ADVISORY AGENDA 10.2.20 (Art Drops)

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” -Charlie Chaplin

Celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15 each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors and celebrates the history, culture, and influence of Hispanic and LatinX people.

Gossage Cup

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Lauren Skolaris


Alicia Equan, Courtney Phelps, Gabby Phillips, and Ava Nitzan showed COURAGE when they role played some political positions in Student Life!!!!

Deuce Rolle demonstrated TEAMWORK and KINDNESS by staying after advisory to clean up a mess that he didn’t make. Thanks so much, Deuce!

***Testing Center Updates and Changes Announcement for Students: STARTED OCTOBER 1st

  • Students must arrive at the Testing Center within the first 45 minutes of the block for accommodations needs.
  • All students with make-up testing needs will be required to be in the Testing Center by the first 45 Minutes of the block.
  • After the first 45 minutes, if a student needs access to the Testing Center for accommodation needs, they will need to find the proctor on duty who will be in their office or classroom spaces. The proctor may help the student as long as the student will have enough time to complete the task.
  • A sign on the Testing Center window, will direct students to their proctor in their office/classroom spaces.

The Fallfest LAN party is an event that will allow students to bring their own computer and play video games with the Cannon community in safe and socially distance venue.  There can be only 30 students at Cannon School but the event can also be attended via online through the Cannon School Gaming Discord server. Students on campus will be provided with a 1GB ethernet cable, power, table and a chair. We are also providing free pizza and beverages but are hoping to provide additional prizes for the students with the best decorated area. Please reach out to Mr. Tran at for any additional questions or invitation to join the Cannon School Gaming Discord server. All gamers are welcome!

Sign-ups for the Fallfest LAN Party is below.

***New Student Seminar***

No programming scheduled for today. Please plan to stay in your classrooms during this time.  

5 NEW Things to Know for Flik Dining

1.  PRE-ORDERING is still the best way to purchase your meal. Very short wait time, best value for your dollar, guarantee your meal

2. ALL PRE-ORDERS (9-12) are now picked up at  the back Pick-up station in the trophy showcase foyer by the gyms. We will still have bottled beverages, chips and snacks back there to add on to your purchase

3. ALL a-la-carte purchases are served in the main-dining Hall. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND IF YOU PRE-ORDERED and decide to buy from main dining hall. You will still be charged for your Preordered meal

4.  Please, once served try to move quickly to cashier line. Capacity is set at 15. Grab your drinks, chips, ice cream or snacks quickly and move out, to keep lines down

5. PLEASE await your turn to enter or pay by practicing social distancing and waiting your turn on the Cougar stickers.  We must maintain these protocols in order to continue to be able to serve you with these options.

As always, any questions you can email me at

Hello Upper School!

The National Art Honors Society is going to be hosting some EXPLORATORY ART CLASSES in the near future. These sessions are a chance to enjoy art in a casual, relaxing setting with your friends. You can either sign up to learn about an art ist/technique/medium/era/etc, or if you have something in mind, host a session of your own! If you are interested in attending a session or organizing a time to share something you are excited about, CLICK THE LINK BELOW!! If you have any questions, please email

The NAIS Online Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)  is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles.

If you are interested in attending SDLC 2020, please click on this link and fill out our application.  Ms. Harley and Dean Zelaya are available to answer any questions.  Application deadline is October 2nd.

Thanks to Sydney Frankenberg (Cannon ‘15 and U.S. Naval Academy ‘19) for sharing these opportunities from Stanford. Sydney is currently a graduate student at Stanford majoring in International Policy with a concentration in Cyber Policy.

Stanford: Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) Opportunity

Fall Online High School Courses: The 2020 Election

This year, the US 2020 presidential election will be historic, taking place amid a global pandemic, and upended economy, mass protests, and extreme polarization. If you are interested in deepening your civics knowledge and becoming a more informed, engaged citizen, then this would be a great opportunity for you.

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies is thrilled to announce a new opportunity for high school students to deepen their understanding of US politics and the upcoming 2020 election. They will be offering an amazing experience that includes 2 unique courses, bonus lectures, expert guest speakers, and live online learning. The courses will begin the week September 21, 2020 and they will meet weekly for live online lectures. Click here to learn more about each course, including the course description, guest speakers, meeting schedule, tuition, and more.

