Queen’s Grant Community School will host an Open House

Queen’s Grant Community Charter School,6400 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., will host an Open House this Thursday, Feb.27th. 2014 at 6pm to 7:30pm.

 Who: Queen’s Grant Community Charter School (K-8th. grades)
What: Open House/Tours/Prospective Parent Information Meeting
Why: To learn more about the school and receive a tour
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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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A pet’s needs & an owner’s wants: Mass produced verses specialty made Ppet treats!

pet focus logoThe domestic animal industry has changed dramatically over the pass thirty years.  Our pets have become very important members of our family.  As pet owners we have become more educated on our pets health and what we feed our pets. We all love to spoil our little four legged friends by giving them treats.  Hopefully this article will provide you with some information on the treats you buy for your dog or cat. Continue reading

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Annual chili cook-off to benefit Arts and Science Council

Annual chili cook-off to benefit Arts and Science Council

The Town of Mint Hill and the Arts and Science Council team together again for this annual event to find the best chili in Mint Hill.

The event will take place from 11:30- 1:30 PM at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy. Participants must have their chili at Spotlight no later than 11 am on February 27.

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is located at 7741 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

For further information, contact Margie Nichols at 704-545-9726 or mnichols@admin.minthill.com by February 21.

To download an application, go to www.minthill.com

 

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Technology takes toll on mind, body

Charlotte-Mecklenburg students must complete a graduation project where the student investigates a topic and presents their findings and a project to a panel. Independence High School senior and Mint Hill resident Erin Evans researched the negative effects of technology. Her report is below and has been edited for brevity. The full version is on our website www.minthilltimes.com.

Erin is the daughter of Evan and Whitney Evans of Mint Hill. 

by Erin Evans

(edited for brevity)

A child sits quietly, hardly blinking, occasionally jerking, constantly staring, oblivious to his surroundings. Some might wonder if he is schizophrenic, autistic, or suffering from another mental illness.

This child is simply addicted to the technology that holds his undivided attention and isolates him from the real world.

Technology, which has so greatly impacted life today in positive ways, has now begun to raise concerns about its negative influences, especially upon the young.  Continue reading

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Independence renovations nearing completion

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.10 PM The new gymnasium being constructed at Independence High School from 2007 bond money is nearing completion. The renovations to the original gym are also nearing completion. Even with the recent bout of bad weather, the projected date of completion is sometime in April.

Independence High School will have a new façade when the construction is completed.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.03 PM The area shown here will be the new front entrance to the school. Originally the area between the main building and the gym was a covered walk way. The building has been enclosed and connected to the gym. The new building will contain the front office as well as some administrative offices.

 

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