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Guitar classes: The Music Department at Cornelius Elementary School recently received 20 new Rogue guitars, and students are learning basic acoustic guitar-playing skills during weekly elective classes for third, fourth and fifth graders. After completing the semester, students may choose to take guitar lessons at local music stores. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders choose among coding club, fitness club, art club, Minecraft club, and guitar club for an elective. Students will complete this elective in December and choose another club to investigate beginning in January.
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Grand Oak Elementary
Internet and technology safety workshop: The Grand Oak School Leadership Team is hosting a presentation for parents by a Huntersville Police Department detective about internet and technology safety 6-7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the school’s gymnasium. The detective will be available to answer questions and will have a “Genius Bar” open so parents can see how students are using Chromebooks and iPads at Grand Oak.
Band honors: The Hough High School Marching Band won first place in overall performance in its class at the Porter Ridge High School band competition in Indian Trail on Oct. 25. The band also won first place in the Percussion, Drum Majors and General Effect categories, and received a rating of “Superior” in the Musical Performance adjudication.
North Mecklenburg High
New reading garden: The Newell-Rubbermaid Global Day of Service brought two shifts of employees – more than 100 people – to North Mecklenburg High to volunteer Oct. 28. The main project for the day was to build a reading garden in the vacant lot next to the gym. Three diseased trees were removed and 15 cubic yards of rubber was laid so planters could be installed using flowers from the school greenhouses. A bench was built around the trunk of the remaining tree for a total of nine benches in the reading garden. The volunteers also mulched, pruned and removed old shrubs and debris from other parts of the campus. The effort was part of a global day of service for employees of the Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid company.
SouthLake Christian Academy
Fall Festival: SouthLake Christian Academy held its annual Fall Festival on the afternoon of Oct. 24. More than 1,000 students, friends and family converged for music, food, carnival games and other activities and attractions, including a dodge ball pit, inflatable slides, an inflatable jousting arena, cornhole boards and the NASCAR No. 38 M&M’s show car and hauler.