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March 8, 2010

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         Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center move
         Enrolling for benefits is easy
         New paperless request for student reassignment/transfer process
         State report shows CMS dropout rate declines in 2008-2009
         Highly qualified update
         EC Newsletter
         Thank you, Elva!
         Leaving CMS, but still leaving her mark
         Child Nutrition AD speaks at national conference
         Social Work Department thanks hard-working staff
         CMS assessment director serves on national panel
         North Learning Community area superintendent honored
         Honor your outstanding coworker
         Save money with program for grocery relief
         Outward Bound to hold fundraiser race
         Classroom Central's Give Kids a Book!
         High school 911
         Family Fun and Information Day
         UNCC invites teachers to writing workshop
         Teachers invited to seminars with Davidson and UNCC faculty
         Earn a master’s degree at Montreat College
         Training available for school health teams
         CMS Urban Education Symposium
         Henderson Properties offers real estate benefits, advice
         Liberty Tax offers free online tax preparation
         Horizon Hospitality offers discounts on hotels
         Borders holds Educator Appreciation Week
         Join Ace 21st Century CLC
         Grants Alert
         Get grant assistance
         Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
         Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award
         Social Studies Teacher of the Year
         Harris Teeter Teacher of Excellence Award
         Lemelson-MIT 2001 InvenTeams

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center move
   Members of executive staff, their administrative assistants and executive
coordinators, and employees in the legal, communications, finance and board
services departments – 49 people in all – will move to the fifth floor of the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center April 23-25. The first work day at
CMGC will be Monday, April 26.
   Click on the "CMGC Move" link under Quicklinks on the Intranet to learn more
about the move, including:
    Why the staff is moving
    Who is moving
    Parking and logistics
    Mailroom and address change information
    Frequently asked questions
    Contact information

Enrolling for benefits is easy
    Annual enrollment continues through April 30. Simply follow these steps to
    1. Schedule a meeting with a benefits counselor. Details on how to sign up will
        be provided by your school or department.
    2. Prepare yourself by reviewing the enrollment guide to learn more about the
        benefits changes this year and the plans available to you.
    3. Speak with a benefits counselor and make your enrollment elections.
    Remember, your counselor can answer any questions and help you make the
right choices.
    If you have any questions, contact HRDC at (980) 343-4777 Monday through
Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by e-mail at

New paperless request for student reassignment/transfer process
   The request for reassignment/transfer form is available online. Families must
submit the 2010-11 requests electronically.
   CMS employees can request student reassignment/transfer based on the fact
that they are employed with CMS. The reassignment/transfer process runs March
1-26. Every effort is given to place staff member’s children at the school they
request. Staff members should provide an explanation for the desired placement
when they complete the request online.
   Notifications will be mailed in late April. Request for reassignment transfer will
not remove a student from their wait pool placement for magnet schools. Contact
Student Placement at (980) 343-5335 with any questions.

State report shows CMS dropout rate declines in 2008-2009

Highly qualified update
    During a Spring 2009 NC Title II audit, it was determined that the Praxis 0511
test used for highly qualified status of EC teachers in a content area did not meet
the same rigor as the general education content area Praxis II. Therefore, all EC
teachers who were determined to be highly qualified in a content area using that
test were no longer considered highly qualified.
    In addition, DPI reviewed the HOUSSE instrument used several years ago to
determine highly qualified status for EC teachers and found it not rigorous enough.
A video of a presentation that covers service-delivery options is available for each
school to consider when looking at the needs of secondary students with
disabilities.   Click here for more detailed information.

EC Newsletter
   Highly qualified information in this week's EC Newsletter.

Thank you, Elva!
   After 37 years in education, Dr. Elva Cooper has retired as an administrator
from CMS.

Leaving CMS, but still leaving her mark
   CMS Area Superintendent Nancy Bartles may have said goodbye to daily life in
education, but she’ll still be leaving her mark on the district.

Child Nutrition AD discusses meals for special needs students at national
    Amy Harkey, assistant director of Child Nutrition Services, was a speaker at the
School Nutrition Association Legislation Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb.
27. Her topic was Special Meals for Special Kids: Providing Meals to Students with
Special Diets.
    First Lady Michelle Obama also spoke to more than 800 School Nutrition
Association members and said the people who prepare meals for schools have
more influence over what children eat than parents do, which makes their efforts
integral in the fight against childhood obesity.

CMS Social Work Department thanks hard-working staff
   March is National Social Work Month and the CMS Social Work Department
acknowledges with heartfelt appreciation the commitment, dedication and
excellent work demonstrated by school social workers throughout the CMS district.
   Read the story on the Intranet.

