Chatham County Schools Hosts 26th Annual Young Authors Celebration
Chatham County Schools Media Education Program along with McIntyre’s Fine Books and Fearrington Village hosted the twenty-sixth annual Young Authors Celebration for student writers in Chatham County on Tuesday, April 8. The event, which was held at The Barn at Fearrington Village, kicked off with a reception at 6:30 p.m.
Keith Medlin, Executive Director of Media and Technology, emceed the ceremony. He began the evening by honoring the School Library Media Educators for their dedication to the students and families of Chatham County Schools. This evening is a time to recognize and honor the incredible creative work of Chatham County Schools’ educators and students. Medlin recognized McIntyre’s Fine Books for judging the books, donating the use of the Fearrington Barn and the refreshments for attendees. Elm Creek Printing was also recognized for donating the binding of each of the winner’s books.
This year’s feature author was Sheila Turnage, a Newbury Award Winner, who currently lives in North Carolina. Turnage inspired and engaged students reinforcing that there’s a writer in each of them. Students were instantly hooked as she revealed her secrets for creating believable settings, characters, and stories. After her inspiring presentation, Turnage took pictures with each of the winners to commemorate the evening.
Chatham County Dropout Rate Decreases for 5th Year
For the fifth year in a row, Chatham County Schools saw a decline in the dropout rate. In a new report from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) presented to State Board of Education members at their monthly meeting, the 2012-2013 Consolidated Data Report demonstrated that dropout rates across the state fell to record lows. The state dropout rate for 2012-2013 was 2.45%, with Chatham County Schools coming in even lower at 2.23%. This demonstrates a reduction of 1.59% from the previous year.
Chatham Schools co-recipient of $800,000 education grant
Students in Chatham County public schools will soon have a new program and skilled advisors to help them advance their academic and vocational education, thanks to an $800,000 Education and Workforce Innovation Fund grant.
The Red Clay Ramblers Visit Pollard Band Students
Margaret B. Pollard Middle School eighth grade band students received a wonderful surprise Friday, April 4, during their regular band class. Michele Reams, Pollard director had invited The Red Clay Ramblers to join her class, in order to share their music and skills. The musical group wowed the kids with their rendition of “Cotton Eyed Joe,” followed by instrumental warm ups, breathing and metronome exercises, and each group listened attentively to each other. One of the many highlights included student trumpet player, Christopher Keesor being asked to join the group on a piece.
Jack Herrick, artistic director, shared a little history of group: “The Red Clay Ramblers are a Chatham County based string band that has been in existence since the late 1970s. We've toured in over 30 countries, including good will tours for the U.S. State Department. We have around 15 albums to our credit, as well as movie scores, musicals, ballet and symphony performances.”
J.S. Waters Jr. Beta Club Inducts New Members
The J.S. Waters School chapter of the Junior Beta Club inducted sixteen new members during an annual ceremony on Friday, April 4. Fellow students, staff and family members were in attendance to see these middle school students join the other twenty-one members of the chapter.
At J.S. Waters students in grades six through eight with an overall average of 93 or above in math, language arts, science, and social studies for the first semester of the school year are eligible for Beta Induction. Students must also posses and exhibit food character traits, and maintain an exemplary behavior in and outside the classroom. To remain a Beta member, students must maintain an overall average of 90 or above.
Pittsboro Kiwanis Club Supports Northwood CTE
The Pittsboro Kiwanis Club and the Northwood Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held a breakfast and silent auction on March 16, 2014. This event/fundraiser was held to provide funds for the Northwood Chapter of FCCLA and for county-wide Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. The mission of Kiwanis is to offer service and leadership opportunities to those who desire to serve the needs of children, youth and adults in our communities.
The breakfast and silent auction raised $2,882.00 which allowed members of Northwood FCCLA to attend the North Carolina State Leadership Meeting in Greensboro March 31-April 2, 2014, where students competed in a number of events. Of the 24 competing students at the event from Northwood High School, 8 students qualified to respresent North Carolina at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX July 6-10, 2014.
Chatham County Schools Names Tillman Recipient of the First Employee Recognition Award
Bebe Tillman, custodian at Bonlee School, was named the first recipient of the Chatham County Schools Employee Recognition Award. Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, Superintendent, and Janice Frazier, Assistant Superintendent, surprised Tillman during lunch time in the cafeteria. Principal Kim Taylor announced the honor to the students and teachers present who then gave Tillman a standing ovation. Beaming while students streamed to hug her, Tillman exclaimed, “this is the best job in the world..how could I ask for anything better than working with these boys and girls every day?”. The Employee Recognition Award is open to nominations for and from every Chatham County Schools employee. Please use Firefox to find the link under the CCS Homepage Quicklinks: https://sites.google.com/a/chatham.k12.nc.us/employee-recognition-award/
Moncure Students Participate in PNC Arena St. Baldrick’s Day Event
Moncure students, Aiden Dolde and Taye Mansour, decided to assist in raising money for childhood cancer research. They received donations in support of shaving their heads in the PNC Arena's St. Baldrick's fundraiser event on March 25, 2014. They raised over $1300 together.
St. Baldrick's event started when three coworkers thought of a way to raise money for childhood cancer. A St. Patrick’s Day party, held at Jim Brady’s pub in Manhattan, became the first St. Baldrick’s event on March 17, 2000. The goal of shaving 17 heads and raising $17,000 turned into 19 bald heads and $104,000 donated to fund the research of the Children’s Oncology Group. In 2014, the tradition continues. Millions of dollars are being raised yearly for such a great cause.
JMArts donates baby grand piano for students at Jordan-Matthews
The idea took root two years ago when the All County Chorus performed at Jordan-Matthews. It was an evening of glorious choral music, performed beautifully by the community’s best vocalists. But there was only one wrong note: the piano.
