the staff, parents, and students.  We have strong historical ties to the community and Bain is rooted in a long tradition of providing the best for its students. “
Academic Facilitator Kelli Drye’s mother taught at Bain when she was a student there and she remembers spending time after school with her in her classroom “teaching school.”
Although Bain has been known since its inception in 1889 as a quality educational institution, holding high expectation of its students and parents, there’s always room for some fun, too. Continue reading
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CMS bond requests funds for programs, schools in Mint Hill area

A portion of the $290 million Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is requesting through a bond referendum will directly assist Mint Hill area schools.
If approved, approximately $39.02 million will be directed for a new K-8 Magnet school and updating Career and Technical Education programs.
$30.38 million would fund the construction of a new K-8 partial magnet school, expanding capacity for the Spanish language immersion magnet program in CMS. It would provide much-needed relief for Albemarle Road Elementary and middle schools and other nearby elementary schools while expanding capacity at Collinswood Language Academy.╩
K-8 schools can provide consistency and stability for students as they move from kindergarten to a new elementary school and then to a new middle school. This project provides a cost-effective solution to building separate elementary and middle schools. It costs about $48 million to build a new school.
$8.64 million would be used as the first part of a Career and Technical Education expansion. In Phase I, access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students would be expanded by creating technical institutes at Garinger, North Mecklenburg, West Mecklenburg and Independence high schools. These institutes would provide the full slate of CTE course offerings, including automotive, carpentry, culinary, cosmetology and horticulture classes. Each school will leverage local businesses and industry to emphasize real-world, program-specific experiences for students.
For more information, or to see the progress of the 2007 Bonds, visit http://www.cms.k12.nc.us
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Principal readies Bain for transition

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By Michele Dotson - Staff Writer

Finishing touches are being completed at the newly constructed Bain Elementary School in preparation for the start of school in August. The project, which cost more than $15 million and took about 18 months to complete was paid for with 2007 bond money.

The school was first slated only for upgrades, but approval for a new structure came once it was determined to be more cost effective to build from scratch.  Construction began in early spring of 2012. nths to complete was paid for with 2007 bond money.

Principal John LeGrand has spent the summer organizing the move from the adjacent building and readying the school for the return of teachers on August 19.

“I have been addressing our instructional focus, of course, but I’ve been surprised how I’ve been pulled into dealing with lots of logistics this summer.” Continue reading

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Back to school

Seven schools in the Mint Hill area are nearly ready to open their doors for the first day of school in the 2012-2013 academic year.  Some schools are seeing an increase in teachers, students, or construction, and each school will implement the newly adopted Common Core State Standards, as well as serve more nutritional lunches.  Many principals in the area are beginning the year at their new schools for the first time,  waves of students are transitioning into their first year in middle and high school, and young kindergarteners are entering the educational system for the first time.

 

Bain Elementary School
11524 Bain School Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
980-343-6915 | fax 980-343-6150
Principal: John M. LeGrand
Bell Schedule: 8:15 am – 3:15 pm
Grades: K-5
Open House: August 23, Kindergarten 3-4 pm, All 4-6 pm

Bain principal John LeGrand with a portrait of Bain Academy founder John Bain.

Bain is adding one teacher to its staff this year. It is also adding a new afterschool program, Kidnetic, which enhances the curriculum by teaching through movement. It is intended to help students with different learning styles.
One of the most noticeable changes at Bain Elementary School is the construction. A new building is being constructed to open August 2013. Its construction affects the current building’s parking situation, as the parking lot is being renovated for the future. Only half of the parking lot is available this school year, which will make arrival and dismissal a congested time each day. Parents are encouraged to utilize buses and carpool. Buses will arrive and leave on time, as they are given priority. To conserve parking lot space, the number of buses has decreased from 17 to 13.
The A building, also called the Old Bain Building, will not be in use as it was condemned after the 2010-2011 school year. The Town of Mint Hill is discussing plans to preserve the building. The C building will be demolished next June, and the A building is set to go at the same time.
The number of registered kindergarteners is lower than usual, perhaps due to the construction. Principal John LeGrand wants to invite parents to the school to register their children.
“Even though we have all of these changes outside of our building and surrounding our campus, our focus will continue to be inside the building, maintaining the same calm, nurturing academic environment,” said LeGrand.

Clear Creek Elementary School
School Information:
13501 Albemarle Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
980-343-6922 | fax 980-343-6156
Principal: Penni Beth Crisp
Bell Schedule: 7:45 am – 2:45 pm
Grades: K-5
Open House: August 23, 3-5 pm

Clear Creek Elementary School estimates enrollment numbers will not change much for this year, but it will see two additional classrooms, a new eight-room modular building and two trailers to replace an old modular. There will be new staff, as well.
“We are excited about a number of new staff members and the new Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards, which will be implemented across all grade levels,” said principal Penni Beth Crisp.