 Society for International Affairs at Stanford

If you are involved in Cannon’s US Model United Nations team or interested in learning more about international affairs and global issues, the Stanford Model United Nations Conference (SMUNC) is scheduled for Thursday-Sunday, November 12-15 in virtual format this year. This conference is the premier conference for high school students, and it is a great way for students

Cannon Studios Is Back!

Cannon Studios provides opportunities to volunteer at events happening all over campus. We are looking for assistance running lights, sound, videotape, photography, makeup, costumes, building, painting, and constructing sets for our upcoming performances and events. School-hour, after-school, and weekend opportunities are available. Our events include theater, sports broadcasting, conventions, competitions, music acts and more. This year we will be doing a lot of broadcast work. We will need Camera Operators, Lighting, Editors, and Setup and Tear down crew. We will provide on the job training for anyone who is interested.

If interested, you will be entered in a contact list by filling out the form linked here. Based on requests from groups like CTC, CSPN, the Jazz program, and the Marketing and Alumni Offices, we will use this list to fill crew request. Experience is valued, but interest and community is what we are looking to build. Also, join our Discord Community to keep up with event announcements and community at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Storr directly at

Spirit Week Themes!!!!


10/2- Color Wars

For Color Wars Seniors will wear BLACK, Juniors will wear RED, Sophomores will wear WHITE, freshman will wear BLUE

**Please leave all your toy guns at home for Cowboys and Aliens day and you must still wear an appropriate mask on all days (ex. A bandana CANNOT be your mask for Cowboys and Aliens day)!!**

Trouble getting or staying organized?  Difficulty managing your time?  Searching for ideas to manage virtual learning?  Need an accountability partner to help keep your goals on track? Looking for some fresh work or study space scenery? Absences or early dismissals got you feeling behind?

We can help! Academic Coaching at Cannon (ACC) opened Monday, September 21, in Room 606.  Our Academic Coaching team is comprised of Mrs. Weakland, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Calles, and Mrs. Holston. ACC is designed to support YOU in the way YOU choose!  YOU control all aspects of your experience: date and time of appointment, frequency of appointments (3x is recommended!), and the content of appointment.

Click HERE or scan the QR codes posted around the building to sign up for an appointment with our AWESOME Academic Coaches!  Please see Mrs. Weakland with any questions!

Please click on the link here for information about the the amazing opportunity to contribute to Sana Pandey’s Donation Drive.

Hello all my name is Josh Reid and I am an 11th Grader in Mr. West Advisory. As we are rapidly approaching the winter months, my goal is to donate as many winter coats as we can to the Eliada Foster Home. Eliada is a home to over 700 children and youth annually, as well as a 5-star child development center, Residential and Day mental health program and many other amazing resources. We need your help to provide these children with coats so they can enjoy all the activities a child should be able to enjoy without getting sick especially in times like these. All Coats in any kind of condition as long as usable will be acceptable. Flyers will be placed throughout the upper school and I will place a box in the upper school atrium (Area you pass after you walk up the stairs from the parking entrance to the upper school near the senior lounge) labeled coat drive and you can drop of coats until the 20th of October. Thank you for help everything is greatly appreciated.

Cannon School Students Spread (Project) JOY

In this time of uncertainty and isolation, Drake Griffith ’21 was certain of a few constants—one being that the senior citizen population, already isolated before the COVID-19 crisis, would struggle more than ever before to connect with others. That was how Drake felt about his own grandmother before she died this past April. “My Nana didn’t have a whole lot of company even before COVID-19. This pandemic made things so much worse for her” he said. “I wanted to do something to help other older adults who may be experiencing the same type of isolation and loneliness she felt.”