"When we wheeled out the old upright from the chorus room, it looked really sad, and its sound didn’t come close to matching the quality of our students' performance," said chorus teacher Matt Fry. "That's when we started wondering if there was any way we could buy a new piano."But budgets were tight at the school and district, and requests through the usual funding channels didn't bear fruit. So last fall, JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, took up the cause and began a fundraising drive to purchase a used baby grand.
Northwood's 'Nicest Kids in Town' present "Hairspray"
Travel back to 1962 Baltimore with Tracy Turnblad on her quest to become a dancer on Corny Collins Show when Northwood presents Hairspray for the annual Spring musical, April 3–5.
Siler City Spring Festival of the Arts
Northwood Dominates Quill for Second Year
The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities held the fourth annual The Quill on demand writing competition this past Saturday, March 22, hosted by Atkins A&T High School. Finishing in first place among high schools with a final score of 91.3 was Northwood High School of Pittsboro. Team members for Northwood High School are James Calhoun, Frances Beroset, Jacob Friedman, and Rachel Crawford.
Jordan-Matthews FFA Competes in Livestock Judging
Jordan-Matthews FFA team competed in the state livestock judging competition. The team finished 6th out of 52 teams. Sarah Thomas finished in 1st place in the competition out of 169 competitors. Dylan Smith finished in the top twenty at 19th.Team members are:
Silk Hope School Creates Compassionate Art
Middle school students at Silk Hope School have been hard at work in Mrs. Grigg's art room. With the help of parent volunteer, Tanja Cole, students have created sleeping bags to give to some of Chatham County's homeless population.
Northwood Concert Band Triumphs at Central District Band Contest
Not to be outdone by their All-Superior marching band brethren, the 51-member NHS Concert Band brought home their own Superior from this year's High School Concert Band Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) on Friday, March 21 at Asheboro High School. The annual event is sponsored by the Central District NC Bandmasters Association and featured 19 area high school concert bands, symphonic bands, and wind ensembles.
Siler City Elementary Holds Folt Science Night
Siler City Elementary had a successful Folt Science Night on Thursday, March 20. Folt Science Nights are an initiative of the North Carolina Science Festival and serve its mission to inspire future generations of scientists. Named in honor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Chancellor Carol Folt, Folt Science Nights are funded by a gift from an anonymous donor. Siler City Elementary was one of 110 elementary schools selected across the state to host a Folt Science Night and was provided all the needed materials.
Pollard Students Visit Historic Hillsborough
Eighth grade Social Studies students at Margaret B. Pollard Middle School visited Historic Hillsborough on Friday, February 28. First semester Social Studies students went to Hillsborough in the fall. While there, students rotated through three activities – the Burwell School, the Orange County Historical Museum, and a walking tour. The activities were aligned with the eighth grade Social Studies standards. Students learned about life during the colonial period, the Regulator Movement, the Revolutionary War, other aspects of local history, etc.
Poet Brings His Wisdom to Silk Hope Students
Phillip Shabazz, a published poet from Chapel Hill, has spent the last week working with Silk Hope seventh and eighth grade students. During his one-week residency, he worked with the students on reading and writing free-verse poetry. The focus of his workshop was to teach students how to incorporate figurative language and other poetic devices into their poems. Students were engaged by Shabazz's humorous teaching style and they produced many impressive poems.
Jordan-Matthews Senior Wins Morehead-Cain Scholarship
When Christopher Guevara, the son of Javier Guevara and Susana Zaragoza of Siler City, was in Jessica Sandel’s sophomore biology class, he discovered a passion for an unseen world—inside living cells.
“I was fascinated by how every tiny part has to work together for a cell to function,” said Guevara. “It was that experience that inspired me to explore medicine as a career, especially research into causes and treatments of disease.”
With the help of the Morehead-Cain Foundation, Chris’s dreams are a little closer to fulfillment
Northwood Art Students Place 1st in NCASA Showcase
Northwood visual arts students are participating in this year’s Art Showcase, sponsored by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities. “Art Showcase is a competition that recognizes both the best individual artists and best art programs in NC schools. An unlimited number of students in each school may participate in the school-level competition. Students are presented with a prompt and given about one month to create their submission. Submissions from top teams and students from each category advance to the State Finals and are evaluated by judges in a live exhibition.”
Northwood placed 1st in the Eastern Regional competition. The prompt this year was Art as Unexpected or Imagine, inspired by John Lennon’s song. The following students competed as a group and placed first: Hunter Koch for photography, Sam Yigdal for digital art, Shelby Kremer for painting, Lydia Farro for mixed media, Jennifer Greenlee for printmaking,Jillian Woodcock for collage, and Kirsten Sellers for Drawing.
Team Northwood will go to State Finals on April 5th at Atkins A&T High School in Winston Salem. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm
Folt Science Night to be Held at Siler City Elementary
Siler City Elementary will hold a Folt Science Night on March 20 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. This is an official event of the 2014 North Carolina Science Festival. Folt Science Night will feature hands-on activities focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Activities are designed to engage children and their families in science exploration. “Our school is honored to be one of 110 across the state to receive this opportunity. Our families will not want to miss this chance to learn together and enjoy making squishy goo, shooting rockets, building towers and much more!” explained Molly Upchurch, Curriculum Coach. This event is for Siler City Elementary students and their families.
Bennett Dominates Battle of the Books Competition
Congratulations to the Bennett Battle of the Books team for winning first place in the District Middle School Battle of the Books competition. The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the middle school level. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base.
Members of the 2013-14 Team
Lindsey Batten Jamie Wilson
Kaitlyn Baxter Jess Chivers
Allison O’Hare Holly Coble
Cheyanne Brigham Cami Hughes
Lauren Collins Taylor Hughes
Emma Jones Eliana Phillips
Coach: Kathy Gaines
Pittsboro Elementary is a PBIS Model School
On Wednesday, March 5, Pittsboro Elementary was recognized by the state for being a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Model School. PBIS is a framework or approach for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.
