Time for takeoff

Blythe Elementary School students launched bottle rockets to practice for the Science Olympiad Tournament. Students built rockets at home, following project guidelines, and came ready to compete for the coveted two spots on the team.

The longest in-flight time was by fourth-grader Cole Crawford, with 11 seconds. Team coach and engineering club sponsor Michelle Revak said Cole has a great chance of placing in the top three at the tournament and has a brilliant career ahead of him as an engineer.

Students and parents learn about the college process at conference

HUNTERSVILLE – Hundreds of students and parents from Lake Norman Charter School, Lincoln Charter School and Pine Lake Preparatory spent May 11 learning how to prepare for the college admission process during Lake Norman Charter’s first Lake Norman Area Charter College Conference.

Christopher Gruber, Davidson College vice president and dean of admission and financial aid, gave the keynote address.

The Lake Norman Charter School College Counseling Committee recruited seasoned professionals from local, regional and national colleges to speak on topics concerning the college admission process – myths and facts, the GPA game, the role of social media and college admission and writing powerful essays. 

In the afternoon, more than 45 colleges and universities were in attendance at a college fair.

Those who could not attend the breakout sessions can hear them on the Lake Norman Charter college counseling section of the school website, www.lncharter.org. There will also be other documents and presentations from the conference posted.

Cornelius Elementary gives students summer reading challenge

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Elementary School is asking its students to participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by reading 30 minutes a day over the summer.

Each student will be assigned a login to record the number of minutes he or she reads over the summer.

Rising kindergarteners through third graders are challenged to read 3,570 minutes. Rising fourth and fifth graders are challenged to read 3,000 minutes beginning the week of May 27, after testing. Prizes will be available to top readers. To read about the challenge visit www.scholastic.com/summer.

Parents need to fill out alternate bus stop request form

CORNELIUS – Parents whose children will be returning to Cornelius Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year need to submit an alternate bus stop request for next year’s bus assignments.

Parents can do this online at http://bit.ly/14l6ISJ starting in June. Parents should complete the student’s name, student ID and morning and afternoon stop needs. Make sure the full address of the facility is included in the proposed bus stops.

Bailey Middle School still needing test proctors

CORNELIUS – Bailey Middle School still needs EOC test proctors for June 3-4.

Proctors must be registered Charlotte-Mecklenburg School volunteers. Registration to become a volunteer can be done at www.cmsvolunteers.com.

Those willing to proctor can sign up at http://bit.ly/10OoSJ2.

Questions should be emailed to Jodi Sterner-Findling at ja.sterner-findling@cms.k12.nc.us or Betsy Cowles at cowles.betsy@gmail.com.