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Mr. Brinson'a AP Government Class Meets Mayor Lyles

Phillip O. Berry AP Government class spent some time with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles in the City Council Chamber. Our students were able to engage with Mayor Lyles and communicate their position on important issues. As part of the day, students also had the opportunity to meet with multiple city leaders and discuss important policy issues. The students also learned about current legislation that could affect them in their future careers.Berry Students and Mayor Vi Lyles
Cardinal family we still have one more day to make up for the inclement weather we experienced. All students and staff are expected to be at school on MARCH 29th!!!
POB Senior, Righteous Keitt, featured by CMS as a "Shining Star"
Charlotte, NC | CMS is featuring Phillip O. Berry senior, Righteous Keitt, as one of the "Shining Stars" among the graduating Class of 2019 from around Mecklenburg County. The promotional video features his experiences at POB, his commitment to leadership, and his non-profit organization, Bags-4-Bagless.
POB teachers, Ms. Barnes-Parkins and Ms. Patino, both make cameo appearances.
  • To view the entire video, click HERE.
  • To learn more about Righteous' non-profit, Bags-4-Bagless, click HERE.
POB named recipient of Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (December 14, 2018) | The Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced today that seven schools will receive $308,000 in Champions Grants this year. The grants are awarded annually to K-12 public and charter schools in and around Chandra and Jimmie’s hometowns in California and Oklahoma, as well as their current residence in North Carolina.
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“Schools have so many, wide-ranging needs,” Jimmie Johnson said. “We were very impressed by this year’s applications, and we’re thrilled to be able to support these important projects through the Champions Grant program.”
This year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant awards included $183,555 toward science and technology programs, $63,206.37 toward language and literacy initiatives, $39,726.38 for health and wellness activities, and $22,096.71 toward school improvement projects.
The 2018 Champions Grants were awarded to the following schools:
  • North Carolina
    • Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (Charlotte, North Carolina)
    • R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary School (Concord, North Carolina)    
    • Steele Creek Elementary School (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • California
    • Knox Middle School (San Diego)
    • WD Hall Elementary School (El Cajon, California)
  • Oklahoma
    • KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
    • Pershing Elementary School (Muskogee, Oklahoma)
More than $5.6 million has been contributed through the Champions Grant program since 2009.
To see a detailed list of the 2018 Champions Grant projects, please visit
About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the Foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The Foundation has committed more than $11.5 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit
Special thanks to Ms. Waller, Ms. Ullah, & Ms. Ullah's Help Desk students (2017-2018) for helping POB obtain this amazing opportunity.
Grant Description: $50,000 to create a MakerSpace, where students will engage in STEM-based, 21st century learning through critical thinking, collaboration and communication – all skills necessary to be “Next Step Ready.” The revitalized space will support the school’s STEM focus and collaborative learning, while still providing a welcoming space that promotes the love of reading.
Newly Certified National Board Teachers

Cardinals' Nest | Congratulations to Mr. Getchell (World Languages) and Mr. Mack (Math) for earning their National Board certifications. OUTSTANDING!
Why do teachers obtain National Board Certification? "Board-certified teachers prove their effectiveness in the classroom every day:
Students learn more. A decade of research shows that students of Board-certified teachers learn more than their peers without Board-certified teachers.
  • Studies have also found that the positive impact of having a Board-certified teacher is even greater for minority and low-income students.There are many great reasons to become board-certified with NBPTS
  • Teachers improve their practice. Board Certification allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence. Schools with National Board Certified Teachers are characterized by better teacher morale and retention and increased community involvement. Districts and schools that want to drive student learning recognize the power of Board certification and are taking steps to empower and raise the status of accomplished teachers."
Excerpt provided by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards |

Collins-Small and Miller chosen to represent POB at CMS AVID Summer Institute


Congratulations to Ms. Collins-Small for being selected to participate as a teacher speaker for the first CMS AVID Summer Institute that will be held June 20, 21 and 24.  Ms. Collins Smalls was a finalist for last year's National AVID Summer Institute Teacher Speaker Contest. As a former AVID student and now an AVID teacher as well as the 2019 teacher of the year here at Phillip O. Berry,  her experiences are helping to support AVID students and all students in the WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) strategies that are the AVID foundation.


We also want to congratulate Jahmicah Miller who has been chosen as the AVID student speaker for the CMS AVID Summer Institute.  Jahmicah was a finalist last year for the National AVID Summer Institute student speaker contest. Jahmicah is a sophomore here and works with AVID as an AVID ambassador and participates in community service projects to give back and support others.


If you are interested in learning more about AVID at POB, please visit, or email Ms. Bush directly at