Project Child Find Underway
Project Child Find is underway in the Chatham County Schools to identify children and youth ages 3-21 who have disabilities and require special education and other related services. The Chatham County Schools Project Child Find will be held from March 24th through March 28th, 2014.
Moncure School News
On February 20, 2014, Moncure School's Pre Kindergarten class donated 28 bags of clothes to the Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Chatham County. Thank you Pre-K families, Debbie Glosson and Kristin Oldham for a job well done.
On February 25, 2014, members of the 82nd Airborne Division Band performed at our school. They taught students about each of their instruments and played some jazz and patriotic musical selections. Thank you, Zach Ferguson and members of the 82nd Airborne Division Band for a magnificent performance.
Chatham Central Students Selected for All-State Chorus
Chatham Central High School was honored to have four students selected to perform in the 2014 North Carolina High School All-State Chorus. Student representatives were Senior Samuel Phillips, Junior Arielle Jenkins, Sophomore Lisa Kernodle, and Freshman Clay Chivers. All-State is coordinated by the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. This year’s event took place February 21-22, 2014 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Participating schools select their top students after auditions and then rehearse for countless hours before and after school, as well as attend their designated regional rehearsal. Once students arrive in Greensboro to begin the combined All-State rehearsals they go through a final screening and audition. The pieces listed below were selected by the guest clinicians and are known for their advanced level of difficulty. Chatham Central Kathryn Wernette was responsible for coordinating school efforts and even played an instrument during the concert.
Educator Effectiveness Data Released
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released Summary Reports on Educator Effectiveness on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Chatham County Schools reports positive growth for the three-year period. Janice Frazier, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources comments, “We are proud to report that 85.2% of our teachers met or exceeded student growth targets as measured by the state. District teacher performance was above the state average of 79.3%. This impressive outcome is a testament to our teachers' dedication to students and the profession. We continue to strive for even higher levels of achievement.”
The state released the following information to help parents and stakeholders interpret the data:
Summary reports of teacher and administrator (principals/assistant principals) performance for the 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 schools years are available online at www.ncpublicschools.org/effectiveness-model/data. The 2012-13 data also includes ratings for Standard 6 on the teacher evaluation, which uses student growth estimates as a measure of teacher effectiveness.
Pittsboro Elementary Named Model PBIS School
Pittsboro Elementary School has earned designation as a Model School in the North Carolina Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) Initiative Recognition. This is the second level of recognition within the three-tier recognition system. The school-based PBIS team has demonstrated that they use school data to implement research-based practices to teach and support behavioral expectations at Pittsboro Elementary. Pittsboro Elementary will be recognized at the state's annual PBIS workshop on February 26th.
JS Waters Student Earns 1st Place
JS Waters School’s Savannah Dowdy won 1st place in Recycled Art at the State Junior Beta Convention in Greensboro, NC.With her win at the State Convention, Savannah qualifies to compete at the National Beta Convention in Richmond, Virginia this summer.Savannah is very excited about this opportunity to represent J. S. Waters.
Silk Hope Beta Club Wins 1st Place
Silk Hope Beta Club traveled to Greensboro Monday, February 3rd to compete in the State Junior Beta Club Convention. After two days of competition, it was announced that Silk Hope Living Literature won first place in the state. " We are so proud of our students," said Mrs. Angela Vanore, club sponsor. The students competing in Living Literature were
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North Chatham Elementary School Backpack Program Awarded Grant to Sustain Program
The North Chatham Elementary School (NCES) Backpack Program was awarded a $5,000 Carolina Meadows Community grant to support the program.
The NCES Backpack Program is planning to use 100% of grant funds for food purchased via CORA to feed all NCES children in need. The program currently feeds 90 students who need hunger relief and unfortunately, because of monetary constraints, is unable to feed all identified NCES children. The programs goal is to support all NCES children in need eliminating the NCES Backpack Program wait list which consists of up to 10 additional children.
NHS Women's Basketball Alumni Reunion
The Northwood Lady Chargers would like to cordially invite you to our Senior Night basketball game on February 7th, 2014. The Northwood Lady Chargers are hosting Orange High School and will be wearing pink to support the Kay Yow Foundation. The junior varsity game starts at 5:30PM and the varsity at 7:00PM.
Northwood Students Receive Scholastic Art Awards
The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers has announced the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2014. Nine Northwood students from Leslie Burwell’s visual arts classes were recognized in this year’s competition. A Gold Key was awarded to Elise Crawford for her print, It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts. Silver Keys were presented to Bailey Miller for the print Follow All the Stories, to Hannah Holloway for her mixed media piece City Skyline, to Manon Macallister for her mixed media piece Angst, and to Rob Hamlet for his print, Circuit of Life. Honorable Mentions were presented to Luis Basilio for his sculpture, Chaos and Nature, as well as his print, Perfect?; to Moli Eddins for her sculpture, Sea Legs; to Hannah Holloway for her sculpture, Revealing Heart; to Vanessa Jones for her painting, Acceptance of the Mary Magdalene, and to Morgan Yidgal for her fashion piece, Timeless Seduction.
Chatham County Schools Budget Priorities Survey
Chatham County Schools is seeking critical feedback in its annual Budget Priorities Survey, which will inform financial planning for the 2014-2015 school year. Designed by technology and communications firm K12 Insight, the survey asks about programming, services, personnel, facilities and other key topics.
