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ORIOLE PRIDE CORNER ARTICLES

CHARLOTTE AQUATIC CENTER HOSTS CAPITOL AREA HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

an image of Aquatic Center Swim Meet The Charlotte Aquatic Center has been hosting high school meets since 2014. Still, this past weekend’s CAAC girls’ championship meet saw such fast swimming that 9 of 12 pool records were shattered. Participating in the meet were teams from Williamston-Lansing Christian, Waverly-Lansing Catholic, Ionia, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Mason, and Charlotte. This was the largest high school contest held at the Charlotte Aquatic Center with 108 swimmers competing.
Full article of CAAC Swim Meet in .pdf format →

CHS JUNIOR LETS PASSION SHINE

an image of Bella Kiss Bella Kiss is a junior at Charlotte High School. She always liked art when she was younger, but she fell in love with art in eighth grade when she learned to oil paint. Bella’s first painting was based on ‘River Gum Trees’ by Graham Gercken. Bella’s talent comes naturally to her because her parents are very artistic.
Full article of Bella Kiss- in .pdf format →

CPS ORIOLE PRIDE NEWS

an image of oriole_newsletter_logo There are several times each year, that families and students alike will either love me or hate me. Those strong feelings may be split across the district, but are all focused on the same topic- Snow Days. My judgement may never be questioned more than when a decision is made to cancel school, or not to cancel school. While I am sure that there will be disagreement about those decisions this year, I thought I would take the time to explain what the process is, and answer some commonly asked questions about school closing decisions. .
Full Oriole Pride Corner 11.13.2019 article - in .pdf format →

CHARLOTTE TACKLES HUNGER

an image of the bird feeder Charlotte Public Schools recently completed a food drive to jump start a new program at Charlotte High School called “The Bird Feeder.” The Bird Feeder is a free food pantry located at the high school where students who struggle with food security can go and choose food to fill up a backpack to take home. Students, staff and the community combined efforts to collect over 5,500 items which were split between The Bird Feeder and Helping Hands Food Pantry in Charlotte. Additionally, over $2,100 was raised to help fund the new project.
Full article of Charlotte tackles hunger- in .pdf format →

CPS WALKING CLUB

an image of walking shoes We are bringing back the CPS Indoor Walking Club! Registration is required. Walking will take place from 6:30-7:30pm, Monday through Thursday at the Charlotte Middle School. Register at the link below and then make sure to check in each night with the designated monitor. https://registration.swimcharlotte.org/CourseActivities.aspx?id=13&cat=2 Program will run from 11/12/2019 to 03/19/2020.
Full article of CPS Walking Club- in .pdf format →

SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS - HOW IS THE DECISION MADE?

an image of school bus in snow The winter season is upon us. Our district administration, faculty, and staff understand that our decision to open or close schools during inclement weather has a big effect on families. We also understand that our students are better served, both academically and socially, by being in school. But, as always, our top priority is the safety of our students.
Full article of School Closing Overview- in .pdf format → an image of birthday bags

MCKENNA SINE CREATES & DONATES BIRTHDAY BAGS

McKenna Sine, a Junior at Charlotte High School, created and donated birthday bags to the CHS Bird Feeder. The bags include everything needed to bake a cake, frosting, table decorations, plates, napkins, candles, and birthday card.
Full article of Birthday Bag Donations- in .pdf format →

VETERANS DAY CARDS

an image of card making 930 cards will go to the local VFW and American Legion tonight for Veterans Day along with banners signed by our students and staff at CHS! #OriolePride
Full article of Veterens Day cards- in .pdf format →

CPS ORIOLE PRIDE NEWS

Guest Columnist: Kali McKenna, Parkview Principal

an image of oriole_newsletter_logo I believe wholeheartedly in the saying “Time flies when you are having fun,” and that is exactly the case as we roll into November. As we kick off the month, I can’t help but get excited for the family time that is to come this season. November is one of my favorite months as we have opportunities to show gratitude to those around us. As we continue our focus in all of our buildings by educating children’s minds, we also continue to support their social emotional well-being.
Full Oriole Pride Corner article - in .pdf format → an image of Carolyn Capozzo

