Celebrations & Shout-Outs (2023)

October 2023
Charlotte Lab Chess Team Success!  
Charlotte Lab participated in the Charlotte Chess Center unrated team challenge on Saturday, October 28 facing off teams from 40 other schools Greater Charlotte area.
Congratulations to the teams!
  • In the 3rd-5th section Lab received 3rd place 
  • In the 6-8 division Lab took home 3rd place. 
chess winners 10.28.23
Charlotte Lab Choir at Wingate University
Students in Ms. Brittan's Middle and Upper School Choir classes visited Wingate University to attend the opera Hansel & Gretel. After the presentation, the students attended a class and performed with the Wingate Choir.Wingate Choir  
Shout out to Mr. Buggs!
Congratulations to Mr. Buggs for being recognized as Certified Trauma-Informed advocate by the Trauma-Informed Institute!
Wear Orange for Unity Day! 10/18/2023
Lab students and staff to wore orange 🧡on Wednesday 10/18 in recognition of Unity Day!
Unity Day promotes kindness, acceptance and inclusion during National Bullying Prevention month. Orange is worn because it’s a warm color associated with safety. 
Hispanic Heritage Month: To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, 2nd graders were visited by Alex Ibarra, a librarian from Sugar Creek Library. Students learned about Mexican-American Tejano singer Selena’s humble upbringing and her monumental performance at the Houston Astrodome. Students then danced to one of her most popular songs, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.
2nd Grade Visit
Third Grade Discovery Place: 3rd graders participated in a Discovery Place in-house field trip.

3rd grade students explored the adaptations that help animals from six different biomes meet their basic needs and survive. By observing and collecting data from numerous real specimens, our students studied how animals adapt differently to various environments.

3rd grade discovery place

June 8, 2023

Field Day and Last Week of School

Charlotte Lab ended the school year with a week of celebrations!  Congratulations to our Kindergarten, 5th, and 8th grade students who were honored at their “moving up” ceremonies this past week. 

Additionally, in celebration of the end of the school year for all students and staff, the PTSO organized amazing field day events that were festive and fun for all. Here are some photos from the Field Day Events.

field day 1

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June 1, 2023

Charlotte Lab Chess Wins!

From Charlotte Chess Center: Over 280 Charlotte area K-8 students attended the May 6th Unrated School Team Chess Tournament. CONGRATULATIONS: Micah M. (pictured below), Top Scorer Award in the Gr. K-3 Unrated Individual Competition Tournament Category. CONGRATULATIONS: Jonah F. & Liam C., 5th Place Award in the Gr. 4-5 Rated Team Competition Tournament Category!

Micha M

May 25, 2023

Quest Programs: Across Campus Partnerships!

As part of our Middle and Upper School Quest programs there was an opportunity for students in Grades 7-11 to visit the Primary and Lower School campuses and work with our younger students.  High school student interns collaborated with staff, including Ms. Rosen, Ms. Jing at the Primary School and Ms. Dugan and Ms. Branecky at the Lower School. They worked in classrooms on special projects and small group activities. Students in Ms. Johnson’s Middle School Quest designed projects based on the 2nd grade curriculum and then partnered weekly with second graders to work on reading, Spanish, and math. Coach Moore's 8th grade Quest students volunteered as docents at Discovery Place Science. Part of their weekly role involved touring student groups around the museum and demonstrating various displays.

Quest LSUS

Student Achievement

Please join us in congratulating Lab Upper School 11th grader Solomon Hall for bringing home a win from the NC Ready, Set, App (RSA) Competition. Solomon (pictured, far right) is learning Python and he acted as a researcher on the team of students from multiple high schools in North Carolina. RSA is a mobile app development competition for high school students sponsored by Lenovo and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education. Student groups were asked to develop an app using a mobile app development platform to solve a problem in their community or school. Over 60 teams entered the competition and four went home winners!  Learn more about the App here.


Solomon Hall


Lower School Career Days in May

We are so grateful to the parents, caregivers, and volunteers who visited our classrooms to participate in the Lower School Career Days during the month of May. These role-models showcased their many talents and offered visibility into an array of career options for our students to contemplate and explore as they think about their futures! Here is a full list of our volunteer participants!

Career Day 1

Career Day 2

Career Day 3


Eighth Grade Formal

The Middle School Planning Committee hosted the first ever 8th grade formal on Friday, May 19. Students dressed their best and enjoyed music and snacks under fairy lights at the Charlotte Art League.

8th grade


May 18, 2023

Charlotte Lab First Annual Athletics Banquet

The Lab athletics program and teams have flourished and grown this year; we were so proud to invite our student athletes and their families to the first annual athletics banquet and celebrate their sportsmanship and achievements on May 16,2023. Athletic Director, Mrs. Molly Capps, who created the event, was excited to “celebrate the accomplishments of our student-athletes and to acknowledge the dedication from the adults who made these seasons happen” including the coaches, teachers, parents, and caregivers who supported our students this year! 




Upper School Art Show

Ms. Wright and Middle and Upper School art students (6th - 11th) created the first official Lab Juried Art Show and hosted the opening night event on May 12, 2023. The exhibition will be on display at the Art League until June 2023. We are so grateful to the Charlotte Art League for hosting the show, to Ms. Wright for her work leading up to the show, and to the students, staff, and families who supported this project.


art show


Building One Lab Fundraiser

Last week the Lab Fundraising and Development committee hosted a mixer to raise funds for the Charlotte Lab School Annual Innovation Fund. It was wonderful to see so many Lab families, friends, and partner organizations in one place. Thank you again to VS America, Beacon Partners, Mr. Tomas Elieason of Little Architects, and Mr. David Stubbs of VS, for bringing the evening to life with their support and expertise. With your support, we are closer to closing the funding gap.  If you did not have a chance to donate or attend the event, please consider making a gift here: LINK TO GIVE TO LAB’S INNOVATION FUND.




