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Charlotte Parent magazine tallied up this year's readers poll, and Charlotte Prep was voted both favorite private school and favorite school STEM program!

Charlotte Parent highlighted our school's multicultural student body and track record of placing graduates in top high schools. Our STEM program was recognized for "emphasizing the skills and mindset students need to adapt and thrive in a world of ongoing innovation." Read the awards on the Charlotte Parent website in the "Education & Schools" category.

Thank you to our wonderful teachers for creating an engaging, supportive, and awarding-winning learning environment!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Preparatory School parents and teachers will honor the class of 2017 at a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 7. They will also welcome back a special guest. Michelle Charles, an alumna of the school’s class of 2013 who will herself graduate from Charlotte Latin School on May 26, will give the commencement address.

This fall, Michelle will attend Villanova University as the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, a merit-based full tuition award for students who are “transformational leaders both on and off campus” and have “demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.”

“Charlotte Prep gave me the chance to grow and succeed not only in academics but also sports, fine arts and as a person,” said Michelle. “I left Charlotte Prep a confident young woman well prepared for high school. I look forward to sharing my experiences with students who will soon take this next step in life.”

Michelle continued to grow and succeed at Charlotte Latin, where she earned Cum Laude Society and Headmaster’s List academic awards and membership in the National Spanish Honor Society. She was inducted into the Charlotte Latin Service Society and received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for Commitment to Social Justice for her leadership in the student-led Mosaic diversity club and the Black Student Alliance, which she co-founded. As a peer advisor, Michelle was one of 15 upperclassmen selected to give guidance to first-year students on navigating high school.

The well-rounded student played on Charlotte Latin’s varsity basketball team and performed in two upper school musicals.

Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade college-preparatory institution founded in 1971 that attracts approximately 350 students from throughout the Charlotte region. Charlotte Prep fosters lifelong learning and provides an exemplary educational experience founded on academic excellence, positive character and leadership development in a diverse, inclusive community.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three Charlotte Prep seventh graders worked for five months to educate their peers on the dangers of skin cancer and along the way advanced to the national competition for eCYBERMISSION, an initiative of the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Sophia V., Sylvia V. and Tanvi P. each won a $5,000 savings bond in addition to earning their spot in the national finals, to be held June 25-30 in Leesburg, Va.

The U.S. Army’s eCYBERMISSION is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative that challenges students to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. The three Charlotte Prep students earned top honors in state and regional competitions for their work gathering, analyzing and submitting data on damage to the skin caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays.

“For months, these girls met in my room during breaks, recess and after-school hours,” said middle school science teacher Kathy Zuck. “They created a black-light box that allowed participants to see the skin damage that has already occurred, which prompted other Charlotte Preps students to start wearing more sunscreen.”

While at the national finals, Sophia, Sylvia and Tanvi will participate in STEM challenge workshops led by scientists and engineers, attend a National Inventors Hall of Fame workshop, tour the U.S. Capitol and meet with congressional representatives. Their week-long visit will culminate at the eCYBERMISSION National Judging Day Awards Luncheon, where they will learn if they are the national winners.

Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade college-preparatory institution founded in 1971 that attracts approximately 350 students from throughout the Charlotte region. Charlotte Prep fosters lifelong learning and provides an exemplary educational experience founded on academic excellence, positive character and leadership development in a diverse, inclusive community.

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In March, our community participated in a city-wide project that documented good deeds done by others. Whenever a student, teacher, or staff member performed an act of kindness, the person who saw it wrote it on a strip of paper and placed the note in one of several "Blessing Boxes" located around campus. In all, more than 1,500 acts of kindness were documented at Charlotte Prep! You can see Charlotte Prep's boxes, and those from other schools, places of worship, businesses, and families, at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

Congratulations to eighth grader Bryson H., whose artwork entitled "Hidden Chords" has been accepted to Saplings magazine! Saplings is a youth arts magazine representing written and visual arts from students in the Carolinas aged 10-18.

Her piece is a paper weaving of two of her own photographs showcasing two of her passions: guitar and soccer.

Well done, Bryson!

Eddie Mensah

Charlotte Preparatory School's Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Eddie Mensah has accepted our offer to be permanent Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. The Board voted to offer the position to Eddie after conducting an independent assessment of Charlotte Prep's operations and community led by Jim Wickenden, President of Wickenden Associates, a national retained search firm for independent schools.

Wickenden's engagement included a comprehensive series of discussions and a community survey with Charlotte Prep parents, faculty, and staff regarding our strengths and challenges. Wickenden also explored what leadership qualities our community values most in our next Head of School. Your input was instrumental in arriving at the decision to name Eddie as permanent Head of School. We thank you for your feedback.
Naming Eddie permanent Head of School enables us to continue building momentum in meeting our strategic plan objectives and offering an exemplary educational experience for our children. Eddie's depth of experience in school leadership and culture-building, his passion for K-8 education, and his extensive range of skills and abilities will serve Charlotte Prep well as we continue to grow and continuously improve. He is thoughtful and perceptive, with a strength of character that inspires confidence and a commitment to engaging children in meaningful learning that motivates our students.
We look forward to Eddie building on a great foundation established by Blair Fisher since he became Head of School in 2012. We will have an opportunity later this spring to thank Blair for his hard work and success. He is actively and closely mentoring Eddie through the leadership transition process.
Eddie is humbled and grateful for this opportunity. He noted, "I am encouraged by the level of support I have felt from our community. We are poised to do amazing things for our students."
Please join us in congratulating and supporting Eddie, our new Charlotte Prep Head of School.
Best regards,
Ben Wilhelm
President, Board of Trustees

David L. Long, director of marketing and communications, 704-366-5994, Email


Longtime educator joins K-8 school July 5 following national search

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Evan Kurtz will become Charlotte Preparatory School's next head of middle school this summer. Kurtz starts July 5 after being chosen from more than 50 candidates during a national search.

“We are delighted Evan is joining us as head of our growing middle school,” says Blair Fisher, head of school. “Evan is a natural leader with a track record of building educational communities that engage and support enthusiastic learners and their teachers. He is eager to join a K-­8 learning environment, which he firmly believes is best for students.”

Kurtz said Charlotte Prep's welcoming community and educational vision were a perfect match for him.  “As an educator who strives to foster healthy communities, I wholeheartedly believe that people come first,” Kurtz says. “That is what Charlotte Prep is all about, and it’s evident that teachers, students and parents nurture a supportive community. I look forward to being a part of creating that feeling.”

Teamwork is central to Kurtz’s educational philosophy and personal ethic. He practices collaboration in a unique way outside of school that informs his role as a school leader. Kurtz competes in currach rowing, an Irish form of four-person sculling in a wide crew boat with long thin poles instead of paddles. Because the oars are so thin, Kurtz says teamwork is integral to making the boat move. “That’s where you get your power and how you keep your boat straight,” he says. “In a school, teamwork empowers students and helps guide them along the best paths.”

Kurtz has been in education for 19 years, with 10 of those years in a variety of administrative roles. Since 2002, Kurtz has served at SewickleyAcademy in Pittsburgh, where he is currently interim head of middle school. Prior to taking that role, he earned a reputation for being “unflappable under pressure” while working as middle school dean of students, coaching three seasons of middle school sports for 14 years and leading a mentoring program for new teachers. In 2011, he was awarded the school’s Clark Faculty Chair for excellence in teaching.

