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We are once again a Magnet Schools of America School of Distinction! Thanks to all our students, families, teachers and staff who make our school the amazing magnet school that it is. Also, a special shout out goes to Ms. Johnston and Ms. Gorman for their work on completing and submitting the application.
These photos are just part of the reason why.
What a great week leading up to spring break! We had a guest speaker, Gods and Goddess Day in Ms Lyttle's sixth grade Language Arts, Whirligig project presentations in Ms. Alexander-Brown's seventh grade Language Arts, and the 8th grade Outer Banks trip in addition to many other projects and lessons across the IB curriculum.
Ronny Reddig has won the Magnet Schools of America Regional Teacher of the Year. Our region encompasses NC, SC, TN, and KY.
He is the first teacher to win this distinction from our district and will compete with other regional winners across the country at the conference in Miami in May. We know how wonderful he is, and we wish him luck in the final judging.
In addition Congratulations to Ms. Thornburg who is our Teacher of the Year. We wish her good luck as she advances in the interview process.
Congratulations to Ms. Immel who was named a World Affairs Council Scholar. She will be headed to Costa Rica this summer to work in an IB school and help further our global connection.
Eighth grade math teacher and team leader Janet Delery was named one of three inaugural winners of the NC Champion Educators Award at the North Carolina CCSA conference yesterday in Greensboro.
The award came as a surprise to Mrs. Delery who had no idea she was secretly nominated, much less a winner.
The state's Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement writes that this award is meant to "celebrate everything that is right about our local schools and the people who make it so."
Ms. Delery is certainly reflective of everything that is right about Piedmont. Don't just trust me though, watch this
video made in Mrs. Delery's honor by her students and coworkers. https://youtu.be/MMNqmqocUnc
Watching good science is like watching a great dance or theater performance.
Both JV and Varsity took first place this weekend at their regional tournament at University of North Carolina at Charlotte! This was a national-ready competition which means they competed with the best of the best in this region.
Piedmont's Varsity placed 1st in 11 events and JV placed 1st in their bracket.
This upcoming Saturday, they will be competing against some of the top teams in the nation through a virtual tournament. States is on April 23rd in Raleigh and we wish the team the best of luck!
Thanks to Ms. Phillips and all the coaches for providing these photos.
Mrs. Thornburg's Humanities students wrote, produced, and directed a completely original evening event called "Coming to the table"
Under the mentorship of UNCC Professor Julia Murray, Ms. Thornburg's students explored what it means to be invited to a seat a the table, indeed what a table means and what diversity means through a multidimensional exploration of the theme of inclusion and exclusion in a community.
Part art, part activism and all Thornburg songs, dance, a studnet produced documentary video were all featured. Below is a trailer and a scene from the evening.
Kudos to Ms. Thornburg for letting her students drive the learning and to all her students for their creative work.
Celebrating Piedmont : a blog of Happy Happenings
"Celebrating Piedmont" logs only a small fraction of the learning magic the teachers of CMS' Piedmont Middle School, an IB World School. create daily. In that sense, it is authored by all the staff and students of Piedmont. It is curated by Ms. Gurthie who can be reached at the icons above. She'll be happy to brag about Piedmont's teachers and students any chance she gets! Please note this blog has only just begun and we have so much to show off! Come back again soon!