Davidson Day hires new headmaster

DAVIDSON – Davidson Day School hired Gene Bratek as its the new head of school.  

During Bratek’s 21 years as headmaster at Providence Day School in Charlotte, the school doubled enrollment, and the size of its campus.

Most recently, Bratek served as headmaster at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in suburban Atlanta, where he developed a five-year strategic plan resulting in increased enrollment, as well as capital and academic improvements.

“I am looking forward to being part of a team of trustees, administrators, teachers, parents and students who continually strive to make Davidson Day the best in academics, visual and performing arts, and athletics,” Bratek said in a statement. “This is an exciting opportunity for me to be part of a school that’s well on its way to becoming a recognized school of excellence.”

Richard Gordon, chairman of the board of trustees, described the hire as a “healthy, vital part of building” on the school’s foundation.


School Tools Campaign launches its 18th year

CHARLOTTE – WSOC-TV Channel 9’s School Tools is partnering up with Communities In Schools and Classroom Central again this year to provide basic school supplies to thousands of students in need.

With almost 260,000 children listed as economically disadvantaged, these supplies are given to those students in kindergarten through 12 grade in more than 22 participating counties, including Mecklenburg, Iredell and Lincoln. Supplies will stay within the county they are collected in.

Channel 9 is asking viewers to drop off school supply donations to area Showmars restaurants or Ashley Furniture HomeStores through Aug. 15.

The most commonly needed supplies are pencils, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, composition books, 1 subject notebooks, loose-leaf paper, 1 pocket folders, rulers, erasers and glue sticks.

People can also place school supplies next to their mailbox before their letter carriers deliver mail Aug. 9. 


Group want to continue offering free field trips
HUNTERSVILLE – Six Charlotte area historic sites are working together to provide free field trips to all third graders (11,500 students) in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools each year.  

These sites include Historic Rural Hill, the Charlotte Museum of History, Historic Rosedale, The President James K Polk State Historic Site, Historic Latta Plantation and Mint Hill Historical Village.  

Each of the partnering sites provide educational programs that meet state curriculum requirements and are the only free history field trips they receive that teach students about the history of their Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

These field trips were primarily funded by grants from the Arts and Science Council for the past several years.  Due to budget constraints there is no longer funding available.  

The groups hope to raise $75,000 ($25,000 for transportation and $50,000 for program materials) to fund the history field trips this school year for 11,500 students. 

Donate to http://power2give.org/go/o/3403


College students earn academic honors

DAVIDSON – Several college students from Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville made academic honors. They are as follows:

• Huntersville residents Kyle Gaillard and Matthew Halcomb earned degrees from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

• Devin Dickerson, of Cornelius, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester for Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Dickerson is a member of the Class of 2014

• Benjamin Voss, of Cornelius, made the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. Freshmen must earn a 3.25 or higher. Upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 or higher.

• Emily Egan, of Huntersville, made the dean’s list for the spring semester at MCPHS University in Boston, Mass. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She earned at least a 3.5 grade point average.

• Jacqueline Dumitrescu, of Huntersville, made the dean’s list for the spring semester at Millikin University. Students earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The junior majors in music.

• Kiersten Bowman, of Davidson, and Lauren Hunstad, of Cornelius, graduated May 19 from Wake Forest University.

• Riley Beatty, of Davidson, made the made the spring dean’s list at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Students have to rank in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division.

• Candice Harwood, of Huntersville, graduated from Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, Ala. Harwood earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

• Peter Dobrotka, of Huntersville, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing management at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. He is the son of The Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Dobrotka (Elizabeth).