Education roundup

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 7, 2011

Student council members attend conference
Four student council members and their advisor, Wendy Fontenot, from West Rowan High School recently attended the 84th North Carolina Association of Student Councils (NCASC) Convention at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville.
NCASC serves member schools from all over the state, and over 350 students and advisors attended this year’s event which used the theme “Connecting the STARS.”
West Rowan students in attendance included Kristy Rounds, Sara Holmes, Berkley Alessandrini and Mackenzie Dixon,
The schedule for the convention included workshops on various aspects of leadership and a series of motivational speakers. All of the workshops and speakers centered around the five focus areas of the convention which spelled out STARS: Sacrifice, Teamwork, Awareness, Respect and Service.
Other highlights of the weekend included an evening at the Fayetteville FireAntz hockey game, a parachute drop by the Golden Eagles and a mini-concert by the 82nd Airborne Chorus both from Ft. Bragg.
Students also rotated through a series of activities which consisted of a visit to the Airborne Special Ops Museum in downtown Fayetteville and a service project assembling personal care kits for the Fayetteville Urban Ministries homeless shelters and food packages for Stop Hunger Now, which will be used to feed school children in Nicaragua and Haiti.
This year the NCASC continued its partnership with the Victory Junction Camp near Randleman. Founded by the family of the late Adam Petty, Victory Junction provides the opportunity for children with life-altering conditions to attend summer camp with all of the necessary medical support.
Over the course of the year student councils across the state have raised money for the camp and at the convention presented a check to a representative of Victory Junction for more than $17,000.
The delegates also made contributions of more than $500 during the weekend towards relief for the victims of the recent earthquake in Japan.
“The Convention was awesome,” said Dixon.
The next big event for the West Rowan High School Student Council will be the weeklong Summer Leadership Workshop at Mars Hill College.
Clearview Academy provides blanketsto children
Every Monday, the High School Bible class at Clearview Christian Academy in Cleveland finds a way to minister to others.
They recently began a new ministry called Project Linus.
Project Linus is a nationwide ministry that provides security blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or just in need of a sense of warmth.
The organization has distributed more than 3 million homemade blankets to hospitals, shelters and social service organizations. Basically, anywhere a child may be found that needs a hug, Project Linus is there with a homemade blanket.
Connie Fero of Cleveland came to class to teach the students how to crochet in order to make baby blankets. By the end of class, the receptive students were well on their way to touching a child’s life.
For more information about Clearview or Project Linus visit
Homeschool meeting Tuesday
The Rowan County Homeschool Association support meeting will be Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., and include a Curriculum Fair and Testing Information Workshop.
These events will be held in conjunction at Kannapolis Church of God’s Harvest House (fellowship building behind sanctuary), located at 2211 W. A St. in Kannapolis.
Those interested in learning more about testing requirements and available options will meet for a 30-minute workshop at 7:30 p.m. during the Curriculum Fair.
Everyone will be able to peruse a variety of curriculum including Sonlight, My Father’s World, Heart of Dakota, Abeka, Bob Jones, Switched on Schoolhouse, Rod and Staff, Math-U-See and others. This is an opportunity to speak to users of these products without the pressure of purchasing. The annual Used Curriculum Sale will be held in June.
North Hills open enrollment
North Hills Christian School is now offering open enrollment to the general public for the 2011-12 school year.
Prospective families should apply early as many classes have been capped.
Interested familes are invited to call the school to schedule a private tour or to observe classes.
North Hills Christian School is a co-educational, non-denominational, evangelical dayschool serving 320 students for preschool (3K) through high school.
The school is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
For more information, visit the school’s website at, contact Nikki Eagle, director of recruitment, at neagle@ or call 704-636-3005 ext. 109.
RCCC offers cake decorating
Learn the basics of cake decorating in this hands-on class.
The classes will be offered from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the college’s North Campus in Salisbury.
Monday the class will be decorating Spring/Easter cupcakes (provided) and will need:
• 1 box of fondant. Can be found at Walmart, Hobby Lobby or the Salisbury Flower Shop.
• Piping tips including a large “star” tip (1B, 1C, 1E, etc.), No. 3 (or thereabouts), grass tip No. 233 (or similar)
• Optional: coloring, X-Acto/craft knife, toothpicks, small rolling pin
Wednesday the class will be decorating a small, special occasion cake. Supplies needed include:
• Icing spatula
• Round cake (any size, smaller probably better)
• Icing (either homemade or store bought)
• Fondant, coloring, tips, tools, etc.
The registration fee is $70 and does not include the supplies listed above.
To register, call Continuing Education registration at 704-216-3512.
Registration forms can be obtained at 4590.aspx by clicking “Cake Decorating” on the left side of the page.
North Hills to host blood drive
North Hills Christian School will host a blood drive from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school’s Helen Kelley Smith Gymnasium, 2970 W. Innes St., Salisbury.
Norris serves as page
Mary Scott Norris, a student at North Hills Christian School, recently served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the daughter of Tim and Leigh Ann Norris of Salisbury and was sponsored by Representative Harry Warren (R-Rowan).
Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) appoints the pages and introduces each one to members and citizens in the House gallery at the start of each week during Monday night’s session.
For decades, the State House has relied on the service of pages, who help deliver bills and amendments for representatives during daily House sessions and committee meetings, offer assistance in individual representatives’ offices, and run errands around the Legislature. Pages spend a week at the General Assembly assisting members and their staff and learning about the structure of North Carolina government.
North Hills Christian receives donation
Former NHCS parents Kim and Connie Starnes were excited to see North Hills Christian School Head of School, Matt Mitchell, accept a check for $2,500 from Monsanto Territory Sales Manager, Ron Jernigan.
Kim and Connie won a national contest sponsored by Monsanto, an organization that supports rural communities.
The winner of the contest could designate a non-profit of their choice to receive a $2,500 contribution. The Starnes chose North Hills Christian School.
The money will be used for the school’s Annual Fund that provides professional development training for teachers, technology enhancements, tuition assistance and facility improvements.