CMS director of assessment serves on national graduation-rate panel
    Dr. Chris Cobitz, director of assessment in the CMS Office of Accountability,
was the only representative from a public school district on a federal education
panel. The panel, convened to provide the U.S. Department of Education with
recommendations on state proposals to meet the graduation requirement for No
Child Left Behind, met last month in Washington, D.C.

N.C. Middle School Association to honor North Learning Community leader

Last call for this month’s Employee Excellence Award nominations
   Have you witnessed a coworker's on-the-job excellence? Noticed a supervisor's
superior service? Noted a staffer's steadfast dedication to world-class service?
Celebrate that person!
   Nominate a colleague for an Employee Excellence Award. Winners receive gifts,
recognitions on CMS TV and recognition before a Charlotte Bobcats game.
   Tell someone "thank you for all you do" today by nominating them. Complete
the form and send it by courier (#835) or fax (980) 343-3647 to Judith Malveaux.

Save money with program for grocery relief
   Calvary Baptist Church (2200 Ashley Road) hosts Angel Food Ministries, a
nonprofit organization that provides grocery relief to communities throughout the
country. CMS families may benefit from the groceries, since the retail cost is $70,
but they cost $30 through Angel Food Ministries. The deadline to place an order is
March 15.
   Click here for the Calvary Baptist Church menu. Call Vernon Thomas at (704)
392-6507 if you have any questions.

Outward Bound to hold race to raise funds for educator programs
    On Saturday, March 13, NC Outward Bound, in partnership with the US
National Whitewater Center, will kick off the first race in a series of four trail races.
    This is a progressive series that will begin with a 5K race and end with a half-
marathon. All ages are welcome. Parents or guardians must accompany youth
under the age of 18 and sign a waiver upon check in. Proceeds from the race
series will go to support the Charlotte programs of NC Outward Bound, including
educators’ courses, scholarship program and Unity Project. Click here for more
    To register, click here for the National Whitewater Center Web site or here
event site.

Classroom Central to host Give Kids a Book!
    The fifth annual Give Kids a Book drive, hosted by Classroom Central and
LittleOnes Magazine, kicks off March 1, and will continue throughout the month.
The drive is a community-wide initiative to raise much-needed, age-appropriate
books for children in low-income schools.
    The goal of Give Kids a Book is to get age-appropriate reading material into the
hands of children who have little or no exposure to books outside of the
classroom. An act as simple as cleaning out the bookshelves at home may inspire
one more child to learn to read. New and gently used books for students in pre-K
through 12th grade will be accepted.
    If your class, club or school is interested in supporting Give Kids a Book,
contact Sarah Porter (704) 377-1740 ext. 14.

Parent University class focuses on high school success
    On Thursday, March 11, Parent University will hold "High School 911: A
Parent's Guide to Understanding How to Navigate through High School." The
workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Butler High (1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road).
    The workshop is targeted for rising 9th graders and their parents as well as
students/parents already in high school. During the evening, families will learn
more about graduation requirements, study skills and academic success, resources
in high school, finding your niche in high school, and much more.     Click here for
more information.

Parent University event at Time Warner Arena mixes fun with learning
On Saturday, March 27, Parent University will hold a Family Fun and Information
Day at Time Warner Cable Arena in partnership with the Charlotte Checkers. The
theme of the event is, "Shoot for Success with CMS."
    The event begins at 1 p.m. and will include workshops, keynote speakers,
interactive information booths and activities for the whole family. At 7 p.m.,
families can enjoy the evening Charlotte Checkers game. Each family will receive
two free tickets and can purchase additional tickets for $5 each.
    If you are interested in volunteering for the event, contact Jerri Haigler or call
(980) 343-1719. All volunteers will receive two free tickets, a Parent University
shirt and dinner. This event is fully funded by outside partners of Parent

UNCC invites teachers to writing workshop with author
   UNC Charlotte's Writing Project presents the 2010 Writing Workshop, featuring
Chris Gallagher, author of:
    Teaching Writing That Matters: Tools and Projects That Motivate Adolescent
    Reclaiming Assessment: A Better Alternative to the Accountability Agenda
   Click here for more information.

Teachers invited to seminars with Davidson and UNCC faculty
    The Charlotte Teachers Institute invites educators at selected schools to learn
more about Fall 2010 seminar topics from the Seminar Leaders and hear from CMS
teachers who have participated in the program. Click here for more information,
including a list of participating schools.

