The Falcon Connection

Your link to Quail Hollow Middle School | March 27, 2017

Important Dates

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


MARCH
  • Mon 27 - Thu 30 Interim Testing - adjusted class schedules
  • Tue 28 Baseball & Soccer (Boys play 1st) vs Carmel @ HOME, 5:00 pm
  • Wed 29 Ident-a-Kid student ID day (register by Tue 28) RESCHEDULED FOR 4/3!
  • Wed 29 Track & Field vs South Charlotte @ Home, 5:00pm
  • Wed 29 QH Magnet Proposal Parent Update, 6:00pm, Multi Purpose Room, Public Welcome
  • Thu 30 End of 3rd Quarter
  • Thu 30 8th Grade Carowinds field trip permission & payment due
  • Thu 30 Future SMHS Sabres Parent Night w Dr Furr, SMHS, 6:00pm
  • Fri 31 NO SCHOOL - TEACHER WORKDAY
  • Fri 31 Lacrosse @ AG, 6:00pm
  • Fri 31 Future Problem Solvers, State Competition -- Good Luck!


APRIL


  • Mon 3 Rising 7th & 8th grade student 2017-2018 course selection cards due
  • Mon 3 Ident-a-Kid student ID day
  • Tue 4 School Leadership Team meeting, public welcome, 7:30am, Media Center
  • Tue 4 Baseball & Soccer (Girls play 1st) @ AG, 5:00 pm
  • Wed 5 Career Fair, 3-4:00pm, QH gym
  • Wed 5 Track & Field @ JM Robinson, 5:00pm
  • Thur 6 Ultimate Football Challenge: See article below
  • Fri 7 NO SCHOOL - TEACHER WORKDAY
  • Mon 10 - Fri 14 NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK
  • Mon 17 Welcome Back!
  • Tue 18 Baseball & Soccer (Girls play 1st) vs Southwest @ HOME, 5:00 pm
  • Tue 18 Lacrosse @ Queens Grant, 5:45 pm
  • Wed 19 Baseball & Soccer (Girls play 1st) @ Community House, 5:00 pm
  • Thu 20 Track & Field @ South Charlotte, 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Future SMHS Sabres Showcase, SMHS, 6-8:00pm
  • Fri 21 Hat Day fundraiser for 8th grade field trip - $1 in the Cafe during arrival
  • Fri 21 Lacrosse v Performance Edge @ Riverview Elementary, 7:00pm
  • Wed 26 CMS EARLY DISMISSAL, school dismissal @ 1:15pm

SCHOOL NEWS

#ChooseQuail - Future Magnet Program Update

On Wednesday, March 29, at 6:00pm, Principal Rachael Neill will update the QH community about our Partial Magnet Proposal to be implemented for the school year 2018-2019. This proposal was developed with feedback from current and prospective parents, faculty, and staff. A leader from the National Paideia Center will be present to answer questions about this instructional element of our plan.


We anticipate presenting our partial magnet proposal to the CMS Board of Education later this year and welcome your input to ensure it meets the needs of our students and community. Please spread the word about this exciting development to your friends and neighbors, and any potential future Falcon families to help promote the future of QH!

Course Registration Process getting Started

All current 6th and 7th graders at QH will be receiving packets this Tuesday outlining the courses available to them for the next school year. Students will watch a video demonstrating how to properly complete the course registration card and discuss other scheduling information. The course selection cards must be completed and turned in by Monday April 3.


Parents are encouraged to discuss the course registration options with their student, and contact Mrs. Nava with any questions. Mrs. Nava will also be available this Wednesday evening, following the Magnet Program Proposal information session, to answer any questions.

Student ID cards from I-Dent-A-Kid at QHMS April 3

Don't miss this opportunity to obtain a Pre-Driver’s ID card for your teenager. This ID is a great way to stay connected with your child as he/she gains independence. The ID card is also a valid ID for Travel, SS and Medical benefits, etc. For more information, go to http://identakid.com. Cards cost is $3 (1 card); $10 (2 cards + eKid), $15 (5 cards + eKid).

Mrs. Gordon - MeckEd Teacher of Excellence

Mrs. Gordon, 6th grade Social Studies Teacher, has been selected as a 2017 MeckEd Teacher of Excellence!! Mrs. Gordon is a leader in our school on so many levels and this is an incredibly well-deserved honor! MeckEd honors and thanks exceptional teachers who work tirelessly every day for our students. Mrs. Gordon will be honored at a celebration of these amazing educators who are moving the needle on student achievement.
April 27, 2017. Learn more here: http://www.mecked.org/2017-teachers-of-excellence/

Your Input for 2018-19 CMS Academic Calendar

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Calendar Committee has developed two options for the 2018-2019 academic calendar. Now we are asking you to tell us which calendar you prefer. We’re also asking our employees to indicate a preference.

The calendar survey where you can indicate your choice opens today and will close on April 3 at 11:59 p.m. We will tally the results, which will be reviewed by Superintendent Ann Clark. She will make any changes that she thinks are needed based on employee and community feedback, then present a calendar recommendation to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. The Board will vote on the 2018-2019 calendar in May.


You can see Calendar A here and Calendar B here.


