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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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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