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Senior Ben Wyatt of Davidson greets his junior kindergarten buddy Jack Stewart of Charlotte on Jack’s first day of school.
Senior Ben Wyatt of Davidson greets his junior kindergarten buddy Jack Stewart of Charlotte on Jack’s first day of school. CANNON SCHOOL

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Cabarrus County School

Community feedback sessions: Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent Chris Lowder will host community feedback sessions to hear thoughts from parents, students and community members about Cabarrus County Schools. Each session will run 6:30-8 p.m.

Sessions are scheduled as follows: Sept. 15 – Concord High School; Sept. 29 – Jay M. Robinson High School; Oct. 20 – Mount Pleasant High School; Nov. 19 – Northwest Cabarrus High School; Dec. 15 – Hickory Ridge High School.

Teachers’ art exhibit: An exhibit of artwork by Cabarrus County Schools art teachers is on display through early November at the Sundae Art Gallery, 21 Union St. S., Concord. For details, visit

PowerSchool Parent Portal: The PowerSchool Parent Portal for accessing student information re-opened on Sept. 8 for middle and high school students. Elementary school student information will be available on the Parent Portal starting Sept. 21.

School supplies donation: Cabarrus Market employees of Uwharrie Bank recently donated school supplies to Cabarrus County Schools. The donation included paper, binders, notebooks, book bags, glue sticks and more to help students begin the new school year. Uwharrie Bank’s Regional President for Retail Banking Pat Horton and Concord Branch Manager Cheryl Dearmon presented the supplies to Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent Chris Lowder on Aug. 26.

Royal Oaks Elementary

Curriculum night: A curriculum night and Title 1 open public meeting will be held 5-7 p.m. Sept. 17. Information sessions will be offered 5-5:30 p.m., 5:40-6:10 p.m. and 6:20-6:50 p.m. A pizza dinner will be served in the cafeteria. Parents and guardians will be able to learn about grade-specific curricula, the Title 1 Plan and School Improvement Plan.

Hickory Ridge Middle

Coffee with Counselors: School counselors Arona Haywood, Ashley SaNogueira and Glinda Meadows will host Coffee with Counselors 9-11 a.m. Sept. 11 in the school cafeteria. The session will allow parents to stop by for an informal chat with their child’s grade-level counselor.

Cox Mill High

Yard sale vendors: The Cox Mill High School Bible Teaching Association is looking for vendors and yard-sellers to participate in its annual Fall Yard Sale Fundraiser 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Vendor fee is $20. Each vendor will have access to one parking space at the school and one 6-foot table. For details, call Carla Barberr at 980-297-0166.

Mount Pleasant High

Rescue story: Ninth-grader Mason Koob was one of two Boy Scouts selected to share a true story in the August edition of Boy’s Life magazine for Scouts in Action. Mason’s story recounted how he saved himself and his father from a flood and fire. Only 24 Scouts each year have their stories chosen to be featured in the publication. Mason is a Life Scout working on his Eagle Scout requirements. He is a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 5 in Concord.

Hickory Ridge High

Senior Parent Night: Parents of seniors may attend Senior Parent Night at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the auditorium following Curriculum Night. The session will provide information on college planning, applications, scholarships, financial aid and more.

Kannapolis City Schools

A.L. Brown High

Canned food drive win: At the end of August, Cooperative Christian Ministry declared A.L. Brown High School the winners of the Battle of the Buses canned food drive. Fans from A.L. Brown donated 477 pounds of food and Concord High School fans donated 160 pounds of food during the competition held in conjunction with the Battle for the Bell football game on Aug. 20. Altogether, the schools donated more than a quarter-ton of food to the ministry. Fans from both schools were asked to bring canned food items to the annual football game between A.L. Brown and Concord to donate to Cooperative Christian Ministry. Each school brought an activity bus to collect the donations, and CCM later weighed the food to determine the winner. Cooperative Christian Ministry donated a television set to A.L. Brown High School as the prize for winning the competition.

Covenant Classical School

Movie field trip: Students in fifth to 12th grades at Covenant Classical School recently took a field trip to view the movie “War Room,” which was released on Aug. 28. Some scenes from the movie were filmed on in the gymnasium of Covenant Classical School, and many Concord churches and buildings were also used as locations. For details, visit

Cannon School

Junior kindergarten buddies: On Aug. 21 , Cannon School welcomed 31 junior kindergarten students for the 2015-2016 school year. Each child was greeted by his or her senior buddy. Senior buddies are 12th-graders who are paired with junior kindergarten students for the year. Buddies often visit classrooms to read, eat lunch, play on the playground or provide a listening ear.