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March General Membership Agenda

Ann Campbell

As adults we know that a healthy diet and exercise are key strategies in preventing heart disease. How can we help our children understand the value of a heart, healthy lifestyle? The education begins in P.E. Meet one of Highland Creek Elementary’s fabulous P.E. Teachers, Mrs. Ann Campbell. “I am originally from Sioux Falls, SD. I attended St.Cloud State University in St. Cloud MN. I have taught Physical Education for 13 years. This is my 11th year teaching in CMS. I enjoy being outside; jet skiing, boating and swimming. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am a HUGE Green Bay Packer fan.

Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented. “ P.E. is “Powerful Education”. Mrs. Campbell, your P.E. class not only provides these young scholars with a physical escape from the school desk, but thanks to you it teaches them how to maintain that healthy heart while also morally using it. And that is better for all of our hearts. Thank you Mrs. Campbell for choosing Highland Creek Elementary! We are glad that you are here!

Grace Tourtelot

With teaching comes a vast array of experiences. A good teacher will be enhanced by those experiences to create an instructional style that enables them to meet the various needs of their students thus making them a master instructor. Meet 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Tourtelot.
“A graduate of S.U.N.Y Empire State College, Syracuse and California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. I have taught several grade levels for over fifteen years. I hold a general education and special education credential (K-6), as well as a birth to K credential. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about education in many states including, Connecticut, New York, California, and North Carolina. I have special areas of interest in Multiple Intelligences and Special Education. Each experience has enriched my teaching style and given me tools to meet the diverse learning needs of each student. My husband Mike and I have four children, Sarah and Elizabeth who are 24 years old, and recent graduates of University of North Carolina, Charlotte. We also have two sons, Stephen and Benjamin. Stephen is attending university here in N.C. Benjamin will be turning 14 this September and is in 9th grade at Hough High School in Davidson. This is our second relocation to Charlotte, we always enjoyed the sweltering summers and attending Panther games. I enjoy working in the garden, reading, and traveling with my family. “

Mrs. Tourtelot, children learn in your classroom because you are a master at teaching to each child as an individual. They thrive because each of those little individuals is mindful to just how much you love them. Thank you for choosing Highland Creek Elementary. We are glad that you are here!

Bethany Wherry

“Music can change the world because it can change people “ Bono

Music can have a huge influence on how we view the world. It has a fundamental human power. Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. Plus, it’s just plain fun. Meet Highland Creek’s newest music teacher, Bethany Wherry.
Bethany was born in Richmond, VA and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. From a very young age she discovered her passion for music and performing by participating in community youth choirs like the Tidewater Youth and Advisers Fellowship Choir and by participating in musical groups and programming offered at her schools. When she was preparing to enter high school she was afforded the opportunity to audition for The Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) in Norfolk, VA. While studying there her love of and enthusiasm for music and performing grew exponentially.

After graduation from GSA, she was accepted to The College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at The University of Cincinnati (UC) in Cincinnati, OH. There she had a plethora of experiences inside and outside her Voice Performance Bachelors Degree program. An avid believer in community involvement and empowerment, she was an Executive Board Member of Brothers And Sisters Excelling (BASE) through the African American Cultural and Research Center (AACRC) on campus, as well as a soprano section leader for the AACRC Choir. During her third year at CCM she competed for and won the coveted 1st Prize in the Bauer/Powell Vocal Scholarship Competition. She also distinguished herself by gaining acceptance to several honorary organizations on campus including Sigma Phi's Women's Honorary and The Lambda Society. She was proud to represent her college (CCM) as a Student Senator for three years actively participating in planning many Student Government initiatives while serving.

As recreational work she assisted many student organizations and friends with planning and executing events. She has overseen numerous projects such as The 2008 Miss Black and Gold Pageant hosted by the Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, the musical stage play Go Get Your Life Back which had performances in both Cincinnati, OH and Dayton, OH. She also stage managed several student fashion shows and concerts while attending UC as well as planning and executing her own recital. As she progressed through her degree program she discovered her love of and passion for educating youth to encourage their creativity and growth.

After graduation, she moved to her current residence in Charlotte, NC. There she is flourishing while using all her gifts as a stage manager (Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church [MMMBC] and Children's Theatre of Charlotte), sound and video engineer (MMMBC), and (one of her favorite labors of love) working with children as Director of Imagine...ME! Summer Day Camp (MMMBC). She is currently employed as the Auditions Coordinator at Northwest School of the Arts.
Highland Creek Elementary has had a history of making beautiful music with excellent music teachers past and present. Mrs. Wherry, thank you for adding to the success of our music program. Your art empowers each child to appreciate and creatively learn about the world around them. Thank you for choosing Highland Creek Elementary. We are glad that you are here!


NOW SHOWING! Disney's FROZEN. Friday December 12th from 6:00 to 9:00PM. Drop off from 6:00 to 6:15 with pick up promptly at 9:00. Cost is $15.00 per student, add $5.00 for each additional student sibling. Must be a HCE student to attend. Registration forms went home in last week's Thursday folders.


Now Showing this Friday, December 12th, Disney's FROZEN. Drop off is from 6:00 to 6:15. Pick up is promptly at 9:00. Cost is $15 per student, add $5.00 for each additional sibling. Children must be students at HCE to attend. Registration forms were sent home in last week's Thursday folders. Space is limited so sign up today!

December General Membership

Change For the Holidays

CHANGE FOR THE HOLIDAYS. HCE along with the PTA is sponsoring a change drive to help fulfill all of the wishes on THE GIVING TREE. From December 9th to the 12th, students are asked to bring in loose change to donate. So check under those couch cushions and empty those change purses for Highland Creek's GIVING TREE.

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January Board Meeting