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South Charlotte Weekly Education Notes Dec. 7

Rama Road names spelling bee winner

Mia Cunningham, a fifth-grade student in Heather Cheslock’s class, was recently named Rama Road Elementary School’s 2012 Spelling Bee winner.
Mia competed in 22 rounds of the spelling bee, and won the competition with the word “default.” J.T. Long, a fourth-grade student at the school, was named first-runner up and third-grader Paris Rabb was named second-runner up.
Mia will go on to compete in the Central Elementary Zone Spelling Bee in uptown Charlotte on Dec. 8.

Robinson Middle to present ‘The Little Mermaid Junior’

The fine arts department at Jay M. Robinson Middle School will present “The Little Mermaid Junior” Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6 to 8.
The production, which is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and Disney film, features the story of Ariel, a young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home “Under the Sea” to live in the world above. The cast and crew are comprised of sixth- through eighth-graders who auditioned in September. Performances are at 7 p.m. each night in the school’s cafeteria/auditorium space, with a matinee performance on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the show are $7 each and can be purchased before school in the school’s art room with cash or check. Checks should be made out to JRMS-FAC. The school is located 5925 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. People can email for questions or more information.

South Meck student named Golden Door Scholar

Ana Montesdeoca, a senior at South Mecklenburg High School, was selected to receive a full scholarship from Golden Door Scholars.
Golden Door Scholars is a nonprofit built to dramatically expand educational opportunities, increase awareness and raise scholarship funds for high-performing undocumented students. The organization also works with students to ensure they get applications into schools of their choice and provides internship opportunities.
Golden Door Scholars currently has partnerships with the following colleges and universities, although students are not limited to these specific institutions: Elon University, Queens University, Davidson College, Belmont Abbey College, High Point University, Furman University and Johnson C. Smith University.

MP Clothes for Change still needs donations

The Myers Park High School Clothes for Change Club is still collecting new and gently-used, quality brand, women’s clothing for their upcoming fashion sale Saturday, Dec. 8.
The newly chartered club is collecting clothing in order to raise money to support local and international organizations that empower women around the world to create positive change in their communities. The group will sell the clothes at their first fashion sale to be held at Myers Park Baptist Church’s Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave.
To donate to the cause, drop off clothes at the bin in the school’s main office or contact mpclothes for a list of other drop-off bins and locations near you. The sale will be held Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any clothing not sold will be donated to Crisis Assistance Ministries.

CMS new student enrollment deadline is Friday, Dec. 7

The new student enrollment period for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students wishing to apply for magnet school programs for the 2013-14 year will end Friday, Dec. 7.
To participate in the first student-assignment lottery next spring, students must enroll by Dec. 7. Families who plan to send their child to their assigned home schools do not have to register by Dec. 7, but are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible. Parents should enroll children who are entering pre-kindergarten in 2013-14, starting kindergarten in 2013-14 and did not attend a CMS pre-kindergarten program, or older students who will be new to CMS.
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2013. Students must be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2013, to enter 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 and parents must submit one document from each category.
The three categories of acceptable documents are:
• A copy of a lease or a record of the most recent mortgage statement
• A utility bill dated within the past 30 days
• A valid driver’s license or vehicle tax bill
Per North Carolina law, parents also must fill out a Safe Schools Enrollment Declaration, which can be found on the district’s website, The declaration requests information about suspensions, expulsions and felony convictions.
In addition to these forms, parents must provide a certified birth certificate (with seal) and a copy of the student’s current immunization record. Student-enrollment forms are available on the CMS website, at any school, zone office or the Smith Family Center, 1600 Tyvola Road. Call the student placement office at 980-343-5335 or email for more information.

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