Weekly Message from East Meck Principal, Mr. Rick Parker
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Weekly Update May 19, 2017
Good evening, this is Rick Parker, principal of East Mecklenburg High School, calling with our Friday Weekly Update. We had an action-packed week with Unified: A Political Harmony Seminar hosted by NewGen Peacebuilders on Tuesday and Thursday. They taught an audience of students, teachers, and parents how to be an Active Listener. Guest speakers included Juanita Johnson, the League of Women's Voters, Matthew Ridenhour, Mecklenburg County Board Comissioner, and Vonnie Brown, member of the Mecklenburg County Young Democrats. East Meck NewGen Peacebuilders students are Simon Gordon, Layna Hong, Dede Korta, Miracle Okoro, Emily Robinson, Kaylee Schwanke, and Stephanie Suster. We had two amazing concerts. Thursday, we had our end of year Band Concert and Friday, we had our Senior Banquet and end of year Orchestra Concert. We also ended the week with our Annual Yearbook Signing Party in the media center during fourth period.
Don't forget that Monday, May 22nd starts our new opportunity called E.A.S.T. (East Alumni Success Training). From May 22nd-June 2nd, IB and AP juniors and senior will have the opportunity to participate in (E.A.S.T.) seminars to prepare them when they leave the Eagle's Nest. These seminars are designed to help students transition from high school to life in college and the workforce.
In compliance with Office of Civil Rights directives, CMS has developed age-appropriate lessons for all K-12 students on the following mandated topics:
- Sexual and gender-based harassment
- Consequences of sexual and gender-based harassment
- Steps to take if they or another is being harassed based on sex/gender
- Encouragement to report such harassment
- Safe strategies for bystander intervention
All students will receive instruction on the above topics, May 30th during second block, unless a parent/guardian complete an opt-out form. Please note that the grade level specific lesson must be taught to all students unless a signed opt-out form is returned to the school. Opt out forms will be sent home on Monday, May 22nd from their second period teacher and need to be returned Friday, May 26th.
Congratulations to our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week, Stacey Jarvis, Social Studies teacher. Please visit our East Meck website to learn more about this awesome teacher.
IB is looking to update the parent contact database, please respond to the survey link attached: https://goo.gl/forms/4KSRNYRP89VkmGbm2
Heart of a Champion Day Event is June 3rd for FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS TO STUDENT ATHLETES. On-line Registration: May 1 – 28. CarolinasHealthCare.org/Heart-of-a-Champion.
Please make sure that your child is staying on top of all their school work and planning and preparing for their exams. They are the driver of their bus. Desire, vision, and focus move their bus in the right direction. The little things parents can do can lead to big things. Make your child breakfast in the morning, provide them snacks when they study, encourage them with a handwritten note in their lunch box, and most of all let them know you believe in them!
Senior fines are due in order to participate in graduation. This includes overdue books in the media center that are due May 31st. Graduation Date is June 10th 4:30 p.m. at Bojangles Arena.
Have a great week-end!