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Cabarrus County Schools

New school leaders: The Cabarrus County Board of Education approved the following school leadership appointments Nov. 10:

• Steven Bookhart, assistant principal at Patriots STEM Elementary School since 2013, will become the school’s principal, replacing Phil Hull, who will retire in December.

• Jennifer Glasgow, administrative intern at Weddington Hills Elementary School, will become assistant principal at A.T. Allen Elementary, replacing Leah Zufall, who transferred to the district’s Exceptional Children’s Department. Glasgow joined Cabarrus County Schools in 2009 as a special education teacher at Coltrane-Webb Elementary.

• Jennifer Laxton will join Cabarrus County Schools as an assistant principal at W.R. Odell Elementary, replacing Lisa Hartman, who was named principal of Winecoff Elementary School earlier this fall. Laxton is an eighth-grade English/language arts teacher in Stanly County Schools.

Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary

Toys for Tots: Coltrane-Webb is a collection site for the Toys for Tots program, which collects new toys to be delivered as Christmas gifts to less-fortunate children. New, unwrapped toys can be brought to the collection bin in the front office through Dec. 10.

Central Cabarrus High

Play festival honors: Central Cabarrus theater students earned several awards at the N.C. Theatre Conference High School Play Festival Nov. 7-8 in Statesville. The team of 35 cast and crew members presented “Shakescare,” a play the students created themselves. The team won the Theatre Arts Award for Achievement in Ensemble Movement; stage manager Alana Conner won the Barbizon Lighting Excellence in Student Design and Production Award; and Cory Ambrose received Excellence in Acting in the male category.

Concord High

Fruit sale: The Band Boosters group is having a fruit sale fundraiser. For details and to order fruit, visit and enter Organization ID code 406515.

Cox Mill High

Chargers Holiday Expo: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the school, 1355 Cox Mill Road, Concord. The event will feature vendors, raffles and gifts to first 200 guests. Admission is free. Booth rental for vendors is $25. All rental fees will support student scholarships and teacher appreciation events. Details:

Hickory Ridge High

Bi-Bull 5K and Fun Run: The Hickory Ridge Bi-Bull 5K and Fun Run will be Dec. 6 at Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. Registration is 9:30-10:50 a.m. The Fun Run begins at 10:15 a.m. and the 5K begins at 11 a.m. The event will go on, rain or shine. Awards will be presented immediately after the races. Participants are invited to wear bull costumes. Proceeds benefit the Hickory Ridge Bible Teaching Association. Register at

Jay M. Robinson High

Play festival honors: The Theater Department’s proficient and advanced-level classes and the Technical Theatre class recently won five awards at the N.C. Theatre Conference High School Play Festival. Robinson students performed “Welcome to the Moon” and “Help Wanted” for the competition. The cast of “Help Wanted” received the Excellence in Ensemble Acting award, and “Welcome to the Moon” cast members won the following awards: Erin Ashbaugh for set design, Diana Perez Moreno for costume design, Vance Graves for acting and Savannah Bowen for sound design.

Kannapolis City Schools

Advanced Placement Honor Roll: The Kannapolis City Schools district was one of four N.C. school districts recently honored by the College Entrance Examination Board with placement on the fifth annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. The district was recognized for increasing access to advanced placement course work and maintaining or increasing the percentage of students who scored 3 or higher on AP exams.

According to the College Board, reaching those goals shows that Kannapolis City Schools is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for Advanced Placement courses.

Since 2012, Kannapolis City Schools has increased the number of students who are taking AP courses and raised the number of students who earned scores of 3 or higher. In 2013, Kannapolis City Schools started an AP Academy at A.L. Brown High School designed to increase access to advanced placement courses. Since 2012, A.L. Brown has increased its AP course offerings by 20 percent.

Forest Park Elementary

Teacher of the Month: Allison Vincent, a third-grade teacher at Forest Park Elementary, was named the Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month for November. Each month, Hilbish Ford honors one outstanding Kannapolis City Schools teacher with $300 and a plaque. To nominate a teacher, visit

Independent schools

Covenant Classical School

Open house: Covenant Classical School in Concord will host an open house for prospective students in grades K4-12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2. Families may drop by anytime during those hours to visit classrooms, meet teachers and learn about the school’s classical, Christian education offerings. Details: