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Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

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    - COURTESY OF MARIA ROMEO
    Hickory Ridge High sophomore and band member Billy Romeo is partnering with Texas Roadhouse Restaurant to hold a chicken and pork barbecue fundraising event 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the school’s band practice field, 7321 Raging Ridge Road, Harrisburg.
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    - CABARRUS COUNTY SCHOOLS
    Exceptional-children’s teacher Kathryn “Katie” Almond of Rocky River Elementary School was recently named the Cabarrus County Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence for 2013-14.

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Cabarrus County Schools

Recognitions: The Cabarrus County Board of Education recognized students and staff at its meeting Oct. 14. The board presented Impact through Education Awards to students and staff at Bethel Elementary School and Hickory Ridge High School. Honorees from Bethel Elementary were students T.J. Haigler and Briant McDaniel and staff members Melissa Logan and Maria ArevaloHonorees from Hickory Ridge High were students Patric Carman and Maddison Hightower and staff members Sandy Schroll and Kim Waddington.

Concord Printing sponsors and awards the honors to individuals who exemplify the qualities of initiative, hard work and respect for others.

Bethel Elementary

Fun Run pledges: Money pledged for the Bethel Paws Forward with Pride Fun Run is due Nov. 6 to qualify for contest prizes. Donations made by Nov. 6 will also qualify for prizes. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the school. For details about donations and prizes, visit www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Domain/9.

Rocky River Elementary

Teacher of Excellence: Exceptional-children’s teacher Kathryn “Katie” Almond was recently named the Cabarrus County Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence for 2013-14. She was nominated and selected by her peers in the Exceptional Children’s department. This month she will attend the Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Greensboro, where she will be recognized along with other Exceptional Children’s Teachers of Excellence from across the state.

Weddington Hills Elementary

Reading program success: Catherine Norman's fifth grade class recorded the highest number of reading minutes in Cabarrus County with an average of 1,157 minutes in this year’s Unilever Dollar General Reading Puts You on the Track to Victory reading program. The students won an ice cream party for their class and for the entire school. The school received a grant for $2,500 to buy books. Also, students Brooke Morrow and McKenzie Maxwell won Charlotte Motor Speedway race tickets, and all participants who met the required goal received a lanyard.

Cox Mill High

Teacher of the Month: Cabarrus County Schools recently named Cox Mill High teacher Miriam Kuykendall the Hilbish Ford Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Month for October. Each month, Hilbish Ford honors a Cabarrus County Schools teacher for outstanding work in the classroom. Teachers are nominated by parents or students. The winners receive a trophy and a cash prize.

Hickory Ridge High

Eagle Scout project: Hickory Ridge sophomore and band member Billy Romeo is partnering with Texas Roadhouse Restaurant to hold a chicken and pork barbecue fundraising event 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the school’s band practice field, 7321 Raging Ridge Road, Harrisburg. The fundraiser is Romeo’s Eagle Scout service project. Proceeds will help build an observation tower on the field for the Hickory Ridge Marching Band. About $5,000 is needed to complete the project.

Options are one pound of pork barbecue only; pork barbecue plate; or chicken barbecue plate. Barbecue plates consist of meat, corn, slaw, roll, chips and tea. Cost is $10 per meal. Pre-orders are available; call or fax 704-708-5011 by Nov. 8. Delivery is available for orders of 10 or more within a 10-mile radius of the school. For delivery, call 704-258-1299.

Jay M. Robinson High

Marching band: The Pride of Robinson Marching Band completed its 2013 competitive season in Mooresville at the 32nd annual Blue Devil Classic. The band received the 1A-2A Grand Champion award for the fourth consecutive year. The band also recently won 1A-2A Grand Champion Awards at the Mount Pleasant Showcase of Champions and the Central Cabarrus Cavalcade of Bands. The band won the Overall Grand Champion at the Catawba College Band Festival.

Teacher of Excellence: Technology and Engineering teacher David Parisi was recently named by the N.C. Technology and Engineering Design Educators Committee as this year’s N.C. High School Teacher of Excellence. The Teacher of Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering Education classroom teachers. Parisi will travel to Florida in March receive his award at the International Technology and Engineering Education Association 2014 annual conference.

Kannapolis City Schools

Woodrow Wilson Elementary

Spirit Shirt fundraiser: Woodrow Wilson is holding this year’s second Spirit Shirt fundraiser. Orders for shirts are due Nov. 7. Backpacks and bags are still available for $10 each in the main office. Proceeds will help buy new technology for the school. Details: wwes.kcs.k12.nc.us.

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