The Falcon Connection

Your link to Quail Hollow Middle School | April 25, 2017

Important Dates

Events listed are current as of publication. Check the QHMS website and social media for updates.


APRIL
  • Mon 24-28 Spring MAP testing
  • Tue 25 Application deadline for National Junior Honor Society
  • Tue 25 Registration deadline for QH - Ashley Park Benefit Golf Tournament
  • Tue 25 Baseball & Soccer (Girls play 1st) vs JM Robinson @ HOME, 5:00 pm
  • Tue 25 CMS Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm
  • Wed 26 CMS EARLY DISMISSAL, school dismissal @ 1:15pm
  • Thu 27 Track & Field v Camel @ HOME, 5:00pm
  • Fri 28 Hat Day fundraiser for 8th grade field trip - $1 in the Cafe during arrival
  • Fri 28 Lacrosse vs Randolph @ HOME, 5:45 pm


MAY
  • Wed 3 Baseball & Soccer (Girls play 1st) @ Carmel, 5:00 pm
  • Wed 3 Citizen Schools WOW Event, 5:30pm
  • Thu 4 Future Falcon Families Conversation, Cameron Wood Clubhouse, 6:30pm
  • Thu 4 Track & Field @ AG, 5:00pm
  • Thu 4 Lacrosse vs Team Carolina @ Elon Park #4, 6:30pm
  • Fri 5 Teacher Appreciation Donuts
  • Fri 5 Hat Day fundraiser for 8th grade field trip - $1 in the Cafe during arrival
  • Fri 5 Last day of PLT classes
  • Fri 5 Lacrosse vs Carmel @ HOME, 5:45 pm
  • Sat 6 2nd Annual QH-Ashley Park Benefit Golf Tournament,
  • Mon 8 Baseball & Soccer (Girls play 1st) vs AG @ HOME, 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9 School Leadership Team meeting, public welcome, 7:30am, Media Center
  • Tue 9 QHMS Band concert, 6:00pm
  • Thu 11 QHMS Orchestra concert, 6:00pm
  • Fri 12 Hat Day fundraiser for 8th grade field trip - $1 in the Cafe during arrival

SCHOOL NEWS

CMS Board of Education Meeting Tonight!

Don’t forget to tune in the CMS Board of Education Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm! We anticipate the presentation will include the proposal for our partial magnet at QHMS beginning in the 2018-19 school year. You can watch the meeting on CMS-TV Cable 3 or online at http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/mediaroom/cmstv/Pages/default.aspx
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P-A-I-D-E-I-A ... Say What?

Paideia. So you may have heard this word being used by your student or your student’s teachers and have no clue what it means. Paideia itself is a rigorous active learning strategy. It engages students through thought-provoking academic conversations, growth of intellectual skills, and mastery of information grounded in a complex text. And Quail Hollow's teachers are diving DEEP into Paideia!


We have been working to integrate and push all of our QH students. Paideia and the type of teaching and learning it yields is a large part of the next phase of our literacy development in all subject areas. We have “soft launched” this approach with certain teachers that were trained and have already found the following to be true as promised by the Paideia Institute:



  • Students are more motivated to learn, because of the excitement of generating, articulating, and developing their own thoughts.
  • Students improve their writing by first developing ideas through conversation.
  • Test scores improve, because students are more interested in learning.
  • Schools meet Common Core Standards for reading, writing, and speaking and listening, through lesson plans that emphasize these skills.
  • All students get smarter because they are listening to different viewpoints, experiences, and perspectives from students with varying backgrounds.



What are students saying about Paideia?


  • Almost 90% of students surveyed said discussing their content topic through a Paideia seminar helped them understand the topic more.
  • 80% of students surveyed said that the written component following the seminar
  • helped them process the content better than before.


Here's what some of our students said when asked “What is one thing you liked about the seminar?”


Everybody is engaged in talking about the topic, and no one is left out! The whole class is having fun and they are all making friends with each other and i just love seeing that. Also, that you are not just speaking to the teacher when you have something to say, you are speaking to the whole class and the whole class is listening to what you said!!”

I find myself paying a lot more attention to the reading and class.”

