Compiled by Gina Smith
Cabarrus County Schools
Digital resources: Beginning this school year, Cabarrus County Schools is converting to online learning platform icurio. The resource will provide students and teachers with customized digital content for science, math and English language arts classes.
Created by Knovation, icurio supports blended learning – a combination of teacher-led instruction and student-driven learning. Schools will continue to use hard-copy textbooks, but more content will move to online resources aligned to state standards and the district curriculum.
Access to icurio will be available via the district website, www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us, through an icon on the main page. Each school also will have an icurio icon on its main page. For details about icurio, visit: www.icurio.com/mktg.
Teachers from China: Cabarrus County Schools once again will host native Mandarin-speaking teachers from China for the 2014-15 school year as part of the Chinese Guest Teacher Program. The program places visiting teachers from China in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools for one to three years in order to jump-start or expand school Chinese language and culture programs.
Four teachers will be assigned to six Cabarrus County schools this school year: Wu Manli, Harrisburg Elementary and Hickory Ridge High schools; Yi Chen, Cox Mill Elementary; Lei Chen, Hickory Ridge Middle; Hanrui Yu, J.N. Fries Magnet and Central Cabarrus High.
Mount Pleasant Middle
Spirit wear: You can order Mount Pleasant Middle School spirit items online at www.graphixauthority.com or by downloading a form. Forms and money can be turned in at the Mount Pleasant Middle office. Checks should be made payable to “Gone Greek.” Details: www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Domain/33.
Cox Mill High
Yard sale fundraiser: The Cox Mill High School Bible Association will hold a yard sale 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the school. Vendor spots are available for $20 each. Space rental includes a 6-foot table. For details or to rent a space, contact Carla Barber at 980-297-0166 or email@example.com.
Jay M. Robinson High
Card links: Parents, family members and friends of students can support Jay M. Robinson High by linking their Food Lion, Harris Teeter and Target cards to the school. Linking must be redone each school year.
Codes to link cards are as follows: Food Lion, 213430; Harris Teeter, 4967; Target, 118176. You can also link cards by visiting www.jaymrobinsonptso.shutterfly.com.
Mount Pleasant High
New principal: Jon LaChance was named principal of Mount Pleasant High in July. LaChance joined the Mount Pleasant staff in 2009. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from State University of New York–Buffalo and a master’s degree in school administration from UNC Charlotte.
Before joining Mount Pleasant, he spent nine years teaching social studies at North Iredell High School in Olin and at Central Cabarrus and Hickory Ridge high schools. He has also coached football and softball. LaChance is a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., but has lived in the Carolinas for 14 years.
Kannapolis City Schools
Kannapolis Middle PTSO meeting: 6 p.m. Sept. 8. The meeting is open to anyone interested in joining or volunteering with the parent-teacher-student organization.
A.L. Brown High Spirit Shirts: New Spirit T-shirts and the 2014 Battle for the Bell T-shirts are available for $10 each at the school. Sizes range from small to XXXL. Quantities are limited. Designs can be viewed at kcsbrown.ss3.sharpschool.com.
Orchestra honor: Cannon School junior Dom Pelucio of Cornelius, son of Deanne and Marc Pelucio, was recently chosen a member of the National Association for Music Education’s 2014 All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra. Pelucio, a violinist, will join more than 600 high school students from across the U.S. to perform at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 29. The musicians will prepare music and perform under conductors Mark Camphouse, Gerard Schwarz, Edith Copley and Robert Baca.
The All-National Honors Ensembles consist of a concert band, a symphony orchestra, a mixed chorus and a jazz ensemble. They are are organized by members of the National Association for Music Education. Eligible students qualified for their state-level honor ensemble programs and competed against other top students for spots in the national honor ensembles.