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Becoming Cannon School Cougars…Together!

September 29, 2015

by Jessica Shirey, Cannon School Parent


The class of 2015 celebrates

Reading Cannon’s last social media post of the school year, I sat and frantically calculated the date in my head. 2028. Basically, a lifetime away. On the screen was a beautiful picture of Chris Gaskin, my son’s Senior Buddy, celebrating his graduation day with his family. In his maroon cap and gown, Chris was a bright and self-assured young man. His mother had a glowing smile that lit up the picture and his father looked so proud. They had accomplished so much as a family since Chris had started at Cannon in Junior Kindergarten and we were just starting down the same path.

My name is Jessica Shirey and I’m a newer Cannon School parent. My son, Will V., was in Junior Kindergarten last year and now we are excited to be starting our journey down the Lower School hallway. My husband and I both attended independent schools, so Cannon School was one of our first stops when we moved to Concord and had our son. After we received Will’s acceptance letter and a steady stream of information for “New Families” arrived, I was confident that I should have had tailored information that said “New to Cannon Families,” since I wasn’t new to independent schools. I knew that students weren’t playing Oregon Trail anymore, but I didn’t think schools had changed very much and I knew exactly what to do as we joined the community.

I read the Junior Kindergarten Parents’ Manual from cover to cover and was convinced that my learning related to Cannon School was complete. I had the book knowledge that I needed and we were ready to launch. On Will’s first day when he got out of the car I drove off so quickly that he barely had time to shut the door. After all, the circulation plan did say to keep moving and not to exit my vehicle. Only after I drove away from the curb did I see that families were walking their children to the door of the Snyder Building, hugging friends after the summer, and taking pictures. I have to admit that I got teary watching my son brave his first day alone, because I had been too focused on the rules and not the celebration of the milestone. I wanted to go back, but I didn’t even know how to turn around or where to park. He took it in stride, but from that moment I resolved to become an active participant in the school community.

If I had been playing Oregon Trail, I should have caulked my wagon to ford the Junior Kindergarten river. I went to every event and the year was full of fun and learning. I knew I would have to work at learning about the Cannon community after our first day curbside debacle but I brought corn to the Thanksgiving Feast, cookies to the end of the year party and everything in between. Did I dress Will in the wrong outfit or park in the wrong place sometimes? Of course, it happens to all of us. But as I watched my son go from standing alone on the curb to running to meet his friends each day, I knew that we were doing the right things as a family. For us, the first year was about becoming Cougars. Our path won’t be exactly like the Gaskins’, but I know that at graduation each family in our class will have a photo with a confident young man or woman ready to take on their next adventure.

On our first day, I had a reminder that my learning about Cannon is going to be an adventure. Throughout the year, I’m going to explore our community and discuss events, make some new faces familiar, and show you some areas of the school that you (and I) may not have seen before. I hope you will join me for some sneak peeks and if there is anything that you are wondering about, let me know. We are all becoming Cougars and we’ll learn together!

Homecoming Pep Rally!

September 25, 2015

by Ellen G. ’17

Today we had our annual Homecoming Pep Rally! PepRally-EGCoach Moyer introduced all the sports teams and the cheerleaders performed an amazing routine. The Lower School won most spirited and got to have a dance party with the Cannon Cougar! It was an amazing time full of school spirit and a great opportunity for our entire school community to bond. Now we are ready for some football at the Homecoming game!

Important Information About Changes to Homecoming

September 24, 2015


Due to the forecast of a weather system that will produce prolonged periods of heavy rain tomorrow, Cannon School has decided to postpone the following Homecoming activities:

  • The Homecoming Fall Festival has been postponed to a later date, to be determined
  • The Cougar Super Food Bowl Challenge has been postponed to a later date, to be determined
  • The New Family Welcome Tent has been postponed to a later date, to be determined
  • The Alumni Welcome Tent has been postponed to a later date, to be determined
  • The Homecoming Kids Fun Run and Homecoming 5K have been postponed to a later date, to be determined

The Homecoming football game against Northside Christian, the Homecoming Court, and the Homecoming Dance for Upper School students will take place at their normally scheduled times.

Class Acts: A Peek into Cannon’s Classrooms

September 17, 2015

Class Acts highlights some of the amazing things that happen in our classrooms on a day-to-day basis. Is there something that you think is noteworthy and should be highlighted? E-mail Amy Reiss at

Kindergarten Explores Recycled Art


As a fresh take on “healthy living,” the new afternoon Kindergarten program is exploring recycling as a way to care for your planet. Mrs. Rendi Powers led a dialogue and a series of activities as a guest speaker on this topic on September 4. Students reviewed the basics of recycling in school and at home, and then used their own recycled materials from our classrooms to create various building and creative art projects.

Kindergarten plans to continue recycling materials throughout the year, and coming up with inventive new ways to “reuse” and not always “buy new.”

Homecoming 2015

September 11, 2015


On September 25-26, Cannon will celebrate Homecoming 2015.

The following are the activities planned for those days:

Friday, September 25

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Homecoming Fall Festival
Join us for a festival with games, face painting, guessing jars, dunking booth and more.
Location: Back lower practice field

6:00 p.m. – halftime of the football game
Cougar Super Food Bowl Challenge
Sample dishes prepared by Cannon community’s parents, faculty and staff and vote for your favorite to crown the “best in the land!”
Location: across from Randy Marion Field House, by gym

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
New Family Welcome Tent
The Parent Ambassador Network and the Admission Office look forward to welcoming new families at Homecoming.
Location: Brick patio beside Field House (next to Alumni tent).

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Homecoming Alumni Tent
Alumni, stop by for free concession tickets and giveaways
Location: brick patio beside Field House

7:00 p.m.
Annual Homecoming Football Game vs. Northside Christian
Location: Randy Marion Field

Homecoming Court
Homecoming Court nominees of the Upper School classes are recognized, and the King and Queen of the senior class are crowned.
Location: Randy Marion Field/Tysinger Track

Saturday, September 26

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Homecoming Kids Fun Run
Cannon School students, families, and friends have the opportunity to run 1 – 4 laps around Tysinger Track. (For more information, see below.)
Location: Tysinger Track

8:30 a.m.
Homecoming 5K
Join other members of the Cannon family in an untimed 5K run/walk. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Location: Cross-Country Trail

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Homecoming Dance for Upper School students
Location: Dining Hall Expansion


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