Smithfield Dolphin Earns "Private" Rank!
Dominell Knox Jr. is a recruit of the Mecklenburg County Young Marines and graduated this weekend earning the rank "Private."
To earn this honor, Dominell participated in a 26-hour orientation program over many weekends. During this program he learned about history, customs and courtesies, and
military rank structures. He participated in close order drill and physical fitness. He met his goal of graduating from the program and achieved the HIGHEST physical fitness score in his group. We are so proud of Dominell for achieving this goal and cannot wait to see what the future holds for this young gentleman!! Leadership. Discipline. Teamwork.
A Smithfield Dolphin Making a Difference!
A few weeks ago, our very own Sophia Schulz, a third grader in Ms. Dalton's class, was riding in the car with her dad around Charlotte. She noticed a homeless person standing on the side of the road. Upon seeing this person, Sophia began to ask herself, "What can I do to help?" She came up with a wonderful idea of giving socks to those in need, since you can put socks on both your feet and your hands. Sophia, along wither her younger brother and sister, used their own Christmas money to buy socks for the homeless in Charlotte. Sophia's father mentioned what they were doing to a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, wanted to join in to help. Because of Sophia's idea and hard work, all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Cars will have a rolled blanket, with socks inside, ready to hand to a person in need.
Sophia has been invited to a media event at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Wednesday, January 24th to share her idea and project with others. We are so very proud of Sophia and the impact she is making in our community!
Smithfield is on the Personalized Learning CMS Tour
Educators from across the district will be visiting Smithfield Elementary classrooms this fall to see Personalized Learning in action! We love to host CMS colleagues to to show off the work of our amazing students!
Smithfield PTA remodel the Teacher Lounge
You won't believe the before and after pictures of our newly updated Teacher Lounge. Thanks to some All-Star parents, the Smithfield Teacher Lounge is now an amazing space for staff members to be. Check out the WCNC news story to see our very own Mr. Bires and Ms. Purcell:
Carolina Panthers Surprise our 5th Grade Students
On Tuesday, September 13th, a few Carolina Panthers and TopCats stopped by our 5th grade classrooms for a surprise visit. The students engaged in Play60 activities, where they did push-ups, squats, and even some dancing. Thank you Carolina Panthers!
P21 Exemplar Schools
We just completed the application to become a P21 Exemplar School, which recognizes schools across the country that are preparing students for college, career and citizenship by embedding critical 21st century competencies into the learning environment.
If selected, this would be a fantastic recognition to all of the amazing things going on at Smithfield! Attached is the application and the supporting documents we submitted. I encourage you to go to the P21 website ( www.p21.org ) to read more about the organization and other exemplar schools!
Check out these videos highlighting different aspects of our school:
FIE/Brain Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UeekZZNnC8
Problem Based Learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYXpBhV7rvE
You can view the documents attached in this application by clicking here.