Cannon School teacher Monty Coggins, Cannon's Upper School Science department chairman and science teacher, was reunited with Concord's Avett Brothers at the recent Merlefest music festival in Wilkesboro.
Coggins, who lives in Kannapolis, taught Scott and Seth Avett at Mount Pleasant High School in the 1990s.
"I taught Scott and worked with Seth in the Beta Club during my time there," Coggins said. "The Avetts visited Cannon School in fall 2005 to hear our chorus sing a couple of their songs and to sing a couple for the chorus. It was very low-key."
Their success has grown in intervening years, and, in that success, Coggins sees a learning opportunity.
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"Scott and Seth's success demonstrates what happens when two people with profound gifts have the courage and wisdom to develop those gifts and to follow wherever that path leads," Coggins said. "If our students follow their passions with the same determination and open spirit that Scott and Seth have, they will make a huge difference in the world."
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CyberKids Robotics: Cornelius Elementary is going to be the first CMS school to have a CyberKids Robotics Team. The team will work together to design and build a robot to compete in local, state and national levels. The team will write computer programs to make their robots complete a mission. Huntersville Presbyterian Hospital is in partnership with us to make this exciting endeavor possible. The robotics team will explore the cutting-edge world of biomedical engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions and maximize the body's potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.
Woodlawn School, Davidson
Composting: Woodlawn School's ninth grade service learning class built Composting Bins For a Cause. The students spent two hours constructing two food composting bins and planting a variety of vegetables. The class will start composting food scraps from lunch with a trial run at the upper school. The compost bins are made from used pallets donated by Hoke Lumber Co. in Davidson and new supplies such as screws and hardware cloth from the Woodlawn service donations at Christmas. Students moved autumn leaves to a spot near the bins so they can easily add layers of leaves to the layers of food scraps, enhancing the conditions for decomposition. They will also continue to tend the vegetable garden with hopes for both creating a meal for themselves in June and donating fresh vegetables to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen.
Spring Fling: McKinney Academy will be hosting a Spring Fling 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 22 on the Davidson Green. If rain, the spring fling will be held at McKinney Academy, 412 Armour St., Davidson. All are welcome. The event is sponsored by Davidson Parks and Recreation Department.
Davidson IB Middle School
Top magnet: Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools received national recognition as top magnet schools in the United States. Smith Academy of International Languages and Davidson IB won special 2010 Magnet Schools Merit Awards at the Magnet Schools of America conference in Tampa, Fl. The Magnet Schools of Merit Award recognizes magnet schools that show a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful diversity efforts and consistent delivery of quality services to all members of the school community.
Davidson IB won the American Education Solutions award for a secondary Magnet School of Excellence. This award is sponsored by American Education Solutions and includes a $2,500 prize. In addition, Davidson IB was one of the five national finalists for the top award for magnet schools in the nation; the school took a runner-up award.
Hopewell High School
Spring concert: Chorus Spring Concert will be held 7-9 p.m. May 27 at Hopewell High School, 11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville. Details: 980-343-5988.
Headliners: The Hopewell Headliners will present "Twelfth Night" 7-9 p.m. May 21-22 at the high school.
Bradley Middle School
Award ceremony: The eighth grade Awards/Promotion Ceremony will be held June 10. Team A, 9 a.m.; Teams B and C, 11:30 a.m.. Seating is limited; the school asks that just the immediate family attend the ceremony. 13345 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville. Details: 980-343-5750
Duke TIP: Fourteen Cannon School students earned state recognition in Duke University's Talent Identification Program Duke TIP, which seeks to identify academically talented middle school students in a 16-state area.
Uday Uppal of Huntersville earned grand recognition for being among the nation's highest scorers in the seventh-grade talent search. He will be honored at a Grand Recognition Ceremony May 24 at Duke University and receive a medallion as an acknowledgement of his achievement.
The following students qualified for state recognition: Jessica Abel Huntersville; Kent Andrews Cornelius; Kelli Baker, Concord; Mitchell Carlson Davidson; Joanna Copio, Davidson; Rachel Fitzpatrick, Cornelius; Logan Foster, Concord; Trip Goff, Davidson; Madeleine Nagy, Spencer; Erin Norton, Davidson; Erin Sullivan, Huntersville; Troy Terveer, Huntersville; Kendall Thomas Cornelius. All 14 Cannon School students were honored at a May 13 ceremony at Davidson College.
End-of-Course exams: The tests will be administered May 27-June 4. About 40 proctors are needed 7:30-11:30 a.m. each day. To volunteer, Jane Vizard at 704-875-3389 or email@example.com.
Concert on The Green: The High School and Middle School Band will be performing 6:30 p.m. May 28 at with a rain date of June 1. The Band Boosters are looking for volunteers to help with this event on campus; contact Pam Price, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagle Scout project volunteers: Jeffrey Chartraw, a junior, will be completing his Eagle Scout project at the high school this summer. His project includes painting crosswalk lanes and numbers in the carpool circle, numbering the student parking spots, and building book cases. To volunteer, e-mail Jeff at email@example.com.
HS Sports Boosters: The next general meeting will be held 5:45 p.m. May 24 in the Middle School Gym.
Sports Physicals: Fall sport physicals for next year will be held 5:30 p.m. May 20 at Lakeside Family Physicians at the Huntersville location at Presbyterian Hospital, exit 23. The $10 fee will benefit LNCS Athletics.
Camp openings: The Town of Davidson's Park and Recreation Department has openings in summer camps for preschool and school-aged children. Details: www.ci.davidson.nc.us.
Davidson Day School
Summer Camp: New Football Coaches Chad Grier and Dave Serepca will be hosting the 2010 Lake Norman Football Combine 6-8:30 p.m. July19-22. The LKN Youth Football Combine is open to all rising 3rd- through 8th-graders who want to improve their football skills and is open to all leagues. Details: www.davidsonday.org/summercamp.
Fashion camp: Style Sanctum, fashion art studio Style Sanctum is offering two one-week camp sessions at Davidson Day. Children ages 5-12 will spend a week delving into a fashion topic. Camps run June 21-25 and July 26-30. Details: www.davidsonday.org/summercamp.
St. Mark Catholic School
Sports banquet: The Middle School Sports Banquet for athletes and their parents is May 20.
Last days: Awards Day for graduating eighth-graders is June 4. Eighth Grade Graduation is June 7. June 8 is the last day of school and the last All-School Mass for the 2009-2010 year.