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Elizabeth Rogers of Shady Brook Elementary participates in the Dr. Suess celebration at Kannapolis City Schools.
Elizabeth Rogers of Shady Brook Elementary participates in the Dr. Suess celebration at Kannapolis City Schools. KANNAPOLIS CITY SCHOOLS

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Cabarrus County Schools

Discipline data: Cabarrus County Schools discipline data has improved significantly since 2011, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s 2013-14 Consolidated Data Report released March 5.

The report shows a 38 percent decrease in reportable acts of school crime and violence – down from 11.25 per 1,000 students in 2011 to 7.5 per 1,000 students in 2014. The drop-out rate shrank to 1.71 in 2014 from 2.57 in 2011. Long-term suspensions plummeted from 201 in 2011 to four in 2014, and short-term suspensions went from 28.75 per 100 students in 2011 to 11.64 per 100 students in 2014.

The state of North Carolina also reports major reductions in the dropout rate and in the other areas highlighted in the report. Details:

Beverly Hills Elementary

Grant: Beverly Hills Elementary received a $1,000 grant from the Cabarrus Health Alliance Active Routes to School initiative. Principal Dustin Shoe and physical education instructor Amber DiGiore accepted the check March 3 from Cabarrus Health Alliance Wellness Coordinator Greg Stewart and Cabarrus Health Alliance Active Routes to School Region 4 Program Manager George Berger. The grant will be used to provide prizes as incentives in the school’s Jogging and Walking Stars (JAWS) walk-at-school program, which requires each student in grades one through five to walk at least a quarter mile before recess each day. Students will receive the prizes after achieving specific mile goals in the program. The N.C. Active Routes to School project is a three-year grant partnership between the N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Division of Public Health designed to encourage students in elementary and middle schools to safely walk and bike to and at school.

Charles E. Boger Elementary

Garden grant: The Boger PTO recently received a grant for $450 from the Cabarrus Active Living and Parks Matching Grant program. The money will be used for a school garden to be introduced this spring.

W.R. Odell Elementary

Energy Star certification: The design for the new W.R. Odell Elementary School recently earned Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. The certification recognizes that the design for the new school, which will house students in grades 3-5, has met specific EPA criteria for energy efficiency. The architectural and engineering design for the new Odell Elementary School earned an Energy Star score of 96, which means its energy performance is projected to be in the top 4 percent of similar schools nationwide. The new 89,400-square-foot school is expected to be finished by February 2016. Beam Construction was awarded the contract to construct the building.

Winecoff Elementary

Hometown Hero: Winecoff Elementary fourth-grade teacher Christina Davis was named the February Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Hometown Hero is a teacher recognition program sponsored by Charles G. Monnett III & Associates to help teachers buy classroom supplies. Each month, the law firm honors the top vote-getter at schools throughout the Charlotte-metro region with a $250 Visa gift card to buy supplies for the classroom. Domino’s Pizza caters a pizza party for the winning teacher’s classroom. Bob Dill, marketing director for Monnett & Associates, brought pizza for the class and presented Davis with her award March 5. To nominate teacher, visit and select the “Vote” button.

Cox Mill High

Math competition: The Math Club attended the UNC Charlotte Super Math Competition March 2. Member Connor Malstrom placed in the top 10 for the Level 3 competition.

Teacher award: Cox Mill art teacher Danielle Gaimari was recognized recently by Delta Kappa Gamma Society International of North Carolina with a First Year Teacher Award. The school’s administration nominated Gaimari for the honor. She received a basket of goodies to use in her classroom.

Hickory Ridge High

Scholarship awards: Hickory Ridge senior Kruti Patel was recently awarded Eastern Carolina University’s Scholars and Honors scholarships, which combined will give her a full ride to the university.

Patel was also named an alternate for the Early Assurance Scholars program for Medicine. Patel is one of 20 to receive the Scholars scholarship, one of 110 to receive the Honors scholarship and one of eight to be named an Early Assurance scholarship for Medicine. Additionally, Patel was chosen as an alternate for the Park Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship to N.C. State University.

Kannapolis City Schools

Dr. Seuss celebration: Kannapolis City Schools students and staff spent the first week of March celebrating the birthday of children’s books author Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 111 years old on March 2. Schools invited volunteers from the community to read Dr. Seuss books to students. Students and staff also dressed up as famous Dr. Seuss characters, including the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax and Horton Hears a Who. The activities were part of Read Across America week, which celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and is marked each year by schools across the country.

STEM scholarship program: Piedmont Natural Gas and the Charlotte Knights will award $1,000 scholarships to three qualifying Charlotte-area high school seniors through the Charlotte Knights STEM Scholarship Program. High school seniors enrolled in the following counties are eligible to apply for the scholarship: Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Union counties in North Carolina; and Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina. To apply, students must be planning to attend college to pursue studies in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. Completed applications must be submitted by May 1 via email to or by mail to: Charlotte Knights, Annual Scholarship, 324 S. Mint St., Charlotte NC 28202. The scholarships will be presented during an on-field ceremony at BB&T Ballpark on July 23.