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Compiled by Gina Smith
Apples for Education: Charles E. Boger Elementary and Cabarrus County Schools are among 12 finalists in a national fundraising initiative presented by U.S. apple growers called Apples for Education: Buy an Apple, Help a Student. The new program, which launched Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 15, donates money to local school causes every time someone posts a picture of themselves with an apple or apple product to Instagram. Cabarrus County Schools is raising money for district-wide physical education resources and equipment. Charles E. Boger Elementary is seeking funds for a FIT Lab fitness education program. Charles E. Boger is now in fifth place nationwide in total votes. Schools with the most votes get the most funds. To vote, take a photo of yourself with an apple or a product made by program partners Marzetti, KIND Snacks, Roth Cheese or Johnsonville Sausage. Find the school or school system you wish to vote for at www.Apples4Ed.com, tag your photo with the project’s name and the hashtag #Apples4Ed, then share it on your public Instagram account or by uploading to www.Apples4Ed.com. Individuals can vote as often as they like; each picture uploaded counts as a vote. In December, the cause with the most votes will receive the highest donation. However, every cause featured on the site will receive funds.
Cabarrus County Schools
One-Act Play Festival: Jay M. Robinson High School hosted the 2015 Cabarrus County Schools One-Act Play Festival on Oct. 21. The annual event helps students prepare for the Regional North Carolina Theatre Conference One-Act Play Festival held later in the year. Acts preformed at the festival were: CFA Academy – “The Importance of Being Earnest,” adaptation by Karissa Thorpe; Concord High – “The Philadelphia” by David Ives, “Please Have a Seat” by Garth Windfield, “Sure Thing” by David Ives and “Words, Words, Words” by David Ives; Hickory Ridge High – “At the Bottom of Lake Missoula” by Ed Monk and “Juris Prudence” by Jason Milligan; Jay M. Robinson High – “rePose,” written and performed by students of the JMRHS Theatre Department; Mount Pleasant High – “Holy Hades,” an original work by Kort Woodward, and “Show Stopping,” an original work by Katherine Francisco; Northwest Cabarrus High – “Under the Sea,” an original work written and directed by Andy Rassle.
Pink-Out Day: Bethel Elementary School held its annual Pink-Out Day on Oct. 22 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, the school invited the entire Midland community to support the event in honor of Midland Mayor Kathy Kitts, who is now in her fourth battle with cancer. Students collected more than $400 in spare change that morning from families in the car-rider line. All money was donated to the American Cancer Society as recommended by Kitts.
Pitts School Road Elementary
Teacher Rewards Program: After school on Oct. 20, a representative of Walmart at Concord Mills presented the teachers at Pitts School Road Elementary School with $1,000 in store gift cards and 20 gift bags filled with school and classroom supplies. Pitts School Road Elementary was chosen as a recipient of the Walmart Teacher Rewards program. Sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, the Teacher Rewards program helps schools nationwide stock classrooms. To date, the program has donated $4.5 million and has helped 90,000 teachers. Pitts School Road Elementary was chosen because of the excellent customer service school staff and administrators have consistently given when Concord Mills Walmart representatives have contacted the school.
Hickory Ridge High
Jingle Bull Run: The second Jingle Bull Run 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 5 at Harrisburg Town Center in Harrisburg. A Tot Trot for ages 10 and younger will start at 10 a.m. Snow and Santa Claus will greet runners at the finish line. Holiday costumes are encouraged. Proceeds from the event will support athletics programs at Hickory Ridge. Participants who register by Nov. 16 will receive an early-bird discount and are guaranteed a race t-shirt. For details, visit http://www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Domain/41.
Mount Pleasant High
Canned food drive: The Mount Pleasant High School Bible Club is collecting canned food through Nov. 13 for the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry. Donations can be brought to Room B100.
Kannapolis City Schools
Student achievement plan: Kannapolis City Schools unveiled a comprehensive plan on Oct. 20 designed to raise student achievement in all subject areas to above the state average by 2020. It builds upon the strategic plan that was adopted by the Board of Education in January of 2015. Under the new plan, the district will add classroom resources to help improve math and literacy instruction and design professional development that is focused on literacy, math, science, family involvement, technology, curriculum, character education and discipline. School staff members will take part in professional development sessions at least four times per year. In addition, all schools in the district have developed comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plans that are aligned with Kannapolis City Schools’ overall strategic plan. KCS is also working with community partners to increase course offerings and classroom technology for students. For example, Rowan Cabarrus Community College is partnering with KCS to add a welding course that allows A.L. Brown High School students to become certified in welding by the time they graduate. Cabarrus County Commissioners have approved a lease agreement that has added a million dollars of classroom technology in all schools and grade levels in KCS, and the district has joined a federal program that provides free lunches and free breakfasts to all students in Kannapolis City Schools. The board of education will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 to consider adopting the plan. Anyone wishing to comment on the plan may send an email to email@example.com by Nov. 4. To view the whole plan, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6IS8mj9YgtuOVBWbkJFeTJaemM/view.
A.L. Brown High
Band awards: The A.L. Brown Marching Wonders won multiple awards during a regional band competition held Oct. 24 at Union Pines High School in Cameron, N.C. The Marching Wonders earned first-place awards in their division in the categories of Percussion, Guard, Music and General Effect. They also received second place for Marching and Maneuvering. Overall, the A.L. Brown Marching Band took first place in its category and third place out of all categories.
Tuesday Tours @ 10: cfa Academy, daycare-12th grade, will open to families on Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 for Tuesday Tours @ 10. The events will include an introduction to the school by head of school Frank Cantadore, tours with views of classrooms in session and a question-and-answer session. Preregistration is required. To register, send an email to bsprabary@cfaAcademy.org or call the school office at 704-793-4750.
Admission Open House: Cannon School will host an Admission Open House at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 on its campus at 5801 Poplar Tent Road for families interested in educational opportunities for students in junior kindergarten through grade 12. Preregistration is required. To register, visit www.cannonschool.org/openhouse. Cannon also offers Walk-in Wednesday campus tours 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. No appointment is necessary. Parents may also contact the Admission Office at 704-721-7199 to arrange an individual tour.
Track star: Cannon School senior and athlete Jena Metwalli has committed to attend the University of Michigan to continue her running career. During her time at Cannon, Metwalli has received numerous awards, including All-State cross country runner in 2013 and 2014; North Carolina Independent Schools Athletics Association state championships second place in 1600-meter and 3200-meter races in 2015; Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association All-Conference cross-country 2013, 2014, 2015; Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association cross-country individual champion 2014 and 2015, and seven Cannon School records in cross country and track and field. Her cross-country and track-and-field coach at Cannon is Russ Campbell. In addition to the University of Michigan, Metwalli also had offers from schools including Wake Forest University, the University of Texas and Elon University, among others. She is the daughter of Sharif and Maggie Metwalli of Davidson.