The Bailey Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade band performed Friday at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., and finished at the top of the competition. Also in this column, Davidson Elementary collects more than 2,000 books for Alabama tornado survivors; Davidson IB plans a closing ceremony Thursday, Davidson Day School raises more than $26,000 in a parking space auction and its students compete in a Math Olympiad.
BAILEY MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND RANKED ‘SUPERIOR’ BY MUSIC FESTIVAL JUDGES
Fifty-one seventh and eighth grade band members at Bailey Middle School traveled to Hershey, Pa. June 3 to compete against other bands from New York, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania in the 2011 Music in the Parks Festival at Hersheypark.
The students performed three prepared pieces, and the band earned a rating of “Superior,” the highest rating possible, based on tone quality, intonation, rhythm, technique, and musicality.
Directed by Ruth Petersen, the band also finished first place in its division and second overall.
DAVIDSON ELEMENTARY COLLECTS 2,000 BOOKS FOR ‘BAMA
In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., in April, Davidson Elementary School students and staff decided to do something to help. The school sponsored Books for ‘Bama, a drive to collect books for schools and children affected by the storms.
Davidson Elementary School teacher Teri Brooks and her daughter, Meg, a student at the University of Alabama, delivered more than 2,000 books to the Tuscaloosa City School system on May 20.
“Their volunteer coordinator told us that two schools (over 70 classrooms) had been totally destroyed and that the books were very much needed,” Ms. Brooks said in an e-mail about the drive. “We will deliver another 1,000 books in June.”
Severe tornadoes hit Alabama on April 27, with at least one stretching a mile wide and destroying nearly everything in its path. The tornadoes were part of a massive storm system that produced 312 twisters and killed 337 people in seven states. More than 130 people died in Alabama alone.
DAVIDSON IB PLANS FOR CLOSING CEREMONY
Davidson IB Middle School will hold a closing ceremony at the school Thursday, June 9, to honor the school’s history before the building closes and the program moves.
The International Baccalaureate program and school principal, Jo Karney, will move in August to J.M. Alexander Middle School, at 12201 Hambright Road, in Huntersville. The move is one of many changes Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials are making in the face of severe cuts in state and county funding.
The closing ceremony will begin at 1:45 p.m. at the picnic tables on the Davidson IB campus, and students, staff and parents will walk to the Davidson Village Green at 2 p.m. where they will dedicate a bench. All staff and students will return to school before dismissal at 3 p.m.
More from Davidson IB – celebration of success; packing plans
- The Celebration of Success for eighth graders will be held on Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m. in the school auditorium.
- School staff members are seeking parent and student volunteers to help pack for the move to J.M. Alexander. Volunteers are needed June 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. and June 14 beginning at 8 a.m. If you are interested in helping out, contact Karen Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAVIDSON DAY PARKING SPACES AUCTION RAISES MORE THAN $26,000 FOR ANNUAL FUND
Carpool time at Davidson Day school can be hairy. But three families next year will have a much easier time – they will be able to park in reserved parking spaces they purchased during the school’s parking auction May 18.
The school auctioned off three front-row parking spaces, and opened the bidding at $300 each. By the time the third spot was purchased, the school had raised more than $26,000.
“We have great parents, and they know it’s for a good cause,” Davidson Day School Director of Public Relations John Tobias said. “Our parents help out the school in so many ways.”
The money will be added to the school’s annual fund, which pays for curriculum materials, new technology, professional development, theater productions, athletic uniforms and mini-terms.
More from Davidson Day – Math Olympiad team members are “high achievers”
Thirty-five Davidson Day fifth and sixth grade students on the Math Olympiad team were named to the National High Achievement List for scoring in the 80-89th percentile nationally.
END-OF-YEAR EVENTS AT AREA SCHOOLS
June 9 – Bailey Middle School ‘Moving Up Ceremony,’ 9:30 a.m. at Hough High, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius; Cornelius Elementary School 5th grade cookout.
June 10 – Last day of school for CMS; Davidson IB Celebration of Success for eighth graders, 10 a.m. in the auditorium, 251 South St.
June 11 – North Mecklenburg High School graduation, 4 p.m., Dale F. Halton Arena, on the UNC-Charlotte campus inside the Barnhardt Student Activity Center.
June 12 – Hopewell High School graduation, 2 p.m., Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte.