Cotswold Elementary IB World School has been named a Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the National Association of Magnet and Theme-Based Schools.
Ms. Hash, principal, will be honored and receive a plaque at the 30th Magnet Schools of America Conference hosted by Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Hooks, IB Coordinator, will also be in attendance and was selected as a conference presenter. This is the second win for Cotswold Elementary to receive a Magnet School of Excellence Award.
The award will be presented by Dr. Robert G. Brooks, Executive Director of Magnet Schools of America and William Magnotta, President during the awards luncheon on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg magnet schools receive national recognition
May 24, 2011
The Magnet Schools of America awarded Cotswold Elementary School’s International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program magnet program the 2011 MSA Special Recognition Award for Elementary School of Excellence, an honor given to recognize one of the two top magnet elementary schools in the nation.
“This is a great recognition for Cotswold,” said Principal Denise Hearne. “We are proud of how implementation of the IB program has transformed teaching and learning in our school. Our students take pride in being self-directed learners, collaborative workers, quality producers, and community contributors. They are empowered by their understanding of global issues and actions they can take to make a difference in the world. This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our students and staff.”
The award carries with it a $1,500 cash prize for the school. Cotswold was selected among 227 other Magnet Schools of Excellence from around the country.
Cotswold was one of seven CMS magnet schools Magnet Schools of America recognized as National Magnet Schools of Excellence for 2011. The other six schools and magnet programs are:
- Barringer Academic Center (Learning Immersion-Talent Development)
- Davidson IB Middle (International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program)
- Idlewild Elementary (Learning Immersion-Talent Development)
- Lansdowne Elementary (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program)
- Piedmont Middle (International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program)
- Randolph Middle (International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program)
Magnet Schools of America also recognized six CMS schools as National Magnet Schools of Distinction:
- East Mecklenburg High (International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs)
- Morehead STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
- Myers Park Traditional Elementary (Traditional)
- Oakhurst Paideia Academy (Paideia)
- Oaklawn Language Academy (Spanish Dual Immersion)
- Villa Heights Elementary (Learning Immersion-Talent Development)The 13 CMS schools were selected from a national field of more than 2,000 magnet schools. Schools receiving Magnet Schools of America’s Merit Awards of Excellence and Distinction were selected based upon applications demonstrating evidence meeting rigorous criteria for the competition that includes quality of the school’s innovative instructional strategies, student achievement, diversity goals and parent and community involvement in the magnet school.
The 13 CMS magnet schools receiving this year’s Magnet Schools of America Merit Awards compliment the ten CMS magnet schools receiving Merit Awards in 2010. In April, 2011, the Council of Great City Schools recognized Charlotte-Mecklenburg as having more top magnet schools than any other district in the nation.
Magnet Schools of America is a national collaborative network of magnet schools that provide leadership for innovative instructional programs promoting equity, diversity, and academic excellence for all students in public school choice programs.
Cotswold Elementary named National School of Character
May 17, 2011
The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has named 38 public schools, three charter schools, two private schools, and one school district as 2011 National Schools of Character (NSOC). Cotswold Elementary has been named as one of these 38 public schools.
“This award is such great recognition for our staff and students,” said Principal Denise Hearne. “After being recognized in 2000 as a National School of Character, Cotswold has continued to maintain our focus on respect, responsibility and caring.”
Since 1998, CEP has recognized schools for their outstanding character development of students through its prestigious NSOC program. With more and more schools achieving a level of excellence, CEP changed the program from a competition to a school improvement process in 2010. The change allows CEP to recognize all schools that meet the standard of excellence established by the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
“It is truly inspiring to see what these schools have been able to accomplish by coming together around a shared purpose,” said CEP President and CEO Joe Mazzola. “We see over and over that when schools embrace the critical role they have in shaping the character of young people, achievement and morale go up and bullying and discipline problems go down.”
CEP will honor the 2011 National Schools of Character at the National Forum on Character Education, to be held October 19 – 22 in San Francisco. After being named NSOC, schools serve as models and mentors, helping other educators transform their school cultures and improve academics and behavior.
“Schools of character are places that bring out the best in everyone – students, staff, and even parents and community members,” said NSOC Director Lara Maupin. “This year, a record number of schools demonstrated school cultures that enable all their students to thrive socially and academically. These schools went through a very rigorous evaluation process and we are thrilled to recognize their achievements and tell their stories.”
For more information about CEP, the NSOC program, the 11 Principles, or the National Forum, visit http://www.character.org/.
“Our students work very hard to meet these expectations and our staff members are great role models,” Hearne said. “This recognition reinforces our message to our children that when you do the right thing, people notice. We are very proud to be a National School of Character for 2011.”