Weekly Message from East Meck Principal, Mr. Rick Parker
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Weekly Update - January 19, 2019
Good evening, this is Rick Parker, Principal of East Mecklenburg High School, calling with our Friday Weekly Update. We finished first semester this week with all students taking their exams. All students did a great job bringing their chrome books and arriving on time and on target at 7:15 a.m. I am proud of the many accomplishments the students made first semester and look forward to what they can achieve during second semester, which begins January 23rd. Every student will start the day in his or her homeroom. Remember, Monday, January 21st is Martin Luther King Holiday and Tuesday, January 22nd is a Teacher Workday.
Next week we will be hosting our Curriculum Nights with important information about 2019-2020 registration from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Registration cards will be distributed to all students Wednesday, January 23rd in homeroom. On Wednesday evening, January 23rd, we will have our annual Curriculum Night for rising 9th-10th graders in the auditorium. On Thursday evening, January 24th, we will have our rising 11th-12th graders Curriculum night in the media center as well as our FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) night in the auditorium. During these events we will cover the registration process, course selections, special programs, and graduation requirements. We look forward to seeing everyone there. January 28th –February 1st will be registration week with extended homeroom each day. Monday, January 28th there will be an information session on the IB Diploma Program vs the Career Program for rising 11th graders in the Media Center @ 6 p.m. You will be able to learn more about the different program's options and chat with the IB Coordinator and current students.
In a continuous effort to prepare our students for career, college and life readiness, we would like all students to take advantage of their access to Naviance, which is an incredible platform with a number of tools for exploration and college/career planning. The student services department has already introduced several of the features in Naviance to our student body and a great number of them have already begun utilizing the site. Naviance offers a Strengths Explorer Assessment which was developed to help students uncover their talents and reveal potential strengths. This is something we would like every one of our students to complete. This information will not only be enlightening for them, but will also assist their families and the school in supporting them in the most effective way. A large number of our students have already completed the assessment. However, if your student has yet to take it, we encourage you to have them do so. Students will have the oppportunity to take these assessments during extended homeroom week January 28th – February 1st. Once they complete it, they will be provided with immediate feedback via summaries and reports. We believe this will be valuable information to assist in their future planning.
Mark your calendars now for the Upcoming Musical "Anything Goes" that will run Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15, and Saturday, February 16 at 7:00pm. This is a 1930's show by Cole Porter about various shenanigans and love stories aboard a boat from New York to London. Our students have been hard at work learning to tap dance and to sing and play the jazz standards that are featured in this show. "Anything Goes" is sweet, light-hearted, and very funny, and we are so proud of the work our students are putting into this production. Tickets are $10 on-line and $12 at the door.
I am proud to announce that Math teacher, Bentley Rose, was recognized as the East Meck Teacher of the Year. She will now be competing against other CMS teachers for the 2019-2020 CMS Teacher of the Year. Kudos goes out to student, Stephanie Suster, who was recognized on the CMS Webpage sharing her senior story. Lastly, on, January 8th, nine students from East Mecklenburg were inducted into the National French Honor Society. The students are Marley Poku-KanKam, Rachel Alex Donatelli, Tyller Mensa, Elma Ahmetovic, Zoe Smithwick, Lucy Smithwick, Samuel Vavra, Zachary VonCannon, and Parker Harris.
"There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking!" (Quote from Brian Tracy). Let's stay committed as we ride on East 495 to plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win not only in our academics but in our lives!
Have a great week-end!