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Cabarrus County Schools

Magnet Fair: The Cabarrus County Schools system will host its third annual Magnet Fair 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Central Cabarrus High School. The Magnet Fair offers an opportunity to learn about all the Cabarrus County Schools’ magnet program offerings, which are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Representatives from each program will be available at the event to answer questions.

Cabarrus County Schools magnet programs:

• Science, technology, engineering and math – Coltrane-Webb Elementary, J.N. Fries Middle, Central Cabarrus High.

• International Baccalaureate – J.N. Fries Middle, Concord High.

• International Studies – Weddington Hills Elementary.

• Spanish Language Immersion – Carl A. Furr Elementary.

• Early College – Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High.

• Alternative Education – Performance Learning Center.

Applications for admission to the programs for the 2015-16 school year will be available in January.

Champions Grants: Rocky River Elementary School and W.M. Irvin Elementary School recently received Champions Grants from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. Rocky River received $49,840 to fund a robotics program at the school. W.M. Irvin received $40,316 to fund a track on school grounds that will include workout stations. Nearly $3.7 million has been contributed through the Champions Grant program since 2009.

All-County Chorus: A total of 140 choral students from all seven traditional Cabarrus County Schools high schools performed in the annual concert by the All-County Chorus on Nov. 15 at Jay M. Robinson High School. The clinician for this year’s festival was Kenney Potter, director of choral activities and music education at Wingate University. Potter composed a choral piece titled “Veni Sancte Spiritus,” which the festival choir premiered. The concert also featured a showcase of performances by advanced ensembles from Northwest Cabarrus, Jay M. Robinson, Central Cabarrus and Hickory Ridge high schools. The showcase was followed by a performance of South African folk songs by the Wingate University Singers under the direction of Potter, and a performance by the festival choir.

STEM recognition: Cabarrus County Schools received an honorable mention for its Inspire: K-12 STEM Pipeline program at the N.C. School Board Association’s annual conference on Nov. 18. Barry Shoemaker, vice chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Education, accepted the award on behalf of Cabarrus County Schools.

Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary

Toys for Tots: Coltrane-Webb is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the annual Toys for Tots campaign through Dec. 10. Toys will be given to less-fortunate youngsters in the local community as Christmas gifts. The collection bin is in the front office.

Mount Pleasant Elementary

School Nurses Clothing Drive: Mount Pleasant Elementary School collected more than $1,170 to support the School Nurses Clothing Drive, benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center at Carolinas Medical Center–NorthEast in Concord. Students raised the money by allowing students to vote with money for the staff member they most wanted to get a pie in the face. Principal Corey Cochran, Assistant Principal Deborah Burris, physical education teacher Eric Laws, media coordinator Laurel Reisen and school resource officer Jacob Barrier were the candidates. Burris won the contest and received a pie in the face from school nurse Laura Bryant in front of the entire student body.

Harris Road Middle

Toys for Tots drive: Harris Road Middle is collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program. Collection bins are in front of the school. Families also can drop off donations in the car rider line on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5.

Mount Pleasant Middle

Boy Scouts recognition: Eighth-grader Mason Koob was recently awarded an Honor Medal from the Boy Scouts of America in recognition of his acts of bravery during a house fire at his home last year. The Honor Medal is awarded to a Boy Scouts of America youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual skill while saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to himself or herself. In 2013, only 98 of the awards were given by the national organization. Since the program’s inception in 1923, only 2,452 Honor Awards been granted.

Northwest Cabarrus High

Drama honor: Austin Gange, a student in Northwest Cabarrus High’s advanced theater class, received honorable mention for acting at the N.C. Theatre Conference One-Act Play State Festival the week of Nov. 17. Gange was part of the cast of the play “Kiss a Squid,” written by the group’s director, Andy Rassler.

Jay M. Robinson

Angel Tree Project: The Jay M. Robinson Multicultural Club and Spanish National Honor Society are leading the school’s seventh annual Angel Tree project for students and families in need of help during the holidays. The Angel Tree is set up in front of the auditorium, displaying needed items. The last day to bring in donations is Dec. 16. Details:

Kannapolis City Schools

Certification: Sarah Chapman, exceptional children’s teacher at Shady Brook Elementary School, recently achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Chapman has been teaching for seven years, all of them in the Kannapolis City Schools. Her National Board certification is in the field of Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood. The Kannapolis City Board of Education will honor Chapman at its December meeting, presenting a certificate of recognition to her.