The calendar survey is here.

8th Grade Trip to Carowinds

The 8th grade trip to Carowinds is coming up soon! Money is due by Thursday, March 30th. It is $40, or $5 if you have a Carowinds’ Pass. Please get your money to Mr. Tudisco before the start of the school day, and make sure your permission slip is turned in to your math teacher. Permission slip and more info can be found here.

Ultimate Football Challenge April 6th! All Proceeds will benefit the JDRF Foundation

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation does many great things for those who are suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. Show your support by participating in this great event.


Teams:

  1. Each team consists of 3 boys and 2 girls
  2. Cost per team is $25. (each team member $5)
  3. Teams will be allowed to stay in the gymnasium all day.
  4. There will be a maximum of 8 teams per grade level.
  5. Registration of teams takes place in the Gymnasium during morning arrival beginning on March 20th.
  6. Last day to register is Tuesday, April 4th.


Elective Class Challenge:

Elective Classes who raise $50 as a class will be allowed to be spectators during your grade levels game time. Money will be collected until Tuesday, April 4th. The elective class with the highest money raised will have a special treat.


Individual Challenges:

Any individual wanting to make an individual donation of $25 to the JDRF will be allowed to be a spectator in the gymnasium for the whole day. Those donations can be given directly to Coach Pearce. These donations are separate from the Elective Class Challenge.


Participants cannot have been assigned ISS or OSS starting on March 6th until the time of the event.

Keeping Up with The Falcons: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

There's not enough space in this newsletter to highlight all the great things going on at QHMS and the accomplishments of our Falcons! Check out all the fun by following Quail Hollow on your preferred social media network. Watch closely -- a free QHMS Spirit Wear giveaway will be posted soon! Will you be the lucky winner?

STUDENT LIFE

QHMS Career Fair - Presenters Needed!

Quail Hollow Middle School is hosting our 1st Annual Career Fair on Wednesday, April 5th from 3-4pm in our school gym! The event is an experience for our students to enhance their college and career readiness and exposes them to careers they might be interested in.


We invite any interested adult to join us as a presenter! As a professional, you can directly respond to student questions regarding the joys and challenges of your profession and offer them individual advice on required training and networking for their career choices.


We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our young adults by participating in this years’ event. Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/uy5YebJD0ATtwuzl1


Please feel free to contact the Counseling Department with any questions or concerns.

QHMS Orchestra Rated "Excellent"

Bravo to the 7th and 8th grade Orchestra students for earning Excellent ratings at the NC Western Region Music Performance Assessment in Winston-Salem!! They played very well for an esteemed panel of 3 judges and we had a wonderful trip!!
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South Meck Sabre Showcase

“Sabre Showcase” which will take place on the South Mecklenburg campus on April 20, 2017 from 6-8 pm. This will be an evening to introduce prospective students to “all things South.” Students and parents will be able to witness first hand some of our awesome course offerings, clubs and organizations, and learn about the opportunities that South Meck has to offer and what might be of interest to them.

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

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!

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Join us for this Second Annual Tournament! All funds raised will be split evenly between Ashley Park PreK-8 School and Quail Hollow Middle School. Raised
funds will be used to support field trips, college visits, literacy initiatives, and enrichment experiences. Cost is $110/person.

Registration: ​The registration fee includes green and cart fees, range balls, and lunch. Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis. 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities: ​Businesses and individuals may support the tournament with sponsorships:
  • Tournament Title Sponsor (business name listed on program, banner, and carts; recognition at awards) - $1,000
  • Food and Beverage Sponsor (business name listed on program, banner, and signs at “longest drive” and “closest to pin” holes; recognition at awards) - $750
  • Golf Cart Sponsor (business name listed on program and carts) - $500
  • Green Sponsor (business name listed on program and on a sign by the green) - $300
  • Hole Sponsor (business name listed on program and a sign by a tee box) - $200
  • Donations of any amount towards the event
Please contact Rachael Neill (rachaelv.neill@cms.k12.nc.us) or Doug Neill (d.neill@cms.k12.nc.us) to become a sponsor.


Raffle Tickets/Door Prizes: ​A raffle will be held on the day of the tournament. Please contact Rachael Neill


(rachaelv.neill@cms.k12.nc.us) or Doug Neill (d.neill@cms.k12.nc.us) to donate items for drawing and/or for door prizes.

Day of the Tournament:

  • Attire: Highland Creek Golf Club dress code requires collared shirts or mock turtlenecks with Bermuda length golf shorts or slacks. The course is a soft spike facility.
  • Arrival/check-in: 8:00 - 8:30
  • Mulligan tickets will be sold the day of the tournament. Tournament Format: “Captain’s Choice”
  • Raffle drawing and door prizes

CMS NEWS & EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Springfest @ Ardrey Kell HS April 22

Join the quest at Springfest! Saturday April 22nd 2017 from 10am-2pm at the Ardrey Kell High School football stadium. Springfest is great for ages 4 through 12 and we encourage all to come out and enjoy the fun. Admission is free and there will be food, bounce houses, live entertainment, games and much more. Contact 980-343-0860 for more information. Our address is 10220 Ardrey Kell Rd. We hope to see you there!

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.