Northwood Senior Kelsey O’Daniel Headed for the Bright Lights in the Big City
Clearly, Kelsey O’Daniel took that old adage about “Practice, practice, practice” to heart. Last spring she was selected as a member of the Central All-District Honor Band. A four-year member of the NHS Marching Chargers, this year she was a featured performer in their competition program, Way Down Yonder, opening the performance as a member of the Dixieland Quartet. In addition to her performances in this year’s All-Superior band, she shared some great news she received on Halloween.
J.S. Waters Collects Cans for CORA
The J.S. Waters Jr. Beta Club teamed up with the Student Council to hold a canned food drive for CORA. Students collected 500 cans. Both of the groups focus on service projects for the school and community.
Bennett School Hosts Literacy Night
Bennett School hosted a Literacy Night on Monday, November 18. Parents were invited to attend mini-workshops facilitated by the teachers. Kindergarten through second grade teachers provided a make and take opportunity for the parents. The third through fifth grade parents learned about several of the online resources that parents could integrate at home. The middle school team shared Literacy TA strategies and the Accelerated Reading program. Literacy TA is an educational company that helps teachers put literacy skills front and center of every student's life in every classroom, every day
Chatham Central Receives Recognitions by the NCHSAA
Chatham Central High School was recently recognized as one of only 128 schools member schools in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) that were ejection free in their athletic contests for the 2012-13 school year. The 128 schools represent 32.3 percent of the NCHSAA's member schools. The guidelines record ejections for unsportsmanlike acts such as fighting, taunting, profanity, obscene gestures or disrespectfully addressing or contacting officials.
A Look Back - Way Down Yonder
It is just before Thanksgiving and Marching Band competition season has come to a close. In the halls, you can hear the strains of the Nutcracker Suite as the band rehearses for the holiday parades that are right around the corner. A few students take a break to reflect on the semester, and the freshmen offer the most concise retrospective. “What was the most surprising part of marching band?” “I didn’t expect it to be so much fun,” says Tessa Sheets (flute). To which Marcanthony Iacono (alto sax) adds, “I didn’t expect it to be so much work.”
Pollard National Junior Honor Society Holds Food Drive
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) of Margaret B. Pollard Middle School is a local chapter of the national organization. NJHS focuses on service projects for the school and the community. NJHS has several committees which students can sign up for to receive service hours for the school year.
National Junior Honor Society Food Drive Committee is pleased to announce the Fall Food Drive results. The Mustangs collected 1,532 food items.
NJHS committee members are: Jordyn Watkins, Hannah Patterson, Riley Shaner, Shelby Reich, Samantha Miller, Kaley Mann, Sydney Roth, Evan Svirk, Nathan Hrynewych, Kailey Williams, and Jake Nelsen.
Randolph Telephone & Shattuck - Lawver Agency, Nationwide Insurance Announces Chatham Central High School $500 Technology Grant Winner from its “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All” Campaign
In an effort to make our roads safer, Randolph Telephone, Shattuck- Lawver Agency, Nationwide Insurance and 107.5 KZL joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” campaign this fall to stop distracted driving. Chatham Central High School, Bear Creek was the recipient of the $500 Technology Grant.
Pittsboro Elementary Announces Its Annual Christmas Fair
Pittsboro Elementary School will be having its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 14th beginning at 9:00am until 3:00pm. The Christmas Fair will be located in the school's cafeteria. This is a great event to get some Christmas shopping done with great local craftspeople. There will be a bake sale, food, a free kids' make-a-card station, a 50/50 raffle, and more.
The school is currently accepting vendor applications. Contact Paula Wade at email@example.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.More...
Bonlee’s Kimberly Taylor Announced as Principal of the Year
Kimberly Taylor, principal of Bonlee School has been named Principal of the Year for Chatham County Schools. Dr. Derrick Jordan surprised Taylor at school on Friday, October 18 with the announcement.
Taylor has been with Chatham County Schools for six years. She entered the district as Assistant Principal at Virginia Cross in 2007 and was named Principal of SAGE Academy in 2009 were she served until becoming the principal of Bonlee School in 2011.
Pittsboro Elementary Second Grade Writing Celebration
On Friday, October 11, Pittsboro Elementary second grade parents were invited to attend a Writing Celebration. Classrooms were rearranged to seat an audience and students were anxious to present to their parents and friends. More...
FFA Chapter Participates in State FFA Dairy Evaluation Jr. Event
The Jordan-Matthews High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Jr. Dairy Judging Team participated in the 2013 North Carolina FFA State Dairy Evaluation Junior Career Development Event on October 9-10, in Rowan County, North Carolina. Team members include Sarah Thomas, Wyatt Nixon, Dylan Smith, and Hannah Seitz. Their FFA Advisor is Marguerite Fields.