Prior to joining Sewickley Academy, Kurtz was a teacher and assistant director of athletics at Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C.

Kurtz earned a B.A. in communication studies from George Mason University and an M.A. in educational administration from the University ofPittsburgh.

Kurtz and his wife, Rebecca, have a daughter, Emma, who is currently in 9th grade, and a son, Henry, a 7th grader.

Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade college-preparatory institution that currently attracts approximately 350 students from throughout the Charlotte region. Since 1971, Charlotte Preparatory School has provided an extraordinary educational experience founded on academic excellence, character development and leadership in a culturally diverse community.

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David L. Long, director of marketing and communications, 704-366-5994, Email


Announcing a new Montessori kindergarten class

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Preparatory School will host an open house for families seeking to explore educational opportunities for children ages 2-5. The open house focuses on the school's Montessori Early School and will be held in the gymnasium on Thursday, Apr. 6, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Visiting families will meet the head of Early School and learn about the difference a Montessori foundation can make for the preschool child, ages 2-5. Parents will also observe classrooms in action and tour the campus. Parents can RSVP at

Charlotte Prep's Montessori program is growing. Beginning in August, the southeast Charlotte school will offer a new Montessori kindergarten option for interested families, while its Lower School will continue to offer a traditional kindergarten program.

Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th grade college-preparatory institution founded in 1971 that attracts approximately 350 students from throughout the Charlotte region. Charlotte Prep fosters lifelong learning and provides an exemplary educational experience founded on academic excellence, positive character and leadership development in a diverse, inclusive community.

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February 10, 2017

David L. Long, director of marketing and communications, 704-366-5994, Email


Registration open for summer camp for children in grades rising kindergarten-rising 7th grade

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Registration is open for Camp Prep at CharlottePreparatory School. Camp Prep is a day camp program offered each summer for Charlotte-area rising kindergarten through rising 7th grade children.

Campers experience an array of enriching activities and quality learning experiences that create memorable moments of creative play and imaginative exploration. Each week features a different theme:

June 12-16: Tech Savvy

June 19-23: The Inventor’s Lab

June 26-30: Galactic Explorations: May the Force Be with You

July 10-14: Camp Prep’s Got Talent

July 17-21: Movie Makers

July 24-28: Passports and Possibilities

July 31-August 4: Wizards, Wands, and Potions

August 7-11: Splash Ground Water Fun

Interested families can get more information and register their child at

The cost of $350 per week includes morning and after care (7:30-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.), Friday pizza, admittance to Rama Swim and Racquet Club, and a tie-dye Camp Prep t-shirt.

Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th grade college-preparatory institution founded in 1971 that attracts approximately 350 students from throughout the Charlotte region.Charlotte Prep fosters lifelong learning and provides an exemplary educational experience founded on academic excellence, positive character and leadership development in a diverse, inclusive community.

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Seventh-grade students Sophia V., Tanvi P., and Sylvia V. participated in the 15th year of eCYBERMISSION science fair for U.S. students in grades 6-8. eCYBERMISSION is one of many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program. The U.S. Army is committed to answering the nation's need for increased national STEM literacy and expanded STEM education opportunities to open doors to new career paths for America’s students.

Participating students were tasked with solving a problem in their community, and our Prep students’ research project focused on skin cancer and damage from the sun. For five months, they did the hard work of collecting data and analyzing their results before submitting their findings in late February. Their submission was one of more than 4,000 from students around the nation.

Eighth-graders Cleo S. and Amani M. play volleyball together at Carolina Juniors Volleyball Club, CJV 14 Force. Over Presidents Day weekend, they competed in the Capitol Hill Classic in Washington, D.C. Their team placed 1st in the tournament Silver Bracket.

Two weeks later, their team placed 2nd in the Carolina Region Bid Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., which qualified them to compete in the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships, to be held June 25-28 in Minneapolis, Minn.



February 6, 2017

David L. Long, director of marketing and communications, 704-366-5994, Email


Charlotte Preparatory School to Host Feb. 23 Talk by Charlotte Historian and Author

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Preparatory School will host an evening with Dr. Tom Hanchett, author, community historian, columnist for the 

, Charlottean of the Year, and former Levine Museum of the New South historian. Dr. Hanchett is a leading authority on urban history and Southern culture. His presentation will cover the history of education in Charlotte.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP online.

Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th grade college-preparatory institution founded in 1971 that attracts approximately 350 students from throughout the Charlotte region. CharlottePrep fosters lifelong learning and provides an exemplary educational experience founded on academic excellence, positive character and leadership development in a diverse, inclusive community. 

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Eighth grader Anna C. has been honored by Charlotte Concerts as their Outstanding Music Student. She was chosen due to her diligence and ability to excel in music and beyond.

Anna is an honor roll student, cross country and soccer athlete, and Student Council officer who volunteers her time to local charitable organizations. As a musician, she has won several chorus awards for her talent and leadership as a vocalist. She performs in school musical productions and is a primary soloist with Charlotte Prep's chorus.

In her spare time, she pursues her love of singing as a vocalist with Charlotte Children’s Choir, the Singing Christmas Tree, and Young Voices of the Carolinas. Anna has performed in concert halls throughout the South and twice at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. This summer, she will tour Italy and perform at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Congratulations to Anna!

L-R: Arav B., Coble I., William K.,
and Aneesh D.

Charlotte Prep's student running club enjoyed a practice with alumni William K. '15 on February 10. William is a sophomore at Charlotte Latin and participates on the cross-country and track and field teams.

He shared his experiences as a high school runner, offered some advice to the younger runners, and reflected on his favorite memories running for Prep.

Thank you, William!

Charlotte Prep students, teachers, and parents had fun February 8 experimenting with science, technology, engineering, and math at our annual "I HEART STEM" Winter Fest. Watch our video slideshow.

Charlotte Prep students experienced the power of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words on January 12, when Jeremiah Dew, "JDew," performed Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech in Lower School classrooms and during a Middle School assembly.

Dew also dressed in period clothing and recited a speech by Frederick Douglass and a poem by Muhammad Ali during this inspiring multicultural program.

Fourth grader Andrew M. played on a hockey team that won the Shoot Out Hockey Mountain King tournament, which was held in Washington, D.C., over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. Congratulations Andrew!

Congratulations to Della W. '19 for her first-place finish in our annual Spelling Bee, held January 12! Kudos to Erin B. '18 for earning runner-up.

The winning word? Emoji!

Beginning this past October, a group of 11 eighth-grade students, led by Ms. Katherine Slayton, travel each week to Rama Road Elementary, a local Title I school, to tutor students as part of their After School Program. Charlotte Prep’s tutors give their after-school time each Monday to work with students in kindergarten through third grade on homework, reading, and math.

One eighth grader, Anna C., has gone beyond expectations and plans out what she will teach her student once they have finished homework. Her lessons each week build upon skills taught, and she even incorporates learning games as rewards for her student’s hard work.

Another Charlotte Prep student, Ani M., explains, “Tutoring is harder than I thought, but it’s been a really eye-opening experience, and I really enjoy it.”

Anna, Ani, and the other Prep tutors model our pillars in the community through their work at Rama Road Elementary. Tutoring will resume January 23 and continue through May.


On our last Friday before winter break, our fifth and sixth grade students packed 80 holiday snack bags for underprivileged teenagers and young adults in the Charlotte community. Students packed the bags with bottled water, healthy snacks, peppermints, and greeting cards that they helped design. The bags were handed out at the Relatives On Ramp Resource Center, which services young adults ages 16-24 who are homeless or transitioning from foster care or unstable living conditions.

