Principal John LeGrand transitions from Bain to Butler

By Leah Schmalz

John LeGrand, named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community this year, is in the process of transitioning from Bain Elementary to Butler High School for the next academic year.

John LeGrand, named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community this year, is in the process of transitioning from Bain Elementary to Butler High School for the next academic year.

John LeGrand is in a unique position as he makes the transition from principal of Bain Elementary to principal of Butler High School. Some of the students who attended Bain Elementary during his first year in 2008 are now freshmen and sophomores at Butler. “Each class going forward for the next several years will have the kids that I worked with here at Bain also. There’s a familiarity factor there that’s going to make this transition much easier for me,” he said.

 

LeGrand has served as principal of Bain Elementary for six years. This year he was named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community, a zone that includes schools like Independence, Butler and Bain.  Continue reading

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Kelly Lewis named athletic director of the year

By Michele Dotson

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Independence High School Athletic Director Kelly Lewis was named Athletic Director of the Year for North Carolina at the NCADA spring conference in Asheville on March 23.

Kelly Lewis was named Athletic Director of the Year by the North Carolina Athletic Director Association (NCADA) at the 2014 spring conference in Asheville, NC on March 23.

Lewis, who has been athletic director (AD) at Independence for 10 years, was honored at the spring conference at the Grove Park Inn.

The North Carolina Athletic Directors Association was formed in 1970 by the late Bob Jamieson of Greensboro, and others, with the hopes of providing athletic directors a forum for sharing their common concerns and problems while growing professionally.

Independence High School principal Amy Dellinger says Lewis has many responsibilities, and he is a true professional. Continue reading

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Local teacher earns national board certification – Speaks at media briefing

By Michele Dotson
Jennifer Lunsford

Jennifer Lunsford

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. Continue reading

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School Board votes to keep spring break intact for CMS

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 25, 2014 — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Feb. 25 that students will not have to make up school days missed on Feb. 13 and 14 due to the winter storm.

Dr. Heath E. Morrison, the district’s superintendent, presented a recommendation to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Feb. 25 to leave spring break intact by not making up two of the three missed days.  The Feb. 12 snow day will be made up on March 31, previously designated a teacher workday.

The district calendar for the current school year has 1,080 hours of instructional time, which is more than the 1,025 hours required by the state.  The extra hours provided some flexibility in the district’s response to the unusual weather event.

“The education of our students is always our first consideration and that is why the extra hours were built into the calendar,” Dr. Morrison said. “This decision was not an easy one but the unique nature of the February snow storm warranted a unique response.  Many of our employees and families indicated that they had made plans for the break, so we are pleased to avoid shortening spring break at this time.”

However, Dr. Morrison reminded the Board and the public that it is possible that additional severe weather could occur this year. Missing more days of school, he said, will mean losing days during spring break. District leadership does not believe giving up more instructional time is in the best interests of students, he said.

Dr. Morrison’s recommendation was unanimously approved by the Board of Education.

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Independence renovations nearing completion

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.10 PM 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.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.03 PM The area shown here will be the new front entrance to the school. Originally the area between the main building and the gym was a covered walk way. The building has been enclosed and connected to the gym. The new building will contain the front office as well as some administrative offices.

 

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Independence Patriots Varsity basketball

The Independence Patriots varsity basketball teams opened their Southwestern 4A conference play at home Friday night against the Eagles of East Meck.

Girls
East Meck          72
Independence  35
After a close first quarter, the visiting Lady Eagles pulled away and earned a 72-35 conference win.  Camile Martin led the Lady Patriots with 13 points while Jayla Horton paced the Lady Eagles and led all scores with 18 points.
Scoring:
East Meck       13  22  16  21  -   72
Independence   8   7   10  10  -  35
East Meck:  Jayla Horton 18,  Zhamya Wills 16,  Ciera Rucker 13,  LaBria King 10,  Miya Bull 6,  Taylor Hudson 5,  Shatoya Alexander 2,  Rachel Collins 2.
Independence:  Camile Martin 13,  Lydajah Mcleod 7,  Monique Dubose 6,  Krysta Peterson 6,  Laryn Sullivan 3.
Boys
East Meck          61
Independence  66
In the boys’ game The Independence Patriots held off a fourth quarter rally by the East Meck Eagles to pick up the 66-61 win in the conference opener for both teams.  East Meck entered the fourth quarter trailing by 12 points and out scored the Patriots 26-19.
Tryle Poindexter led the Eagles with 20 points. Independence got another big night from Deion Lane who led all scores with 28 points along with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots.  He hit 5 out of 6 from the floor, 4 three pointers and went 6 for 6 from the line.  Workpeh Kofa also had a big night with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocked shots and 6 deflections.
Scoring:
East Meck          12  13  10  26  -    61
Independence  18  14  15  19  -    66
East Meck:  Tryle Poindexter 20,  John Rankin 10,  Ray’Quelle Days 8,  Reggie Smith 7,  Desmond Covington 6,  Jaylen McManus 4,  Charles Patton 4,  Cameron Stradford 2.
Independence:  Deion Lane 28,  Junior Bowen 9,  Workpeh Kofa 9,  Tayon Gleaves 8,
Marcus Thomas 7,  Matthew Statile 3,  Kadeem Harry 2.
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