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Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary
Technology and Engineering Extravaganza: The schools will celebrate STEM at 6 p.m. April 23 with a Technology and Engineering Extravaganza. Students will display their technology creations from the past school year, and families will work together to make either a car or a parachute using the school’s design process. At 6:30 p.m., first-graders will perform their Spring Concert in the gymnasium.
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Hickory Ridge Middle School
Language winners: Hickory Ridge Middle School students Monserrat Navarrete Garibo and Brandon White were named finalists at the 2015 N.C. Chinese Speech Contest on April 11 at N.C. State University in Raleigh. The competition, sponsored by the university’s Confucius Institute, had 400 participants from across the state. Thirty finalists were selected in the intermediate and beginner categories of contest. Each finalist prepared and memorized a 2-3 minute speech in Mandarin and delivered it before a panel of judges. Among about 1,200 students at Hickory Ridge Middle School, 140 students are learning Chinese. Cabarrus County Schools has signed on to a Chinese language and culture program through the Center for International Understanding, making Hickory Ridge one of 44 Confucius Classrooms throughout the state. The program promotes authentic Chinese language and culture learning by utilizing guest teachers from China. Chen Lei is the Chinese guest teacher in Cabarrus County, where he has taught for one year.
Central Cabarrus High
Cheerleading try-outs: Eighth-grade girls interested in trying out for cheerleading at Central Cabarrus High School for next year must attend the Pre-Cheerleading Tryouts Meeting with at least one parent 6-7 p.m. April 28 in the main gym at theschool. Also, a pre-tryout skills clinic for rising seventh- through 12th-graders will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon May 2 at the turf football field at Central Cabarrus High, or inside the main gym in the event of inclement weather. Cost for the clinic is $10. For details, visit http://www.centralcabarrusathletics.com/main/teamNews/id/62476/.
St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser: Central Cabarrus High is participating in the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to benefit children’s cancer research. Participants can sign up to shave their hair for the event, volunteer or simply donate money. Students who want to sign up need to have a signed parent permission slip. Details are available at www.stbaldricks.org/events/centralcabarrus.
Cox Mill High
Cox Mill’s Got Talent: Students will audition on April 23-24. The talent show will be May 8. Information and participation forms are available in room 2402.
T-shirt fundraiser: Throughout April, Leadership students will be in the Commons during lunches taking registration from students and staff for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 5K run/walk on April 25 at the Kannapolis Intimdators stadium. They will also be selling T-shirts to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. T-shirts are $12 with all proceeds benefitting the nonprofit organization.
Golf tournament: Cox Mill High School will hold its annual golf tournament May 3 at Skybrook Golf Club in Huntersville. The event kicks off with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Cost to participate is $125 for individuals and $400 for foursomes. Entry fee includes greens fee, cart, range balls, goodie bag, lunch and dinner. A portion of the proceeds will support Cox Mill High’s efforts to improve its athletic facilities, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Program. Checks should be made out to CMHS School Foundation Inc. and mailed to: CMHS School Foundation, 1355 Cox Mill Road, Concord, NC 28027. For details, contact Kenneth at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us, click on Cox Mill High School, then Our School, then CMHS Foundation, then Fundraisers.
Mount Pleasant High
Bricks of Honor: Mount Pleasant High School masonry teacher Ryan Shaver and his senior masonry students recently helped install the latest brick honoring Bert Thomas to the Cabarrus County Education Foundation’s Bricks of Honor walkway. The Bricks of Honor project is a fundraising initiative started by the foundation several years ago in which donors can contribute $100 to have a brick at the entrance of the Education Center engraved in honor of someone they wish to commemorate. Shaver and his students have been helping install bricks for the program since 2014. For details, visit http://www.cabarruscountyeducationfoundation.org/programs/bricks-of-honor#!10005887_682228518490503_8622321736335067076_o or contact Rachel Wilkes at 704-262-6246 or email@example.com.
Fundraising success: Cannon School raised more than $30,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by participating in the JDRF Walk for a Cure on April 10. Students, parents, faculty and staff members participated in events such as penny wars and spirit days throughout a two-week period that led up to the walk. School nurse Brenda Newman organized the event. It was the first year for the school to participate in the fundraiser.