We are proud of our students for helping to make the holiday season a little sweeter for those less fortunate.

Charlotte Prep's Girls on the Run team braved the cold on Saturday, Decenber 10 to participate in the Celebration 5k at Whitehall Corporate Center in Steele Creek. The race represented the culmination of 10 weeks of hard work.

The girls raced their hardest and were great representatives of Charlotte Prep.

Congratulations Kaylee D, Richa S, Ashlyn S, Lindsay B, Julia M, Bella Shea M, Sophia L, Bridget S, Darby C and Natalia G!

Charlotte Prep second-grader Paige F. placed fourth in level 3 uneven bars and eighth place all-around at the 2016 North Carolina state gymnastics meet held December 1-4 in New Bern.

Congratulations, Paige!

The fall Harry Potter HogwARTS art studio wrapped up with a field trip to see the latest Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts. Students also created many Harry Potter-themed art projects, including our wizarding artists pictured below with their paintbrush wands and pensieve journals. If you look close enough, you can also see a few mini pygmy puffs!

Mateo M. and Maxwell L. see their artwork they created last year hanging in the library. This was their end of 8th Grade 'choice' project. They chose to collaborate on an acrylic on canvas painting in hope it would brighten up the library and help inspire young Charlotte Prep tigers to read. The painting shows the back view of a tiger in a comfy arm chair reading a book to young cubs. 

Congratulations to the Charlotte Prep Let Me Run team! Camden D., Torin M., Spencer S. and Ian B. had fantastic races on Saturday at the Let me Run Fall Classic 5k. They were coached by Charlotte Prep Dad Luke Maybry and 8th grader Jack G. Charlotte Prep's top runner Ian B., placed 3rd in his age group and 15th out of 1,600 runners with a time of 21:05 time. Way to go Tigers!  


Charlotte Prep K-8 Grade art students have learned about Frida Kahlo this year! In the art room there are three tables, each named after a favorite artist. This year Frida Kahlo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Vincent Van Gogh are gracing our tables. In the fall, students got to know Frida a little better and found out she loved to paint self-portraits because, in her words, "I am so often alone and because I am the person I know best." Frida was born in 1907 in Mexico. She loved painting, animals, and her Mexican culture. She experienced a lot of pain throughout her life and showed that pain in many of her paintings. Frida has been described as a living piece of art; she wore flowers and ribbons in her hair and beautiful jewelry. 
This Halloween, "Frida" came to visit our art classes! Can you recognize the woman on the left?
Thank you to Ms. Mulvey for the below Charlotte Prep news story!
After our cross-country championship recently, 8th Grader Lindsay S. said some really sweet words to me. She has been running for me since 4th Grade. She recalled her first 5k as a part of our running club and told me how much she’s grown as a runner and as a person since then. In her first race myself, Lindsay, and Sophie E. ran side by side the whole race and they were able to place 2nd and 3rd in the 10 and under age group. Flash forward to five years of running later and they placed 8th and 10th in our conference championship leading Charlotte Prep to back to back conference championships. 
Below is a photo of the two young ladies side by side after both races - growing up and persevering together!


At Last: 4th Annual Egg Drop Challenge Winners Announced!

Despite a postponement, the Charlotte Prep 4th Annual STEM Egg Drop Challenge was a HUGE success! We nearly doubled our entries from last year with over 70 participants, as well as many student volunteers, staff and family members in attendance.

Harris Teeter at Cotswold graciously donated 120 eggs for our event, while the Discovery Place Science Museum contributed 5 student passes for our contest winners. Students tested their contraptions on the four challenge levels: The Over Easy (picnic table), The Sunny Side Up (6 ft. ladder), the French Omelette (mezzanine window), and The Ultimate Scrambler (middle school balcony).

As each student successfully navigated a challenge level, they received a sticker. After completing all challenges, participants were awarded a certificate and their choice of either an egg filled with Silly Putty or a toy dinosaur. The following special contest winners will receive a certificate and a free student pass for admission to Discovery Place:

The Chicken Little Award (Smallest Successful Contraption) : Beckett S.

The Funky Chicken Award (Most Complex Contraption): Sawyer K. and Avery S. (Tie)

The Faberge Egg Award (Most Beautifully Decorated Contraption): Sophie W.

The One Good Egg Award (Most Creative Successful Contraption Using Only One Type of Material): Parker J.

The Four Pillar Perseverance Award (Most ImprovedDesign from the Previous Year): Noah L.

A short video clip of event highlights can be found here. Many thanks go out to the teachers, staff, and student volunteers who worked before, during, and after the event, the parents who assisted and encouraged their children in coming up with such innovative and creative designs, and our community sponsors, Harris Teeter and Discovery Place, for their support. We look forward to seeing even more new and exciting contraptions next year!

While most were enjoying a 5-day, four of our band students spent their Monday and Tuesday at the 8th Annual NCIAS Honor Band Clinic. Claire M. (7th- Flute), Carson R. (8th-Tuba), Parker R. (8th- Bassoon), and Evan B.(8th- Saxophone), and 70 other middle school students from independent schools around North Carolina came together for two days of rehearsal topped off with a spectacular performance on Tuesday afternoon. This was an amazing opportunity for our students to meet like-minded friends, play ch allenging music, and be under the instruction of a collegiate level conductor. Bravo to our participating students!

Charlotte Prep student Evan Wright has been a part of the Charlotte Prep community for over four years. He captured us on stage here and decided to take his talents to Broadway! He misses being at Charlotte Prep but is really enjoying being in New York and being a part of the production of Gypsy. The actor who plays Herbie in the cast has won three Emmys! And the rest of the cast is so talented ... "Evan is lucky to be learning with this cast and crew!" says his mother. 

Here's a picture from dress rehearsal: In the blue suit he is "Renaldo" - he plays the recorder (Mrs. Stefanini will be proud!). In Evan's own words, "Charlotte Prep isn't just a school - it's a community. Everyone is welcome and included. Charlotte Prep is family." Congratulations Evan - your Charlotte Prep family is proud of you!
(The New York Times may review this show - we will keep you posted)


The girls volleyball team is having a fantastic start to the year and are currently undefeated! The team is 8-0 with four regular season games to go. The Lady Tigers will be playing in The Dig Pink Tournament this Friday, October 7th at United Faith Christian Academy. Their game is scheduled for 3:45 pm. The girls also helped raise money in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by selling t-shirts. Congratulations to Coach Morgan Richburg, Katherine Evatt, and the entire team and good luck the rest of the season. Bring home another Banner for Charlotte Prep Athletics!

As part of an annual tradition and leadership building exercise, our 8th Grade class participates in an off-site trip at the beginning of their school year. This year they spent a day doing team building activities at the Xtreeme Challenge Center. Click here to get a taste of the fun!

Charlotte Prep had an art booth at the Festival in the Park and, through The Arts Center for All, our students were part of the entertainment. Natalie G. (4th grade) on violin with her dad Michael G. on keyboard, performed wonderfully. Also, Dev D. (4th grade) and Isha D. (2nd grade) played the keyboard and sang. Everyone performed so well and enjoyed themselves. We will announce the art winners soon!

