JROTC Serves the Community and Greater Good

East Meck’s JROTC program is one of our most active programs on campus.  Over the winter, they’ve visited Greenway Park Elementary with Junior Achievement, sponsored a campus blood drive through the Red Cross and cleaned up Monroe Road through Adopt-a-Highway.  This group of dedicated and disciplined students, along with their fantastic teachers:  Major Cox, Sergeant Waller and Chief Knowlton, are an integral part of our East Meck High School community and always ready to lend a helping hand.  Thanks, Eagles!!!!

Annual Fund Campaign

Spring is upon us and the Foundation has once again launched its Annual Fund Campaign.  Funds raised during the campaign support programs such as the All Star Teacher Initiative, the award winning Culinary Arts department, the Academy of Engineering, the International Baccalaureate magnet school and the Eagle Flight program for at-risk freshmen.  The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the teachers of East Meck–please help us today!

East Meck Culinary Brings Home Gold!

 

East Mecklenburg High School students, Blair Riggsbee ‘17 and Jensine Crowder ‘19, competed at the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Culinary Competition, February 10, 2017 at Johnson and Wales University.  The team scored a perfect 100 and brought home the Gold to East Meck.  Their stellar performance preparing a Spinach and Arugula Salad with Almond Coated Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette, Herbed Apple Glazed Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Butternut Squash with Brown Butter not only landed them a perfect score, but earned both girls scholarships to Johnson and Wales University.

Riggsbee and Crowder, along with their Culinary Arts teacher, Dale Richardson, will represent East Meck at the National Competition in Nashville, TN scheduled for July 2-6.  This with be the first time either girl has visited Nashville.   They are excited to travel, compete and represent East Meck.

The Foundation is proud to support the Culinary Arts Department.  It’s an honor to provide funding for such a successful program!

 

Class of ’97 sets Reunion Date

The Class of ’97 will convene during Homecoming Weekend, October 6-8, for its 20th Reunion.  For the most up to date conversation, join their facebook group East Meck H.S. 1997 Alumni.  The group is planning to attend the home football game versus Garinger on Friday evening.  A Saturday evening event is also in the works.  We look forward to welcoming our Class of ’97 Eagles back to the nest!

View from Campus Gets a Little More Artistic!

On Tuesday, January 17th, the Monroe Road Advocates (MoRA) broke ground on a new art installation going in right across the street from East Meck.  Art@thePoint will give community members an opportunity to participate and make their mark on the significant interactive sculpture that is slated to be completed in late summer.  More information can be found on the project by visiting the MoRA website.

Here at East, we are excited about the possibilities that come with this new sculpture right across the street.  It will be a wonderful space for alumni events and provide a cool back drop for Reunion Class pictures!  We are very excited to be a school with a view!

Principal Rick Parker and other key stakeholders break ground for Art@thePoint.

Rendering of Art@thePoint

Class of ’52 & ’53 Plan Summer Reunion

The Classes of ’52 & ’53 are planning to get together this summer.  Their Reunion is scheduled for June 23rd and 24th.  Alumni from those classes can get more information by contacting Graham Wilson ’52 at 704.483.6489 or Billie Biggers ’53 at 803.831.1917.  Let’s hear it for our amazing Eagles who attended East Meck when it first opened in 1950!!!

 

Class of ’87 gears up for 30th Reunion

East Meck Class of ’87 will celebrate its 30th Reunion the weekend of September 15-16.  Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by visiting their website: Class of ’87 Reunion.  In addition to purchasing tickets for the Reunion, you can also find information regarding where to stay if you’re coming from out of town.  We look forward to seeing our 1987 Alumni and hope you’ll support the Foundation in honor of your 30th.  Please DONATE now!  List “Class of ’87 Reunion” in the payment notes.  Thanks, Eagles!!!

New Building Underway

If you’ve been on Monroe Road lately, you’ve noticed a lot of development going on!  Not to be outdone, East Meck is following suit with its own construction.  Initial preparation has begun for our new classroom building.  A new bus lot is currently being created adjacent to the road.  Once the new lot is completed we will break ground on the 3 story classroom building on the back end of the current bus parking lot.  The new building should be completed by January 2018 and will house our ROTC program, the Culinary Arts Department and various new classroom spaces.  This much needed space is a welcome update to campus.  Students and staff can’t wait to see the completed building!

 

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Service Tracking Software Helps Magnet

Over half of East Meck students are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet school. A component of the IB program is community service hours. Several years ago, these hours were logged with pen and paper—quite a feat for 900+ students! The Foundation has provided the IB Magnet Program with funding to purchase a subscription to ManageBac, an online service hours tracking program that streamlines the process for both students, supervisors and East Meck staff.

Culinary Arts Department is Cookin’!

The East Meck Culinary Arts Department is a major source of pride for the school. Teaching classes that range from basic food and preparation skills to award winning competition teams, Culinary Arts is a well-known entity across CMS. The Foundation provides funding for the program to help offset the cost of food, supplies and appliances. Keep your eyes open for Culinary events—if you haven’t had a chance to sample their delicious creations, you’re missing out!