May 11, 2023
Student Collaboration Across Campuses
Lab Upper School 10th grade interns visited the Primary School this week to lead Kindergarten Learning Labs. This week the students worked with Ms. Rosen's class to explore pigments using flowers. Happy Spring!
Seventh Grade - an Interactive Science Class!
Ms. Greer’s 7th grade science students had an exciting time working on the scientific method during the weather and motion units.
science class
Student Achievement
Congratulations to Lab Upper School student Jade Smith, who was recently recognized in Baltimore, MD as a Carson Scholar, a scholarship which awards students who have embraced high levels of academic excellence and community service!
Jade Smith
May 4, 2023

There's no place like Lab!

Charlotte Lab Middle and Upper School students performed to packed audiences and standing ovations at all four showings of the spring musical, The Wizard of Oz.  Ms. Kasie Patlove organized the players into two casts “Ruby” and “Emerald” so multiple students had the opportunity to participate in leading roles; on their off shows the leads participated in the ensemble. The cast enchanted the audience with their energetic songs, dances, and funny one-liners. A huge thank-you to Charlotte Art League for hosting the show, and to Lab staff, families, and community organizations involved in making this a successful production. Most importantly, thank you to the students and Ms. Patlove who continue to wow us with their many talents, including performing, building sets, designing costumes, and more!

oz photo


Lab’s People of Change

Lab 8th grade students visited the Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibition, Men of Change, on display earlier this spring at the Harvey B. Gantt Center and Levine Museum of the New South. Inspired by their visit, students in Mr. Foels’ social studies class developed their own Lab’s People of Change installation at the Upper School.  Students created a biographical profile within the following categories: Community, Parenting, Catalysts, Imagining, Myth-Breakers, and Storytellers. Students selected a mix of influential public figures and people from their personal lives to bring this piece to fruition.


people of change


Community Helper Week 

The Charlotte Fire Department, Genesis Dentistry, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Control visited the Primary School during the week of May 1st. The students had a great time learning about the different careers and functions that make up these helpful organizations and businesses. The students also participated in Career Day - students dressed up to represent the careers that most interested them!



APRIL 27, 2023
Lab Upper School Student wins Statewide NCDPH Contest!
Raia Carter, a student at Lab Upper School, is a 2023 winner in the North Carolina State-Wide Fight the Bite contest, which is part of the state’s campaign to promote Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month.The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch held the “Fight the Bite” Contest for students grades K-12.  Raia worked on her creation in Ms. El-Jallad’s science class. Congratulations Raia! Here is her entry, which contains information in both English and Mandarin.
fight the bite
Middle School Girls in STEM
Special thanks to Bank of America and Discovery Place Science for hosting Lab Middle school as part of their Girls Day Out, designed to introduce girls to careers in STEM. The 6th and 7th grade students participated in hands-on STEM experiments, learned about career options,  and attended a networking event with leaders in STEM.
girls in stem
Third Grade Quest
In Ms. Montgomery’s 3rd grade Quest, students created sculptures made from recycled trash.  Each sculpture highlighted an effect of climate change and students made videos explaining their sculpture and steps we can take to mitigate climate change.
Recycle Quest



Earth Day at the Primary School 

Students in Ms. Lanzone's and Ms. Hepfinger's class created plant seed bombs for Earth Day!  To create: add strips of recycled newspaper and water into a blender, then use your hands to  mash together with seeds for plants, like wildflowers or vegetables native to North Carolina. Here’s a recipe to try at home. We hope you have as much fun as our students! 

earth day


Middle School Dance Party!

The Charlotte Lab Middle School Planning Committee and the Lab PTSO partnered to plan a middle school dance last weekend. The students danced the night away at the Stratford Richardson YMCA and enjoyed the Glow Up theme by wearing neon accessories, lights, and brightly colored fashions! DJ Hart Attack spun some fun tunes that kept the kids singing and moving. Special thanks to the CLMSPC, the PTSO volunteers, and the staff volunteers, including Ms. Parker, Ms. Clinch, Ms. Gambs, Ms. Benitez, Ms. Wang, and Mr. Foels who helped to chaperone the event.

Middle School Dance
APRIL 20, 2023
Quest Program
The Lab Second Grade team invited parents and caregivers onsite for their Quest Engineering Showcase. The students followed the Engineering Design Process to create a prototype for a new roller coaster which they demonstrated to the classroom visitors. Great work 2nd grade students and teachers!
2nd grade quest
Student Achievement
Congratulations to Lab student, Evan Alsop. Evan, a current Lab Upper School 11th grader, was recently recognized with an Academic All American Award from at the Men’s Gymnastics Region 8 Championships in Savannah, GA.
From the USAG website: “Recognizing and rewarding academic achievement in junior gymnasts is paramount to the success of the USA Gymnastics Men's Development Program.”
Evan A
Vision to Learn
Thanks to all who helped with Charlotte Lab’s Vision to Learn screenings this week.Through this process, we were able to identify students who may need glasses and will soon be able to provide glasses to those students for free!
Do you have a celebration or shout-out that you would like us to consider showcasing in this new section? Please email Melissa Summers.