ONE CLASS AT A TIME RECIPIENT

Congratulations to Carolyn Capozzo, CMS Teacher, for being selected as today's One Class At A time award recipient from Grubaugh Orthodontics and WLNS-TV! #OriolePride
Full article of One Class At A Time- in .pdf format →

REGION B HONORS CHOIR

an image of CHS Lecture Hall Please congratulate these students for making the Region B Honors Choir! There is a max of 170 in each region and only 4 regions in the state. Lacy Jewell, Parker Auten, Erica Lentz, Madison Auten, Meghan Sheets, Kyra Macomber, Taylor Elliott & director- Mr. Schroetter! Congratulations! Go Orioles! #OriolePride
Full article of Region B Honors Choir- in .pdf format →

CPS STAFF INSERVICE

an image of CHS Lecture Hall In addition to spending the afternoon learning about the best ways to educate our students, the CPS staff learned about their role in helping to keep our children safe. Thank you to Eaton County 911 and Charlotte Police Department for joining us today!
Full article of CPS Staff Inservice 2019.10.31- in .pdf format →

CHS BUSINESS STUDENTS ATTEND FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

an image of BPA Conference attendees Three members of the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Charlotte Chapter attended the Fall Leadership Conference held at the Lansing Center on October 9. The student members attended seminars and workshops that will help lead the chapter to regional, state, and national competitions. Some of the business skills they learned included professionalism and corporate branding; teamwork and the value of taking risks; the importance of marketing; more than one way to problem-solve, and officer duties and responsibilities.
Full article of BPA Leadership Conference- in .pdf format →

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT STUDENTS VISIT MSUFCU HEADQUARTERS

an image of Business Management class Charlotte High School students enrolled in Tina VanSyckle’s Business Management course and Georgianna Baldwin’s Insurance course, participated in the Junior Achievement job shadow work site visit program. On October 24, students traveled to Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) Headquarters in East Lansing. During the introduction, students enjoyed a light breakfast and were introduced to the workplace and the career opportunities available to them.
Full article of MSUFCU Work Site Visit- in .pdf format →

CPS ORIOLE PRIDE NEWS

an image of oriole_newsletter_logo Several times a year, all school employees are reminded of an aspect of their position that was never in their job description—security officer. Most people who choose to work with children, did so because they wanted to help, support, and foster growth in the minds of the future. However, in today’s world, they also are the protectors of our children’s safety. Every school employee has had to think about how to hide students from windows and doors, practice calling lockdowns and reviewing door security, and evaluating every person who enters our doors for potential threats. I watched a lockdown drill at CUE/CMS recently, and saw a teacher instantly move from educator to active security staff on the 2 second command from our police liaison, without any prior notice.
Full Oriole Pride Corner article - in .pdf format →

CHS FEATURED ARTIST

an image of Sophie Cribb This week, our featured artist is Sophie Cribb, she is a senior at Charlotte High School. Sophie started to really enjoy art when she was 4 years old. As a child, she remembers drawing everywhere she went. Sophie has an aunt, grandmother and cousin who are very artistic so her love of art comes to her naturally. Sophie’s favorite artist is Bob Ross because she is very interested in landscape and nature scenes.
Full article of CHS Featured Artist- in .pdf format →

APPLEBEE'S IS PARTNERING WITH CPS TO HELP WITH STUDENT LUNCH DEBT

an image of child eating On Sunday, October 27th Applebee’s is hosting a fundraiser to help pay off students lunch accounts at the Upper Elementary. Despite CPS’s participation in food programs like the National Breakfast Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the free and reduced meal options that accompany these programs, we still have families that struggle to make ends meet. 20% of Applebee’s food sales on Sunday, October 27th between 2:00 - 8:00 pm will be donated to help pay off student’s school food accounts. This will help many families that struggle to pay off a negative school food account.
Full article of Applebee's fund raiser- in .pdf format →

TAKE A BITE OUT OF STUDENT LUNCH DEBT WITH APPLEBEE'S

an image of Applebee's logo Guest columnist: Brian Latty, CPS Food Service Supervisor
Families should never need to go into debt to feed their child, but for some families, paying for their child’s school meals each day can be a struggle. According to the School Nutrition Association’s 2018 School Nutrition Operations Report, about 75% of US school districts had students with unpaid meal debt.
Full article of Take a Bite- in .pdf format →

ORIOLES BRING HOME BROWN JUG

an image of Brown Jug Torrential rains weren’t the only thing that put a damper on Eaton Rapids’ Homecoming celebrations. That’s because the Varsity Oriole Football Team came to play that night – beating the Greyhound in an old-school pigskin slugfest. The Oriole men started strong, getting two touchdowns with two-point conversions in the first quarter. These points were earned on the ground by Ashton Laquire, and Alex Willison. The game then became a defensive battle.
Full article of the Brown Jug- in .pdf format →

YOUTH ORIOLE CHEER PROGRAM INSPIRES YOUTH

an image of GRADE CHEER The Charlotte Public Schools’ Youth Oriole Cheer Program inspires youth through teaching dedication, teamwork, friendship, leadership and good sportsmanship. The 6th grade cheer team has taken it all in and have shown what it means to be best friends on and off the field.
Full article of 6th grade cheer- in .pdf format →

YOUTH ORIOLE CHEER TEAM TAKES FLIGHT

an image of cheer takes flight One of this year’s Youth Oriole Cheer teams is a combination of 7th and 8th grade athletes. The team has grown over the coarse of the season; perfecting and achieving back walkovers and back handsprings.
Full article of 7th & 8th grade cheer- in .pdf format →

GAME DAY! HUGE SUCCESS!

an image of football cheer event Cheering is equal parts performance and athleticism, and it takes tremendous preparation to get ready for the Friday night-lights. The Charlotte High School Varsity cheerleading team hosted GAME DAY! on Friday, October 4, 2019. The Varsity team led by captains Brooklyn Baker, Erica Brock, Haley Hoyt, Zaraya Newth, Lynsey Peters and Julia Phillips pumped up the Young Oriole Cheerleaders and helped them get ready for Game Day!
Full article of Game Day Cheer Event- in .pdf format →

ORIOLE UPDATES & REMINDERS

an image of upcoming events sign One of our short-term goals for the CPS Strategic Plan is finding ways to communicate more effectively with parents about information they desire while promoting school and community activities. We are trying this method as one additional means of communication. Of course, there are many building and district activities happening daily at CPS, and you can find out more detail on our CPS calendar at https://www.charlottenet.org You can also find information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, the CPS website, and in the local newspapers.
Full article of Upcoming Community Events - in .pdf format →

CPS ORIOLE PRIDE NEWS

an image of oriole_newsletter_logo Although it is not easy to think about, some of our students are hungry. Even in this small town, there are kids that do not have regular access to food. Hungry kids cannot learn, and although we have breakfast and lunch programs, we can do more. One of our educators, Sean Barker, asked for a meeting to talk about the real problem of our needy students. He had noticed that High School age students were sometimes going without food, so that younger siblings could be fed, and something needed to be done to help. This meeting turned into the “Bird Feeder”!
Full Oriole Pride Corner article - in .pdf format →

Charlotte Upper Elementary Student Store

an image of 2019 Crop Hunger Walk poster The Charlotte Upper Elementary (CUE) Student Store has been operating for several years, selling a variety of school supplies. We sell pencils, pens, erasers, pads of paper, stickers, pencil sharpeners, mints, and lanyards. The proceeds are used to replenish store supplies and are donated to charities.
Over the years, donations have been made to Charlotte Christmas Kiddies, Siren Eaton Shelter, Backpacks for Kids, Helping Hands, and Pawsibilities Animal Rescue. Each donation ranges from $200.00 - $300.00.
Full article of CUE Store Donations - in .pdf format →

