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Winners: Covenant Day School Latin Students won second overall in the large school category of the North Carolina Junior Classical League convention on April 8-9 at Wake Forest University.
Kindergarten and sixth grade: Students entering kindergarten and sixth grade require proof of immunizations on the first day of school Aug. 25. Kindergarten students also need proof of a current health assessment or physical exam. Failure to provide required documents may lead to exclusion from school. Immunization requirements and information are listed on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools website: www.cms.k12.nc.us or www.immunizenc.org. A dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all students entering sixth grade to protect against pertussis (whooping cough) that has increased in the state's pre-teen population. Children who have had a tetanus shot within the past five years may be exempt from the requirement. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that older children receive vaccinations against meningitis, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis A and influenza (flu), as well as booster shot of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. Immunizations are also available at the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Due to changes in the Vaccine for Children (VCF) funding, a fee may apply.
Lawmaker visits: Cannon School welcomed North Carolina's senior senator, Richard Burr, to its Concord campus April 21. Burr met with two students who led a project to install a renewable energy solar panel at Cannon School and spoke to an assembly of their upper school classmates. The senator came at the invitation of students Avery Olearczyk and Brianna Ratté. Last summer, the Huntersville teenagers shared with him their plan to install a solar panel at Cannon. Eight months later, the panel is producing power for research purposes and Burr, who serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, came to see it for himself. The senator congratulated them for their leadership and urged their classmates to take an active role in their communities through volunteering.
American History: Congressman Larry Kissell visited with Cannon School juniors on April 19 to talk about American history, government and current events. Kissell spoke with the class about his work in the house of representatives and the importance of continued youth involvement in public service. A former high school civics teacher, Kissell took questions from the students, many of whom are currently enrolled in U.S. government and civics classes at the school.