Education Notes for March 23

CMS calendar poll open to the public

People who want a say in the 2013-14 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools calendar now have their chance.

The district poll went live this week and includes two calendar options. In 2011, the North Carolina legislature added five days to the academic calendar for all school districts, making a total of 185 instructional days. A committee of CMS teachers, principals, administrators, parents and community members designed two calendar options with various choices for teacher workdays, annual leave days and holidays throughout the 215-day school year.

N.C. requirements include:
• 215 total days, divided among instructional days, teacher workdays, annual leave days and holidays
• 185 instructional days, starting no earlier than Aug. 25 and ending no later than June 10
• Nine teacher workdays
• 11 holidays, one of which must be Veterans Day
• 10 annual leave days

Major differences in the two options include teacher workdays, placement of spring break and dates of make-up days. Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh will review results and make a recommendation to the board, which is scheduled to vote on the decision at the April 24 meeting.

To take the poll, visit, until Monday, March 26, at 11:59 p.m.

Crestdale Middle to host Parent University event

Crestdale Middle School, 940 Sam Newell Road in Matthews, will host the Parent University workshop, “Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students,” Tuesday, March 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The course will cover some of the major social and emotional issues facing gifted students, including overachieving, perfectionism and underachieving. The event also will focus on how parents can help their students with social and emotional issues at home.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the social and emotional issues and concerns facing today’s gifted child; determine different strategies that parents and families can use to help students with these issues; and become stronger advocates for their child’s needs both academically and emotionally.

Register online at or call 980-343-0318.

Covenant Day students display art at Cannon School

Covenant Day students (from left) Ryan Ricketson, Eli Kibler, Elizabeth Higson, Rachael Boyce, Seth Shannon, Mary Field Leak and Mrs. Jackie Weigel. Photo courtesy of Covenant Day School

Six Covenant Day Lower School students were chosen to represent the school at this year’s Charlotte-area independent schools’ Annual Youth Art Month Exhibit at Cannon School in Concord.

Lower school students Rachael Boyce, Elizabeth Higson, Eli Kibler, Mary Field Leak, Ryan Ricketson and Seth Shannon will all have their artwork on display at Cannon School until March 31, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

Butler to host Parent University event

Butler High School, 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, will host a Parent University event called “A Parent’s Guide to Understanding How to Navigate through High School,” Thursday, March 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The workshop will help parents and students smoothly transition from middle school to high school.

The workshop is open to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ parents with rising ninth- through twelfth-grade students and will provide parents with information on resources to keep kids in school and ultimately achieve graduation. Register online at or call 980-343-0318.

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