October Education News & Notes

CMS new student enrollment now open

New student enrollment for the 2014-15 school year for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools opened Oct. 7 and will run until Dec. 6 for students and families interested in the district’s first magnet school lottery.

New student enrollment applies to families interested in the pre-kindergarten magnet Montessori programs, kids entering kindergarten and any other students new to CMS. Enrollment by Dec. 6 will ensure eligibility for the district’s first magnet lottery, and families will receive a personalized student assignment notification instruction sheet by mail during the first week of January. Applications for the lottery will be accepted online from Jan. 11 to Feb. 11.

Families who plan to send children to assigned home schools do not have to register by Dec. 6, but are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible. Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2014, to be considered for kindergarten.

Three documents to show proof of residency are required to enroll, including a copy of a lease and record of most recent payment or record of most recent mortgage payment, a utility bill dated within the last 30 days and a valid driver’s license or vehicle tax bill. Parents or guardians must complete a Safe Schools Enrollment Declaration and provide an official birth certificate with seal and a copy of the student’s current immunization record.

New student-enrollment forms are available in English or Spanish at any CMS school, learning community office or the Smith Family Center, 1600 Tyvola Road. Call the Smith Family Center at 980-343-5335 for more information.

Quail Hollow Middle collects cans, jackets and coats

Quail Hollow Middle School is asking students to learn about responsibility by lending a helping hand to others in need.

The school’s Character Education trait for October is “Responsibility.” Earlier this month, students learned what it means to be responsible to themselves, peers, families and community. To show responsibility, the school is hosting a canned food drive to help benefit the south Charlotte community. Only canned food items will be accepted, and students should turn in items to his or her first core teacher.

The school also is collecting jackets and coats to help prepare students currently without a coat for winter. All sizes and types of coats will be accepted, but items should be clean.

Quail Hollow Middle School is located at 2901 Smithfield Church Road.

South Mecklenburg band hosts fruit sale

The South Mecklenburg High School band is hosting its annual fruit sale fundraiser, and they need the community’s support.

The band is partnering with Florida Indian River Groves this year to get “the freshest fruit available,” according to the school’s newsletter. The fruit will be harvested the same day it’s shipped to the school. Boxes of navel oranges and Indian River red grapefruits will be available.

To order, visit www.fruitorder.com, click “Order Now” and enter ID number 329144. Orders online can be placed until Nov. 15. To get a paper order form, contact the school at 980-343-3600. Orders can be paid with cash or check, which should be made out to “South Meck Band Boosters,” and must be turned in by Nov. 12.

South Mecklenburg High School is located at 8900 Park Road.

Some Charlotte-Mecklenburg SAT scores increase

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools recently saw score increases in student performance on the reading and writing portions of the SAT.

The exam is an assessment used to gauge student readiness for college-level work. The average overall CMS score on the three-part test that covers reading, writing and math increased by 10 points in 2013 to 1473. The maximum possible score is 2400, with each section valued at 800 points. The average district SAT reading score was 493, up six points from the year before. The average district SAT writing score was 477, up four points from the year before. Math scores remained the same at 503. Average 2013 scores for North Carolina were 495 in reading, 478 in writing and 506 in math.

While results showed increases in scores, the number of students taking the SAT in CMS declined by 9.9 percent, with a 8.2 decrease in North Carolina. Graduating seniors in the class of 2013 were the first required to take the ACT, a college admissions test, during their junior year. The requirement likely impacted students’ SAT participation as seniors, according to a news release.

The number of students in CMS taking Advancement Placement courses also increased 9.5 percent to 4,592, and the number of tests taken increased 7.2 percent to 9,012.

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