Queens Grant Community School has annual back to school open house

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The Queens Grant Community School educates kids between kindergarten and 8th grade held their 16th annual back to school open house on Monday August 21st between 4-7 PM.  The school was jammed with students, parents, teachers and administrative staff all involved in the many events and activities available.

Kids playing on school grounds.

The students and parents enter through the schools front entrance doors with anticipation of the start of a new academic year, they bring supplies, meet their teachers, staff, enjoy dinner and deserts, while taking part in all the festivities in a carnival themed atmosphere.

Michael Neddo with family toddler.

There were vendor tables set-up in the gym, along with food and Pizza from Big Guy’s a local well known family Pizza establishment in Mint Hill.  Another vendor who drew attention from parents and kids was Cor Fitness MMA who offers youth programs locally in self defense and martial arts.

William from Cor Fitness MMA instructing a young student at open house.

All the teachers had their classrooms set-up and open for the students to visit with their parents while giving all an opportunity to meet in an positive and friendly environment.

Outdoors there were plenty of opportunities for the kids to play games, bounce in a castle gym, enjoy snow cones and many other fun activities for participation.

Krista Tolchin, principal was on hand meeting and greeting as many parents and students as physically possible.  Queens Grant Community School was founded on academic excellence, moral focus, parental partnership and student responsibility.  “Our goal is to educate the whole child, we want our students to be well rounded who can interact appropriately in a family oriented environment,” said Mrs. Tolchin.

Students and teacher in music room.

The schools instructional concept is based on the individual child’s particular needs.  The teachers focus is on real work skills, instilling good study habits and the entire staff is focused on how the students can become a better individual.  The teachers provide guidance, support and act as mentors.

Therefore, the curriculum provides the students with a moral focus as well as a solid academic foundation that will eventually lead to a lifetime of success.  Some of the moral principles include respect, gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, compassion and integrity.  All in a safe and secure learning environment for everyone.

Students and teacher in music room.

Principal Tolchin also mentioned the importance of Parent Teacher Involvement (PTI), volunteers are important, having parental input is critical for success in the schools programs.

Amanda Walters, who is Vice President of Public Relations for the Queens Grant Community School PTI played a key role in getting these festivities into motion and to make this day a reality.  “This is our Sweet 16, it’s hard to believe our school has been here for 16 years,” said Amanda.

Middle School University.

It’s also interesting to note two teachers in the school attended and graduated from the school in their youth.  Abby Johnson Inge and Jillian Morrin Fairfax have returned to teach and continue to ensure the students of today have a great learning experience.

Something good is happening in a very caring way, through encouragement, a positive attitude while providing needed consistency has become an integral part of a students experience at Queens Grant Community School.

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Ed Berti
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