Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools provides back to school resources

Have a few last minute questions before your child returns to school? Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools encourages parents to call the following phone numbers for information.

• Athletics: 980-343-6980. Call for eligibility information, fees, athletic participation forms, policies and offerings.

• Child Nutrition Services: 980-343-6041. Call for program information, menus, meal prices and payment information.

• Coordinated School Health: 980-343-5986. Call for student health forms.

• Family Application Center: 980-343-5335. Call for student placement and enrollment magnet programs.

• Parent University: 980-343-6256. Call for parent resources.

• Pre-kindergarten service: 980-343-5959. Call for program information.

• Student Placement: 980-343-5335. Call for enrollment, request for reassignment or transfer, transportation eligibility and boundary information.

• Transportation: 980-343-6715. Call for program information, assignments, unsafe stop requests, alternate stop requests and day care lists.

Hough High student serves as a page for N.C. House

Hough High School student Rayna O’Nan recently served as a page for the N.C. House of Representatives.

She was sponsored by Speaker of the House Thom Tillis. Pages spend a week at the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh assisting members and their staff while learning about the structure of North Carolina government

Rayna is the daughter of Harry and Cathy O’Nan of Cornelius.

University offers scholarships for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers

Northeastern University’s Charlotte campus offers half-tuition scholarships for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers and administrators.

The 20 $10,000 MacFarland Scholarships will be awarded to those interested in obtaining a Master of Education degree from the campus and committed to working in public schools in large urban areas.

Students must enroll in the school’s fall program, which starts Sept. 10 and Oct. 22.

Teachers and applicants can apply online at www.northeastern.edu/charlotte/cms. Applicants must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and write a 400-500 essay about how his or her work supports the program’s mission to provide quality educational opportunities to those who don’t have them.

Arts & Science Council recognizes J.V. Washam Elementary teacher

Jill Thompson, a science teacher at J.V. Washam Elementary School, was named a winner of the Arts and Science Council’s (ASC) Cato Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award recognizes teachers who have distinguished themselves in teaching art, science or history or have infused their core academic curriculum with the subjects.

Thompson and two other recipients received $1,500 and artwork by local artist Greg Scott. The award is made possible through an endowment gift made to ASC from The Cato Corporation.

Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers must work for a public or independent school in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Lancaster or York counties to be eligible for the recognition.

CMS Superintendent wants to hear from you

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison plans to hold a series of “town hall meetings” to hear the county’s opinions, concerns and thoughts about the school district.

The only meeting in northern Mecklenburg County takes place at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hopewell High School, 11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville. Other meetings are scheduled for:

• 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Harding University High, 2001 Alleghany St., Charlotte

• 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Vance High, 7600 IBM Drive, Charlotte.