With only a little more than one month left in the 2016-2017 school year, students, parents and staff are beginning to see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ We know summer break is just around the corner, and we can’t wait for the final bell to ring.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is much work to be done before we can close the book on this year. Over the next few weeks, there will be final exams, end-of-course, and end-of grade tests to take. There will be field days and awards ceremonies to attend. There will be study guides and final projects due. There will be final grades that need to be submitted and classrooms to pack up and clean out. With all that is going on, it’s important that we all stay as focused, dedicated and committed as we were back in September.
Speaking of dedication and commitment, this week we are celebrating our teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. We kicked off the festivities at our Teacher of the Year celebration on May 2nd at the Cabarrus Arts Council Davis Theater, where we announced Paige Norris, a kindergarten teacher at Rocky River Elementary School, as our district’s Teacher of the Year.
Read more. [05/09/2017]
It's officially spring, and we are in the final stretch of the school year. Later this week, we will take a much-needed break. I hope everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break.
But before we step away, we will have the opportunity to watch our athletes compete in the Special Olympics Spring Games April 12-13 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center. This year, the U.S. Army is joining our team to help make our athletes Olympic dreams come true. Army personnel will volunteer at the games and also will staff an interactive exhibit in the Olympic Village, as well as provide entertainment during the Opening Ceremonies. We are excited about this new partnership and are looking forward to working with them.
Please join me in congratulating our Board of Education and our Finance Department on receiving the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.
Read more. [04/11/2017]
For the second consecutive year, Cabarrus County Schools is home to the North Carolina Men’s Basketball Champions. Congratulations to the Cox Mill High School Chargers on its 3A State Championship title. The team defeated Eastern Guilford in the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill on March 11th.
The Hickory Ridge High School Lady Bulls also competed for the Championship, falling by only two points to Northern Guilford. The team finished the season 31-1 as state runners-up and as champions of the Southern Piedmont 3A Conference where they were 18-0. Congratulations to both teams!
March is Youth Art Month, a national observance emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages the support of quality school art programs.
Read more. [03/14/2017]
Engaging minds. Shaping futures. That’s what we are striving to do every day in Cabarrus County Schools – through our classroom instruction, the tools we have available for students to use and the programs we offer.
It’s also the new tagline for our district. If you haven’t already, you will begin seeing it on our official communications. The tagline was inspired by our vision and mission, which were released in May 2016. It illustrates and interprets our mission of empowering students to build their futures. The mission and vision were revamped in conjunction with the release of the Strategic Plan for 2016-2018.
You can learn more about the Strategic Plan by visiting our digital magazine – CCS LookBook or on our district website (See Useful Links section). We’ve also put new posters that highlight our mission, vision, beliefs, and tagline along with limited copies of a Strategic Plan Highlights brochure in each of our schools.
Read more. [02/14/2017]
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing winter break.
Winter weather and dangerous driving conditions caused us to cancel school on Jan. 9th and 10th. No make-up day will be required for Jan. 9th, but the make-up day for Jan. 10th will be Jan. 23rd. Please make sure you know where to go to find official information from our district about any school closings or delays. Choose Inclement Weather in the useful links section of this page to review our winter weather procedures.
The winter weather also is causing us to adjust our high exam schedule. Our high school students now will begin taking their final exams on Tuesday, Jan. 17th and finish up on Friday, Jan. 20th. On their exam days, they will be dismissed early from school. Additionally, all students will be dismissed early on Monday, Jan. 23rd. You can find information about the exam schedule and early dismissals on our website. Read more. [01/10/17]
Cabarrus County Schools has received its second Investing in Innovation – i3 – grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Our school system’s proposal for EMPOWER: Expanding Magnet Program Options, Widening Educational Reach is among 15 selected from a field of nearly 400.
CCS will receive $3 million to implement EMPOWER, which will address and promote diversity by establishing a continuum of high-quality K-12 magnet programs intentionally placed in high-need areas. We also have secured the required private funding and are excited to begin implementation.
With winter approaching, our thoughts turn to the possibility of inclement weather. Be sure to review our Inclement Weather information and procedures before winter weather hits. You can find it all here. Read more. [12/13/16]
I am pleased to share with you that our district received the 2016 Benjamin B. Tregoe Award for Strategic Leadership in Education. TregoED gives the award to school districts that have achieved enduring results using the company’s tools for collaborative problem solving and decision making.
By using TregoED tools, our district has created a systematic, transparent budget process that includes soliciting input from district personnel at all levels, as well as County Commissioners, parents and community members. Our process, coupled with the TregoED tools, have yielded increased understanding and buy-in by diverse stakeholders about our districts’ financial needs. We also use TregoED processes in other areas such as hiring decisions, choosing student programs, and technology planning. Read more. [11/11/16]
October is National Principals Month, and all month long we are celebrating our principals and assistant principals. Cabarrus County Schools is fortunate to have an outstanding group of school leaders who are caring, compassionate and capable.
