What has seven parts, is full of ‘wows’ and just won a state prize? Why, that would be Ruth Swallow of Davidson’s string of sonnets on the theme of what “wowed” her in nature.
Read below about her sonnet skills, and also learn about Bailey Middle‘s recent win in the Battle of the Books competition, plans for Davidson Day to team up with Children’s Community School to form a football team, the weekend performance of “A Comedy of Errors,” the mayor’s recent work with Tina Cataldo‘s class at Davidson Elementary, and a full calendar of upcoming school events and meetings.
SONNETS GO NATIONAL
Ruth Swallow, a 7th grader at Davidson IB Middle School, recently won first prize in the literature portion of the Reflections Contest for the state of North Carolina. (This follows her win at the local level in January. Click here for our coverage of that event.)
Reflections is a cultural arts contest for students in grades preschool through 12. The contest has seven categories, all using art of various types to express this year’s theme of “wow.” Ruth, the daughter of John and Cameron Swallow, wrote about what wowed her in nature. Her winning entry consisted of a coronet of sonnets, or a linked set of seven sonnets, with the last line of the first poem turned into the first line of the next poem and so on. She wrote about such topics as baby birds and the spirit of the wind.
Her work will now move on to the national competition.
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS COMPETITION
Q. Name the author and title of a book that makes use of pentanomes.
A. “The Wright 3″ by Blue Balliett.
The above is just one example of the kinds of questions teams at the Battle of the Books competition faced Thursday, March 5. Six teams from north Mecklenburg County joined in the competition, hosted by Lake Norman Charter.
Bailey Middle School in Cornelius walked away with the win and will advance to the county-wide competition March 31. The Bailey team is led by captain Mary Iris Gray of Davidson, and coached by language arts teacher David Hall and librarian Katina Skipper. The Bailey team has been meeting two mornings (and some afternoons) each week since January to prepare for the competition. Besides Mary Iris, the team consists of: Taylor Barrett, Tyshanae White, Cameron Schaer, Logan Mariner, Matthew Newman, Baily Johnson, Jodie Jackson, Christina Dennis, Aaron Lucander, Sam Tendler, and Shamyra Jordan.
Battle of the Books is a national competition started by librarians to encourage interest in literature. This year, the North Carolina School Library Media Association prepared a list of 27 books, including classics like Treasure Island and local authors like Kerry Madden. Teams competed in rounds and had 20 seconds to answer questions, racking up points if they correctly named the exact title and full author name. Bailey won with 81 points, followed by Alexander Middle with 76. Lake Norman Charter placed third, Davidson I.B. Middle was fourth, Ranson Middle was fifth and Bradley Middle took sixth place.
The Bailey High PTA awarded each of the school’s team members with a $10 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.
BAILEY HIGH BOUNDARIES MEETING IS THURSDAY
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will hold a workshop on Thursday, March 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at North Mecklenburg High in Huntersville, to study proposed boundaries for the new high school under construction on Bailey Road in Cornelius. The different options will impact the size and demographics for not only the proposed Bailey Road high school, but also for North Mecklenburg High, Hopewell High and even West Charlotte High. All three options under consideration include both Davidson and Cornelius in the boundaries for the new high school, which is located next door to Bailey Middle. Click here for more information and a link to the three different boundary maps.
DAVIDSON DAY AND COMMUNITY SCHOOL TEAM UP FOR FOOTBALL
Two neighboring schools along Griffith Street are preparing to team up to form a middle school football team.
Children’s Community School, a public charter, and Davidson Day, a private prep school, are collaborating to launch a new team under the banner of “Davidson Football.” The two schools have held a first meeting of interested families, selected a coach and started drawing up a schedule for the fall.
Randy Ferrell, who has a son at Davidson Day and is the president of the Piedmont Youth Football League, will be the head coach of the team and is planning to hold skills days in May.
“We want to form a good solid foundation for both of these schools,” said Mr. Ferrell. “Then eventually they can split off and do their own high school teams.”
Games will be played at the Davidson Day field, and the first game has tentatively been set for Aug. 27.
“We even have one girl who wants to come out,” Mr. Ferrell noted. “The families are enthusiastic and committed. Hopefully this will be the start of something good for both schools.”
COMEDY OF ERRORS OPENS AT DDS
Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” will be performed this weekend as the spring production for Davidson Day.
The fast-paced comedy features 17 students in grades 3-11 in a tale of mistaken identities, directed by DDS theater director Joanna Gerdy.
“This is not your grandmother’s Shakespeare,” claims Ms. Gerdy. “It’s full of physical comedy and characters that bear striking resemblances to famous old “clowns” like Charlie Chaplin, the Marx brothers and the Keystone Cops.”
