Compiled by Gina Smith
Cabarrus County Schools
King of the Court: Athletes from Cabarrus County high schools will compete in the King of the Court volleyball tournament 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29 in the main gymnasium at Jay M. Robinson High School, 300 Pitts School Road SW, Concord. The event will also feature food vendors and family-friendly activities including face painting, bounce houses and giveaways. Admission is $5 for ages 8 and older. Ages 7 and younger will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the Cabarrus County Breast Center.
Assistant Principal of the Year: On Oct. 7, Sue Nash, assistant principal of instruction at A.T. Allen Elementary School, was named the 2014-2015 Assistant Principal of the Year for Cabarrus County Schools. Nash has served as assistant principal of instruction at A.T. Allen since 2010. Before joining A.T. Allen, Nash served as assistant principal of instruction at Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary School. She began her career in Cabarrus County Schools in 2000 as an exceptional children’s teacher at Weddington Hills Elementary School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in school administration from Western Carolina University. Nash also is a National Board Certified Teacher. Cabarrus County Schools assistant principals nominate candidates among their ranks for the Assistant Principal of the Year Award based on a set of criteria.
A.T. Allen Elementary
Science Fair Family Night: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, gymnasium. Information will be provided to families about this year’s science fair.
Carl A. Furr Elementary
Falcon 5K and Fun Run: 10 a.m. Nov. 15, Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord. The Fun Run/Walk begins at 10 a.m.; the 5K race begins at 10:15 a.m. All proceeds will go to fund school projects in the music, arts and physical education departments. Sponsorships are available. Those who enter by Nov. 4 are guaranteed a race T-shirt. Register online at http://furrfalcon5K.itsyourrace.com. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the school. The festival will feature vendors, rides, inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, games, face painting and more. A silent auction will include gift baskets and Disney World tickets plus items from American Girl, Tiffany’s, Vera Bradley, Biltmore hotel, Great Wolf Lodge and Samsung. The typical festival food selections will be available and HoneyBaked Ham will sell hamburgers, ham sandwiches, hot dogs and more. Hendrick Motorsports will have a race car on-site to view. The event is free and open to the community. All proceeds benefit the school. Business sponsorships are available through Oct. 24 at many giving levels. Details: Holly Beaty at email@example.com.
Kannapolis City Schools
National Science Day: Students at Kannapolis Intermediate School and Jackson Park, Woodrow Wilson and Forest Park elementary schools designed, built and launched rockets during National Science Day on Oct. 8, in keeping with this year’s theme of “Rockets to the Rescue.” The national effort was led by 4-H and is considered to be the largest science event of its kind. Locally, the Cabarrus County 4-H Club partnered with Kannapolis City Schools to provide the lessons and kits needed for the rockets. Students were given a fictional scenario in which a natural disaster had left a remote island without food. The students were asked to design, build and launch rockets that could deliver food to the island.
Jazz greats: On Oct. 7, Cannon School ninth through 12th-grade students who play in the school’s Jazz Combo and Big Band were able to take a class led by professional jazz musicians Walter Blanding, saxophonist and clarinetist; Victor Goines, saxophonist and clarinetist; Dan Nimmer, pianist; and Greg Gisbert, trumpeter. The musicians are members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, and were visiting Charlotte as part of the 2014 Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival, where Cannon’s Jazz Combo also performed. The students spent 90 minutes at the Cannon Performing Arts Center with the musicians, playing and discussing music. The students later watched the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rehearse and perform at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Blanding wore his Cannon School T-shirt at rehearsal.