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Around the world in one day

The fourth annual International Festival was held Friday, March 21 at Weddington Middle School. The morning segment of the festival featured cultural displays exhibited by some of our students’ parents that were born in other countries. The presentations included authentic artifacts, clothing, food and information about Nigeria, India, Israel, Jamaica, China, Finland and Greece. This gave the students an opportunity to learn about other cultures and how they contribute to society in the international realm. The afternoon component of the festival was a celebration of diversity which included authentic music and dance performed by student members of the cultures from the morning session.  "You could tell that the students really enjoyed many aspects of the festival," said media specialist Mrs. Rogers (the media center hosted both China and Finland, "the different foods were definitely a big hit!"

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Brand new Wildcats

You may have noticed some new faces around Weddington Middle this semester. WMS has welcomed four new teachers to our staff recently, including Natalie Korda (Spanish), Ashley Elsaesser (counseling), Megan Stanley (8th grade science) and Jenna Parry (7th grade language arts).

Ms. Korda is originally from York, Pennsylvania and comes to Union County with 15 years of Spanish teaching experience. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Spanish from Millersville University and a Master’s degree in Education from Gratz College. She has lived in Spain and Mexico and looks forward to helping students become lifelong learners of the Spanish language and culture. In her spare time, Ms. Korda enjoys going to baseball and basketball games, hiking, travelling and volunteering with various organizations in the Charlotte area.

Joining the counseling department is Ms. Elsaesser who received a Bachelor’s degree from State University in New York and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Buffalo. She moved to Charlotte in 2011 and has worked at an elementary school until last month. She is excited to help serve the students and staff at WMS and will be seeing students with last names beginning with H-P.

Mrs. Stanley grew up in Charlotte and graduated from UNC-Charlotte. In the past, she taught science at Piedmont Middle School. Although she moved away from the area for about six months, she was anxious and excited to begin teaching again in Union County upon her return. In her spare time, Mrs. Stanley enjoys yoga and spending time with her family, including her three sisters and two nieces.

Ms. Parry grew up in Vermont and attended Keene State College in New Hampshire, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, elementary and middle school education. After enduring many cold New England winters, she recently moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, and traveling.

All four new teachers are very excited about joining the Weddington family and look forward to getting to know our students and community.

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