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Cabarrus County Schools
Graduation ceremonies: Cabarrus County Schools has scheduled graduation ceremonies for district high schools. Ceremonies and rehearsals for the Performance Learning Center, Central Cabarrus High, Concord High, Cox Mill High, Hickory Ridge High, Jay M. Robinson High, Mount Pleasant High and Northwest Cabarrus High will take place at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49, Concord. The ceremony for Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School will be held at Cox Mill High School. Schedules and rehearsal times:
▪ Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School – graduation 11 a.m. May 16, rehearsal 10 a.m. May 15.
▪ Performance Learning Center – graduation 9 a.m. June 12, rehearsal TBA.
▪ Northwest Cabarrus High School – graduation 12:30 p.m. June 12, rehearsal 4 p.m. June 10 at the arena.
▪ Concord High School – graduation 4 p.m. June 12, rehearsal 10 a.m. June 10 at the arena.
▪ Central Cabarrus High School – graduation 7:30 p.m. June 12, rehearsal 8 a.m. June 10 at the arena.
▪ Cox Mill High School – graduation 9 a.m. June 13, rehearsal noon June 10 at the arena.
▪ Hickory Ridge High School – graduation 12:30 p.m. June 13, rehearsal 11 a.m. June 12 at Hickory Ridge High School.
▪ Jay M. Robinson High School – graduation 4 p.m. June 13, rehearsal 2 p.m. June 10 at the arena.
▪ Mount Pleasant High School – graduation 7:30 p.m. June 13, rehearsal 6:30 p.m. June 10 at the arena.
Details are available at http://bit.ly/1F4RoLn.
A.T. Allen Elementary
Allen’s Got Talent: Due to the bad weather on Feb. 27, the Allen’s Got Talent event was rescheduled and will now take place 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the school.
Cox Mill Elementary
Test proctors: Cox Mill needs volunteers to proctor for the End of Grade tests to be held May 28-29 and June 1. One proctor is required to be in each classroom in which a test is being administered. An average of 50 proctors is needed each day. To proctor, individuals must be at least 18 years old and must arrive at the school by 7:50 a.m. the day they are scheduled for a brief training and refreshments. Proctors will be able to leave once their test is completed, usually around noon. For details and to sign up, go to http://bit.ly/1BfbIcc.
Rocky River Elementary
Technology Career Day: Individuals who work in the field of technology and use computer programming with their jobs are needed to volunteer as guest presenters during Rocky River Elementary’s Technology Career Day on March 20. For details and to sign up, visit http://bit.ly/1F4SA1l.
Alumnus achievement: Concord High School graduate and Wingate University women’s basketball senior guard Jasmine DeBerry recently earned a spot as one of 10 student-athletes on the 2015 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Team. DeBerry was a member of Concord’s 2008 girls’ state championship team that also won the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship 2008-2011. In 2014, DeBerry donated bone marrow to a 9-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia. DeBerry joined the Be The Match bone marrow registry as an 18-year-old, dedicating her registration to a friend who had died from the disease the previous year. She also does numerous community service activities through her church, University Church of Christ in Charlotte. The Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Team pays tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them. Members of the Good Works Team will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 WBCA Convention and 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fla., where they will participate in a community project benefiting the host city. Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2015 NABC Convention and at the 2015 NABC Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis. For details about the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team and the Allstate NABC Good Works Team, visit www.wbca.org or www.nabc.org.
Jay M. Robinson High
Meet the Teacher Night: The event has been rescheduled for 6-7 p.m. March 16.
Kannapolis City Schools
Spring it On 5K: The second annual Spring it On 5K Walk/Run will be held 8 a.m. March 14 at the North Carolina Research Campus, 150 Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis. The event is open to all ages. Registration for the 5K is $25 in advance or $30 on race day. Registration for the 1-mile fun run is $10. Proceeds benefit the Kannapolis Education Foundation. Reduced rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For details, call 704-939-1308. To register, visit https://racesonline.com/events/spring-it-on-5k. For sponsorship opportunities, visit http://bit.ly/1zUP8TB.
Middle school plans: The Kannapolis City Board of Education recently chose Mosely Architects of Charlotte to design a new middle school for the district. Moseley has designed more than 100 middle schools and has a plan for using solar energy for the new building. The site for the school is on property Kannapolis City Schools owns next to Kannapolis Middle School. Funding for the project is not yet finalized but is expected to be available by early 2016. Construction is expected to begin in the winter of 2016 and should be completed by the start of school in 2017. The new school will be for grades seven and eight and will be larger than the current Kannapolis Middle School. The district plans to turn the current middle school into a second intermediate school. Both district intermediate schools will then house grades four, five and six, and all district elementary schools will switch to kindergarten-third grade. The plan was developed to relieve overcrowding in the district. Once the new school opens, the current Kannapolis Intermediate School will become a STEM magnet school, utilizing its science labs and other resources. The current Kannapolis Middle School building will eventually become an arts magnet school, but both schools will offer a full curriculum that includes all subjects.
A.L. Brown High
Winter Guard honors: The A.L. Brown Winter Guard placed 11th overall in its first Winter Guard International Regional Competition. The competition took place on Feb. 21 in Charlotte. The A.L. Brown Winter Guard advanced through all preliminary rounds and earned a place in the finals against guards from as far away as Kentucky and Georgia. The A.L. Brown team qualified for the regional event after placing third in their category at a January competition in Rock Hill. A.L. Brown moved up from the 3A category to the 1A category this year making the competition more challenging. The team will continue to competition on March 14 at Ardrey Kell High, March 21 at Northwest Guilford High and the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association Championships on March 28.
Fred L. Wilson Elementary
Doughnut fundraiser: Wilson Elementary students, parents and staff are taking orders for Krispy Kreme doughnuts through March 17 as a fundraiser for the school. Regular glazed doughnuts are $5 per box, and chocolate glazed doughnuts are $8 per box. Those who order doughnuts can pick them up between 3:10 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 19 at the school.