Fox Sports and friends help kids get ready for Race2Educate

Fox Sports and friends help kids get ready for Race2Educate

Sixty students at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School are getting lessons in speed and generosity, thanks to the good people at Fox Sports and their many friends. Those lessons and that generosity, in the form of paid entry fees and new tennis shoes for each child, will pay off on April 1, when students cross the finish line at the Race2Educate 5K and Fun Run. About Race2Educate Race2Educate is an annual event to benefit children attending the four Governors Village public schools and, for the first time this year, students in four other nearby schools. Last year’s event drew several hundred participants and raised over $17,000 for the schools and for scholarships. Fox Sports stepped in this year, literally, thanks to Elizabeth Fulk. Fulk manages Fox Sports 1’s headquarters in University Research Park, and last fall she attended a meeting of University City Connect, an association of area businesses and groups including University City Partners that provides support to nearby public schools. People at the meeting shared inspiring stories about how businesses were giving time and resources to improve our schools, Fulk said. Later, she met with the group’s leader, Rob Rogers of Chick-fil-A University Place, to brainstorm ways Fox Sports might help, too. Run, learn, grow That brainstorming has grown into three separate efforts to help 60 students at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School become more physically fit while training for the Race2Educate 5K and Fun Run. Fulk and three Fox Sports employees – Amber Freeze, Chris Maner and Shawn Burger – now visit the school weekly to train and run with the students and teacher Nicole Nederik. Nederik also...
Many helpers in Morehead Academy tech lab makeover

Many helpers in Morehead Academy tech lab makeover

Creating a good place for our students to dream, innovate and learn takes many hands – including hands holding paint brushes, screw drivers, computer mice and checkbooks! Volunteers and local businesses recently used those tools and more to renovate a technology and innovation lab at Morehead STEM Academy. University City Partners helped coordinate the effort and, with IKEA, underwrite the cost of new furniture for the lab makeover. “The talent pipeline for IT is very important to University City, so we were able to align resources to support development of that talent pipeline,” said UCP’s executive director, Darlene Heater. The effort began last fall, with AI Design Group working with the school administrators and teachers to create a design that matched their aspirations, Heater said. UCP and IKEA provided funds for the classroom furniture. Volunteers from Chick-fil-A University Place and student mentoring group EmpowHERment spent a day assembling the furniture. DECA students came from nearby Vance High School to paint the classroom. Now, Morehead Academy students are in their new classroom and loving it. “I received a bunch of thank-you letters from the school mentioning how happy they are to have the new furniture in their classroom,” said Camilo Aviles, with IKEA. “I am so happy to see how exited they...
School Choice programs in University City

School Choice programs in University City

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools offers dozens of special educational programs at locations throughout Mecklenburg County, including UNC Charlotte and other University City locations. Students must apply and be accepted through a lottery system. Parents can apply through Feb. 14 for the general lottery. Here are details. CMS School Choice offers families a menu of magnet and theme-based programs and schools designed to meet a child’s unique interests, talents and learning styles. Choices range from health sciences, the arts, science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship to languages, Montessori, global studies, leadership, public safety and more. Seats in CMS School Choice are assigned through a lottery open to all families who have students enrolled in CMS. Programs available in University City University City residents can apply to programs throughout University City plus north and northwest Mecklenburg County, as explained at the School Choice website. These programs are available at UNC Charlotte and other locations in University City proper: Grades K-5 – Language Immersion / Talent Development – Mallard Creek Elementary  website Grades K-5 – University City Computer Science Immersion School – website to come Grades K-8 – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) – John Motley Morehead STEM Academy website High School – Early and Middle Colleges Charlotte Engineering Early College at UNC Charlotte website Charlotte Educator Early College at UNC Charlotte – opening fall 2017 website Cato Middle College at CPCC Cato Campus website   Lottery application deadline is Feb. 14 The deadline for applying to the first round of the lottery (the primary one for most students) is 10 pm Feb 14. You can learn much more about the many programs, the...
Come Feb. 9 to learn about new Computer Science magnet school

