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Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

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    Cannon School’s board of trustees is dedicating Cannon’s Upper School building as the Matthew E. Gossage Building in recognition of Head of School Matt Gossage.
    Cannon School fourth-grade students pose with former Carolina Panther Mike Rucker at the end of Adaptive Education Day. Front row, from left: Taylor Denby, Aidan Swartz, Ellen Weinstock, Kyle Manzoor; back row, from left, Colson Bishop, Harrison Alexander, Peyton Patterson, Ethan Koch.

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Cornelius Elementary

School tours: 10 a.m. March 27, April 10, 24 and May 15

Beginners’ Day: 9 a.m. April 29. Orientation for kindergarten students entering Cornelius Elementary in the fall. Tours are about two hours long. Students will go to the classrooms while parents attend a meeting in the cafeteria to discuss buses, immunization requirements and more. No registration required.

Grand Oak Elementary

Unity Run volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help with Grand Oak’s Unity Day races on March 29 at Bradley Middle School. This is a good opportunity for middle and high school students in need of community service hours. Volunteers help with water stops, parking, awards and more. Details and registration:

Mother and Son Cosmic Bowling: 2-5 p.m. March 30, NorthCross Lanes, 16317 Statesville Road, Huntersville. Details and tickets:

J.V. Washam Elementary

Staff Charity Basketball Game: 6:30 p.m. March 27, Hough High gymnasium. J.V. Washam staff members will face off against staff from Davidson Elementary in a basketball game to raise money for the Ada Jenkins Center. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Donations of money and canned goods will be accepted at the door in lieu of an entry fee. The J.V. Washam Jump Rope Club and staff dance crew will perform during the game. Concessions will be available. Attendees are asked to wear black to support the J.V. Washam staff. Volunteers are needed at the game. Sign up:

PTO board candidate search: The Parent Teacher Organization is seeking parent candidates for next year’s PTO board of directors. The PTO serves as a liaison among parents, students, teachers and administration to support J.V. Washam Elementary. Each board position is limited to a two-year consecutive term. Previous PTO involvement is a plus. All offices except treasurer can have two co-chairs sharing a position. For details or to nominate a candidate contact

Hough High

Athletic Booster Scholarships: The 2014-15 Athletic Booster Scholarship packets and program details are now available. Completed packets must be returned by April 30. Packets and details are available at

Cannon School

Building dedication: A crowd of more than 360 gathered on the evening of March 7 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to celebrate Cannon School’s achievement of surpassing its goal for the $7.1 million Building Bright Futures Campaign to enhance its arts, athletics and middle school facilities with five major construction projects.

During the event, it was announced that Cannon’s board of trustees is dedicating Cannon’s Upper School building as the Matthew E. Gossage Building in recognition of Head of School Matt Gossage. Eventually, the Upper School building will bear Gossage’s name.

Gossage was appointed Cannon’s sixth head of school in 2006. He was previously head of school at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis, Mo. and headmaster at Westminster Schools of Augusta, Ga. In 2007, he was named Outstanding Head of School by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Adaptive Expertise Day: During Cannon’s fourth Adaptive Expertise Day, or AE Day, the School welcomed Mike Rucker, Ricky Craven and Scott Fowler to lend their expertise in the area of sports writing.

Fowler, of The Charlotte Observer, introduced the fourth-grade class to techniques and skills he learned during his career as a sports writer. To demonstrate, he did brief interviews with former NASCAR driver and ESPN broadcaster Ricky Craven. Craven then discussed his more than 30-year career with NASCAR.

The day ended with a press conference with former Carolina Panther defensive end Mike Rucker. For nearly 45 minutes, students were able to ask Rucker questions. Adaptive Education Days are allotted times throughout the school year where the normal schedule is dismissed to allow students to engage in interdisciplinary, experiential learning opportunities.

Rho Kappa inductees: Cannon School’s Maggie Coleman Chapter of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society inducted 28 juniors and seniors on March 6. Students who met GPA requirements were invited to apply, and were selected based on their work in social studies courses and on the qualities of industry, initiative, reliability and participation in school or community service.

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