We announced Dustin Shoe as our 2017 Principal of the Year during a surprise meeting at his school. Dustin has been principal of C.C. Griffin Middle School since 2015. He previously served as principal of Beverly Hills Elementary. In addition to serving as principal, throughout his tenure in Cabarrus County Schools, Dustin has served as a secondary English teacher, lead teacher and assistant principal of instruction. He’s a Cabarrus County native and attended the original Bethel Elementary School, J.N. Fries Middle School and Central Cabarrus High School. Read more. [10/11/16]
We are excited about the new year and can’t wait to welcome the nearly 32,000 students enrolled in our schools!
We proudly continue our tradition of offering families a variety of educational opportunities and choices, while remaining committed to providing traditional education paths that include opportunities for enrichment and engagement in areas such as athletics, performing and visual arts, advanced placement and academically gifted programs. Read more. [08/22/16]
Cabarrus County Schools now has nearly 2,200 new alumni. We celebrated the Class of 2016 during graduation exercises held at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center June 10-11. Graduates of the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School graduated in May. Read more. [06/21/2016]
Congratulations to Shane Smith, a second grade teacher at Patriots STEM Elementary School, who has been selected as the April Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more. [05/16/2016]
Congratulations to Sarah Scott, a fifth grade teacher at Weddington Hills Elementary School, who has been selected as the March Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more. [04/15/2016]
We are heading into the final stretch of the school year and soon will be busy with end-of-year activities and testing. Read more. [04/12/2016]
Congratulations to Tanya Taylor, a fifth grade teacher at Charles E. Boger Elementary School, who has been selected as the February Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more. [03/17/2016]
Congratulations to Brittany Tucker, a first grade teacher at Wolf Meadow Elementary School, who has been selected as the December Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Mother Nature and scheduling conflicts prevented Monnett & Associates from presenting Ms. Tucker with her award until February. Read more. [02/18/2016]
Congratulations to Brooke Borleis, a kindergarten teacher at Carl A. Furr Elementary School, who has been selected as the January Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more [02/12/2016]
Congratulations to Kelly Ehmke, a third grade teacher at Charles E. Boger Elementary School, who has been selected as the November Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more. [12/17/15]
Congratulations to Mary Ann Hendricks, a fourth grade teacher at Royal Oaks Elementary School, who has been selected as the October Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more. [11/13/15]
Happy New Year and Welcome Back! A new year is a time for new beginnings. It’s a chance for a fresh start and to recommit to habits that are beneficial to our students well-being – Read more. [01/11/2016]
Congratulations to Alicia Moore, a third grade teacher at Weddington Hills Elementary School, who has been selected as the September Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more. [10/09/15]
Education Center employees participated in United Way’s Season of Caring on Wednesday, September 2nd by volunteering at CVAN. Read more [09/02/15]
Congratulations to Julie Phillips, a fifth grade teacher at Patriots STEM Elementary School, who has been selected as the August Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more. [09/15/15]
Congratulations to Denise Johnson, a teacher at W.M. Irvin Elementary School, who has been selected as the May Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. [06/18/15]
During its first year as a show choir Harris Road Middle Schools inaugural group “New Beginnings” won first place at the state finals in Winston-Salem, N.C. Read more. [05/19/2015]
Allison Hahn, Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year, was honored at the Cabarrus Rotary Club. Read more. [05/14/2015]
Congratulations to Monica Clapp, a sixth grade math teacher at Mount Pleasant Middle School, who has been selected as the April Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more. [05/11/15]
Congratulations to Gwen Politis, a third grade teacher at Patriots Elementary School, who has been selected as the March Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more. [04/14/15]
This month, Cabarrus County Schools joins with others around the nation to observe National Donate Life Month (NDLM). Throughout the month, Americans are encouraged to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate. Read more [04/01/15]
C.C. Griffin Middle School Principal Kristy Bullock, along with Julie Cline, 7th grade math teacher and PLC facilitator, and Chris Cline, math facilitator, presented a session at the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference in Houston, Texas. Read more. [03/30/15]
Gautam Ramachandran, a fourth grade student at W.R. Odell, has qualified to participate in the state National Geographic Bee on March 27, 2015 at the Cone Center on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Read more. [03/24/15]
Congratulations to Weddington Hills Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind teams. Three teams participated in the regional competition on March 7th at Wingate University. Read more. [03/17/15]
Congratulations to Christina Davis, a fourth grade teacher at Winecoff Elementary School, who has been selected as the February Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more.
Carl A. Furr Elementary held a Literacy/Multicultural Night on Tuesday, February 3rd. Teachers from each grade level prepared activities for parents to do at home with their students to reinforce the reading skills and strategies used in the classroom. These activities are designed to help student achievement in reading. Read more.
