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Compiled by Gina Smith

Bailey Middle School

Veterans Day Celebration: A Veterans Day Celebration will be held at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in the gymnasium at Bailey Middle School, 11900 Bailey Road, Cornelius. All veterans are invited to attend. The Bailey Middle School band, orchestra and chorus and the Hough High School ROTC Drill Team will perform during the program. The guest speaker will be Samuel Baez, a technology teacher at Bailey who served two tours of duty in Iraq. Refreshments will be provided for veterans and other guests after the program in the school’s media center. For details, contact Teresa Lester at 980-343-1068 or teresa.lester@cms.k12.nc.us.

Cannon School

Parenting workshop: Author and psychologist Robert Evans will present a workshop for parents on how to help children develop key life skills in uncertain times at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in Taylor Hall at the Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and director of the Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Mass. He is the author of many articles and three books, including “Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing.” The presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For details or to register, visit www.cannonschool.org/evans.

Community School of Davidson

Food truck rally: The Community School of Davidson will celebrate the groundbreaking of its final renovation phase with a food truck rally 6-9 p.m. Nov. 16 in the school’s high school parking lot at 404 Armour St., Davidson. Participating food trucks will include Maki Taco, Papi Queso and Turkey And. Their menus feature dishes such as Thai coconut curry chicken tacos, wasabi shrimp, Japanese hibachi, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, gruyere melt sandwiches, leeks and mushrooms, macaroni and cheese with Carolina pulled pork, truffle kettle chips and griddle bread pudding with salted caramel sauce. Proceeds will benefit the Community School of Davidson high school renovation project. The groundbreaking will also include student performances and tours of the planned 30,000-square-foot renovation. The event is open to the public.

Davidson Day School

New head of school: Kendell Berry was recently named the new head of school for Davidson Day School. Berry has more than 30 years of educational, managerial and administrative leadership experience in independent schools. He most recently served as head of school for Evansville Day School in Indiana. He is a graduate of Lynchburg College and the University of Virginia.

Lake Norman Charter School

Groundbreaking: Lake Norman Charter held a ground breaking for a new high school building addition on the morning Oct. 12. The event was attended by Lake Norman Charter board of directors members Bill Farber, Mike Manahan, Laurie Fabian and Jim Cuttino; Shannon Stein, Lake Norman Charter managing Director, Lawrence Sullivan, Lake Norman Charter high school principal and Terri Costa, Lake Norman Charter high school assistant principal; Lake Norman High School student council president Hemant Vallabhapuram and Jill Swain, mayor of Huntersville. The building is slated to be completed for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year and will include a new multi-purpose area, art wing, fine arts wing and administrative and meeting offices. The construction will be completed by Simon and Watson Construction from Huntersville.

North Mecklenburg High School

Debate and Speech Team: The 11 members of the North Mecklenburg High School Debate and Speech Team finished fifth overall in a recent tournament held at Bob Jones Academy in Greenville, S.C. The North Mecklenburg team competed against 28 schools from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, the team. Sophomore James Haberberger took first place in Student Congress, senior Colleen Watson finished second in Original Oratory and seventh in Impromptu Speaking, freshman Jack Watson and senior Taylor Barrett took fifth and seventh places respectively in original oratory.

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