School Notes: May 18

Butler PTSO to host general meeting

Parents and families of Butler High School students are invited to attend the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Organization’s general meeting Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

The main purpose of the meeting is to introduce and approve the new executive board members. The meeting is for parents who are interested in the PTSO for the 2012-13 school year and would like to learn more.

The meeting will be held in the school’s auditorium, 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

Local students named Broad Prize scholarship recipients

Three Matthews-Mint Hill students are among the 28 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ seniors to receive Broad Prize Scholarships.

Jess West from Butler High School, Meredith Avant from Independence High School and Katherine Roberts from Rocky River High School all won $20,000 from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation during a surprise announcement at a block party held for CMS employees.

CMS won the Broad Prize for Urban Education in 2011, the largest such award in the country, for the district’s overall academic improvement in student achievement while reducing gaps among minority students. The scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who have improved their grades in high school and have financial need.

Registration open for Heart of a Champion

Current student athletes in grades ninth through 12th in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have an opportunity to receive free athletic screenings through a program called Heart of a Champion Day.

Pioneered by Carolinas HealthCare System, the program offers screenings such as the electrocardiogram and echocardiogram that check for heart abnormalities that could lead to sudden death or other heart-related problems, tests that are not typically offered during routine athletic screenings.

Students who want to participate must register at by May 28. Click on the “Students” tab at the top of the page. Registration is limited to 2,000 students. CMS will provide free transportation to the screening location.

Local band director chosen for conductor mentor project

Josh Stevenson, the band director at Butler High School, was recently selected as a participant in the 2012 Young Conductor Mentor Project.

A committee sponsored by the National Band Association through a nationwide application process selected the winners. Stevenson was one of three conductors who were chosen out of more than 50 applicants under the age of 29. He will travel to Arizona State University this summer to participate in a three-day workshop, where he will interact with three nationally recognized conductor-educators and an ensemble of professional musicians.

Covenant Day School updates:

Students receive mythology honors

Several students from Covenant Day School recently won awards for their performance on the Medusa Mythology Exam.

The exam is taken by thousands of students in the United States and overseas and has been approved by the contests and activities committee of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Students can achieve five different levels of awards—gold medals, silver medals, bronze medals, Coronae Laureae and Coronae Olivarum. The following eight students, under the direction of teacher Caroline Kelly, received awards.

Bronze medals: Eva Buchanan-Cates and Amanda Brumwell
Coronae Laureae: Anna Schoeck, Rachel Carpenter and Jonathan Dabbs
Coronae Olivarum: Amelia Brumwell, Logan Foltz and Hunter Stillwell

Students receive high marks in French contest

Covenant Day School students recently received high rankings on the National French Contest, or Le Grand Concours 2012, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.

Ranks are based on scores earned. More than 11,000 students earned medals in 2012. The following students are ranked both in the state and nationally.

French 2:
• Lucas Godley: N.C. Ranking-3, National Ranking-4
• Maddy Shelton: N.C. Ranking-4, National Ranking-5
• Samantha Choi: N.C. Ranking-9, National Ranking-10
• Julia Godley: N.C. Ranking-9, National Ranking-10
French 5:
• Madison Underwood: N.C. Ranking-7, National Ranking-12

Students win national creative writing awards

Three Covenant Day students won awards in a national creative writing contest sponsored by the Junior Classical League.

The league is a nationwide organization for students of classical languages. There are more than 50,000 members in about 1,200 chapters, located in almost every state and in various foreign countries.

At Covenant Day, junior Corie Law received a gold medal for winning first place in her division, senior Lane Baker won a silver medal for placing second in his division and sophomore Emily Jarrett placed seventh in her division.

The students’ teacher is Caroline Kelly.

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