The W.A. Hough High School theater department presents its spring show, a series of student-run one act plays. Also in this column, Hough and Hopewell high schools receive certification for their STEM programs, Davidson Elementary School holds a book drive for Alabama tornado survivors, and Davidson Day School honors its capital campaign donors.
HOUGH HIGH THEATER STUDENTS WRITE, DIRECT ONE ACTS
Theater students at W.A. Hough High School take the ‘lead’ as directors, producers and writers for the school’s latest show, “Tales of Love and Death…but mostly Death.” A series of one act plays, the show opens next week, May 27 and 28.
Almost all of the plays are student produced and directed, and two plays are written by students. Some of the students even had the chance to direct Hough High Theater Teacher Jared Taylor, who acts in some of the plays.
Want to go?
Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius.
HOUGH, HOPEWELL RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING STEM PROGRAMS
From Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:
Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the national certification organization for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, recognized three Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for their pre-engineering programs. Hopewell, Hough, and Providence high school students now may earn college credit for PLTW courses taken in high school.
Representatives from Duke University and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction led a certification team from PLTW. The team evaluated each schools’ programs and concluded that each school met the stringent standards of quality set by the Project Lead The Way organization.
“Staff, students, administrators, and their advisory boards worked extremely hard to achieve the levels required for this certification,” said Jimmy Chancey, director of Career and Technical Education for CMS. “This means our students can take courses that will transfer to many colleges and universities across the country.”
The certification process included a self-assessment of the PLTW program and a one-day site visit for each school. The certification team met with teachers, administrators, counselors, students, parents and industry supporters.
The three schools join Harding University, the Math, Engineering and Technology School at Olympic, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Mallard Creek, North Mecklenburg, Vance, Ardrey Kell, South Mecklenburg and Myers Park as PLTW certified Schools.
Project Lead The Way is a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system. The program is offered in over 3,000 schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
DAVIDSON ELEMENTARY STUDENTS COLLECT BOOKS FOR ‘BAMA
Davidson Elementary School hosts a “Books for ‘Bama” book drive Friday, May 20. The books collected will be given to survivors of the severe tornados April 27.
Want to donate?
Drop off books at the school, 635 South Street, and place them in the bins in the 200 and 300 wings of the building.
DAVIDSON DAY HONORS DONORS, DEDICATES THEATER
Everyone who donated money to the Davidson Day School capital campaign can now see their names on the wall of the school’s atrium. At a celebration last week, the school unveiled its Capital Campaign Donor Recognition plaque, and recognized individual donors for their support.
As part of the celebration, the school theater was dedicated to the Gordon family for their leadership, commitment and dedication to the school.
Richard and Susanne Gordon came to Davidson Day School six years ago after searching for a preschool for their daughter, Libbie, who is now in second grade. Her sister, Abby, is in Montessori preschool at Davidson Day.
Richard Gordon is vice-chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees. He also served as chair for the “It’s Time to Shine” capital campaign, helping to raise the millions of dollars necessary to build the school. Susanne Gordon is an active member of Parent Council and co-chaired the Scholastic Book Fair this year.
The Gordons said they support the arts as an essential part of Davidson Day’s educational experience, as well as the entire vision for the school.
MAY 20: Davidson Day School Class of 2011 graduation, 8 p.m.
MAY 25: Hough High spirit day at Campania’s Cafe in Davidson. A portion of the proceeds that day will benefit Hough High’s bands.
MAY 30: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are closed for the Memorial Day holiday.