School Notes: May 4

Socrates Academy students shine in Duke program

Socrates Academy students in Matthews recently showed academic achievement as a result of the SAT/ACT testing for the Duke Talent Identification Program, and were invited to the Duke TIP recognition ceremony later this month at Elon College.

Seventh-grade students Jacob Butler, Carter Claiborne, Davis Claiborne, Courtney Walker and Kathryn Weber qualified for state recognition and sixth-grader Morgan Opela earned state recognition for her Explore Test scores. SAT and ACT testing is not open to sixth-grade students.

Butler High to present several plays in May

The Butler High School Theatre Department still has a couple of shows to perform before the end of the school year, starting with “Hush Little Celia, Don’t Say a Word” on May 17, a Thursday.

The production, presented by the school’s Theatre II class, is a comedy about a girl with selective mutism who overcomes her fears by becoming friends with a boy in her class. The production stars Alice Albl and Alexavier Ratliff.

The Theatre III, IV and Honors III and IV class will present two shows May 18, a Friday, starting with “Conflict,” which is a farce that tries to explain why we crave stories in which the protagonist experiences all kinds of hardship, starring Branden Cook. The second production, “13 Ways,” is a hilarious look at what not to do at a college interview and stars Kendall Burns and Chris Williams.

The season will wrap up on May 21, a Monday, with “An Evening of Shorts,” presented by the three Theatre I classes. The classes found or wrote prose and poetry selections on the themes of “Innocence,” “Choices,” and “Time.”

Tickets, $5, are available at the door 30 minutes before the performance. All plays will begin at 7 p.m. at the school, 1810 Pineville-Matthews Road in Matthews.

Covenant Day School Latin students win honors

Covenant Day School middle school students recently attended the 61st North Carolina Junior Classical League State Convention held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where they received three awards.

The students took first place overall in the Middle School Division, where competitions included Latin grammar and Greco-Roman history and culture. They also received Top Chapter in Graphic Arts and second place in Service Projects, where they performed yard work and cleaning services for The Hospitality House of Charlotte.

Thirty-seven Covenant Day high school students and 35 eighth-grade students also received awards for their achievements on the National Latin Exam.

The exam is sponsored by the American Classical League and was taken by more than 150,000 students worldwide.

Thirteen Covenant Day high school students received gold medals, 11 received silver medals, five scored Magna Cum Laude and eight earned Cum Laude certificates. In middle school, six students received gold medals, 14 received silver medals, nine scored Magna Cum Laude and six earned Cum Laude.

Queen’s Grant to host art show

Queen’s Grant Community School invites community members and their families to attend the school’s annual “Self-Reflections” art show, Thursday, May 10 where students’ paintings, drawings, sculptures, wire art and clay designs will be showcased.

The show will be held throughout the school, 6400 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Mint Hill, and will last from

6 to 9 p.m., although the school suggests people with last names that begin with A through H should attend around 6 to 7 p.m., I through Q around 7 to 8 p.m., and R through Z from 8 to 9 p.m., to prevent over-crowding.

Matthews student participates in Governor’s Page Program

Douglas Bercini, a Matthews student who attends Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy in Salemburg, recently participated in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh, where he spent the week of April 23 to 27 providing administrative support for the Office of State Budget and Management.

The program, which is open to high school students ages 15 to 18, provides students with an opportunity to gain knowledge of the roles and functions of state government. During the week, pages attend press conferences, meet with the governor and assist in day-to-day office operations.

Douglas also was able to tour several state government buildings, such as the State Capitol, Legislative Building, Executive Mansion, Supreme Court, Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Natural History and N.C. Correctional Institute for Women.

Douglas is the son of Cheryl and Meglar Bercini.

CMS magnet enrollment closes May 4

Families who wish to participate in the second magnet student-assignment lottery must enroll their student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools by Friday, May 4.

The district is currently enrolling new students entering pre-kindergarten who are interested in the pre-kindergarten magnet Montessori program, as well as kindergartners who did not attend a CMS program during the 2011-12 school year and older students who are not currently attending a CMS school, but plan to attend beginning next school year.

The second magnet lottery will continue through June 4. Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2012, to be considered for kindergarten. Students must be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2012, to be considered for pre-kindergarten magnet Montessori program. For more information, call the Family Application Center at 980-343-5335 or email

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