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April 2017

Posted Monday, Apr 24, 2017 

Screenagers Parent Discussion

Wednesday, 4/26 at 8:00am in the Forum

Thursday, 4/27 at 7:00pm in the Forum

Posted Friday, Apr 21, 2017 

Recycling/Composting data since the inception of the Sustainability program 5 years ago

Recyclables 266.2 Tons

Shredded paper 79.4 Tons

Compost 388 Tons


In the last 5 years, school and monthly carpool recycling has kept the following out of the landfill:

4357 pounds of Batteries

1222 Cell phones

5132 Printer cartridges

1675 compact florescent light bulbs

>350 2', 4', 8' florescent tube lights

>1900 Computers, laptops, TVs, projectors, etc. (>100 additional electronics were donated to other


11,794 Magic Markers/whiteboard markers/highlighters

Today CLS also recycles VHS and cassette tapes, vinyl records, DVDs, and all electronics including but not limited to:

monitors, laptops, keyboards, VCR's, radios, phones, cables and cords, electronic games, fax machines, microwaves, vacuum cleaners.

Used textbooks and school furniture have been donated to NC Charter Schools

Posted Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 

Screenagers, a documentary film which deals with topics including cell phone rules, social media challenges, texting, gaming, and addiction, was recently shown to parent groups and Middle School students thanks to the CLS Family Technology Task Force.

The Task Force is also sponsoring two follow-up sessions to the film on Wednesday, April 26 (8 a.m. in the Forum) and Thursday, April 27 (7 p.m. in the Forum). We will look at some material related to the film, discuss the film's key points, and discuss how to take advantage of Screen-Free Week (May 1-7).

This link leads to Screenagers-related documents that should be helpful to parents when talking about technology with their children.

Posted Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 

Latin's Languages department held its Language Honor Society inductions on April 6. Congratulations to the following students who were inducted.

French Honor Society- - La Société Honoraire de Français

Maggie Cashion
Merrill Dowdy
Lauren Fletcher
Gavin Gwaltney
Rachel Lebda
Dominique Martin
Connor Neely
Margaux Pollan
Michele Tian

National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society

Laura Scott Cary
Catherine Clover
Alexander Donald
Jack Fernandez
William Lloyd
Josh Manuel
Matigan Simpson
Kaitlyn Snyder

Spanish Honor Society - La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica

Kate Anderson
Hannah Barnes
Bianca Bellavia
Ellie Beuley
Anna Calloway
Maggie Cashion
Lark Chadd
Gia Colombo
Chase Crews
Claudia Dickey
Lily Farr
Arella Flur
Trevor Gee
Anna Kate Goodwin
Molly Green
Julia Holtzer
Bennett Jones
Ruthie Jones
Sutton Jones
Elyssa Kim Erika Kim
William Kressner
Veronica Leahy
Olivia Lowe
Emma Martin
Morgan Montgomery
Sutton Orndorff
Margaret Redic
Livy Smith
Mary Stenersen
Alexis Sudjianto
Luke Tilitski
Toluwa David
Kai Vincent
Alex Warmath

Posted Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 

Latin fielded its largest team of the year as 28 students traveled to South View High School in Hope Mills, NC, for the 40th annual Tarheel Forensics League State Championships on April 2, 2017. Three sophomores claimed championships in their events en route to a third place overall team finish at the tournament, the highest such placement for Latin in school history. The tournament also recognizes schools for their combined accomplishments in the six debate events offered at the tournament; there Latin finished second only to Ardrey Kell.

Individual award winners included:

Luke Tillitski '19, State Champion in Junior Varsity Congressional Debate
William Lloyd '19 & Gauruv Singh '19, State Champions in Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate
Bennett Jones '17 & Forrester Welch '17, 2nd Place in Duo Interpretation
Gavin Gwaltney '19, 2nd Place in JV Congressional Debate
Joe Gitlin '17, 5th place in Original Oratory
James McLelland '17, Finalist in Varsity Congressional Debate
Andrew Calton '17 & Mac Craig '17, Quarterfinalists in Varsity Public Forum Debate
Bennett Jones '17, Semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking
Charlotte Kohn '17, Semifinalist in Program Oral Interpretation

Latin saw four additional debate entries nearly advance to elimination competition but suffered a string of closes losses in the final preliminary round on Saturday night. Nonetheless these debaters sprung into action on Sunday helping to prepare their teammates between rounds and scouting the competition. Singh commented especially that senior captain "Ahearn went out of his way to flow the opponents that we would be hitting and provide us with counter arguments. It was... instrumental in our success." Lloyd added that Ahearn's help was "a big reason we got so far."

For seven seniors in attendance this weekend marked their final trip with the team. "The Class of 2017 is really special to me," commented Coach Peele, "They're the first group here I've had the chance to coach four years and their buy-in has transformed our program." Four seniors – Jake Ahearn, Robert Fuller, Joe Gitlin and James McLelland – still have more to accomplish as they prepare for NSDA Nationals in June.

On Thursday evening, April 6, the team presented a showcase of this year's student performance.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 

Congratulations to Veronica Leahy '19 who was selected on the basis of audition as the 1st chair lead alto saxophonist in the North Carolina High School All-State Jazz Ensemble.

The two-day clinic took place April 7–8, 2017, in Durham, NC, at the North Carolina School of Science and Math.

The clinician for the event was Lennie Foy, a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and Professor of Trumpet at DePauw University School of Music. Mr. Foy also serves as artist/faculty at Birch Creek Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 
Seven thousand coupons. Ten cents each. One school year. Seven hundred dollars.

We've all seen them – the little pink BOX TOP$ for Education coupons on cereal boxes and other items that populate our pantry shelves. Charlotte Latin began collecting Box Tops for Education in 2012 when then Middle School Student Council member Ike Griffin and his mother Julie approached Mrs. Diane Evans. Their idea was that the program would support the All-School Service Project. Since that time, BoxTops have brought almost $6,000 to this effort – this year alone raising more than $700.

The projects that BoxTops have supported include The Patriot Military Family Foundation, Autism Charlotte, Tumaini Tanzania among others.

In 2016, a group of dedicated sixth grade students volunteered to lead the program while they are in Middle School – Moses Griffin, Belle Nabors, George Smith, Janie Williams, Tanner Willett and Miller Workman. To raise awareness, these students make presentations to Lower School classrooms about BoxTops and the funds they are able to raise for service.

The entire school is invited and encouraged to collect Box Tops which may be submitted to Lower School classrooms, the Middle School office, Lower and Middle School foyers or the Upper School office. If you have any questions, contact Diane Evans. For a list of BoxTop products (Ziploc, Annie's, Old ElPaso, Hefty, Motts, Nature Valley, General Mills...), please visit And remember each BoxTop is worth 10 cents. That's free money (and very little effort) for the School's mission of service.

Posted Friday, Apr 7, 2017 

Congratulations to Michael Smith '17 on earning the Academic All American award from the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). This coveted award recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding character and leadership, academic rigor, competitive success and personal excellence. Fewer than 500 students (out of 141,000 student members) earn this award each year, placing Michael among the top half on one-percent of all NSDA student members.

"Speech and debate provides life skills vital to a young person's success. It advances communication skills, and prepares students for college, a career, and beyond," says NSDA Executive Director J. Scott Wunn.

Posted Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 

Congratulations to the following students who brought home fantastic results from The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) Latin translation contest.

Intermediate Exam (Latin III)
Josh Manuel '18, Cash Award (top 2%)
Laura Scott Cary '18, Certificate of Commendation (top 20%)
Catherine Clover '19, Certificate of Commendation (top 20%)
Jacob Warmath '19, Certificate of Commendation (top 20%)

Advanced Exam (Latin IV)
Lily Zheng '18, Certificate of Commendation (top 20%)

Advanced Exam (Latin V+)
Adithya Suresh '17, Book Award (top 8%)

Posted Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 

Congratulations to twelve members of the Class of 2017 and twelve from the Class of 2018 on their induction into the Edward Jordan Fox, Jr. chapter of the Cum Laude Society during a ceremony, held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Thies Auditorium. The Cum Laude Society, modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence, justice and honor. Charlotte Latin is the youngest school in the nation to have received a Cum Laude Society charter.

Class of 2017 Inductees
Jake Ahearn, Tyler D'Allaird, Nell Downey, Ikenna Eruchalu, Jackson Farr, Claire Friou, Lilly Hallock, Reilly Jones, Harrison Karp, Kate Mace, Mary Stenersen and Alex Warmath.

Class of 2018 Inductees
David Cowan, Chase Crews, Connor Downing, Mallory Evans, Jack Felkner, Jack Fernandez, Josh Manuel, Cecelia Monnin, Rich Pope, Nick Quartapella, Martha Elizabeth Watson and Lily Zheng.

Current members in the Class of 2017
Katrina Chandra, Michelle Charles, Moon Cheong, Ansley Cowan, Paige Davis, Robert Fuller, Hayden Hunley, Jasmine Leahy, Ken Liu, Sophie Madjarova, Adithya Suresh and Michael Yang.

Charlotte Latin Upper School English teacher Tracey Vanneste was the featured speaker. Mrs. Vanneste spoke genuinely to her Upper School audience about choices and how to live a meaningful life. Through her candor she referenced life experiences that shaped the choices she would make next, and how she would make them. "Everyday, we make choices that define us. We choose what we say, what we do and how we view the world and so I share with you my choice. Everyday, I choose to live by the words of Irish author and playwright, George Bernard Shaw who wrote:

This is the true joy in life — being recognized by yourself as a mighty one... being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.

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