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Cabarrus County Schools
Provider Fair: Representatives from more than 30 local human services agencies participated in Cabarrus County Schools’ recent experiential Provider Fair involving student services staff members from elementary, middle and high schools in Cabarrus County. School counselors, social workers and psychologists from Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools were grouped and assigned a scenario in which a student or her/his family members had mental health, economic or social service needs. Groups engaged in a simulation activity to determine the best approach to helping in their assigned cases by visiting the booths of community providers and learning about their services and target populations. Representatives from another school district, a state university and a partnering organization attended to observe the event. Cabarrus County Schools has offered the Provider Fair as a professional development opportunity for CCS and KCS staff for the past three years. In addition, CCS has facilitated a similar fair for parents of students with special needs through a partnership with Innovative Approaches.
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Subaru donation: Subaru Concord customers and employees recently donated 100 books to Cabarrus County Schools through the Subaru Loves Learning book drive held in early August. The books are will supplement existing curriculum by supporting K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, while also helping to build reading and literacy skills.
Community feedback session: Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent Chris Lowder will host his next Listening with Lowder Community Feedback Session at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Mount Pleasant High School. Parents, students and community members are invited to attend and share thoughts about Cabarrus County Schools. Additional sessions are planned throughout the fall. For dates and locations, visit www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/ccs.
A.T. Allen Elementary
Garden Club: The Garden Club has resumed its weekly meetings for the school year. Enrollment is now more than100 members. Meetings through the end of October are 3:15-4 p.m. Mondays. November through February, the club will meet monthly, but weekly meetings will resume in March to prepare for spring planting. STEM teacher Janet Childress coordinates the A.T. Allen Garden Club.
J.N. Fries Magnet Middle
Big Sweep: The Big Sweep school cleanup, originally scheduled for Oct. 3, has been rescheduled due to bad weather. The Big Sweep will now be held 8-10 a.m. Nov. 7.
A.L. Brown High
Basketball tryouts: Tryouts for boys’ varsity and junior varsity basketball will start at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 2 in Bullock Gym. Students must have a current physical to try out.
Commended Students: Austin Coale of Concord, Logan Ferland of Mint Hill, Thomas Samuel Oddo of Huntersville and Aspen Stevanovski of Concord were all named as Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry. They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 PSAT/NMSQT.
Spirit Week and Homecoming: Oct. 19-23 is Spirit Week at cfa Academy. Spirit Week features themed days, a powder puff football game and other student activities. The homecoming varsity football game will be against Asheville School at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Webb Field in Concord. The homecoming court will be announced, and the king and queen for 2015 will be crowned during halftime. Free admission to the game and free food and drinks will be provided to all cfa Academy alumni who attend.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Excellence in Teaching Award: Jade Bittle, a full-time English instructor, and Aimee Durham, a part-time computer technology integration instructor, were awarded this year’s Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Awards during the college’s September board meeting. The Excellence in Teaching award recognizes faculty members who go above and beyond the expected levels in delivering instruction and improving educational excellence as demonstrated by student outcomes. Since receiving the award as a part-time faculty member, Durham has been hired by the college as a full-time faculty member. Students initiate the nomination process for this award annually by recommending their top instructors. Students then help narrow that pool of candidates by voting for their favorites who best represent the college’s teacher of the year. Final nominees are then required to submit a portfolio and letters of recommendation and will receive an unannounced, filmed observation.