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Compiled by Gina Smith

Cabarrus County Schools

W.M. Irvin Elementary

Staff honor: Ramona Jones, financial secretary at W.M. Irvin Elementary School, was recently audited by the state of North Carolina and received a five-star rating for excellence. This is the second consecutive year that Jones has received the honor.

Irvin tailgate: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 2, cafeteria. Families can receive information about their child’s grade level. Families are encouraged to wear school team attire. The parent-teacher organization will provide free hot dogs and drinks, and extras will be for sale.

C.C. Griffin Middle

Curriculum Night: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

Hickory Ridge Middle

Curriculum Night: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

Winkler Middle

Lean and Green Day: Winkler Middle School’s fourth annual Lean and Green Day will be 7-11 a.m. Oct. 11 at the school, 4501 Weddington Road, Concord. All events are open to the public. Events will include a community yard sale 7-11 a.m., a 5K Fitness Fun Run 9-10 a.m., a Big Sweep school grounds cleanup 10-11 a.m. and a free carwash sponsored by the cheerleaders 10-11 a.m. Vendor spaces for the community yard sale are $10 each; to reserve a space, call the school at 704-786-2000, ext. 5238. Participation in the Fun Run is free, but donations are appreciated and will benefit Winkler student Bryson Foster and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. To register for the 5K Fun Run, visit

Concord High

PSAT: College-bound 10th- and 11th-graders who have already passed Math II can sign up to take the PSAT 7:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 15 in the cafeteria and media center at Concord High. The deadline is Oct. 3. To register, click the “PSAT 2014” link on the left side of the page at Details:

Kannapolis City Schools

Kannapolis Middle

Noodles and Nonsense: The parent-teacher-student organization will host Kannapolis Middle’s third annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser, Noodles and Nonsense, on Oct. 4.

Charter schools

Cabarrus Charter Academy

Test results: Cabarrus Charter Academy students exceeded state proficiency and College and Career Ready expectations in every category in the recently released results of North Carolina’s statewide testing from the previous school year. Cabarrus Charter topped state proficiency rates by 16 percentage points in reading, 18 percentage points in math and 14 percentage points in science for a net advantage of more than 48 percentage points.

Last year was Cabarrus Charter’s first year in operation. Both Cabarrus Charter and its sister school, Langtree Charter, have waiting lists totaling more than 1,700 students. The board that governs both schools, the N.C. Charter Educational Foundation, plans to submit charter applications with the state requesting two additional schools – Mooresville Charter Academy and Kannapolis Charter Academy – to help satisfy the demand of parents in both of these areas.


Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

New trustee: The Rowan County Board of Commissioners recently appointed Lynn Marsh, principal of W.R. Odell Elementary School in Concord, to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College board of trustees.

She will serve on the board through 2018. Born in Atlanta, Ga., Marsh has lived in Rowan County for most of her life. Before entering education, she worked in banking and customer service at Food Town, now Food Lion. Marsh has served with the Juvenile Crime Prevention Board, Rowan Families in Action and The Arc. She created and maintains two Kids Smiley Zone Reading Centers at Novant Health Rowan and the Terrie Hess House Child Advocacy Center.

Marsh holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and master’s degrees in learning disabilities and school administration, all from UNC Charlotte. She earned a doctorate in business administration in 2008 from Warren National University. Rowan-Cabarrus trustees are responsible for setting college policies and for attending all board meetings and key Rowan-Cabarrus events.