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Susan Burns, school relations coordinator, Steven Winecoff, accounts payable specialist, and Carol Gardner, accounts payable specialist, were among about 25 employees from the administrative office of the Cabarrus County Schools who participated in the United Way Season of Caring during the week of Sept. 9. The volunteers did yard work for the CVAN Battered Women’s program. This is the fourth year the district office has participated in the Season of Caring. Advertising campaign:
Cabarrus County Schools has launched a digital magazine and billboard advertising campaign designed to promote the school system. The digital magazine, CCS Look Book, can be found at CabarrusSchools.info. Chapters include Program Highlights, Yearbook, Educators, Facts and Figures, and Connect. The billboard advertisements will promote the district and the CCS Look Book, and will feature Cabarrus County Schools students, parents and educators. The billboard campaign will continue through the end of the school year. Recognitions:
The Cabarrus County Board of Education recognized students and staff at its business meeting Sept. 16.
The board presented Impact Through Education Awards to students and staff at A.T. Allen Elementary School and Hickory Ridge Middle School. Sponsored by Concord Printing, the awards honor individuals who exemplify initiative, hard work and respect for others. A.T. Allen Elementary winners were students Jasmine Toepfer and Dylan Morgan, and staff members Amy Whitten and Claire Phares. Hickory Ridge Middle School winners were students Jordan Cruce and Dylan Ratliff, and staff members Katie Sparks and Anna Parnell.
The Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Month Award for September went to Ashley Hamby of W.M. Irvin Elementary. She received a trophy, a cash prize and school supplies for her classroom collected by Hilbish Ford during a back-to-school promotion held in August.
Energy Star awards went to Patriots Elementary, Weddington Hills Elementary and J.N. Fries Magnet School for energy-efficiency accomplishments.
A recording of the meeting can be viewed at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays on Time Warner Cable Channel 22 and on demand at the Cabarrus County Government YouTube channel.Charles E. Boger Elementary Direct-giving campaign:
The Parent-Teacher Organization’s “Invest in Our Students” direct-giving campaign is continuing. Each student who raises at least $15 will receive a custom drawstring backpack. Donations are tax deductible and will help buy student agendas; art, music, physical education and guidance supplies; media materials; classroom enhancements; technology; and more. Donations are due by Oct. 16. Details: www.bogerpto.org/fundraisers/invest-in-your-child.Bethel Elementary New assistant principal:
Melanie Raso was recently named assistant principal of instruction. Raso earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from University of Nevada–Las Vegas and a master’s degree in school administration from UNC Charlotte. She has taught kindergarten and second, third, fourth and fifth grades. Carl A. Furr Elementary Matching grant:
The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners awarded a matching grant worth $3,000 to physical education teacher Denise Green at its Sept. 16 meeting as part of the 2013 Cabarrus County Matching Incentive Grant Program. The grant will help pay for equipment for a nine-hole disc golf course for Furr students and the community. Fundraiser:
Furr will receive 10 percent of all sales made between 4 and 9 p.m. Oct. 9 at Afton Tavern, 355 John Galt Way, Concord. Takeout is available. For a menu, visit www.aftontavern.com/menu.htm
.C.C. Griffin Middle Technology fundraiser:
The school is collecting used inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, cellphones, laptops and other small electronics to recycle as part of a Funding Factory fundraiser. Donations earn points that can be used to buy technology items for the school. A collection box is in the front office. For a list of items visit: www.fundingfactory.com/programs/recycling/qualifying_items.aspx. Details: Kristy Dillon, firstname.lastname@example.org.Harrisburg Elementary Jump rope for heart:
Students are jumping rope during physical education classes during the week of Oct. 7-11 to support the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program. For details or to make a donation to the project, visit www.americanheart.org/jump.Hickory Ridge Middle Maverick Meal Night:
4:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Pizza Hut, 5465 N.C. 49, Harrisburg. Parent workshop:
A workshop for parents on middle-school behavior, “Unlocking the Middle School Student: Does the Key Exist?” will be offered 7-8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Media Center. Counselors from the school Counseling Department will lead the session.Northwest Cabarrus Middle Titans Athletics Sponsorship Program:
Businesses, families and individuals are needed to sponsor Titan athletic programs this school year. Sponsorships are a one-time donation of $250. Sponsors can display a banner at all basketball, wrestling, volleyball and recreation league games that take place in the school gymnasium during the school year. Details: Ray Hylton at 704-788-4135 ext. 4043 or Raymond.email@example.com; or Tim Farrar at 704-788-4135 ext. 4022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Royal Oaks Elementary Boy and Girl Scouts Parent Night:
6-7 p.m. Oct. 3, cafeteria. Cox Mill High Spirit Night:
4-8 p.m. Oct. 15, PDQ Restaurant, 8665 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. The restaurant will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds from the drive-thru and the dining room to Cox Mill High. Customers should mention “Cox Mill High” when ordering.Mount Pleasant High Opportunity for alumni:
Mount Pleasant High is seeking alumni interested in sharing their success stories with students. A display will be create to showcase the collected stories. Stories can be sent to email@example.com.Jay M. Robinson High Athletic Trainer of the Year:
Robinson High Athletic Trainer Melissa Sparks was recently named the N.C. Clinical Outreach Athletic Trainer of the Year for her work with the student interns she supervises from UNC Charlotte. Sparks also works with the Cabarrus County Special Olympics, Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency program, national youth soccer tournaments and other organizations. Theater performance:
The Theatre Department will present “The Veldt,” by Ray Bradbury, at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, 25 and 26 in the auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.Mount Pleasant Middle Sports paperwork:
All paperwork for Winter 1 and 2 sports must be turned in by Oct. 15 to Christina Roper at the school. For details about physicals and expiration dates, email Roper at firstname.lastname@example.org.Concord High Alpha Leadership nominees:
Parents and teachers can nominate male student leaders for the Concord High School Alpha Leadership Institute. The institute focuses on leadership development and the transition to college. Students will be paired with mentors from various professions. Meetings will be facilitated by Toastmasters groups and organizations that help with SAT preparation and college readiness. Forward nominations to email@example.com.Cox Mill High National Merit Scholarship semifinalists:
Students Raja Amara and Allyson Randle were recently named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Semifinalists scored in the upper 1 percent of about 1.5 million high school juniors who took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last spring. Finalists are selected on the basis of academic achievement, participation in school and community activities, honors and awards received and leadership.Kannapolis City SchoolsA.L. Brown High PSAT:
The PSAT preliminary college entrance examination will be administered on Oct. 16 at A.L. Brown. Participation is recommended for students planning to apply for admission to a four-year college after high school. The cost is $14, payable only in cash or by money order. To register or for details, students should see Ms. Pitts in Guidance before first block or after school. Unsung hero:
Teacher Bethany Richeson recently received a national Unsung Hero Award from ING Financial Services for her work in developing an anti-bullying program. ING presented a check for $2,000 to Richeson. Her program, “No More Bullies,” will be used at A.L. Brown High and will be expanded throughout the Kannapolis City Schools district.Shady Brook Elementary Pizza night:
5-8 p.m. Oct. 15, CiCi’s Pizza, 1000 Cloverleaf Plaza, Kannapolis.Private schoolsCannon School Winter Basketball Clinic Series:
Head basketball coach Ché Roth will offer his second annual Winter Basketball Clinic Series 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays monthly Nov. 16-March 8 in the gymnasium at Cannon School. The clinics are open to boys and girls ages 5 through 12 of all skill levels. Registration is $150 and covers all five clinics. Students who register before the first clinic will also receive a T-shirt and a basketball. Advance registration is required. Details: www.cannonschool.org/sportsclinics