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South Charlotte School News Nov. 23

McKee Road supports one of their own

Students at McKee Road Elementary School recently raised nearly $1,300 to support the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation whose mission is to promote research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders and to provide support to affected individuals and families.

The school raised $1,270.14 for the foundation, in support of Bewlay Koury, a fourth-grade student at the school who is affected by the disease. Bewlay’s regular education class, Katherine Doherty’s fourth-grade class, raised the largest amount of money, bringing in $277.72. The school presented a check to the students last week for Bewlay’s mom, Christy, who represents the foundation’s Charlotte chapter and Energy For Life walkathon, an event held every October to benefit the foundation.

South Meck to host magnet open house

The South Mecklenburg High School International Language Academy will host two World Language Magnet open house events this semester to give interested parents and students the opportunity to visit classrooms and speak with teachers.

The International Language Academy, which serves the southern part of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is the largest magnet program in CMS with nearly 300 students currently enrolled. Languages of study include French, Spanish, German and Japanese. In addition, Chinese and Latin are offered via e-learning classes. Students admitted to South Mecklenburg High School International Language Academy are required to complete two courses in language or related content each year. The program offers opportunities to participate in foreign exchange programs, international travel, internships and a variety of specialized language program clubs.

The first open house event will be held Monday, Nov. 26, from 8 to 9 a.m. and the second event will be held Dec. 10, a Monday, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the school, 8900 Park Road.

For more information, including pre-requisite requirements, go to the CMS website   or contact Ingrid Wilson,

5K Run/Walk coming to Ardrey Kell

The first annual Wannabe Cancer Free 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run will be held at Ardrey Kell High School on Dec. 8.

The event, which benefits the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, was created to increase awareness of and generate support for the fight against cancer through the promotion of a healthy, athletic lifestyle. Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma is a rare head and neck cancer. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.

People can register on the event’s website at for $25 or the day of the race for $30. The fun run is $10. Donations also are being accepted.

Ardrey Kell High School is located at 10220 Ardrey Kell Road.

Charlotte Christian students to perform at Carnegie Hall

Five Charlotte Christian upper school students were selected for the American High School Performance Series at Carnegie Hall for February 2013.

The performance series features accomplished high school performers and allows them to study under master conductors. Sophomore Chad Damon and senior Lynn Putnam were both selected for the Honors Performance Choir and senior Scott Ortlip, sophomore Alex Watkins and sophomore Sydney Weaver were all selected for the Honors Performance Band. The five students were nominated by Charlotte Christian music directors and submitted audition recordings as part of the selection process.

The students have been invited to New York City to participate in the five-day program, which concludes with a concert at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 10, 2013.

Jane Mendlik, director of bands at Charlotte Christian School, also was recently recognized by the American High School Honors Performance Series with a Classroom Assistance Grant of $500, which is intended to support the instruction and development of high school musicians by providing more resources.

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