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Carla Murray Named Principal of North Chatham Elementary
Pittsboro, NC -- During its June 30, 2015 meeting, the Chatham County Board of Education approved Carla Murray as the new principal of North Chatham Elementary School, effective August 1. Murray currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Siler City Elementary. She will be replacing Dale Minge, who will retire at the end of July.

Murray spent time as a classroom teacher in second, third, and fourth grades before becoming a Curriculum Coach for Siler City Elementary in 2005. She then pursued a degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and participated in Future Ready Leadership training during the 2014-2015 school year. Murray shares, "I am honored and excited to continue my work with students in Chatham County Schools. I look forward to joining all stakeholders as we continue to expand on the great initiatives begun already and reach new levels of success.”

Chatham County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, remarks, “Mrs. Murray’s expertise with curriculum and instruction will serve her well as she works to lead North Chatham Elementary to the next level of achievement for all students.”
Jordan-Matthews’ Jessica Sandel Named North Carolina 2015 Outstanding Biology Teacher
Siler City, NC -- Jordan-Matthews Biology teacher, Jessica Sandel was honored by the National Association of Biology Teachers as the North Carolina Outstanding Biology teacher for 2015. The award will be presented at either the National Association of Biology Teachers Conference or the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Professional Development Institute. Sandel will receive a compound microscope as a symbol of appreciation for her outstanding work and dedication to teaching biology.

Sandel has been teaching at Jordan-Matthews for ten years. She attended Rowan University in New Jersey where she taught for two years prior to moving to North Carolina. Sandel earned her National Boards in 2013. She currently serves as the Chair of the Science Department, PTSA President, Freshman class advisor, Co-coordinator for the JM Science fair, and as a mentor to novice teachers. On a district level, she serves as the head of the teacher leader cohort and the co-coordinator of the science fair.
Chatham County Schools Receives $70,000 Grant from Duke Energy
Pittsboro, NC -- On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan gratefully accepted a check in the amount of $70,000 from Indira Everett, a Duke Energy Foundation representative. The check represents The Duke Energy Foundation’s commitment to Growing Great Teachers through professional development in Chatham County.

With the leadership of Jaime Detzi, Chatham County Education Foundation Executive Director, and Dr. Amanda Hartness the district applied for funding for professional development to support district programs and staff. Dr. Amanda Hartness, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services & Instructional Support comments, “Research suggests that quality professional development for teachers can be one of the most effective strategies for increasing student achievement. We plan to utilize the framework for implementing professional development based on Thomas Guskey’s research. We are excited to have the support of Duke Energy and the Chatham Education Foundation to support professional learning across our district.”
Board of Education Honors Educators
Chatham County Schools Board of Education, central office personnel, and administrators joined together on the evening of June 11th, 2015 to honor teachers, instructional assistants, employee recognition award recipients and retirees at a banquet held at the Governor’s Club. Each honoree was given a plaque and acknowledged for his or her accomplishments and/or years of service. Teachers of the Year and Instructional Assistants of the Year also received a monetary award.
Bennett Principal Loses Hair in Deal With Students
Prior to End of Grade (EOG) testing, Dan Barnwell, Bennett School Principal, made a deal with the eighth grade students. The deal was if the eighth grade students made 90% proficiency on the Science EOG that he would buzz cut his hair. The students did their part, so on Wednesday, June 10, he did his.

"I made a deal, and I'm sticking to it. I am very proud of our teachers' and students' hard work this year and now it's time to celebrate," said Barnwell. He sat in front of a gym full of students and got all of his wavy brown hair buzzed off. To make it even better, he let the eighth graders be the ones to do the clipping.
Tripp Crayton Named New Principal of Jordan­Matthews High School
At the June 10, 2015 Board of Education Meeting, Tripplet (Tripp) Crayton was named Principal of Jordan­Matthews High School. Crayton is currently serving as principal of Wakefield High School. Former Jordan­Matthews High School Principal Martin McDonald will be moving to Tennessee to lead a school in his hometown.

Crayton has served as Principal of Wakefield High School since 2010. Prior to that, he was a middle school principal, middle and high school assistant principal, and a social studies teacher .In addition, Mr. Crayton was a semi­finalist for Durham Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year (2001­2002). Crayton has participated in the Distinguished Leaders in Practice program sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Masters in School Administration. Mr. Crayton is also engaged to a Horton Middle School teacher and looks forward to living in the area.

Crayton comments, “I am honored and excited to join Chatham County Schools as the principal of Jordan­Matthews High School. Although I enjoyed my time with the Wake County Public School System and at Wakefield High School, I look forward to using my experiences and working closely with the faculty, staff, students, parents and community of Jordan­Matthews to help the school build on its strengths. Working together, we will continue to grow into a school that is recognized as a leader in North Carolina. Jordan­Matthews has a clear mission, a solid support system and a rich sense of community, spirit and pride. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Jordan­Matthews’ principal and help it realize new heights.”
Central's Darlene Luther Named Chatham County Schools Instructional Assistant of the Year
Darlene Luther, from Chatham Central High School, was named Chatham County Schools Instructional Assistant of the Year. Luther was awarded the honor after walking down a hall of clapping and appreciative students. Principal Mitch Stensland says, "Darlene Luther has been in charge of Central's ISS program for more than 15 years. She operates her program the same way every day for every student year in and year out. She is firm, fair, and extraordinarily consistent. Mrs. Luther also plans and executes our BearBlast reward activity each six weeks; her goal is to change behavior and reward those students who make good choices. We would not have the great school we have without Mrs. Luther". Congratulations to Darlene Luther!
Northwood Arts Foundation Awards Two Summer Arts Scholarships
The Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation (NHSAEF) is proud to announce that Thomas and Tonya Gore are the recipients of this year’s 2nd Annual Carlin Summer Camp Fund Scholarship awards.

Thomas Gore is a rising Junior active in Marching, Concert, and Symphonic Band. He will attend Matt Savage Percussion Marching Camp in June. His sister Tonya, is likewise firmly entrenched in the NHS instrumental program. A rising Senior, she is active in Marching, Concert, Symphonic and Jazz Band and a member of TriM Music Honor Society. She will attend marching band camp this July in Harrisburg, VA.

The Carlin Summer Camp Fund was established in 2013 to support summer arts experiences for current Northwood students. Modeled on the successful program by sister organziation, the JM Arts Ed Foundation, the Carlin fund compliments the Annual NHSAEF College Scholarships presented to graduating seniors. It is named in honor of longtime Northwood theatre arts instructor and arts department chair, Dr. Lori Carlin. During her 17-year tenure working collaboratively with the distinguished, award-winning arts faculty, Northwood created chapters of honor societies in each arts discipline, invested in a $4.5 million arts wing renovation, established the NHSAEF, and received two Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence Awards.
NHSAEF Presents 2015 College Scholarships
The Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation (NHSAEF) presented the 8th Annual NHSAEF College Scholarships to outstanding students in recognition of their achievements in the visual and performing arts. The $1000 scholarships were presented May 27 at NHS Senior Awards Day.

Elise Crawford was awarded an Intersiciplinary scholarship for achievements in multiple arts disciplines. In addition to dance, guitar, and theatre coursework, she has a concentration in visual arts. She was a member of the Scholastic Art Showcase State Championship Team from Northwood, winning an individual first place award in printmaking and served as president of the National Art Honor Society. She plans to attend Appalachian State.

Holly Thacker received this year’s award for Visual Arts. She has also studied dance. Holly is an officer of Northwood’s National Arts Honor Society chapter, served on the prom committee, and has served as student representative on the NHSAEF Advisory Board for three years. She will attend UNCG this fall.
Local Students Named JMArts Summer Scholars
SILER CITY, N.C. — Attending summer camp can be a life-changing experience for any student, but especially for those whose passion is the visual or performing arts. For five Jordan-Matthews High School students, that life-changing experience is just around the corner.

Orlando Benitez, Jasmine Brower, Allie Hayhurst, Michael Vasquez and Konner Williams have been named Summer Scholars by JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, each receiving a scholarship to study choral music, band or visual art. A sixth student, Jordan Dwyer, also was selected, but was not able to accept the award due to job demands.

“This is the fourth year we have been able to help students have arts-intensive summer experiences,” said JMArts president Rose Pate. “Because of the generosity of our donors, we are thrilled to continue to provide this opportunity for the JM family.”
Chatham County Schools CTE Students Honored
Chatham, NC -- A remarkable number of Chatham County Schools students were honored at the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Celebration held at Jordan-Matthews High School on Thursday, May 14. The evening featured remarks from Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, Executive Director for Secondary Grades and CTE, Dr. Kelly Batten, and CTE Region Coordinator, Ted Summey.

Numerous students from all three Chatham County High Schools were honored for their achievements in various areas of CTE. Students provided introductions to many of the organizations through skits and presentations.

The following three CTE teachers of the year were also honored:
Chatham Central High School - Chris Hart
Jordan-Matthews High School - Luke Nicks
Northwood High School - Ashley Wood

Additionally, students were recognized for achieving credentials in: Agriculture Certifications; Certified Nursing Assistants; EverFi; Microsoft IT Academy; National Center for Construction Education and Research; and ServSafe. Over eighty students were also inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. The evening concluded with a reception featuring punch from Carol Davidson’s Foods classes at Jordan-Matthews, cupcakes from Jane Hanna’s Foods classes at Northwood, and flowers from Marguerite Field’s agricultural classes.

