Science Rocks! Independence students teach Bain science class about rocks

By Leah Schmalz

What are rocks? Fourth grade students at Bain Elementary learned the answer to that question last Thursday morning, thanks to a group of students from Independence High School. They spent an hour at the elementary school giving science presentations on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

The IHS students split up into small groups. Each group gave a presentation in a different fourth grade class. They passed out guided notes and presented a slideshow that covered how rocks are weathered, the three types of rocks and how they are formed, and the uses of rocks in everyday life.

In Pam Spilde’s class, IHS freshman Josh Blue passed around samples of coal, gneiss, and mica. He explained that if the stu- dents were able to press the coal hard enough between their hands, they could turn it into a diamond. “Don’t try it, though,” he said.

“What are some of the uses of rocks?” asked fresh- man Ashley Gildersleeve. The students quickly rattled off gravel roads, arrowheads, countertops, and houses. One student jokingly added “throwing” to the list. Continue reading

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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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National Merit Scholarship names local commended students

scholarshipIndependence High School principal Amy Dellinger announced today that Hunter Brakovec, Thomas Guist, Joseph Joyce, and Anna McElrath have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the programs, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Continue reading
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Independence not able to stop high-scoring Hawks

This past Thursday, it was the old guard versus the new guard. Independence has established itself as a perennial power and West Meck was hoping to show that last year’s playoff run was not a fluke. Both teams entered the game undefeated. The game did not disappoint the fans who came out to see two great teams play each other.West Meck was first to score just minutes into the game, taking a seven to zero lead. On the ensuing kick after the PAT, Independence answered right back when special teams stud Deion Washington ran back the kick 97 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots tried to go for the two point conversion but it was no good. West Meck seven, Indy six. During the next possession for the West Meck Hawks, star running back Shaun Wilson coughed the ball up and Independence’s Tim Marshall recovered the ball on the West Meck 46 yard line. Not too long after that, Patriot QB Kelvin Hopkins avoids a rush, heaves the ball 45 yards to Workpeh Kofa, who marches in for the score. The score at the end of the first quarter: Indy 13 West Meck 7.
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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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