Jordan-Matthews Student Finalist for Morehead-Cain Scholarship
Jordan-Matthews senior Christopher Guevara has been selected as a finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship awarded by UNC-Chapel Hill. Chris has been an active member of DECA, HOSA and Scholars' Latino initiative while at JMHS, and has also been a member of both the wrestling and baseball teams. He is the son of
New National Board Certified Teachers Honored
The Board of Education, county administrators, and Board of Commissioners Chair Walter Petty and Vice-Chair Brian Bock met to honor the seven new Nationally Board Certified teachers in Chatham County Schools. A reception for the teachers, family, and friends was held in the lower level of the Historic Courthouse. Interim Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan and Board of Education Chair Karen Howard took turns speaking to the tremendous accomplishment of the teachers. Janice Frazier, Chief Personnel Officer noted, “This achievement is the final product of a tremendous effort on behalf of these educators. The National Board process is a rigorous and concerted effort to strengthen teaching standards throughout the profession. The children of Chatham County Schools are the ultimate beneficiaries of this admirable accomplishment.”
County Holds Science Fair Awards Night
Chatham County Schools held its annual science fair in the Jordan-Matthews High School auditorium in December.
A science fair emphasizes the learning of science through doing. Science fairs encourage students to design, investigate, and think critically about a particular question, guided by the scientific method. Participation in a science fair affords students opportunities to develop life long skills necessary for scientific literacy.
Projects were announced according to their divisions. First place projects in grades three through twelve will proceed to the Regional Science Fair.
Jordan-Matthews DECA Students First in State-wide Competition
Jordan-Matthews DECA (The International Association of Marketing Students) students obtained first place in the statewide “Hop on the Bus” Competition. Madison Walters and Marissa Devine submitted the top business plan in the state in the North Carolina Council for Economic Education’s Hop on the BUS! High School Business Plan contest. Their plan, for a proposed business called The Earl’s Tea Room, was created as a project in JM Marketing teacher Luke Nicks’ Marketing Management class. The team submitted full business plans, and when they were chosen as semi-finalists, also prepared a video presentation.
“I’m thrilled with the recognition for these two students,” said Nicks. “They have learned a tremendous amount about what it takes to open a business.”
Three Northwood Students Selected for All District Band
Three Northwood High School Band students have been honored by selection to the All District Band.
Tommy Lorbacher, 10th grade, Trumpet, made the 9/10 Wind Ensemble (the top band), Kelsey O'Daniel, 12th grade, Clarinet, made the 11/12 Wind Ensemble (top band), and Hudson Moore, 10th grade, Flute, made the 9/10 Wind Ensemble AND she qualifies to try out for All State Band due to her high placement in scoring.
NHS Pitch Please "On their Way"
Pitch Please, Northwood’s premiere vocal group, is off to a busy semester with two area performances scheduled for January. On Saturday, January 18 they perform at the Encore! First Annual Invitational Concert at Meredith College. The concert features Meredith’s women’s a cappella ensemble, Encore, NCSU’s Grains of Time, and several high school groups.
Silk Hope Receives Grant
The North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation has awarded a grant on the amount of $2500 to the Chatham Soil and Water Conservation District for the Silk Hope School Outdoor Environmental Learning Center. The grant was made available through the Conservation District for the purchase of basic materials and educational resources to be used in the installation and use of the outdoor environmental learning center. The school would like to thank the Chatham Soil and Water Conservation District and Mrs. Andra Burks, 6-8th grade science teacher, for securing the grant to improve the outdoor learning center at our school. With the grant, our school will be able to build upon our current outdoor learning center to provide an area enhanced for hands-on learning.
Virginia Cross hosts Family Game Night
Virginia Cross just hosted their 1st Family Game Night. Over 90 students and family members attended to socialize and play games in the media center.
Margaret B. Pollard Middle School Principal Selected
During the January 13, 2014 Board of Education meeting, LaShonda Hester was named Principal of Margaret B. Pollard Middle School. Hester is a product of Chatham County Schools and served as a middle grades language arts and social studies teacher before going into administration. She has served as the Assistant Principal of Pollard since October 2011.
Dr. Derrick Jordan, Interim Superintendent, states, “Mrs. Hester has been an integral part of the Margaret B. Pollard team since 2011. She has established herself as a solid administrator who is willing to do whatever is required to maximize student success. I am looking forward to the leadership Mrs. Hester will provide in moving Pollard to the next level.”
Moncure's National Junior Honor Society Helps Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
During the week of December 9, 2013- December 13, 2013, Moncure School’s National Junior Honor Society raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Students were asked to donate a dollar in an effort to “Join Hands to Cure Cystic Fibrosis” fundraiser. Students who made a donation appeared on the Donation Wall near the front office. The NJHS raised $124 in donations. Thank you to the NJHS for leading this fundraising effort, and sincere thanks to the families of Moncure School who graciously donated to this worthy cause.
Winners Announced for Fall State-wide High School Business Plan Competition
Six North Carolina high school students won highest honors in the state-wide Hop on the BUS! Business Plan competition. The students attend Jordan Matthews, Eastern Alamance and Walter Williams Academy of Finance High Schools. 43 teams and well over 150 students participated in the competition. The winning students will be formally recognized for their accomplishments at the North Carolina Council for Economic Education’s award ceremony in May.
Northwood Team Prevails in the Reindeer Run Team Event
The 9th Annual Reindeer Run Team Event was held at the Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro Campus, on Saturday, December 14. The Northwood High School Faculty Team won the Reindeer Run Team Event. Additionally, each team member earned recognition for their respective performances. The members (and their additional recognitions) were:
Matthew Wallace (1st Place Overall)
Jennifer Parks (3rd Place Overall Female)
Lisa DeLorenzo (1st Place in Age Division)
Justin Bartholomew (2nd Place in Age Division)
Seth Risinger (3rd Place in Age Division)
Chatham Middle Presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
The Drama Club at Chatham Middle is proud to present for one night only the play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in the Jordan-Matthews Auditorium on Thursday, December 19 at 7:00pm. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $ 2.00 for students. All are welcome! Happy Holidays!