CHS CROWNS HOMECOMING COURT

an image of 2019 Homecoming Court Charlotte High School crowned their homecoming court last Friday, despite the weather and its attempt to dampen the celebration.
Joseph Davis and Katelynn Davis were crowned the Freshman king and queen. Katelynn is a member of the volleyball and track teams. She is also a member of FFA and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Joseph is a member of the soccer and track teams. He is also a member of FFA.
Full article of 2019 Homecoming Court- in .pdf format →

CPS ORIOLE PRIDE NEWS

an image of oriole_newsletter_logo This week, I have been astounded by the amount of generous community members we have in Charlotte! From the CPS Education Foundation, our local Rotary Club, Charlotte Women’s Club, and generous community members, our district has dedicated stakeholders that support our students.
Fall is mini-grant time for the CPS Education Foundation, and staff can apply to get funding for educational projects for our students.
Full Oriole Pride Corner article - in .pdf format →

CPS ORIOLE PRIDE NEWS

an image of oriole_newsletter_logo As I am learning more about the history of Charlotte, it makes me more excited to be a member of this community. On Saturday, I attended the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which honored coaches, administrators, athletes, and community members for their dedication to Charlotte Public Schools. As different people spoke, I learned about what their experience in this district taught them and how it has allowed them to grow into the people they are today. Appreciation for leadership and coaching was evident, and the good humor about personal struggles sent a good message about overcoming adversity.
Full Oriole Pride Corner article - in .pdf format →

CHS PEP ASSEMBLY

an image of CHS Pep Assembly Routine Click on the video link to view the CHS Pep Assembly routine for Homecoming, 2019. Pep Assembly Video

OYR 5TH GRADE CHEER CREATES MAGIC

an image of 5TH GRADE CHEER This year’s group of 5th grade Oriole Youth Recreation cheerleaders are a mix of seasoned athletes and first year athletes, but the combination has worked like magic. The girls have worked hard this season to perfect their skills; both with their loud and proud chants and with tumbling and stunts.
Full article of 5th Grade Cheer - in .pdf format →

CHARLOTTE GRADUATE RETURNS TO THE STAGE

an image of Josh Holiday Throughout the decades, Charlotte Public Schools alumni have found success and accomplished many feats. The newest series at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Brunch &, celebrates a few of those alumni.
The first event features Brunch & Classics with Josh Holliday, a 2011 graduate of Charlotte High School.
Full article of Josh Holiday @ CPAC - in .pdf format →

CPS ORIOLE PRIDE NEWS

an image of oriole_newsletter_logo It is Homecoming week at Charlotte Public Schools, and we have so many ways to celebrate! Events this week: Spirit Week dress up days, Powder Puff game on 9/25 at 7:00, Homecoming parade on 9/27 at 5:00, Varsity Football Game at 7:00, and the Hall of Fame induction on 9/28 in the CPAC at 7:00. We welcome your participation as we celebrate Charlotte Public Schools!
For a positive Pay It Forward, I want to encourage community members to participate in our staff recognition program “The Chirp”. At Charlotte Public Schools, we have a dedicated team of teachers, support staff, administrators, and paraprofessionals that work hard every day to support our students.
Full Oriole Pride Corner article - in .pdf format →

TIM TALKS INTERVIEW WITH DR. MANDY STEWART

an image of Tim Lewis Click on the Facebook link below for the Tim Talks interview between Mayor Tim Lewis and CPS Superintendent Dr. Mandy Stewart.
Facebook link to video interview →

