Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 29, 2015

Teacher work day added to KCS calendar

The Kannapolis City Board of Education has added a Teacher Work Day to the school calendar for 2016.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 will now become a Teacher Work Day instead of an instructional day for students. The change was needed because the North Carolina legislature recently moved the state’s primary election day to Tuesday, March 15. Some Kannapolis City Schools are used as polling locations, which brings hundreds of additional people and vehicles onto campuses, in order to keep students safe, KCS will make March 15 a Teacher Work Day so that students will not be in school while voters use KCS campuses and buildings.

The rest of the 2015-2016 school calendar will remain the same.

Catawba students help middle schoolers mark National Chemistry Week

Catawba’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society marked National Chemistry Week during a chemistry outreach event with 15 sixth-grade students involved in Film@6 from China Grove Middle School.

Film@6 is advised by teacher Janice King, while Dr. ChaMarra Saner serves as the advisor for Catawba’s ACS chapter.

The theme for National Chemistry Week was “Chemistry Colors the World.” Catawba students introduced the sixth-graders to the concepts of acid/bases/pH, sublimation, molecules on nanoscale, polymers and polar/non-polar molecules.


Cannon School celebrates national farm to school month

CONCORD – Cannon School’s cafeteria celebrated National Farm to School month on Wednesday with a special lunch prepared using 90 percent local food items. The month-long celebration set up by National Farm to School Network is designed to enhance the connections between children and local food.

Director of Cafeteria Services Mary Yarborough says, “Celebrating the Farm to School Day at Cannon allows us to support our local farmers and to educate students about the importance of healthy foods.”

Local foods included lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey, pork and fresh herbs, in addition to many others. Students were also encouraged to dress up like farmers.