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Heather Chenevey

Our awesome 5th-grade classes have created a milkshake called The Chocolate Eruption. Our school is pre-selling milkshakes to raise money for new furniture for the library. Tickets will be passed out the week of May 31st. Pick up your milkshake Friday, June 3rd at Mason's Sweet Shoppe.

Elementary Robotics Champions
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At the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education meeting this week, board members approved the appointments of two new principals. Mrs. Kristina Land was named the principal of Sharon Elementary School in Statesville, and Dr. Rachael Moyer was named the principal of The Brawley School in Mooresville. Land will fill the opening following the retirement of the current principal at Sharon Elementary, Sheila Jenkins. Dr. Moyer will be following in the footsteps of current Brawley principal, Mark Shinkaruk who was named the new leader at Third Creek Middle School earlier this year.

The approval was made by the recommendation of Superintendent, Dr. Jeff James. 

“Both candidates have completed intensive training in the past few years to prepare to take on these roles,” Dr. James explained. “I am happy to be able to promote from within.”

Mrs. Kristina Land is currently an assistant principal at Cloverleaf Elementary School. Since she joined the district in 2012, Land has served as an instructional facilitator, assistant principal, and interim principal at several campuses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Gardner-Webb University, a master’s degree in reading education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an administrative degree add-on licensure from Wingate University. Before her joining Iredell-Statesville Schools, Land served as an academic facilitator, literacy facilitator, curriculum specialist, and teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Land most recently was recognized for her completion of the inaugural cohort of the North Carolina Assistant Principal Accelerator Leadership Program.

“I am excited to continue the long legacy of academic excellence and partnerships that make Sharon Elementary a cornerstone of the community,” stated Land. “It is truly an honor to be named the next principal of this extraordinary school.”

Dr. Rachael Moyer currently serves West Iredell High School as an assistant principal and has served in Iredell-Statesville Schools since 2015. Before her work at West Iredell High School, Dr. Moyer was an assistant principal at Northview IB Middle School and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator at South Iredell High School. Dr. Moyer holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in special education with a focus on the academically and intellectually gifted child from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an educational doctorate in educational leadership from Appalachian State University. Before serving Iredell-Statesville Schools, Dr. Moyer served as an IB Coordinator and Teacher Leader in Hickory Public Schools and Burke County Schools.  Dr. Moyer has an extensive amount of knowledge and leadership with International Baccalaureate having served as an IB Consultant, Authorization and Evaluation Leader, and president of the state chapter.

"I am excited and truly honored to be the leader of The Brawley School where I plan to collaborate with the school community to ensure that our students have quality, authentic learning experiences that incorporate inquiry, collaboration, and conceptual understandings,” stated Dr. Moyer. “I look forward to meeting with staff, parents, and students soon so that we can collectively construct a plan for an extraordinary school year." 

Mrs. Land and Dr. Moyer will begin their new roles on July 1, 2022.

Elementary Robotics Champions
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Elementary Robotics Champions

Students from around the district competed in the Iredell-Statesville Schools Robotics Competition. The two-day event allowed middle school students to compete on April 21st and elementary students to compete on April 22nd at The Unity Center in Statesville.  The district worked together with the FIRST Lego League throughout the school year to bring students the opportunity to participate in specific robot-based curriculum as well as official ranking tournaments throughout the state. This year’s curriculum theme was “Cargo Connect” and students were asked to program robots to interact with problems that exist with the moving and transporting of goods and services. 

A total of 20 Iredell-Statesville schools participated in the FIRST Lego League and competed in the I-SS tournament.

The competition was divided into a series of interviews and robot runs. The interview component asked students to rotate in front of three different interview panels and discuss their ability to work together as a team, about the programming and design of their robot, and to problem solve a real-world issue. The robot games allowed students three robot runs of two and a half minutes each to compete as many missions as possible on the robot field. 

During the event, 25 high school students from the FTC FIRST Lego Team at South Iredell High School served as referees and judges for the competition. In addition, district and school staff, retired teachers and community members served as judges for the event. Thirteen awards were awarded on each day of the competition. 

