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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Rocky River apparel development students win top honors at fashion event

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 8.26.04 PMOn February 22nd and March 1st, Rocky River High School’s Honors Apparel Development II Class won first and second place with a $600.00 prize for the best use of recyclable materials at The Recycle the Runway Event held at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in the Park Expo and Conference Center.

Seventeen students from the class designed and created the four winning garments.  The winners were chosen based on entries that incorporated the largest amount of recyclable materials.

Charlotte Solid Waste Services, Waste Reduction in Mecklenburg County, and MGR Youth Empowerment sponsored this event.   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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Local students study global issues – Raise money for school in South Sudan

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 8.12.40 AMStudents from both Independence and Rocky River High Schools have designed t-shirts with global messages aimed at making a difference in the world.

The Any1Can Project is an arts-based global service learning initiative that allows students to learn about seven complex global issues and create an original work of art on a white t-shirt.

The winning t-shirt designs in each of the seven categories will be mass produced to sell in retail establishments across Charlotte. Continue reading

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Clear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation ribbon cutting celebration

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

clear creekClear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation hosted an open house and ribbon cutting event on January 7th from 2-6 pm.  The new facility is located at 10506 Clear Creek Commerce Drive in Mint Hill.

The festivities included tours, live entertainment by the Rocky River High School orchestra, hand massages, finger foods and refreshments.

The new facilities has a total of 120 beds, which includes some private and semi-private rooms, modeled more toward a home-like environment

Clear creek is the first nursing home in Mecklenburg County owned by Spruce LTC LLC, located in Kinston, NC. Continue reading

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