CHS HOMECOMING WEEK

an image of homecoming banner Monday, September 23rd kicks of Charlotte High School’s homecoming week! Throughout the week, students and staff will have spirit days where they can dress up to match the theme of the day.
  • Monday is class color day. Ninth graders wear orange, tenth graders wear black, eleventh graders wear red, twelfth graders wear white, and the staff wears blue.
  • Tuesday is trendy day where students and staff dress up to fit the latest trends.
  • Wednesday is character day where people can dress up as their favorite, book, movie, or TV show character.
  • Thursday is throwback day where people pick a decade to dress from, and
  • Friday is orange and black day to show school spirit!
CHS Homecoming- in .pdf format →

CHS STUDENTS HONOR VETERANS

an image of pow/mia day Before school on the morning of Friday, September 20, members of the Charlotte High School Vietnam Veterans Roundtable Committee adorned the area around the Memorial Stone by the CHS flag poles off of State Street. Then later on in the day the Charlotte High School Vietnam Veterans Roundtable Committee and students from Mr. Moran’s, Ms. Zeis’ and Mrs. Hosek’s classes paused to remember those who never returned to American soil in all of our Nation’s wars.
POW/MIA Day- in .pdf format →

VARSITY GAME DAY YOUTH CHEER!!!

an image of oriole youth cheer form Kindergarten-8th grade on October 4, 2019 -5:15-7:30pm
$30.00 Cost - Game Day T-Shirt, Bow and Admission to the Game
Register before September 24th You can register and pay online at: registration/swimcharlotte.org then select Oriole Youth Recreation Registration.

Game Day Cheer Registration Form- in .pdf format →

CHARLOTTE YOUTH CHEERLEADING FAN FAVORITE

an image of oriole youth cheer group pic Charlotte Public Schools’ Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade cheerleaders were a fan favorite as they cheered at the Charlotte JV football game on Thursday, September 12. They started the game by making a tunnel for the football team to run through and then stood proudly for the National Anthem.

ORIOLE YOUTH CHEER JV game article- in .pdf format →

ORIOLE YOUTH CHEER PROGRAM CONNECTS WITH COMMUNITY

an image of oriole youth cheer group pic Practices, gymnastics, and games have all started and the Oriole Youth Cheer program is well on its way to a successful season. The volunteer coaches are amazing and the girls in the program are having fun. Along with their busy season, the girls took time to participate in the Frontier Days Parade. They walked the parade showing their spirit loudly and proudly, cheering the entire way.

ORIOLE YOUTH CHEER article- in .pdf format →

CELEBRATING ORIOLE PRIDE WITH SUPERINTENDENT STEWART

an image of oriole_newsletter_logo Now that we are back into the full swing of activities at Charlotte Public Schools, I wanted to let you know about some upcoming events that may allow you to get to know me, and give the community the opportunity to give input to improve our district. Mayor Tim Lewis, has asked me to be a guest on his next Tim Talk- Facebook Live. While this format is very new to me, Mayor Lewis has explained that community members have enjoyed seeing people in the community and getting to know them with this communication method. You are welcome to see me with all my nervousness, in the live format, or on the City of Charlotte Facebook page, in the archived videos.
Full Oriole Pride Corner article - in .pdf format →

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CPS BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS FILLED BOARD SEAT

The CPS Board of Education has filled the Trustee vacancy for the remainder of the term with Mark Byersas.

CELEBRATING ORIOLE PRIDE WITH SUPERINTENDENT STEWART

an image of oriole_newsletter_logo As we continue through the school year, this experience for me in Charlotte is a series of “Firsts”. The first Back to School Bash, Varsity Home Football games, and my very first “Frontier Days”! Learning all about Charlotte events has been a wonderful process, and the highlight of this last week was the Frontier Days Parade. We reached out to all CPS staff, inviting them to walk in the parade, and our fabulous transportation department provided our brand-new bus for us to feature! It was exciting to walk in such a large parade, see all of the devoted Charlotte community members out to celebrate our groups, and enjoy the faces of Charlotte students waving at their teachers (and getting candy!).
Full Oriole Pride Corner article - in .pdf format →

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