Matthews-Mint Hill School Notes Jan. 4

Covenant Day featured on ‘It Ain’t Rocket Science’
Covenant Day School in Matthews was recently featured on an episode of “It Ain’t Rocket Science” on News 14.
The show, which highlights efforts by teachers and organizations to engage young people in learning opportunities around science, technology, engineering and math, featured Covenant Day’s aquaponics system. The school installed the system that grows plants and fish at the school last year in an effort to find sustainable resources for orphanages in Haiti. Students and staff will take two trips to Haiti this spring where they hope to install a similar system.
Viewers can watch the episode of “It Ain’t Rocket Science” at where they also can browse other episodes from the series.

Butler High to host flapjack fundraiser
The Butler High School performing arts department will host an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser, Saturday, Jan. 5.
The fundraiser will support the Butler performing arts booster club, which helps fund productions and activities for the department.
The breakfast fundraiser will be held 8 to 10 a.m. at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill at 9616 E. Independence Blvd. in Matthews. Tickets are $7 a person and can be purchased online at
For more information, email

Give New Tennis Shoes for Haiti
Still in a giving mood? Covenant Day School needs your help.
A team of teachers and students from the school will travel to Jereme, Haiti in April to continue a partnership with El Shaddai Ministries, an organization that works with orphanages throughout Haiti, but they need your help! The school plans to take new tennis shoes to all the children at the orphanage in Jereme, and 200 pairs of new shoes and socks are needed for the effort.
The biggest needs are socks and shoes in baby and toddler sizes, as well as kids sizes. People can donate shoes by dropping them off at the school, 800 Fullwood Lane, in Matthews.
Boxes also are available in the high school media center for drop-off.
For questions or more information, call Covenant Day’s high school at 704-814-1066.

Butler High in need of mentors
Butler High School is in need of mentors to help ensure students succeed.
The program, called Best in Show, partners community mentors and students at the school several times each month with hope of influencing students to succeed. Many parents and community members already are involved, but the school hopes more people might share the cause with other students. Mentors talk with students about school concepts and how they relate to real-world experiences.
Meetings are held in the school’s media center every other Thursday  from 6:40 to 7:10 a.m. If interested, people should contact Joanna Schimizzi at
Butler High School is located at 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, in

CMS to host mid-year graduations
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will host the district’s 2012-13 high school mid-year graduations Jan. 28, a Monday.
The district will host two graduations, both which will be held at the
Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Butler High School, Independence High School, Providence High School and Rocky River High all will take place at 7 p.m. See a schedule of all CMS mid-year graduations by going to the district’s website,, and typing “2012-13 mid-year graduation schedule” in the search bar.

Butler health room needs supplies
The health room at Butler High School is running low on supplies and is in need of some donations.
As students battle flu and cold season, the room is in desperate need of the following items: water bottles, 3-ounce bath cups, Band-Aids, crackers and sandwich size Ziploc bags.
Donations should be dropped off in the school’s front office. Butler High School is located at 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Matthews.

Send us your education news!
Now that school is back in session, we’re looking for news about all schools in Matthews and Mint Hill and we need your help!
The Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly is looking for news about students, teachers and clubs from area schools who are doing great things in the community. Did your school recently win a large technology grant? Did a student win a national art competition? Or is a high school German Club hosting an annual festival? Whatever the news, we want to know about it. Send your story ideas to or call education reporter Morgan Smith at 704-849-2261.

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