Come Feb. 9 to learn about new Computer Science magnet school

An exciting new K-5 magnet school focused on computer science opens in University City in August, and you can get details 6-8 pm tonight, Feb. 9, at University City YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road. Toyia Matthews, principal of the University City Computer Science Immersion School, will discuss the program and magnet-school lottery process. The first round of applications closes on Feb. 14. The school will open in August in the former Newell Elementary School building at 8601 Old Concord Road, just west of East W.T. Harris Boulevard. Initial enrollment will be about 550 students. This will be Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ second magnet school offering the Code to the Future computer-science focus as part of its curriculum. Paw Creek Elementary School adopted the program last year. At tonight’s information session, Principal Matthews will explain the new magnet school’s program, application process, student transportation and other aspects of the new program, including its use of Code to the Future.   About Code to the Future The coding program is the result of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools partnership with Code to the Future, an independent education program. The first-year experience at Paw Creek Elementary offers a glimpse of what will take place next fall in University City. Coding was a logical subject to teach students, said Paw Creek Principal Danielle Belton in a news release by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “In the next few years, there will be a 1 million-job gap in the computer-science field,” she said. “Our students are learning critical thinking, problem solving — skills for the jobs of the future.” The Code to the Future program involves having students develop and...
Healthy UCity Race Series wants YOU!

Healthy UCity Race Series wants YOU!

The Healthy UCity Race Series has opened with a Rush – hundreds of participants at the Gold Rush 5K at UNC Charlotte. You can join the fun, and get fit, by signing up soon for our next two events – the Green on the Green 5K at Corvian School and the Race 2 Educate 5K Run / Walk in the Governors Village. More than 450 people came across the finish line on a frosty Feb. 3 morning at UNC Charlotte, as the campus launched our first ever Healthy UCity Race Series with the Gold Rush 5K. CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE FINISHERS   The Healthy UCity Race Series, sponsored by University City Partners and Carolinas Healthcare System, is a collaborative series of road and bike races designed to encourage health and wellness for all ages and fitness levels. With events ranging from fun runs to the University City bike-run Duathlon, there are plenty of opportunities to participate. The Healthy UCity Race Series includes a warm up (spring) series and a cool down (fall) series, so you can pick the series package that suits your goals. These events are all in University City and feature scenic routes and fantastic venues. See the full race schedule and learn how you can take compete, volunteer and help sponsor the series at healthyucity.org. Upcoming Spring Series events Green on the Green 5K, 4 pm March 11 at Corvian School, 9501 David Taylor Drive Come out wearing your zaniest green as your run through the scenic Charlotte Greenway and University Business Park! This is a run/walk so whether it is your first 5K...
Information session on Feb. 9 for new computer science K-5 school

Information session on Feb. 9 for new computer science K-5 school

The new Computer Science Immersion School for grades K-5 opening next fall in University City will have an information session for parents and other interested people 6-8 pm Feb. 9 at University City YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road. The school will open in August in the former Newell Elementary School building at 8601 Old Concord Road, just west of East W.T. Harris Boulevard. Initial enrollment will be about 550 students. This will be the first magnet school in North Carolina offering full computer-science coding as part of its curriculum. At the information session on Feb. 9, Principal Toyia Matthews will explain the new magnet school’s program, application process, student transportation and other aspects of the new program, including its use of Code to the Future.   About Code to the Future An independent education program, Code to the Future will provide learning materials and training plus two experts in residence – an instructional coach and implementation manager – to work with students and staff. Learn more at https://www.codetothefuture.com/ Matthews recently outlined some of the key points of the new magnet school: What makes this school special/stand out? The immersion of computer science in all content areas will foster higher-level thinking, including; computational thinking, sequential thinking, critical thinking, and creative thinking with a STEM focus. What will students enjoy about going to this school? The students will enjoy the learning environment that promotes their exploration, creativity, and design thinking. Through tackling authentic problems using manipulatives and technology, our students will bridge the path from being consumers of technology to becoming creators of technology content. What will parents like about the school? The...