“I liked that people would have to prove their point with text which is really fun to me. It is like we are in court and trying to prove something or lead to a conclusion.”

“I liked hearing people’s opinions and being able to share mine about the topic.”

I liked how there was no wrong or right answer and that there was no attacking someone’s view on the topic. We learned together.”


Stay tuned...there's more PAIDEIA coming soon at QHMS!

Thank a Teacher with Dozens of Donuts!

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up and it’s time to show our staff how thankful we are for all their hard work during the year!! All Falcon families are invited to participate by sending in 1 dozen donuts on Friday, May 5th for our staff to enjoy during the day.

Donut donations can be dropped off in the office that morning. Thanks for helping us appreciate our great staff!!

PTSA Purchases Support QHMS

Thank you to all of the QH Falcon families that contributed to the 2016-2017 Falcon Fund! This fundraising event each Fall enables the school's PTSA to provide our students and staff with much needed supplies and support. Here is a list of the items that were enabled by YOUR generosity:


  • Teacher Appreciation monthly breakfasts/luncheons
  • Band supplies
  • 6th grade stability cushions
  • College campus visits
  • Music for Dance Class
  • 8th grade Social Studies re-enactment
  • Canvas prints for front office and MP room
  • Campus beautification
  • PEAK consultants visit
  • Chorus music and microphones
  • Art supplies
  • Drama Club
  • Custodial jackets
  • PATH/Honor Roll celebrations
  • Prospective parents events/Open House
  • PLT cooking club
  • ILT book club
  • Valentine's Day School Dance
  • Counseling-Kindness week
  • Future Problem Solvers competitions
  • NJHS
  • Teachers professional development - UNCC Writing workshop
  • Graphing calculators for Math 1 and 2 classrooms
  • Orchestara field trip to Winston Salem
  • Meck Ed Teachers of Excellence banquet
  • Teacher Sunshine committee


Thank you again for your love and support of our awesome Falcon Family!!

STUDENT LIFE

8th Grade End of Year Activities - Reminders

As the end of the school year looms, our 8th graders are finalizing their final tasks as QH Falcons. The month of May is busy; have you marked your calendars for these fun and important events? View the full list of 8th grade tasks here.

Congrats to QH's Future Problem Solvers

Sixteen QHMS students qualified to compete in the Future Problem Solver State Competition in Black Mountain, NC recently. QHMS proudly earned both 1st (Luke Thompson, Joseph Ferrante and Sam Howard) and 2nd place (Zane Davis, Robert Lewison and Jonathan McBride) in the Action Plan Presentation competition.


In the Global Issues Problem Solving Competition, QHMS took 2nd (Luke Thompson, Joseph Ferrante and Sam Howard) and 3rd place (Zane Davis, Robert Lewison and Jonathan McBride).


Additional QH students participating in the competition: Macy Lewis, Sophie McCollister, Ellie Nivens, Lexi Vespa, Alex Jones, Wade Thompson, Miles Harb, Rheam El Baba, Neela Richardson, and Karina Proctor.


Congratulations to all of our Future Problem Solvers for a great and successful year! And thank you to the many teachers and parent volunteers for the encouragement and commitment to helping all along the way.


Falcon String Quartet in Action

QH's Falcon String Quarter comprised of orchestra students perform at the Charity League Fashion Show and Silent Auction, recently held at Carmel Country Club. Bravo to Cannon, Audrey, Melanie, and Lillian for representing us well!

South Meck PTSA Wants to Meet YOU!

We want your transition to South Meck to be as stress free as possible, and the SMHS PTSA is here to help! Feel free to contact any of these volunteers with questions or to inquire about participating in the PTSA next school year.


PRESIDENT Donna Barrett dlbarrett19132@gmail.com

VP FUNDRAISING Jane Williamson jane.williamson@cbre.com

TREASURER Rena Koufaliotis koufax4@gmail.com

SECRETARY Stacy Busby stacybusby13@gmail.com

VP COMMUNICATIONS Amy Leggat ahleggat@carolina.rr.com

VP PARENT SUPPORT Maura Chavez Maura.chavez@charlottenc.gov

VP STAFF SUPPORT Katie Iverson theiversons@bellsouth.net

VP STUDENT SUPPORT Elise McGinnis elisemcginnis@bellsouth.net


Start the 2017-2018 school year by staying informed with YOUR SMHS PTSA. Visit www.southmeckhsptsa.com to join the PTSA, get updated parent news, or to sign up for our Sabre PTSA Blitz.