Mint Hill Middle School
11501 Idlewild Road
Matthews, NC 28105
980-343-5439 | fax 980-343-5442
Principal: Steve Drye
Bell Schedule: 8:15 am – 3:15 pm
Grades: 6-8
Open House: August 24, Grade 6 11 am – 1 pm, Grades 7 and 8 2-4 pm

Mint Hill Middle School’s bell schedule has changed for this school year. Last year’s schedule was 9:15 am – 4:15 pm, and this year students will be at school from 8:15 am – 3:15 pm. The changing schedules is tied to transportation cuts. Shifting schedules allows for budget cuts and continued operation of CMS transportation.
The school will also be seeing a new computer lab this year, with enough new computers to allow for instruction of a whole class.
Principal Steve Drye has initiated a way for teachers to build relationships with their students. They will use team building activities and book studies in small groups to facilitate character growth and a support system for students.
“This year one of the things we’re going to be looking at is a renewed emphasis on advisory time, working on building relationships with kids. Doing some things to get to know kids better. That’s something that in middle school is critical. The kids need to feel like they belong. It’s a time when they’re really trying to discover who they are and who they want to become and who they want to choose as their role models. We as middle school educators have a real opportunity to have an impact on kids,” said Drye.
Drye encourages students and parents to get involved this school year, and welcomes communication.

Rocky River High School
10505 Clear Creek Commerce Drive
Mint Hill, NC 28227
980-344-0409 | fax980-343-2139
Principal: Brandy Nelson
Bell Schedule: 7:15 am – 2:15 pm
Grades: 9-12
Open House: August 22, 5:30 – 7 pm

Rocky River High School’s new principal, Brandy Nelson, will be opening the school this year for the first time. She is “excited and encouraged” by her school.
Rocky River will see two new staff positions this year, as well as a new athletic director, Jonathan Lamb, and some coaching positions.
Also new this year is the Student Leadership Conference scheduled for November. This conference is a partnership with New Beginnings Church and athletic boosters to focus on character and leadership. The conference has sessions for students and parents to attend.
Technology and school spirit are important at Rocky River this year. The senior class is also challenged with beating the standards set by the first graduating class last year.

Indy principal Amy Dellinger hopes for a great school year for her 2,200 students.

Independence High School
1967 Patriot Drive
Charlotte, NC 28227
980-343-6900 | fax 980-343-6907
Principal: Amy Dellinger
Bell Schedule: 7:15 am – 2:15 pm
Grades: 9-12
Open House: August 22, 4-6 pm

Independence High School will see more teacher positions and more students this year. The 2,200 students expected to enroll is larger than last year’s number.
New this year is the Freshman Academy. Studies show ninth grade as a critical drop-out year for high school students. The Freshman Academy is intended to be a transitional program, focusing on attendance, creating a culture of success, and using interdisciplinary teams to ensure open communication.
Independence expects a strong athletic program this year, as well as a continuance of strong teaching and learning.

Queen’s Grant Community School
6400 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC 28227
704-573-6611 | fax 704-573-0995
Principal: Christy Morrin
Bell Schedule: 8:15 am -3:15 pm
Grades: K-8
Open House: Back to School Night and Bingo August 20, 6-7 pm

Queen’s Grant Community School has seven new teachers this year, as well as additional support staff for at-risk students. Student numbers do not change much from year to year, as there is a cap on enrollment at charter schools. There is a waiting list of 1,300 students this year.
This summer staff were in professional development workshops for the new Common Core standards, and principal Christy Morrin said, “It’s exciting because it increases the level of rigor for kids.”
Students and parents can look forward to continued parent involvement. The August 20 open house is a fun meet and greet, with a Bingo event put on by the parent organization.

Queen’s Grant High School
10323 Idlewild Rd
Matthews, NC 28105
704.545.0736 | fax 704.545.0738
Principal: Dr. Mike Smith
Bell Schedule: 7:50 am – 2:30 pm
Grades: 9-12
Open House: Grades 9 and 10 August 20, 5-7 pm; Grades 11 and 12 August 21, 5-7 pm

Queen’s Grant High School has new buildings, a paved parking lot, and practice athletic fields this year. At no cost to the school, thanks to an active parent group, a baseball and soccer field will be available for students on campus. The school is also adding a lacrosse team.
Queen’s Grant will be replacing three teachers and adding two more positions. There is also a new assistant principal, Reginald Flenory, and a new guidance counselor, Alan Voigt.
The parent group, Very Involved Parents, will be providing shirts to teachers with their slogan “Why not here? Why not now?”
Principal Dr. Mike Smith wants his students to be volunteers to learn and looks forward to the new year.

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Commissioners to discuss saving Bain building

Commissioners raised concerns over the fate of Bain Elementary School’s auditorium at last Thursday’s meeting.  The three present commissioners made a quorum in the absence of Mayor Ted Biggers and Commissioner Mickey Ellington.

An environmental and structural study was done on Bain’s auditorium and found asbestos and lead based paints, as well as significant structural problems.  The Board is interested in saving the building as a piece of Mint Hill’s history, and may find help through the Mint Hill Historical Society and the Department of Cultural Resources.  This issue may generate public interest, and with the absence of the mayor and a commissioner, it was deferred until the next meeting scheduled for August 16. Continue reading

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