Upper and middle school students at Davidson Day School on Monday learned about the history of Islam and its impact on modern global issues from local expert and activist Amad Shakur. Also in this column, Pine Lake Prep seeks professionals to present at its career fair Nov. 18, W.A. Hough High presents Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” this weekend, Cannon School students go “mobile,” and updates from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools about the superintendent survey and registration for next school year.
AMAD SHAKUR DISCUSSES MODERN-DAY ISLAM AT DAVIDSON DAY
Amad Shakur, founder and director for the Center for the African Diaspora in Charlotte and director of development for the Museum of Muslim Cultures, visited Davidson Day School Monday and spoke to middle and high school students about the modern implications of Islamic history. He discussed misperceptions of Islam, its history, and how some modern day conflicts are based on that history.
After the student assemblies, Mr. Shakur visited Charles Coddington’s Islamic History class, a seventh- and eighth-grade class, in which the students for their final projects are researching how Islamic history is impacting modern global issues.
“Middle school students really thrive in an environment that allows them to think about the world around them,” Mr. Coddington said. “It allows them to think about themselves, take an issue that is relevant to their lives, and gain an educated perspective.”
Mr. Coddington is the assistant head of upper school and upper middle school at Davidson Day and teaches upper and middle school history. He helped to implement the school’s “Choice and Voice” program, now in its third year, in which students choose classes from a list of skill-set-driven course offerings, like the Islamic History class.
In addition to learning history, his students also learn reading, writing and presentation skills, and become better prepared for the transition to high school, he said.
“Too often kids have that awkward shift from middle school to high school,” Mr. Coddington said. “We looked at it and sort of reverse-engineered it.”
Courses like the Islamic History class, and others offered, such as the Global Impact of WWII, Constitutional Interpretation and British Imperialism, build towards the students’ Global Studies curriculum in 9th grade.
SEE WILDER’S ‘OUR TOWN’ AT HOUGH THIS WEEKEND
The Hough High School Theater Department this weekend presents Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” The show opened Thursday, and runs through Saturday in the school’s auditorium. The doors open at 6:30 each night, and the show beings at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door.
PINE LAKE PREP SEEKS PRESENTERS FOR NOV. 18 CAREER FAIR
Pine Lake Prep hosts its annual career fair Nov. 18, and is seeking professionals to speak to the school’s upper school students.
The students’ interests are varied, and the school hopes to find presenters that align with those interests, including: Architect, College Professor, Mechanical Engineer, Veterinarian, Crime Scene Investigator, Television, Fashion Design, NASCAR Technology, Photography, Audio Production / Music Production, Chef, Forestry / Agriculture, Performing Arts, Meteorologist, Athletic Trainer, Politician, Cartographer, Psychologist, Biomedical Engineer, Public Relations, Biodiversity, Journalist, Physician Assistant, Radiologist.
If you are interested in volunteering to speak, email your contact information to: email@example.com.
CANNON GOES ‘MOBILE’ WITH AN IPHONE APP, WALKWAY
Cannon School senior Davis Gossage of Davidson developed a Cannon mobile app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that is now available for downloading in Apple’s App Store. His innovation is making a big impression beyond Cannon. The president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which represents more than 1,700 independent, private and charter schools in the United States and other countries, is promoting Cannon’s app to other independent schools as an innovative way to reach on-the-go parents, students and faculty.
In other Cannon news, Rob Lewis of Davidson helped Cannon School students during their fall break Oct. 17 construct a safe walkway for the children at Ada Jenkins Center. He helped classmate Chad Clinard complete an Eagle Scout project to improve the center’s after-school playground and outdoor area.
MON. IS LAST DAY FOR CMS’ SUPERINTENDENT SURVEY
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education on Oct. 24 began the public engagement phase of its search for a district superintendent. Through Monday, Nov. 7, community members have the chance to share their thoughts through a series of online survey questions.
“Public engagement is vital for this process,” Eric Davis, chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, said in a statement. “We want our community to help us to find the best educational leader for CMS.”
Survey questions address the importance of leadership traits, skills and abilities for the next superintendent. The survey also includes questions about respondent demographics. Survey participants and responses will remain confidential.
District staff also offers another survey for high school students.
After the community engagement phase is complete, the board will receive a summary of the survey results. The board hopes to hire the next superintendent in March.
GIVE YOUR INPUT
Click here to take the online survey. It is available in English and in Spanish.
REGISTER NEW STUDENTS NOW FOR 2012-13 SCHOOL YEAR
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is now taking student applications for the 2012-13 school year.
New-student enrollment is for children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarteners who did not attend a CMS pre-kindergarten program or older students who will be new to CMS. Students must be enrolled by Dec. 2, 2011, to be eligible for the first magnet lottery, which will be open from Jan. 6 – Feb. 13, 2012.
Families who are enrolled by the Dec. 2 deadline will receive a personalized magnet-lottery instruction sheet in the mail during the first week of January. Families who plan to send their child to their assigned home school do not have to register by Dec. 2, but are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible.
Children must be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2012, to be considered for kindergarten. Students must be four years old on or before Aug. 31, 2012, to be considered for pre-kindergarten.
In order to enroll students in CMS, families must provide three documents to show proof of residency. There are three categories of acceptable documents; parents must submit one document from each category. Category one includes a copy of a lease and record of the most recent rent payment, or a record of the most recent mortgage payment. Category two includes a utility bill dated within the past 30 days, and category three includes a valid driver’s license, vehicle tax bill, or valid passport. Click here to see the complete list of acceptable documents.
Parents or guardians must fill out a Safe Schools Enrollment Declaration per North Carolina law. The declaration states whether the student is under suspension or expulsion from any public or private school, or whether the student has been convicted of a felony. Click here to read the Safe Schools Enrollment document.
In addition to these forms, parents must also provide an official birth certificate (with seal) and a copy of the student’s current immunization record. New student-enrollment forms are available on the CMS website, at any school, zone office or the Family Application Center (700 Marsh Road). For more information, please call the Family Application Center at 980-343-5335 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.