Back to School Message
8/6/2020 5:08:23 PM

Dear Cardinal Family Members,

The past year held many unique experiences. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that caused major changes. The Coronavirus uprooted rules and routines, but a real truth emerged amidst the turbulent times--an unwavering commitment to the teaching, learning, and support of our Cardinal families. There’s an urgent need to support our students, families, staff, and community members through unprecedented and unchartered territories. 

In our 2020-2021 academic school year, school will look different. Technology, communication, and trust will be pivotal to the success of all students and families to ensure that everyone grows to be Next Step Ready in a meaningful manner.

In this communication, I aim to communicate our current plans to help you and your child transition into Remote Learning under Plan C here in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. We anticipate questions may arise on how school will operate and acknowledge that concerns may be shared on issues related to technology and internet access, post-secondary plans, and extracurricular involvement. We also recognize the significant role you have at home navigating through different academic platforms and communication methods. 

Our staff maintains an unwavering commitment to equip every student with the academic skills and collaborative competencies needed to flourish in their next step. We are ready and excited to engage your child in a vibrant academic learning experience with a goal of enriching their academic and extracurricular experiences in the safest manner possible. Please take note of the dates and activities outlined to ensure the most successful start for you and your child in our new academic year.

Upcoming Resource Drive-Thru (August 13th and 14th)

We will host a drive-thru to distribute necessary academic and technology tools your child will need to begin the school year with the strongest start. 

Event Time: 9:00 AM--1:00 PM


Thursday, August 13th: 9th and 10th graders
Friday, August 14th: 11th and 12th graders
Monday, August 17th: Makeup Drive-Thru Session 

Student Items

  • Welcome Packet: Information about schedule changes, school supply list, clubs/organizations, and First Day of School expectations (School begins Monday, August 17th)

  • Student ID:  Used to pick-up breakfast and/or lunch from a CMS cafeteria

  • Chromebook:  For students who may not have received a device last school year or to replace a malfunctioning device 

  • Hot Spots: Available for internet connection


Virtual Open House
5:30PM - 6:30PM(all grade level sessions)

August 12th - 9th graders - https://bit.ly/pobopenhouse9th
August 13th - 10th graders - https://bit.ly/pobopenhouse10th
August 14th - 11th graders - https://bit.ly/pobopenhouse11th
August 17th -12th graders - https://bit.ly/pobopenhouse12th

POB Orientation: 17 August--20 August
8:00 AM--students log onto Canvas through their NC Ed Cloud account

Cardinal students will engage in Orientation sessions to learn technology needs, virtual classroom expectations, academic and extracurricular information, and attendance details. 

  • Please note: Students enrolled in Plan C (includes any student who did not enroll in Full Remote Academy) are expected to log onto Canvas by 8:00 AM

  • Students enrolled in the Full Remote Academy are expected to log onto their grade-level Canvas Orientation course by 5:00 PM each day during Orientation to receive credit

  • August 16th: An e-mail message from your child’s Grade-Level Administrator will be sent with instructions on how to log onto the Grade-Level Orientation Canvas course.

2020-2021 Grade-Level Administrators
9th Grade: Dr. Kimarcus Lockhart--kimarcus.lockhart@cms.k12.nc.us
10th Grade: Ms. Renee Hay--reneem.hay@cms.k12.nc.us
11th Grade: Mr. Brian Hitt--brian.hitt@cms.k12.nc.us
12th Grade: Ms. Tonya Grimes--tonya.grimes@cms.k12.nc.us Orientation Topics (all students)

  • Naviance (colleges and careers)

  • Digital Citizenship

  • Magnet Expectations

  • Student Government Program

  • Canvas Use (academic and communication)

  • Summer Reading Discussion on The Work by Wes Moore

Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Specialty Topics

  • College Application Process Preparation

  • Best Practices with NC Ed Cloud Tools

  • Effective Communication with teachers, counselors, and support staff

The 2020-2021 academic school year will begin in new and unfamiliar ways. We will share frequent updates as they arise through a multitude of communication platforms: Connect Five messages, Remind, e-mail, and mail. Families, please ensure you share with us your correct cell phone, e-mail address, and mailing address so you can remain apprised of the most current news. 

I communicate with Cardinal Families through POB Parent Alert Remind. Make sure you download and sign up for Remind (@pobalerts) to receive weekly messages. Our front office receives a high volume of calls.  For a quicker and more direct response, send an email to  BerryAcadTech@cms.k12.nc.us to share insights, feedback, and concerns with our team. 

Our team remains optimistic, hopeful, and intentional in creating the most meaningful learning experience for your child. Each child has the most promising future and we will do everything possible to help spark the potential and ignite the genius of all our students. 

Welcome again to the Cardinal’s Nest this year, Cardinal Families! We are all better together and we will make it to the Next Step, together.

Linked Handouts

  1. Virtual classroom expectations: Please review the virtual classroom expectations with your child to ensure everyone remains aware of how best to engage in instruction in the safest and most appropriate manner. 

  2. Virtual student schedule: Students can begin to create the most effective time management system. Students will need to communicate concerns with teachers, support staff, and faculty as they arise to ensure they continue to progress in their academic courses and extracurricular activities. 

  3. Athletics:  An overview of Berry’s athletic program and coaches contact information by sport.

  4. Canvas Flyer:  In order to support CMS families, virtual family nights will be held August 10th, 12th and 14th. The sessions topics are to include the following:

    1. Why we are using Canvas and what to expect

    2. How to access the Canvas APP and pair with student account

    3. The functions that parents can utilize in Canvas

    4. Tips for preparing students for remote learning



Terra Kennedy, Principal