The program featuring student honorees is attached.
Photo features all members of the National Technical Honor Society.
Building Healthy Students Together
On Friday, May 1, Virginia Cross Elementary, Siler City Elementary, Chatham Middle and Silk Hope School partnered with the YMCA in a community event titled “Building Healthy Students Together”. This event took place at Bray Park in Siler City, and featured games, community booths, inflatables, obstacle courses, and food provided for purchase by Freddy’s Catering. Thank you to all the volunteers that made this event possible, and extend to the following organizations that provided an informational booth: Chatham Soccer League, Pittsboro and Siler City Police Departments, Chatham County Sheriffs Office, Siler City Fire Department, Chatham Library Bookmobile, Child Care Networks, Chatham County Health Department, Siler City Parks and Recreation, Walgreens, Hispanic Liaison, CCCC, Department of Social Services, FVRC, Habitat for Humanity, and First Tee Golf Clinic. Promoting a healthy lifestyle as well as promoting all of our schools to the students and families in Siler City was a huge success and we look forward to building this event to include the high schools next year.
Moncure Finishes on Top in Women’s Soccer
On Tuesday, May 12, Moncure Women's Soccer team finished the season in a thrilling 1-0 win over Pollard to complete an undefeated 10-0 season. This is Moncure's second undefeated team in the past three years as the women's soccer program has gone 28-1-1 over that time.

This spring season has been one of the best with many records being set. The Lady Panthers scored 36 goals and gave up only 4, which are both school records. Moncure never allowed more than one goal in any game, recorded 6 shutouts and never trailed in any contest.

Congratulations to Coach Bret Pedigo and his Lady Panthers on an outstanding season!!!!
Northwood Charger Artists Bring Home State Championship
Pittsboro, NC—After placing first in the East Regional of this year’s Art Showcase, Northwood’s team had to wait a month for the state finals held May 9 in Winston Salem. Last year they came in third. This weekend, the team would be named State Champions.

Sponsored by the NC Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) the Art Showcase
is a competition that recognizes both the best individual artists and best art programs in North Carolina 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. Media categories include painting, drawing, collage, photography, and other creative efforts. Electronic copies of submissions are sent to NCASA and forwarded to judges. Submissions from top teams and students from each category advance to the State Finals and are evaluated by judges in a live exhibition.”

Northwood’s lineup included Kyndal Hutchinson (Photography), with a 1st place for the individual state award; Elise Crawford (Printmaking), also with a 1st place for the individual state award; Olivia Draper (Collage), again a 1st place for the individual state award; Angel Ellis (Painting); Francisco Guzman-Perez (Drawing); 
 Bailey Revels (Mixed Media); and Nicholas Schwankl (Computer Generated). Team coach is Leslie Burwell, visual arts instructor and chair of the NHS Arts Education department.

Chatham County Schools Name Leslie Burwell Teacher of the Year
Chatham, NC -- It has been a busy spring for Northwood’s Visual Arts teacher, Leslie Burwell. She painted sets for the spring musical, participated in the first Governor’s Teacher Network, pulled off a senior prom, guided her students through a NC Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) State Championship, and is preparing for the Spring Art Show this weekend. Add to all of that, a regular teaching schedule and portfolio preparation for district Teacher of the Year process and it is easy to see why Leslie Burwell has been named the Chatham County Schools Teacher of the Year.

This is Burwell’s thirteenth year teaching Visual Arts at Northwood and her fifth year as chair of the arts education department. She is the faculty advisor for Northwood’s National Art Honor Society chapter and faculty liaison for the NHS Arts Education Foundation. She is a National Board Certified teacher in Art for the young and adult learner. Burwell notes, “It is such a wonderful honor to be named the Chatham County Schools Teacher of the Year. I am humbled and grateful for the nomination from my school peers. I hope to be an excellent representative for the arts and academics in Chatham County Schools.” Principal, Dr. Justin Bartholomew claims, “Ms. Burwell is a consummate professional who spends 90% of her life finding ways to support and enhance the experiences of students here at Northwood High School. She extends that same support and professionalism working with her peers to make the school the best it can be. She truly is Ms. Everything.”

Each school staff selects a teacher of the year. These teachers are then interviewed at the county level and have school visits from a selection team.

The school level 2015-2016 Teachers of the Year are:

Bennett School – Rhonda Batten
Bonlee School – Leslie King
Chatham Central High School – Aedrin Albright
Chatham Middle School – Jamie Cox
Horton Middle School – Casey Spillman
J. S. Water School – Kristen Breedlove
Jordan-Matthews High School – Jessica Sandel
Margaret B. Pollard Middle School – Mindy Liesener
Moncure School – Thomas Campbell
North Chatham Elementary School – John McLean
Northwood High School – Leslie Burwell
Perry Harrison Elementary School – Jennifer Sipe
Pittsboro Elementary School – Carla Karstaedt
SAGE Academy – Sandra Van Kretschmar
Siler City Elementary School – Carmen Gaby
Silk Hope School – Michelle Daniel
Virginia Cross Elementary School – Heidi Gaines
J.S. Waters Inducts New Junior Beta Club Members
The J.S. Waters School chapter of the Junior Beta Club inducted fourteen new members during an annual ceremony on Wednesday, April 29. Fellow students, staff and family members were in attendance to see these middle school students join the other twenty-four members of the chapter.

The National Junior Beta Club is a non-profit, leadership-service club for grades 6-8 whose purpose is to encourage effort and reward merit and to promote those qualities of character that make for good citizenship.

At J.S. Waters students in grades six and seven with an overall average of 93 or above in math, language arts, science and social studies for the semester of the school year are eligible for Beta Induction. Students must also possess and exhibit good 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.

The J.S. Waters Junior Beta Club is active in service by participating in school events like the fall festival, school dances and spirit week; by contributing to community efforts like Cora food drive, Wish List for Ronald McDonald House.

Staff club advisors are Robbie Sirls, Tiffany Roach and Jennifer Dowdy.
Northwood Dominates Quill Competition for Third Year in a Row
The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities held the fifth annual The Quill on demand writing competition this past Saturday, March 25. Northwood High School placed first in the NCASA Quill Competition for the third year in a row. The team this year consisted of:

Frances Beroset - Argumentation (2nd place in state competition)
Rachel Crawford - Creative Writing (1st place in the state)
Hudson Moore - Problem/Solution
Amanda Peele - Literary Analysis (2nd place in the state)

The Quill is the first ever statewide, on-demand writing competition. Three to four students from each school are presented prompts from genres. Each student has ninety minutes to create a written response based on the presented prompt. The purpose of this competition is to allow future novelists, scientists, and journalists to benchmark themselves against the best students across North Carolina.

NCASA is home of the
  • NCASA Scholastic Cup
  • NCSSM Challenge Cup
  • William Peace University NC Show Choir Competition
Chatham Girls 4 STEM Events Held at Horton Middle School
Chatham Girls 4 STEM and STEM for Kids hosted two Saturday events for Horton 5th - 7th grade girls on March 28 and April 18. STEM for Kids introduced the girls to computer programming and the basics of Microsoft Kodu gaming platform. They created and developed a simple video game with multi-levels. Moni Singh, President of STEM for Kids, spoke to the girls about the importance of computer programming and career opportunities within the field for girls.

Computer Gaming workshops were conducted at Triangle Training on March 28 and April 18. They were attended by 45 girls ​in grades 7-8 ​from Horton Middle, Pollard Middle and Perry Harrison Elementary School.

Each student created her own computer game that she was able to take home. The purpose was to introduce them to the fun side of computer sciences and explore career options in this field of engineering.
Chatham County Students Place in State FBLA Leadership Conference
Chatham, NC -- Chatham County Schools students from Chatham Central High School, Jordan-Matthews High School, and Northwood High School recently competed with students across the state at the State Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference. Several students placed and will be competing on the national level in Chicago this summer. Congratulations to our student winners from each school!
Bennett Kindergarteners Celebrate Earth Day
To celebrate our earth, the kindergarten class at Bennett Elementary School planted a maple tree donated by Chris Hart, agriculture teacher at Chatham Central High School and former student of Bennett School. After reading the book Franklin Plants a Tree, by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, the students learned how important trees are to our ecosystem. Not only are trees great for shade and climbing, but they produce the oxygen that we breathe. Teacher, Amy Dowdy said, "Our students hope to watch this tree grow and one day enjoy its shade as they watch their kids play baseball games."

"What an excellent 21st Century learning opportunity. Mrs. Dowdy integrated reading, science, and the importance of stewardship for our earth. I was very excited for her students and we gained a beautiful sugar maple to enjoy for years to come," stated Dan Barnwell, Bennett Elementary School principal.
Chatham County Schools Hosts 27th Annual Young Authors Celebration
Chatham County Schools Media Education Program along with McIntyre’s Fine Books and Fearrington Village hosted the twenty-seventh annual Young Authors Celebration for student writers in Chatham County on Tuesday, April 14. 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 Mr. Scott McCormick, who currently lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. McCormick, author of the Mr. Pants series of graphic novels, encouraged students to think about the structure of their writing. His humorous talk helped students see the structural similarities between Guardians of the Galaxy and Cinderella. He provided a brief opportunity for question and answer before closing his presentation.
Chatham County Students Selected for Governor’s School
Pittsboro, NC -- Two students from Chatham County Schools have been selected to attend the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School for the Summer 2015 session. Lisa Kernodle from Chatham Central High School and Miguel Martinez-Camposec from Jordan-Matthews High School will both be attending in the area of Natural Science.