Congratulations to all the Charlotte Prep families who participated in the Festival of India at Belk Theater this year. This year Charlotte Prep had about 20 students and family members performing at the festival including young ladies from the Middle School Bollywood elective. The Festival of India showcases about 1500 dancers and performers, in addition to vendors, and food stalls sharing the culture and traditions of India. We are proud that so many of our community participated with grace and pride. See the video here!
Group dances:
Mohua G.
Remy G.
Meha K.
Minaal K.
Seher K.
Tanvi P.
Arjun S.
Richa S.
Shancia D.
Natalie G.
Camille K.
Colin K.
Sage K.
Meha K.
Minaal K.
Seher K.
Rupal P.
Caroline R.
Jenn R.
Olivia R.
Emma S.

The Charlotte Prep cross-country team raced in the Hare & Hound Invitational at McAlpine Park. The meet attracted 28 Middle School teams. They give out trophies to the top 2 teams and medals to the top 20 individuals. Charlotte Prep placed second and had 4 runners in the top 20! The 4 girls who medaled were MacKenzie T.(13th), Maria L. (15th), Lindsay S. (17th) and Sophie E. (19th). Emilio L. placed 7th overall and broke the course record for 6th graders. Awesome job team and Coach Mulvey!



Charlotte Prep alum, Fotini P. and current Charlotte Prep 8th Grader, Anna P. danced at the Greek Festival this year. They studied traditional Greek Dances though the Greek School from Kindergarten to 6th Grade and they participate in the Greek Festival regularly. Most of the costumes and music are representative of the culture and tradition of different cities in Greece.They are also participating competitively at Hellenic Dance Festival (HDF) this year. Way to go ladies!



Congratulations NCAIS Band Acceptees!
The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Honor Bands allow students to perform with large concert bands made up of the most talented concert band musicians from NCAIS schools throughout the state. Congratulations to the following students:
Evan B., 8th Grade, Saxophone
Claire M., 7th Grade, Flute
Parker R., 8th Grade, Bassoon
Carson R., 8th Grade, Tuba
Kiley W., 6th Grade, Saxophone Alternate
Aathreya M., 7th Grade, Saxophone Alternate
2016-2017 Student Council Board Announced
Each year, Charlotte Prep Middle School students are encouraged to join Student Council, the body that helps plan MS service opportunities and student social events. Congratulations to the following students, who were elected to the Student Council board by their peers last week:
President - Parker R., 8th Grade
Vice President - Kyleigh P., 7th Grade
Secretary - Kiley W., 6th Grade
Treasurer - Jeffrey W., 6th Grade
Charlotte Prep 3rd Grader Barrett H. rode 28 miles on a 3.1-mile loop around Queens University to raise $1,296.00 by participating in 24 Hours of Booty Charlotte 2016. He was part of a total raise of over 1.6 Million Dollars. He rode in honor of his good friend Elan M. a 5-year-old survivor. 24 Hours of Booty is a community committed to putting cancer in its place. This 24-hour cycling event raises local and national funds for cancer-fighting programs. 24 Hours of Booty is the premier organization for integrating community cancer fundraising and cycling to engage communities in support of cancer survivorship and navigation programs.
We Fight as One. Way to go Barrett!





We were happy to see the Blue & Gold Social featured in the Social Dossier section of Charlotte's Society Magazine June issue. School supporters raise almost $40,000 at the Blue & Gold Social! The money our community raised at this year's Social is being directed to the two strategic initiatives outlined below:

Language Arts Curriculum
Part of Charlotte Prep's 2020 Vision strategic plan is its commitment to academic excellence. In support of that goal, Charlotte Prep is moving to the Writers Workshop Program (from Columbia University, by Lucy Calkins), which incorporates conventions of writing while focusing on style, genre, and voice to build greater independence and fluency. It will also support the move to Words Their Way (from Pearson), which focuses on phonics, vocabulary, and spelling. Both are among the very top-tier language arts curricula in the country, and Charlotte Prep is thrilled to be making these changes. A significant portion of the Social funds will support the extensive faculty training required to make these transitions occur.
Campus Signage
Last year, Social funds supported the beginning of the campus signage renovation, which make the campus both more beautiful and easier for visitors to navigate. This year, the balance of the funds raised will help complete these renovations. Main entrance, directional, and informational signs will be installed throughout the campus. Finalizing the signage will provide a cohesive look and improve the overall campus experience. 
Mark your calendars for March 11, 2017 for another wonderful Blue & Gold Social.


Pancakes for Pocket Change Supports Bright Blessings
Writte by: Alex W., 8th Grader
Bright Blessings is a group that helps give four things to kids. One thing is it provides birthday parties. Another is reading lessons, as well as books. They provide baby supplies also. Finally, they take care of medical expenses. Bright Blessings does this for people who can't afford them.
Pancakes for Pocket Change is a twist on an old favorite here at Charlotte Prep, the Dad’s Pancake Breakfast. This year, the Dad’s Club invited the 7th and 8th grade advisories to participate by choosing a local nonprofit organization to support. Our task included completing research and preparing a PowerPoint presentation for the entire Middle School student body and faculty. At the completion of the four presentations, the audience was then invited to vote for their favorite to determine who would be the beneficiary of the pocket change. The winning advisory’s final task was to prepare a table and marketing tools to share during the breakfast where they also invited guests to offer their pocket change in support of the winning team and their organization of choice.
The idea for our charity, Bright Blessings, was thought of and promoted by Braden Panther. Our advisory broke up into groups to organize different sections of the presentation. There was a party planners group who designed the cake, a presentation team who made the PowerPoint and spoke to the school, and the video crew who prepared the info-mercial. On the day of the presentation, we set up Maxwell in the cake and gave the rest of our advisory some candy to throw into the audience. By a slim margin, Bright Blessings won the vote and we were invited to present to the parents and guests at the pancake breakfast during Grandparents’ Day. We raised over $550.00 from generous donors to support this very worthy cause.

Charlotte Prep band students have various opportunities to gain more performance experience and become better at their trade. NCAIS Honor Band, All District Band/Orchestra, and Solo and Ensemble are three examples of these opportunities. We are proud to announce that Miliani S., 6th grade saxophonist, received a Superior rating at the Solo and Ensemble festival over the weekend. She played a solo in front of a judge who graded her performance based on technique, musicality, and tone. As a first year player, this is a huge achievement. Great job Miliani!

We are thrilled to welcome Mr. John Crum back on campus to speak at the 2016 Graduation. 

John Crum attended Charlotte Preparatory School from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, and graduated in 2009. After his tenure at Charlotte Prep, he received an Honors Scholarship to attend the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee as a boarding student. During his time at McCallie, John served as Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, ran on the Cross Country team, participated in the choral program, and lead efforts to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Chattanooga Campaign of the American Civil War.

He graduated in 2013, and matriculated at Washington and Lee University, where he received the Laurent and Elizabeth Boestch Scholarship for the study of Romance Languages. At W&L, John is majoring in History, with a minor in Creative Writing. He is member of the University Singers, serves on the Executive Committee of Mock Convention, a student political research project, and has participated in student government, most recently on the body that facilitates student elections. This summer, John will serve as a research assistant to Dr. Barton A. Myers. After graduation, he hopes to continue his education with the ultimate goal of becoming a professional historian and writer. 


This spring, Charlotte Prep artists were honored to have work displayed at a special Youth Art Month exhibit at the Mint Museum uptown. Here are the celebrated student artists at the Mint, in order from left to right:
Back row: Ceasar K., Grace M., Brianna C. (work featured below), Ms. Balcer 
Front Row: Huston D., Cole T., Tabby H.


