Thunderbird prepares for first year

CORNELIUS – Thunderbird Preparatory Academy is getting ready to begin the 2014-15 school year.

The teachers and staff not only develop strong academic skills in the students, but social and emotional skills, as well.

Principal Patty Moreira encourages parents to get involved in Thunderbird Prep. The school includes parents through PTO and parent committees.

“Each staff member was carefully selected with his or her strengths, gifts, and talents in mind in order to best serve our students,” Moreira said.

The school offers a variety of academic programs to enhance the students’ growth, from the Singapore Mathematics to Leader In Me.

Moreira uses her skills as a longtime magnet school principal to ensure through these programs, specialized curriculum and technology, the students will gain skills needed to be successful in life.

The school has gained art, PE and Spanish teachers, as well as teachers skilled with technology. The students will have access to mobile labs, designed to enhance the ability of learning through technology.

Details: or 704-412-1024.


Grand Oak Elementary strives for personalized learning

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary is among two schools in the northern end of the county to participate in the Personalized Learning School program.

Grand Oak staff attended training in July and August to learn how to better bring a more personalized learning experience to the classroom.

“Personalized Learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools aims to develop the whole child and empower them to take ownership of their learning by providing them with multiple pathways to demonstrate mastery learning in order to be successful and productive 21st century citizens in an ever-changing world,” Principal Raymond Giovanelli wrote to parents about the program.



Cannon sees record enrollment

CONCORD – Cannon School welcomed 975 junior kindergarten through 12th-grade students – the largest student body in the school’s 40-plus year history on Aug. 18.

That number includes 160 new students from 90 new families.


Student tapped for national orchestra

CONCORD – Cannon School junior Dom Pelucio, of Cornelius, was selected as a member of the 2014 NAfME All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.

Pelucio will join more than 600 high school students to perform Oct. 29 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

The student musicians will prepare challenging music and perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Mark Camphouse, Gerard Schwarz, Edith Copley and Robert Baca.


CPCC students earn academic honors

HUNTERSVILLE – Four Huntersville students made the dean’s and president’s lists at the Central Piedmont Community College during the summer term.

Chelsea Dusenbury made the dean’s list. Sarah Bellaire, Matthew Depoalo and Quentin Williams  made the president’s list.

Students earned grade point averages of 3.5 or greater to get on the dean’s list and 4.0 to make the president’s list.


2 graduate from Western Governors
SALT LAKE CITY – Two Cornelius residents received degrees from Western Governors University.

• Christopher Delay received his MBA in information technology management.
• Stacy Rinehardt received an MBA in healthcare management.

Western Carolina student gets high GPA

CULLOWHEE – Huntersville native Morgana Shorter made the spring 2014 dean’s list at Western Carolina University for earning a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Morgana attended Torrence Creek Elementary, Bradley Middle and Phillip O Berry Academy.

She is majoring in forensic science and minoring in criminal justice.


Residents graduate from Emory

ATLANTA, Ga. – Two Davidson residents earned degrees from Emory University on May 12 at its 169th commencement ceremony.

• Graham Jaenicke received a master of business administration from the Goizueta Business School.

• Daniel Kuzmanovich received a bachelor of arts from the college of arts and sciences. Kuzmanovich made the dean's list for the spring semester after earning at least a 3.859 grade point average.


North Meck benefits from blood drive

CHARLOTTE – The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas  announced that 10 regional high schools, including North Mecklenburg, were chosen for a $1,000 grant for 2013-14. 

Each time a school sponsors a blood drive with CBCC, the school’s name is entered into a drawing to win one of 10 $1,000 grants. High school partners that host a minimum of two blood drives, collecting at least 100 units within one school year, will also receive a $500 scholarship to award to a student of their choice.

The nonprofit depends on high schools for almost 25 percent of its local blood supply.

Details: or 704-972-4727.