The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline.

The Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 325 students each: Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem (begun in 1963), and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh (begun in 1978). The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.
Jordan-Matthews Robotics Team Achieves Success at State Competition
Siler City, NC -- The Jordan-Matthew Robotics Team, the Neon Jets, had the opportunity to shine at the recent Robotics Competition held in Raleigh, NC. The Robotics Team was awarded two NASA grants and a new 3-D printer earlier this year. For the competition, the team had to design and build a robot that could pick up, move, and stack a variety of recycling containers for points. There were 55 teams that competed in the the regional event this year. Normally the top ten teams from the competition on Friday are invited back to compete on Saturday and have the opportunity to pick two teams not in the top ten to work with in an alliance. The JM team has never cracked the top 40 or made it to the competition on Saturday. This year the students built a great robot, had a solid strategy, and an excellent driver. At the end of the day on Friday they were in 12th place. The team was invited back to compete on Saturday and ended up finishing in 6th place. Jordan-Matthews Principal, Martin McDonald states, “This was a huge success for our students. Many of the teams there have been competing for much longer than we have and have considerably more coaches and financial sponsors. I could not be more pleased.”
Two Chatham County Schools Principals Earn Distinguished Leadership in Practice Designation
Pittsboro, NC -- Two Chatham County Schools Principals achieved recognition for Distinguished Leadership in Practice with the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association. Christopher Poston, from Pittsboro Elementary School, and Allison Buckner, from Virginia Cross Elementary, are the latest Chatham County Principals to earn this prestigious designation. They join Beverly Browne, from J.S. Waters School; Chad Morgan, from Chatham Middle School; and Bobby Dixon, from SAGE Academy in this designation.

Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan remarks, “I am exceedingly proud of Mr. Poston and Ms. Buckner. They've each put forth a tremendous amount of time and effort to advance their administrative skill sets and I know that our students will be the beneficiaries."
Chatham Central High School Beta Club Receives Recognition from the North Carolina Department of Transportation
Bear Creek, NC -- The Chatham Central High School Beta Club was honored for their service with the state Adopt-A-Highway program this week. Jarrod Lowery, Community Liaison for the Governor’s office, and Mike Causey, Adopt-A-Highway State Coordinator, acknowledged the club’s “service to protect the environment and enhance the quality of life for all North Carolinians”. The plaque states, “North Carolina Department of Transportation recognizes Chatham Central Beta Club for outstanding public stewardship and commitment to protecting North Carolina’s environment by participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program for 25 consecutive years. 1984-2014” and is signed by NCDOT Secretary Anthony Teta and Governor Pat McCrory. Students were also presented with new safety vests with the honor seal on the back.

Nearly 5,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups have adopted approximately 10,000 miles of state-maintained roads. Last year more than 150,000 volunteers from all 100 counties picked up more than three million pounds of litter. Adopt-A-Highway volunteers save the taxpayers more than $5 million annually in roadside cleanup costs. The Chatham Central Beta Club is a service organization dedicated to leading by serving others. Beth Little is the Beta Club sponsor.
Bennett School Holds Young Authors Event
Bennett School held a Young Authors Celebration on Friday, March 20, ​where they announced the winners of their Young Authors Competition. They welcome special guest, David Holt, the famed storyteller and musician who is a four-time Grammy Award winner. Holt plays various acoustic instruments and has released recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folk tales. He hosts Riverwalk, a jazz program on public radio; Folkways, a television program on folk music and culture, Great Scenic Railway Journeys and North Carolina Mountain Treasures on North Carolina public television.​ He also played in the popular movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou. He was accompanied by Will McIntyre.

There were two performances in the Multipurpose Room followed by a Young Authors reception in the Media Center. Winners of the Young Authors competition were Kelsey Hussey (grade 3) and Lauren Collins (grade 8) who will now advance to the district competition with the awards ceremony being held on Tuesday, April 14, at The Fearrington Village Barn.
Siler City Elementary Holds Duke Energy Science Night
Siler City Elementary recently held a Duke Energy Science Night on Thursday, March 19. Siler City Elementary was one of 125 North Carolina elementary schools selected to host. The educational program is an initiative of the North Carolina Science Festival and serves its mission to inspire future generations of scientists. Support from Duke Energy Foundation allowed the Festival to provide materials for the twelve hands-on activities.

Siler City Elementary was privileged to host 460 participants. The night offered engaging hands-on learning experiences. Parents and children mixed solutions to create Gross Goo. In a communal effort, families designed marshmallow towers to hold the weight of their Festival Mascot, Kelvin the Robot. Parents also inflated balloons to magnify their child’s fingerprint pattern.

Siler City Elementary is thankful families came out to support science learning. “I am impressed by the staff’s amount of planning and preparation to make the night such a success for our students,” said Dr. Larry Savage, Siler City Elementary principal. Elizabeth Bonitz, staff member, added, “In spite of the rain, we had a great turn out. I was thrilled to see so many families enjoying the science activities together.”
Chatham County Schools Name Teachers of the Year
Pittsboro, NC -- Chatham County Schools have, once again, honored their own. Each school faculty voted on a single teacher who is representative of excellence in the classroom. To be eligible for Teacher of the Year, a teacher must hold a Standard Professional 2 license, be employed full time, and not have served as the Teacher of the Year in the past 3 years, and spend at least 70% of his or her time in direct instruction of school students. Congratulations to these individuals for achieving recognition for their time, talent, and commitment to the students of Chatham County Schools.

The individual school Teachers of the Year are:
Bennett School – Rhonda Batten
Bonlee School – Leslie King
Chatham Central High School – Aedrin Albright
Chatham Middle School – Jamie Cox
Horton Middle School – Casey Spillman
J. S. Waters School – Kristen Breedlove
Jordan-Matthews High School – Jessica Sandel
Margaret B. Pollard Middle School – Mindy Liesener
Moncure School – Thomas Campbell
North Chatham Elementary School – John McLean
Northwood High School – Leslie Burwell
Perry Harrison Elementary School – Jennifer Sipe
Pittsboro Elementary School – Carla Karstaedt
SAGE Academy – Sandra Van Kretschmar
Siler City Elementary School – Carmen Gaby
Silk Hope School – Michelle Daniel
Virginia Cross Elementary School – Heidi Gaines
We do CTE, What’s Your SuperPower?
In recognition of National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, our CTE programs in Chatham County this year provided 600 high school CTE students, who belong to their Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO), with a t-shirt thanks to the support of:

Pittsboro Kiwanis Club
Siler City Rotary Club
Silk Hope Ruritan Club
Chatham Economic Development Corporation
United Country, Rogers Auctioneers
Robyn’s Nest Creative Learning Center
M2 Graphics, LLC
McB Group Insurance Services
A huge thank you to these local businesses and organizations for their participation and support with this project to assist in marketing the success of our CTE programs in Chatham County!

The mission of Career and Technical Education is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy. To reinforce the CTE mission statement, the SuperHero theme was chosen “We do CTE, What’s your SuperPower?” was chosen for the 2014-15 school year as students are preparing to be Career and College Ready!
Chatham County Schools Dropout Rate Falls to Record Low
Pittsboro, NC -- For the sixth 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 2013-2014 Consolidated Data Report demonstrated that dropout rates across the state fell to record lows. The state dropout rate for 2013-2014 was 2.28%, with Chatham County Schools coming in even lower at 1.22%. This demonstrates a reduction of over 15% from the previous year. Surrounding district rates were: Lee County Schools 1.96%; Orange County Schools 1.55%; Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 0.34%; Durham County Schools 1.96%; Randolph County Schools 1.19%.

The annual dropout rate identifies the number and percentage of students who drop out during one year’s time. The Strategic Plan for Chatham County Schools states the elimination of any dropout rate as a priority.
Northwood Drama Students Learn How to Succeed This Spring
Pittsboro, NC. The kids from Northwood will be heading back to the 60s once again this year for their annual Spring Musical. But instead of dancing in Baltimore, they’ll be climbing the corporate ladder when they present Frank Loesser’s 1961 classic satire, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Appropriately, making his acting debut at Northwood, as the ambitious, incredibly optimistic, and decidedly unorthodox young J. Pierpont Finch, is freshman Connor Lewis. He does come with quite a bit of theatre experience however, and you will recognize him as a member of NHS’s popular a cappella ensemble Pitch Please as well as a trumpeter in the NHS band. Other members of the World-Wide Wickets Company (sorry, we have no idea what they are either) include fellow ensemble members Katie Robbins as that special secretary Rosemary Pilkington and Sean Thompson as the boss’s nefarious nephew, Bud Frump. Boss J. B. Biggley is played by Austin Korynta and Jordan Pollard is femme fatale Hedy LaRue. Other senior cast members include Rachel Crawford, Ethan Taylor, Lea Zdanski, Cali Powell, Taylor Roberson, Emma Holler, and Maria Reichle. This is also the final musical at NHS for senior Kyndal Hutchinson, Northwood’s stage manager.

