With only a little more than one month left in the 2016-2017 school year, students, parents and staff are beginning to see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ We know summer break is just around the corner, and we can’t wait for the final bell to ring.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is much work to be done before we can close the book on this year. Over the next few weeks, there will be final exams, end-of-course, and end-of grade tests to take. There will be field days and awards ceremonies to attend. There will be study guides and final projects due. There will be final grades that need to be submitted and classrooms to pack up and clean out. With all that is going on, it’s important that we all stay as focused, dedicated and committed as we were back in September.
Speaking of dedication and commitment, this week we are celebrating our teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week
. We kicked off the festivities at our Teacher of the Year celebration on May 2nd at the Cabarrus Arts Council Davis Theater, where we announced Paige Norris, a kindergarten teacher at Rocky River Elementary School, as our district’s Teacher of the Year
. Congratulations to her and to all of our teachers of the year.
Our celebration was made possible thanks to tremendous support from community partners
who donated products and services as gifts for our honorees. I want to say a special thank you to our Gold Apple Sponsors for this year’s event. These businesses and organizations gave generously to our teacher. THANK YOU to:
- AXA Advisors
- Cabarrus County Education Foundation
- Great Wolf Lodge
- Greater Charlotte Automobile Dealers Association
- Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust
- Sealife Concord
The celebrating continues this month as we honor our school nurses on May 10th. We are grateful for our partnership with the Cabarrus Health Alliance, which allows us to provide a nurse to each of our schools.
We also will celebrate the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School Class of 2017 on May 13th and will continue celebrating this year’s graduating class next month when all of our other high schools hold ceremonies. You can get all the information you need about graduation on our Graduation Information site
, which is accessible from our district website
. Here, you will find ceremony and rehearsal times, links to the ceremony live streams and recordings, photos, and how to connect with us on social media this graduation season.
I want to close out this message by sharing a story about students at one of our schools. The story could have taken place at any of our schools; in fact, it has and probably will again. But this one gained local
media attention. Students at Northwest Cabarrus High School (NCHS) partnered with Dream on 3
, a local organization that grants sports wishes children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, or life-altering conditions, to make a dream come true for one of their classmates. The Junior Dream on 3 Team
at NCHS and the entire student body worked throughout the school year to grant Christian Heavner’s dream of going to New York City to see his favorite team – the New York Yankees – play baseball.
The students held fundraisers throughout the year, and all of their hard work culminated on May 2nd when they gave Christian a dream VIP send-off complete with a helicopter ride to the airport! It was an awesome morning listening to the students talk about how what this project has meant to them, and of course, hearing from Christian about his excitement to have his dream come true. This is an excellent example of the teaching and learning that goes on in Cabarrus County Schools. It’s what makes our district so special and what makes me incredibly proud to be here.
Until next time,
Christopher Lowder, Ed.D.