The advisory council is a small group of students that help faculty plan the annual Middle School theme, and organize activities that reinforce this theme throughout the year. They plan advisory games such as our annual Pumpkin’ Chunkin’ and Big Wheel Derby, and events including a community outing to a Charlotte Checkers hockey game. Working with the staff at the Special Olympics of Cabarrus County, this team coordinates volunteers to assist with the local Special Olympic games.
Punkin' Chunkin', Big Wheel Relay, Doughnut Duel - they are all part of Middle School Advisory Games, a fun way for students to engage in friendly competition. Every few weeks, during lunch, advisories work together and compete in a series of fun, minute-to-win-it games. There's a kick-off day in the fall and a final game day in the spring, offering a fun academic break while promoting bonding and team spirit.
Activities and Clubs
Battle of the Books, Elementary Battle of the Books, Science Olympiad, Model UN, and Envirothon are among the academic competition teams currently facilitated by faculty. Other Middle School clubs may be created based on student interest. Clubs meet during lunch or during a designated club time in order to accommodate student athletes. Cannon's “Beyond the Bell” enrichment program offers other options for student participation.
Students from all four grade levels (5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th) comprise the Middle School Student Council; there are usually four students from each grade. Members are elected by their peers and serve for a year. Serving on the Council is a leadership position, and duties include helping to communicate news and events to the student body, planning social events, and helping where needed in other aspects of student life.
Cannon School’s honor code supports the belief that honor is the most important quality of personal character. It involves being trustworthy, as well as trusting others. Each student is expected to support the honor system through his or her personal actions, as well as through verbal and written pledges.
One of the highlights of our “long block” days is the Workshop period. This 50-minute block provides teachers with additional time outside of a regular class, thereby allowing them to explore an academic focus more deeply with an entire grade. This time is often spent focusing on cross-curricular topics/projects, diving more deeply into a certain topic or subject, and/or working more closely on a particular academic skill.