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Charlotte, NC 28212
Courier #: 377
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LC: Central Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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Principal's Weekly Update

​​​​​​​​Mr. Parker, Principal 

Weekly Message from East Meck Principal, Mr. Rick Parker

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Weekly Update November 18, 2016​

Good Evening, this is Rick Parker, principal of East Mecklenburg High School, calling with our weekly update. We have had an amazing week at East Mecklenburg starting with our Volley for the Cure event to raise money for cancer. Mr. Veto, the advisor for our DREAM team and Art Teacher, heads up this event each year to raise awareness for cancer by having students and staff create their own volleyball teams to compete against each other. The winner, "Fountain of Youth" composed of East Meck Staff members, played our girls' volleyball team in the final game. Of course, our girls' volleyball team won! The staff gave it their best shot but we were no match for our ladies! We all had a blast participating. We raised $325 for cancer. We are still accepting contributions for this event. If interested, please contact David Veto at  I am also very proud of our global team, led by Diane Smith, French teacher, Bill Allen, TOK teacher, and Heather Lajoie, IB Coordinator for hosting the movie event Indivisible on Thursday evening in our auditorium. The inspirational movie was about the effects of how families can be separated by Deportation.  Being a Prepared Global Ready School, our students essentially organized and lead the event. They prepared informational booths on the challenges of immigration and deportation. The event had around hundred different people that participated. Twelve different countries were represented by our students.

I had the pleasure of working with 20 parents, staff, and students Thursday night at the Panther concession stand in Bank of American Stadium. Man, it was fast paced and high energy! But the time connecting with each other was well worth it and a lot of fun. And the food was great and the Panthers won! Please consider volunteering to work a concession stand to help support our East Meck Booster Club.

Our Staff Member Spotlight of the Week is Shanda Hannan, ESL Teacher. Please visit our East Meck website to learn more about this amazing teacher.

Juniors! The last day to pay for your junior dues is December 1st. Dues are $70 and cover junior and senior prom tickets. Prom tickets will go on sale after the holidays and start at $75.

The Band's annual fruit sale is in its final week. If you are still interested in purchasing fruit for the holidays, they are selling cases of navel oranges, juice oranges, tangelos, grapefruits, and mix boxes of grapefruits and navels. Please contact your favorite band student or order online Each box is $36 and a 4/5 bushel size (40lbs). Orders should be placed by next week. Fruit is available for pickup or student delivery on Saturday December 3rd. You can also donate boxes to the local food bank.

Congratulations to our Varsity Basketball team on a big win over Phillip O. Berry Tuesday night. They lost a heart breaker Thursday night against Hickory Ridge in double overtime by one point. They play Monday, November 21st at home against Providence and Tuesday, November 22nd at home against Sun Valley. Come watch so great basketball! Our wrestling team has a match on Monday, November 21st at Phillip O. Berry. Come out tonight and support our EM Football team as they enter the first round of the playoffs against Lake Norman High School. Kick-off is 7:30 p.m. at Lake Norman High School.

This Saturday we have the All-County Orchestra tryouts, Eagle Flight, and Cultural Proficiency training for teachers happening on our campus.

In closing, remember that November is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful, and a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I'm thankful for a lot of things, but I'm most thankful for your child and you being a part of the East Mecklenburg Family! Here's to wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health and good times. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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