Charter school tackles opera

DAVIDSON – Fifth-graders at Community School of Davidson composed every note, scripted each word and lyric, created every prop and backdrop to this year’s opera.

They will give eight performances through March 27.

The opera is based on Ellen Levine’s book “Henry’s Freedom Box,” about a slave who escapes to freedom by mailing himself in a small box to Pennsylvania.  His journey lasted more than 27 hours and 250 miles. 

"The opera really is a culminating event of what students have learned K-5 and they couldn't do it without the foundation they have been given," music instructor Debbie Shutt said. "When I look at what we do at each grade level through our curriculum and performances, I see steps they are taking towards getting ready for the creation and performance of the opera at the end of fifth grade."

Fifth-grade teachers Erica Whitley, Kristina Losey, Peyton Randolph and Beth Garren, along with art instructor Taisia Mills, helped students with logistics.

Parent Chris Lundsten coordinated the period costumes.


Students help peer facing eviction

HUNTERSVILE ­– When Huntersville Elementary fifth-graders Benjamin Lucier, Charles Powell and Max Crawford heard that a classmate faced eviction days before Christmas, they talked to their families about ways they could help.

They bought and collected items for an overnight bag including socks, books, a stuffed animal and a pair of gently used shoes, along with several wrapped presents.

They were among nine other CMS students recognized for selfish acts in the Do The Right Thing ceremony March 18 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Jazz performers win awards

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Bailey Middle School Jazz Band played for clinician Will Campbell at Northwestern High School's Jazz Discovery Festival on March 1.

James Shaul won three awards: Outstanding Musicianship, Outstanding Soloist and Best Overall Middle School Jazz Soloist. Caitlyn Haponik and Stephanie Kapit also won Outstanding Musicianship.

Band gets highest rating

WINGATE – The Bailey Middle School seventh and eighth grade band earned superior ratings at the South Central District Music Performance Adjudication on March 14 at Wingate University.

Band members include Renee Alquiza, Alexander Arias, Zachary Borkowski, Parker Brown, Brooke Cardwell, Jordan Carter, Sabrina Dyer, Drew Elliott, Graeme Elrod, Jack Fread, Alene Gipson, Jacob Gulan, Veronika Hartong, Morgan Hoehaver, Andrew Hord, Mai Johnson, Kiana Jung, Stephanie Kapit, Ethan King, Austin Koppenhofer, Eliza Lagua, T. J. Legg, Wesley Marshall, Nathan Marti, Jennifer McHenry, Connor Merson, Emily Modrow, Colin Myers, Ellen Pruss, A. J. Ranson, Aydin Roberts, Evie Rosseel, Cameron Simma, Trey Snyder, Kareem Tiwari, Madi Treon, Mallory Vance, Christopher Wunder, Alexis Yarbrough, and Ben Ziegler.

Schools place in Science Olympiad

CHARLOTTE – Superintendent Heath Morrison gave kudos to North Mecklenburg High and J.M. Alexander Middle in his weekly newsletter for placing in the Regional Science Olympiad at UNC Charlotte.

North Mecklenburg placed third in the high school division. Alexander placed third in the middle school division. Both will compete next month in Raleigh.