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 (csmith@lncharter.org) with any questions.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Admiration for a Colleague

On June 20th, the Town of Huntersville's Board of Commissioners approved the rezoning of the land purchased by Lake Norman Charter for purposes to expand to an Elementary School.
Consequently, our Middle School Principal, Ms. Michelle Holland, announced publicly the following day that she has elected to lead the Elementary School as Principal.

I have tremendous respect for Ms. Holland's decision to step away from her role as MS Principal, where she has been serving our LNC Community for the past eight years, to take on the responsibility of establishing our Elementary School.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Four Visuals to Promote Collaboration

During our monthly Department Chair meetings this past school year, I provided an aligned visual during the "opening" of the meeting.  A hard copy of the visual was placed in front of every attendee and many were shared with faculty throughout the year.

I believe each of these visuals represents crucial reminders for school administrators to reflect upon when engaging in meaningful dialogue with colleagues, teacher-leaders within the building, and also gauging the overall climate of the school.

Here are four of my favorites: