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May 2017

Posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Seventh grade historians this week presented their "Rome Premiere V," showcasing the most innovative and instructional digital presentations.

Prior to the film festival, students evaluated peers' projects in their respective history classes using strict criteria. Ultimately seventh grade history teachers Rick Hutchins and Lauren Putman evaluate the historic/instructional quality and fulfillment of purpose.

The festival was held in Anne's Black Box Theater.

The students do not know who "made it" to the Premiere until they see the programs on their seats.

Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 

Congratulations to Director of Diversity and Inclusion Sonja Taylor who received the 2016 Director's Community Leadership Awards and was formally recognized last month at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., along with with 58 individuals and organizations from around the country for their efforts to build stronger, safer, and more cohesive communities.

Taylor has a long history of service focused on sharing her knowledge and expertise in STEM. Her service work before joining the faculty and staff at Charlotte Latin includes the Columbia Urban League, who awarded her their President's Award in 2013, the Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands, and 100 Black Men of Myrtle Beach. She was awarded the DCLA for her efforts to promote social justice and advance STEM access and learning in communities across South Carolina.

"Sonja joined Charlotte Latin's faculty and staff in April, and already her impact is felt by our School community and in our great city as well," says Charlotte Latin School Headmaster Arch N. McIntosh, Jr. "We are proud of her for this esteemed honor and thrilled that she brings this experience and commitment to her role at Latin. Our future is stronger and brighter with her leadership."

The annual Director's Community Leadership Awards were launched in 1990 as a way to spotlight individuals and organizations for their work in combating crime, drugs, terrorism, and violence. Recipients were also recognized for their work in bridging the relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, developing strategies to battle the nation's opioid crisis, and assisting victims of human trafficking, among other efforts.

In his remarks, Comey said this year's recipients embodied the words attributed to the 16th century minister John Wesley, who said, "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can."

Comey related a story about speaking to young audiences and warning them against losing sight of what really matters in life. He would ask them to close their eyes, imagine they were old, and then ask themselves: Who do I want to have been? "I know some of you want to have been people who made a difference for those who needed you," he would tell the kids, "to have been people who chose lives of moral content, who stood there for the bullied and the picked on and the frightened."

"Why am I telling you this?" Comey asked on Friday. "This auditorium is filled with people who have already answered the question in the most remarkable way. You will have been those people. We're here today to thank you for being that. Because of you, the FBI is better. Because of you, the United States of America is better."

Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

Congratulations to Isabel Crews '19 and Andrew Egge '18 on their performances at the South-Central District Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Adjudication on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Isabel received the highest rating of Superior on her flute solo, and Andrew served as her piano accompanist. Andrew also received a rating of Superior on his mallet percussion solo.

"We are very proud of their accomplishments." said Music Director Ron Payne.

Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

Congratulations to Will Gardner '17 who was recently recognized by the Mecklenburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Gardner was nominated by his peers as the DAR Good Citizen. He had to submit an application, which included a timed essay on a topic he didn't know about until he sat to write it.

Gardner won the Chapter, and then went on to win District 3 in North Carolina. He was recognized for both at the May 11 meeting, and was able to read his essay to the group.

Pictured: DAR District 3 Director Lois Marlow with Will Gardner '17.

Posted Friday, May 12, 2017 

Congratulations to Christina Yang '22 (pictured top) and Veronica Leahy '19 for their participation in their respective All-State Honor Band for their age group. Rehearsals for the event were held May 6-7 on the campus of UNC-Greensboro, and the culminating concert was presented in the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, NC. "Both young ladies did an outstanding job in their performance and represented our school impeccably," said Music Department Chair Ron Payne.

Posted Friday, May 12, 2017 

Congratulations to our Middle School North Carolina winners in the 15th annual eCYBERMISSION competition!

6th grade:
1st place "Garbage Hawks" (each student won $1000):
Grant Fleischer, Holston Isaacs and Ian Provencher

8th grade:
1st place "AC Hawks" (each student won $1000):
Katie Chai, Nate Lambert, Brian Sobel and Demetra Stamatakos

7th grade:
2nd place "Hover Hawks" (each student won $500):
Olivia Halperin, Anna Rogers, Maddie Shannon and Macie Simmons

7th grade:
3rd place "Swervey Hawks":
Ryan Beam, Kaitlyn Flowers and Ella Livingston

(Not pictured: Grant Fleischer and Nate Lambert)

eCYBERMISSION is one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. eCYBERMISSION, administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), promotes self-discovery and enables students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. eCYBERMISSION challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.

