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John Motley Morehead Stem Academy
A CMS K-8 Magnet School
7810 Neal Road
Charlotte, NC 28262
Courier #: 429
P: 980-343-5775  |  F: 980-343-5781 
Principal: Kevin Woods
LC: West Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Grades: K-8
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College & Career Spirit Week

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100th Day Parade


Our Kindergarteners celebrate their Hundreth Day of School & the accomplishment of counting to 100 (2/14) With a Parade on Friday, February 16th. Students from all 5 classes marched up and down our hallways reciting 1-100.

National School Counseling Week 02/05-02/09


2018 National School Counseling WeekTM, "School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars," will be celebrated from Feb. 5-9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAK)

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Entrepreneurs in the Making

Sanskar2.jpgMorehead's very own Sanskar Deva with former student Sanskriti Deva joined an entrepreneur class through their local temple. In this class they learned how entrepreneurs are created and the basic fundamentals of what an entrepreneur does. At the end of the class their team had to create a product for the final project to present and enter into a SharkTank funded competition. Their team made a comprehensive health app that lets you scan food items and lets the user know what ingredients are in the product. With the help of the app, users are able to identify potential allergens in their food and help those who are trying to stay on a specific diet. Their team won 1st place in the NC competition and was invited to Silicon Valley, CA to present their app to the top tech leaders. Through the competition students were able to take tours of the top tech companies like Google, Facebook, YouTube, etc. (started from the bottom and now we're here).


Citizenship Award


Congratulations to Rashad Thomas and Malcolm McMillan for doing the right thing and receiving a citizenship award.

TIAA Finanacial Literacy Competition

Morehead competed against the other schools in the Governor's Village through the TIAA Financial Literacy Challenge. Morehead completed the Most modules in the challenge and won $500 for school supplies.


Students heading Silicon Valley for business plan pitching competition

Students from Morehead STEM along with a group of middle and high school students headed to California for a business plan pitching competition. Check out the full story on the link above.



Winter Spirit Week: 12/4-12/8

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School Spirit Night 12/18/17

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November Health Newsletter


In This Issue of COUGAR NEWS:

  • Boot Camp
  • Healthy Choices
  • Exercise Challenge
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Upcoming Events



​School Beautification Day


 Thanks to Site One Landscape Supply and Hands On Charlotte for teaming up and coming out to Morehead STEM Academy Saturday March 12 to organize an exclusive volunteer project to benefit the school, its student and its teachers.​​This awesome helped prune back and clear out overgrown trees and shrubs, and also repaired and removed some raised garden beds in the school courtyard.​

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Starbase STEM Program Visited Morehead STEM!

The 5th grade students participated in a science field trip experience from Starbase, a federally-funded STEM program.  The curriculum consists of Forces and Motion, Physical/Chemical Changes, Engineering Design Process activities, CAD software activities, Newton's Laws, Nanotechnology, and Rocketry. Classes traveled to the Air National Guard on alternating days to see the way STEM is used on a working military base. Students were engaged in hands-on activities all week with Starbase instructors. On the final day, students launched their rockets and celebrated in a Starbase graduation program. 

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The 2016 Peanut Butter Drive is HERE!


Cheesecake Factory has once again partnered with Morehead to collect peanut butter for Second Harvest Food bank of Metrolina!  Please have your students bring in jars of peanut butter to your homeroom classroom with your name written on the top (this will help us calculate PB pounds and who is in the lead)  Online donations can be made at: .  Select donation amount and then select CCF Charlotte (060) as the restaurant-Parents should print off the page listing their donation amount and turn it in to Mrs. Hughes or Mr. H in order to be calculated in the classroom totals.  First place Elementary and Middle school classroom winners with receive a Cheesecake Party with Pizza and the teacher will receive a gift card to Cheesecake Factory!

Second place Elementary and Middle School classrooms will receive a donut party and the teacher will get a Cheesecake factory gift card!​


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Mr. Jackson's 6th Grade Forensics Class

​​Three days into the school year and our 6th grade Forensic Scientist are already processing a crime scene, with Mr. Jackson as the lead detective!  Morehead STEM Academy is piloting Forensic Science as an additional STEM elective this year!


Morehead STEM 3rd-5th Grade Math Competition 


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UNC Charlotte's Annual Science Expo


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Morehead STEM Academy participated in UNC-Charlotte's annual Science Expo to celebrate Earth Day!  