On Saturday May 7th, Ovens Auditorium was alight with color, music, and dance. Over 1200 people filled the theater to watch Nrityangan Cultural Academy’s presentation of Veer~Zaara. Trained by Ritu Mukherjee, 200 dancers presented a mesmerized audience with a display of Indian culture and tradition neatly packaged into a Broadway quality show. The show began with a bouquet of classical North Indian dance, kathak, with different groups from age 5 to adults.

The show then launched the audience into the unforgettable dance drama of Veer~Zaara. Charlotte Prep students Arjun S (6), Richa S.(2), Meha K. (3), Minaal K. (5), participated in the performances, with Minaal playing the lead role of young Zaara. Participants have been working on the show since January, and leads have been rehearsing three days a week for the last few months. With the efforts of Nrityangan’s family of dancers, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and audience members, the Nrityangan team has raised close to $40,000 to benefit Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center, and Maiti Nepal!

Congratulations to our talented students.

On May 4, 2016, Charlotte Preparatory School will host 150 students competing in the fifth-annual National History Bee, the first time the school has been selected as a host location. Winners of the Charlotte Regional Finals will go on to compete in the National History Bee Finals in June.
Head of school Blair Fisher said, “There is a saying that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. As a former history teacher, I recognize that a strong knowledge of history is crucial to being a modern citizen; it tells us who we are as a people and how the challenges and issues of today have come to exist. Without such understanding, it's impossible to make good decisions on where we should go from here. We are delighted to host the National History Bee, and to help further the knowledge of history among those who will be shaping it in the coming years."
Middle School History teacher Katie Eddie added, “The National History Bee is a competition open to 7th and 8th Grade students, and includes topics from American and World History. Taking part in this competition has allowed my students an opportunity to challenge themselves and utilize knowledge gained from their lower school and middle school years. My students and I have an opportunity to expand our horizons. Taking part in the National History Bee is adding a
new level of excitement and interest in the history classroom.”
Now in its fifth year, The National History Bee is an academic competition for elementary and middle school students that
tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics. Students will compete in subjects including ancient history, women in
history, European history and geography. The competition is divided into three distinct stages:
  • Stage 1: An optional Intramural Bee and a mandatory Online Qualifying Exam which students take at school or home, under the supervision of a Sponsor.
  • Stage 2: The top students from the Online Qualifying Exam compete in one of the thirty-nine buzzer competitions across the United States called the Regional Finals.
  • Stage 3: The top finishers from the Regional Finals are eligible to advance to the National Finals and compete for the title of National History Bee Champion. 

Early School students built bird nests!  The frame of the nest was put together using balloons and yarn then covered with a glue and water mixture. The children worked in teams. They headed outdoors to fill the nest with items from nature, that a bird would use. While on the nest hunt, they removed any garbage that might hurt our feather friends. The last step involved the children coloring the eggs according to the type of bird they wanted to be. The nests are adorable and the children enjoyed pretending to be birds as they searched for items to fill their special nest.

Charlotte Prep students in the cast and crew of Annie had the opportunity to perform at the uptown Knight Theater as part of the Blumenthal's Broadway Jr. Celebration. They performed a selection from their spring musical for an audience of 12 area schools and a panel of Broadway professionals who then provided their expert feedback. Charlotte Prep dramatists also had the opportunity to take part in workshops led by the seasoned stage veterans, making for a full day of song, dance, and excitement!! 

We are proud to announce that Charlotte Prep alumnus Noah Berens has been named a Morehead-Cain Scholar for the Class of 2020. Berens, a senior at Charlotte Latin School, says "It is a tremendous honor and privilege to have been named a Morehead Scholar. It puts me amongst a very distinguished group of people that I am thrilled to be a part of. Because of the Morehead scholarship, I will be provided opportunities through college and beyond that I would not have had without it."
The scholarship covers four years at UNC Chapel Hill: full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, books, a laptop, supplies and "discovery funds to be used for education opportunities." In addition, Morehead-Cain Scholars take part in a unique four-year summer enrichment program. 
Noah explains, "The Morehead-Cain scholarship includes four summer programs that allow you to explore interests and step outside of your comfort zone to better yourself as a leader. They include outdoor leadership, public service, and two summers of research or internships. I am excited about my first summer opportunity and about being part of this community at UNC."
Noah and all five of his siblings have attended Charlotte Prep: his brother Roman is the oldest, graduating from college this spring, and his youngest siblings, Helena and Lydia, are currently in 6th Grade and 4th Grade at Charlotte Prep. Sister Michaela is also in college, and sister Cecelia is in the upper school at Charlotte Latin.
When asked if anything amusing happened in his application process, Noah says that during his preparation and in one of the interviews, specific siblings were mentioned -- by the other person! One asked whether he was Roman Berens' brother, and another asked whether he is Cecelia Berens' brother. He laughs, "It's all part of being one of six kids ... "
Of Charlotte Prep, Noah says, "I loved the relationships you could have with both your teachers and peers because of the smaller size of the school. It allowed me to get to know all of my classmates better. Also, my 7 years at Charlotte Prep gave me a great foundation to succeed at Charlotte Latin."
Good luck, Noah! We are so proud of you!
On Wednesday, April 14, the 8th Grade class took a field trip to the Levine JCC to participate in The Butterfly Project, a worldwide program to memorialize the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished during the Holocaust and to help combat anti-Semitism, indifference and Holocaust denial through educational workshops that personalize the history for each participant. 
The field trip dovetails with the 8th Graders' current study of Night by Elie Wiesel, the account the Nobel Laureate's experiences as a young prisoner at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. 
"It was a very moving," said 8th Grader Braden P. "It's hard to believe that such terrible things could happen in a modern society."
Students met Holocaust survivor Irving Bienstock, and visited the JCC's Children's Holocaust Memorial Sculpture in Shalom Park. The sculpture incorporated more than 2,700 ceramic butterflies made by the Charlotte community. 
Each Charlotte Prep student created a ceramic butterfly to honor the memory of a specific child who perished in the Holocaust. 
"I made a butterfly for a child named Ignac Stajn," said Braden. "Having an individual name made it much more real."
The Butterfly Project was created to remember the past, act responsibly in the present, and promote a more peaceful future. More than 6,500 students participate annually in the Butterfly Project, each resolving "Never Again" and bringing that commitment back to their communities.

The Charlotte Prep news team was given the opportunity to visit the Hornets facility. Student and news team member, Alex W. wrote about the experience.

"We learned how the sports industry uses the media to help them and also how they are affected by the news. This trip also explained how the players are taught to handle the media. We were able to visit the interview room as well as the court. I would like to thank Ms. Curry and Mr. Travis for the opportunity to visit the Hornets arena. I would also like to thank Ms. Cook and Mrs. Edde for chaperoning the trip."


Charlotte Prep 6th Grader Jesse N., is the newest member of Charlotte's Fighting Hornets, the local U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) program, a federally chartered non-profit civilian youth organization for young people, ages 11 through 17.
Established in 1962 at the request of the Department of the Navy, the USNSCC program was create to form a "favorable image of the Navy on the part of American youth." With over 380 units across the country, there are approximately 9,000 young men and woman who participate in monthly training missions.Sponsored by the Navy League of the United States and supported by both the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, the goals of the programs continue to further the image of the military maritime services by adhering to a standardized training program designed to:
  • Develop an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills
  • Instill virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet
  • Demonstrate the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free and gang-free lifestyle
  • Expose cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation's armed services

Way to go Jesse!

