Huntersville teachers rewarded for bright ideas

HUNTERSVILLE – Two elementary school classrooms will step away from their desks for some hands-on projects, thanks to Bright Ideas education grants.

Representatives from EnergyUnited surprised Denise Beers and Michael Salvatore with the grant checks at Huntersville Elementary’s staff meeting Nov. 13.

Beers, a second-grade teacher, received $1,850.46 for her project, “TechEd for the 21st Century Learning,” in which second graders blog with students from around the country. The project will help students become effective communicators and knowledgeable global citizens. 

Salvatore, a fifth-grade teacher, received $624.75 so his students can build a bongo cajon. The drum will provide quality music instruction with high engagement for years to come.  The project will teach students to work as a team and follow a technical instructional manual with accuracy.

EnergyUnited and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives sponsor the grants totaling nearly $40,000 in 2013, benefiting more than 7,200 students.


Bailey Middle School brings Mr. Toad’s wild ride to Cornelius

CORNELIUS – Bailey Middle School students will take audiences into the crazy world of motor car-obsessed Mr. Toad of Toad Hall in Douglas Post’s musical adaptation of “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame.

“The Wind in the Willows” follows the story of a group of friends, Mole, Rat, and Badger as they attempt to keep Toad from going too far with his latest obsession with motorcars before the evil Weasel Gang gets the better of them.

Students perform at Hough High School at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22. Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for students and children. Buy tickets in front of the Bailey Middle School Media Center in the mornings or at the door the night of the shows.


School rewards students for reading

DAVIDSON – Lake Norman Christian School students celebrate reaching 1st Quarter reading goals with a bowling party. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep sponsored the event in their effort to promote excellence in schools.


The Siren reports on Hopewell happenings

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High School’s student newspaper has introduced an online forum, dubbed The Siren, that features news, student life, sports, opinion and entertainment content.

Editors include Alex Espaillat, Shyla Tibert, Janiaya Anderson, Morgan Hutchings, Maddie Cupak, Kwadwo Danso, Alex Weerasuriya, Iona Whitaker, Christine Kali, Rebecca Black, Amy Martin and Brooke Rollins. English teacher Adam Bitters serves as the group’s advisor.



Hopewell cheerleaders celebrate holidays

Hopewell High School cheerleaders spread holiday cheer at a Christmas parade and tree lighting event Nov. 16 at Birkdale Village. Go to, click on photos and find more photos from the event.


Charter school announces open house

CHARLOTTE – Corvian Community School will offer prospective families an opportunity to learn more about its philosophy and curriculum through four open houses.

Sessions will be held 5 p.m. Dec. 3,?10 a.m. Jan. 10, 7 p.m. Jan. 22, and?1 p.m. Jan. 30 at Corvian Community School, 9501 David Taylor Drive. Each session will be followed by a tour of the school.

Corvian Community School is a public charter school serving children in grades K-4.  A  new grade will be added each year to complete a K-12 school. 

Corvian is committed to small class size, with 18 to 22 students per classroom served by a teacher and a full-time assistant in each room. It believes in quality public education and that every child has the right to an excellent education.  Details:


Band boosters hold Ice Cream Night

HUNTERSVILLE – Bailey Middle School Band Boosters will hold an Ice Cream Night to support the band.

The event takes place 8:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Kilwins Ice-Cream in Birkdale Village, 16926 Birkdale Commons Pkwy. Mention the band boosters when you buy.