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Education roundup

Cannon School open house Feb. 25
CONCORD — Cannon School will host an admission open house on Saturday, Feb. 25, for families seeking to explore educational opportunities in grades junior kindergarten through 12. The event begins at 1 p.m. in Taylor Hall.
Visiting families will have an opportunity to tour the campus, speak one-on-one with parents and students about the school’s academic, arts, athletics and character education offerings, and learn more about the admission process.
Interested families may register to attend at www.cannonschool.org/register.
“Our open houses are a great way to see first-hand what makes Cannon School such an ideal learning environment,” said Director of Admission Bill Diskin. “Meeting with members of our school community, touring our campus and learning about our approach to academics, the arts, athletics and character education, it becomes obvious that this is a place that cares deeply about children.”
For parents unable to attend, Cannon also offers “Walk-in Wednesdays” to accommodate busy schedules. The admission office provides campus tours each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, no appointment necessary. Interested parents may also contact the admission office at 704-721-7199 to arrange an individual tour around their availability.
Millbridge Good Citizens
Millbridge Elementary School Good Citizens for December 2011:
Kindergarten: Kyndal Sigmon, Ty Lloyd, Andrew Lee, Taylor Willis, Ellie Gibbs, Josh Bost, Dexter Watson, Jacob Oliver, Brady Maillet, Ava Hinson.
First grade: Emily Bare, Joshua Baker, Bailey Yon, Logan Wilbanks Savanna Bancroft, Tyler Polk, Anna Grace Blackledge, Noah Rostro, Reagan Moore, Coleman Overcash.
Second grade: Mia Arntsen, Israel Amezquita, Olivia Dula, Emmanuyel Amezquita, Garrison Collins, Kaleigh Wilhite, Emma Owens, Jacob Cox.
Third grade: Nolan Miller, Rachel Webster, Jordan Beaver, Joshua Page, Haley Almond, Haley Cannon, Ethan Bancroft, Tyler Ward, Daniel Ortega.
Fourth grade: Andrew Jackson, Hannah Saine, Macayla Lomartire, Braxton Russ, Jagger Kirk, Rider Ross, Peyton Rohletter, Sarah West.
Fifth grade: Karley Wood, Allison Williams, Sandra Tuck, Ethan Newcomb, Joyce Ortega Compean, Moran Miller.
Shady Brook Giving Tree
Shady Brook Elementary School students worked hard to obtain their goals for the opportunity to visit the “Giving Tree.”
The Giving Tree was put together by Shady Brook staff, volunteers and Midway United Methodist Church.
Students earned “Shady Brook Bucks” by demonstrating good academic or behavioral gains in the classroom.
In return for their stellar efforts, students received bucks to purchase gifts to wrap for their family members.
The Giving Tree was made possible by the giving hearts of staff and volunteers who donated their time and gifts for all students at Shady Brook.
“The students eagerly awaited the distribution of ‘Shady Brook Bucks’ and could not wait to shop for gifts,” said Curriculum Coordinator, Melissa Godfrey.
Godfrey also stated that Principal Rachel Zaionz had the vision to form “The Giving Tree” and these efforts helped students recognize the meaning of giving and receiving during the holiday season.
Shady Brook recognizes volunteer
In the spirit of giving, Shady Brook Elementary School is very fortunate to have a volunteer program and a wealth of experienced and multi-faceted volunteers.
Shady Brook would like to recognize Harold Fisher for his commitment to students in kindergarten.
Fisher has a jovial and charismatic disposition — students love him instantly.
“It never ceases to amaze me how children this young can show the level of concern for others as they do,” he said. “I have missed being with them on occasion and when I return they immediately want to know how I am doing, was I sick and am I well.
“When working on projects with them such as word recognition, student faces light up when they grasp the reality of their goal and great big smiles beam from their faces, which in turn makes my heart happy.”
Shady Brook is indeed blessed to have Fisher work with the staff and students.
“I could go on and on about my time at Shady Brook Elementary, but I will say this I always get more from my time spent with kindergartners than I give,” Fisher said. “These youngsters are a blessing to me and my life.”
Students win essay contest
Four students from Bostian Elementary have won the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest sponsored by the VA Medical Center.
The theme was “What Can I Do To Make Dr. King’s Dream A Reality?”
Carter Rodgers received first place with Hannah Turpin Kiersten Smith placing second and third, respectively.
Kira Rymer won honorable mention.
The students have been invited to read their essays at a special ceremony honoring King at the medical center Monday.
North Hills to hold State of the School meeting Tuesday
North Hills Christian School will hold its annual State of the School meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s Helen Kelley Smith Gymnasium.
Current and prospective families are urged to attend this important meeting.
The Head of School and school board will announce the school’s vision for the future and enhancements to next year’s program.
Current families will receive information for re-enrollment that night for the 2012-2013 school year. The deadline for current families to re-enroll is Jan. 17.
Priority enrollment for prospective families who applied on or before Jan. 19 begins on Jan. 20 and ends on Jan. 25, when open enrollment for remaining spaces begins.
The school projects limited space will be available for most grades and urges families to apply early.
Interested families are invited to call the school to schedule a private tour and a time to observe classes.
North Hills Christian School is a co-educational, non-denominational, evangelical dayschool serving approximately 350 students in preschool through high school.
The school is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
North Hills offers an honors track for gifted students as well as a dedicated special needs program for students with diagnosed physical, mental, and learning disabilities.
For more information, visit the school’s website at www.northhillschristian.com or contact Nikki Eagle, director of recruitment, at neagle@northhillschristian.com, or call 704-636-3005 ext. 109.
South Rowan to show ‘The End on the Line’
South Rowan High School will show “The End of the Line” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s media center.
The film discusses the causes of the possible depletion of edible fish in the oceans by 2048. It’s narrated by Ted Danson based on information in his 2010 book “Oceana.”
Karen Miller’s marine biology students have also researched related topics and will be on hand to explain overfishing, by-catch, high tech catching too many fish and some of the people helping to inform and stop this potential problem.
The movie is free, but the school will take donations and sell refreshments and send the money to the film’s producers to help save the ocean fish.

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