Parents to rally for Davidson teachers

DAVIDSON Davidson Elementary parents will rally in support of teachers and against excessive testing at 7:30 a.m. May 13 outside the school.

Parents and students will wear red T-shirts, hold signs to show their support for teacher pay raises and cheer for teachers as they arrive for work.

Rally participants are encouraged to bring letters to mail at the school’s mailbox urging state legislators to repeal the Read to Achieve legislation, which imposes penalties for third-graders who do not pass the reading End of Grade tests.

The Davidson Elementary Advocacy Committee is hosting the event.



Breakfast benefits child center 

DAVIDSON – The Davidson-Cornelius Child Development is preparing for its annual breakfast fundraiser.

Invited guests will eat breakfast 8-9 a.m. May 9 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Congregation House. 

The center bills itself as the only five-star, full-time, sliding-scale, bilingual child development center in the northern Mecklenburg area that serves children 6 weeks to 6 years old without regard for income level.

Details: or 704-892-1228.


Grand Oak teacher heads to academy

HUNTERSVILLE – Jen Sieracki, a math and science facilitator at Grand Oak Elementary, will attend the 2014 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy on July 20-25 in Jersey City, N.J.

The academy provides third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers tools to discover innovative ways to teach math and science.


Bailey Middle School showcases talent

CORNELIUS – Bailey Middle School will showcase the talent of its students at Bailey’s Got Talent.

The event will include art auction in the main hallway 5-6 p.m., PTSA general meeting in the cafetorium 6-6:15 p.m. and the school-wide talent show in the cafetorium 6:15-8 p.m.


BaileyMiddle School students excel in financial literacy

CORNELIUS – Bailey Middle School produced several winners in the N.C. Council on Economic Education’s Stock Market Challenge and Personal Finance Challenge. 

• Fall Challenge winners were Matthew Banez, Genevieve Paul, Andrea Bourdon and Luke Kucko.   

• Spring Challenge winners were Julia Bourdon, Harrison Reeves, Sam Craig and Jace Roy.

• Cameron Helein, Cameron King, Alec Wells and Parker Miller finished second statewide in the personal finance challenge.

• Graham Meyers, Julia Van Epps, Kyle Madigan and Alexis Pattie ranked third in the personal finance challenge.

• Brendan Murphy, Doug Cannon, Andres Pazos and Graeme Elrod earned third place in the region.


Woodlawn students win history event

DAVIDSON – Woodlawn School ninth-graders Quinn Schneider and Jake Johnson, as well as eighth-grader Libby Dy, won first place at the National History Day Competition held April 26 in Raleigh.

Schneider and Johnson won for their documentary,  “Rosewald Schools: Helping Communities Take Responsibility When Educational Rights Did Not Exist.”

Dy won for her paper, “Dorothea Dix:  Rights for the Mentally Ill.”

They are eligible to compete in a national contest June 15-19 at the University of Maryland.


Hopewell wins JROTC title

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High School's JROTC program captured the Superintendent's Cup for the seventh time in eight years.

The cup goes to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools JROTC program that earns the greatest number of points in a series of competitions ranging from a drill team event in the fall to a field day in the spring.  


Lake Norman Christian students present ‘Esther’

DAVIDSON – Lake Norman Christian School students will present the musical, “Esther,” a story about the sacrifice that Esther made to save a nation.

Performances take place 7 p.m. May 9 or 1:30 p.m. May 10 at the school, 251 South St.

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and children younger than 12. Get tickets in the school office or by emailing



Students get into Governor’s School

CORNELIUS – Hough High School juniors Rachel Cowley and Via Savage were accepted into North Carolina’s Governor’s School, the oldest residential program for high school students.

Students must score high on an IQ test and earn a nomination from a teacher.

Rost named to Mars Hill marshals

MARS HILL – Bethany Rost, of Huntersville, was among 16 students recognized as marshals at Mars Hill University for the 2014-15 academic year.

Marshals are comprised of the eight students with the highest grade point averages from each of the rising junior and senior classes.  


Program promotes summer reading

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Elementary is promoting summer reading through the Give Five-Read Five Campaign.

Families donate gently used books to their teachers through May 16. Then on June 9, students pick five books to read over the summer.