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Third-grade teacher Allie Pope was recently chosen to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J
Third-grade teacher Allie Pope was recently chosen to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J COURTESY OF CABARRUS COUNTY SCHOOLS

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Cabarrus County Schools

Special Olympics: The 2015 Cabarrus County Schools Special Olympics Spring Games have been rescheduled. Middle school, high school and adult athletes will compete on May 5, while elementary school athletes will compete on May 6. The games will still be held at the Cabarrus Arena. For details, visit

Impact Through Education Awards: At its monthly business meeting on April 13, the Cabarrus County Board of Education presented Impact Through Education Awards to students and staff at Weddington Hills Elementary School and Harold E. Winkler Middle School. Sponsored by Concord Printing, the Impact Awards honor individuals who exemplify the qualities of initiative, hard work and respect for others. Impact Award honorees were joined by their families and members of their schools’ administrative team as they received their awards. Impact Award honorees for April were:

Weddington Hills Elementary School: Students, Colin Seets and Lexi Waller; certified staff, Mary Hooks; support staff, Debbie Cutler.

Winkler Middle School: Students, Bryson Foster and Madison Kirkman; certified staff, Quay Lowder; support staff, Johanna Altshuler.

Youth Art Month Awards: During the April 15 meeting of the Cabarrus County Schools Board of Education, Rachel Wilkes, executive director of Cabarrus County Education Foundation and CCS Superintendent Chris Lowder recognized the following students for Youth Art Month Superintendent’s Choice Awards. The elementary school winner was Alex Deese of Winecoff Elementary School. The middle school winner was Alexa Smith of J. N. Fries Magnet Middle School. The high school winner was Mary Martinez of Northwest Cabarrus High School.

Patriots STEM Elementary

Hometown Hero: Third-grade teacher Gwen Politis was named the March Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Hometown Hero is a teacher recognition program sponsored by Charles G. Monnett III & Associates to help teachers offset some of the money they spend out of their own pockets for 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 caters a pizza party for the winning teacher’s classroom. On March 5, Bob Dill, marketing director for Monnett & Associates, brought Domino’s Pizza for the class and presented Politis with her award. To nominate a teacher, visit and select the “Vote” button. Nominations are now open. Voting closes at the end of each month, with the presentation ceremony taking place at the winning teacher’s school during the first week of the following month.

Wolf Meadow Elementary

ExxonMobil Academy: Third-grade teacher Allie Pope was recently chosen to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. Pope is one of 155 third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country selected to attend the intensive week-long, all-expense-paid, professional development opportunity. The program equips teachers with innovative ways to teach science and math and to inspire their students in these subjects. A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association chose Pope from more than 1,500 teachers to attend the Academy. For details on the Academy, visit

C.C. Griffin Middle

Family Night: 5-7 p.m. May 7. The event for rising sixth-graders and their families will include guided tours of the sixth-grade and Encore hallways, an interactive Excel Extravaganza and Musical Promenade in the courtyards and Media Center and light refreshments 5-6 p.m. A presentation on “Making the Successful Transition” followed by a question-and-answer session will be held 6:10-7 p.m. in the Café.

J.N. Fries Magnet Middle

New student orientation: 6 p.m. April 30. Adults will meet in the gymnasium while students participate in small-group activities in the lobby. Time for self-guided tours of the school will be provided after the presentations. Families should arrive by 5:45 p.m. to find parking and get settled. Parking can be challenging, so carpooling is encouraged.

Family Fun Festival: J.N. Fries will hold its inaugural Family Fun Festival 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 9. The event will feature food, music and local vendors, and seventh graders will create probability games connected to their math curriculum to showcase for attendees. Local vendors interested in participating can contact receptionist Bethany Melton at the school at 704-788-4140.

Hickory Ridge High

Teacher of the Month: Theater teacher Melanie Elicker was named the Cabarrus County Schools Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month for April during the monthly meeting of the Cabarrus County Board of Education on April 13. Each month, Hilbish Ford honors a Cabarrus County Scools teacher for his or her outstanding work in the classroom. Teachers are nominated by parents or students. Hilbish presents the teacher with a trophy and a cash prize. To nominate a teacher, visit

Mount Pleasant High

Community service project: Members of Mount Pleasant High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes traveled to Red Springs during spring break to visit the North Carolina Baptist Red Springs Mission Camp. During their three-day visit, they completed 21 hours of community service, participating in activities including: delivering disaster relief packages to the elderly and citizens with special needs for the Robeson County Department of Social Services, picking up trash and roofing a house in Hoke County, moving furniture and boxes for an elderly woman in Red Springs and painting the interior of a home in Maxton for a single mother with three small children.

Kannapolis City Schools

Kindergarten registration: Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year is now open in Kannapolis City Schools to children who will turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2015. Parents should register at the school that is in their attendance zone. Parents who are unsure of their attendance zone should call Kannapolis City Schools at 704-938-4848. To register, parents must have their child’s official birth certificate, immunization records and documentation of their child’s kindergarten physical. School officials will make copies of the records and give back the originals. Parents must also provide proof of where they live, such as a lease or rental agreement, a current utility bill in their name or a mortgage agreement. A driver’s license cannot be accepted as proof of residence. State law requires that all children entering school have evidence that they have received certain required vaccines. For details and a list of elementary schools with registration times and contact information, parents can visit

Forest Park Elementary

Book sale: A Buy One, Get One Book Sale is underway 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 30 and 8-11:30 a.m. May 1 at the school. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Details are available at