The Pineville Pilot Feb. Education Notes

South Meck JROTC Academics takes first

The South Mecklenburg High School JROTC academic team recently took first place in a competition against other Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools JROTC units. The competition consisted of questions in math, science, history, English and current events. South Mecklenburg’s team included (above, left to right) Donovan Forester, Alec Lind, Davion Alexander, Andrew Coverston and Joseph
Vickers II.


Pineville to host Read to Achieve meeting for parents

Parents of third-grade students at Pineville Elementary School are encouraged to attend an informational session at the school on Thursday, Feb. 20, to learn more about how the new Read to Achieve program may affect third-grade students.

Read to Achieve is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act, which became law in July 2012 and went into effect this school year. The goal of the program is to ensure all students are reading at or above grade level at the end of third grade. Students who do not meet the new requirements could be held in third grade another year, asked to attend a free summer school reading camp, or placed in fourth-grade classrooms with third-grade retention rates meaning students will receive extra assistance with a chance to be officially promoted mid-year, according to a school newsletter.

The meeting will start at 8 a.m. Contact the school at 980-343-3920 for more information. The school is located at 210
Lowry St.


Community House to host rising sixth-grade open house

Community House Middle School will host several informational sessions this month for parents of rising sixth-grade students zoned to attend the school.

Community House leaders will share important information with current fifth-grade parents regarding scheduling and course offerings, as well as information on core classes and electives, such as art, music drama, foreign languages and athletics. Students in attendance are encouraged to sit with their parents.

Families from Pineville Elementary School can attend an open house event on Feb. 25, a Tuesday, at 6 p.m. Families from Ballantyne Elementary School also will be in attendance.

The meeting will take place in the Community House Middle School cafeteria, 9500 Community House Road in south Charlotte.


Pineville Elementary to host blood drive

Pineville Elementary School will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Feb. 27, a Thursday, at the school.

Donors should visit www.redcross, click on “Enter a Sponsor Code” and enter Pineville Elementary to make an appointment. Donors also will be entered for a chance to win a $1,500 gift card. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches will provide sub sandwiches for all donors at the drive.

The drive will run from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the school, 210 Lowry St. Find more information about donor requirements on the American Red Cross


MeckEd postpones community conversation event

MeckEd, an independent advocacy nonprofit for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has rescheduled a community conversation event on the value of North Carolina teachers that would have taken place Thursday, Feb. 13. The event has been rescheduled for March 6, a Thursday, from 8 to
9:30 a.m.

The event, called “Valuing N.C. Teachers: Challenges & Solutions,” will be a conversation about the challenges teachers deal with on a daily basis. Panelists will discuss ways to find solutions to help improve public education for all children. Panelists will include state Reps. Charlie Jeter and Tricia Cotham, CMS Board of Education District 5 representative Eric Davis, who covers the SouthPark area, as well as CMS teachers and staff who will discuss challenges they face in 2014.

The discussion comes at a time when N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and state lawmakers have pledged to raise teacher salaries this budget season to help improve North Carolina teachers’ below-average compensation, according to a news

The event will take place at the BB&T/Novant Building at 108 Providence Road in Charlotte. Interested participants should register by emailing Shana Phillips at

Parking is available at the Novant Health Deck, 1900 Randolph Road, across from Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte.


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