The Northwood production is directed by Kayla Sharp. Musical director is Matthew Hanson. Instrumental director is Brett Cox. Leah Wilhelm and Kristen Norwood choreographed the show. Leslie Burwell and her student artists are creating the set decoration. And NorthwoodArts’ newest instructor, Adam Perry, supervises the student technicians.
Chatham County Schools Students and Teachers Shine at State DECA Competition
Chatham, NC -- Chatham County Schools DECA students joined over 2,500 of their peers across the state on a wintry weekend to compete, conquer, and celebrate. The North Carolina DECA conference annually organizes competitive events and educational opportunities for over 3,000 students. DECA prepares students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Chatham County Schools students have traditionally fared very well in state competition and this year was no different. Winners from the participating high schools include:

Northwood High School:
Hannah Cook – Top score in the Comprehensive Written Exam for Retail Merchandising And Top Ten Overall in the Entrepreneurship Participating Event.
Nolan Brown & Karen Vanderford – Top Ten Overall in the Sports & Entertainment Promotional Plan
Peri Kennihan & Rachel Yanders – 5th Place Overall in the Sports & Entertainment Promotional Plan

Ronald Fox and Meg Moore -1st in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research and 5th in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making.
Marissa Devine and Luke Pierce - 2nd in Hospitality Team Decision Making.
Marissa Devine, Sarah Thomas, and Madison Walters - 3rd in Financial Literacy Promotion Plan.
Jaxon Mitchell and Mariann King - 5th in Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making.
Evan Teague and David Smith - 7th in Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making.
David Brewer and Alec Brewer - 9th in Hospitality Team Decision Making.

“I couldn’t be prouder of all our students,” said Luke Nicks, JM DECA advisor. “They’ve worked extremely hard, and I can’t wait to take them to the International Leadership Conference later this spring.”

Additionally, a number of Chatham County teachers were honored at the event. Kim Marie Hall, longtime marketing teacher and DECA advisor before taking a new role as the Instructional Technology Facilitator for Northwood High School, was awarded the North Carolina DECA Honorary Life Achievement. This award is given to individuals who have made extensive contributions to the marketing program and DECA in North Carolina and nationally. Two other Chatham County educators were honored, Ashley Clarke Wood , current DECA advisor from Northwood High School was presented with the Ken Smith Award for Professional Dedication, it is designed for young teachers in the early years of their career. Luke Nicks, DECA Advisor at Jordan-Matthews was presented the Professional Division Award for his contributions to the growth and development of Marketing Education & DECA.
Career Day at Virginia Cross Elementary
Virginia Cross Elementary hosted Career Day on Friday, March 6. Over ten different careers were represented by community members, including nursing, business management, orthotics, and the military.

Every 4th and 5th grade student attended three engaging career sessions. Students were challenged to learn about the skills and education needed for each job.

Career Day provided an opportunity for community members to positively interact with students. Students expanded their understanding of the opportunities available to them after graduation from high school, and the importance of working hard academically and making good choices now.

February is Career and Technical Education Month
Each year during the month of February, CTE (Career and Technical Education) students, educators, and stakeholders have the opportunity to highlight what’s happening within individual program areas. Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for success in college, careers, and life. Our students are our most valuable resources. They gain skills, technical knowledge, academic and real world experiences to prepare for high skill, high demand high wage careers to keep America working.
click on this link to read the complete CTE flier

The Chatham County Schools CTE Team won the "Most Creative Booth Award" for the third consecutive year at the 2014 Business Expo that was sponsored by the Chatham County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are Loretta Batchelor, Career Development Coordinator, Jordan-Matthews High School; Beth Seawell, Administrative Assistant to CTE; DeLisa Cohen, Career Development Coordinator, Northwood High School; Robin Stevens and Geraldine Kirk, Instructional Management Coordinators.
Horton Middle School Participates in Science Olympiad
Chatham, NC -- Horton Middle School recently sent a group of students to compete at the Science Olympiad held at Campbell University. Students competed in a range of events that assess their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills; from design and building events such as bridge and glider construction to tested knowledge based events on Meteorology and Anatomy. Eighth grade Science teacher and club sponsor, Edward Walgate, prepared club members for the competition. Congratulations to the following Olympians, who medaled in their events:

Jesenia Schwankl, Riley Crisp and Meredith Clouse: 1st place in Picture This
Meredith Clouse and Riley Crisp: 6th place in Air Trajectory
Nathan Terrell and Konrad Feher: 6th place in Simple Machines
Nicole Feher and Konrad Feher: 6th place in Fossils
Meredith Clouse and Riley Crisp: 5th place in Crime Busters
Emily Taylor and Anna Marie Trotter: 5th place in Bio-Process Lab
Nicole Feher and Jesenia Schwankl: 2nd place in Meterology

Horton’s Science Olympiad Team is comprised of the following members:
Andrew Lesher Thomas
Nathan Terrel
Liliana Arias
Konrad Feher
Chase Miller
Elena Shipp
Shamar Wilson
Jesenia Schwankl
Nicole Feher
Meredith Clouse
Riley Crisp
Emily Taylor
Anna Marie Trotter
Brandon Moon
Will Ford
First Annual Chatham County Schools and Community Taskforce Meeting Held
This past Tuesday, February 10th, representatives from the Chatham County School System, Chatham YMCA, and Community in Schools of Chatham County came together with leaders from ten local agencies, including area non-profits and local government, to hold the first annual Chatham County Schools and Community Taskforce meeting. The goal was to bring together the many groups and individuals who are supporting the students, families and citizens of Chatham County. Agencies were able to exchange information on the many ways the local non-profits, government agencies, and the school system are already working to help the children and families of Chatham County and look for new partnership opportunities. During the meeting agency representatives shared current efforts and spent time seeking out new ideas and partnerships. The taskforce’s long term vision is to facilitate regular opportunities for collaboration and alignment between school and community efforts to all students, families, and community members. The taskforce will be coming back together in April to start writing action plans for new school or community based efforts. Anyone interested in learning more can contact Charles Aiken at caiken@chatham.k12.nc.us or Tracy Fowler at tfowler@chatham.k12.nc.us.
Chatham County Schools Wants to Hear From You!
Heard about Chatham County Schools’ annual budget survey? Want to help shape the district’s funding priorities and the future of our schools? Now’s your chance to make a difference!

We’re asking all our parents, employees and community members to share their views on our district and school-based programs and services in our Budget Priorities Survey. We expect we will once again be asked to do more with less, so your input is critical as we make tough decisions that will impact every student. All responses will be confidential.

Who: All Chatham parents, employees, teachers and community members.

What: 2015 Budget Priorities Survey, with questions about our school-based and district wide programs and services.

When: Tuesday, February 3 - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How: If you have a current email address on file, you will receive a personal survey invitation. Or you may use the public link on the district homepage. Paper surveys will be available upon request by calling Dr. Lori Carlin at 919-542-3626.

Why: Your voice matters!

As members of the Chatham community, your opinions represent a critical voice for our school district. We need to hear from you to best meet our goal of providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum in an effective, safe and nurturing learning environment.
Northwood Artists Receive 2015 Scholastic Art Awards
The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers has announced the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015. Four Northwood students in Leslie Burwell’s visual arts classes were recognized in this year’s competition with seven awards. Gold Keys were awarded to Silas Waller for Fashion Famished in the Drawing/Illustration division, and for Shredded in the Mixed Media category.

Silver Keys were presented to Waller for his Self Portrait, to Zuria Butler for her print, House Courtsunis: Family, Duty, Strength, and to Kirsten Sellers for her drawing, In Touch with Nature.

Sellars also received an honorable mention for Unexpected as did Natalie Huggins for Drained.

Gold and Silver Key winning work for the Eastern/Central NC Region will be on display at the Barton College Case Art Building Gallery in Wilson, NC from February 1 to February 20. The Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception will be held for the artists, their families, and teachers on Sunday, February 1.

Each year, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recognize student achievement in the visual arts and creative writing. It is the nation’s most prestigious recognition program for artists and writers, which identified the early promise of Richard Avedon, Joyce Maynard, Tom Otterness, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Andy Warhol, and Zac Posen.

More than $3.25 million in scholarships are available to graduating seniors who earn national medals through the Alliance Scholarship Provider Network. Twelve Portfolio Gold Medalists earn $10,000 scholarships from the Alliance. Select regions also offer cash awards, grants and other incentives. The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of leading art and design colleges in the U.S., recognizes The Scholastic Art Awards as an effective way for students interested in art and design to develop successful portfolios for college admission.

This is Leslie Burwell’s 13th year directing Visual Arts at Northwood and her fifth year as chair of the arts education department. She is a National Board Certified teacher in Art for the young and adult learner. In June 2014 she was one of two NHS educators selected to be a member of NC Governor's Teacher Network.
Siler City Elementary Holds ESL Family Night
The English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers at Siler City Elementary organized an ‘ESL Family Night’ on Friday, January 23. They shared with parents of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students information on ACCESS testing, and provided them information to help them improve their children’s educational success.

ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.

Families were served pizza and daycare was provided for students. The evening was a success with over 200 in attendance.
Perry Harrison School Finalist for FETC STEM Excellence Awards
Chatham County, NC – Congratulations to Perry Harrison School on being selected as a finalist for the FETC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Excellence Awards! The school was one of three selected from over one hundred applications. The committee mentioned being impressed by the innovation and educational impact of the STEM program being implemented at the school.

Principal Freda Hicks remarks, “I am delighted to share our good news with our school and community. We are very proud of our STEM journey and the progress we have made.” Some of the most recent elements of STEM implementation at Perry Harrison School include: STEM notebooking; Discovery/Maker lab with materials and technology dedicated to promoting creativity, collaboration and communication among students; and cross grade-level STEM project collaborations.
Pittsboro Elementary School’s Chris Poston Named Region 5 Principal of the Year
Principal Chris Poston was surprised this morning by Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, members of the Board of Education, Tania Poston, and members of the district leadership team as the Wells Fargo Region 5 Principal of the Year. Poston is Chatham County Schools’ Principal of the Year and now advances to contention for designation as Principal of the Year for the state of North Carolina.

