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Cabarrus County Education Foundation
Classroom Mini-Grant Program: The Cabarrus County Education Foundation Classroom Mini-Grant Project recently announced plans to fund 56 applications in Cabarrus County Schools for the 2015-2016 school year. This number reflects a 30 percent increase in funded projects over last year and a 21 percent increase in the total money allocated. This year’s grants will reach more than 18,000 students compared with about 13,000 last year. For a complete list of grant recipients and projects, visit http://tinyurl.com/p3ql824.
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Cabarrus County Schools
Financial Aid Night: Cabarrus County Schools will host Financial Aid Night 6:30-7:45 p.m. Nov. 16 for juniors and seniors and their parents at Winkler Middle School Auditorium, 4501 Weddington Road, Concord. The session will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the college financial aid process.
Holiday eCard Design Contest: Cabarrus County Schools is accepting entries from students for its fifth annual Holiday eCard Design Contest through 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Three winners will be chosen, one from each school level. The winning cards will be used in the superintendent’s annual greeting to elected officials business and community leaders and other superintendents and school systems. Winners will be invited to attend and be recognized at the January Cabarrus County Schools Board of Education meeting. For entry guidelines, rules and an entry form, visit www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/site/default.aspx?PageID=1.
School grants: Charles E. Boger Elementary School and C.C. Griffin Middle School were awarded grants from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant program totaling more than $90,000. The awards were presented on Oct. 28. Boger received a grant for $81,537, and C.C. Griffin received a grant for $13,600. The grants are awarded annually to kindergarten through 12th-grade public and charter schools in and around the hometowns of six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra – San Diego and El Cajon, Calif., and Muskogee, Okla., as well as their current residence in Charlotte.
Charles E. Boger Elementary
Holiday fundraiser: Fresh wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, gift baskets and other holiday decorative items made by Sherwood Forest Farms can be ordered through Nov. 13 as a fundraiser for the school. Items will be delivered directly to the customer’s home two weeks after Thanksgiving. For details and to order, visit http://sffsalestrack.com/bogerelementary or call 704-798-4367.
Cox Mill Elementary
All Pro Dads: The next All Pro Dads meeting will be held 7:30-8:15 a.m. Nov. 20 in the cafeteria. Participating dads and students will receive free breakfast donated by Chick-fil-A. Dads should RSVP attendance at http://apdd.allprodad.com/4579.
Harris Road Middle
Talent show: The 2015 Harris Road Middle School Talent Show will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Cox Mill High School. Admission is $3.
Central Cabarrus High
Yearbooks: The 50th edition of the Central Cabarrus High School yearbook is available at the early-bird price of $65 at yearbookforever.com. Prices will go up in December.
Northwest Cabarrus High
Catapult competition: Northwest Cabarrus High School finished in third place in a recent North Carolina Junior Engineering Technical Society competition at UNC Charlotte. Four teams from Northwest entered the competition, which required students to build catapults, preferably from recycled or alternate materials. The primary competition measured the accuracy of each catapult, as students launched a tennis ball at a target from their choice of three distances: 30, 50, 60, 80 and 100 feet. The most accurate team from each school scored points for the school in the overall competition points. Points earned will carry over to the remaining competitions this year. Emma Prager, Emily Abbate and Jiten Ruparelia claimed Northwest’s top score, receiving four out of five possible points on each of their launches from 30, 50 and 60 feet. In the unofficial secondary distance competition, the Northwest team of Coleman Beaver, Daniel Dehlin, Ben LaFevers and Austin Beaver took second place. A third team from Northwest, including students Cade Frazier, Jacob Kirkwood and Noah Williams, received the award for Most Innovative Use of Materials. Mark Gironda is the Northwest Cabarrus High School faculty adviser. The current championship rankings are: First, West Stanly High; second, North Gaston High; third, Northwest High; fourth, Concord High. Founded in 2003, North Carolina Junior Engineering and Technology Society is a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Lee College of Engineering Department of Engineering Technology. The program provides fun and interactive activities that help hundreds of middle and high school students from seven counties in the Charlotte metropolitan region learn about the profession of engineering.
Kannapolis City Schools
Kannapolis City Board of Education
New interim superintendent: The Kannapolis City Board of Education voted to terminate the contract of superintendent Pamela Cain effective Oct. 26. Daron “Chip” Buckwell has been named interim superintendent. Buckwell has been with Kannapolis City Schools since 1985. During that time, he has served as a teacher, dropout prevention coordinator, director of student services, director of testing, principal and assistant superintendent. During his time as principal of Kannapolis Middle School, Buckwell was named Kannapolis City Schools’ Principal of the Year. Kannapolis Middle School also received the Innovator in Digital Learning Award in 2012. Buckwell began as assistant superintendent for Kannapolis City Schools in January 2013. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University, and he earned his graduate license as a school principal from UNC Charlotte. He also holds a doctor of education degree in school administration and instruction from Nova Southeastern University.
Farm to School Month: Cannon School’s cafeteria recently celebrated National Farm to School Month by preparing a lunch using 90 percent local food items. The monthlong celebration set up by National Farm to School Network is designed to enhance the connections between children and local food. Local foods used in the meal included lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey, pork and fresh herbs as well as many others. Students were also encouraged to dress up like farmers.