Students compete for state, regional, and national awards for up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

Working together with Team Advisor Barbara Morrow, the teams submitted Mission Folders—the official write-up of the project— through the eCYBERMISSION website to be evaluated and scored by volunteer virtual judges. State winning 1st place teams receive $1,000 per student in U.S. EE Savings Bonds and 2nd place teams receive $500 per student in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

"The U.S. Army applauds all the students for challenging themselves to the eCYBERMISSION competition in efforts to improve their communities,"" said Louie R. Lopez, AEOP Cooperative Agreement Manager. "Congratulations to all the state winning teams and we encourage students to continue building their interest and knowledge in STEM."

"eCYBERMISSION not only encourages students to be both creative and scientific, but also requires them to think critically while developing innovative solutions to some of their communities most challenging issues," said Dr. Mary Gromko, NSTA President. "We congratulate the state winners and commend all of the team advisors for engaging and empowering their students to make a real difference in the world around them."

In the next round of the eCYBERMISSION competition, a panel of judges will evaluate the top three scores from each region in each grade level. Sixty regional finalist teams will compete to advance as one of 20 national finalists, moving on to compete at the National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE)—June 26-30 in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the eCYBERMISSION competition.

Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 

To register for 2017 camps, visit our website and click the Enroll Now button. Any questions about registration may be directed to our Assistant Director, Laura Walker.

Posted Friday, May 5, 2017 

Congratulations to these seventh grade students who have been recognized for their outstanding participation in this year's Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) and are therefore eligible for special enrichment camps, seminars on college campuses, and online courses for gifted students.

Madelyn Boltz
Ben Bridges *
Thierry Charles *
William Chesney *
Erin Corwin
Jackie Coston
Isabelle Cowan
Rachel Hall
Tyler Hill
Shea Kennedy
Conner McRae
Kaya Nichols
Bryce Pang
Millie Patterson
Macie Simmons
Amelie Wickham
Christina Yang *

These students have been invited to the State Recognition Ceremony for earning scores at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or SAT. In addition, Ben Bridges has qualified to take part in the Academy for Summer Studies.

* Not pictured.

Posted Friday, May 5, 2017 

You can still "Catch A Wave" at May Day Play Day Saturday!

The event is still ON from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rain has never put a damper on this event; however, due to the potential for rain on Saturday, the event is moving inside!

Plan to arrive thru the front doors of the SAC (Beck Student Activities Center). The event will take place in this building and in the Belk Gym.

Middle School Corn Hole Tournament:
The Middle School Corn Hole Tournament will take place in the LOWER SCHOOL GYM from 12 noon - 2 p.m.

All student and adult volunteers, please check in at the Volunteer Booth in the Front Lobby of the SAC at your designated time. If, for any reason, the volunteer schedule should change, volunteers will be notified.

Food and Drinks:

Food and drinks are NOT allowed in the SAC. There will be plenty of Food Trucks, snack and drink options outside of the SAC near the Hawk and football field. We will have tents set up for your dining enjoyment. Please bring small bills.

Cake Walk and Kids Raffle:
These activities will be in the Belk Gym and you can purchase tickets nearby. Cash only.

$10 wristbands will be on sale in the SAC lobby.

Fun and Games:
Due to the rain plan, we have had to substitute out certain outdoor rides for indoor ones. The fun will be in full effect with Laser Tag, Virtual Reality Roller Coaster, Slides, Bounce Houses, Leaps and Bounds, Pipe Rush, Double Shot Basketball, Green Screen photography and more!

Event Map:
Please click here for the event map with all updates. Please print and bring with you!

Bring your SMILE, wristbands (if you pre-ordered) and small bills for food and cakewalk/kids raffle tickets.

Surf's Up!

Posted Tuesday, May 2, 2017 

The Blue Review is Charlotte Latin's Upper School literary and arts magazine. The 2017 edition was completely student-created, from selecting the art and writing to designing the layout for each and every page. The lead layout editors (Annabelle Oates '18, Mattison Shreero '17, Mallory Evans '18, and Ansley Nurkin '18) found their inspiration for this year's volume, entitled "Scarlet's Kingdom," in senior Paige Davis' whimsical colored pencil fairy tale. The lead editors worked with advisers Lori Davis and Tiffany Fletcher to become familiar with the layout software and studied basic design principles to bring their concept of Scarlet's story – and their own journey – to life. It was a process that took them more than eight months of working countless hours after school, and often on weekends, to complete.

Before they could begin constructing their book, they needed to solicit submissions. They began with a presentation to the Upper School in the fall to introduce this new venture to the community, and English and art teachers also encouraged students to submit work. Led by the copy editorial team, the full staff met for a full day of collaboration and discussion in January to select the written pieces that would comprise the book. The art editors then started organizing the artwork by artist and medium and checking the resolution of each image.

On Friday, April 28, the Latin Arts Association hosted a Blue Review Coffee House - and unveiled this magazine, along with treats and readings.

After many months of refining, revising, and editing, they are proud to share "Scarlet's Kingdom" with you.

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