Thursday, September 22, 2016

Principal's Coffee Chat Innovation - Live Streaming

This year, from the opening meeting and throughout informal conversations, we have encouraged our teachers to take-risks with their instructional design and innovative ideas.  Essentially, we have given teachers a license to take-risks in the classroom.

I acknowledge many parents are simply unable to attend any school event at 8 AM on a Tuesday, especially our Principal's Coffee Chats.  Therefore, I have been reflecting on how to provide opportunities for a broader audience to attend and accommodate more of our Lake Norman Charter High School parents, without negatively impacting those parents who are able to attend regularly.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Philosophy of Teaching - Guest Post by Melissa McNeilly

Guest post by Melissa McNeilly, Spanish and Digital Media & Global Citizenship Teacher, Lake Norman Charter High School

Melissa is in her 6th year of teaching at LNC.  You can follow her on Twitter (@SraMcNeilly) and view her DigCit blog. This essay was included in the Teacher of the Year finalist process.  

Philosophy of Teaching

by Melissa McNeilly

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Colleges & Universities Represented by LNC Faculty and Staff

September 6th, 2016 was the official start of our Spirit Week for Homecoming 2016.  Today's spirit day was "College Day".  As a result, I asked all of our Faculty and Staff to submit the schools they obtained their Bachelor's Degree and any Advanced Degree.  The geographical representation spans from New York to Florida to Michigan to Arizona (to name a few), with the expected large delegation of North Carolina colleges and universities.

The Colleges and Universities represented by the Lake Norman Charter Faculty and Staff (includes current Knights across Elementary, Middle, and High):

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stay Connected w/ LNC This Year through Twitter

Five Twitter accounts to follow and stay connected with Lake Norman Charter HS this year (Twitter handles are hyperlinked):

Sunday, August 21, 2016

New Morning Dual Drop-Off Procedure (effective 8/22/16)

THIS WAS FILMED BY A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE YOUR PHONE IN THIS MANNER ON OUR CAMPUS.  This should serve as a video reference for Lake Norman Charter families of HS & MS students (Dual Drop-off).  Dual-vehicle Families will drop-off their high school students at the island/crosswalk at the track and then proceed to the traditional MS drop-off area.

"Together we learn, lead, and serve."

Thank you for viewing,


The opinions shared in this blog belong to Craig Smith and do not represent the school or district in which he works.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Principals Know Summer is Over at School When...

Our teachers report Monday, and as I reflected upon the end of the summer, I started thinking about those subtle aspects of a Principal's life that drastically change when teachers return back to the school to open the next academic year (which in itself is somewhat rhetorical, gauging on how many teachers work in their classroom before their "report" date).

I encourage other School Admin to submit their own completions to the statement, either by commented to tweeting me @CSmithGoBlue.

These are mild attempts at humor, not intended to be taken offense to.

Principal's know summer is over at their school when...

Monday, August 1, 2016

Strategic Plan Focus Areas 2016-2017

As we prepare for the opening of the 2016-2017 school-year at Lake Norman Charter, it is essential for all stakeholders to be aware and knowledgeable of the focus area of our school's Strategic Plan and Board goals.  These focus areas are aligned with the LNC mission and core values, which ultimately affiliate the characteristics outlined in the "Portrait of an LNC Graduate" (see related post here).

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Beginning of Year Letter to LNC Families 2016

Dear Parents and Families of the LNC Community:

On behalf of the Lake Norman Charter High School faculty and staff, I would like to officially welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. I am honored to serve as Principal of the High School and I genuinely believe I am even more excited to begin the 2016-2017 academic year than I was when I first joined our school community last summer. Your support, in addition to our collaborative efforts aligned with the LNC Strategic Plan, will continue instilling our students “with a life-long desire to learn, lead, and serve.”

This letter provides valuable information to assist in a fluid opening to the 2016-2017 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact me ( with any questions.