Davidson College helps launch technology initiative

DAVIDSON – Davidson College, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, edX and the College Board are collaborating to help Advanced Placement teachers improve calculus, physics and macroeconomics scores.

The collaboration will develop online units that are creative, rigorous and adaptable to different classroom contexts. The units will enable students and teachers to address challenging concepts in AP high school courses by blending online learning with classroom discussion.

Guiding the development of content will be Davidson faculty who have written and graded AP exams, led AP summer workshops for high school teachers and taught in these core subjects.

Davidson will develop the units over the 2013-14 academic year, pilot them in collaboration with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and then make them more widely available online through the edX platform and the AP Central website.


Archaeologist to discuss Easter Island

DAVIDSON – Easter Island and its monumental stone heads have intrigued archeologists since the first expedition there in 1886.   

Jo Anne Van Tilburg, director of the Easter Island Statue Project, will bring her 30 years of experience studying the famous stone heads to the Central Carolinas Society of the Archaeological Institute of America meeting held next month at Davidson College.

Van Tilburg will present a free lecture, “Easter Island Excavations: New Light on Old Assumptions,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Belk Visual Arts Center, 325 N. Main St. The event is open to the public.


PTSA raises money selling trees

CORNELIUS – The Bailey Middle School PTSA is raising money by selling Christmas trees.

Buy a pre-paid voucher online and take it to Scott’s Tree Lot in Davidson to find a tree for your home. Pre-paid vouchers are good through Dec. 15.

Details: http://myteamworks.org/bms-ptsa.


School JROTC leader retires

CHARLOTTE – Col. Harry Ray has retired after 28 years of leading JROTC programs at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Ray oversaw the opening of JROTC programs at 11 high schools, including Hopewell and Hough, as well the Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G Davis in 2008.

Prior to working for CMS, he served 26 years as an active duty officer.


DavidsonLearns offers publishing, genealogy classes

DAVIDSON – DavidsonLearns has announced the following courses for the winter term: 

• Introduction to the Writing of Poetry – Offered 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 11. Tony Abbott leads a study of poetry’s critical elements, such as form and rhythm.

• Narratives and Conflicts: The Case of Israel and Palestine – Offered 3:30-5 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 2-23. Joyce Dalsheim explains why the stories we tell matter in situations of conflict and struggles for peace. 

• Building Our Family Tree - From Adam and Eve to Your Family – Offered 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Feb. 12-March 12. Jim Lane gives students an appreciation of the modern science of human evolution, through tracing our DNA as a species and the use of geological tools.  

• The Romance of Traditional and Independent Publishing – Offered 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 12. AlTonya Washington shares how experiences writing for traditional houses compare to independent publishing.

Advance registration required.

Details: www.davidsonlearns.org/winter-2014.html.


Forrestal Academy to host open house

HUNTERSVILLE – Forrestal Academy, a new preschool boasting an environmentally friendly atmosphere and activities, will hold an open house 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14. 

The preschool, located within the Huntersville Corporate Park, is open for children ages six weeks through kindergarten.

Details: www.ForrestalAcademy.com.


Judges needed for Hopewell High senior presentations

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High invites community members to serve as judges for senior graduation projects Dec. 16-18.

Presentations run 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with continental breakfast and lunch provided for judges. Volunteers are welcome for all or part of a day or multiple days.

Training sessions will start at 7:30 a.m., so experience is not required.

Details: Kristie Ballard, kristie.barefoot@cms.k12.nc.us, or Elaine Anderson, e.anderson@ems.k.12.nc.us


Second-, third-graders to perform in musical revue

CORNELIUS – Second- and third-grade classes at Cornelius Elementary School will present “A Holiday of Music” on Dec. 12.

The holiday musical revue will feature songs and musical instruments. Students were asked to wear their favorite holiday headgear.

The concert starts at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 21126 Catawba Ave.


Bailey musicians invited to orchestras

CORNELIUS – Several students from Bailey Middle School were invited to join Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Honors Orchestra and Repertory Orchestra.

Eighth-graders making the Honors Orchestra were Janita Lynch (first violin), Bailey Law (second violin), Brooke Lackey (viola), Maya Stolle (viola)  and Nora Matthews (cello).

Those making the Repertory Orchestra were eighth-graders Sean Hunter (cello), Rae Richards (cello), Matthew Talip (violin/alternate); seventh-grader Cassidee Cramblette (viola) and sixth-grader Ben Lathrop (first violin).

Students will perform a concert at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at EE Waddell Language Academy.


Schools win tech grants

CHARLOTTE – Hough High and Cornelius Elementary were among eight schools to receive $150,000 in technology grants through Belk’s Rocking the Belk Bowl Contest.

The contest offered schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district the chance to win technology grants by creating and displaying educational and Belk Bowl-themed designs on bulletin boards or rocks.

Hough was among three schools to win $25,000 in technology grants. Hough will also receive an allotment of tickets to the Belk Bowl game Dec. 28 at Bank of America Stadium.

Jennifer Chesser, media specialist for Hough, said sometimes laptops have to be brought into the computer lab to accommodate larger classes in the 2,400-student school. She plans on buying six tablets, as well as research the latest technology.

Cornelius Elementary was among five schools to win $15,000 technology grants.


Students competes in national debate event

HUNTERSVILLE – Alex Pope reached the quarterfinal round in two events, Impromptu Speaking and Poetry, at a national debate and speech tournament held recently in Fairfax, Va.

Pope, a member of the North Meck debate and speech team, finished in 80th place. She competed alone against teams of students from more than 100 schools up and down the eastern seaboard, accridng to coach Christopher Rocca.