Special to Iredell Free News

Here are some news and notes about happenings throughout Iredell-Statesville Schools:


EnergyUnited partners with Union Grove Elementary to make learning Pop

Students at Union Grove Elementary are honing their typing skills with their new “bubble popper keyboards” this month. The keyboards, which were purchased through an EnergyUnited grant, make learning to type fun. Pictured are Heidi (in pink jacket) and Wyatt (in yellow jacket). 

Union Grove purchased a total of 25 bubble keyboards after being awarded $410 from EnergyUnited.

“Technology is used every day,” Principal Keeley Ward said. “These keyboards allow students to type more efficiently and learn where the letters are on the keyboard. If you have young children or grandchildren, you know that fidget toys are all the rage.

Some benefits of fidget toys are to increase focus, decrease stress, enhance creativity, focus attention, and alleviate anxiety, according to Ward.


Woodlands Heights Middle students receive awards at Mooresville Art Show

Two Woodland Heights Middle School art students recently competed in and placed in this year’s Mooresville Art Show. Rhys Powell was awarded First Place and Psalm Park took Second Place in the Middle School Division.

Lake Norman High students earn recognition at statewide thespian competition

At the recent North Carolina State Thespian Competition, the following members of Lake Norman High Wildcat International Thespian Society Troupe 8409 received Superior and Excellent rankings:

Critics’ Choice & Superior Ranking Duet Musical Theatre: Dylan Gordon & Jordyn Trimberger
Superior Ranking Stage Management: Sidney Andrews
Superior Ranking Lighting Design: Emily Deaver
Superior Ranking Set Design: Savannah Shumaker
Superior Ranking Short Film: Jordan Chamochumbi
Excellent Ranking Solo Musical Theatre: Emma Scherer
Excellent Ranking Monologues: Anleigh Hall
Excellent Ranking Monologues: Peggy Alt

Students who earned a Superior Ranking have the opportunity to move on to the International Level in the summer.

Lake Norman Elementary families enjoy Winter Bash

Lake Norman Elementary hosted a Winter Bash last month. This was the first “normal” event that the school has held in almost two years. It was a great event, planned by the LNE PTO. Students and families had a blast.

I-SS Secondary Fine Arts Events

Here is a Calendar of Upcoming Fine Arts Events throughout I-SS secondary schools: 


31 – NIHS Band 7:00 Spring Concert


6 — Honor Band, 7 p.m., Statesville High School
7 — LNHS Musical, 7 p.m., Mamma Mia
7 — SHS Chorus, 7 p.m., Spring Concert
8 — LNHS Musical, 7 p.m. Mamma Mia
8 — WIHS Visual Arts, 5:30 p.m., Statesville Downtown Art Crawl
9 — LNHS Musical, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Mamma Mia
11 – NIMS/NIHS Chorus, 7 p.m. Pops Concert
14 – All-County Chorus Concert, 6 p.m., Location TBD
21-25 – LNHS Chorus, all day, Universal Studios, Orlando
22 – SHS Musical, 7 p.m., Sister Act the Musical
22 – WIHS Band, 3 p.m., Carowinds MPA
23 – SHS Musical, 7 p.m., Sister Act the Musical
26 – SIHS Chorus, 7 p.m., Spring Concert
28 – SHS Dance, 7 p.m., Senior Honors Concert
28 – SIHS Band, 7 p.m., Spring Concert
29 – NIMS Theater, 7 p.m., Spring Revue, NIHS Auditorium
29 – WIHS Theater, 6:30 p.m., Spring Theater Show
29-30 – LNHS/WIHS Chorus, TBD, All State, Charlotte 


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