The Jordan-Matthews team took first place in the Junior Division out of 48 schools. Sarah Thomas, a sophomore, took first place out of 163 competitors. “I am so pleased with our students representing Chatham County well and bringing back the top honors,” said Martin McDonald, principal at Jordan-Matthews.
Central Carolina Works is Gaining Support
Central Carolina Works, a new educational initiative by a consortium including Central Carolina Community College, education, business, industry and community leaders, is gaining enthusiastic support.
Central Carolina Works will fund the placement of Academic and Career Advisors in each of the public high schools in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties. These advisors will work one-on-one with students to help them take advantage of the state-funded Career and College Promise program.
Touchdowns for Ta-Tas is a Success
The Chatham Central Chapter of DECA & FBLA (Business & Marketing Clubs) raised $5,000 for the Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary Breast Cancer Comfort Care Fund with the 3rd Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas powder-puff football game held at the Chatham Central football field on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Northwood Vocalists to Hold Fall Concert
Join the Northwood vocalists for their Fall Choral Concert, Pictures of Fall, on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 pm in the Northwood High School Benjamin J. Lee Auditorium. Admission is $3.00. Proceeds benefit the Northwood High School Music Department.
Chatham Central District Arts Extravaganza- Standing Room Only
The weather threatened throughout the day but the show went on! On Friday, October 14, the Chatham Central District held the first feeder-district Arts Extravaganza in conjunction with Touchdowns for Ta-Ta’s and the Bear Claw Catering department fundraiser for cancer research. All schools from the district were represented with art works and performances. Throughout the evening there were presentations from the Chatham Central High School Band, the J.S. Waters Chorus, J.S. Waters & Bennett Combined Bands, CCHS Chorus, and several duos and a soloist. Louis Brady, a local artist, worked under the cover of an umbrella to paint a portrait of Chatham Central High School which will be available later in the semester for fundraising. Over 200 students participated in the event and the community turned out in droves to support the arts. Chatham County Schools would like to thank all who attended and participated in this tremendous experience for the students of Chatham County Schools.
McIntyre's Books to Hold Educator & Librarian Appreciation Night
Wednesday, October 16th at 6pm
Join us at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village for a night dedicated to celebrating books and education! The event with feature information on new titles and common core resources for K-12.
Chatham Central Hosts Military Appreciation Night
Chatham Central High School will be sponsoring Military Appreciation Night on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at their home football game against Union Academy.
PES Monster Dash 5K
Pittsboro Elementary has it's 4th Annual Monster Dash 5K on Saturday, October 19th beginning at 8 am. The Free Fun Run starts at 9 am. The Monster Dash raises funds for our PTA which funds field trips, technology, the Arts and needed supplies.
Representative Deb McManus Visits Silk Hope School
On Thursday October 3, North Carolina House District Representative, Deb McManus, visited Silk Hope School as part of the National Week of Action organized by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and Progressive States Action. Legislators, teachers, advocates, and families across the country are taking part to lift up the voices, the messages, and the policies that advance the NCAE vision of a strong educational infrastructure for America.
Carolina Panthers Play 60 Comes to Virginia Cross
The Carolina Play 60 movement came to Virginia Cross Elementary on Wednesday, October 2. Play 60 is a movement by the National Football League to support healthy living and physical activity of at least 60 minutes per day. There were about 170 students that opted to participate in the event.
Chatham County Schools Announces Bus Driver Training
Chatham County Schools will be holding it’s next Bus Driver Training session November 12-14. Anyone interested in driving a bus for Chatham County Schools should contact Allison Farrish in the Chatham County Schools Transportation Department at (919) 542-2715.
Representative Deb McManus to Visit Silk Hope School as Part of National Week of Action
Siler City, NC – Rep. Deb McManus to visit Silk Hope School
This event is part of the National Week of Action organized by the North Carolina Association of Educators and Progressive States Action, a national nonprofit organization working with state lawmakers to advance policies that protect and strengthen public education in the states. Legislators, teachers, advocates, and families across the country will be taking part to lift up the voices, the messages, and the policies that advance our vision of a strong educational infrastructure for America -- with schools that belong to us all and benefit us all as the foundation.Events during the National Week of Action are spearheaded by the members of the National Working Group on Public Education, a coalition of state legislative leaders convened by Progressive Sates Action. Brought together by a shared commitment to advancing public education, they share a belief in the enduring importance of America's public schools and the goal to open up more educational opportunities for all children. [Photo]
Central District to Hold Arts Extravaganza
Even though Friday, October 11, is an open week for the Chatham Central Bears Varsity Football team, the stadium and campus will be bustling with people. The Chatham Central High School Arts Department will be hosting the first regional version of the popular Arts Extravaganza. First held in March of 2013, the Arts Extravaganza brought together students and teachers from Chatham County Schools for a day of celebration and performances. This year marks the move to district versions of the Extravaganza.
