Garnto wins Geography Bee: West Alexander Middle School student Ian Garnto won the Alexander County Middle School Geography Bee on Feb. 4 at the Alexander Central High Auditorium. He won the competition with a perfect score.
Michael McLain, a student at East Alexander Middle, finished second.
Twelve students from the county’s middle schools competed on the county level after winning school-wide competitions. Oral and written rounds of competition included physical geography, politics and culture questions.
County-wide competitors were:
East Alexander: Aaron Fox, Alicia Hartley, Michael McLain, Gannon Millsaps, Tristan Millsaps, Brayden Sweet.
West Alexander: Jackson Barr, Will Elder, Ian Garnto, Braedon Lackovic, Cameron White, Colston Yount.
Brian Weisend and Adam Kennington coordinated the School Geography Bee for East Alexander Middkle, while Cynthia Vincent coordinated the competition at West Alexander Middle.
Royal feast at New Dimensions: Kindergartners at New Dimensions Charter School recently studied the differences between royalty and democracy. Students learned about the differences in lifestyles, clothing, food, activities and everyday life.
At the end of the study, the youngsters dressed in royal finery as kings, queens and knights. They enjoyed a royal feast and were entertained by Jester Adam Bowling.
Catherine Henson and Jaime Handley teach the Kindergarten class at New Dimensions.
Leary wins logo contest: Kiara Leary, a fifth-grader at Granite Falls Elementary School, won the Caldwell County Schools drawing contest for the Kaleidoscope 2014 logo.
Her winning design will be featured in all of the school system’s advertising for Kaleidoscope, a talent showcase for Caldwell County students of all ages.
Kaleidoscope will be held at 7 p.m. March 22 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.
Model classroom: First-graders in Jan Cantor’s class and second-graders in Mallory Weeks’s class at Valmead Elementary recently achieved Model Classroom status in Accelerated Reader.
All students in the classes took an Accelerated Reader quiz and a STAR Reading assessment. Students also have 10 minutes of daily engaged time and average 70 percent on AR quizzes.
Middle school parent night: All eighth-grade parents, middle school teachers and staff are invited to attend Middle School Parent Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the West Caldwell High School theater.
Participants will learn about ninth grade registration.
South Caldwell Hall Pass 5K: South Caldwell High School will host its fourth annual Hall Pass 5K Run/Walk on March 22 at the school.
Participants will don race T-shirts and run through the halls of the school, along with the parking lots, baseball field and stadium track. Participants are welcome to run or walk the route.
Registration runs 7:30-8:30 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 before March 10; $20 after March 10 and on race day.
Proceeds benefit student scholarships, leadership camps, field trips and continuing education.
Printer cartridges needed: Gamewell Middle School is collecting empty printer cartridges to recycle and earn money for the school.
Community members are invited to bring empty cartridges to the recycling bin in the front office.
Rainbow loom fundraiser: Sixth-graders at Startown Elementary School have raised more than $530 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by making bracelets and earrings with the popular Rainbow Loom bands.
Participants in the fundraiser also have crafted duct tape bracelets, beaded decorations and origami creations. Project supplies were donated by students and their families.
Information on missed days: Catawba County Schools recently announced that missed school days Jan. 29-30 will not be made up on additional school days. By adding time to the instructional day this year, the school district was able to bank sufficient time to assure it exceeds the state requirement of at least 1,025 hours of instruction.
4-H small animal club: Children ages 6 and older who enjoy learning about animals and animal science are invited to participate in the 4-H Small Animal Club, a new group that meets monthly to study different animal topics and work through a 4-H Animal Science project book.
The group began in the fall, but is open to new members. Youth also participate in other programs such as learning about therapy dogs.
For information, contact Donna Mull, Catawba County 4-H Agent at 828-465-8240.
Spirit night: Arndt Middle School will hold Spirit Night Feb. 25 at Papa Murphy’s. Customers who buy meals will help the school raise money.
Project Warmth: Looking to get rid of old blankets, coats, hats, scarves and gloves? Bunker Hill High School’s FCCLA club is collecting gently used winter warmth items for the Salvation Army. A donation box is located at the school office. For information, call 828-241-3355.
HCAM open house: Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School will hold a series of open house nights for interested students.
The high school prepares students for both college and career through academies including cosmetology, graphic design and advertising, photography, public safety, criminal justice/forensics, culinary arts, acting and dance. Students can earn college credit in one of five college academies that can be applied toward an associate’s degree at a community college.
Open house and drop-in tours for students and families will be held:
• 6-8 p.m. Feb. 17
• 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 20
• 4:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 25
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 3
• 6-8 p.m. March 6
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 11
Applications for rising freshmen through juniors will be accepted through March 15. To download an application or for information, visit http://hickorycam.hickoryschools.net or call 828-328-6738.
Parent session on ACT: A parent session to address the ACT college entrance exam will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Morning Star Baptist Church, 126 Fourth Ave. S.W., Hickory.
The ACT college entrance exam is administered to all high school juniors in North Carolina. Parents will also learn about high school graduation requirements and registration for the upcoming school year. Parents of all high school students are welcome.
Hickory High will offer free test prep sessions in February. For information or to RSVP, contact Shannon Clemons at Hickory High School at 828-322-5860.
Reading club: The Middle School Reading Club started by eighth-graders Amelia Hawn and Virginia Tanner will hold its last meeting 6-8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.
The girls started the club for their Girl Scout Silver Award.
The group is open to students in grades 6-8 who love to read. Free food will be served. To register, contact Lisa Neal at 828-304-0500.
Red Blazer Awards: Applications are being accepted for the annual Red Blazer Award given by Newton-Conover City Schools.
The award honors dedicated individuals who have committed themselves to the success of the district through time, effort, finances and other resources, while expecting nothing in return. Up to four recipients are selected each year.
Nominations will be taken through Feb. 28. Forms are available at all district schools, the administrative office and online at www.nccs.k12.nc.us. Send completed forms to Betsy Rosenbalm, 605 N. Ashe Ave., Newton, NC 28658.
Neither current Board of Education members nor current school system employees are eligible. Nominations may be made posthumously. Nominees do not have to be former employees.
For information, call 828-464-3191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red hot spelling bee: The Newton-Conover Education Foundation will hold its eighth annual Red Hot Spelling Bee at 6:30 p.m. March 25 in the Newton-Conover High School auditorium.
Far from a normal spelling bee, this fun fundraiser encourages costume-clad team members to work together to spell competition words. Participants can purchase chances to buy back into the competition after misspelling words and can rally the audience to donate $10 to help them get back into the contest.
Entry fees are $100 for four spellers, $25 for an all-student team. Entry forms are available at Newton-Conover City Schools administration offices and are due by March 21. Teams that register before March 7 receive a free buy-back.
Proceeds from the Red Hot Spelling Bee fund scholarships and classroom grants.
For information, contact Michael Willard at 828-464-4041 or 828-850-2366.
Compiled by Leigh Pressley
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