STEELE CREEK NEWS
Help Name New
21, 2009) Principals of the new Dixie River Road/Berewick elementary
school and Youngblood/Hamilton-Smith elementary school each had
meetings last week
for families with children who will be attending those schools next
enthusiastically encouraged families to take part in efforts to name
the new schools, pick school mascots and colors, and to organize
PTSA and school leadership teams.
New schools receive
temporary names during planning and construction. The School Board
adopts the official name based on recommendations from the schools'
future students and their parents.
school will have a Naming Committee meeting on Thursday, March 26
at 6:00 PM at Southwest Middle School.
The new elementary
school at Hamilton and Smith Roads initially was called Youngblood
Road/Steele Creek Road because it was planned somewhere in the
vicinity of Youngblood and Steele Creek Roads. The eventual site
wasn't on either of those roads. It also has been called Hamilton
Smith School, but Youngblood Elementary School is the current
The school will have
39 classrooms on two floors because of the small size of the tract
of land. The first floor will have the kindergarten and first grade
classes. Each of these will have an enclosed play area just outside the
classroom. The other grades will be on the second floor. The 39
total classrooms include art, music, and computer classrooms. The
classroom wing is on the south end of the school.
School - March 22, 2009
offices are at the center front of the building, and the media
center is behind that. On the north end is the multi-purpose room
and cafeteria. These are separated by partitions, which can be
removed to create a single, large room. Total capacity of the school is 792.
Aquanetta Edmond is excited about getting everything ready to open
the school in August. She's busy hiring the best teachers she can
find. Other tasks for her and the community are:
Choosing names to
present to the School Board. She's looking for volunteers for a Naming
the School Committee, which will review and discuss suggested names,
research the history or other significance of those names, and
present the top four choices for voting by students and parents.
Recommendations will be presented to the School Board in April. The
first meeting of the committee is on Thursday March 26 at Southwest
Middle School. If you have suggestions for a name or would like to
volunteer for the committee, contact Ms. Edmond at
Organizing a PTSA and
School Leadership Team.
To view Ms. Edmond's
presentation last week, view floor plans, review the naming process,
and check out other information and news, visit the schools web
Youngblood Elementary School.
Turner is the principal of the new Dixie River Road Elementary
School, which is sometimes called Berewick Elementary School
because it's adjacent to the Berewick Community and located within
the future Berewick Regional Park.
The Dixie River Road
Elementary School will have a similar floor plan to the Youngblood
School except that the classroom wing is at an angle and the
multi-purpose room will be replaced by a full sized gym. School
construction funding was supplemented by the Mecklenburg County Park
and Recreation Department. The gym will also function as a
Ms. Turner is
also looking for volunteers to work on naming the school and
organizing a PTSA and Student Leadership Team. View her presentation
from last week and see other school information at the school's web
Dixie River Road Elementary School.
Dixie River Road
Elementary School - March 22, 2009
There's a lot
to do before these schools open on August 25. If you have children
who will attend one of them, be sure to contact Ms. Edmond or Ms.
Turner to volunteer and offer ideas and suggestions.