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Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly

Matthews-Mint t Hill CAROLINA WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS Ads inside this issue . . . Parks Chevrolet .................................... 4 Randy Marion GMC ........................... 28 SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 2! Volume 3, Number 29 • July 23-29, 2010 Back to School bells will be ringing before you know it. Follow the apple to back-to-school stories. Not too late to see ‘Alice’ page 20 Inside ... school 2010! Matthews town employees give North Trade another makeover page 5 USA WEEKEND inside! News Briefs .........................6 Letters .................................7 Health Matters ...................12 Calendar/Crossword ..........17 Sports ...............................18 Arts ...................................20 Culinary ............................21 Movies ..............................22 Classifieds..........................24 Rocky gets ready Mint Hill’s Rocky River High School to welcome first students in August The first day of school for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is more than a month away but teachers and staff already are prepping for students’ return. And at Mint Hill’s Rocky River High School, which will open its doors to students for the first time Aug. 25, the job is much bigger. Staff at the 100-classroom school at 10505 Clear Creek Commerce Drive, were at the school this week unpacking supplies including 6,900 library books (more are to come), chemistry test tubes and more as custodial crews worked to clean and put finishing touches on the building’s interior. Area residents can get a tour of the new school during a community open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 14. Other open houses will be held for students and their parents. q State testing results arrive CMS boasts uptick in most areas by Kara Lopp kara@matthewsminthillweekly.com For the first time in at least 15 years, Independence High School has posted high enough statewide testing results to earn the Mint Hill school the title of a School of Distinction by state standards, Principal Mark Bosco said. Frankly, he said, it’s a huge accomplishment for the school which has been unfairly stereotyped in recent years as an unsafe, low-performing school. More than 85 percent of the 4,023 Independence students who took the state’s standardized end-of-year tests were proficient, according to preliminary data released this week by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools showed improvement in 23 areas tested and the district’s graduation rate rose by almost four percentage points in the 2009-10 school year to 69.8 percent this year, according to the data. Overall, CMS results continued a positive upward trend since 2006 in nearly all tested areas. Comparisons to other districts for the 2009-10 year, as well as data for academic growth (see Testing on page 16) www.matthewsminthillweekly.com (Above, left) Rocky Raven, a stuffed version of the school’s mascot, will grace the entrance to the Rocky River media center when students arrive. The bird is a handmade treasure from the mother of Rocky River Media Specialist Dianne Stokes. And Rocky, Stokes says, loves to read but needs his reading glasses. (Above, from top) Retired East Mecklenburg specialeducation teacher Judy Ihnot (left) helps Rocky River Science Department Chair Mona Hedrick unpack new equipment in a classroom; Robyn Decker, a media specialist at Allenbrook Elementary School, shelves and takes inventory of new textbooks that will fill the Rocky River media center. Dollars and sense State takes CMS dollars to help fund statewide pilot program identical to local operation by Brian Carlton and Paul Lascara news@matthewsminthillweekly.com North Carolina took $10.3 million from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to balance the budget and fund expanded diagnostic pilot programs in reading this year, even though the district won’t benefit from it. Overall, 4,101 students in 15 districts will be added to the state’s newly expanded handheld diagnostic program for reading, joining the 40 schools already on the list. CMS, however, didn’t need to participate because it’s been operating a similar program locally for the past decade. “We have had the same reading program for 10 years in CMS grades K through five,” said CMS Chief Academic Officer Ann Clark. CMS has been using the Open Court reading program since 2000, along with a diagnostic program called the Dynamic (see Pilot on page 16) Kara Lopp/MMHW photos

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