ATHLETICS & WELLNESS

Spring Sports in High Gear

Quail Hollow is coming out strong to start the Spring sports season! Check out our Lacrosse, Soccer, Baseball and Track & Field scholar athletes at an upcoming home game! Game dates and times are included in our Calendar at the top of the newsletter.

LEND A HAND, SUPPORT QHMS

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Join us for this Second Annual Tournament on Saturday May 6, at Highland Creek Golf Club! All funds raised will be split evenly between Ashley Park PreK-8 School and Quail Hollow Middle School. Proceed will be used to support field trips, college visits, literacy initiatives, and enrichment experiences. Cost is $110/person. Put together a foursome for this Captain's Choice format! Please register by April 25th.

Details: ​The registration fee includes green and cart fees, range balls, and lunch. Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis. for this Captain's Choice format. Please use this Google form to register: https://goo.gl/forms/uJQbHevDNDtAITkb2. Checks should be made payable to Quail Hollow Middle School with a memo referencing the golf tournament. Please mail/deliver checks to Quail Hollow Middle School, 2901 Smithfield Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 prior to April 25, 2017. Funds will be split between Ashley Park PreK-8 School and Quail Hollow Middle School following the event. Proper golf attire is required. Check-in: 8:00 - 8:30. Bring cash for mulligan tickets and the raffle!


Sponsors / Raffle Items Needed: ​Businesses and individuals may support the tournament with sponsorships or by donating items for the Raffle and Door Prize drawings. Contact Rachael Neill (rachaelv.neill@cms.k12.nc.us) or Doug Neill (d.neill@cms.k12.nc.us) for more details.

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Did you Link your VIC to QHMS? Don't Forget!

QHMS receives a financial donation from Harris Teeter's "Together In Education" program based on how many shoppers link their VIC card to our school. A portion of any HT brand purchase and prescriptions filled at HT pharmacies are donated to our school. We are well below our usual number of linked customers, so PLEASE get linked today! Ask the cashier to LINK your VIC to QHMS...you can link up to five schools, but you must re-link annually. Ask your friends and relatives to get linked, too. Our school has earned up to $1,000 from this program in previous years - but we need YOU to get LINKED for us to grab that "free money"!

NEW Proud Falcon Yard Signs

Are you proud to be a part of the Falcon Family at QHMS? Help spread the pride in your neighborhood and display a Falcon Pride sign in your yard or at your business! Signs are $10 and are available in the Office. Get yours today!

CMS NEWS & EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Meck Ed Conversation May 4th: Charters, Choice & Change

Meck Ed is hosting a candid conversation about school choice and public charter schools. Join us May 4, 2017, 9 am - 10:30 am, at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus, 5301 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Adults & Students - Summer Reading Program

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Extended Academic Programs is offering Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs for Children and Adults this summer in the Charlotte and Matthews area. If you would like additional information, flyers are available in the front office, or contact one of our school counselors by clicking here.

Math Xtra - Your Questions Answered on LIVE TV

Math Xtra is a LIVE call in educational show that airs Mondays and Wednesday at 4:30pm on CMS TV, TWC Channel 3 and the CMS Mobile App. Join in by calling in with a question or sending one in to MathXtra@cms.k12.nc.us, or via social media by writing to the CMS Facebook page or Tweeting @MathXtra.
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Let Us Know about Amazing Falcons, QH News, or Share Photos!

The Falcon Connection is a volunteer collaboration with the school, and would love to hear your news! Send us ideas for stories, and definitely send us your favorite photos! Want to help out? Have a correction or an update? Let us know!
When you need to contact someone at Quail Hollow, and don’t know where to start, use this handy list of QHMS employees, listing their roles, responsibilities and emails. Click here for additional school policies and procedures.