Northwood Senior Kelsey O’Daniel Headed for the Bright Lights in the Big City
Clearly, Kelsey O’Daniel took that old adage about “Practice, practice, practice” to heart. Last spring she was selected as a member of the Central All-District Honor Band. A four-year member of the NHS Marching Chargers, this year she was a featured performer in their competition program, Way Down Yonder, opening the performance as a member of the Dixieland Quartet. In addition to her performances in this year’s All-Superior band, she shared some great news she received on Halloween.
J.S. Waters Collects Cans for CORA
The J.S. Waters Jr. Beta Club teamed up with the Student Council to hold a canned food drive for CORA. Students collected 500 cans. Both of the groups focus on service projects for the school and community.
Bennett School Hosts Literacy Night
Bennett School hosted a Literacy Night on Monday, November 18. Parents were invited to attend mini-workshops facilitated by the teachers. Kindergarten through second grade teachers provided a make and take opportunity for the parents. The third through fifth grade parents learned about several of the online resources that parents could integrate at home. The middle school team shared Literacy TA strategies and the Accelerated Reading program. Literacy TA is an educational company that helps teachers put literacy skills front and center of every student's life in every classroom, every day
Chatham Central Receives Recognitions by the NCHSAA
Chatham Central High School was recently recognized as one of only 128 schools member schools in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) that were ejection free in their athletic contests for the 2012-13 school year. The 128 schools represent 32.3 percent of the NCHSAA's member schools. The guidelines record ejections for unsportsmanlike acts such as fighting, taunting, profanity, obscene gestures or disrespectfully addressing or contacting officials.
A Look Back - Way Down Yonder
It is just before Thanksgiving and Marching Band competition season has come to a close. In the halls, you can hear the strains of the Nutcracker Suite as the band rehearses for the holiday parades that are right around the corner. A few students take a break to reflect on the semester, and the freshmen offer the most concise retrospective. “What was the most surprising part of marching band?” “I didn’t expect it to be so much fun,” says Tessa Sheets (flute). To which Marcanthony Iacono (alto sax) adds, “I didn’t expect it to be so much work.”
Pollard National Junior Honor Society Holds Food Drive
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) of Margaret B. Pollard Middle School is a local chapter of the national organization. NJHS focuses on service projects for the school and the community. NJHS has several committees which students can sign up for to receive service hours for the school year.
National Junior Honor Society Food Drive Committee is pleased to announce the Fall Food Drive results. The Mustangs collected 1,532 food items.
NJHS committee members are: Jordyn Watkins, Hannah Patterson, Riley Shaner, Shelby Reich, Samantha Miller, Kaley Mann, Sydney Roth, Evan Svirk, Nathan Hrynewych, Kailey Williams, and Jake Nelsen.
Randolph Telephone & Shattuck - Lawver Agency, Nationwide Insurance Announces Chatham Central High School $500 Technology Grant Winner from its “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All” Campaign
In an effort to make our roads safer, Randolph Telephone, Shattuck- Lawver Agency, Nationwide Insurance and 107.5 KZL joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” campaign this fall to stop distracted driving. Chatham Central High School, Bear Creek was the recipient of the $500 Technology Grant.
Pittsboro Elementary Announces Its Annual Christmas Fair
Pittsboro Elementary School will be having its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 14th beginning at 9:00am until 3:00pm. The Christmas Fair will be located in the school's cafeteria. This is a great event to get some Christmas shopping done with great local craftspeople. There will be a bake sale, food, a free kids' make-a-card station, a 50/50 raffle, and more.
The school is currently accepting vendor applications. Contact Paula Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. This is a Pittsboro Elementary School PTA event. Proceeds from booth space sold to vendors help the Pittsboro Elementary PTA fund various school needs including field trips, books, and technology; just to name a few. So, come join your friends and neighbors at the Pittsboro Elementary Christmas Fair, support the school and join in the Christmas fun!
Jordan-Matthews Announces Dual Language Meeting
Jordan-Matthews High School would like to invite all parents of students involved in the dual language program and all interested members of the community to an informational meeting on Monday, November 25th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Jordan-Matthews media center and will discuss the goals and plans for the dual language program and its continuation at the high school level.
We are excited about what we can offer our students, and we look forward to hearing from you and sharing our ideas together to advance our dual language program.
Chatham County Schools Launches PowerSchool Parent Portal
Chatham County Schools is pleased to announce the launch of the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The Parent Portal will allow all Chatham County Schools families the opportunity to view their students' grades in an easy to use website. The Parent Portal is a part of the state mandated PowerSchool system that manages student information and grades for all students throughout the state of North Carolina.
Chatham Schools Honor Veterans
On Friday, November 8, Pittsboro Elementary and Silk Hope School both held different but moving Veteran’s Day programs.
Chatham County Schools Releases 2012-2013 EOC/EOG Scores
The State Board of Education has released testing data for the 2012-2013 school year. As expected, the scores dropped significantly across the state. The test scores reveal data about the number of students who achieved proficiency on the End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) tests based on the newly implemented Common Core Standards.
Overall, Chatham County Schools scored slightly higher (45.1%) than the state average (44.7%). Of the seventeen schools in the district, eight exceeded expected growth, four met expected growth, and five did not meet expected growth. Progress toward achieving growth is based on the federally required Annual Measureable Objectives (AMO) for ELA/Reading, Mathematics, Science, Cohort Graduation, Attendance, ACT & WorkKeys and is disaggregated by subgroups.
Siler City Elementary Becomes an International Spanish Academy
Fifth grade students lined the entry hall at Siler City Elementary on Tuesday, October 29th holding signs in both English and Spanish to welcome visitors and tell the history of the dual language program. Honored guests included members of the State School Board, representatives from the Department of Public Instruction, the Chatham County School Board and Administration, and community representatives. Principal Angie Brady-Andrew opened the celebration with a brief history of the dual language program from its inception to the current implementation. The mission of the SCE Dual Language Program is to cultivate bilingual, biliterate citizens prepared to be contributing members of a global society.