Poston began his career as a first grade teacher at Pittsboro Elementary. Since then, he has had experience teaching elementary grades and working as an administrator in Alamance and Chatham Counties. Poston is beloved by the staff of Pittsboro Elementary and throughout the district. Superintendent Jordan remarks, “Mr. Poston has consistently distinguished himself as an effective leader whose style is predicated on an unyielding commitment to ensuring that a quality education is provided for all students. Among the countless number of attributes he possesses, I am most impressed by his ability to balance increasing accountability with the need to ensure that a positive culture exists within and around the school he leads. Mr. Poston has such a unique ability to push his stakeholders (students, faculty, and staff alike) towards their fullest potential while providing adequate guidance and support. His track record speaks for itself. We are overjoyed to have both the Principal and Teacher of the Year for Region 5 in Chatham County Schools. This acknowledgement is a testament to both stellar individuals and to our quality employees throughout the district.”

Pittsboro Elementary School serves grades one through four and recently met expected growth outcomes for the state. Last week, Pittsboro Elementary School was named a Signature School for the Piedmont Educational Consortium. In his acceptance comments, Poston noted, “ I give all the credit to the boys and girls and the staff of Pittsboro Elementary. I feel so fortunate to work with all of them every day.”
Chatham County Schools Holds District Science Fair
On Thursday, December 11, Chatham County Schools held its District Science Fair Awards Night in the Jordan-Matthews auditorium.

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.

An overall winner, Christopher Esther of Margaret Pollard Middle School, was chosen from all the division winners. Esther’s project was “Eco-Friendly Insulation: Does Going Green Really Save Energy?” He is a student in Linda Gardner’s class. Esther was also the overall winner last school year. The Division level winners are listed below.
Pittsboro Elementary Named Signature School for The Piedmont Education Consortium
Pittsboro, NC – Pittsboro Elementary School principal, Chris Poston, is having a great year so far! Notified in October that he was Principal of the Year for Chatham County Schools, Poston accepted another honor on behalf of the school at the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium meeting on Friday morning, December 12. During the annual Signature Schools Award breakfast, Pittsboro Elementary was honored for significant improvement and given the designation of Signature School for the Piedmont Triad.

According to the nomination, Pittsboro Elementary has continued to implement systematic structures across the school that continues to yield positive results. The school has committed to establishing clear non-negotiables for instruction across the school that includes tight lesson planning and data driven meeting structures and PLC structures. The school has provided quality professional development in the area of literacy and has focused on providing a structured literacy block.
Chatham County Schools Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
Chatham County Schools is thrilled to announce eight new recipients of National Board Certification. Teachers undergo a rigorous process of planning, reflection, and assessment in order to achieve certification. The Chatham County School district is proud to have 90 Nationally Board Certified Teachers. Our newest honorees are:

Kimberly Brennan - North Chatham Elementary
Morgan Brewer - Chatham Central High School
Carol (Lynn) Crankshaw - North Chatham Elementary
Elizabeth Deaton - Jordan-Matthews High School
JoAnna Massoth - Chatham Middle School
Heather McCrory - Jordan-Matthews High School
Leann Munoz - Perry Harrison School
Brenton Winston – Moncure School

There are 4,158 new National Board Certified Teachers as of December 3, 2014, bringing the total number of teachers certified by the National Board to 110,447. North Carolina is ranked number 2 with 527 teachers out of 4,158 who achieved their certification. Overall, for the 2014 State Ranking, North Carolina is number one. For two decades, North Carolina has had the largest corps of accomplished teachers achieving Board certification to date​.
JM DECA Shines at District Competition
Jordan Matthews DECA students continued their winning tradition at District Competition on December 3. The following club members received recognition for outstanding performance:

Nick Guariglia: 1st place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Jaxon Mitchell: 2nd place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Mariann King: 2nd place in Retail Marketing
Luke Pierce: test score finalist in Sports and Entertainment Marketing
David Brewer: role-play finalist in Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Parker Lajeunesse: test score finalist in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Sarah Thomas: role-play finalist in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Trey Lineberry: test score finalist in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Madison Walters: role-play finalist in Retail Marketing
Marissa Devine: role-play finalist and overall finalist in Retail Marketing
Chatham Middle School’s JoAnna Massoth Named Region 5 Teacher of the Year
Pittsboro, NC - Students and faculty from Chatham Middle School had the delightful task of surprising Chatham County Schools Teacher of the Year, JoAnna Massoth, with the title of Region 5 Teacher of the Year this week. The entire school gathered secretly to surprise Massoth with the honor. Dr. Derrick D. Jordan and members of the senior leadership team joined state Teacher of the Year, James Ford, and Chatham Middle Principal, Chad Morgan, to present Massoth with a banner, balloons, flowers, and the extraordinary news. Massoth is the first Chatham County teacher to be recognized as a Region 5 Teacher of the Year since 2009 when Phillip Little, now an Assistant Principal at Northwood High School, held the honor. There are nine Regional Teachers of the Year across the state each year.
Chatham County Schools Board of Education Members Sworn In
At the December 1, 2014 Board of Education meeting, new member Jane Allen Wilson was sworn in to service along with Gary Leonard and Del Turner, returning board members. District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett conducted the ceremony. Afterward, the Board reorganized to reflect the departure of former chair, Karen Howard, who is now a County Commissioner. Gary Leonard was named Chair and Jane Allen Wilson was named Vice Chair.
Jordan-Matthews HOSA Students Compete at District Level
On Saturday, HOSA students competed at District Competition. The students who participated did an outstanding job and represented Jordan-Matthews well. More...
Chatham Central FBLA Presents Check to Benefit Local Breast Cancer Fund
The Chatham Central Chapter of DECA & FBLA (Business & Marketing Clubs) donated $4,755.00 to Central Carolina Hospital (CCH) Auxiliary Breast Cancer Comfort Care Fund on November 5, 2014, at the annual Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer Luncheon. The money donated by the club was raised at the 4th Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas powder-puff football game on Friday, October 10, 2014.

This is the third year the Chatham Central DECA-FBLA club has donated to the CCH Auxiliary fund with our three-year total reaching well over $10,000. Through donations, the fund is able to provide local women with items and services sometimes not covered by insurance like prosthetics, wigs, and special undergarments. This past year they were able to expand the services to include mammogram cost because of CCHS’s involvement.
Northwood High School Receives First Ever CHAMPS Recognition
On the morning of Monday, November 17, Northwood High School was recognized as the first school in Chatham County to receive recognition as a CHAMPS school. The CHAMPS, or Chatham Health Achievers Moving People toward Success, program was launched during the 2013-2014 school year by the Chatham County School Health Advisory Council. The program recognizes schools that create a strong cultural of wellness to support healthy and responsible students. Creating a healthy school environment has many components, which are reflected in the Chatham County Schools Wellness Policy and Regulation. CHAMPS recognition is based on achieving eight criteria based on key components of the district wellness policy.
Bennett School Celebrates Veterans
On Friday, November 7th, Bennett school hosted a Veterans Day celebration event. Students shared poems, songs, and noteworthy facts to recognize and honor the countless sacrifices made by the men and women of our nation's armed forces. Students performed traditional and contemporary songs for the veterans and their guests. Throughout the week, teachers integrated Veterans Day content into their instructional goals. A reception was held after the performances for the veterans. Dan Barnwell, principal at Bennett School, presented each veteran with a t-shirt and lapel pin. Barnwell commented, "Our students and staff did a fantastic job honoring our veterans with the performances. What a wonderful opportunity for our school to recognize Veterans Day."
Jordan-Matthews Arts Performs "Grease" is the Word!
Get ready for the Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys of Rydell High to bring the spirit of the 1950s to Siler City!

“Grease,” the beloved musical that debuted on Broadway in 1972 and became a hit movie in 1978, will take to the Jordan-Matthews High School stage with three performances from November 20 to 22.
Chatham Central FFA Team Takes Second in National Nursery/Landscape Event
Winners of the National FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event (CDE) were announced on Friday, November 7, at the annual awards banquet. The event was in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, KY.

The Chatham Central FFA Team placed second in the team competition. Team members are: Rebecca Elixson, Bradley Harms, Katherine Miller, and Lauren Webster. The team was ranked as a “Gold Emblem Team”.

Several Chatham Central FFA teams members were top ranked individuals as well:
3rd place – Katherine Miller
4th place – Rebecca Elixson
6th place – Bradley Harms
Application to Fill Vacancy on Chatham County Board of Education
The recent election of Mrs. Karen Howard to the Board of Commissioners has left a seat vacant on the Chatham County Board of Education. The Board has initiated a process for appointing a new member to fill the term which will expire December 2016. Interested parties are to submit this application by 12:00 PM on Friday, December 19. Applications can be found on the school district website at www.chatham.k12.nc.us or picked-up in person at the administrative offices at 369 West Street, Pittsboro, NC. Completed applications can be submitted electronically to Mrs. Sheila Tally at stally@chatham.k12.nc.us or may be mailed or delivered to her at Chatham County Schools, P.O. Box 128, 369 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

In order to serve on the Board, a candidate must reside in School Board Residency District 1 (North Chatham area), not be a convicted felon, not have a current conflict of interest situation with the school district, must be a registered voter, and must be at least 21 years of age.
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Northwood’s Udoh Wins Radio Station Scholar Athlete of the Month Award
Imoh Udoh was selected as 99.9 FM The Fan’s Scholar Athlete of the Month, receiving his award Monday, November 3, at Northwood High School surrounded by many teammates, classmates and teachers.

