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Superintendent's Message - March, 2023


Picture of Dr KopickiDear Cabarrus County Schools families,

I hope this message finds you well. As we approach the upcoming spring break, I want to take a moment to extend my warmest wishes to each and every one of you. It has been a busy and productive academic year so far, filled with accomplishments, challenges, and the collective dedication of our outstanding students, educators, staff, and parents.

As we temporarily step away from the routines of the school calendar, I encourage everyone to embrace the opportunity for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Spring break provides a well-deserved pause in our schedules, allowing us to recharge our minds and bodies for the exciting ventures that lie ahead.

Our district and school staff have begun the implementation of the 2024-25 realignment.  In an effort to acquaint students and families with our new boundaries,  we are thrilled to announce the upcoming "New to School" events across our district this spring.

These events will provide a wonderful opportunity for new students and families to familiarize themselves with their respective schools, meet our dedicated staff, and establish connections ahead of the new school year, set to kick off in August 2024.

We extend a warm welcome to all families "New to School," encompassing those affected by realignment, kindergarteners joining us for the first time, rising 3rd-grade families at W.R. Odell Elementary, rising 6th-grade families to our middle schools, and rising freshmen to our high schools.

We are excited about the positive impact these events will have on fostering a sense of community and belonging within our schools.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to our school district. Your dedication contributes immensely to the success of our community, and I am truly grateful for the collective efforts of each and every one of you.

Wishing you a restful and rejuvenating spring break!

Stay well,

Dr. John Kopicki

Superintendent

 

  • Greetings,

    Picture of Dr Kopicki

    I trust this message finds you well and enjoying your summer vacation with families and friends. I hope you have a restful break and come back energized as we continue to implement our district’s strategic plan, and continue on our journey to Destination 2025.  We are proud of the work our students and staff accomplished during the past year, and we’re excited to get the 2023-24 school year underway when Wolf Meadow students return on July 18th. We will welcome our early college and traditional calendar students back on August 10th.

    Cabarrus County is thriving. Our district is growing rapdily with many new families choosing to call Cabarrus County home. Concord was recently named by Fortune Magazine as the nation’s 20th best city to raise a family.

    Access to high-quality education is a key driver in that growth and economic success. Strong communities and strong schools go hand in hand. Based on next year’s enrollment projections, Cabarrus County Schools, the eighth largest district in North Carolina, will exceed the 35,000-student mark for the first time.

    This growth is both exciting and challenging. Our school system is diversifying and undergoing an expansion of new demands and innovative ideas.

    This year, I have held numerous community meetings, administered surveys, reached out to many members of our school community, and sought your input on many issues affecting our district.  In doing so, we heard your concerns and will take your input to heart as we move forward as a district. Improved communication was one of those issues of importantance to you, and we have implemented several changes to the way we will communicate information with you.

    • Our District is implementing ParentSquare as our primary school-to-home communications and parent engagement tool for the 2023-24 school year. It is our hope that you will utilize ParentSquare’s tools to connect with your school community. A key driver in the success of our schools and your students is to have open communications from home-to-school. For more information, you can visit our ParentSquare information page. If you have not yet activated your ParentSquare account, please visit the ParentSquare website and register using the email address or phone number associated with your student in PowerSchool.
    • Our transportation department is excited to introduce the Edulog app to our families this fall. Edulog will allow you to track your child’s bus ridership using GPS technology. Be on the lookout for more information to come as we approach the first day of school in August.
    • In an effort to make information more accessible, we have launched new district and school websites for the fall.  We hope you find our new webpages more user-friendly, more mobile-friendly, and easier to navigate. Please make sure to click on the “A-Z Index” located at the top of all our webpages, as well as the “I want to” dropdown menu located in the channel bar. We hope these features streamline your search for information.

    As a reminder, we continue to enroll students of all ages for the fall.  Any child who is five years old on or before August 31, 2023, is eligible to register for kindergarten. Visit our district enrollment webpage by clicking HERE. Please contact your school directly to schedule an in-person enrollment visit.  You can find your assigned school by clicking on the CCS Find My School link.

    Finally, our Back to School webpage is ready for your return. On this page, you can find important information including our Open House schedule.  Open House for middle and high schools will be held on August 7th with elementary schools hosting Open House events on August 8th. Wolf Meadow will hold it’s Open House on July 13th.

    Safe travels this summer, and I look forward to beginning our year strong upon your return.

    Stay Well,

     

    John

    John Kopicki, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

  • Greetings,

    Picture of Dr Kopicki

    I hope this message finds you well as our fourth quarter gets underway. Our traditional calendar Spring Break will begin on Friday, April 7th.  To those going out of town, I wish you safe travels and look forward to your return on Monday, April 17h.  