Arts Education Teachers Swap Supplies
In an effort to share resources and clean closets, Chatham County Schools Arts teachers gathered on Thursday, September 26th for a “September Swap”. Gathering supplies such as used clay, old paints, construction paper, costumes, straw hats, music, and glockenspeils, teachers loaded up their cars and met in the Virginia Cross cafeteria for a time of fellowship, laughter, and sharing materials. Along with the materials exchange came opportunities for professional development through sharing lesson plans and calendar date submission review with Lead Arts Teacher, Sharon Allen.
Teachers hope that the September Swap will become an annual event!
NHS Marching Chargers’ Jazz Celebration Triumphs at Pinecrest
The 2013 Northwood High School Marching Chargers took the field for their first competition on Saturday, September 28, at the 6th Annual Pinecrest Band Fest and the opening strains of the Dixieland Quartet introduced the Louis Armstrong classic, Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? Their rousing presentation of Way Down Yonder, which also included the standards Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Basin Street Blues, celebrated the birthplace of jazz and took top honors of the evening—with 3A awards for 2nd place colorguard, 1st place percussion, 1st place drum major, 1st place music, 1st place marching and 1st place overall 3A band. They received 1 of only 3 Superior ratings given that day.
Chatham Central's Third Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas
Bear Creek, NC: The Chatham Central Chapter of DECA & FBLA (Business & Marketing Clubs) will be sponsoring the 3rd Annual Touchdowns for Ta-Tas powder-puff football game at the Chatham Central Football Field on Friday, October 11, 2013. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. at cost of $5.00 per person with all proceeds going to Central Carolina Hospital’s Breast Cancer Comfort Care Fund.
SAT Results Released
The College Board released 2012-2013 SAT results on Thursday, September 26. North Carolina seniors in 2013 had an average combined SAT score of 1479, which is a 10-point increase from the previous year. Seniors from Chatham County Schools scored an average of 1454. Over 308 students took the SAT and each high school demonstrated gains over average scores from 2012. The district average improved 10 points from the 2012 average.More...
Chatham County Thrift Stores Distribute Funds
On Monday evening, September 23, 2013 the Chatham County PTA Thrift Store board held an annual meeting at Bonlee School. Refreshments were provided and almost every seat in the library was occupied. Principals from across the county were in attendance, many accompanied by school PTA representatives. While this number of attendees is rare for a Thrift Store meeting, board members were not surprised by the large number of visitors. This meeting was special in that over $559,000 was to be distributed to individual schools.
Migrant Education Summer Leadership Academy
For a week in June, student members of the Migrant Education Program engaged in leadership building exercises with the Triangle Training Center. Students had the opportunity to compose their own music, participate in outdoor challenges, take classes in nutrition and exercise, and practice their team building skills.
Eat A Rainbow 2013 - Sept 23-27
Chatham County Schools invites you to join us in celebrating Eat a Rainbow Week from September 23rd-September 27th! Eat a Rainbow Week is a week-long community-wide campaign celebrating the importance of eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables. Each day of Eat a Rainbow Week highlights a different color.
NCHSAA Names Three CCS Members to the "100 to Remember" List
This year marks the centennial celebration of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. As part of the celebration activities, NCHSAA created several “100 to Remember” designations. The lists encompass Male and Female Athletes, Coaches, and Administrators from across the state deserving of recognition for their achievements or contributions to high school athletics.
Jordan-Matthews Scheduled to be WNCN “Cool School”
Jordan-Matthews High School is scheduled to be the Cool School of the Day on WNCN on Thursday, September 26. Each day the station selects a school to spotlight. The segment will air around 6:18am and will be highlighting former Jordan-Matthews band director Mark Dillon and the sendoff that the school gave him. Jordan-Matthews was nominated as a “Cool School” by Wylma McCrary a Siler City resident and viewer of WNCN. This will be the first time that a Siler City school has been selected as the Cool School of the Day.
DPI Character Matters Campaign
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with Capitol Broadcasting (WRAL/FOX 50), today launched a new statewide character development campaign, Character Matters, in conjunction with Constitution Day. The program’s goal is to promote the development of character and leadership in youth through service learning and an emphasis on positive character traits. To read more, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org and click on the appropriate link under “News.”
Smith Receives Herff-Jones Honor
Leah Smith, dance teacher at Northwood High School, was recently the delighted recipient of a large check. Smith won the most votes in a national “Teacher Shout Out” contest sponsored by Herff-Jones.
Northwood's Marching Charger Band to Perform at Pittsboro Community Music Day
The 2013 Northwood High School Marching Charger Band will be performing at Pittsboro Community Music Day this Saturday at McDonald's. Check out music for this year’s competition program, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, and grab some lunch. Between 12:00 and 2:00 pm, half the proceeds benefit this award-winning music program.