Earn a master's degree in 18 months at Montreat College

Training available for school health teams
    Another Coordinated School Health Team Training date has been added. This
will be the last training this school year. The training will take place on Tuesday,
March 30, from 8 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. You only have to register for one
     Location: CMS Central Learning Community Office, 324 North McDowell St.
     CMS Staff register through MyPD under “Student Support”
    This training is for all school staff and school nurses interested in starting or
energizing their existing School Health Team. The training provides information on
the Coordinated School Health Model using a collaborative team approach to help
young people grow into healthy and productive adults by focusing on their
physical, emotional, social and educational development. School staff are
encouraged to attend the training together.

CMS Urban Education Symposium
    Teacher Professional Development is pleased to offer additional Urban
Education Symposium seminars on Saturday, March 20, with afternoon follow-up
seminars in early May. These seminars will be held at the Professional
Development Center (428 West Blvd.). Registration is through MyPD. Click here
for additional information.

Henderson Properties offers employees smart real estate benefits, simple

Liberty Tax offers free online tax preparation

Horizon Hospitality offers discounts on Atlanta- and Chattanooga-area

Borders celebrates educators
    Borders wants to honor the hard work of educators with Educator Appreciation
Week, held Friday, March 19, through Saturday, March 27.
    Educators receive 30 percent in savings on personal and classroom purchases
of books, CDs, DVDs, cafe items, gifts and stationery when you use your current
Classroom Discount Card, educator ID with date, or pay stub. For more
information, please visit
    There will be a special reception on Saturday, March 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. at
Borders stores nationwide.

Join ACE 21st Century Community Learning Center as a tutor
   Make a difference in a student’s education, enjoy a 1:10 teacher/student ratio,
and a caring environment four hours a week after school as part of the ACE 21st
Century Community Learning Centers. The pay is extended employment and
centers are located at Spaugh, Sedgefield, Wilson, JT Williams and Ranson middle
   Fax application and reference form to Oneita Williams at (980) 343-3250.

Get information on available grants
   Click here for the latest Grant Alerts. Each school's grant contact person also
receives this publication.

Get grant assistance from the Center for Grant Innovation
   The need to seek grant funding is increasing across the entire district. If you
are the only person in your school working as the School Grant Contact and your
time is limited, we recommend forming a grant committee or workgroup. Share
the CMS Grant Alerts and your 2009-2010 Grant Resource Notebook with the
entire school staff. The goal of a successful grant workgroup or committee is to
organize members from different backgrounds and expertise levels to share in the
grant seeking and writing process.
   Please continue to keep the CMS Center for Grant Innovation informed of all
grant activity at your school regardless of the dollar amount. CMS does have a
Board policy for any grants over $15,000, and our team will assist you with this
process. Contact the CMS Center for Grant Innovation at (980) 343-6229.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
   The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is
the highest recognition a math or science teacher can receive for outstanding
teaching in the United States.
   The goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of
mathematics and science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues,
inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics
and science education.
   Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each state and
U.S. jurisdiction. This year, they are accepting kindergarten through sixth-grade
teacher applications. The deadline is April 1.

NABT: Vernier Software & Technology Ecology/Environmental Teaching
    The National Association of Biology Teachers Vernier Software & Technology
Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher
who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the
teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his or her commitment
to the environment into the community.
    The maximum award is $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development
Conference and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a
recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development
Conference and a one-year complimentary NABT membership.
    The deadline is May 7. Click here for more information.

Social Studies Teacher of the year
    The National Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards
recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for grades K-6, 5-8, and 7-
12. Award winners receive $2,500, a complimentary one-year membership in
NCSS and up to $500 in transportation/lodging reimbursement to attend the
Annual Conference. The deadline to apply is April 1. Click here for more

Nominate someone for a Harris Teeter Teacher of Excellence Award
   The Harris Teeter Together in Education Teachers of Excellence Award
recognizes and rewards teachers who further excellence in education. The winning
teacher wins $1,000 and the teacher's school also gets $1,000.
   Principals can nominate one teacher per grade level each school year through
May. To be eligible, a teacher must teach at a school that is registered with the
Harris Teeter Together in Education program. The school must also have a
minimum of 100 people linked to its TIE school code number.
    Teachers of Excellence Guidelines
    Teachers of Excellence Application

Lemelson-MIT 2011 InvenTeams
   Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams are composed of high school students, teachers and
mentors who work collaboratively to identify a problem they want to solve,
research the problem and develop a prototype invention as an in-class or
extracurricular project. The maximum award is $10,000.
   High school science, mathematics and technology teachers - or teams of
teachers – are eligible. Intra- and interschool collaborations are also welcome. The
deadline is April 25.

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