    This is a busy time of year for our district and several exciting events are coming up this month:

    • The district will name its 2023 Teacher of the Year at a Celebration of Excellence on April 20th. To view the videos of our six finalists, please visit our district’s YouTube page.
    • The Cabarrus County Special Olympics will host their annual Spring Games on April 19th and 20th at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center.
    • I will begin hosting our Spring 2023 Community Engagement meetings on Tuesday, April 18th at Central Cabarrus High, Tuesday, April 25th at Concord High, and on Thursday, April 27th at Cox Mill High . These meetings will continue into May as I visit all eight of our traditional district high schools. View the complete schedule here.  All meetings will begin at 6:00 P.M. in the high school media center.  Join me as I present our district’s strategic plan, Destination 2025, and share our strategic priorities for the coming years.

    Kindergarten registration is under way. Registering your child during our spring registration helps create a smooth transition into kindergarten in the fall. Any child who is five years old on or before August 31, 2023, is eligible to register for kindergarten. Visit our district website at www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us and select the Enrollment icon in the Find it Fast section for additional information. Additionally, applications for Kindergarten Program Choice will be accepted through April 30th. You can find information about Kindergarten Program Choice by selecting the Program Choice icon in the Find it Fast section of our district website.

    Finally, congratulations to the Class of 2023. When we return from Spring Break, you will begin the final countdown towards graduation and the culmination of years of hard work to get where you are today.  Please visit our district graduation page where you will find all the important information that you and your family need to make this a successful experience.

    Again, safe travels, and I look forwards to finishing our year strong upon your return.

    Stay Well,

    John

    John Kopicki, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

  • Greetings,

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    Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! 

    We’re excited to welcome you back to school.. I encourage you to visit our Back-to-School page for valuable information about enrollment, academic calendars, school nutrition, and a variety of other useful information. 

    I am filled with excitement and optimism for the new school year that lies ahead. The possibilities are endless, and I am confident that by working together, we can continue to make a profound difference in the lives of our students.

    The nearly 4,000 employees of Cabarrus County Schools are tireless in their commitment to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for our students.  Their dedication and preparation for this school year are unmatched, and we are ready for Every child. Every day. Whatever it takes.  

    Last year, we began the work of Destination 2025, our three-year strategic plan, which sets the path for the work we are doing in our district around these key areas: student wellness, teaching and learning, diverse talent, early learning, technology, and community engagement.  

    We are encouraged by our accomplishments over the past year, and we are excited to get started on our initiatives for this school year the will continue our journey towards reaching the goals laid out in Destination 2025. I look forward to sharing the details of our Destination 2025 work with you in the coming months. 

    We invite two-way communication between our schools and families. We will strive to create a safe and secure learning environment where strong partnerships and respectful relationships can flourish.  It is only by working together that we can build the kind of momentum that will launch Cabarrus County Schools into a new era of possibilities for students, parents, and the entire community. We encourage you to follow us on social media as we tell our story - your children’s story - to the world.  

    We invite you to RISE with us in 23-24 as we work to set a standard for others to follow and continue our work to be the best school system in the nation. 

    Stay Well, 

    John 

    John Kopicki, Ed.D. 

    Superintendent 

  • Dear Cabarrus County Schools Students and Families,Superintendent image

    As the winter break approaches, I wanted to take a moment to extend my warmest wishes to each and every one of you. This has been a semester filled with hard work, growth, and shared accomplishments, and now it's time for a well-deserved respite.

    As we enter the winter break, I encourage you to embrace the spirit of the season—whether you find joy in festive celebrations, quiet moments of reflection, or the simple pleasures of spending time with loved ones. This is a time to recharge, relax, and create lasting memories that will carry us into the new year with renewed energy and optimism.

    Reflecting on the past months, I am continually inspired by the dedication and resilience displayed by our students, families, and staff. Your commitment to learning, adaptability in the face of challenges, and support for one another have truly made Cabarrus County Schools a special community.

    While the winter break provides an opportunity for rest and relaxation, it is also a chance to reflect on the achievements and growth we have experienced together. Whether you've reached academic milestones, discovered new interests, or forged meaningful connections with peers, each accomplishment is a testament to your hard work and determination.

    As we bid farewell to 2023 and usher in the promise of a new year, let us carry forward the lessons learned, the friendships made, and the aspirations that drive us. I am confident that the coming year will bring even more opportunities for success and collaboration within our school community.

    May this winter break be filled with warmth, laughter, and the joy of shared moments with family and friends. On behalf of the entire Cabarrus County Schools family, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your continued support and partnership.

    Wishing you a restful and joyful winter break and looking forward to the exciting possibilities that the new year holds.

    Stay well,

    Dr. John Kopicki

    Superintendent Cabarrus County Schools