J.S. Waters School Has a New Sign
J.S. Waters School now has a state-of-the-art sign thanks to their generous PTA. The PTA is always looking for ways to make improvements around the school. Steve Maynor, a parent and PTA Board Member, did all the research in getting the sign. He also made sure that all the proper permits were in place. The entire school community is appreciative of this effort.
Horton Students FaceTime with U.S. Embassy in Sweden
Chad DeHartchuck, an intern with the Political and Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden spoke with Horton seventh grade social studies classes in October via FaceTime. FaceTime is a video chat service from Apple that makes it possible to conduct one-on-one video calls on newer Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac computers.
North Chatham Elementary Holds Fall Festival
On Friday, October 11, North Chatham Elementary held their Fall Festival.
“We had our Fall Festival and it was blast. It's a great event for all our families,” said Sara Self, Assistant Principal at North Chatham Elementary. Viana Romero, the school’s new office support/interpreter, volunteered to do face painting for the event. There were inflatables and food trucks for families to enjoy.
Maintenance Department Honored
On Tuesday, October 22nd, Derrick D. Jordan (Interim Superintendent), Chris Blice (Chief Auxiliary Services Officer), Randy Drumheller (Director of Maintenance), and Tony Messer (Chief Operating Officer) celebrated the accomplishments of the Chatham County Schools Maintenance Department.
NHS Marching Band Continues Success
This year’s sparkling marching band competition program, Way Down Yonder, is an homage to the birthplace of Jazz—complete with Dixieland Quartet, black umbrellas, corps style drill, and original arrangements of Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, the Louis Armstrong classic Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?, and Basin Street Blues. The program is proving to be popular with audiences and judges alike. On it last two outings, the Northwood Chargers have brought home first-in-class awards and Superior Ratings, making this one of Marching Chargers’ most successful seasons in recent memory.
North Carolina Anticipates Drop in EOG/EOC Test Scores
When the 2012-2013 test results are provided to parents, schools and districts in November, results will be much lower than North Carolina has seen for a number of years. Local school and district scores will be released on Thursday, November 7, at the State Board of Education’s monthly meeting in Raleigh.More...
Bonlee’s Kimberly Taylor Announced as Principal of the Year
Kimberly Taylor, principal of Bonlee School has been named Principal of the Year for Chatham County Schools. Dr. Derrick Jordan surprised Taylor at school on Friday, October 18 with the announcement.
Taylor has been with Chatham County Schools for six years. She entered the district as Assistant Principal at Virginia Cross in 2007 and was named Principal of SAGE Academy in 2009 were she served until becoming the principal of Bonlee School in 2011.
Pittsboro Elementary Second Grade Writing Celebration
On Friday, October 11, Pittsboro Elementary second grade parents were invited to attend a Writing Celebration. Classrooms were rearranged to seat an audience and students were anxious to present to their parents and friends. More...
FFA Chapter Participates in State FFA Dairy Evaluation Jr. Event
The Jordan-Matthews High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Jr. Dairy Judging Team participated in the 2013 North Carolina FFA State Dairy Evaluation Junior Career Development Event on October 9-10, in Rowan County, North Carolina. Team members include Sarah Thomas, Wyatt Nixon, Dylan Smith, and Hannah Seitz. Their FFA Advisor is Marguerite Fields.
The Jordan-Matthews team took first place in the Junior Division out of 48 schools. Sarah Thomas, a sophomore, took first place out of 163 competitors. “I am so pleased with our students representing Chatham County well and bringing back the top honors,” said Martin McDonald, principal at Jordan-Matthews.
Central Carolina Works is Gaining Support
Central Carolina Works, a new educational initiative by a consortium including Central Carolina Community College, education, business, industry and community leaders, is gaining enthusiastic support.
Central Carolina Works will fund the placement of Academic and Career Advisors in each of the public high schools in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties. These advisors will work one-on-one with students to help them take advantage of the state-funded Career and College Promise program.
Touchdowns for Ta-Tas is a Success
The Chatham Central Chapter of DECA & FBLA (Business & Marketing Clubs) raised $5,000 for the Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary Breast Cancer Comfort Care Fund with the 3rd Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas powder-puff football game held at the Chatham Central football field on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Northwood Vocalists to Hold Fall Concert
Join the Northwood vocalists for their Fall Choral Concert, Pictures of Fall, on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 pm in the Northwood High School Benjamin J. Lee Auditorium. Admission is $3.00. Proceeds benefit the Northwood High School Music Department.
Chatham Central District Arts Extravaganza- Standing Room Only
The weather threatened throughout the day but the show went on! On Friday, October 14, the Chatham Central District held the first feeder-district Arts Extravaganza in conjunction with Touchdowns for Ta-Ta’s and the Bear Claw Catering department fundraiser for cancer research. All schools from the district were represented with art works and performances. Throughout the evening there were presentations from the Chatham Central High School Band, the J.S. Waters Chorus, J.S. Waters & Bennett Combined Bands, CCHS Chorus, and several duos and a soloist. Louis Brady, a local artist, worked under the cover of an umbrella to paint a portrait of Chatham Central High School which will be available later in the semester for fundraising. Over 200 students participated in the event and the community turned out in droves to support the arts. Chatham County Schools would like to thank all who attended and participated in this tremendous experience for the students of Chatham County Schools.
McIntyre's Books to Hold Educator & Librarian Appreciation Night
Wednesday, October 16th at 6pm
Join us at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village for a night dedicated to celebrating books and education! The event with feature information on new titles and common core resources for K-12.
Chatham Central Hosts Military Appreciation Night
Chatham Central High School will be sponsoring Military Appreciation Night on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at their home football game against Union Academy.
PES Monster Dash 5K
Pittsboro Elementary has it's 4th Annual Monster Dash 5K on Saturday, October 19th beginning at 8 am. The Free Fun Run starts at 9 am. The Monster Dash raises funds for our PTA which funds field trips, technology, the Arts and needed supplies.
