Morrison praises Indy for graduation numbers

By Michele Dotson

CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison held a press conference Tuesday, September 2 at Providence High School to share preliminary graduation results from across the district.

Morrison praised Independence High School for posting an impressive graduation rate of 88.6  which is an increase of  4.5 % from 2013.

Independence Assistant Principal Amy Mims described the school’s massive efforts to make connections with students and parents in order to pave the way to success.

Since the media briefing last Tuesday, further results have been released and Independence High School has been recognized for “Exceeding Expected Growth”  as a school with an overall 19.67 growth index  with EOC state tests.

In measuring student progress, the state recognizes growth in addition to proficiency. The state uses a sophisticated statistical analysis of students’ past performances to determine if they have learned at least a year’s worth of material; or exhibited growth.

This indicator is designed to show that students are learning even if their test results do not meet expected proficiency.

According to results published on Friday, Independence finished first in the district for the highest student growth on the English II EOC, second in the district for the highest student growth on the Biology EOC, and sixth in the district for the highest student growth on the Math 1 EOC.

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Independence aces national list

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 1.54.29 PMIndependence High School has been named one of the countries’ best high school by the popular reporting and opinion website The Daily Beast.

“Our mission [is] to create a college and career ready culture,” said Independence High School Principal Amy D. Dellinger, “[We want our students to be] prepared for success regardless of their choice after high school i.e. college, military or the work face.”

Dellinger said that Independence applied for the opportunity to be placed on The Daily Beast list.

Dellinger has spent 23 years in education, the last four of which have been as Independence principal.

Dellinger said that the school has worked hard to develop four-year plans for each student, to help develop a specific vision for their future.  Continue reading

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Football Notes: Independence vs. South Meck

By Ron Morris

Independence traveled to South Mecklenburg Friday night and started off their season with an explosive offensive performance giving the Patriots a 49 – 0 win over South Mecklenburg.

The Patriots took the opening kick off and put together a 80 yard drive, capped off by a touchdown pass from quarterback Kevin Hopkins to Pierre Lockwood with 6:56 to go in the first quarter.
After the opening drive, the Patriots’ offense slowed down and led 7 – 0 with 4:26 left in  the first half.  The Patriots then scored three touchdowns in the final 4:26 giving them a 28 – 0 halftime lead.

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IHS valedictorian recognizes responsibility of adulthood

By Leah Schmalz

Even though Hannah Williams is 17, she demonstrates a maturity and understanding many would consider ahead of her years. As valedictorian of Independence High School, her speech at last Saturday’s graduation ceremony focused on the balance of freedom and responsibility that comes with leaving high school.

“Our graduation is marking…entering a more adult side of the world,” she said. “It’s the beginning of our freedom as people and the beginning of our responsibility as human beings to do something with our lives.”  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Legion Baseball summer season gets underway

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Marines Juniors took on the Huntersville Huskies in their second conference game of the season on Monday.

The Mint Hill Marines Juniors took on the Huntersville Huskies in their second conference game of the season on Monday.

The summer season has started up for the Mint Hill Legion Baseball teams. The season will continue through the month of June with playoffs beginning on July 1. This year Mint Hill will host the Junior Legion Area 4 semi-finals on July 5, 6 and 7 and the finals on July 11, 12, and 13 at Independence High School.

“Like I told them today, ‘Right now we’re the ingredients and we’ve got to blend you into a team,’” said Coach Kelly Moore. He said the team this year is comprised of younger players than last year’s team, which had 11 members go on to play college baseball. “That just makes our jobs as coaches more fun,” he said. “We’ve got big shoes to fill from last year.”  Continue reading

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Clear Creek Elementary holds ‘Rock the Test’ pep rally

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Times

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.11.48 PM“I believe that we’ll make 5’s!” was the cheer echoing through the gymnasium at Clear Creek Elementary School last Wednesday afternoon. The school held a pep rally for third, fourth and fifth graders in anticipation of End of Grade testing.  
“You say to yourself, ‘What is Miss Heath thinking letting us come in here and scream like maniacs two days before end of grade tests?’” said Principal Debbie Heath. “I was thinking you need a break. Today what we are doing is celebrating the fact that you are going to blow the lid off the EOGs.” 
After breaking through a “Rock the Test,” banner, Heath and the teachers performed a dance they had learned just for the students, who responded with cheers and applause.  Continue reading
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