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Mark Your Calendars for a Special Event: STEM Family Night

Thursday, February 9,  6:30 p.m. 
Special Keynote speech from Dr. Vince Bertram,
CEO of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Pine Lake's STEM Curriculum, followed by hands-on activities led by PLP STEM teachers

Dr. Vince Bertram is president and chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Since joining the organization in June 2011, PLTW has grown to serve more than 9,000 schools across the U.S., trained thousands of teachers, and received numerous national recognitions and awards. In 2014, he was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as the education expert for its United States Speaker and Specialist Program. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and other national publications, and in November 2014, became a New York Times bestselling author with his book,  One Nation Under-Taught: Solving America's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Crisis. 

Dr. Bertram is traveling to PLP from Washington, D.C. for a keynote address that is not to miss. 

VEX Robotics Team Reaches Finals in First Competition

Congratulations to the Pine Lake Prep's Upper School's VEX Robotics team, who, in their very first season, made it to the regional finals this weekend at the North Carolina Western VRC Qualifier. 

The competition, called "Starstruck" took place at Jay M. Robinson High School in Cabarrus County. 

VEX Robotics Competition Starstruck is played on a 12'x12' square field configured as seen above. Two alliances - one "red" and one "blue" - composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen second autonomous period followed by one minute and forty-five seconds of driver-controlled play. 

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring your Stars and Cubes in your Zones and by Hanging Robots on your Hanging Bar. Learn more about the competition at:

The club is coached by Jeff Walker and meets after school. The team is comprised of: Alex Grenga,  Jared Lamorte, Griffin Rhodes, Hunter Hollister, Chelsi Perez, Lydia Nusbaum, Rishu Engineer, Brian Newman and Josh Lessin. 

LS Classroom Photos January 31

Lower School classroom photos will be taken Tuesday, January 31.   All students will need to wear khaki bottoms with a NAVY polo shirt

Tab tops Needed for Shriner's Hospital

Lower school  student   council  has collected 5 gallons of can tabs for Shriner's Hospital.  They are hoping to collect 5 more gallons by the end of the school year.

Calm Under Pressure

Photo by Tammy Phillips

Down by 1 point with one second on the clock, Freshman Justin Bushrod hit two free throws to give the JV Boys team a 37-36 win over Bessemer City. #Pressure?WhatPressure? #Clutch

On and Around Campus This Week

Spanish 3 Standard brought famous architectural sites of the Spanish speaking world into the classroom. They had to make a 3D replica.

Mr. Bitters brought technology and relevancy into English II. He assigned a project to find and collect a story from someone that they know., and then conduct an interview using the StoryCorp app. Here they are Skyping with Abby Easton, Education Associate with StoryCorps in Brooklyn, NY. She spoke to the students for about 30 minutes about the company, oral histories, her background/educational experience, and what we can see from StoryCorps in the future as well as sharing resources for their own questioning skills and narratives. 

Chinese Exchange Students at PLP

Pine Lake is hosting 15 students from China for three weeks. The students are ages 11-13 and are shadowing students during their school days. They have said that the PLP educational experience unlike anything they have seen, particularly the hands-on engineering and art classes. 

Students performed in a traditional Chinese drum dance to open the Upper School pep rally festivities. They received a very warm welcome from PLP's students! 

Mr. Walker shows the 3D puzzle created by a 9th grade PLP Engineering student to the visiting teachers from China; Julie and Lupe; and Tower Bridge representative, Michael. 

Henry attempts to get cheese balls to stick to his American host brother, Spencer's face, which is covered in shaving cream, at the pep rally. 

Luke, Reid and Bobby are enjoying getting to know Luke (3rd from left), who is staying with the Bouchoucha family. 
Pride Singers Upcoming Performance and Auditions

The Pride Singers is Pine Lake Preparatory's award winning competition singing group. Each year we hold auditions for rising 9th - 12th graders and we encourage all to try out! Please join the canvas group for all the details ( .)   The dates are  February 8 or 9th and callbacks the 10th.  Please email Mrs. Krebs at with any questions. 

Come see the Pride Singers perform! 

The Pride Singers will be singing with Davidson College Choirs in a combined concert called The Joy of Singing . This is a family event and all are encouraged to come out and support our singers and, of course, hear a breathtaking classical performance! 

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