Education Briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 5, 2016

Salisbury High to present ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop,�� for May 12 Drama Night

The Salisbury High School theater department will present the play “Good Cop, Bad Cop” during its May 12 Drama Night.

Students from the advanced theater class will perform in the comedic play, where a catastrophic street sign switch has two rookie detectives grilling a motley crew of suspects and witnesses.

The intermediate theater class will also present a ten-minute student adaptation of the movie “Titanic,” known as “The Unsinkable Ship.” This outrageous comedy is full of unexpected twists and turns. Various scenes and monologues will also be presented by beginning theater students.

The show starts at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Southeast Middle School to host kickball fundraiser May 13

On Friday, May 13,  Southeast Middle School students will have the opportunity to participate in a kickball game and fundraiser.

The school will be hosting a charity kickball game at 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Special Olympics of Rowan County.

Cost of admission is $3 per person, and there will be T-shirts and other items for sale. Both classes will participate in the kickball game by playing, helping with concessions, tickets, etc.

The school invites parents parents, family members and community members come out to support students and raise money for a wonderful cause.

Kidsbloom May 13

Salisbury Academy will host the Kidsbloom Block Party from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

In a new twist on this Salisbury Academy tradition, Kidsbloom Block Party will feature food, inflatables, games, face painting, and a glow stick dance party. This year’s Kidsbloom silent auction will feature colorful creations by Salisbury Academy students and inspirations for family fun.

Tickets are $5 per entry (children 3 and under free of charge) with additional $5 for a block party pass for unlimited use of inflatables; $20 maximum entry fee per family.

Communities in Schools awarded grant

SunTrust Bank presented Communities in Schools with a Foundation grant Wednesday. The $1,000 grant was presented to CIS Executive Director Scott Bannister by Michelle Nance, branch manager of the West Innes Street SunTrust bank. The money will go towards continuing CIS’s to “mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

Bannister said the organization actually applied for a $5,000 to $7,000 grant, but missed the deadline. However, Nance worked with the organization to secure the $1,000 grant, and Bannister said they’ll be applying for the larger one later in the year.

“So it’s just the beginning of that partnership,” he said.

Hanford Dole career day

Hanford Dole Elementary recently held a career day for third, fourth and fifth grade students. The career day presenters were Adam Shepherd from Fibrant Technology’s sales department; Greg Apple and Michael Buzzetti from Fibrant Technology’s outside plant; Tim Eagle from Eagle Plumbing and Repair; Carla Hatley from Salisbury-Pharmacy. Hatley is a former Hanford Dole student who has recently finished graduate school to become a pharmacist.

Fran Simpson and Ann Shepherd, Communities in Schools site coordinators, and Sabrina Eagle, School Counselor, organized the event to give students the chance to learn about various job opportunities. The presenters were asked to share different job opportunities available within their company as well as education needed for those opportunities. They were also asked to stress the importance of school and how the different subjects are important to their job.

While presenters rotated to the different classrooms, students took notes on the jobs discussed. Their notes included education level, and skills and equipment needed for the various jobs. The students then decided if he or she would be interested in doing that job in the future.

Hanford Dole’s career day coincides with the vision statement: “To nurture lifelong learners prepared and empowered to embrace the possibilities and responsibilities of their future.’

Hanford-Dole book club

Fran Simpson, student support specialist with Communities In Schools at Hanford-Dole, was the guest reader for the first grade book club this month. She shared the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” with the 95 first graders in the school media center.Simpson was quite animated while reading the book, sharing the meanings of words in the story, comparing how all the animals were different, and how everyone can “dance” when we find music that we love. Feelings of embarrassment and being bullied were brought out when Gerald the Giraffe, with his long neck and skinny legs,  couldn’t dance like all the other jungle animals.

Hanford-Dole’s Book Club is sponsored by grants from Target stores, Schneider Electric and CIS-Rowan. Simpson also did a parent presentation on the book that was read to the parents in attendance. She shared how parents can help their child with “thinking skills” questions to increase comprehension, using “why” to have the student explain their opinion/view, and even an example of art and music were included. Hanford-Dole and Communities In Schools are committed to engaging the parents in school activities to better prepare students and parents to work together with the school.