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Cabarrus County Schools
Financial Aid Night: Cabarrus County Schools will host a county-wide College Foundation of North Carolina Financial Aid Night 6:30-7:45 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Winkler Middle School auditorium, 4501 Weddington Road, Concord. Information will be presented regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the financial aid application process. The event is designed for juniors and seniors and their parents. A representative from CFNC will answer questions after the presentation. For details, contact Student Services at 704-454-6552.
Impact Awards: The Cabarrus County Board of Education recognized students and staff of A.T. Allen Elementary and Hickory Ridge at its business meeting on Oct. 12. Aurelia Edwards, public relations assistant, presented Impact Through Education Awards to students and staff at A.T. Allen Elementary School and Hickory Ridge High School. Sponsored by BB&T Banking & Trust, the Impact Awards honor individuals who exemplify the qualities of initiative, hard work and respect. Impact Award honorees from A.T. Allen Elementary School were: students, Mia Meyers and Yahve Bravo Najera; staff, Amy Woodall and Tammy Alexander. Honorees from Hickory Ridge High were: students, Emma Carter and Richard Christie; staff, Michelle Rengert, Nate Bargeloh and Cassandra Overcash.
Achievement award: At its monthly business meeting on Oct. 12, Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Lowder presented the Cabarrus County Board of Education with the North Carolina School Boards Association Academy for School Boardsmanship Special Achievement Award. In order for a school board to receive this award, every board member must have earned 12 or more hours of training during 2014-15.
New personnel: During the Cabarrus County Board of Education work session on Oct. 5, Art Whitaker was named the district’s new director of transportation, replacing Joe Gala who has retired. Whitaker joins Cabarrus County Schools from Stanly County Schools, where he was director of transportation since 2009. Throughout his career, Art has held positions of increasing responsibility at Phillip Morris USA, US Airways and Piedmont Aviation. He holds a number of certificates and licenses from the Federal Aviation Administration and is a graduate of Virginia Western Community College. His first day on the job was Oct. 12.
Teacher of the Month: At the Cabarrus County Board of Education business meeting on Oct. 12, Tim Vaughn, general manager of Hilbish Ford; Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Lowder and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Glenda Jones recognized Concord Middle School exceptional children’s teacher Kelly Carpenter as the Cabarrus County Schools Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month for October. Each month, Hilbish Ford honors a CCS 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 www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=6158&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=38842&PageID=1
Mother/son event: A mother/son event will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Preregistration closes Oct. 30. Ticket are $25 for each mom-and-son pair and include games, a chance to win prizes, a free photo, refreshments and entertainment with a live DJ. There will also be a photo booth, raffles and extra photos available for an additional fee. Space is limited; tickets will not be available at the door.
Weddington Hills Elementary
Socktober: Third-grade Wildcats are collecting pairs of new adult and children's socks through the end of this month (October) for local homeless shelters in Cabarrus County as part of the Socktober effort. Their goal is to collect at least 150 pairs of socks. For details, visit http://soulpancake.com/socktober/.
Harris Road Middle
New assistant principal: Christopher Balga was recently named assistant principal at Harris Road Middle School, replacing Tori Brasher, who transferred to Rocky River Elementary School. Balga is assistant principal at Knox Middle School in Rowan Salisbury Schools. During the 2014-15 school year, Balga served as a principal intern at Central Cabarrus High School. He also taught social studies Hickory Ridge High School and at Parkland High School in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He also earned a second master’s degree in school administration from UNC Charlotte. Balga will join Cabarrus County Schools in December.
Hickory Ridge Middle
Cell phone and social media discussion: The Counseling Department will host a discussion for parents on teens’ use of cell phones and social media 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Hickory Ridge Middle School media center. For details, call 704-455-1331.
Central Cabarrus High
Speech and debate: The Viking Speech and Debate Team competed against 33 schools in the recent North Mecklenburg Viking Classic Speech and Debate Tournament. Senior Ciara Gordon placed third in Dramatic Interpretation and junior Noah Davis placed sixth in Expository Speaking.
Kannapolis City Schools
Teacher of the Month: Angela Melton, a reading and math teacher for Exceptional Children at Kannapolis Middle School, was recently named the Kannapolis City Schools Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month for October. Each month, Hilbish Ford honors a KCS teacher for his or her outstanding work in the classroom. Parents and students nominate teachers for the honor each month. Hilbish presents the winning teachers with a trophy and a cash prize. To nominate a teacher, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eAcFxz3V4-Z5e0xDIbE4rIq0b6VTcT406rfIYrXjNrw/viewform.