Siler City Walmart Shows Teacher Appreciation
On Tuesday, September 10, employees from Walmart of Siler City came to Silk Hope School as part of their Teacher Appreciation. They handed out gift cards totaling $1000.00 to the teachers. They brought goodie bags with school supplies for every staff member and also brought a cake. “We really appreciate having community partners like Walmart that supports our school and teachers,” said Chad Morgan, principal at Silk Hope School.
Interim Superintendent Jordan takes Oath of Office
During the September 9, 2013 Board of Education meeting at the Historic Pittsboro Courthouse, Dr. Derrick D. Jordan was sworn in as Interim Superintendent of Chatham County Schools. Sam Cooper, Clerk of Superior Court administered the oath as members of the board, administration, and school representatives witnessed.
Celebrating National Arts in Education Week
AIG Parent University Meetings
The Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program is offering a series of Parent University meetings this year. The first session will focus on Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), and the social/emotional needs of gifted students. The meeting will be on Wednesday,October 2, 6:30 pm, location TBA.
Notice of Waiver Request
Notice is hereby given that Chatham County Schools will submit a request for a waiver of the 27-month limitation on expenditures of sub-grant funds awarded through Title I-Part C, The Education of Migratory Children. This waiver will allow for the use of funds for an additional twelve months from September 30, 2013.
AIG Program Accepting Referrals
The Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is asking for referrals to the program beginning September 9 and closing September 27. Materials you need for this are available at the AIG page of the Chatham County Schools website or from your school.
Northwood Varsity Football Sets 11 School Records in Second Game of the Season
Northwood Football coach, Bill Hall, has much to celebrate early in the 2013 season. The first game of the season was Military Appreciation Night featuring representatives from the Army. The Chargers won the game 39:14 over East Chapel Hill. The evening featured various moments of appreciation for the Armed Forces.
Chatham County School District Receives Fiscal Management Awards
Running a school system requires buses to transport, teachers to engage, custodians to clean, and principals to administer. Running a successful and proactive school system demands a dynamic and creative team to budget and pay for all of these requirements. Chatham County School district is fortunate to have an award winning business office overseeing all budgetary elements of the school system.
Students Attend Summer Enrichment Program
As seen in the Chatham News, four Chatham County Schools students attended a free summer enrichment program at a local farm school. Melleray Latin Academy, based on a 32-acre homestead near Goldston, had students working at heritage farm skills (scything hay and digging potatoes) and studying classical languages (Greek and Latin). Classes for students Librado Mendoza-Sosa, Josue Amaya, and Jonathan Parada (Jordan-Matthews) and Felicity Puente (CCHS) were three mornings a week from 8:00 - 12:00. Chatham County Schools ESL teacher Don Byrne led the program. The Academy and its students were featured in the Chatham News/Record Thursday, August 8, Section B, page 1.
Horton Middle Band is Booming
This year the Horton Middle School Band program is 118 members strong, which is a significant increase from years past. As it is, approximately forty percent of the middle school population (excluding grade 5) enrolled in band. Due to the size of the program all of the ensembles had to be split in half, and now band is taught all day, every day. This is shaping up to be the best and most successful year the band has seen in a long time.
Perry Harrison School Receives Physical Health Grant
Perry Harrison School has just received a $1000.00 grant from the Active Schools Acceleration Project to support the 100 Mile Club starting this year at school. Students and staff will be challenged to walk/run 100 miles over the course of the school year.
The First Day
The backpacks were hung in the cubbies with care.
The floors had been waxed and computers repaired.
Northwood Band Camp Begins with a Cajun Flair
Time to fly the flags, learn the drill, and memorize the music—Northwood’s Marching Charger Band Camp is in full swing. Northwood High School musicians are working daily to prepare their competition program for a preview at their season opener on August 23 when Northwood Football hosts East Chapel Hill High.
Logan Receives The Order of the Long Leaf Pine
At the Opening Employee Convocation on Thursday, August 22, 2013, Superintendent Robert L. Logan was surprised with one of the state’s highest honors. Representative Deb McManus worked with Logan’s administrative assistant, Sheila Tally, and Chatham Central High School principal, Mitch Stensland to surprise Logan with the prestigious honor at the end of the convocation agenda.
Chatham County Schools K-8 Open House Dates
Summer Leadership Institute: “Building on the Best”
Chatham County Schools Administrators attended a new kind of training this summer. In previous years, principals and assistant principals have gathered with school leaders to discuss, among other things, budgeting and changes to educational law and curriculum. For the first time, however, the event was not billed as an “administrative retreat” but rather as the first Summer Leadership Institute.
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Northwood Teacher Serves as AP Exam Reader
LOCAL EDUCATOR SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM READINGNEW YORK –Dr. Victoria Raymond, a teacher at Northwood High School, was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in Biology.
2012-2013 Press Releases Archived
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