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Cabarrus County Schools

A.T. Allen Elementary

New assistant principal: Jennifer Glasgow was named the new assistant principal at A.T. Allen Elementary in mid-November, replacing Leah Zufall, who is moving to the Exceptional Children’s Department at the Cabarrus County Schools central office. Glasgow was previously an administrative intern at Weddington Hills Elementary. She joined Cabarrus County Schools in 2009 as a special education teacher at Coltrane-Webb Elementary. She also worked as a special education teacher at Wolf Meadow Elementary School, becoming an Exceptional Children’s lead teacher for the district in 2013. She will graduate this spring with a master’s degree in school administration from UNC Charlotte.

Patriots STEM Elementary

Design Squad: Each quarter, the school offers design challenges for students to work on at home. Design Squad projects must be built with found recycled materials and must use the engineering design cycle: ask, imagine, plan, create and improve. This quarter’s challenge is to create a model of any type of aircraft.

Submitted creations do not have to fly but should have features that represent flight. Students who bring in Design Squad submissions for review will receive recognition on the school’s website and in displays on the campus. Special recognition will be given to the most eco-friendly, most creative, most realistic, most artistic and most functional model aircraft. Finished projects must be turned in by Dec. 18 at the STEM lab.

Pitts School Road Elementary

Mistletoe Madness Craft Show: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 12. A performance by kindergarteners will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Winkler Middle

Grant awards: Science teacher Debra Gallagher recently received a Bright Ideas Grant for $1,978 from the Union Power Cooperative to fund an air-quality learning project. The project will allow students to build a particulate matter sensor and learn the basics of electronics. The sensor will be used to take readings of the air inside and outside the school building, analyze the data and create hypotheses about the differences.

Gallagher was among 27 teachers in the area to receive an award. In November, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives awarded teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas Education grants to support creative learning initiatives. Bright Ideas Grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process. The application process will reopen in April 2015. Details: or

Concord High

Open house: An open house for the International Baccalaureate program will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 6. The event will offer opportunities for students and their parents to learn about IB expectations, philosophy and benefits. Details: Chrissy Rotan,

Early College High School

Prospective Student Night: Students from district middle schools can learn details about the school, talk with staff and students, and take a tour of the campus. Students should attend the session scheduled for the middle school they attend (see list below). Applications for the program can be submitted Jan. 5-30; the application form is available at Sessions are scheduled Jan. 7 at Early College High School, on the South Campus of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, as follows:

Hickory Ridge High

Jingle Bull Run 5K: 9 a.m. Dec. 13, starting at Harrisburg Town Center. Registration packet pickup and same-day registration begin at 8 a.m. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Jingle Bull Tot Trot starts at 10 a.m. The Tot Trot is for ages 10 and younger and has a $5 entry fee. Entry for the 5K is $25 for adults and $15 for Cabarrus County Schools staff and students. All proceeds will support the Hickory Ridge High School Athletic Booster Club. All runners will receive jingle bells to wear during the race and are encouraged to wear holiday gear. There will be snow at the finish line, and carolers and holiday-themed entertainment will be positioned at each kilometer mark of the race. Registration forms are available at Hickory Ridge High, Hickory Ridge Middle, Patriots Elementary, Harrisburg Elementary, and Pitts School Road Elementary. For online registration and a course map, visit For details, contact Janie Cruce at

Carolina International School

International education recognition: At its Nov. 19 annual meeting, the Mu chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars at UNC Charlotte recently chose Carolina International School as this year’s honorary member. Phi Beta Delta is an international honor society that recognizes the international education achievements of community members and university faculty, staff and students. David Kukielski, head of school at Carolina International School, and Pam Batra, the school’s international studies coordinator, attended the meeting to accept the award. The week of Nov. 17-21 is International Education Week.

Kannapolis City Schools

Forest Park Elementary

Spirit Night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Skateland USA, 311 Brookdale St., Kannapolis.

A.L. Brown High

Beard-athon: The A.L. Brown High School Environmental Club is having a Beard-athon to raise money to support the World Wildlife Fund’s international conservation efforts. Participating students and teachers will see who has the longest beard at the end of the drive on Dec. 20. The winner will be able to choose which endangered animal species will be symbolically adopted by the club. For details or to make a donation, visit

Rowan-Salisbury Schools

South Rowan High

State honors chorus:

South Rowan High students Nate Cobb and Marshall Barbee were among three Rowan-Salisbury Schools students to participate recently in the N.C. Honors Chorus at the N.C. Music Educators Association’s 2014 Professional Development Conference Nov. 8-11 in Winston-Salem. The other student was Kaitlyn Burgess of East Rowan High. Cobb is the only student in the Rowan-Salisbury district to receive this honor for three years of his high school career. To participate in the chorus, students underwent a rigorous audition process, in which 175 students were selected from about 2,000 who auditioned. South Rowan High choral director Jan Gore is in her 25th year with the school.

Gingerbread win: All three entries from South Rowan High’s 11-student gingerbread house-building team, Rock the House, placed in the top 10 in their division at the 22nd annual National Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The three designs were “Monster Truck Madness,” a monster on top of a monster truck; “Hooter the Owl,” a fondant owl atop her nest; and “I Spy: Like the Books,” with seek-and-find items written on the edge of the rotating entry. The entries can be viewed Sundays-Thursdays through Jan. 1 at the Omni Grove Park Inn.