Union County

School news


SouthLake Christian Academy: The school has hired four new faculty members for the 2015-2016 school year.

They are:

▪ Rebecca Leonard, director of curriculum and instruction.

▪ Kim Howlin, director of student services.

▪ Cappy Davis, arts and drama teacher.

▪ Dawn Craddock, fifth grade teacher.

Also, three alumni have been hired by Silicon Valley companies: Shelby Barnes is a financial analyst with Amazon.com, Alex Palmer is an IOS advanced development senior engineer with Apple and Daniel Stallsmith, former football and baseball player, is working for Google.

Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis: The school received more than $5,000 in school supplies Aug. 28 from United Services Group.

USG, a Charlotte-based welding and machine contractor, adopted the school for the Stuff the Bus school supply fundraiser drive and collected more than 100 notebooks, markers, pencils, crayons and book bags.

Performance Learning Center: Curriculum night will be Sept. 29.

Community School of Davidson: K-7 curriculum night will be 6-8 p.m. Sept. 16.


Clover High: The wrestling team will hold its fifth annual Cornhole Tournament 9:15 a.m. until completion Sept. 19 at the new gym parking lot.

The cost is $30 per team. The event is bracket style play and double elimination. For questions, email Michael.Fitzgerald@clover.k12.sc.us.

York School District: Jennifer Capps was selected as the 2015 District Teacher of the Year. Capps is a 4K teacher at Harold C. Johnson Elementary School and has been with the district for 13 years.

Rock Hill School District: Rachel Glibbery has been named the Rock Hill School District Teacher of the Year. Glibbery is an English as a Second Language teacher at Northwestern High.

Doby’s Bridge Elementary, Fort Mill Elementary: Jeanette Black has been named principal of Doby’s Bridge Elementary School.

Jocelyn Young has been named principal at Fort Mill Elementary. The changes are effective Sept. 8.

Black was the previous principal of Fort Mill Elementary and holds degrees in special education and school administration and leadership. Young, most recently, was assistant principal at Fort Mill Elementary and has degrees from Winthrop University and Gardner-Webb University.


Covenant Classical School: Covenant Classical is one of the locations for the filming of “War Room,” a movie released Aug. 28.

Scenes were filmed in the school gymnasium in addition to Concord churches and buildings.

Feedback sessions: Superintendent Chris Lowder will host the following sessions for parents, students and community members for feedback about Cabarrus County Schools.

▪ Sept. 15: Concord High.

▪ Oct. 20: Mount Pleasant High.

▪ Nov. 19: Northwest Cabarrus High.

▪ Dec. 15: Hickory Ridge High.

The sessions will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Art on display: High school art teachers’ works are on display in an exhibit sponsored by Sundae Art Gallery. The exhibit will run until early November. The Sundae Art Gallery is at 21 S. Union Street, Concord. www.sundaeartgallery.com.

Mt. Pleasant High: Mason Koob was recently honored in the August edition of Boy’s Life magazine for Scouts in Action for saving his dad and himself from a flood and fire.

The publication chooses only 24 Scouts each year for the magazine spot. The ninth-grader is a Life Scout and is working on his Eagle project.

Hickory Ridge High: Senior Parent Night will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 following curriculum night. Parents of seniors are invited for an informational session on topics including college planning, applications and financial aid.

Carolina International School: Curriculum night for kindergarten to fourth grade will be 5-7 p.m. Sept. 17.


Piedmont Middle: Students in Victoria Tuck’s eighth grade science class will raise hundreds of rainbow trout from eggs to fingerlings that will be released next spring.

The eggs will be provided by a hatchery in Tennessee and will live in a 55-gallon tank in the classroom. Tuck is incorporating the project though Trout in the Classroom, an environmental education program designed for teachers.

Sun Valley High: Sun Valley High is offering a new academy, Honors Aerospace Engineering, a program in collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board.

The curriculum will include aerospace, aeronautical and astronautics applications. Bill Vivian, Career and Technical Education teacher who is certified for the courses, is teaching the class with a focus on 3D software.

Weddington High: The school has been named as one of the top high schools in the United States by Newsweek in its 2015 high school rankings.

Newsweek assesses schools to determine which schools do the best job of student college preparation. The school ranked 487th with a graduation rate of 99.4 percent and college bound rate of 98.2 percent.

Classrooms of Tomorrow: Union County Public Schools has 24 Classrooms of Tomorrow at six district schools: East Elementary, Piedmont Middle, Porter Ridge Middle and High, Monroe High and Marshville Elementary.

The Classroom of Tomorrow initiative teaches through interactive technology, unlimited classroom configurations and educators who facilitate learning rather than lecturing at the front of the classroom.