School volunteers

Many CMS schools have benefited from volunteers and partners who contributed 355,898 hours during the 2011-2012 school year. School volunteers have the power to make a difference in the lives of our students and progress in the classroom. Volunteers positively impact students’ self-esteem, attitudes, social growth and communication skills by helping to provide the personalized attention students need to succeed. Volunteers can also assist teachers, and provide support to the office and media staff.

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Improved school lunch

CMS Child Nutrition Services wants families to know that when students return to school in a few weeks, they’ll find healthy new choices in their school cafeterias that meet tough, new federal nutrition standards. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, school lunches will meet age-appropriate calorie limits, larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce); a wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes; fat-free or one percent milk (flavored milk must be fat-free); more whole grains; and less sodium.

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Supt. Morrison listens to community

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’s new superintendent, Dr. Heath Morrison, led a community town hall meeting at Rocky River High School last Thursday to hear from parents, students, and teachers.  It was the first of many community meetings scheduled for the new school year.
Rocky River principal, Brandy Nelson, introduced Morrison to the event.  “On behalf of the students, the community, the faculty, the staff, we’d like to welcome Dr. Morrison to Rocky River.  It’s a special place; we love it very much.  We are thrilled that you’re here today.  Thank you for coming.”  Nelson presented Morrison with orange and brown Rocky River “swag,” including a hat and jacket. Continue reading

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CMS’s new superintendent visits Independence

Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s new superintendent, Heath Morrison, visited Independence High School Monday.  Morrison met with principal Amy Dellinger, faculty, transportation staff, and students.

“His primary goal was to get a feel for the culture and the organization of summer school,” said Dellinger.  Independence High School holds summer school for the district, serving students and teachers from Providence, East Mecklenburg, and Butler High Schools.

Morrison entered classrooms and spoke with students about the purpose of their summer school enrolment, graduation plans, and the next steps after graduation.

Dellinger and Morrison had some informal conversations about what is working well for Independence.  They will have a more Independence-focused conversation later in the year to discuss teachers, students, and the culture of the school.

“We were certainly glad to have him here,” said Dellinger.

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Class of 2012 – High school seniors in Mint Hill

High school seniors in Mint Hill are finishing their last week of school and preparing for graduation.  In the coming week Queen’s Grant, Rocky River, and Independence High Schools will turn their tassels and celebrate their accomplishments.
Queen’s Grant High School has a graduating class of 88 students, and 95 percent of them plan to further their academic careers.  As a whole, the students have applied to over 90 colleges, and have been accepted to over 50, including Notre Dame, William and Mary, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Cornell, Columbia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Baylor.  Three percent of the seniors intend to enlist in the military in the next year. Continue reading

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Bain Elementary wins recycling program in CMS

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students have collected and recycled 8,000,000 milk and juice cartons, almost a third of all cartons distributed in the schools.
Meckleburg County was awarded $18,000 Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant from the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The grant was used to purchase specialized bins and signs. As an incentive five 1,000 prizes were given for the best carton recycling programs in CMS.
Bain Elementary was one of the five winners.

http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/MediaRoom/PR/Pages/8MillionandGrowing.aspx

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