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.

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Supt. Morrison unveils entry plan

Incoming CMS Supt. Heath Morrison held a media briefing May 25 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. Dr. Morrison unveiled his entry plan, which establishes a framework for his few months on the job. He officially begins his new duties on July 2, but has been visiting Mecklenburg County regularly since being appointed in April.

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Independence Senior Meredith Avant wins Broad Prize

Independence senior Meredith Avant (right) was awarded Broad Prize at a CMS Block Party.

Independence High School Senior Meredith Avant was one of 28 CMS seniors who have been named 2012 Broad Prize Scholarship winners.
The students received the news they won a $20,000 scholarship from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation during a surprise announcement at a block party held for CMS employees.
In 2011, CMS won the Broad Prize for Urban Education, the largest such award in the country.  The district was recognized for overall academic improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among minority students.
Broad Prize scholars receive two- or four-year scholarships depending on the type of college they choose.  Scholarship recipients who enroll in four-year institutions receive $20,000 paid out over four years ($5,000 per year). Students who enroll in two-year institutions receive $5,000 scholarships paid out over two years ($2,500 per year). The scholarship selection and disbursement process is managed by Scholarship America.
Butler High School’s  Jess West and Rocky River’s Katherine Roberts also won the scholarship.

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