Our teachers are what makes Charlotte Prep so special. Periodically we like to spotlight our teachers so our community gets to know one another. Please see our feature please see this months Teacher Spotlight below.
Ms. Amber Craig
Pre-Primary Lead Teacher, Early School
Tell us about your background and what you did before you joined Charlotte Prep:
I have my degree in Child and Family Studies and my Minor in Child Development. I have been in the field of education for 12 years, but I have been a Lead Teacher with toddlers for 10 years. I have experience with all ages, but toddlers are my preferred age group. Once I experienced teaching toddlers, my whole perspective changed and I was able to see the world through their eyes. When I first began at Charlotte Prep, I was the Pre-Primary Assistant Teacher. After I obtained the role of Lead Pre-Primary Teacher, one of my professional goals was to obtain my Montessori Certification for Infant/Toddlers 0-3.  As of today, I have achieved that goal and I am Montessori Certified!
Tell us about your family:
I have three sons, Darnell-15, Lee-13, and Anthony-5. We have a huge rabbit named Toby and a dog named Duke!
How long have I've been at Charlotte Prep:
This is my 3rd year at Charlotte Prepand there is no place I would rather be!
What is your most favorite thing about your job?
The Four Pillars speak volumes - Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, and Courage. In addition, I love children, I love teaching, and I love working at Charlotte Prep!
Tell us about your interests and hobbies:
Watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. I also play coed softball and enjoy watching youth sports.
What is the last book you read:
Teaching and Learning Are Lifelong Journeys by Patricia Wayant
If you had an unexpected free day, what would you do with it? 
I would use the day to meditate, rest, and relax. As a teacher and a mother, it's very rare that I have moments of tranquility. I learned that it is important to take advantage of those opportunities because it allows you to be the best you possible and to appreciate what you do.
Duke Energy CEO, Lynn Good, spoke at the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and Charlotte Prep was there. 8th Grader, Alex W. asked what steps Duke has taken to “clean up the Dan River coal ash spill and to clean up its coal ash ponds.” “I can answer that,” Good said, as the audience laughed. Read the full article in the Charlotte Business Journal. Our students are making an impact and realize the importance of our environment and community.
Charlotte Prep's running club enjoyed a talk from guest speaker Stephanie Saullo on Friday April 1st. Ms. Saullo is a performance sports nutritionist for Ritter Sports. She spoke to the running club about pre and post-workout fueling and hydration. The running club is getting ready for their first race of the season- the CPCC Skyline 5k on Saturday April 30th. Go Tigers!

Camden E. qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 100 butterfly stroke and came in 1st place for 12-year-olds with a time of 1:09! Find out more about Camden by reading an interview with him below:

  1. I was 10 years old when I started competitive swimming.
  2. I compete all over North Carolina (From Greensboro to the Mac) and I swim for Stingrays Aquatics.
  3. I have been swimming for Stingray Aquatics for 3 years.
  4. My favorite thing about swimming competitively is that I am in a friendly environment and that I get to push myself.
  5. I swam the 100 YARD fly.
  6. I swim 50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free, 200 back, 200 free, 200 breast, 200 IM and the 500 free.
  7. I came to Charlotte Prep last year in 5th grade and came from Weddington Elementary.
  8. I love the friendly environment that makes me eager to learn.
  9. I love how, in school, everybody supports each other.
A group of Charlotte Prep Middle School students attended the 6th annual ACT Middle School Diversity Conference, hosted by Charlotte Latin. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per school, so students were chosen to attend based on an application essay. The conference provides a safe environment for middle school students to engage in dialogues concerning issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as foster understanding and acceptance of difference in their own communities. 


Two of Charlotte Prep’s teachers, Lisa Watson and Brandt Boidy, have been awarded a scholarship from the World Affairs Council of Charlotte to study abroad this summer.
The World Affairs Council of Charlotte awards scholarship each year to educators who are dedicated to providing a global perspective in their classrooms and have a desire to immerse themselves in an international experience. The applicants propose a structured international experience, such as a conference or study abroad, and explain how it would help impact their teaching.  
Boidy and Watson submitted an essay application in October and were selected as finalists this January.  There were twelve finalists in all.  They interviewed with a panel from the World Affairs Council at UNC Charlotte and were both selected as recipients.  
Watson will study in Madrid for two weeks as part of AmeriSpan's Maestro program to study Spanish culture and language. Boidy will be studying at the Bridges Conference in Jyvaskyla, Finland.  He will meet with Finnish educators, which boasts some of the highest quality education in the world. Both will be gaining a lot of insight and resources to bring back for our classes next year.
After several months of practicing high-school and collegiate-level choral music, a 6-8th grade select choral group traveled to New York City from March 3rd – March 8th to perform at Carnegie Hall. Auditions to qualify for the group were in the Spring and Fall of 2015. 52 students auditioned and 31 were selected. The group began practicing with Ms. Stefanini in mid-October of 2015, and joined several other elite choral groups from around the nation to rehearse and perform with DCINY’s (Distinguished Concerts International New York) choral residency on March 5th, 6th, with the final concert on Monday, March 7th.  
When students were not rehearsing, their chaperones, Ms. Freedy, Heaney and Stefanini showed them the sights of Manhattan including Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) Observation Deck, American Museum of Natural History, MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, Penn Station, Chinatown, Little Italy, 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and John Lennon Strawberry Field Memorial, and two Broadway shows!  
Congratulations to our 31 students on this spectacular achievement!  
Students included: Katie A., Raechel B., Madeline B., Helena B., Anya C., Anna C.,  Lily D., Zoe F., Noah F., Jenna G., Dominique G., Evie G., Jack G., Henry J., Maria L., Thomas L., Charlotte M., Mateo M., Abby O., Anna P., Jonah R., Max S., Cleo S., Isabella S., Lindsay S., Kristen S., Matthew S., Tatum U., Sophia V., Lauren W., Olivia W..

Our European Cultural Celebration was a huge success!  

We started off the morning with a visit from 6th Grader Caroline R. Caroline is an alumnus of the Early School and has been taking Irish Folk Dancing and dancing competitively for several years. Caroline showed her dance costume and taught us the Irish name for her shoes: ghillies and a dance competition: feis (fesh). The children were able to learn a couple different steps as well. We also read an Irish folktale about Finn McCool, a gentle giant who used his wisdom to help his fellow countrymen.  

The students then headed to Great Britain for a presentation by Mrs. Collins (Charlotte Prep Parent). She came to talk to us about the United Kingdom. She shared many facts with us as we took an imaginary trip using the smart board. We learned about the weather, the flag, the Queen and their descendants (did you know Prince George goes to a Montessori School?), where the Queen lives and the guards that protect the Palace. We were able to see and hold money and learn the names. We also learned that some of our favorite cartoons come from the United Kingdom. It was a fun presentation and the children were given a picture of Queen Elizabeth to color as well as a Flag.  

The last stop was a visit to Italy. The children were able to be chefs and make muffin pizzas. Then, they enjoyed a pizza made by the preceding class and listened to Pizza by Frank Asch.

4th Grader Wins GeoBee!

Congratulations to 4th Grader Owen G., who won Charlotte Prep's competitive school geography bee, besting students three and four years his senior. 