“I am very proud of getting this award, I am very grateful,” Udoh said. “I’d like to thank everyone, my teammates, coaches and classmates.”

Each month, 99.9 The Fan, a sports radio station from the Triangle, selects a scholar athlete of the month. This athlete performs well not only on the field, but in the classroom as well.

Udoh is a three sport athlete with a 4.55 weighted GPA and was recently nominated for both the Morehead-Cain and Parks Scholarships due to his outstanding academics. Udoh not only works hard in the classroom, he works hard on the field. Udoh, who plays defensive end, has come up with big stops for the Chargers football team this fall in crucial moments of the game.
Article by Jacob Sipe of The Northwood Omnicient
Photo by Meredith Norman of The Northwood Omnicient
Northwood Students Rock the SAT
For the fourth consecutive year, students from Northwood High School have out-performed both the State and the Nation on the SAT. In addition, Northwood had a higher percentage of students tested (73%), higher composite score (1531), higher critical reading results (513), higher math results (520) and higher writing results (498) than both the State and National averages. Northwood scores have continued to increase each year from 1468 (2010) to 1531 (2014). This represents a 5-year gain of 63 points.

In the 2010 school year, Chatham County Schools utilized Race To the Top money to begin a focused SAT Prep Program. Teachers at each high school were trained by the Princeton Review and Princeton Review Materials were used (at no charge to students). Jordan-Matthews High School provides a SAT/ACT Prep course each semester and Chatham Central High School offers sessions to students with particular emphasis upon SAT math skills. Northwood High School has introduced a blended learning model for SAT Prep, Using videos prepared by the teacher followed by practice skill sessions for students. The district is working with Princeton Review and a Northwood teacher to create district-wide videos that could be used for SAT Prep at any school with any teacher. This is a unique partnership that Princeton Review says is unlike anything they have done before with other districts.
Chatham Middle International Heritage Night
On Tuesday, October 14, Chatham Middle School celebrated International​ Heritage Night. Countries representing the cultures of all students were set up in the media center. Volunteers and family members shared about each country's culture along with pictures and items for visitors to view. The Student Council provided face painting and piñatas for children. Many community partners provided information about services provided in the community. Chatham Middle would like to thank the following community partners for their role in ensuring the success of the event:

Communities In Schools
CEF – The College Education Foundation of North Carolina
Hispanic Liaison
Girls and Boys Club
Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services
Chatham County Intake Center
Chatham Middle PTA
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Freddie’s Food Truck

"It was a great night to see so many students with their families coming together to celebrate," said Mary Lee Moore, media specialist at Chatham Middle and organizer of the event.
McIntyre’s Books Sponsors Librarian and Teacher Appreciation Night
McIntyre’s Books at Fearrington Village sponsored the second Librarian and Teacher Appreciation Night on Thursday, October 23rd at the Fearrington Barn. Educators and Librarians in Chatham County were invited to enjoy an evening at McIntyre’s Books where they had a chance to receive updates from a variety of publishers on upcoming books and resources for schools.

McIntyre’s Books prides itself on being a member of the community and this event highlights one of the many ways that they support local schools and educators. Chatham County Schools participants enjoyed the opportunity to hear from McMillen, Penguin, and Harper Collins publishing directly and receive some advance reader copies of books to help generate ideas for their classrooms and libraries.

“We are thrilled to do something for you in thanks for all that you do for our community” said Katherine Pinard during her opening remarks of the evening. About 35 educators attended the evening from across the county.
North Chatham ESL Family Night
On Thursday, October 16, the ESL (English as a Second Language) team at North Chatham Elementary hosted a family night. Parents and students were invited to share an evening with their ESL Teachers. Families came together to learn how parents could help their children at home through various activities. Parents were given bilingual bookmarks with question stems to help them discuss books with their children and strengthen reading comprehension.

Parents were then asked to choose two of the four sessions they would like to attend. The 20-minute sessions focused on literacy and understanding mClass data, Fountas and Pinnell data, available technology that can be used at home, and homework help.
Horton Beautification Day
Horton Middle School PTSA recently partnered with Chatham Community Church to beautify the school campus. Chatham Community Church members volunteer both money and time twice a year to come out with new projects and help keep the campus looking great. This year the two organizations planted shrubs, flowers, roses and implemented a walkway to the flagpole. Trees were trimmed back that were obstructing the view of parents trying to get out onto the highway and volunteers put clear stain on all the picnic tables and benches. The turnout for the event was tremendous. Horton PTSA President, Jason Hartness remarks, “The ability to come together with parents, teachers, students and outside volunteers really speaks to how much our community values our kids and their education. By beautifying the campus it gives the children pride in their school and that transitions to the classroom.”
Pittsboro Elementary's Hoffman Receives the Chatham County Schools Employee Recognition Award
Susan Hoffman, second grade teaching assistant at Pittsboro Elementary, was named the October recipient of the Chatham County Schools Employee Recognition Award. Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, Superintendent, and members of the senior leadership team surprised Hoffman with a framed certificate and a Wal-Mart gift card. Hoffman was surprised by the award remarking, “It is just a such a pleasure to work with the kids and teachers here at Pittsboro Elementary!”

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/

Chatham Central's Touchdowns for Ta-Tas A Success
The Chatham Central Chapter of DECA & FBLA (Business & Marketing Clubs) sponsored the 4th Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas powder-puff football game at the Chatham Central Football Field on Friday, October 10. The event raised $4,755 with the proceeds going to Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary’s Breast Cancer Comfort Care Fund.

This year’s event celebrated all Cancer Survivors with free admission into the game, a survivor lanyard and gift, along with a free dinner in their honor, provided by the Bear Claw Caterers. The Chatham Central Athletic Boosters operated a full concession stand, which donated the nights profits to the charity.

The Sophomore class was the all around winner of the evening with the girls bringing home the powder-puff trophy and the boys winning the cheer-off championship. It was a great night with a lot of fun had by all to raise money for a great cause.
Chatham County Third Grade Reading Success
Eighty-four (84.7%) percent of Chatham County Schools third grade students met the reading proficiency standards under North Carolina’s Read to Achieve program. Seventy-nine percent of North Carolina public school third grade students met the standards across the state.

These third graders demonstrated reading proficiency through one of the following state approved options:
  • Passing the Beginning-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment;
  • Passing the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment;
  • Passing the retest of the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment; passing the Read to Achieve Alternative Test;
  • Passing an alternative assessment for reading; or
  • Successfully completing the reading portfolio.

Specifically, sixty-two percent (62.9%) of CCS third graders passed on the Beginning-of-Grade or End-of Grade assessments. Additionally, four percent (4.23%) passed after summer reading camp; seven percent (7.74%) passed on an approved alternate assessment; nine percent (9.78%) were exempt based on an approved NC “Good Cause” exemption.

While the focus of the NC Read to Achieve Program is on third grade, Chatham County Schools Academic Services and Instructional Support Division will continue to make literacy a priority in all grades. The district is in the first year of implementing a Common Instructional Framework that will provide consistency in instruction across the district. Instructional staff will receive professional development in the use of diagnostic assessments, effective lesson design, and literacy interventions for struggling students.
Chatham Central Park & Morehead-Cain Scholarship Nominations
Congratulations to four well-deserving students at Chatham Central High School who have been nominated for the Park and Morehead-Cain Scholarships. Both merit scholarships pay full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, books, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses for four years.

Dylan Lopossay, son of Brodie and Lisa Lopossay of Bear Creek, and Katherine Miller, daughter of David and Christine Miller of Sanford, have been nominated for the Park Scholarship. The Park Scholarship is a four-year prestigious merit scholarship for North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Denisha Fuller, daughter of Douglas and Eunice Fuller of Siler City, and Marlene Lozada Villalobos, daughter of Marciano and Margarita Lozada Villalobos of Siler City, have been nominated for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is a four-year prestigious merit scholarship for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chatham Central Announces Its 4th Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas Powder-puff Football Game
The Chatham Central Chapter of DECA & FBLA (Business & Marketing Clubs) will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas powder-puff football game at the Chatham Central Football Field on Friday, October 10, 2014. 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.

This year’s event will feature pregame festivities from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The high school and area K-8 schools chorus and band students will be performing during this time along with art displays by local high school and K-8 students. The pregame performances and art displays are free to all. There will be a dinner during this time served by Chatham Central’s Bear Claw Caterers and Athletic Booster Club. Cancer Survivors are invited to come celebrate with free admittance into the game and a free dinner in their honor.

Survivors are asked to register at the survivor tent for gift and survivor lanyard, which will be their ticket to the game and pregame dinner.

If you would like to make a donation for the survivor gifts, please contact Marijo Measamer at 919-837-2251 or measamer@chatham.k12.nc.us.
Event flier

Bonlee School Partners with Servants With a Heart To Feed Students in Need
On Friday morning, September 26, Bonlee School students and staff teamed up with Servants With a Heart to package rice for needy students locally and abroad. Servants With a Heart is a humanitarian food-aid service organization, which assists families locally and throughout the world by providing meals through area food banks and backpack programs, as well as international shipping to countries in need, particularly Nicaragua.

