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Butler HS opens Academy of Health SciencesB

By Leah Schmalz

Last Thursday, during freshman orientation, Butler High School held an open house for the inaugural year of its Academy of Health Science.

“We are one of two Health Science Academies through National Academic Foundation

in the state of North Carolina so we’re really excited,” said Ann Marie Ferguson, Assistant Principal of Instruction and the administrator of the academy.

At the open house, students had the opportunity to experience some of the experiments and activities that will

be part of their regular academy classes. During the school year, students will follow a curriculum that prepares them for paid internships in health sciences by junior year.

“Right now about 50 percent of kids that have signed up for courses in the academy are looking into veterinary medicine,” said Ferguson. “We’re hoping to get some internships with vets in the area.”

The students also will take college level courses for credit by junior year. Each Monday students will hear from guest speakers or take field trips.

This year there were no restrictions in place to sign up for the academy. In following years, there will be a 100-student cap on the program. Ferguson said the school will see how the first year goes before determining how to set the cap or if there is a need for more teachers.

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By |August 20th, 2014|Around Town, Butler High School|3 Comments

Butler High School to hold orientation for inaugural Academy of Health Sciences

By Leah Schmalz

 On Thursday, August 14, during freshman orientation, Butler High School will hold an open house for the inaugural year of its Academy of Health Science. “We are one of two Health Science Academies through National Academic Foundation in the state of North Carolina so we’re really excited,” said Ann Marie Ferguson, Assistant Principal […]

By |August 13th, 2014|Around Town, Butler High School|0 Comments

Habitat Matthews looks to expand to Mint Hill

By Leah Schmalz

On top of celebrating 25 years of serving low-income families, Habitat Matthews is looking ahead to the future. The organization plans to expand into Mint Hill to fill a hole in the community. “We hope to grow with the community and provide something that’s not being provided right now,” said Development Director Dawn Folmar. “We’re concerned Mint Hill is not being served with low-income housing.”  […]

By |July 31st, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|2 Comments

Butler High senior stays connected to heritage

By Leah Schmalz

Conor Quinlivan, a senior at Butler High School, is a successful Irish dancer and novice hockey player. While the two activities may seem quite different, they’re both reflections of his family and heritage.

Quinlivan began learning Irish dance at the age of four. His mother, who was born in Ireland, got him involved. Throughout […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|2 Comments

Principal John LeGrand transitions from Bain to Butler

By Leah Schmalz

John LeGrand is in a unique position as he makes the transition from principal of Bain Elementary to principal of Butler High School. Some of the students who attended Bain Elementary during his first year in 2008 are now freshmen and sophomores at Butler. “Each class going forward for the next several years will have the kids that I worked with here at Bain also. There’s a familiarity factor there that’s going to make this transition much easier for me,” he said.

 

LeGrand has served as principal of Bain Elementary for six years. This year he was named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community, a zone that includes schools like Independence, Butler and Bain.  […]

By |June 6th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Butler High School, Schools|4 Comments

Girl Scouts charm their way to sales

By Michele Dotson

We see them at work, at church, and even at our doors. Those adorable Girl Scouts with their green uniforms; badges proudly displayed, who whip out pen and order form with lightning speed.

“Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?”

Who can resist them?

Not many of us, evidently.

Nationally the Girl Scout cookie industry has turned into an annual $800 million affair. […]

By |March 13th, 2014|Around Town|2 Comments