Davidson IB Middle School’s Science Olympiad varsity team placed second in the regional competition last Saturday at UNC Charlotte. Also below, news from McKinney Academy, Davidson Elementary School, Davidson Day and Bailey Middle School. (Catch Cornelius Elementary’s unicyclists on TV Thursday morning and in the Charlotte St. Patrick’s parade Saturday. Details below.)
DAVIDSON IB SCIENCE OLYMPIAD ADVANCES
Davidson IB Middle School’s Science Olympiad varsity team placed second in the recent regional competition, capping a 14-year history of placing in one of the top two spots in the competition.
This was Davidson IB’s last year competing under its current name. The school will close and consolidate its IB program with J.M. Alexander Middle School in Huntersville.
Only one point separated Davidson IB’s team from first-placed Piedmont Middle IB in Saturday’s competition at UNC Charlotte. Davidson IB students scored high in testing events ranging from anatomy to ornithology and build-it events such as bottle rockets and towers.
Under the direction of science teacher Tiffany Sabin, team members have spent several hours preparing for the competition after school and on weekends. Dedicated coaches also have shared their expertise and time to educate the future scientists.
Team organizer Cammy Thornton said in a statement that she was thrilled by the first place medal awarded to the event she coached, Junkyard Challenge. In practice the students had only been able to build an eight-foot tower out of Styrofoam cups. But at competition, they erected a 10-foot tower.
The team has seven weeks to study and rebuild in preparation for the state tournament in Raleigh. The top two schools at the state competition will go on to compete in the national competition in Wisconsin.
Davidson IB has sent many teams to nationals over the years, according to school officials. The students are hoping to continue that tradition this year.
Davidson IB’s junior varsity team also placed second in the regional Science Olympiad competition.
Members of Davidson IB’s Science Olympiad varsity team are: Bradley Davis, Ami Shiddapur, Thomas Thornton and Emma Watts, ninth grade; Anika Agarwal, Chris Copley, Wilson Goode, Jimmy Haberberger, Gaines Langford, Allison Law, Jacob Pilsbury, eighth grade; Sam Pilsbury, Sara Dworak, Austin Holmes, Paige McKinney, Ian Ruppenthal, Raj Shiddapur, seventh grade.
Members of the junior varsity one team are: Sebastian Sierra, eighth grade, Kendall Bailey, Christiana Brueggeman, Joseph Chen, Kate Elliott, Hugh McAteer, Peter Park, Caleb Readling, Suzy Watts, Sierra Weight, seventh grade; Nick Chen, Markus Haspel, AJ Moyes, Christine Park, Claire Stutzman, Alyssa Elting, sixth grade.
Members of the junior varsity two team are: Dorian Brown, Owen Cosgrove, Davis Comer, Kobie Popko, Sarah Westin, Kelly Williams, Claire Wood, sixth grade; Katie Copley, Sam Thornton, Daniel Weight, fifth grade.
McKINNEY STUDENTS JOIN BLACK HISTORY EVENT
Several McKinney Academy students recently participated in the town of Cornelius’s black history event. The students performed the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” The Black National Anthem in honor of Black History.
There also was a presentation on the black community in Charlotte. The event included artifacts from local black history including World War I helmets worn by black soldiers, 45 records of various black musicians, and a phonograph from the time.
Cake and punch was served after the presentations. Students also met Cornelius Town Commissioner Thurman Ross and other local leaders.
JUSTIN BIEBER AT DAVIDSON ELEMENTARY?
Davidson Elementary School students looked up from their desks last week to see Justin Bieber on their morning announcements video.
The popular singer appeared on video during the morning announcements to read the Dr. Seuss story, “The Cat in the Hat,” during the culmination of the school’s week long celebration of Read Across America.
The purpose of the event was to foster an enthusiasm for and a reinforcement of the importance of reading. Each grade posted a list of favorite books, which was displayed in the Media Center. Some of those listed included: “The Hunger Games,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “Double Fudge,” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”
In media classes throughout the week, students discussed the reasons they believe reading is important. Reasons cited included: being able to read to their children when they grow up; being able to read text messages; and, the ability to apply for a job and read the job contract.
ELEMENTARY REGISTRATION OPEN
Davidson Elementary School will hold an open registration for the 2011 school year on April 7. The registration will be offered during Artfest from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 7.
To complete your child’s registration, you will need to have three specific forms of identification as well as New Student Enrollment forms, which can be found at http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/StudentPlacement/Pages/EnrollingYourStudent.aspx.
If you register before May 13, you will receive a free “Tiger-T” shirt for your little one courtesy of the Davidson Elementary Parent Teacher Organiztion.
Call Delores Vanpelt in the school’s front office at 980-343-3900 for more information.
DAVIDSON IB RAISES $1,250 FOR HABITAT
Davidson IB Middle School recently raised $1,250 for the “Middle School Build-Habitat House.”
Davidson IB held a talent show and gift basket auction to raise money for the cause. Area middle schools including Bradley, Bailey Davidson IB and J.M. Alexander aer all working together to build a home next year. Students performed in a talent show and themed gift baskets were auctioned to raise money for the effort.
ANGELS OF ’97 5k AND DINNER
The Angels of ’97, a non-profit organization that raises scholarship funds for high school students in the area, will host a 5K run on Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m.
The Angels of ’97 is a non-profit group that started as a memorial to five North Meck students who died in 1997. They were: Laura Barnette, Travis Childers, Calvin Keziah, Mandi Meador and Kancham Potts.
Registration for the 5K starts at 7 a.m. at the high school. There will be first, second and third place winners for male and female runners.
Following the race, Angels of ’97 will present an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the high school for $5 per person. The day includes children’s events, entertainment including: Dove Family, belly dancers, Mooresville Dancers, North Meck Dancers, Bradley Dancers, North Meck Community Choir and the Rusty Knox Band. There will be hot air balloon rides provided by ReMax. There also will be an auction and vendors at the event. (See related story, “Angels of ’97 marks 15 years with a 5K”)
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS WINNERS: DAVIDSON DAY
Davidson Day Elementary School students recently won the Battle of the Books and will advance to the regional competition now.
The team consisted of students in grades 3-5 who defeated Cannon, Providence Day, Salisbury Academy and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, in the district championship on March 9 to advance to the Regional Competition in April.
The Patriot team answered more than 95 percent of the questions correctly, missing only two questions in three hours.
CORNELIUS UNICYCLISTS TO PERFORM
The Cornelius Elementary School Unicycle Team will participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Charlotte on Saturday.
The Unicycle Team will also feature its skills Thursday on “Fox News Rising,” a local morning TV program on the Charlotte Fox affiliate, WCCB-TV.
BAILEY MIDDLE PARENT NIGHT
Bailey Middle School will host a parent night on Thursday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the school.
Course descriptions and registration for middle school will be explained for incoming sixth-grade students.