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Compiled by Gina Smith

Cabarrus County Schools

A.T. Allen Elementary

Parent-Teacher Organization meeting: 6-7 p.m. Jan. 16. Parents are invited to help plan the King and Princess Dance.

King and Princess Dance: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 7. A dance for fathers and daughters. All “Kings” must be at least 18 years old. Details to be announced soon.

KidsPlus: The KidsPlus before and after-school program is available at the A.T. Allen campus. Registration is $25. Details: 704-788-3284.

Boger Elementary

Skate Night: There is no Skate Night in January. The next Skate Night family event will be Feb. 5 at Frye’s Roller Rink, 2800 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

Rocky River Elementary

Birthday card designs: Students at Rocky River Elementary School were recognized recently for the artwork they submitted in November for a birthday card design contest sponsored by Retail Sports Marketing and Rocky River Art teacher Teresa Higgins. Retail Sports Marketing will use the student-designed cards to send birthday greetings to its clients and vendors all over the world. Six students received plaques featuring their names and card designs: Abagail Norris, kindergarten; Haley Little, first grade; Lilianna Potts, second grade; Brianna Nesbitt, third grade; Carrie Shumate, fourth grade; Baker Cobb, fifth grade. Each student’s family also received a boxed set of 25 of their child’s birthday card designs, and the school’s art program received $600 for buying art supplies.

Royal Oaks Elementary

Royal Oaks Night Out: Teachers and staff recently participated in the third annual Royal Oaks Night Out event. The group visited three communities in the Royal Oaks district to sing holiday songs to students, parents and other residents.

Winecoff Elementary

Chorus concert: 7-8 p.m. Jan. 16. A performance by the second and third-grade chorus.

C.C. Griffin Middle

Workshops for parents: The C.C. Griffin Counseling Department will offer workshops for parents 6:30-7:45 p.m. Feb. 3. Participants may choose two of the following three sessions: “Teens: Technology and Trends,” “How to Bully-Proof Your Child” and “Parenting Teens.” For details, contact your child’s counselor. 704-455-4700.

Mount Pleasant Middle

Baseball information: Parents needing details about playing baseball at Mount Pleasant Middle should email coach Eric Laws at

Wrestling honors: The Tigers wrestling team recently won the 2013 South Piedmont Conference championship. The Tigers claimed medals in 11 of 17 weight classes, bringing home three bronze, three silver and five gold medals. Gold medalists are Cade McDonald, Jacob Shields, Bailey Drye, Nate Isenhour and Dustin Barnhardt. Silver medalists: Chase McEachern, Ty McDowell and Eli Williams. Bronze medalists are Garrett McManus, Dillon Culley and Chance Silcox.

Central Cabarrus High

Band honor: Sophomore Gabe Wilson was recently chosen to perform with the Bands of America 2014 National Concert Band in Indianapolis in March. This audition-only group chooses about 100 members each year from across the U.S.

Speech and Debate Team honor: The Vikings Speech and Debate team brought home the first-place Percentage Trophy from the Asheville High School Speech and Debate Tournament in November. More than 30 other North and South Carolina schools competed, but the Vikings earned the most wins per student. For details about the Speech and Debate Team, email the coach at or go to

Cox Mill High

Staff wish list: Cox Mill High School teachers have started a wish list of small items they need for their classrooms.

Teachers are in need a screwdriver set for glasses, AAA batteries, 3M double-sided tape, tissues, nonlatex gloves, 4-foot-by-8-foot white panel board and colorful cardstock paper. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk to the attention of Joyce Camp. Details:

Kannapolis City Schools

Forest Park Elementary

Family Reading Night: The third annual Forest Park Family Reading Night will be 6-7 p.m. Jan. 28. The featured storyteller will be Rachel Zaionz, principal of Shady Brook Elementary. Zaionz has performed for many years as the character “Rakella Travella.” After the performance, families will go to classrooms to read together. Students who attend reading sessions will receive a free book and goody bag.

A.L. Brown High

Wrestling team success: The wrestling team finished fifth out of 56 teams at the Holy Angels Invitational the first weekend of January. Marcus Bolick, eighth; Avery Clinding fourth, Jayquon McEntyre and Nick Sexton placed third and Isaiah Johnson and Keechan Ware both finished in second place.

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