Compiled by Gina Smith
Cabarrus County Schools
New early-learning center: Lockhart Early Learning Center, a new school for 4-year olds, opened Oct. 16 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Concord through a partnership between Cabarrus County Schools and the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children. Thirty-six children attended the school on opening day. Lockhart’s full-day program expands the early childhood programs offered in Cabarrus County Schools.
Financial Aid Night: A workshop on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the college financial aid application process will be offered 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the auditorium at Winkler Middle School, 4501 Weddington Road, Concord. The program is open to high school juniors and seniors and their families. Details: 704-786-2000.
Rocky River Elementary
Wellness grant: Rocky River Elementary recently received a Hometown Huddle grant worth $5,000 from the National Football League, the Carolina Panthers and the United Way of Central Carolinas. The Hometown Huddle grants support school health and wellness initiatives. Rocky River physical education teachers Amanda Davis and Patricia Fiorelli wrote the winning grant. The school will use the money to buy equipment for its physical education and Fit Lab programs. Rocky River was one of five schools selected to receive a grant and the only school in Cabarrus County to do so. A celebratory pep rally was hosted on Oct. 14 by Sir Purr and the Top Cats.
R. Brown McAllister Elementary
Title I Reward School: R. Brown McAllister Elementary was recently named a Title I Reward School by the U.S. Department of Education. The top 10 percent of all Reward Schools in North Carolina are the state’s 2015 nominees for the National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program. North Carolina will choose two Title I schools to represent the state at the national level in High Performance and High Progress categories.
Weddington Hills Elementary
International Education Week: Community members are needed to share their culture, language or international experience as guest speakers during Weddington Hills Elementary’s International Education Week Nov. 17-21. Details: Mary Hooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/weddingtonhills.
Kannapolis City Schools
Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month: Dean Fink of Forest Park Elementary was honored during a recent Kannapolis school board meeting as the Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month for October. Each month, Hilbish awards $300 to a teacher chosen from nominations made by parents and students. For details or to nominate a teacher, visit bit.ly/1uw9yPr.
McKnight Child Development Center
Royal visit: Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, visited the McKnight Child Development Center on Oct. 15. Safrit read with children, taught them about good nutrition and played with them in their learning centers. She also allowed the students to try on her crown. Safrit, a 2010 graduate of A.L. Brown High School, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 2014. She will travel to London in November to represent the United States in the Miss World competition.
A.L. Brown High
Band honors: The A.L. Brown Marching Band and Color Guard won several awards at a regional contest Oct. 18 at Forbush High School in Yadkin County. In its division, the A.L. Brown band earned first place in the Color Guard, Percussion and General Effect categories. The band’s Color Guard also earned first place overall, and the marching band took third place overall. The percussion section won fourth place overall. In their division, the Color Guard and the band’s percussion section are undefeated. They have earned first-place honors at every contest they have entered this fall.
Winter Soccer Clinic Series: Matt Barlow, Cannon School’s director of soccer, will offer his third annual Winter Soccer Clinic Series for players ages 7-12 of all skill levels. Clinics will meet noon-1:30 p.m. on five Saturdays Dec. 20-Jan. 31 on the school’s back field. Barlow has more than 20 years of coaching experience and holds the NSCAA Premier and National Youth Diplomas as well as licenses in Brazil, Holland and England. Registration for the entire series is $90. Advance registration is required. For a schedule and to register, visit www.cannonschool.org/sportsclinicsclubs.
SAT prep course: Cannon School will offer the Princeton Review SAT Prep Course on on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings Jan. 31-March 7. Both courses are open to private, public and homeschooled students and are recommended for high school juniors. The course focuses on the essential test elements and includes 18 hours of live instruction. The $450 registration fee covers all course materials and pre- and post-tests scored by the Princeton Review. Registration is required, and class size is limited. Online registration is available at www.cannonschool.org/satprep.