In his grandmother’s memory, Drake founded “Project Spread JOY” in April, JOY standing for “Joining Older Adults and Youth.”  The concept is simple—pair teen volunteers with older adults for conversation, camaraderie, and connection either through the mail (pen pal services) or by phone. With the partnership of seniors Reilly Kungl from Cannon and Harrison Powe from Lake Norman Charter, Project Spread JOY has had tremendous success in spreading JOY to, and making connections with, over 5,000 senior citizens in ten states through the efforts of its team of over 150 teen volunteers. Project Spread JOY has since incorporated as a non-profit company. To reach its ultimate goal of spreading JOY nationally, Project Spread JOY is looking for more teen volunteers who want to help spread JOY.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Project Spread JOY team, please visit

OR please visit our Instagram page,

Hey Everyone! I am Eliott Diskin and I am working on a project to recycle the lunch containers that our school is using this year. I am looking for people who would be interested in helping me collect the containers during office hours. I especially need help from someone in Maroon week. The containers will be washed and donated to Envision Charlotte who will recycle them into face shields for healthcare workers. If you’re interested, please email me at

***SENIORS:  The next application deadline is Friday, October 23rd: Belk Scholarship (Davidson); Centennial Scholarship (NC State) and Jefferson Scholarship (UVA)

To learn more about Cannon’s Nomination Process for Competitive Scholarships please review these two documents:

All Upper School Students are Invited to Attend: Queen City HBCU Showcase; A virtual showcase of historically black colleges & universities.

Mondays & Wednesdays 6-9 pm starting October 5th. Register to attend here.


Sophomores: Interested in a fantastic 3-day HOBY Leadership Seminar this summer? Please read about HOBY online and, if you are interested in being nominated for the program, submit these two items to Mrs. McClanahan via email no later than 3 pm on Friday, Oct. 23rd :

  1. Brief paragraph detailing why you want to participate in HOBY.
  2. List of activities/resume

Juniors: The deadline to submit an application for Cannon nomination to NC Governor’s School is Oct. 23rd . NC Governor’s School is a summer residential program for gifted and talented students. Programs are available in Art, Choral Music, Dance, Theater, English, French, Spanish, Instrumental Music, Math, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Materials must be submitted to Mrs. McClanahan via an email attachment by 3 pm on Friday, Oct. 23rd. If you are interested in applying, please let your college counselor know ASAP, and s/he will help you understand the requirements for applying (which include two teacher letters of recommendation, two essay responses and an explanation of personal readiness/extracurricular involvement.)

Seniors & Juniors are invited to sign-up in SCOIR for Zoom meetings with College Admission Representatives. Sessions will be during lunch and office hours. Check SCOIR for the most up-to-date listing of college representative visits and click HERE for full registration directions. Use this Zoom Meeting Link to connect and, if required on your device, the meeting ID: 707 028 3745 to tune in remotely.

REMINDER: If you are a JUNIOR on campus come to The Cube for the Rep Visit. If you are Senior on Campus, either come to The Cube for the Rep Visit or email your College Counselor to reserve a private room to view the visit. Per school policy it is REQUIRED that your VIDEO is on during the Rep Visit.

10/2:     American University; University of Rochester; University of Miami; Moravian College

10/6:     Savannah College of Art & Design; Louisiana State University; University of San Francisco; St. Andrews University

10/7:     NC State University; George Mason University

10/8:     The American University in Paris; High Point University

10/13:   University of Notre Dame; St. Michael’s College; New York University; Gardner Webb University

10/15:   Emory University; Auburn University

10/16:   Rollins College

10/20:   UNC Chapel Hill; Middlebury College; University of Georgia; Loyola University Maryland

10/21:   University of Arizona; Wake Forest University

10/22:   Rhodes College; Dartmouth College

10/23:   Catholic University of American; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona); University of Florida; University of Michigan

10/27:   St. Lawrence University; Covenant College; Simmons University; Connecticut College

10/28:   Lehigh University; Lafayette College

11/4:     Kenyon College; Washington & Jefferson College

11/5:     Muhlenberg College; Belmont University

11/6:     Hofstra University; Meredith College

11/10:   Colgate University; Mount St. Mary’s University; Mississippi State University; Saint Joseph’s University

11/12:  Agnes Scott University; Trinity College

11/17:  UNC Greensboro; Shaw University; University of Tampa

11/18:  Bucknell University

11/19:  Jacksonville University

11/20: Washington & Lee; VA Tech

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