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Patriot Life Line orients incoming IHS freshmen

By Leah Schmalz

Attending Independence High School for the first time this fall? Stop by the school on August 13 from 2 to 5 pm for Patriot Life Line, an orientation event.

“Patriot Life Line is a way for our rising ninth graders to be introduced to the campus,” said IHS history teacher Tamara Babulski. “We just want as many upcoming freshman as possible to come so they’re not overwhelmed.”

Members of the Indy Dream Team and student council will lead games and show groups of ninth graders around the campus. These upperclassmen then act as mentors for the students throughout the year, answering any questions and offering support.  […]

CMS receives Safe Sports School Award

Nineteen Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools, all with North Carolina High School Athletic Association athletic programs, have received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award. The high schools are Ardrey Kell, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Butler, East Mecklenburg, Garinger, Harding University, Hopewell, William A. Hough, Independence, Mallard Creek, Myers Park, North Mecklenburg, Olympic, Providence, Rocky River, South Mecklenburg, Zebulon B. Vance, West Charlotte and West Mecklenburg.

The Safe Sports School Award advocates safety and schools which provide safe environments for student-athletes. The award recognizes the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment. […]

By |July 9th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Schools|0 Comments

J.H. Gunn kindergarten teacher wraps up successful career

By Leah Schmalz

TyJuana Shaw loves the color purple.

So when J.H. Gunn Elementary, the school where she teaches kindergarten, told everyone to dress in purple one day during the final week of classes, she was excited.

When she arrived at school to discover the day was held in her honor, she was absolutely elated.

Purple Day was one of several ways the students and staff commemorated Shaw’s retirement from teaching this year. She taught at Bain and Lebanon Road elementary schools before putting in 20 years at J.H. Gunn.  […]

By |June 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Schools|0 Comments

Girls lacrosse academies, travel team come to Mint Hill

This summer, girls as young as second grade can develop lacrosse skills while those in high school can join a travel team thanks to a newly launched organization, Carolina Crush Lacrosse.

About a month ago, Sandy Barnett, executive ad- ministrator of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, and Melissa LaDez, head varsity lacrosse coach at Independence High School with extensive experience as a player, decided to partner to pursue an idea close to both of their hearts.

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