Representative Deb McManus Visits Silk Hope School
On Thursday October 3, North Carolina House District Representative, Deb McManus, visited Silk Hope School as part of the National Week of Action organized by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and Progressive States Action. Legislators, teachers, advocates, and families across the country are taking part to lift up the voices, the messages, and the policies that advance the NCAE vision of a strong educational infrastructure for America.
Carolina Panthers Play 60 Comes to Virginia Cross
The Carolina Play 60 movement came to Virginia Cross Elementary on Wednesday, October 2. Play 60 is a movement by the National Football League to support healthy living and physical activity of at least 60 minutes per day. There were about 170 students that opted to participate in the event.
Chatham County Schools Announces Bus Driver Training
Chatham County Schools will be holding it’s next Bus Driver Training session November 12-14. Anyone interested in driving a bus for Chatham County Schools should contact Allison Farrish in the Chatham County Schools Transportation Department at (919) 542-2715.
Representative Deb McManus to Visit Silk Hope School as Part of National Week of Action
Siler City, NC – Rep. Deb McManus to visit Silk Hope School
This event is part of the National Week of Action organized by the North Carolina Association of Educators and Progressive States Action, a national nonprofit organization working with state lawmakers to advance policies that protect and strengthen public education in the states. Legislators, teachers, advocates, and families across the country will be taking part to lift up the voices, the messages, and the policies that advance our vision of a strong educational infrastructure for America -- with schools that belong to us all and benefit us all as the foundation.Events during the National Week of Action are spearheaded by the members of the National Working Group on Public Education, a coalition of state legislative leaders convened by Progressive Sates Action. Brought together by a shared commitment to advancing public education, they share a belief in the enduring importance of America's public schools and the goal to open up more educational opportunities for all children. [Photo]
Central District to Hold Arts Extravaganza
Even though Friday, October 11, is an open week for the Chatham Central Bears Varsity Football team, the stadium and campus will be bustling with people. The Chatham Central High School Arts Department will be hosting the first regional version of the popular Arts Extravaganza. First held in March of 2013, the Arts Extravaganza brought together students and teachers from Chatham County Schools for a day of celebration and performances. This year marks the move to district versions of the Extravaganza.
Arts Education Teachers Swap Supplies
In an effort to share resources and clean closets, Chatham County Schools Arts teachers gathered on Thursday, September 26th for a “September Swap”. Gathering supplies such as used clay, old paints, construction paper, costumes, straw hats, music, and glockenspeils, teachers loaded up their cars and met in the Virginia Cross cafeteria for a time of fellowship, laughter, and sharing materials. Along with the materials exchange came opportunities for professional development through sharing lesson plans and calendar date submission review with Lead Arts Teacher, Sharon Allen.
Teachers hope that the September Swap will become an annual event!
NHS Marching Chargers’ Jazz Celebration Triumphs at Pinecrest
The 2013 Northwood High School Marching Chargers took the field for their first competition on Saturday, September 28, at the 6th Annual Pinecrest Band Fest and the opening strains of the Dixieland Quartet introduced the Louis Armstrong classic, Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? Their rousing presentation of Way Down Yonder, which also included the standards Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Basin Street Blues, celebrated the birthplace of jazz and took top honors of the evening—with 3A awards for 2nd place colorguard, 1st place percussion, 1st place drum major, 1st place music, 1st place marching and 1st place overall 3A band. They received 1 of only 3 Superior ratings given that day.
Chatham Central's Third Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas
Bear Creek, NC: The Chatham Central Chapter of DECA & FBLA (Business & Marketing Clubs) will be sponsoring the 3rd Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas powder-puff football game at the Chatham Central Football Field on Friday, October 11, 2013. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. at cost of $5.00 per person with all proceeds going to Central Carolina Hospital’s Breast Cancer Comfort Care Fund.
SAT Results Released
The College Board released 2012-2013 SAT results on Thursday, September 26. North Carolina seniors in 2013 had an average combined SAT score of 1479, which is a 10-point increase from the previous year. Seniors from Chatham County Schools scored an average of 1454. Over 308 students took the SAT and each high school demonstrated gains over average scores from 2012. The district average improved 10 points from the 2012 average.More...
Chatham County Thrift Stores Distribute Funds
On Monday evening, September 23, 2013 the Chatham County PTA Thrift Store board held an annual meeting at Bonlee School. Refreshments were provided and almost every seat in the library was occupied. Principals from across the county were in attendance, many accompanied by school PTA representatives. While this number of attendees is rare for a Thrift Store meeting, board members were not surprised by the large number of visitors. This meeting was special in that over $559,000 was to be distributed to individual schools.
Migrant Education Summer Leadership Academy
For a week in June, student members of the Migrant Education Program engaged in leadership building exercises with the Triangle Training Center. Students had the opportunity to compose their own music, participate in outdoor challenges, take classes in nutrition and exercise, and practice their team building skills.
Eat A Rainbow 2013 - Sept 23-27
Chatham County Schools invites you to join us in celebrating Eat a Rainbow Week from September 23rd-September 27th! Eat a Rainbow Week is a week-long community-wide campaign celebrating the importance of eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables. Each day of Eat a Rainbow Week highlights a different color.
NCHSAA Names Three CCS Members to the "100 to Remember" List
This year marks the centennial celebration of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. As part of the celebration activities, NCHSAA created several “100 to Remember” designations. The lists encompass Male and Female Athletes, Coaches, and Administrators from across the state deserving of recognition for their achievements or contributions to high school athletics.
Jordan-Matthews Scheduled to be WNCN “Cool School”
Jordan-Matthews High School is scheduled to be the Cool School of the Day on WNCN on Thursday, September 26. Each day the station selects a school to spotlight. The segment will air around 6:18am and will be highlighting former Jordan-Matthews band director Mark Dillon and the sendoff that the school gave him. Jordan-Matthews was nominated as a “Cool School” by Wylma McCrary a Siler City resident and viewer of WNCN. This will be the first time that a Siler City school has been selected as the Cool School of the Day.