 The Expo featured over 100 activities for the science-curious of all ages, including hands-on educational presentations and fascinating displays – engineering demonstrations, computer software explorations, all kinds of cool robots in action, lab tours in the life sciences, STEM education activities, environmental science, rockets, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens in full bloom… and much, much more. 



Kindergarten Celebrates 100th Day of School


Meteorologist Visits to Fifth Grade
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WCCB Meteorologists Kaitlin and Greg Ambrecht spoke with all of the fifth grade students on Wednesday, January 13th. They spoke with individual classes about the weather, and about the specifics of what the job of a meteorologist entails. Many thanks to both of them for the time they took to present this information to our students at Morehead.


The Hour of Code

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Each student at Morehead STEM Academy, 1,087 students total, participated in the Worldwide Hour of Code and signed their names to the banner shown above. This is the third year of the Hour of Code. sponsored by

Guest Speaker for Computer Science Week
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Thanks to our Elementary Engineering Teacher, Ms. Bernstein, for scheduling Mr. Bury to speak to our Fourth and Fifth Grade students about how important it is to know computer coding.

A Little Touch of Summer in the Winter

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First grader, Peter N. tied for second place in the district's Summer Learning Blitz.
He logged 76 hours on the district-provided digital tools.
These tools include Raz Kids, Compass Learning, and Dreambox.
The district issued a challenge to all elementary and middle school students to engage in learning during the summer.
Peter won tickets for four to the Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta game.
The tickets were donated by Fernando Velasco, Offensive Lineman for the Carolina Panthers.
"Reading is important for every aspect of life. Keep Pounding."

Kindergarten's Native American Heritage Celebration


 Ms. Spear's Kindergarten class has been studying Native American Heritage. Thursday, November 19th, they had a classroom celebration for Thanksgiving so they could talk about what they have learned.

CMS News Interviews Mr. Jackson

Mr. Calvin Jackson, 7th Grade Science teacher, was interviewed by CMS News. The entire interview can be read on the CMS Website. He was one of the CMS employees selected to be interviewed for American Education Week. 


Hugo's Book Bus Visit

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Hugo the Hornet stopped by Morehead on September 24th to bring books to some lucky Kindergarten and First Grade students. He also reminded everybody how much fun reading is! Here is Hugo's selfie with our Middle School Principal, Ms. Pride.


Thanks to "Trees Charlotte"

On October 31st, there was a community tree planting event here at school. For pictures of the event, click here.
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8th Grade finalist in Coolinary Kid Challenge 

Congratulations to Bianca, an 8th grade student, who has been selected as a finalist in the Coolinary Kid Challenge as part of the Educate Your Palate Event benefitting Classroom Central. She will work alongside a chef and show off her culinary knowledge, creativity and skills! She will attend an event that will take place at Discovery Place. She will be supported at the event by her mother and Math II Teacher Mrs. K.Smith.


Peanut Butter Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank

Morehead raised 2,570 pounds of peanut butter during the September donation! Thats enough to feed over 2,000 families! We raised over 400 pounds more peanut butter this year than we did last year!

PTA Reflections Winner


Maylin Napier accepted her award for First Place in Music Composition in the CMS PTSA Reflections contest. Maylin also won first place in North Carolina, and has advanced to the national competition.

Hiep Tran won Honorable Mention for visual art. 

 Larger Than Life!

A sculptural piece of pottery, created by Wendy Rios, an 8th grade art student at Morehead, is prominently displayed on a giant Charlotte billboard.  The location is 1218 Lawyers Road (470 ft. South of Albemarle Road)
To read the full press release:

Morehead Students "Do The Right Thing"

Kelvin and Nohemi have both been recognized by CMPD for their "Do The Right Thing" program. 

Nohemi was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Franklin, because she is super responsible, honest, on-task and friendly. She is always the first student to be ready for the next task, and she never has to be spoken to about her behavior. She helps out whether or not anyone asks her to, and she is always kind and respectful to everyone she interacts with--students and staff alike.

Kelvin was nominated by our School Resource Officer. Kelvin found money on the ground and reported it immediately to our SRO, Officer Tucker. He nominated Kelvin for the "Do The Right Thing" award. Kelvin's outstanding effort makes him a positive role model for his peers.


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