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Open houses

Beginning of school: All CCS schools will host open houses before school begins on Aug. 25 to give students and families a chance to meet teachers and staff and pick up schedules.

Most events will be held August 19, 20 and 23. Some schools will host events at different times for specific grade levels. Contact your school for specific information. For high schools, open houses are planned 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19; middle schools from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 20; elementary schools from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 23. For details, including schedules, calendars and information about before-and-after-school child care, visit Cabarrus County Schools at

School test results

Countywide data: Cabarrus County Schools showed progress in student proficiency between the 2008-2009 and the 2009-2010 school years, according to the ABCs of Accountability data released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Twenty-six of the district's schools met expected growth and 14 met high-growth standards for the 2009-2010 school year, a slight improvement over the 2008-2009 school year. Two schools in the district were designated Honors Schools of Excellence: Hickory Ridge High School and Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School. Eleven were designated Schools of Distinction and 12 schools received Schools of Progress designations. For more information, visit the N.C. Department of Public Instruction at:

A.T. Allen Elementary

Traffic patterns and detours: Access to the school is via Cold Springs Road from either U.S. 601 to the south or N.C. 49 to the north. Completion of the work to replace Miami Church Road Bridge is expected to be Sept. 15. Detours will prevail until that time.

Central Cabarrus High

Freshmen orientation: Freshman orientation is from 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 19. The orientation is especially designed for freshmen; the evening orientation from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the same day is for all students and families. Details: E-mail the freshman academy facilitator, at shanna.turner-meehan@

Concord High

Freshmen orientation: Freshmen can pick up schedules from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 20. Orientation for the whole school is planned from 5:30-7:30 Aug. 19.

Yearbook award: Concord High's yearbook, The Spider Web, won "All North Carolina" for the 2010 book. Alison Turner is the book's adviser.

Literary magazine award: OPUS, Concord High's literary magazine, won awards at the N.C. Scholastic Media Association workshop in June. The magazine won All North Carolina and first place in cover design. Cam Piper, class of 2013, was the photographer for the cover that won. Staffers won individual awards as well: Kayli Rideout, third place in individual art; Cam Piper, third place in photography; and Daniel Buse, honorable mention in features. Adviser is Doris Redding.

Cox Mill High School

Traffic patterns and detours: Widening of Poplar Tent Road Bridge near Cox Mill Road and the adding of turn lanes on Poplar Tent Road will continue until mid- to late- November. In either late September or early October, Poplar Tent Road is scheduled to be closed for two weeks to allow for widening of the bridge surface. Limited lane closures are also planned on Poplar Tent Road for other related work. When the bridge or Poplar Tent Road need to be fully closed, traffic will be rerouted down Cox Mill Road to Christenbury Road to the southeast.

Hickory Ridge High School

Traffic patterns and detours: Work on Hickory Ridge Road Bridge is expected to be finished on Aug. 25 or before school begins. A traffic signal will also be installed at the intersection of Raging Ridge and Hickory Ridge Roads before school starts.

Harris Road Middle

Beautify Our School Day: 8:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 18. Home Depot is sponsoring the project; 150-200 volunteers needed to help landscape the front and back of the school. E-mail if you can help.

Mandarin: The school will be participating in the North Carolina-China School Partnership Program. For at least two years, a guest teacher from China will be teaching Mandarin Chinese at Harris Road Middle and Cox Mill High School. Both schools will have partner schools in the Jiangsu Province of China.

Open House: 5-7 p.m. Aug. 20. 1251 Patriot Plantation Blvd. 704-782-2002.