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Cabarrus County Schools

District spelling champion: Bryce Beihle, a seventh-grader at J.N. Fries Magnet Middle School, was recently crowned the 2015 Cabarrus County Schools Spelling Bee Champion. Joy Jackson, an eighth-grade student from Harris Road Middle School and three-year veteran of the spelling bee, was runner-up. Bryce will now prepare to compete in The Charlotte Observer’s 61st annual Regional Spelling Bee in February, representing the Cabarrus County Schools. The regional winner moves on to compete in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., during Bee Week in May.

A.T. Allen Elementary

Winter Math Night: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. A.T. Allen students who attend in their pajamas will have no homework for the evening and will receive a winter treat. At 7:15 p.m., the kindergarten students will sing winter math songs.

Charles Boger Elementary

2015 Beacon Challenge: The Boger PTO’s annual Beacon Challenge fundraiser – the last big fundraiser of the school year – is under way. The goal is to raise $12,000 for supplementary needs such as Media Center materials, classroom supplies, math manipulatives, science supplies, technology, playground additions, literacy tools, Encore class supplies and more.

Students are collecting pledges from parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, grandparents and others. They have a chance to earn incentives such as Boger pennants, T-shirts and a mystery Smanimal.

In late January, students will participate in a challenge full of grade-appropriate spelling words and math problems, then will collect their pledge amounts based on the number of questions they answered correctly. If the school reaches its goal, students will get to watch staff members participate in Reindeer Relays in February. To donate, go to

W.M. Irvin Elementary

Grant: The Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe’s Toolbox for Education recently awarded Irvin Elementary a grant for $40,316. The money will be used to build a track behind the school that will include workout stations. The track is scheduled to be built this spring.

Winecoff Elementary

Principal Round Table: 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17, school conference room. Parents will be able to ask questions about the campus, programming and student growth, and the administration will have a chance to learn from parents.

Jay M. Robinson High

Chorus honor: Student Ryan Petty was recently chosen to represent Jay M. Robinson High at this year’s Mars Hill Choral Festival in February. Petty was chosen by audition and will sing with more than 300 other high school students from Western and Central North Carolina.

Kannapolis City Schools

Forest Park Elementary

PTO board meeting: 5-6 p.m. Jan. 22, school conference room. Meetings take place on the second Monday of each month. Open to all parents.