Pat Kempisty Named Mint Hill Arts’ Volunteer of the Month for September

September, 2014:  Mint Hill Arts has named Pat Kempisty Volunteer of the Month for September.  Formal recognition will be Friday, September 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the MHA Opening Reception for the “Music” show in the gallery, 11205 Lawyers Rd, Mint Hill. The public is invited to attend the free reception honoring Pat and artists who will receive awards.  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Arts Welcomes New Teachers

Fall classes for students of all ages (children, teens, and adults) will begin Sept. 15, 2014, at Mint Hill Arts, with an exciting array of classes, ranging from watercolors to oils to photography.  Returning to MHA classrooms are Judy Mizell, Larry Ferguson, Vicki Crossman, Mila Antonyuk, and Pamela Shook.  Joining them will be eleven new teachers representing a variety of talent in their respective mediums:

Ruth Crowe — Pastel Techniques and Basic Art Class.  Award-winning pastel artist; member of the Piedmont Pastel Society and Appalachian, Abingdon, and Kingsport Guilds.

Johannah Kelly – Pen & Inn with Watercolor Postcards.  Multi-lingual teacher working in a variety of mediums (watercolors, pen and ink, oils, acrylics, and multi-media collage).

Laurie Schorr – Exploring Photography and Learning to See like a Photographer.  Professional photographer and owner of LaurieSchorrPhotography, with teaching experience at Northwest Performing Arts School and The Light Factory.

Kathy Hood – Polymer Clay; Saturday Sampler classes on Jewelry: Resin Pendants and Making Exciting Earrings.   Artist specializing in polymer clay and jewelry and a member of Blue Ridge Clay Guild and Queen City Clayers.

Gina Anderson – Techniques in Colored Pencil (Saturday Sampler).   Member of the Pencil Art Society and the Colored Pencil Society of America, winner of national and international awards, and featured artist in numerous publications.

Mark Anderson – Basic Photographic Principles (Saturday Sampler).  Imaging manager at Cardinal Camera at the Arboretum, with over 30 years’ experience in the photo industry.

Tommy Beatty – Wet-on-Wet Oil Painting (Saturday Sampler).  Certified teacher of the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet painting technique and retired business professional.

Pam Rooney – Artsy Tangles (Saturday Sampler). Artist specializing in creative ways to “doodle.”

Michele Dotson – Capture Your Memories (Saturday Sampler; two sessions using the creative writing process).  English teacher with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Anna Walker – Batik Painting (Saturday Sampler).  Retired art teacher and award-winning artist known for her batik painting workshops.

Tamra Davis – Blendabilities (Saturday Sampler).  Stampin’ Up! specialist and card designer.

 Mint Hill Arts is located at 11205 Lawyers Rd, Ste. A, Mint Hill, NC 28227. For more information on classes, including schedules and costs, call 980-226-5532 or visit www.minthillarts.org. You may also contact Marta Brown, Education Director, at martabob@aol.com or 704-577-8922.

 

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Coffee with a Cop opens dialogue on national front

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 2.04.26 PMBy Charles Kelleher Harris

Citizen’s concerns for law enforcement go beyond the scope of the Mint Hill town limits.

“I just think it is terrible on the news how people are down on the police,” said a Mint Hill resident who asked to be identified only as Leslie, “This whole climate in the country is terrible.”

Leslie was one of the residents who turned out for the monthly “Coffee with a Cop” that is hosted by the Mint Hill Police Department.

September’s event was hosted at Showmar’s Restaurant.  Continue reading

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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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