Kudos to Henry J., 7th Grade, and Jake R., 6th grade, who were runners-up. Congratulations, gentlemen! Well done!

Science Fair Winners

7th Grader Greta M. and 8th Grader Mateo M. earned 3rd place in category engineering at the North Carolina Region 6 Science and Engineering Fair at UNC-Charlotte this past Saturday. They will take their project, Mouse Trap Runabout, on to compete at the State Fair in April. 5th Grader Kiley W. received the U.S. Air Force honor award for her project, Concrete Knowledge.


Over the past few months, the members of the Middle School MathCounts team have been meeting on a weekly basis to prepare for the South Piedmont Regional Competition. The nine participants competed in four challenging rounds of problem-solving and logical reasoning. The students participated first as individuals, and then in the team round in two groups. 8th Grader Mateo M. represented Charlotte Prep in the CountDown Round, where he was pitted against 2-3 students from other schools and posed difficult questions with only 45 seconds to answer. The students had a great time, and really put their math skills to the test! We are already looking forward to next year's competition.
Congratulations to our MathCounts team members:
Parker R., 7th Grade; Mateo G., 8th Grade; Adrien G., 8th Grade; Evie G., 7th Grade; Helena B., 6th Grade; Miliani S., 6th Grade; Garner T., 8th Grade; Charlotte V., 8th Grade; Jonah R., 6th Grade

Montessori Learning at Work

This month, Ms. Kay's Early School students are studying the digestive system. One child, Juan C., has been particularly fascinated and asked many questions. Because of his interest, Ms. Kay asked him (and his mother) to research information at home that he could share with the class. He went home over the weekend and put together a project where he demonstrated that if he tried to put a whole orange down the esophagus it would not fit. So he gave each child a piece of the orange to represent food after it is chewed, and let them each put it in the esophagus. The pieces easily went down to the stomach.
Well done, Juan!

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. our TK class read Martin's Big Words and talked about important things Dr. King did during his lifetime. They read My First Biographies:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and discussed the fact that today we have rules to keep us safe and to keep us organized, but many years ago, there were rules that separated people because of the way they looked. They discussed how Dr. King used his words and peaceful actions to help change those rules about how each of us could set a goal ("have a dream") and work to accomplish it. 

Join me in congratulating the winners of each grade level geography bee!  
4th Grade - Owen G. and Copper K.
5th Grade - Carolina S. and Regan B.
6th Grade - Jake R.and Aathreya M.
7th Grade - Henry J.and Matthew S.
8th Grade - Evan M. and Daniel D.
These 10 contestants will compete against each other on January 25th at 2:45pm in the gym.  Our head of school, Mr. Fisher, will be moderating the school geography bee. We look forward to this exciting event.  
In the spirit of the season, our 1st Grade class’ took on a Community Service project for Loaves & Fishes. All of the kids understood that as they Feast, they should help others in our community “Feast” as well. With each of the craft & holiday projects for the rest of the school year the class will combine that with a community service project for one of our local charities to continue the theme of Community Awareness and Charity.
The students filled 2+ shopping carts with food - over 310 lbs of food and parent delivered it to a very appreciative Loaves & Fishes team. In the words of 1st Grader, Cameron S., “A little goes a long way… and well, we put in a lot so that goes even further!”

Our Early School students got an on-site visit from Darby Acres Farms. Darby brought out several native South American animals, including the below:

Patagonian Cavy 
Marmoset Monkey 
Vervet Monkey 
Ringtailed Lemur 
Thank you to Darby Acres Farms and all fo the parents to took part in the celebration.

Charlotte Prep's Student Council visited the Crisis Assistance Ministry in Uptown where they delivered lunch to roughly 150 people. They were given a tour of the facility and an orientation of the work done there to help people finding themselves in desperate times.

Sasha Manzetti '15, is taking Interlochen Arts Academy by storm! The recent Charlotte Prep alumnus has been awarded a plum role in the fall musical as a freshman at the fine arts boarding school, which is quite an accomplishment. In addition, he is sailing along in his academics, landing a perfect score on his first Spanish quiz. Thrilled with Sasha's successful transition to high school in Michigan, his mom says, "He has been very well prepared for CPS for anything and everything!" 
Break a leg, Sasha! We are so proud of you!

Charlotte Prep Hosts a STEM EGG-stravaganza!
The Charlotte Prep 3rd Annual STEM Egg Drop Challenge was a HUGE success! We had over 40 participants and 15 student volunteers, as well as many staff and family members in attendance. 
Harris Teeter at Cotswold graciously donated 200 eggs for our event, while the Discovery Place Science Museum contributed 3 student passes for our contest winners. Although we experienced a few “egg fatalities”, some of our budding engineers took advantage of a new feature of the the event: the Humpty Dumpty Hospital. Here, participants had the opportunity to repair and modify their designs using cotton balls, marshmallows, duct tape, straws, and other materials. Once out of “surgery”, students received a fresh egg and were given a chance to retest their contraptions in one of the four challenge levels: The Over Easy (picnic table), The Sunny Side Up (6 ft. ladder), the French Omelette (mezzanine window), or the The Ultimate Scrambler (middle school balcony).
As each student successfully navigated a challenge level, they received a sticker. After completing all challenges, participants were awarded a certificate and their choice of either an egg filled with Silly Putty or a toy dinosaur. The following special contest winners will receive a special certificate and a free student pass for admission to Discovery Place: 
The Chicken Little Award 
(Smallest Successful Contraption) 
"The Tiniest Chicken" 
by Giovani A.
The Funky Chicken Award 
(Most Complex Contraption) 
"The Blue Bomber" 
by Cooper K.
The Faberge Egg Award 
(Most Beautifully Decorated Contraption)
 "Gem Queen" 
by Aubrey J.
Many thanks go out to the teachers, staff, and student volunteers who worked before, during, and after the event, the parents who assisted and encouraged their children in coming up with such innovative and creative designs, and our community sponsors, Harris Teeter and Discovery Place, for their support. We look forward to seeing even more new and exciting contraptions NEXT year!

Emilio L. became the first 5th Grader in QCC history to win a race. He completed the tough 2.25 mile course in Boyce Road Park in 13:38. This ranks among the top times ever run by a Charlotte Prep runner. Congratulations Emilio!

Charlotte Prep participated in the Festival of India this past weekend. Artwork created by 2014-2015 2nd and 3rd Graders was on display. 

Also, dancing in the festival were Arjun and Richa S., Minaal and Meha K., Remy G., Tanvi P., Ananya B. (alumnus), Sage K., Emma S., Caroline and Olivia R.. 

This past summer, our own Director of Fine Arts, Ms. Stefanini, received the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year Award from the District 13 Veterans of Foreign Wars for creating school programs that foster the importance of our country's history and patriotism. Great job!

Charlotte Prep choir sings at the Hornet's game!



