Saturday - April 21, 2018
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Greg Asciutto: 'It Takes All of Us'
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 19 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

When he was a journalist in southern California, Greg Asciutto was grimly familiar with the harsh realities of poverty and homelessness.

"I saw the disparity of extreme wealth and extreme poverty," he said. "I traveled quite a bit to study homelessness and social issues. I got tired of telling the story. All of these issues stem from a lack of equal access to a quality education. I decided to become a teacher to help."

Asciutto, originally from Stanly County, moved to California to attend the University ... Show Full Article

April Johnson: 'Art Saved Me'
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 19 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

April Johnson, Tuckaseegee Elementary art teacher, says sometimes stereotypes about creative personalities are true.

"I am not blessed with the gift of timeliness," she said.

So when Principal Rhonda Gomez told Johnson to come in early for a staff meeting, she was running a little late.

"I was blazing up 485, pulling into the parking lot on two wheels," said Johnson. "When I saw Dr. Gomez at the door, I thought, 'Oh no. My goose is cooked!'"

Instead, Gomez ushered Johnson into the media center ... Show Full Article

Washington-Lee Senior Earns Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship
ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 18 -- The Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release:

Washington-Lee High School senior Jack Horton is the recipient of a Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship. Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

Horton will receive a scholarship from FTS International, LLC, a small government contracting company with headquarters in Northern Virginia, who provide independent and unbiased ... Show Full Article

Twenty-Three Teachers to Receive Certificates of Study From Kennedy Center's 2018 CETA Program
FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, April 18 -- Fairfax County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Twenty-three teachers from four Fairfax County public schools will receive a Certificate of Study for their participation in the Kennedy Center's 2018 Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program on Friday, April 20.

The teachers studied with their colleagues in courses and workshops led by expert teaching artists and arts educators to learn ways to integrate the arts in their teaching through a range of programs.

Recipients of the 2018 Certificate of Study award from FCPS are:

* Bailey's ... Show Full Article

New Garden Sprouts at Tuckaseegee Elementary
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 18 -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued the following news:

Five years ago, Tuckaseegee Elementary teacher Joyce Newman approached Principal Rhonda Gomez about getting a flower bed for the school. Gomez agreed.

"The next year she asked for another one and, of course, I said yes," said Gomez. "The third year, she said, 'Have you heard of this thing called the Big Dig?'"

The Big Dig is a partnership with Real School Gardens, an organization that seeks to bring immersive learning to schools throughout the country. Tuckaseegee partnered with the organization ... Show Full Article

Forest Knolls Elementary School Educator Named MCPS Teacher of the Year
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, April 18 -- Montgomery County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Forest Knolls Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kristen Kane was named the 2018-2019 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Teacher of the Year during the 16th annual Champions for Children Awards Celebration, an event honoring excellence in education.

Kane has been a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Forest Knolls since 2011. She is also the kindergarten team leader and PTA staff liaison.

"I am proud to have Kristen Kane as our MCPS Teacher of the Year," said Board of Education President ... Show Full Article

Dubuque Community School District Recognized as One of the Best in the Nation for Music Education
DUBUQUE, Iowa, April 18 -- Dubuque Community Schools issued the following news release:

The Dubuque Community School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class ... Show Full Article