MGSD Board of Education News and Celebrations for May
Posted 05/10/2017 07:49AM
Student of the Month
Jose P. is an amazing young South Star. He is a vibrant and loving young man who loves school. This year he has shown incredible academic gains in both reading and math.  In Math, Jose has increased 30 points from quarter 1 to quarter 3 and in reading he has grown 2 reading levels since the beginning of the year. In addition, Jose has formed a strong relationship with his teachers helping him grow both academically and socially. The Board of Education was very excited to have Jose Padilla recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Artist of the Month
The Board of Education honored the South Elementary Third Grade choir as the MGSD Artist of the Month.  The choir is comprised of 38 third grade stars with a passion for music and singing, and they were honored to be receiving the MGSD Artist of the Month award. As a choir, they have already had the opportunity to visit area nursing homes and assisted living facilities to bring holiday cheer through song, as well as perform the National Anthem at the Kannapolis Intimidators stadium. At the board meeting, they performed a selection titled "We're All In This Together" from the Disney movie "High School Musical." Its lyrics embody the essence of what it means to be a South Star. At South, they work as a TEAM...because Together Everyone Achieves More!

Rocky River Elementary's Media Assistant, Ms. Jeanne Kouwe, was recognized by the MGSD Board of Education for always going ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY.  Principal LaRusso, Asst. Principal Earnhardt, Media Coordinator Sharon Jayne and Financial Data Manager Rachel Hunter nominated Ms. Kouwe.  In their nomination they said, "Rocky River Elementary has support staff that is second to none. This includes a caring and dedicated office staff, cafeteria staff, bus drivers and custodians. Many say the heart of a school is in the media center. This can also be said about Rocky River Elementary.  At the center of all things media, Jeanne Kouwe is present. She arrives early each day to prepare for the day’s schedule and activities. She manages the media center checking in and out books, laminating resources, organizes shelves and teaching enhancement classes. She also works guiding small math groups to remediate skills and assist learning math concepts.  In addition to the significant impact Mrs. Kouwe has on our students she has an equal impact on our school culture.  She is always prepared and willing to assist in any situation.  She boosts morale in simple, small ways throughout the work week and is very appreciative of others.  Mrs. Kouwe works to help provide a rich, learning environment for all Rocky River Racers young and old.  Her efforts are never gone unnoticed and much appreciated.  We are very fortunate to have such a giving staff member!"

Spotlight on People

The Board of Education recognized South Elementary's Ms. Cheryl McCrory for being awarded the NCTIES 2017 Outstanding Teacher Award!  This award recognizes and honors one teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. Award recipients are selected from a pool of nominations submitted to NCTIES from around the state of North Carolina. We are so proud of Ms. McCrory and her dedication to every child, every day!

In addition to spotlighting a teacher, the Board of Education also shined a spotlight on our CTE students who are headed to Nationals!  With the guidance of teachers Darrin Bridges and Michael Cavicchia, the SkillsUSA students who qualified for the national competitions were as follows:

  • Anthony Saraco:  Elected NC State Officer
  • Gracie Carr:  First place at state / National Qualifier in Job Skills Demo/Special Effect Makeup
  • Dylan Ward:  First place at state / National Qualifier in HVAC
  • Isaac Clemons:  First place at state / National Qualifier in Sheet Metal
With the guidance of teachers Ashley Ericson and Robyn Justice, the following FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students qualified for nationals:
  • Kevin Hajny:  National Qualifier in Computer Problem Solving
  • Andrew Izzo:  National Qualifier in E-Business
  • Emma Malar:  National Qualifier for Organizational Leadership
Instructional Highlight
Makerspace is a collaborative place where students go to create, engineer, and explore using a variety of materials both tech and non-tech. South Elementary is excited to pioneer the first Makerspace class as a part of their enhancement rotation. Makerspace prepares students with the critical skills needed for future jobs, especially in the fields of math, science, and technology. Heather Roybal (MakerSpace Teacher), Lauren Pollock (Instructional Coach), and Cheryl McCrorey (2nd Grade Teacher) presented the Makerspace program at South Elementary as part of the May Board of Education's Instructional Highlight. Check out some of our South Stars getting creative as they explore the world of Makerspace and hear what they have to say about it!
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