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

By Michele Dotson

When 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. […]

By |March 13th, 2014|Independence High School|1 Comment

Local teacher earns national board certification – Speaks at media briefing

By Michele Dotson

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. […]

By |March 6th, 2014|Around Town, Schools|0 Comments

Mint Hill Middle participates in black history quiz bowl

By Michele Dotson
Six 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.  […]

By |February 28th, 2014|Mint Hill Middle School|1 Comment

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

Website: www.queensgrantcommunitycharterschool.org<http://www.queensgrantcommunitycharterschool.org/><http://www.queensgrantcommunitycharterschool.org>

By |February 26th, 2014|Around Town, Queen's Grant|0 Comments

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.  […]

By |February 19th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Independence High School|3 Comments

Independence renovations nearing completion

 

 The new gymnasium being constructed at Independence High School from 2007 bond money is nearing completion. The renovations to the original gym are also nearing completion. Even with the recent bout of bad weather, the projected date of completion is sometime in April.

Independence High School will have a new façade when the construction is completed. […]

By |February 19th, 2014|Independence High School, Schools|166 Comments