Three River Bend Middle School students recently placed at the USA State Middle School Wrestling Meet in Winston-Salem.
Seventh grader Jacob P. placed 4th in the 147 lb. weight class and eighth grader Chandler A. placed 2nd in the 222 lb. weight class. For the second year in a row, eighth grader Bernie B. ended the day as a state champion, earning the 1st place rank in his weight class of 128 lbs.
Under the direction of Coach Chris Knighton, the River Bend wrestling team as a whole finished 2nd in the Catawba County Conference.
Pictured (left to right): Bernie, Chandler, and Jacob
This year, Startown fifth graders read Rules by Cynthia Lord, which was the Little Read selection last year. In Rules, the main character becomes friends with a boy named Jason who has cerebral palsy. Jason points to word cards in a communication book to converse with people.
After reading Rules, students got to meet Kevin Tooley. Like Jason, Kevin has cerebral palsy. Unlike Jason, Kevin communicates through a computer program on his wheelchair that he controls by pressing buttons on his headrest.
Students learned that in addition to being a huge Panthers fan, Kevin loves sports, his family and friends, and helping his community. Kevin is a former Startown student and a friend of a Startown family. This is Kevin's second year speaking with Startown students and he plans to make this an annual event.
Pictured from left to right are Peyton C., Cordella M., Isaiah B., Kevin Tooley, Chloe T., and Ashley T.
Andrew I. and Sophie P., students at Arndt Middle School, were the winners of the district Soil and Water Speech competition. Andrew is a 7th grader and Sophie is an 8th grader.
This year’s speech topic was “The Living Soil.” Andrew and Sophie will move on to compete in the next level of competition.
Congratulations to both of these students!
Recently, eight students from H.M. Arndt Middle School were selected to participate in a Choral Clinic at Wingate University with clinician Dr. Kenney Potter. Lauren Shook is the chorus teacher at Arndt.
Congratulations to these students for being invited to participate. They were great representatives for Catawba County Schools.
Murray Elementary School held its first family reading night in February in the school gymnasium. Parents and students of all ages attended this event to learn how parents can support their children with reading at home.
Each grade level created activities and games for the parents to make as they learned reading strategies. After the parents completed three activities, a dinner of pizza, salad, and a drink was served to the parents and students.
One special event during the evening was arranged through the Catawba County Public Library. Anne Patrick, kindergarten teacher at Murray, recently read a blog in “School Library Journal,” about public libraries across the country partnering with public schools to encourage children to read more. One goal is to get students to read over 1,000 books by the time they enter kindergarten. She shared this idea with the school library media coordinator, Tammy Yount, who contacted the public library staff to see if they were interested in working with Murray staff to increase literacy throughout the school community. Immediately, their response was YES!
Through the support of the teachers, staff, and administration at Murray, the St. Stephen’s Branch Library came that evening and provided families an opportunity to get a free library card. Many of Murray’s families did not even know about the public library or its many services.
Murray’s translator, Madeline Luciano, was extremely helpful in helping Hispanic families get a library card and in explaining the entire process to parents who cannot speak English. Because of everyone’s hard work, over 30 families received library cards that evening.
St. Stephen’s Public Library staff will return to Murray Elementary on Thursday, March 13th when the school has its math night. This is just the beginning of many wonderful collaborative efforts that Murray will coordinate with the St. Stephen’s Public Library.
The students of Mill Creek Middle School recently attended a presentation by Charles Avery, Disaster Program manager for the Carolina Piedmont Region of the American Red Cross. Avery spoke about disaster preparedness and recovery.
Teacher Beth Roland, the First Lego League sponsor at Mill Creek, organized the presentation and resulting donation drive. Mill Creek students collected over 875 items including toothbrushes, washcloths, toiletries, and personal care items to donate to the local chapter of the Red Cross for disaster relief kits.
Way to go Knights!
The 8th-annual Empty Bowls Event will be held at St. Stephens High School on Saturday, March, 1st, from 5:00-7:00PM. Guests may purchase tickets for $15.00.
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to raise money and awareness to fight against hunger. Each year, pottery students create hand-built and wheel-thrown bowls to be sold to raise money for the initiative. Area restaurants donate soup and desserts, and St. Stephens Foods students bake bread. Guests eat a simple meal, enjoy the fellowship of others, and take home a beautiful bowl to remember the occasion.
During the past seven years, St. Stephens has donated more than $13,000 to The Corner Table and The Hickory Soup Kitchen. This year, the goal is to raise over $3,500.
If you would like more information about the event please contact Lori Deal-Flynn at Lori_Deal-Flynn@catawbaschools.net.
“Willy Wonka” and chocolate fans: Last week's winter wonderland event may have delayed the show, but couldn't keep an awesome cast down for long!
The Bandys High School Drama Department (along with a few celebrity kids from Mill Creek and Balls Creek) has rescheduled "Willy Wonka" for Sunday, February 23 at 7:30PM; Monday, February 24 at 7:00PM; and Tuesday, February 25 for 7:00PM.
All of the shows will take place at the Maiden High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 so, grab your "golden ticket" and get ready for a great show!
Catawba Valley Community College’s Business Department recently assisted Challenger Early College High School (CECHS) with its own Shark Tank-type student competition.
Josh Poole, Challenger’s history instructor used a National Geographic Resource Project entitled “Young Entrepreneurs” in order to teach concepts of demographics and spatial relationships. The project required student groups to determine a location that would lead to a high business concept success rate using Geographic Information System (GIS) software called My World GIS.
Poole employed the assistance of Gary Muller, CVCC’s Business Department Head, to organize a Shark Tank-type setting for students to present their projects. Students pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, including Challenger Principal Heather Benfield; Poole; Muller, and other Challenger instructors. The presentations were judged on originality of idea, research and presentation skills.
Muller stated that “CVCC’s Business Department was extremely excited to be a small part of Josh’s creative and fun student learning experience. We look forward to collaborating on other business-related projects in the future.”
A winner from every class, as well as an overall winner, was selected with over 60 students participating in this year’s event. The winners include:
Overall Winner: Boba Fruitea Life (11:00 Class)
11:00 Class Winner: Club Elemental
12:45 Class Winner: Hydrophobic
2:20 Class Winner: Victus
The Ugandan Thunder, an African children's choir, recently performed at Tuttle Elementary. They are travelling in the United States with the organization Pennies for Posho.
There are 22 children in the choir who will travel from January to June through the southeastern US to sing, dance, and play drums for churches and schools. They perform to raise money for food for orphanages in Uganda. Tuttle students brought in money to donate to the group. They were able to raise close to $800 to help feed the Ugandan orphans.
After an uplifting and dynamic performance from the troups, many of the Ugandan children visited classrooms and answered questions from the students. It was a wonderful experience for the students to gain some understanding of another culture, and to meet kids from so far away who, in a lot of ways, are just like them. Through the question sessions, Tuttle students learned how their lives are both similar to and different from children in Africa.
This opportunity also supported the 7 Habits of Happy Kids initiative that Tuttle has implemented for the past several years. Habit #5 is seek first to understand, then to be understood. It is about listening to other people's ideas and feelings, and trying to see things from their perspective.
Meeting the Ugandan Thunder has given the students of Tuttle a better understanding of another culture and hands-on experience with Habit #5. It will have a lasting impact on students!
For more information about the choir and the organization Pennies for Posho, visit http://www.penniesforposho.org/Home.html.