DPI Character Matters Campaign
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with Capitol Broadcasting (WRAL/FOX 50), today launched a new statewide character development campaign, Character Matters, in conjunction with Constitution Day. The program’s goal is to promote the development of character and leadership in youth through service learning and an emphasis on positive character traits. To read more, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org and click on the appropriate link under “News.”
Smith Receives Herff-Jones Honor
Leah Smith, dance teacher at Northwood High School, was recently the delighted recipient of a large check. Smith won the most votes in a national “Teacher Shout Out” contest sponsored by Herff-Jones.
Northwood's Marching Charger Band to Perform at Pittsboro Community Music Day
The 2013 Northwood High School Marching Charger Band will be performing at Pittsboro Community Music Day this Saturday at McDonald's. Check out music for this year’s competition program, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, and grab some lunch. Between 12:00 and 2:00 pm, half the proceeds benefit this award-winning music program.
Siler City Walmart Shows Teacher Appreciation
On Tuesday, September 10, employees from Walmart of Siler City came to Silk Hope School as part of their Teacher Appreciation. They handed out gift cards totaling $1000.00 to the teachers. They brought goodie bags with school supplies for every staff member and also brought a cake. “We really appreciate having community partners like Walmart that supports our school and teachers,” said Chad Morgan, principal at Silk Hope School.
Interim Superintendent Jordan takes Oath of Office
During the September 9, 2013 Board of Education meeting at the Historic Pittsboro Courthouse, Dr. Derrick D. Jordan was sworn in as Interim Superintendent of Chatham County Schools. Sam Cooper, Clerk of Superior Court administered the oath as members of the board, administration, and school representatives witnessed.
Celebrating National Arts in Education Week
AIG Parent University Meetings
The Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program is offering a series of Parent University meetings this year. The first session will focus on Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), and the social/emotional needs of gifted students. The meeting will be on Wednesday,October 2, 6:30 pm, location TBA.
Notice of Waiver Request
Notice is hereby given that Chatham County Schools will submit a request for a waiver of the 27-month limitation on expenditures of sub-grant funds awarded through Title I-Part C, The Education of Migratory Children. This waiver will allow for the use of funds for an additional twelve months from September 30, 2013.
AIG Program Accepting Referrals
The Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is asking for referrals to the program beginning September 9 and closing September 27. Materials you need for this are available at the AIG page of the Chatham County Schools website or from your school.
Northwood Varsity Football Sets 11 School Records in Second Game of the Season
Northwood Football coach, Bill Hall, has much to celebrate early in the 2013 season. The first game of the season was Military Appreciation Night featuring representatives from the Army. The Chargers won the game 39:14 over East Chapel Hill. The evening featured various moments of appreciation for the Armed Forces.
Chatham County School District Receives Fiscal Management Awards
Running a school system requires buses to transport, teachers to engage, custodians to clean, and principals to administer. Running a successful and proactive school system demands a dynamic and creative team to budget and pay for all of these requirements. Chatham County School district is fortunate to have an award winning business office overseeing all budgetary elements of the school system.
Students Attend Summer Enrichment Program
As seen in the Chatham News, four Chatham County Schools students attended a free summer enrichment program at a local farm school. Melleray Latin Academy, based on a 32-acre homestead near Goldston, had students working at heritage farm skills (scything hay and digging potatoes) and studying classical languages (Greek and Latin). Classes for students Librado Mendoza-Sosa, Josue Amaya, and Jonathan Parada (Jordan-Matthews) and Felicity Puente (CCHS) were three mornings a week from 8:00 - 12:00. Chatham County Schools ESL teacher Don Byrne led the program. The Academy and its students were featured in the Chatham News/Record Thursday, August 8, Section B, page 1.
Horton Middle Band is Booming
This year the Horton Middle School Band program is 118 members strong, which is a significant increase from years past. As it is, approximately forty percent of the middle school population (excluding grade 5) enrolled in band. Due to the size of the program all of the ensembles had to be split in half, and now band is taught all day, every day. This is shaping up to be the best and most successful year the band has seen in a long time.
Perry Harrison School Receives Physical Health Grant
Perry Harrison School has just received a $1000.00 grant from the Active Schools Acceleration Project to support the 100 Mile Club starting this year at school. Students and staff will be challenged to walk/run 100 miles over the course of the school year.
The First Day
The backpacks were hung in the cubbies with care.
The floors had been waxed and computers repaired.
Northwood Band Camp Begins with a Cajun Flair
Time to fly the flags, learn the drill, and memorize the music—Northwood’s Marching Charger Band Camp is in full swing. Northwood High School musicians are working daily to prepare their competition program for a preview at their season opener on August 23 when Northwood Football hosts East Chapel Hill High.
Logan Receives The Order of the Long Leaf Pine
At the Opening Employee Convocation on Thursday, August 22, 2013, Superintendent Robert L. Logan was surprised with one of the state’s highest honors. Representative Deb McManus worked with Logan’s administrative assistant, Sheila Tally, and Chatham Central High School principal, Mitch Stensland to surprise Logan with the prestigious honor at the end of the convocation agenda.
Chatham County Schools K-8 Open House Dates
Summer Leadership Institute: “Building on the Best”
Chatham County Schools Administrators attended a new kind of training this summer. In previous years, principals and assistant principals have gathered with school leaders to discuss, among other things, budgeting and changes to educational law and curriculum. For the first time, however, the event was not billed as an “administrative retreat” but rather as the first Summer Leadership Institute.
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Northwood Teacher Serves as AP Exam Reader
LOCAL EDUCATOR SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM READINGNEW YORK –Dr. Victoria Raymond, a teacher at Northwood High School, was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in Biology.
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