W.A. Hough High School this week welcomes a new School Resource Officer, Winston Douglas, and principal Terri Cockerham is expected to return in two weeks. Also this week, the Board of Education approved a 185-day calendar for the 2012-13 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools school year, St. Mark Catholic kicked off a campaign to raise money for juvenile diabetes research, and Cannon School students are preparing for the MathCounts state finals. Read below for details.
NEW RESOURCE OFFICER AT HOUGH, PRINCIPAL TO RETURN MID-MARCH
CORNELIUS - W.A. Hough High School Resource Officer Dan Waltman has accepted a position in the Cornelius Police Department’s investigations department, and Officer Winston Douglas has taken his place at the school. Officer Douglas has worked with students through the D.A.R.E. Program, and took over as School Resource Officer this week.
Also, school principal Terri Cockerham will return to the school mid-March, CMS officials say. Ms. Cockerham has been working at the Northeast Learning Zone while Zone Superintendent Mark Bosco filled in temporarily as principal at Northwest School of the Arts. Northwest Principal Barry Bowe committed suicide last month. On Tuesday, the Board of Education appointed Melody Sears as principal at Northwest, and in mid-March she will take over and Mr. Bosco and Ms Cockerham will return to their regular positions.
NEW CMS 185-DAY CALENDAR
CHARLOTTE - At its Feb. 28 meeting, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved a 185-day calendar for the 2012-13 school year. The revised calendar replaces the 180-day calendar the Board approved in April 2011.
In June 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly eliminated five protected teacher workdays and added five instructional (or student) days to the school calendar for all public school districts in the state. This changed the number of school days from 180 to 185.
The CMS Calendar Committee, consisting of parents, community members, teachers, principals and central office staff, met in November 2011 to develop two calendar options for the new 185-day calendar for the 2012-13 school year. Staff reviewed the two options and slightly modified one of them to develop a third option, which the Board approved.
The first day of the 2012-2013 school year is Aug. 27 and the last day is June 10.
ST MARK CATHOLIC RAISES MONEY FOR JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH
HUNTERSVILLE - St. Mark Catholic School this week kicked off a campaign to educate students about type 1 diabetes and to raise vital funds to support research aimed at curing the disease. The kickoff event Monday, a pep rally, included a motivational speech by Tony George, ex-NFL athlete and type 1 diabetic.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Kids Walk program is one of the school’s annual service projects, and fundraising efforts will include a spirit week, penny wars, classroom competitions, and raffles every day during the campaign. The money raised will go towards funding research into better treatments for individuals with type 1 diabetes, and as part of the initiative students also will learn about nutrition and exercise, be rewarded for making healthy choices, and learn about the impact of type 1 diabetes on fellow students.
St. Mark has several students with type 1 diabetes and the Walk is an opportunity for the school to fight back against a disease affecting its community.
For more information about the St. Mark Kids Walk or JDRF, please contact Sally Langan at 704-561-0828 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CANNON SCHOOL MATHCOUNTS TEAM QUALIFIES FOR STATE COMPETITION
CONCORD – Cannon School’s middle school mathematicians have advanced to the state finals in the MathCounts team competition. Cannon and other schools throughout the region will send representatives to Durham for the finals, held Mar. 16.
The American Society of Professional Engineers sponsors MathCounts as a problem-solving competition promoting math proficiency for students in the pivotal sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The program combinies the disciplines of education, business, government and technology.
Cannon students placed fifth out of 25 teams in a regional competition held Feb. 18 at UNC-Charlotte to qualify for the state tournament. The following students participated in the meet:
Seventh graders Soumya Avva, of Huntersville; Stanton McKay, of Concord; Zack Olguin, of Davidson; Brian Park, of University City; and Mimi Wahid, of Salisbury; and eighth graders Austin Coale, of Concord; Angeli Gupta, of University City; Reid Herrera, of Harrisburg; Davis Nelson, of Salisbury; and Christina Stylianou, of Concord.
Uday Uppal, a ninth grader from Huntersville, was the team’s assistant coach.