A big tree, buckets and owls

When you enter Grand Oak Elementary, there are always eyes on you.  Owls are the school’s mascot and are everywhere in the school. There are ceramic owls, books about owls and some students have owl hair accessories. The owls have helped to create school pride and a sense of family.

Grand Oak Elementary was built with funds from the 2007 bonds.  The 39-classroom building relieved overcrowding at Torrence Creek Elementary.

Students, staff, parents and Huntersville community members celebrated the opening of CMS’ newest school at a celebration on Sept. 24.

The school’s dedication program included remarks from Principal Ray Giovanelli, Superintendent Heath Morrison, Board Member Rhonda Lennon and Learning Community Superintendent Dr. Dawn Robinson.

“You are the first. This is your legacy,” said Lennon to fifth-graders who attended the program. “I want to challenge you to set the bar high.”

The program also featured a video of first- and second-graders who talked about filling buckets. The bucket concepts is used to teach students about sharing, respect, honesty and feelings.

“I am proud to be the principal of Grand Oak Elementary,” said Ray Giovanelli. “I appreciate all of the support for our students and staff and we will work hard to be a successful school.”

The fifth-graders recited a school pledge and released balloons to honor their school.

Click here to view the Grand Oak Elementary photo gallery.