Maverick Minutes

Week of 2/1-2/5

An Open Letter to Our Counselors...

Sitting in a principal's chair, I often think of the many hats I have to wear. Principal, parent, teacher and counselor. Many of you feel that same calling. And though I have the training for most of those hats, counselor, I do not. Though my advice is heartfelt and I pray on the right path, it is not until you step in the office of the counselor and see how they do it, their strategies in practice and their unbelievable patience to really get to the heart of matter that I realize my incompetencies. It's only fitting that the week we recognize our counselors is the month that we highlight love. Mrs. Meadows, Mrs. SaNogueira and Mrs. Haywood do so much behind the scenes with our students. From finding resources when a child needs clothing, to visiting a home when a child is missing or having emotional outbursts, they are there. From being there to grieve when a child passes to reaching out to outside agencies to ensure our students get the best care, they are there. From discussing organizational skills, peer pressure and college prospects, these counselors handle so much for our children. On a daily basis, they deal with the tedious dramas that our students find themselves in and it is heartwarming to watch these ladies work with our students. On behalf of the staff, Mrs. Meadows, Mrs. SaNogueira and Mrs. Haywood…we THANK YOU for all that you do each and every day for the students of HiRMS.

Welcome to the Ridge!

We are so fortunate to fill positions as they become available with outstanding teachers. Please take a moment to step by and officially welcome Rachel Bienkievitz and Amanda Macon to HiRMS. In the time they have been with us, I feel like they've been with us all year, which is a blessing to find perfect fits within our family!

We also have the good fortune of having student teachers in our building this semester. I think we can all go back and remember what a stressful, yet exciting time that is in this moment of their careers. Please stop by and welcome our student teachers.

From L to R: Kelsey Clark (Kleeban and Burman-Hall), Kaitlyn Cook (Amy Pruzan), Caroline Page (Ritch and Sherman) and Katelyn Casey (Smith and Mathes)

Mrs. Rachel Bienkievitz

My name is Rachel Bienkievitz. I live in Midland with my husband and 6 year old son, Brody, who attends Bethel Elementary. I grew up in a small town on Long Island, NY and lived in Florida for 2 years before finding my way to North Carolina. I earned a BS in Physics from Fordham University, an MS in Forensic Examination from Touro College and my teaching certificate from UNC Charlotte. I have taught in Cabarrus County for 10 years starting at Northwest Middle and most recently teaching at CC Griffin. I value strong relationships with both my students and their families so that our children can be successful. I am so happy to be a Maverick and am looking forward to the rest of the year with my students.

Dr. Amanda Macon

Amanda Macon is super excited about joining the Hickory Ridge family. Prior to coming to the Ridge, she served as the Director in the Office of Teacher Education Advising, Licensure, and Recruitment at UNC Charlotte and as the Assistant Director of the NC New Teacher Support Program. Prior to these positions, she was the Teacher Recruiter at UNC Charlotte and a middle school math and science teacher at CC Griffin Middle School. Amanda earned a B.A. in Middle Grades Education, an M.Ed. in Middle and Secondary Education and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is currently enrolled in an administrator license add-on program at UNC Wilmington. She is the mother of three and wife to Ken, a high school English teacher at West Stanly High School.

Mrs. Cottrell's Students Moving in Rotations

Our Quiz Bowl Students Doing Their Thing @ Practice Saturday!

7th Grade Basketball in FULL FORCE!



HiRMS 2016 TEACHER of the YEAR!

It is that time of year to recognize one outstanding individual to represent HiRMS for their dedication, work and overall activities that they lead or participate in here at the Ridge. I am not sure of the process in the past, but I will learn it quickly and the voting will begin.

This needs to be completed by 2/15 with our representative presented to the district.

Eight Grade MavTime

Starting Monday, the 8th grade team will flip the rotation of classes for MavTime to:

Monday – 4th Period

Tuesday – 3rd Period

Wednesday – 2nd Period

Thursday – 1st Period

Friday – Homeroom


In honor of Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, February 7th, we hope you are having a good time with the students. Whether a Panther fan or not, we can all get excited about a hometown team that has been very giving in this community! From us, we will have a school wide picture on Friday to "Dab On Em!" Since the student are already in the atrium, we will let the first bell ring, but ask them to stay put. We will pull 6th grade from the cafeteria and take the shot. Teachers and staff, please come down and participate if you will. PLEASE REMIND STUDENTS OF THIS SO THAT THEY DON'T GO TO CLASS.

At 3:00, we will gather to recognize the 7th Grade Basketball Teams and have a fun, football themed Pep Rally! For those of you that need to set up for the dance, you may do that during the Pep Rally!

Important Dates

All week: School Counselors Week

2/1: Geography Bee 2:00 Media Center with Mr. Tinnel

2/2: Basketball vs. NW Cabarrus (home)

2/4: Spring Fund raiser kickoff at 9am in the gym

2/4: Basketball at Winkler

2/5: Panther Photo to be shot early in the morning at the 1st Bell. Pep Rally for

Super Bowl 50 @ 3:00!

2/5:School dance 4:00-6:00

2/28: Safe Schools Module n Disruptive Student Behavior to be completed