Superintendent's Message - December 19, 2019

  • A Message from Dr. Chris Lowder, Superintendent 12/19/2019
    Superintendent Lowder
    Cabarrus County Schools has launched the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS). This program teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult OR use its anonymous reporting system. CCS students, teachers and administrators at our middle and high schools are in the process of completing the training.
    You will be able to access the Say Something reporting tool through our district website by selecting the Say Something icon on the right side of the page. The tool is provided by Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a national non-profit organization that works to improve school safety and culture.
    Congratulations to the winners of our Holiday eCard Contest. The designs created by these talented students will be used in my holiday communications. This year’s winners are:
    • Ksenya Nikulsina, Cox Mill Elementary School
    • Addison Aughtry, Harris Road Middle School
    • Akhilesh Shivaramakrishnan, Concord High School
    We will recognize these students at the January Board of Education meeting.
    Congratulations also are in order for the winners of the Bright Ideas Education Grants sponsored by Union Power Cooperative. Ten CCS teachers earned grants through the program for their innovated classroom-based projects this year. Our grant winners are:
    • Lara Cabaniss, Winecoff Elementary
    • Adam Haas, Rocky River Elementary
    • Kate Highsmith, Weddington Hills Elementary
    • Susan Foulks, Carl A. Furr Elementary
    • Tomarra Londeree, Bethel Elementary
    • Carmen Money, R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary
    • Dana L Ramseur, Central Cabarrus High
    • Bonnie Robinson, A.T. Allen Elementary
    • Heather Shulman, Bethel Elementary
    • Julie Stephenson, Mount Pleasant High
    One final reminder that today is the deadline for Program Choice applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications are due by midnight tonight – Dec. 19th. Visit the Program Choice website to learn more about all of our district’s offerings and to submit your application.
    In closing, I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Enjoy the winter break – rest, relax and recharge. We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday, Jan. 6th.
    Chris Lowder, Ed.D.