Nicole Girvan will become Charlotte Preparatory School's next head of lower school this summer. Girvan, who starts July 7, was chosen from more than 50 candidates following a national search.
Girvan brings experience and expertise as both an educator and a leader. During her 18-year career, she has taught in every lower school grade level and has demonstrated collaborative leadership as an administrator.
"Nicole is a professional and creative team-player, a natural leader," said Head of School Blair Fisher. "She is someone who builds a culture of enthusiasm and encouragement among students and teachers alike."
Girvan said Charlotte Prep's welcoming community and educational vision were a perfect match for her. “I knew immediately this was the school where I wanted to be," she says. "It is obvious how dedicated the teachers are, how collaborative the administrators are and how committed the parents are. My family and I look forward to getting to know everyone and being part of such a warm and wonderful school."
Since 2008, Girvan has served as head of lower school at Browne Academy in Alexandria, Va. She is moving from one state to another, but she will find a familiar culture when she arrives at Charlotte Prep. Like Charlotte Prep, Browne Academy is a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade college-preparatory school that serves fewer than 400 students, with approximately 40 percent coming from diverse cultural backgrounds. Girvan's knowledge and belief in the PK-8 model drew her to Charlotte Prep, and vice versa.
While Browne Academy's head of lower school, Girvan led the adoption of a new science curriculum aligned with STEM and twenty-first century learning skills, implemented an iPad pilot program for students and teachers and adopted new reading and writing programs based on the research of Lucy Caulkins.
Girvan intends to bring one special tradition to her new school. She plans to host student "lunch buddies" in her office twice a week, as she has for years at Browne Academy.
"Eating lunch with students is one way to really know and understand who they are, where they have been and what they have to offer," Girvan says.
Prior to joining Browne Academy, Girvan was head of lower school at Wyoming Seminary college-preparatory school, in Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley, and was an instructor at Slippery Rock University, Fort Belvoir Elementary School, in Virginia, and The Ellis School, in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Girvan received a bachelor's degree in Child Development and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Elementary Education, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She has completed more than fifty credits toward a doctorate in Instructional Leadership from Duquesne University and George Washington University.
She and her husband, Rob Morris, have three sons.
Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through eighth grade college-preparatory institution that currently attracts approximately 385 students from throughout the Charlotte region. For more than forty years, Charlotte Preparatory School has provided an extraordinary educational experience founded on academic excellence, character development and leadership in a culturally diverse community.



Seventh graders at Charlotte Preparatory School organized a food drive that will feed more than 500 local families in need.  Students at the pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade school donated more than 1,175 lbs. of grocery bags filled with canned and dry goods that Loaves and Fishes will distribute to needy families at Mecklenburg County food pantries.
Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit emergency food pantry program that provides a week's worth of groceries to people in crisis in the Charlotte area. Last year, Loaves and Fishes served 126,803 people.
Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th grade college-preparatory institution that attracts approximately 385 students from throughout the Charlotte region. For more than forty years, Charlotte Preparatory School has provided an extraordinary educational experience founded on academic excellence, character development and leadership in a culturally diverse community.
Duke University has recognized seventeen Charlotte Prep students for being among the nation's most academically gifted middle school students. The Duke TIP Talent Search identified the students based on standardized test scores and invited them to take the ACT or SAT alongside college-bound 11th and 12th grade students.
The following students scored in the 95th percentile on the ERB test during their seventh-grade year to qualify: Linnea Aus, Ian Bircak, Will Egan, Jackie Flynn, Maddy George, Michael Hoefer, Blake Jamison, Joseph Loebsack, Brandon Ly, Cole Mills, Charlotte Pedlow, Ben Ritchie, William Shuford, Abigail Tate, Maren Valenti, Mary Margaret Van Pelt and Brett Walsh.
Aus, Bircak and Valenti qualified for state recognition by scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or the SAT.
Duke TIP is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and serving academically talented youth. These Charlotte Prep students may participate in Duke TIP enrichment programs, including Summer Studies and Scholar Weekends, to continue to develop their academic strengths.
Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th grade college-preparatory institution that attracts approximately 390 students from throughout the Charlotte region. For more than forty years, Charlotte Preparatory School has provided an extraordinary educational experience founded on academic excellence, character development and leadership in a culturally diverse community.
“Boston Strong” has become a rallying cry since the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15. Charlotte Prep students were “Carolina Strong” on May 3 to support the family of Nicole Gross, a Charlotte woman who is recovering from wounds sustained during the first explosion.
The southeast Charlotte school's Spirit Club organized a school-wide campaign that raised $2,751 for the Be Strong Stay Strong Fund. The fund was launched by the Charlotte Athletic Club to help pay the medical costs of Nicole and Michael Gross and Nicole’s sister, Erika Brannock of Maryland, who were all injured by the blast.
Students who donated a dollar or more dressed in their favorite Carolina team's spirit wear and participated in across-grade-level relay races at Boyce Road Park.
Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th grade college-preparatory institution that attracts approximately 350 students from throughout the Charlotte region. For more than forty years, Charlotte Preparatory School has provided an extraordinary educational experience founded on academic excellence, character development and leadership in a culturally diverse community.
Students at Charlotte Preparatory School recently jumped into the fight against heart disease. They raised $3,865 for Jump Rope for Heart, an educational program that teaches the value of cardiovascular fitness while raising money for research into heart disease and stroke.
Students participated in a variety of rope jumping activities and collected donations from family and friends.
"While raising money our students learned different jump rope skills and how to maintain a healthy heart," said gym teacher Laurel Shelley.
The class that raised the most money won an extra period of PE. As an extra motivation, three students who each raised more than $50 were randomly chosen to throw pies in the faces of school administrators during a fundraising celebration on Monday.
Charlotte Prep students in kindergarten to fifth grade have participated in Jump Rope for Heart the last four years.
Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th grade college-preparatory institution that attracts approximately 360 students from throughout the Charlotte region. For more than forty years, Charlotte Preparatory School has provided an extraordinary educational experience founded on academic excellence, character development and leadership in a culturally diverse community.
Edward Mensah's life's path has taken him from his native Ghana to boarding school in British Columbia to Philadelphia and a career as an educator. His next step brings him to Charlotte Preparatory School, where he will become head of middle school beginning July 1.
Mensah was chosen by Charlotte Prep from more than 50 candidates following a national search.
"Eddie is truly an exceptional educator," said Head of School Blair Fisher. "He is a product of independent school education and has extensive teaching, coaching and leadership experience. His belief that the relationship between teacher and student is the core of a great school is a perfect match for Charlotte Prep."
Mensah said Charlotte Prep's mission to provide its students with a strong intellectual and ethical foundation aligns with his own beliefs. "It is a vibrant school that captures you in a very personal way," he said. "I have found here a community of teachers, students, parents and trustees that is emphatically committed to a vigorous and meaningful middle school experience that leads to lifelong learning."
Since 2002, Mensah has served as director of programs at Steppingstone Scholars, a grade 4-12 Philadelphia program that prepares talented children from low-income families for admission to public and independent schools that provide educational opportunities leading to college. The multifaceted educator manages the school's daily operations, faculty and budget, and reviews academic curriculum.
Prior to joining Steppingstone Scholars, Mensah taught math, coached soccer and was a member of admissions and diversity committees at Abington Friends School, an independent Quaker secondary school in Jenkintown, Penn.
"His passion for education and love of young people is immediately apparent," said Fisher. "His vision and abilities as an educator are both clear and deep, and his enthusiasm and energy are inspirational to children and adults alike."
A native of Ghana, Mensah attended an international boarding school in Canada prior to receiving his bachelor's degree in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College. He received a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Charlotte Preparatory School is a private independent pre-kindergarten through 8th grade college-preparatory institution that currently attracts approximately 350 students from throughout the Charlotte region. For more than forty years, Charlotte Preparatory School has provided an extraordinary educational experience founded on academic excellence, character development and leadership in a culturally diverse community.

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