Congratulations to Dianna Link, a fourth grade teacher at W.R. Odell Elementary School, who has been selected as the January Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more.
Congratulations to Central Cabarrus High School Masonry Teacher Todd Hartsell on his selection and appointment of Masonry Expert for the United States WorldSkills Team by the National SkillsUSA Headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia. Read more. [02/05/15]
Congratulations to Ashley DePugh, a third grade teacher at Royal Oaks Elementary School, who has been selected as the December Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more.
Congratulations to the winners of the annual Holiday eCard Design Contest! Three winners were selected from more than 400 entries, Read more.
Congratulations to Nealy Poe, a kindergarten teacher at W.R. Odell Elementary School, who has been selected as the November Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more.
The school year is well under way, and the holiday season is upon us. I want to take a moment to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season. It has already been a busy school year, and we have much to celebrate. Read more.
View our digital magazine – The CCS LookBook – today. This issue features a video day-in-the-life diary of our Teacher of the Year Allison Hahn, an in-depth interview... read more
Congratulations to Emily Angles, a third grade teacher at Winecoff Elementary School, who has been selected as the October Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more.
Congratulations to Anna Austin, a second grade teacher at Weddington Hills Elementary School, who has been selected as the September Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. more…
Marla Guerity, a second grade teacher at W.R. Odell Elementary School, has been selected as the first Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools. Read more...
Greetings and welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to each and every one of you for all that you do for our students. I am honored to serve as your leader and to stand beside you as we work to educate the 30,000+ students enrolled in our system. I am grateful for your continued support and humbled by your dedication. I am excited about...
Teachers from Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools will participate in STEMersion, a program that connects educators and STEM businesses, the week of July 14th.
CCS Groundskeeper Donny Thompson will appear in the CBS reality show Big Brother, premiering Wednesday June 25th @ 8 pm. Click headline for more about Donny and Big Brother.
Thank you all for another fantastic school year! I have said it before, and I will say it again…we have much to be proud of in Cabarrus County Schools.
Royal Oaks Elementary School hosted a Flag Dedication Ceremony on Thursday, May 22nd. Click headline for story and photos.
Returning for its fourth year, the Ellis Jewelers Future Designer Contest creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Cabarrus County Schools students, offering them the chance to create, design and receive their own custom-designed pieces of jewelry. View full story by clicking headline.
Students from JN Fries Magnet Middle School team up to win Best in Region of the 2013-2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge and a $5,000 award for the school from the Verizon Foundation! Click the headline to learn about the winning app.
A great big THANK YOU to the Rotary Club of Cabarrus County for its donation of 500 books to kindergarten students at A.T. Allen, Beverly Hills, R. Brown McAllister, Weddington Hills and Wolf Meadow Elementary Schools. Click headline for full story.
Two Concord High School students’ artwork is featured on billboards in the Charlotte area. Click headline for full story.
Fourth-graders from Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary School took a walking field trip to the Old Courthouse in Downtown Concord where they gave a musical performance featuring songs recanting the rich history of the state of North Carolina. The students, under the direction of Music Teacher Michael Rowe, enjoyed a tour of the Cabarrus Arts Council after their performance.
A.T. Allen Elementary School held a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Thursday, May 8th. Click headline for full story.
Cabarrus County Schools is joining with other school systems across the state to participate in a statewide campaign to build support for North Carolina’s public schools. Click headline for full story
Cabarrus County Schools’ students swept the field at the State Math Fair in Raleigh on Friday, May 2nd. Our students brought home first, second, third and honorable mention honors for the 6th-8th grade division at the event, which was held at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Click headline for full story.
While most of our student body were enjoying their spring break relaxing with friends and family, the Robinson competitive VEX Robotics Teams 5139A, 5139B and 5139C were competing against 427 of the strongest VEX teams representing 26 countries in Anaheim, California. Click headline for full story.
Three CCS high schools are included in the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools in North Carolina annual listing. The magazine reviewed 519 public high schools in North Carolina. Click headline to see raninkings.
State Superintendent June Atkinson will discuss The Status of Public Education in North Carolina at Town Hall Meeting in Cabarrus County. The event will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 16th at Cox Mill High School, 1355 Cox Mill Road, Concord. The event is free and open to the public. Click headline for flyer & additional details.
This month, Cabarrus County Schools joins with others around the nation to observe National Donate Life Month (NDLM). Throughout the month, Americans are encouraged to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation. Click headline for details.
Concord High School is officially an IB World School offering the Diploma Programme. Click headline for full article.
CCS staff members are leading breakout sessions at the annual North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) Conference on Educational Leadership in Raleigh March 13-15, 2014. Click headline for full story.
