AM/PM Email Archive


 SUBJECT:         Book Fair

Our Fall Book Fair is right around the corner! The theme this year is “Bookaneers — Where Books Are the Treasure”. Please come join us in the Media Center for a great selection of books for your elementary student, and to enjoy our fun pirate theme!

The Book Fair will be open from Monday October 24th to Friday October 28th. Students may come at 8:45 am (they must be accompanied by an adult before 9:30) until 4:30 each day.

If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail me. Working at the Book Fair is a fun way to make a contribution to the school and help us better serve all of our great students here at David Cox! There is also an online sign-up sheet, if you prefer: 

David Cox Fall Book Fair 2016

Our Book Fair is Coming!! October 24th-28th The Scholastic Book Fair is coming up fast. We need volunteers to make it a great one! Looking for parents, family and friends to help with set up on Friday Oct. 21st and to work as cashiers during the Book Fair’s open hours (M – F , 8:45 – 4:30). It’s a great way to support the school library so that it can better serve all of our students!

 SUBJECT:          Home Base Maintenance Weekend for October

DPI has informed us of the next Home Base maintenance weekend this Friday, October 14 through Monday, October 17, 2016. Maintenance will be performed on the PowerSchool and Truenorthlogic (TNL) applications. TNL maintenance will occur within the time frame of the PowerSchool maintenance period.

DPI will disable PowerSchool and TNL on October 14th at approximately 5:00 p.m. Once maintenance is completed, a message will be sent to notify users that the system is up and available for use. PowerSchool will be returned to service no later than 6:00 a.m., Monday morning. If a delay in bringing up the system should occur, users will be notified.

For a listing of all Home Base maintenance weekends, remember to visit the NC SIS website’s 2016-17 Maintenance Schedule.



 Thanks to the Talent Team for many hours and interviews contributed to helping bring on board our new 3-5 Literacy Facilitator.  On Monday, I made a recommendation for Nikki Hinton. Nikki is currently serving as a third grade teacher and grade level chair at Sterling Elementary in CMS.  This is her second year in CMS.  Prior to CMS, she was an Assistant Principal and Principal for one year in Virginia.  She moved to North Carolina with her husband job and is so excited to be getting back into a leadership role to support teachers with a refreshed classroom perspective.  Once HR formally goes through their process, there is normally a 30 day waiting period while her current school works to secure a replacement.


Teacher Voice Town Hall Meetings provide great opportunities to engage in open discussions with our teaching corps, gather input on district initiatives, and provide a forum for teachers to share concerns and ideas with the superintendent and key central service team members.

We would like to continue in this tradition and will hold several Teacher Voice meetings this school year to help us advance our Strategic Plan 2018, Goal 4, Focus Area III:

  • Strategy #3: Foster a work environment that promotes employee engagement, satisfaction and positive morale.
  • Strategy #4: Increase employee engagement and awareness in district initiatives.

I Encourage you to participate and attend a meeting of your choice. All meetings will be from 4:30- 6:00 PM.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 – 4:30 – 6:00  PM – Garinger HS Media Center
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 – 4:30 – 6:00 PM – (Location TBD)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17 – 4:30 – 6:00 PM –  (Location TBD)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 – 4:30 – 6:00 PM – (Location TBD)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 21 – 4:30 – 6:00 PM – (Location TBD)
  • Tuesday, Apr. 18 – 4:30 – 6:00 PM – (Location TBD)
  • Tuesday, May 16 – 4:30 – 6:00 PM – Myers Park HS Media Center

If you plan to attend, please register in MyTalent using course name: PDV Teacher Voice Town Hall Meeting or Course # 413869.


SUBJECT:             2016-2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Art & Writing Contest

It is our pleasure to announce the 2016-2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest.  For more than 20 years, Charlotte-Mecklenburg students have participated in this annual contest celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. Given the recent tragedies that have struck our Charlotte community, many eyes have turned to the words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  His work has left a legacy for every generation. We want to provide an opportunity for our students to express their thoughts and ideas on how to build and sustain a community of equity, fairness, and justice.

The theme for this year is Unheard Voices.

The prompt for the contest is:  During an interview in 1966, Dr. King continued to stress the path of nonviolence.  However, he also said, “…we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard.  And, what is it that America has failed to hear?” Make your answer heard through your art or writing. 

Students entering the art contest will create art that responds to the prompt and writing students will write a response to the prompt, all under the theme of Unheard Voices.  Bilingual and/or Spanish immersion students may submit a writing entry in either English or Spanish.

Schools will submit works digitally as in years past. Submissions will be shared through Google drive. All materials for the contest are also available online in the following Google folder:                                                               

Please review the contents of the folder.  All entries are due November 16, 2016 by 5:00pm.


SUBJECT:  Classroom Environment Rubric

This week, the Instructional Leadership Team conducted a walkthrough of all classrooms for the second time this year.  Every teacher should have received the walkthrough form with feedback.  We are asking that all teachers bring any needed area up to a P before Thursday’s Parent night.  We will conduct a walkthrough with the same form next week on Thursday to ensure all classrooms are proficient in each area at this time.  Thank you for helping us to maintain a positive classroom environment conducive to student learning.

SUBJECT:  Professional Development

In the Professional Development Section of the DC Echo, you will find a link for Academic Conversations, Professional Reading.  Please go to the link and read the article.

Guiding questions to consider when reading Academic Conversations Articles:

  1.  Why are academic conversations important?
  2.  How can you utilize academic conversations in your classroom?
  3.  How do you currently use academic conversations in your classroom/ all content areas?

SUBJECT: *Early morning meetings and conferences – The David Cox front office opens at 8:45AM for parents and students.  If you schedule a conference prior to 8:45AM, please be sure you wait for them at the front do.

SUBJECT:  Collecting Money from Students

Please be sure to gain permission from Administrators prior to asking for or collecting any monies from families.  Thank you.