Green students study permaculture

DAVIDSON – Students at Davidson Green School are kicking off the spring season by using permaculture concepts to design and create a garden.

Students are creating elements of permaculture design, including gardens, water harvesting systems, composting, as well as passive and active solar energy. The idea is to grow a diverse range of foods with mutually beneficial relationships among pollinators, wildlife and humans.

“Students at Davidson Green School are able to fine-tune their math and science skills while considering the world around them,” said Kathleen McIntyre, science and sustainability coordinator. “Students are able to integrate math, science and healthy living on a daily basis at Davidson Green School.”

Through the school’s parent organization, McIntyre looks forward to extending her knowledge about landscape by connecting people with nature. She will consult with residents about transforming their landscapes, living sustainably, conserving energy and creating habitats in their backyards.


Grand Oak hosts Beginner’s Day

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary will host Beginner’s Day for parents who want to learn more about the school and expectations.

Children will also get to experience a brief visit to kindergarten.

Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a presentation, April 23 at the school, 15410 Stumptown Road.

Parents can register their children for kindergarten.

Details: or 980-343-2063.


Fifth-graders share learning

HUNTERSVILLE – Grand Oak Elementary welcomed media and technology leaders from the North Learning Zone to learn from fifth grade students how they integrate technology in the classroom.

Ambassadors were Kaylina Bartol, Halee Bowland, Jack Ceccarini, Thea Gundlach, Ella Hoyt, Allie Lates, Carsyn Kiekhaefer, Dominic O’Brien, Colin Perkins, Kate Schwanz and Nick Vecchiarello.


J.V. Washam welcomes kindergartners

CORNELIUS – J.V. Washam Elementary School will welcome future Hawks and their parents at Beginner’s Day.

Administrators and staff will provide parents with an overview of the kindergarten curriculum.

While parents learn more about the school, future Hawks will experience activities in a kindergarten classroom.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m., followed by an information session 8:30-10 a.m. April 30 in the gym, 9611 Westmoreland Road.

Details: 980-343-1071.


Bailey, Bradley make honors band

CHARLOTTE – Ninety-six of the best Charlotte-Mecklenburg middle school band students were selected for and participated in the 2014 CMS Middle School Honors Band on April 4 and 5.

Bailey students were Stephanie Kapit, alto saxophone; Emily Modrow, clarinet; and Abby Woolley, clarinet.

Bradley students were Duncan Snider, bass clarinet; Michael Dorgan, trombone; David Marin, trumpet; Casey Davidson, bass clarinet; and Samantha Barnhardt, flute.


Hough JROTC finishes second in district book competition

CORNELIUS – The JROTC program at Hough High School placed second in the JROTC-Global Studies Book Competition.

The team is under the direction of Shawn Cowley.

“What a great way for our JROTC students to gain a thorough understanding of the interconnectedness of global leadership and public service,” wrote Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison of the competition in his April 4 newsletter.