Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools buses are back on the roads this week, practicing their routes for the Aug. 25 start of school. Also in this column, incoming freshmen at North Meck High School head to “Viking Training Camp” this week, Cannon School athletes are honored for sportsmanship, and schools offer open houses and other back-to-school activities.
CMS BUSES ON THE ROAD THIS WEEK
CMS bus drivers have been out on the roads practicing their morning and afternoon routes in anticipation of the first day of school Aug. 25. CMS transportation officials say parents should check the location of their child’s bus stop before school starts. They suggest:
- Walk to and from your child’s bus stop to become familiar with its location.
- Ensure that your child arrives at his/her stop 10 to 15 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- Tell children to cross the street in front of the school bus after the stop arm and hazard lights come on.
- Remind children to tell the bus driver if something is dropped near the bus.
- Remind children to tell a school administrator or police officer about any disruptive behavior or suspicious activity at stops.
Transportation information, including bus-stop locations, pick-up and drop-off times and bus route numbers, is being mailed to families. Parents with questions about transportation or a bus stop should call the school or the Transportation office at 980-343-6715.
Parents can also fill out a transportation service request form online to request changes to their child’s transportation schedule.
VIKINGS IN ‘CAMP’ THIS WEEK
North Mecklenburg High School holds its Viking Training Camp Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for incoming ninth grade students.
During the orientation, students will meet with teachers from each subject area, get to know the school grounds and learn school cheers. It is also an opportunity for students to socialize with each other before school starts.
CANNON SCHOOL ATHLETES HONORED FOR SPORTSMANSHIP
Cougars are inaugural recipients of Charlotte independent schools conference Sportsmanship Award
Cannon School’s athletes have been honored by the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) for good sportsmanship. The Cougars are the inaugural recipients of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) Sportsmanship Award for the CISAA conference.
“Cannon School is honored to be the first school to receive this award,” athletic director Doug Maynard said in a statement. “I’m proud of our players, coaches and community for exhibiting good sportsmanship, which is needed now more than ever in interscholastic athletics. It’s especially meaningful to be recognized by the coaches of the other four outstanding conference schools.”
Sportsmanship is one of NCISAA’s three core values, along with integrity and fair play. Last year, the NCISAA established sportsmanship awards to be given annually at the conference level throughout the state.
The varsity coaches of the five CISAA member schools (Cannon School, Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Latin School and Providence Day School) rated the sportsmanship of all conference schools during last school year and Cannon School received the highest rating.
Also at Cannon: KINDNESS AT THE CORE
Cannon School has added kindness as the school’s sixth core value.
On Monday morning, at the school’s first all-school assembly of the new school year, student council members unveiled the school’s newest core value and challenged teachers and students to make a difference with their choices and actions.
“Kindness is an essential that has guided our school community for more than 40 years,” Head of School Matt Gossage said in a statement. “It is rooted in virtues as old as our most treasured beliefs and yet it still provides guidance for learning in the 21st century.”
Cannon School’s six core values – courage, teamwork, respect, integrity, passion and kindness – set the school’s expectations for how its students engage each other and engage in learning.
AREA SCHOOLS OPEN UP FOR OPEN HOUSES, WELCOME STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
Here’s the schedule for upcoming open houses and other ‘back-to-school’ items at our area schools:
Cornelius Elementary (21126 Catawba Ave., Cornelius)
The school is going green for the 2011-12 school year, and will be sending all newsletters, testing information and other communication electronically. Register to receive the information at the bottom of the school’s website: click on LISTSERV (DL346PARENTS), provide your e-mail address, provide your name, and click join DL346PARENTS to ensure that you are receiving all communication from our school.
Classroom teachers’ “Welcome Back to School” letters will be mailed to all students Thursday.
The school hosts an open house Aug. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Davidson Elementary (635 South St., Davidson)
The school hosts an open house Aug. 23. Students in Kindergarten, first and second grade are invited to come meet their teachers from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and students in third, fourth and fifth grade are invited to come from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
J.V. Washam Elementary (9611 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius)
The school hosts an open house Aug. 22. Students in Kindergarten, second and fourth grade are invited to meet their teachers at 4 p.m. and students in first, third and fifth grade are invited to come at 5 p.m.
Bailey Middle School (11900 Bailey Road, Cornelius)
The school hosts an open house Aug. 22 for sixth-grade students from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and for seventh and eighth-grade students from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
J.M. Alexander Middle School (12201 Hambright Road, Huntersville)
The school hosts a sixth-grade orientation at 5 p.m. Aug. 23, and an open house for seventh and eighth-grade students beginning at 6:15 p.m.
W.A. Hough High School (12420 Bailey Road)
The school hosts an orientation for freshmen and new students Aug. 23 beginning at 10 a.m.
After a week of camp, the school’s marching band performed a “preview” for parents and community members Friday, Aug. 12. Click here to see pictures.
North Mecklenburg High School (11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville)
The school hosts an open house at 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in the school auditorium.
Community School of Davidson (565 Griffith St., Davidson / 404 Armour St., Davidson)
The school hosts parent open houses all day Aug. 21.
The first day of school is Aug. 22, and the school hosts a lemonade drop-in for students.
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