Achievers

Fayetteville State University recently recognized the following students for completing the Collegiate Learning Assessment+ in fall 2017 and achieving the master level of Proficient or Advanced: Jaclyn Moseley of Gibsonville, Advanced; Sara Gordon and Jerrin Grant, both of Greensboro, and Charity Owen of High Point, all Proficient.

Proficient indicates that a student has the skills expected of a successful college graduate ready to move on to a professional career or graduate education.

Advanced is the highest CLA+ level attainable. Only a small percentage of students tested each year achieve a mastery level of Advanced.

The CLA+ is a national assessment of critical thinking and written communication-two skills essential to success in higher education and careers.

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Guilford County Schools students read more than 18 million minutes in December, and two schools were honored for doing their part to make that happen.

Stokesdale Elementary and Western Middle schools were the two schools named GCS Reads 30 Schools of the Month for December. Through GCS Reads 30, students are challenged to read at least 600 minutes per month, or 30 minutes per day for 20 days.

Other schools that met the goal are Allen Jay Middle, Bessemer Elementary, Brown Summit Middle, Christine Joyner Greene Education Center, Erwin Montessori, Foust Elementary, Herbin-Metz Education Center, Jamestown Elementary, Jamestown Middle, Joyner Elementary, Lindley Elementary, McNair Elementary, Monticello-Brown Summit Elementary, Murphey Traditional Academy, Peeler Open Elementary, Southern Elementary, Southwest Middle, Sternberger Elementary, Swann Middle and Triangle Lake Montessori schools.

Schools also were challenged to read 900 minutes during the winter break for a chance to win an iPad mini or other prizes. Those winners will be announced later this month.

Activities

Greensboro Day School hosted 75 area middle school students for the annual Learning 2 Lead program.

Led by GDS upper school students as part of their Winter Term class, participants explored leadership concepts, discussed their personal values and those of their schools, and developed effective communication skills.

Students left with information and ideas to take back to their schools.

Students from Greensboro Day School, Canterbury School Greensboro, Our Lady Of Grace School, Noble Academy, New Garden Friends School, High Point Friends School and Northwest Guilford Middle School attended.

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Martha Garrett, Bishop McGuinness Catholic School’s fine arts director, recently invited Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s director, Donovan Zimmerman, to perform with his giant puppets at a schoolwide assembly. Zimmerman stayed for two days to teach the art of puppetry to the students.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s mission is to use diverse styles of puppetry and artistic expression to create works that inspire and promote social change. They use this puppetry, performance and creativity to undermine and eradicate greed, hate and fear and promote justice, equality and peace.

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High Point University welcomed more than 5,000 visitors to campus for its annual Winter Family Weekend on Feb. 3-5.

The university also partnered with Meals of Hope and provided an opportunity for visiting families and their students to serve the High Point community through a meal-packaging event.

Families were invited to experience a variety of interactive classroom sessions led by faculty and presentations designed to inform and inspire HPU parents and family members.

The weekend also offered a lecture series, entertainment, festivities, a University Update with HPU President Nido Qubein and more for students and their families.

Announcements

Representatives from Guilford County charter schools will answer parents’ and prospective students’ questions at a charter school fair hosted by the N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools this month.

The fair will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at DayStar Church, 1806 Merritt Drive in Greensboro. Principals and teachers from the schools will provide parents with information and application instructions. The event is sponsored by Banyan Consulting Group.

For information, contact Rhonda Dillingham at rhonda@ncpubliccharters.org.

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A High Point University family, Alan and Karen Sheriff of Pennsylvania, has established The Sheriff Family Veterans Awareness Endowment, a $250,000 gift that will support the annual Veterans Day Celebration at HPU.

The Sheriffs were inspired by the HPU Veterans Day Celebrations and hold military service close to their hearts. Their son, HPU sophomore Daniel J. Sheriff, serves in the United States Marine Corps; another of the Sheriffs’ four sons is a Marine veteran.

HPU’s next Veterans Day Celebration will be Nov. 9.

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The Rev. Robert Brewer, assistant professor of religion and college chaplain at Greensboro College, will perform a concert as a charity fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel on the Greensboro College campus. Musical guests will include Perry Morgan, Ashley Hyers, Scott Neely, Andrew Mails and Emily Saine.

Proceeds will benefit the Spartan Open Pantry and Pride Open Pantry, pantries that benefit food-insecure students at UNC-Greensboro and Greensboro College, respectively.

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The GO FAR Family 5K and Fun Run, a kids’ running event, will be May 5 at the Piedmont Centre, 4050 Piedmont Parkway in High Point.

The Fun Run begins at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9 a.m. The Fun Run is $15 and the 5K is $25. Rates will increase after March 31.

Families are encouraged to join their children.

For details, visit runsignup.com/gofar or call 336-508-4380.

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New Garden Friends School will hold a Middle and Upper School Open House for seventh through 12th grades from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at 2015 Pleasant Ridge Road in Greensboro.

The school also offers story time for babies, toddlers and preschoolers from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the first Friday of the month at its library at 1128 New Garden Road in Greensboro.

For information, contact Chris Skidmore at cskidmore@ngfs.org.

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The 2018 UNC-Greensboro Science Everywhere event will be from noon to 4 p.m. April 21 at the UNCG campus, 124 Petty Science Building in Greensboro.

For information about this all-day event, visit http://scienceeverywhere.wp.uncg.edu/.

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