“As a Leader in Me school, we want our students to understand, as leaders, how important it is to see the impact we can have in helping others,” commented Kimberly Taylor, principal of Bonlee School. “We are excited about this opportunity to work alongside this organization to assist families in need. We are delighted to report that 10% of the food we bag will stay in Chatham County to assist our families here at home,” stated Taylor.

Bonlee School began their FUEL Up program in 2010. FUEL Up stands for “Food Until Everything Looks Up.” Some students receive backpacks every Friday with food to last them over the weekend.

The students are hoping to SKYPE with their new Servants With a Heart partners when they visit Nicaragua in the spring. Then they will be able to see the impact that they have had, making a difference in the lives of students around the world.

Chatham County PTA Thrift Stores Distribute Funds
On Monday evening, September 22, 2014 the Chatham County PTA Thrift Store board held a full board meeting at Jordan-Matthews High School. Refreshments were provided and almost every seat in the library was occupied. Principals from across the county were in attendance along with school PTA representatives. The meeting was special in that $567,000 was to be distributed to individual schools. In addition to the disbursement of PTA funds, new officers were elected. Officers for the 2014-2015 school year include: President Robin Hudson; Vice-President Kim Clark Jones; Secretary Shayne Mann; and Treasurer Wilhelmina Ritter.

The PTA Thrift Shop celebrated 31 years in business in April 2014. Over that time, the organization has provided over 7.9 million dollars to Chatham County Schools. These funds are used by school PTAs to fund field trips, enhance technology, improve facilities, and provide teacher grants. The Thrift Shop has a small cadre of paid employees but relies on community volunteers to sort, clean, and function as “elves” for the stores. Each school has two volunteer representatives who assist in designating work groups and coordinating drop box pick-ups.
100% of Chatham County Schools Meet or Exceed Achievement Growth Expectations
The State Board of Education has released accountability data for the 2013-2014 school year. The test scores reveal that all 17 of the district’s schools met or exceeded growth expectations. Eight schools met growth, and nine exceeded growth. Progress toward achieving growth is based on the federally required Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs) for English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics and Science in grades 3-8 and English II, Biology, Math I, Cohort Graduation, Attendance, ACT, and WorkKeys in grades 9-12.

Chatham County Schools also out-performed North Carolina composites in the areas of reading and math in grades 3-8. In addition, our district out-performed North Carolina results in Math I, Biology, English II and on composite scores for the ACT and WorkKeys. Three out of four Chatham County high schools exceeded the state 4-year graduation rate and all four high schools exceeded the 5-year graduation rate.
Two Chatham County Schools Ranked Among Best US High Schools
Two of Chatham County’s public schools were recently ranked among the best high schools in the United States. Northwood High School was ranked #659 and Jordan-Matthews High School was ranked #725. The Daily Beast (formerly Newsweek), ranks schools based on “six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighted most heavily”. Other criteria for consideration included: college-level courses and exams; percentage of students with free or reduced lunch,; as well as SAT and ACT scores. Over 1,200 schools compete in the self-reported survey process and 735 of them made the 2014 list.


Congratulations Jets and Chargers!
Northwood High Transforms Booster Club
There’s a brand new team at Chatham County’s Northwood High School or, more accurately, a new booster club—the NHSBFAA (Northwood High School Booster Friends and Alumni Association). Changing up the way fundraising and booster clubs for individual teams and activities have worked in the past, the new NHSBFAA is the brainchild of Dr. Justin Bartholomew, principal at Northwood, and now brings fundraising under one all-encompassing umbrella.

“Northwood has experienced a lot of exciting growth,” states Bartholomew. “We’re listed as one of the top high schools in North Carolina, recognized as an academic and athletic power-house, our Arts Department has earned incredible national accolades, our DECA and CTE programs thrive with innovation, the list goes on and on. Instead of burdening the students of each sports team, activity or club with raising their own necessary funds, the time has come for us to all work together for the benefit of our school as a whole.”
Siler City Elementary Principal Named
During today's Board of Education meeting, Dr. Lawrence Savage was approved as the new principal of Siler City Elementary School. More...
Chatham Count Schools Receives $65,000 Grant from Duke Energy
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Dr. Derrick D. Jordan gratefully accepted a check in the amount of $65,000 from Indira Everett, Duke Energy’s district manager for Chatham County. The check represents funding awarded from The Duke Energy Foundation.
With the leadership of Jaime Detzi, Chatham County Education Foundation Executive Director, the district applied for funding for science kits for students in grades K-8. These kits teach inquiry-based learning via hands-on science. Inquiry based learning begins with gathering the data, via the science kits requested, on subjects such as weather, solar systems, hydrosphere and chemical interactions. Students will not be waiting for facts from the teacher, but actively seeking solutions. This skill strengthens our goal to provide 21st Century learning to all CCS students.

“We consider this grant an investment in our future workforce,” said Everett. “The students who are discovering through science kits today will be tomorrow’s engineers and environmental experts.”
Chatham Central Nursery Landscape Team 1st in State
The Chatham Central High School FFA Chapter recently competed at the 86th North Carolina Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Convention in Raleigh, NC.  Several Chatham Central FFA students earned top honors.
The Nursery Landscape team placed first in the state. In the contest, students were tested on their ability to read and assess landscape drawings and blueprints, perform various mathematical calculations, identify plants, and correctly answer general knowledge questions.  Katherine Miller was the high scoring individual in the contest.  Team members include:  Bradley Harms, Rebecca Elixson, Katherine Miller, Lauren Webster, and Calan Elkins.
Northwood's Thibault IEI's Featured Educator of the Month
This month's IEI Featured Educator is a true inspiration, not only to his students, but his colleagues, administrators and those throughout the education community.  Having attended four different high schools in four years, Skip Thibault, understands the value of a supportive and nurturing public school environment.
Chatham County Schools Honor Retirees, Teachers of the Year, and Assistant Teachers of the Year
Chatham County Schools Board of Education, central office personnel, and administrators joined together on the evening of June 12th, 2014 to honor our teachers and retirees at a dinner held at the Governor’s Club. Each honoree was given a plaque and acknowledged for his or her accomplishments and/or years of service.
VCE’s Pillars Finalist for All-Star Teachers Program
Wendi Pillars, an ESL teacher at Virginia Cross Elementary (VCE) in Siler City, has been selected as a finalist for the MLB, Target and Time, Inc.’s ‘People’ launch “All-Star Teachers” program, which is part of the MLB’s effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education.  30 winning teachers will be recognized at the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star game on July 15, 2014 on FOX, with a winner featured in PEOPLE magazine. 
MLB, Target and PEOPLE reviewed nominations and selected three teachers per MLB team.  From June 5th-June 29th, you are encouraged to visit AllStarTeachers.com to read the nominees’ submission stories and to submit your vote.  
J.S. Waters' Randy Baldwin Receives May ERA Award
Randy Baldwin, head custodian at J.S. Waters School, was named the May recipient of the Chatham County Schools Employee Recognition Award. Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, Superintendent, and members of the senior leadership team surprised Baldwin with a framed certificate and a Walmart gift card. Baldwin was surprised by the honor commenting, “I just love working here and with these kids”. 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/
Fields Named Teacher Assistant of the Year
 Angie Fields, a teacher’s assistant at J.S. Waters School, was named the 2014-2015 Chatham County Schools Teacher Assistant of the Year in a presentation at the school on Thursday, June 5.  Fields is a second grade teacher’s assistant in Ms. Michlik’s and Ms. Tyndall’s classrooms.  
 J.S. Waters Principal, Beverly Browne remarks, “Angie Fields has dedicated many years to the children and schools of Chatham County. I have had the pleasure of working with her at Silk Hope and J.S. Waters. She is committed to helping teachers and students. She is a very valuable member of our staff. She is conscientious in her work and always willing to help others. We are very proud of her.”  
JM Senior Heath Smith Named Finalist in Triangle Rising Star Competition
When Heath Smith stepped onto the stage as Oliver Warbucks in “Annie” this March, he was also stepping outside of his comfort zone. But that performance earned the high school senior a position as finalist for Best Actor in this year’s Triangle Rising Star Award and Scholarship competition.

“I never really thought of myself as a lead actor, even though I had been in the musical for two years,” said Smith. “I always saw myself as more of a backstage person. But I decided to audition for the role, and I had a wonderful time playing this character.”
The audience had a wonderful time as well. And based on that performance, Smith will take the stage with nine other Best Actor finalists and 10 Best Actress finalists from 13 Triangle-area counties.
The show is June 2, 7:30 p.m., at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 from the theater or $12 on Ticketmaster. Details are available at dpacnc.com/events.
Bennett Beta Members to Attend National Convention
Cheyanne Brigham and Emma Jones, from Bennett School, are excited to represent their school and Beta Club organization at the National Beta Club Convention in Richmond, Virginia, in June. They won first place in the "Spotlight Your Club" category, at the NC State Jr. Beta Convention back in February and were awarded this opportunity to attend the national convention.  Bennett School is very proud of our club and these girls for their hardwork, and we wish them the best at the national level! 
Jordan-Matthews Students Excel at International DECA Conference
Four Jordan-Matthews DECA members earned the organization’s highest honors at the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta earlier this month.
Seniors Colleen Mitchell and Chris Guevara placed in the top 10 in the Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Event, and sophomores Mariann King and Jaxon Mitchell were in the top 20 in the same category. Ten other Jordan-Matthews students also attended the conference, including: Marissa Devine, Madison Walters, Nicholas Guariglia, Parker Lajeunesse, Sarah Thomas, Madison Pleasants, Leah Brooks, Luke Pierce, David Brewer and Ronald Fox.
“It’s a tremendous achievement to reach the top 20 at the international level,” said JM DECA advisor Luke Nicks. “Our students have proven they are in the top one percent of DECA members world-wide.”

