Compiled by Gina Smith
Cabarrus County Schools
Grant: The Cabarrus County Schools recently received a $1.3 million After-School Quality Improvement Grant from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the N.C. General Assembly for STEM afterschool programs. The money will be used to create STEM afterschool programs at W.M. Irvin Elementary, Rocky River Elementary, C.C. Griffin Middle and Concord Middle schools. The school system will partner with Camp Invention, a nationally recognized program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention, to implement and deliver the programs. The programs will begin in April.
Student artwork display: A collection of artwork by Cabarrus County Schools elementary students is on display in the student art gallery in Roper Commons, in the Medical Arts Building of Carolinas Medical Center–NorthEast, 920 Church St. N., Concord. The art show is sponsored by NorthEast Foundation and CMC-NorthEast. The exhibit is open to the public.
Free parent resource: The Cabarrus County Schools district is partnering with ReadyRosie to provide free daily literacy and math videos to parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 years in Cabarrus County.
The videos are available in English and Spanish and are delivered via email. The videos provide activities and strategies to help parents prepare their children for kindergarten.
Register for the program at www.readyrosie.com/cabarruscounty or through your child’s school. For details, call Cabarrus County Schools Elementary Education at 704-262-6158.
Expanding language immersion program: The Cabarrus County Schools will expand its SPLASH Spanish Language Immersion program for the 2015-16 school year. The new program will be located at Rocky River Elementary School in Concord. The Rocky River program will be the school system’s second language-immersion program. The first SPLASH program, at Carl A. Furr Elementary, is in its second year.
Applications will be accepted until noon April 17 for students who will begin kindergarten in August. To apply, visit www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us.
School store: The Beacon Shop is open 7:50-8:15 a.m. Thursdays, and Smencils scented pencils are back in stock. Items are priced between 25 cents and $2.
J.N. Fries Magnet Middle
Innovative App winners: A team from J.N. Fries won the Best in State award for North Carolina for the second year in a row in the 2015 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Their entry was a mobile app they designed called “Bintu Box.”
The team members are Christopher Little, Joseph Palko, Jacob Larem, Blaine Mercer, Jake Meckley, Colton Roberts and Thomas Baker.
In the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, teams of five to seven students work with a faculty adviser to develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and content and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.
One middle school team and one high school team are chosen from each state as Best in State. State winners progress to regional competitions to compete for scholarship money.
Central Cabarrus High
Masonry honor: Todd Hartsell, a teacher at Central Cabarrus High School, was recently appointed masonry expert for the U.S. WorldSkills Team by the National SkillsUSA Headquarters in Leesburg, Va. He will train the SkillsUSA masonry representative for the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, scheduled for Aug. 11-16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Cox Mill High
Student events: On Feb. 12, a meet-the-teacher night for current students will be 6-7 p.m., and a curriculum event for rising ninth-graders and current students will be 7-8:15 p.m.
Mount Pleasant High
Benefit banquet: The Mount Pleasant Bible Teaching Association Benefit Banquet will be 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 in the cafeteria. The deadline to buy tickets is Feb. 20. Tickets are $12. The event will include entertainment and a menu featuring a choice of Boston butt barbecue or marinated chicken breast with green beans, slaw, cowboy potatoes, roll, tea and chocolate cake with whipped icing. Details: www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Domain/43.
Kannapolis City Schools
Spring It On 5K: Registration is open for the second annual Spring It On 5K Walk/Run, scheduled for March 14 at the North Carolina Research Campus. The race is open to all ages. Registration is $20; group rates are available. Proceeds benefit the Kannapolis Education Foundation. Sponsorships are available. To register, visit https://racesonline.com/events/spring-it-on-5k. For details, visit www.kannapolis.k12.nc.us.
Webcast concert series: The Jazz Program at Cannon School is hosting a new monthly webcast concert series in Cannon School’s new Performing Arts Center. The performances will be streamed live from the stages of Lincoln Center in New York City and shown on a giant screen.
Each month’s concert will center on a theme and feature a different group of musicians. Brad Davis, director of jazz at Cannon School, will preface each show with a 30-minute discussion on the history and context of the music that will be performed.
The events are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Shows are scheduled as follows:
• 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20: Sherman Irby’s “Journey through Swing.”
• 7:30 p.m. March 27: Paquito D’Rivera presents “Around the Americas.”
• 7:30 p.m. April 24: John Scofield and Taj Mahal celebrate Muddy Waters.
• 7:30 p.m. May 15: Wayne Shorter with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.