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The PRIDE POST            
Feb. 12, 2016
In this Week's Mooresville Tribune   

Going Up! 

Pine Lake Preparatory is so fortunate to have families who believe in the mission to prepare students in a nurturing environment for leadership and academic success.  We are 77% of the way to our goal of raising $1.78 million for the project. 

This building is a bold statement of that support, as well as the school's commitment to providing the most up to date,  relevant education to prepare for college and careers, as well as providing space for the Fine Arts disciplines that enhance the Pine Lake education. 

Please contact, Development Director, if your family has not yet given to the capital campaign but would like to support the development of the STEM Building and Auditorium. 

Also, please note if you made a donation during 2015 and are eligible for a matching gift from your employer, filing deadlines are drawing near. Please contact Jamie Connotillo if you need assistance. 

Please help us get to our goal of 100% participation!

Order March Lunches

Tuesday, February 16
  • Deadline for ordering March lunches 

Swimmers and Divers Head to State Competition

The Regional champion PLP Swimming and Dive team left today for Cary, where they will compete in the State tournament. 

We look forward to updates from the pool!

Lower and Middle Schools Celebrate Valentine Love 

Anna, Ms. Miller and Lillia

The Lower and Middle Schools wore pink and red and ate strawberries, pink frosted cupcakes and all things Valentines today. They also celebrated PLP's excellent bus drivers. Mrs. Thompson organized homemade cards and a lunch for our drives and told them how much we "love the way they roll." 

Cameron and Rashmika

Cayden and Justin pose with Cayden's Darth Vader Valentine Box.

SHREK the Musical Tickets Available Online

Shrek tickets are now available via ORGS Online. 

Show dates are:

  • Friday, February 26 at 7:00pm 
  • Saturday, February 27 at 7:00pm 
  • Sunday, February 28 at 2:00pm 
  • Friday, March 4 at 7:00pm 
  • Saturday, March 5 at 7:00pm 
  • Sunday, March 6 at 2:00pm 

LS Robotics Wins Teamwork Award at State Competition

Nicole, Nick, and Emma
The LS Competitive Robotics team competed this last weekend at the FLL State Championship Competition.  Our team placed 10th on robot missions, won Best Teamwork, and placed 5th overall. 

Unfortunately, they only let the number one team advance on from each state.  The grade range for competition is 4th through 8th. We were one of the youngest groups to compete and did awesome! 

Our teammates are Kirkland Eater, Jack Fowler, Rae Lynn McFarland, Cameron Poppen, Sarina Schmoyer and Owen Thornburg.  The team was coached by Akriti Schmoyer, along with husband, Scott Schmoyer, and Brett Fowler, with mentors John McFarland and Jacquie Eater.

Excel Club Hosts Cyber Awareness Speaker for US Students 

The Excel Club is pleased to offer the following program for Upper School Students: 

Cyber Awareness: Risks, Benefits and Possibilities
Featuring:  John Walsh, President and CEO SightSpan, Inc.
Experts in Global Risk Management and Information Security

February 22, 2:30pm,  Upper School Seminar Room 

Sterling Serves Spielgaben to Students

No, it's not an exotic dessert, SPIELGABEN is a new learning tool and is being offered through the After3@PLP Enrichments by Ms. Sheryl Sterling, PLP Kindergarten teacher.

Spielgaben is a set of 14 educational play sets used in a sequence to help brain development. These beautifully designed materials introduce children to these mathematical skills: patterning, sorting, counting, geometry, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division and fractions. The Spielgaben design is based on the educational theories of Froebel, the founder of Kindergarten. He believed in nurturing children's creativity and allowing them to discover and learn through hands-on, interactive investigation, lookin g at patterns in nature and experiencing mathematical , spatial concepts in a real way. Einstein himself played with this type of toy as a child!

Save the Date: 2016 Putt for Pride Golf Tournament 

Please save the date!! This year's Putt for Pride tournament will be held May 9th. Details are still being planned, but please mark this day on your calendars! 

The Ladies' Luncheon will also be on May 9th, and will have some fun changes - we can't wait to share the details with you. 
Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Kathryn Schroder, Upper School
Mrs. Schroder and husband at the "Top of the Rock" in NYC.

AP Literature & Composition,
Honors English IV, Photography                
National Honor Society, Photography, and Impact Sponsor
Years teaching:
5 years, all at PLP

Wingate University, BA in Music, minor in English
UNC-Charlotte, Master of Arts in Teaching in English Education

husband, David, and an orange tabby cat, Ginger.

Hobbies / Interests:
Photography, interior design, food, sports, and music--both performing and enjoying concerts. 

Why I teach: 
To allow students to  wrestle with topics from literary works and make connections to their everyday lives; to help students develop their identity and find their "voice" when writing; and to instill integrity and propel students to take ownership of decisions made in the classroom and beyond.

On and Around Campus: Spotlight on Mr. Ivey's Visual Art classes 

Students who choose Visual Art as their Fine Art focus generally take Basic Drawing and Painting as sophomores. This is a drawing class with a touch of painting and other mediums that focuses on form, value, and accuracy.  These students also learn a great deal about planning (pre-production) working as part of a design team, and applying these skills to other parts of life other than 'fun' and how it can benefit many career fields besides art.

In sculpture, which is taken as a junior or senior, they expand on "form" from Basic Drawing and Painting and go from the illusion of a two dimensional space to creating from a two dimensional drawing to a three-dimensional piece.  The class also focuses on how these skills can be translate from just "fun" to offering a benefit to other careers such as engineering, cooking/baking, etc.

Upper School Visual Art students show their diversity in drawing different items, from a pastel butterfly to a sketch of Heath Ledger as The Joker

Mr. Ivey's Visual Art students recently explored sculpture. Some were inspired to create superheroes. 
Others created characters appealing to a younger audience. 

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