Bennett Third Grade Character/Book Extravaganza
On Monday, April 28, Bennett third graders provided the K-5 students with a wonderful Character/Book Extravaganza! The third grade students from Susan Loflin and Mitzi Brooks' classrooms presented creative book displays and dressed as characters from these books. The students worked very hard creating original designs for their story boards and character costumes.  Each student shared story elements from their favorite books including the title, author, illustrator, setting, and main characters. They ended their presentations with a summary of their favorite part and their recommendations for reading the book.
Brooks praised the students stating, “It is amazing what students can do and how creative they can be when given an opportunity like this. Everyone had a great time during this event. Congratulations to Bennett third graders on a job well done!” 
North Chatham Elementary Soil and Water Conservation Contest Winners Announced
On Tuesday, May 6, the North Chatham Elementary fifth grade science class met for an assembly with regard to their participation in the Chatham County Soil and Water Conservation Poster contest.  The celebration was not only attended by students and teachers but by parents and administrators, as well. Students were recognized and awards were presented by Brenda Williams, District Administrator of the Chatham County Soil & Water Conservation District, to those whose posters were of exceptional merit:  1st place - Caroline Puckett, 2nd place - Navya Babu, and 3rd place - Brigid Dolan.  Caroline Puckett advanced and won at the regional level.  The theme of the contest was "The Living Soil".  Principal Dale Minge addressed the group and discussed efforts at conservation and the importance of science as part of the educational curriculum.
Committee Plans Project Graduation
Since 1990, Project Graduation has been an annual event for graduating seniors from all Chatham County high schools.  Seniors and their guests enjoy a fun-filled evening with music, inflatable games and plenty of food in a safe graduation celebration that is alcohol and drug free.
“It is our communities’ way of sending a clear message to our children that alcohol and other drug use does not have to be a part of their lives,” said George Greger-Holt, chair of the Chatham Drug Free and annual Project Graduation attendee.
“The success of the event relies solely on the parents and community members who come every year and help us prepare for and supervise the evening,” added Greger-Holt, who is also the retired Director of Student Services for Chatham County Schools.  “Without parent and community support, Project Graduation would not take place,” he continued.
Two Northwood FFA Officers Receive Fresh Market Grants
Two Northwood High School FFA Officers, Colin Martin and Lucas Yanders, have received Fresh Market Grants of $500.00 each.  Students enrolled in agricultural education, who are FFA members, and also live within ninety miles of a Fresh Market location were eligible to apply.
Martin will be growing and selling organic herbs from seeds to harvest. Yanders will be constructing raised beds and growing seasonal vegetables organically to sell.
Fresh Market in Chapel Hill is the pilot store this year. Martin and Yanders will be partnered with this location where they will sell their produce. 
Northwood Competes in the Science Olympiad
The Northwood Science Olympiad team competed at the State Tournament on Saturday, April 26.  Over fifty high school teams from across the state attended the event. Northwood placed twentieth overall, which is a pretty good showing at this level of competition.   
World’s Fair Week at North Chatham Elementary
In April, North Chatham students participated in the sixth annual World’s Fair event by viewing presenters from different countries and engaging in activities to promote global awareness. Highlights included an International Night for students, parents, and community members. Mickey Mills, a steel drums performer, gave a Caribbean music concert. Students participated in cultural exchanges to share information about countries they had studied. 
Northwood District Arts Extravaganza
J.S. Waters School Named National Beta School of Distinction
Congratulations to the National Beta Sponsor(s) and Beta Students at J. S. Waters School for being named a National Beta School of Distinction. This national award speaks highly of the students' commitment to academic rigor and illustrates the teachers' dedication to preparing students for college and career readiness. The students at J.S. Waters School understand the importance of these qualities and exemplify the Beta Motto, Let Us Lead by Serving Others.
Congratulations to the students and teachers at J.S. Waters for all their hard work! 
Chatham County Schools Holds 9th Annual Transition Fair
On Friday, April 28, Chatham County Schools partnered with Vocational Rehabilitation to sponsor its ninth annual Transition Fair at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. High school students from Chatham Central, Jordan-Matthews, and Northwood attended. Some parents attended the event as well.
The purpose of a Transition Fair is to help students and parents see what opportunities are available for students after graduation and how to pursue them. Guidance Counselors also inform students which classes they will need to take and pass in order to be eligible to attend these schools after graduation.
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.
The Pittsboro Kiwanis Club has been very supportive of the CTE programs at Northwood High School.  The next "Breakfast for Lunch" will support Northwood Future Farmers of America (FFA) on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. 
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.
This year’s sparkling production is the first spring musical for new theatre arts director Kayla Gahagen. She joined the faculty this past fall after graduating from Appalachian State University. Gahagen is a member of Appalachian Consortium of Theatre Teachers (ACTT) and the North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators (NCTAE). Her fall production was the well-received children’s classic, James & the Giant Peach. Other production team members include choral music director Matthew Hanson, conducting his first NHS musical; instrumental director Eugene Cottrell, preparing the pit musicians and playing trumpet; choreographers Leah Smith and Kristen Norwood; and Leslie Burwell, artistic director. In addition to the actors on stage, NorthwoodArts students serve as stage manager, sound and lighting technicians, crew, costumers, makeup artists, musicians and set painters. More...
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:

Hannah Seitz
Sarah Thomas
Wyatt Nixon
Dylan Smith

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.
The culminating activity was a poetry contest in which class winners were awarded certificates. The class winners went on to compete against each other in a middle school-wide poetry slam.   
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
Bennett Battle of the Books Team photoCongratulations 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.
The Pittsboro Elementary PBIS Team members are:  Aimee Neilsen, Krystal Pister, Darren Wellman, Rachel Garnett, Carla Karstaedt, Dennis Baker, Michelle Brick, Sarah Chicchi Michaela Henry, and Katrina Berry Sudduth. 
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
Jordan-Matthews High School Announces...
  • Jordan-Matthews is proud to announce that the following students have been accepted to the UNC-Chapel Hill HPREP (Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program): Juniors--Maria Aguilar, Oscar Bacilio, Abigail Basurto Mejia, Eduardo Fernandez and Kimberly Perez; Sophomores--Delena Carcamo Melgar and Williams Jose Romero. HPREP is a 7-Saturday program designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to interact with UNC-CH medical students, faculty and health professionals. Students will experience interactive teaching of human body systems and diseases, anatomy labs and discussions about cutting edge topics in the medical world.
  • Jordan-Matthews is proud to announce that our Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference recipient for 2014 is sophomore Meg Moore. Meg will attend a 3-day youth leadership conference at NC State University this June. She will learn leadership skills to bring home to her school and community. Jordan Matthews is thankful to the Siler City Lions Club who has sponsored a sophomore to attend the HOBY conference for the last several years.
  • Congratulations to the Jordan-Matthews Beta Club, which was named a National Beta 2013-14 School of Distinction.
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.
Gold Key winning work for the Eastern/Central NC Region will be on display at the Barton College Case Art Building Gallery in Wilson, NC from February 2 to February 21. An opening reception will be held for the artists, their families, and teachers on Sunday, February 2.  
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.
Reductions in federal and state funding — combined with increased enrollment — present formidable budget challenges. No decisions have been made yet, and the opinions of parents, staff and community members are essential as we face tough choices. We look forward to learning more about how district services impact everyone.
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.”
The seven teachers are: Stacie Perry and Sherry Thurman from Bonlee; Eric Patin from Chatham Central; Alicia Shoup and Carrie Smith from Chatham Middle; Jessica Sandel and Justin Tillett from Jordan-Matthews.
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.
An overall winner, Christopher Esther of Margaret Pollard Middle School, was chosen from all the division winners.  Esther’s project was “Light Color and Plant Growth.”  He is a student in Marty Goldman’s class.  The Division level winners are listed below.
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 photoPitch 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.

"Mr. Cottrell came to me towards the end of the last school year to tell me he wanted to nominate me for the National High School Honors Ensemble. Of course I was incredibly excited."
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.
CORA Food Pantry was founded in 1989 as the Chatham OutReach Alliance, Inc. (CORA) with the sole mission of providing emergency food to those in need throughout Chatham County. 
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.
Additionally, Chatham Central Women’s Track Team was recognized by the NCHSAA when it made the awards in its AAA Scholarship Athlete program.  The program recognizes varsity teams that attain certain grades as well as individual athletes.  In the team division, a varsity team earns Scholar-Athlete recognition by attaining a 3.1 aggregate GPA for that designated semester.  The Chatham Central team had an aggregate GPA of 3.69.  [Press Release]
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 rexandpaula@gmail.com 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.
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
Deb McManess photoSiler 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
Arts Flier photoEven 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.
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.  
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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
Chatham County School district is pleased to join the nation in recognizing National Arts in Education Week September 8-14, 2013.
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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
NEW YORK –Dr. Victoria Raymond, a teacher at Northwood High School, was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in Biology.
2012-2013 Press Releases Archived
To view press releases published from January 2012 through June 2013, please visit our archive.
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