The Catawba County Parenting Network will host Parent to Parent classes, a four-week video-based series of classes to help their children navigate the challenges facing this age group.
The classes will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8-Oct. 6 at Newton-Conover Middle School in Conover.
An additional series will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 7 at Northview Middle School in Hickory.
The program is free. To register: 828-465-8151.
Nine local schools are participating in the My School's Cool program sponsored by Valley Hills Mall this school year.
The shopping center will award $10,000 each semester to local schools that earn points for purchases made at Valley Hills Mall and through school involvement projects.
Participating schools are Catawba Elementary, Conover School, Christian Family Academy, Maiden Middle, St. Stephens Elementary, St. Stephens High, St. Stephens Lutheran, Startown Elementary and West Alexander Middle.
Julia Elmore, a senior at Bandys High School, spent the summer as an intern with Catawba County Livestock Extension Agent Jeff Carpenter.
Julia grew up on a farm and began showing lambs through 4-H when she was 9.
She most recently won Grand Champion of her division at the Catawba County Fairgrounds and will advance to national competition.
This summer, Julia helped pre-condition calves participating in an August sale.
She visited local beef farms to determine whether the price on calves will increase when they are vaccinated and wormed in contrast to being weaned from their mothers and sold.
She also has helped with record keeping that goes along with the project.
At Bandys, Julia participates in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Beta Club. She hopes to study animal science at N.C. State University.
Dustin Norwood of Bandys High recently received the Superior Cadet Award at JCLC Carolina, an event for JROTC students within the Fourth Brigade.
Norwood was selected by camp instructors to compete for the top leadership spot. After review from a panel of retired officers and NCOs from across the brigade, he placed second out of 840 cadets from 85 JROTC programs.
Lyle Creek Elementary School welcomed students from Lenoir-Rhyne University who recently helped spruce up the campus during Hands On Hickory Day.
The incoming freshmen did yard work, gardening and last-minute tidying of the school grounds and classrooms under the guidance of custodian Lois Saine.
Lyle Creek Elementary recently hosted an event for 10 physical education teachers. The educators learned about the latest in golfing equipment and how to train students in golf instruction.
The training was part of the Greater Hickory Classic Golf Tournament.
Catawba County Schools open house and orientation schedule includes:
Arndt Middle: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
Blackburn Elementary: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, sixth grade; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, fifth grade; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, kindergarten.
Claremont Elementary: 7 p.m. Sept. 9, PTO.
Fred T. Foard High: Sept. 8, upperclassmen.
Lyle Creek Elementary: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23, PTO.
Mill Creek Middle: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, PTO.
Mountain View Elementary: 6 p.m. Thursday, Watch Dog's Pizza and Kickoff Night; 7 p.m. Sept. 11, PTO for grades K-3; 7 p.m. Sept. 16, PTO for grades 4-6.
River Bend Middle: PTO Open House, 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 9