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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Independence aces national list

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 1.54.29 PMIndependence High School has been named one of the countries’ best high school by the popular reporting and opinion website The Daily Beast.

“Our mission [is] to create a college and career ready culture,” said Independence High School Principal Amy D. Dellinger, “[We want our students to be] prepared for success regardless of their choice after high school i.e. college, military or the work face.”

Dellinger said that Independence applied for the opportunity to be placed on The Daily Beast list.

Dellinger has spent 23 years in education, the last four of which have been as Independence principal.

Dellinger said that the school has worked hard to develop four-year plans for each student, to help develop a specific vision for their future.  Continue reading

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Football Notes: Independence vs. South Meck

By Ron Morris

Independence traveled to South Mecklenburg Friday night and started off their season with an explosive offensive performance giving the Patriots a 49 – 0 win over South Mecklenburg.

The Patriots took the opening kick off and put together a 80 yard drive, capped off by a touchdown pass from quarterback Kevin Hopkins to Pierre Lockwood with 6:56 to go in the first quarter.
After the opening drive, the Patriots’ offense slowed down and led 7 – 0 with 4:26 left in  the first half.  The Patriots then scored three touchdowns in the final 4:26 giving them a 28 – 0 halftime lead.

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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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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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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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