This is the Davidson Day School Theater Department’s third theater production under the direction of Ms. Gerdy. Past performances include Snoopy!!! and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
DDS is partnering with neighbor Sabi Asian Bistro to offer theater goers a 15-percent discount on entrees this weekend. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and also Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets, sold at the door, are $10 for adults, $5 for students and a maximum of $25 per family.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT GRADUATES CELEBRATE WITH STYLE
For most elementary school students, the conclusion of a junior achievement course session is marked by a short presentation of certificates. For the students in Tina Cataldo’s 2/3 multiage class at Davidson Elementary, graduation came with a civics session from Davidson Mayor John Woods.
After leading a five-session course on city zoning, the importance of banking, the role of newspapers, and the impact of new business development, parent volunteer Kathy Tyson (whose son, Daniel, is in Ms. Cataldo’s class), invited the mayor to be the guest graduation speaker. Students developed two questions for the event, one self authored and the other prepared with parental consultation.
“The exercise helped the students link what they learned in Junior Achievement to their community,” commented teacher Tina Cataldo.
The student-led questions focused on the duties of the office of mayor and the impact of recent changes in Davidson. Parent-influenced questions tended to reflect economic concerns, pending IB School developments, and the light rail system.
“I was thrilled to see for myself the passion these students share for Davidson,” remarked Mayor Woods. “The students were obviously concerned by changes in Davidson yet truly appreciative of how Davidson continues to evolve and prosper without changing its deep rooted sense of community.”
The students also learned about Mayor Woods’ career as first vice president and regional executive with Peoples Bank, headquartered in Newton, N.C. As a banker and as a mayor, he encouraged the students to look for entrepreneurial opportunities to enhance Davidson’s future.
(Special thanks to Kathy Tyson for the reporting of this item.)
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION STARTING
Families with children who will be entering kindergarten at Davidson Elementary this fall for the 2009-2010 school year must stop by the school office to register their child.
Registration is not automatic for families with siblings at DES or who live in Davidson. Families should register early since the number of incoming kindergartners is important for planning. To complete the registration, you will need a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate and three proofs of residency.
Please review the Proof of Residency requirements on the CMS website (www.cms.k12.nc.uc ) or call DES at 980-343-3900 to obtain the list of acceptable proof of residency documents.
On April 16th, the Davidson Elementary PTA is sponsoring Beginner’s Day at Davidson Elementary School for rising kindergartners and their families. The program begins with check in at 9:30 AM and a formal program at 10:00 AM. Please remember to register for kindergarten at the school prior to April 16th.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
- MARCH 16-20 – Book Fair Week at Davidson Elementary will include family pizza night (4:30 – 7 p.m.) Wednesday.
- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 - Walk to School Wednesday for Davidson Day School.
- THURSDAY, MARCH 19 – First of two workshops on proposed boundaries for a high school on Bailey Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at North Mecklenburg High. (See details in our post, “CMS to hold workshop on Bailey boundaries“.)
- MARCH 20-21 - Davidson Day students will perform Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. See news story above for more details.
- SUNDAY, MARCH 22 – Stephan Snyder of Woodlawn will represent his school and region at the Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee.
- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 – Walk to School Wednesday for Children’s Community School.
- TUESDAY, MARCH 31 – Second of two workshops on proposed boundaries for a high school on Bailey Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hopewell High.
- THURSDAY, APRIL 2 – Bailey Middle will induct a new group of members into the Junior Honor Society at a ceremony set for 6 p.m. at the school.
- APRIL 6-10 – Spring Break for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
- THURSDAY, APRIL 16 – Beginner’s Day at Davidson Elementary School (see news item above on kindergarten registration for more information.)
- SATURDAY, APRIL 18 – Run Too Overcome 5K and Kids Fun Run at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, hosted by Davidson Elementary PTA Too for exceptional children. Proceeds to benefit seven elementary schools, including DES. Register for the race through queencitytiming.com.
- MONDAY, APRIL 20 - The 2009 Annual Davidson Day School Golf Tournament will be held on at the River Run Golf Club in Davidson. This will be the main fundraiser for the Patriots Club 2008-09 year.
- THURSDAY, APRIL 23 - Cannon School will host an open house, starting at 7 p.m. in Taylor Hall, for families seeking to explore educational opportunities in grades 5-12. Visiting families will have an opportunity to tour the campus, speak one-on-one with representatives about the school’s academic, arts and athletics offerings, including a new football program, and learn more about the admission process.
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