Education briefs

  • Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:23 a.m.
Kim Sheeks entertains at a Hanford-Dole Book Club event.
Kim Sheeks entertains at a Hanford-Dole Book Club event.

Choral festival

More than 80 middle school students will gather at Corriher Lipe Middle School to participate in this year’s All-County Choral Festival for Rowan County. Each year, participants from surrounding middle schools rehearse music for hours with their teachers in preparation for an all-day rehearsal with the festival’s clinician.

On April 12, at 9 a.m., these students will gather into the auditorium to rehearse with this year’s clinician, Dean Orbison. Pieces to be performed on the concert are “A Gospel Alleluia,” “American Folk Rhapsody,” “C’est L’Amour,” “Gloria Festiva,” “Send Down the Rain” and “Tunggare.” The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in Corriher Lipe’s auditorium. Admission is free.”

Hanford-Dole Book Club

Kim Sheeks, affectionately known as the “hat lady,” was the guest reader at Hanford-Dole Elementary School’s monthly first grade Book Club last week. Sheeks had an array of hats and props that she used with Tomie dePaola’s, “Mother Goose Favorites.” She had a way of bringing alive the nursery rhymes to all the first-grade students.

Hanford-Dole’s Book Club is sponsored by a Target grant and by Schneider Electric and coordinated by the Communities In Schools site coordinator, Fran Simpson.

After the book presentation, Simpson gave an educational presentation on reading and writing to the parents in attendance at the Book Club.

Reading degree program

BOONE—The master of arts in reading degree program from Appalachian State University will be offered this fall in Davie County given sufficient interest. An informational meeting about the degree will be held April 6 at 2 p.m. in Administration Building Room 110 on the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College located at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville.

Appalachian faculty and staff will answer questions about the curriculum, course delivery, admission requirements, program costs and application process.

The degree, which has a classroom/clinical concentration, is completed over a two-year period. Courses are offered through a mix of face-to-face meetings and online delivery.

The classroom/clinical concentration prepares classroom teachers and reading specialists to teach all aspects of reading and language arts to students with a range of abilities in kindergarten through 12th grade. Completion of the concentration leads to advanced master’s teaching certification.

For more information, call Appalachian’s Office of Distance Education at 800-355-4084 or visit

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