Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announces open houses

CHARLOTTE – Several schools in the Lake Norman area will hold open houses in the coming days for the 2014-15 school year.

Open houses are as follows:

• Bailey Middle – Grade 6: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 20; Grades 7-8: 3-5:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

• Barnette Elementary – 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 21.

• Blythe Elementary – 2-4 p.m. Aug. 22.

• Bradley Middle – Grades 7-8: 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 21; Grades 6: 4-5 p.m. Aug. 21.

• Cornelius Elementary – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 22

• Davidson Elementary – Grades 1-5: 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 21; Kindergarten: 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

• Grand Oak Elementary – Grades K-2: 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 21; Grades 3-5: 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

• Hopewell High – Grade 9: 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 15; Grades 10-12: 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21.

• Hough High – 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 22.

• Huntersville Elementary – 4-6 p.m. Aug. 21.

• J.M. Alexander Middle – 4-6 p.m. Aug. 21.

• J.V. Washam Elementary – Grades K-2: 2-3 p.m. Aug. 21; Grades 3-5: 6-7 p.m. Aug. 21.
• Long Creek Elementary – Grades 1-5: 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21; Pre-K-: 6-7 p.m. Aug. 28.

• North Mecklenburg High – 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

• Torrence Creek Elementary – 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22.


Nascar driver Kenseth to meet with Grand Oak students

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary School was chosen to be a part of the unveiling of NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth’s new children’s book,” Race Against Bullying” focused on bully prevention, according to Principal Raymond Giovanelli.

Lynette Farmer’s second-graders will meet Kenseth, tour the race shop floor and receive an autographed copy of the book on Aug. 26.

The book is the first of a planned four-book series, dubbed Matt Kenseth’s Race for Success, focused on arming children with tools to make good choices.

The book follows 9-year-old Matt as he encounters a bully who teases him about his racing. A frustrated Matt seeks assistance of his parents and his friends to help him deal with the bully. He discovers several methods to help him with this difficult situation.

The book retails at Dollar General for $3.



Charter school auditioning young actors for ‘In the Heights’

DAVIDSON – Community School of Davidson seeks students for its mid-October community production of “In The Heights.”  

High school students and those no more than one year out of high school are eligible to audition for the Tony Award-winning musical about life in the Washington Heights community in New York City. 

Auditions will be held 6-9 p.m. Aug. 27 and 4-9 p.m. Aug. 28 at Community School of Davidson’s ArtSpace, 404 Armour St.

Students auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of a contemporary musical theater, pop or Latin-based song. Those interested in the role of Usnavi should plan to rap. They should bring sheet music, a recent picture, resume and a list of conflicts from August to October. Students should dress comfortably and be prepared to dance in contemporary and hip-hop styles.  

Non-CSD students will be asked to pay a fee. Melissa Ohlman-Roberge will direct the production.



J.V. Washam Elementary invites community to meet principal

CORNELIUS – Students, parents and community members are invited to J.V. Washam Elementary School to meet new principal Paula Rao.

The event takes place 3-4 and 6-7 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Media Center.

Both sessions will be identical and feature a brief presentation and an opportunity to ask questions.

Rao, who started at the school July 1, most recently served as principal at Greenway Path Elementary School in Charlotte. She has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools since 2001.


Huntersville resident among first graduating class

CHARLOTTE – Huntersville resident Jenna Mayo is a member of Northeastern University Charlotte's first graduating class.

Employed by ESPN as an operations manager, Mayo recently received a master's degree in sports leadership.

Northeastern expanded outside of Boston for the first time by opening a satellite campus in Uptown Charlotte in 2011.



Cornelius resident receives academic award at Western Carolina

CULLOWHEE – A Cornelius resident was among Western Carolina University students who received academic awards during the 2013-14 school year.

Clark Sechrest received the Most Outstanding Student Award during the annual spring awards program for WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

A senior in the spring semester majoring in engineering technology, Sechrest is the son of Steven and Danielle Sechrest of Cornelius.


Hough students place at FCCLA event

CORNELIUS – Hough High students Brea Willis and Renee Ostendarp won a silver medal in Life Event Planning of the 2014 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America event July 6-11 in San Antonio.

Family and consumer science teacher Robert Pinkston served as their advisor.