The elementary school winners are as follows:

  • Champion’s Award: JJake from Celeste Henkel Elementary School
  • Mechanical Design: Liger from Shepherd Elementary School
  • Programming: Lego Extreme from Celeste Henkel Elementary School
  • Strategy and Innovation: Ugly Taco from Shepherd Elementary School
  • Robot Performance: Cobrotics KEHJ from East Iredell Elementary School
  • Project Research: Train Wreck from Union Grove Elementary School
  • Innovative Solution: Cobrotic Strikers from East Iredell Elementary School
  • Presentation: Robo Owls from Harmony Elementary School
  • Inspiration: Bubble Guppies from Coddle Creek Elementary School
  • Teamwork: Robotic Rumble from Coddle Creek Elementary School
  • Gracious Professionalism: Operating Owls from Coddle Creek Elementary School
  • Against All Odds: NJAN from East Iredell Elementary School
  • The Rising Star: Lego Warriors from Cool Spring Elementary School

You can view additional photos here.

Middle School Robotics Champions
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Middle School Robotics Champions - WIMS

Students from around the district competed in the Iredell-Statesville Schools Robotics Competition. The two-day event allowed middle school students to compete on April 21st and elementary students to compete on April 22nd at The Unity Center in Statesville.  The district worked together with the FIRST Lego League throughout the school year to bring students the opportunity to participate in specific robot-based curriculum as well as official ranking tournaments throughout the state. This year’s curriculum theme was “Cargo Connect” and students were asked to program robots to interact with problems that exist with the moving and transporting of goods and services. 

A total of 20 Iredell-Statesville schools participated in the FIRST Lego League and competed in the I-SS tournament.

The competition was divided into a series of interviews and robot runs. The interview component asked students to rotate in front of three different interview panels and discuss their ability to work together as a team, about the programming and design of their robot, and to problem solve a real-world issue. The robot games allowed students three robot runs of two and a half minutes each to compete as many missions as possible on the robot field. 

During the event, 25 high school students from the FTC FIRST Lego Team at South Iredell High School served as referees and judges for the competition. In addition, district and school staff, retired teachers and community members served as judges for the event. Thirteen awards were awarded on each day of the competition. 

The middle school winners are as follows:

  • Champion’s Award: 3 Engineers from West Iredell Middle School
  • Mechanical Design: Bot Busters from The Brawley School
  • Programming: Fantastic 5 from West Iredell Middle School
  • Strategy and Innovation: Monkey Boys from East Iredell Middle School
  • Robot Performance: Code Creation from West Iredell Middle School
  • Project Research: Code Creation from West Iredell Middle School
  • Innovative Solution: 3 Engineers from West Iredell Middle School
  • Presentation: Bot Busters from The Brawley School
  • Inspiration: Amethyst from Oakwood School
  • Teamwork: Fire Chickens from The Brawley School
  • Gracious Professionalism: Red Suns from East Iredell Middle School
  • Against All Odds: Gold Fish from East Iredell Middle School
  • The Rising Star: The Nerds from North Iredell Middle School

You can view additional photos here.

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Statesville, NC - The French Department at South Iredell High School was recently recognized as Exemplary by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). This prestigious award was bestowed to the department in March and recognizes the outstanding quality of the French program. South Iredell is one of five schools in the nation to receive this award in 2022. The school has increased its enrollment in French throughout the past four years. The program at South Iredell uses innovative and creative teaching methods, gives standards-based assessments, and offers numerous cultural activities beyond the classroom. The school participates in the AATF National French Contest and inducts students into the National French Honor Society, with many honorees annually. Its teachers show excellent preparation and enthusiastic dedication to their work.

In the congratulatory email from the association, Sister Mary Helen Kashuba, who serves as the chair of the Exemplary Program Committee commended the South Iredell department.

“We were impressed with all the work that you have done to strengthen and expand the French program at South Iredell High School, and to build a strong IB program,” stated Sister Kashuba. “It is evident that you have inspired your students to appreciate French and use it in the future.”

The work of this department is due to educators Bonnie Estes and Dawn Kolodziej. They each have been teaching at South Iredell High School for over 15 years. Ms. Estes and Ms. Kolodziej have used a variety of clubs, field trips, activities, and camps to continue to draw students into the program. The department, with the support of the school administration, hosts National French Week in November, where students create posters, participate in cultural trivia and taste French food. Additionally, french students have participated in other programs and activities to continue broadening their foreign language skills.

When asked about the work of the department, Ms. Estes replied, “It takes a village to grow a program and keep it vibrant.”  

Thank you, Ms. Estes and Ms. Kolodziej for keeping this program vibrant.

American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) was founded in 1927 and is the largest association of French teachers in the world with close to 8,000 members. The association offers enrichment and support to teachers.  They also recognize high achievement in teachers and students.