Congratulations to the students and staff at Winkler Middle School! The school is #1 in the state of North Carolina for student growth.
March is National School Social Work Month. This year’s theme is “All People Matter,” which helps raise awareness about the social work commitment to improving the quality of life opportunities for everyone. These values are essential to improving relationships within families, making social support systems more effective, and building stronger communities. Click title to read more.
Greetings, I’d like to begin this month’s message by saying “Thank You,” to our staff, parents, and students for your cooperation and understanding as we dealt with yet another blast of artic air and snow in mid-February. Click title for full message.
Weddington Hills Elementary School performed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. on February 7th and 8th. Both performances were sold out.
Springhill Suites by Marriott has created a national partnership with Fresh Artists to keep creativity in schools that are underfunded. Each of the hundreds of Springhill Suites hotels across the country selects a school in their community to support and this year Winecoff Elementary School was selected by the Concord Springhill Suites!
Cabarrus County Schools elementary and middle school students participated in the district’s annual Science Fair on Jan. 25th at Jay M. Robinson High School.
The J.N. Fries Magnet School team named Best in State winners in the Verizon 2014 Innovative App Challenge have been selected as Best in Region. Their app now will be considered for the Best in Nation award!
The King of the Court volleyball tournament raised $10,000 in support of local breast cancer patients. Students from the participating schools and CCS Superintendent Barry Shepherd presented Marion Mozingo, development director for Northeast Foundation, with a check on January 22, 2014.
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I sincerely hope the extreme cold weather we’ve experienced this month will soon be a thing of the past. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Punxsutawney Phil will give us the good news that winter is on the way out when he pops out of his burrow on Feb. 2nd.
Just in case we don’t get that good news, I encourage you to review our system’s inclement weather procedures so that you are prepared and informed in the event that school is delayed or cancelled due to winter weather. Click headline for full message.
Congratulations to a team of 7th grade STEM students from J.N. Fries Magnet School whose app has been recognized as a Best in State winner in the 2014 Innovative App Challenge sponsored by Verizon. Click headline for full story.
Students at Harold E. Winkler Middle School will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge the week of Jan. 27th. The Challenge began in 2011 in three California schools as a way to create a more positive, unified, and respectful school environment. It has quickly become a popular event in schools across the United States. Last year, more than 100,000 in nearly 300 schools participated in The Challenge. Click headline for more.
Cabarrus County Schools released the Annual Report for the 2012-2013 school year on Jan. 13th. The report features a combination of facts, figures, statistics, stories and photos to illustrate each of the five priority areas outlined in the district’s Strategic Plan.
Joy Jackson, a 7th grader at Harris Road Middle School, is the 2014 Cabarrus County Schools Spelling Bee Champion.
After what is sure to go down in CCS Spelling Bee history as one of the longest final rounds – 17 minutes and 23 seconds – Joy was declared the winner. Akhilesh Shivaramakrishnan, a 5th grader at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School, was named runner-up.
The spirit of giving and supporting those in need is alive and well in Cabarrus County Schools – not just during the holidays – but throughout the year.
Teachers and staff from Royal Oaks Elementary School traveled to three communities in the Royal Oaks district to sing holiday songs to students and parents. Teachers dressed in their holiday best to bring cheer and song to local residents.
Hansel Wei, a student at Cox Mill High School, has created a macro that would allow him to type assignments using the Pinyan form of Chinese. Learn more
Congratulations to the Central Cabarrus High School Speech and Debate Team!
Congratulations to Samantha Barringer, a senior at Hickory Ridge High School, who has been named a member of the 2013-2014 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band – the first student from Cabarrus County to receive this honor!
Ten Cabarrus County Schools are on the track to victory thanks to a literacy program sponsored by Dollar General and Unilever.
Concord High School’s Fire Academy dedicated three vehicles at a dedication ceremony on school grounds on Friday, Sept. 27th.
A typical Tuesday morning turned out to be quite exciting for Leah Beaver, a kindergarten teacher at Beverly Hills Elementary School – thanks to OfficeMax and AdoptAClassroom.
Kecia Coln, Ph.D., principal of J.N. Fries Magnet School, has been selected as the 2014 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for Cabarrus County Schools, in a program sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wells Fargo.
Congratulations to Chris West, a freshman at Jay M. Robinson High School, who has been named a Hometown Hero.
With the first quarter of the school year completed, routines have taken hold and the school year isn’t so new anymore.
We offer our congratulations to Concord High School Principal Carla Black who has been named Educator of Decade by the Cabarrus County Branch of the NAACP.
Congratulations to Lisa Conger, CCS Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), who has been named the 2013 North Carolina Danny Hardee CTE Administrator of the Year, which recognizes a CTE administrator who is a leader and an innovator and has a passion for career and technical education.