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An Open Letter to Cannon School’s Faculty and Staff

May 12, 2015

The following letter was written by a Cannon School 11209757_1163476757011866_7384682328480788665_nparent who wishes to remain anonymous, but wanted to express gratitude for the work of our faculty.

An Open Letter to the Teachers of Cannon School:

I see you. For fourteen years, I’ve seen you hauling loads of stuff into the school before it’s light. And I’ve seen you carrying stuff out of the school hours after the buses left. I’ve seen red marks on papers. Smiley faces. Notes to “see me.” I’ve seen you hug my children. Lots of hugging. I’ve seen you march at graduation and sit around a table in the cafeteria, hoping nobody will interrupt those few moments of adult conversation in the middle of the day.

I’ve heard about your witty comments. Your passionate lectures. Your disciplinary decisions. I’ve heard about what you do in your spare time, and I can’t believe you have spare time. I know the number of papers to grade. Tests to correct. Essays to comment upon. I know your day doesn’t end at 3:00 or start at 8:10.

I want you to hear this from my heart: what you do matters. And more than that, you have made a profound impression on my children, which they will carry with them forever. The words you say every day spark new thoughts, observations, and opinions in those who hear them.

Thank you for teaching. Thank you for treating my children with respect. Thank you for sharing yourself with them over and over and over, even if it seems like they are daydreaming and will never remember a word. Trust me, they remember. And they are better for your words of wisdom, encouragement, wit, and truth.

And thank you, again, for the nights in your home that you spend grading and planning and doing other stuff for work when you could be at play yourself. Your work is some of the most important work in the world. The kids may not really understand this until they are ready to enroll their own children some day. But I know it.

I see you when you laugh with students in the hall. When you walk to your car by yourself. When you show up at a game you are not coaching. And I see those who coach.

There are not enough words in the world to express the gratitude you deserve. So I guess I just want to say this: I see you. I can’t imagine not seeing you doing the things you do every day. You are helping us make wonderful people and send them out in the world to do wonderful things. This is your job. You do it well.

Thank you.

Why Enroll At An Independent School?

March 20, 2015

Bill Diskin:

Deciding among several school options?

Originally posted on Cannon School Admission:

The article below was originally published on the National Association of Independent Schools‘ (NAIS) web site.

As many families are considering their options among a number of school choices, here’s a nice overview of the benefits of an independent school education.

What makes an independent school worth the trouble of applying and paying the expense to enroll your child?

  • High academic standards. Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, and encourage critical thinking. A larger percentage of students at independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.

  • Small classes and individual attention. Independent schools have low student-teacher ratios that encourage close connections with students. The median ratio in NAIS schools in 2011-12 was 8.8 students to 1 teacher (meaning that half have a higher ratio and half have a lower ratio).

  • Excellent teachers. They usually teach in their areas of…

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Cannon School to present Carousel

February 4, 2015

From today’s Cannon School Cupola:

Cannon Theater Company’s winter musical will be performed February 26 – 28 at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are on sale here!

Hailed by Time Magazine as the greatest musical of the 20th century and the personal favorite of composer Richard Rodgers, Carousel is not your typical musical. Carousel

At turns sweet, heart-wrenching, frustrating, and funny, Carousel follows the troubled romance between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and millworker Julie Jordan.

This stirring story raises important questions about love and family, and audience members will have the opportunity to process these questions with the cast and crew during post-show discussions.

Come see Cannon Theater Company’s first musical performed in the new Cannon Performing Arts Center!

Cannon School is a JrK -12 independent school in Concord, NC.

Why Enroll At An Independent School?

January 16, 2015

The article below was originally published on the National Association of Independent Schools‘ (NAIS) web site.

As many families are considering their options among a number of school choices, here’s a nice overview of the benefits of an independent school education.

What makes an independent school worth the trouble of applying and paying the expense to enroll your child?

  • High academic standards. Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, and encourage critical thinking. A larger percentage of students at independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.

    Cannon School's class of 2014 with speaker Jeff Burton.

    Cannon School’s class of 2014.

  • Small classes and individual attention. Independent schools have low student-teacher ratios that encourage close connections with students. The median ratio in NAIS schools in 2011-12 was 8.8 students to 1 teacher (meaning that half have a higher ratio and half have a lower ratio).

  • Excellent teachers. They usually teach in their areas of expertise and are passionate about what they do. With more autonomy within the classroom, teachers are able to develop a full understanding of how each student learns and what interests and motivates each individually.

  • Greater likelihood of a student completing a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

  • Education for the whole child. Independent schools nurture not just students’ intellectual ability and curiosity but also their personal and social growth and civic conscience. Opportunities extend well beyond the classroom to athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and school leadership experiences.

  • Inclusiveness. Schools maintain diverse and vibrant student communities and welcome and respect each family. In 2010-11 students of color were 25.9 percent of total independent school enrollment.

  • A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals for the student.

  • The opportunity to choose a school with a mission. You can select a school whose philosophy, values, and teaching approach is right for your child.

  • And most important: An education that will pay dividends for a lifetime.

Article Date: 9/10/2012

Kevin Carroll Inspires Upper School Students with “Red Rubber Ball” Presentation

January 15, 2015

Bill Diskin:

Kevin Carroll is an amazing man…

Originally posted on Cannon School's Blog:

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To outsiders, a red rubber ball may be just what it appears: a bouncy toy used by the young playground set. To Cannon’s Upper School students, it represents much more. This week, they were treated to a surprise visit by Kevin Carroll, author of their summer reading book, What’s Your Red Rubber Ball? Kevin spoke about finding his passion, which is represented by a red rubber ball.

The accomplished author and speaker’s visit was arranged by Upper School Dean and teacher Sue Ramsey, who was especially inspired by the book and suggested it be the Upper School summer read. She reached out to Kevin via e-mail earlier this fall, in hopes of possibly setting up a Skype time with students. To her surprise, Carroll offered to come to Cannon and speak—without his usual appearance charge.

The day started with a presentation in the Cannon Performing Arts Center, in which…

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Cannon School hosts Admission Open House!

January 9, 2015

Cannon School hosts an Admission Open House on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.PostCard

This is a great opportunity to meet current Cannon School students, teachers, administrators, and parents!

Cannon’s Upper School Jazz Ensemble will open the program at 12:30.

Head of School, Matt Gossage, will welcome and greet visitors in the new Cannon Performing Arts Center at 1:00.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cannon School is a JrK-grade 12 independent school located in Concord, NC

GEMS – In the Holiday Spirit!

December 9, 2014

Bill Diskin:

Cannon’s Middle School Girls LOVE science and math!

Originally posted on Cannon Middle School Blog:

Our GEMS Club (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) met yesterday to design snowflakes that will crystallize overnight.  They rocked their t-shirts during the school day, and spent time after school with Mrs. Morris and other parent volunteers.  The girls look forward to the activities, and this popular club helps develop their excitement about math and science!

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