Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thank You For Your Service

From left to right: Mike Kelley, Jamezetta Bedford, David Saussy
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools community would like to thank Jamezetta Bedford, Mike Kelley and David Saussy for their service as members of the Board of Education. It is a very challenging role, but crucial to the continued success of our entire community. Jamezetta and Mike were elected in 2003, and both have served as Board Chair. David was appointed in 2014 to fulfill the remainder of an open seat.

Jamezetta, Mike and David: Thank you for your hard work. Your impact will carry forward for years to come.

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Triangle Golf Today Features CHHS Student Athlete

Triangle Golf Today Magazine recently featured Gina Kim, Chapel Hill High Golfer and 3A State Champion. 

Gina, who is ranked in the top 50 nationally and was the Carolinas Golf Association’s junior player of the year in 2014, has already made two trips to the U.S. Junior Championship and advanced to the round of 16 this past July. In mid-October, she competed in the AJGA PING Invitational at Karsten Creek in Oklahoma, where she placed 11th.

She says one of her remaining junior goals is to win an AJGA Invitational. As far as high school golf, she would like to lead a school team to the state tournament.

Gina, a sophomore has verbally committed to play golf at Duke University.

See the whole story here.
Gina Kim - News & Observer File Photo
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Featured Job: Transportation Director

TITLE:                                          Transportation Director

·         Minimum of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of training and demonstrated experience in transportation management.
·         Experience in transportation, preferably in a school district.  Holds CDL S & P.
·         Such alternatives to the above as the Board would find appropriate and acceptable.

REPORTS TO: Assistant Superintendent for Support Services.

SUPERVISES: Operations manager, assistant operations manager, bus drivers, monitors
office support personnel.

JOB GOALS: To enable each student , through safe and efficient transportation, to receive full advantage of the complete range of curricular and extracurricular activities offered by the district’s schools.


  • Develops and administers a transportation program to meet all of the requirements of the daily instructional programs and extracurricular activities.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises drivers and monitors and makes recommendations for their employment, transfers, and release.
  • Plans and schedules in-service training for drivers and monitors.
  • Coordinates behind-the-wheel training for drivers.
  • Prepares bus routes and schedules for all schools in the district.
  • Prepares a route and schedule for each principal and student at the beginning of the school     year; updates routes and schedules as needed; uses the TIMS to improve the scheduling of bus routes.
  • Coordinates maintenance services with county bus supervisor. Conducts daily bus inspections. Reports all unsafe equipment to county maintenance supervisor.
  • Maintains safety standards in compliance with local and state insurance regulations.
  • Develops a program of preventative safety.
  • Conducts school bus safety programs for all kindergartners and new students.
  • Plans and conducts school bus safety week.
  • Works directly with school principals concerning bus operations at their respective schools. Collaborates with school principals and others responsible for planning special school trips. Takes an active role in solving discipline problems occurring on school buses and bus stops.
  • Advises superintendent on road hazards for decisions on school closing during inclement weather.
  • Acts as liaison with parents for complaints and special requests.
  • Conforms with all state laws and regulations regarding school bus transportation. Submits all reports required by state and local authorities. Investigates and conducts follow up on any school bus accidents.
  • Attends appropriate committee and staff meetings including redistricting efforts.
  • Develops recommendations for future transportation and personnel needs.
  • Prepares and administers transportation department’s budget.
  • Prepares transportation payroll and check’s drivers’ reports.
  • Performs other duties as appropriate and assigned by the Supervisor.
To apply:

1) complete the NC online application 
2) send an email with a cover letter and resume to: 

Please include "Transportation Director" 

in the subject line of your email.

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Featured Job: Coordinator of Teacher Recruitment, Staffing, and Retention

TITLE: Coordinator of Teacher Recruitment, Staffing, and Retention

  • Teacher certification, and a minimum of five years’ successful teaching experience
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Prior successful HR experience in staffing required
  • Highly skilled in communication and interaction with a wide variety of diverse stakeholders
  • High degree of proficiency in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Such alternatives or additional qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.

REPORTS TO:                       Senior Executive Director of Human Resources

JOB GOAL:                           The employee is responsible for the timely employment of certified staff; and to support beginning teachers and other certified staff, throughout their teaching careers.


  • Assumes primary responsibility for recruitment, staffing, and retention initiatives for certified,(non-administrative) staff. Works with school administrators to ensure schools are staffed with a diverse faculty, reflective of the students served.
  • Plans and implements a program for the recruitment of the best qualified teachers and other certified staff, and provides support for prospective, beginning, and veteran teachers.
  • Coordinates the student teacher program.
  • Coordinates activities relating to vacancies, including the preparation and dissemination of vacancy announcements as appropriate. Utilizes and leverages the use of technology, including social media, to advertise and promote CHCCS as an employer of choice for certified staff.
  • Confers with principals and program directors to determine the allotment and staffing needs for certified employees.
  • Reviews all teaching applications and determines eligibility for employment, including the appropriateness of licensure, the checking of references and review of criminal history.
  • Assists principals and supervisors, by reviewing each recommendation for employment, and provides appropriate information and feedback as needed.  Reviews hiring recommendations with the Executive Director of Human Resources, as needed.
  • Plans and coordinates the new teacher orientation program.  Provides support to newly employed teachers.  Facilitates Beginning Teacher Support Program, as mandated by the state and district.
  • Coordinates the Mentor Teaching Program.
  • Works with Peer Assistance Consulting (PAC) Teachers, as they conduct classroom observations, and provide feedback and support to teachers at all levels.  Assists with the evaluation of teachers experiencing difficulty.
  • Interprets and communicates to school employees personnel policies, regulations and practices.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources.

To apply:
1) complete the NC online application 
2) send an email with a cover letter and resume to: 

Please include "Coord. of Teacher Recruitment/Staffing" 
in the subject line of your email.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Global Connections at Smith Middle

Imagine, explore, discover a world anew on Thursday, November 19, from 6-8 p.m. at Smith Middle School. This event is free and open to the public.

Plan on eating dinner in our International Cafe where vendors of various ethnic restaurants will offer $3, $5, or $7 plates. Student exhibits will be everywhere, while a professional musician will host a drum circle in Africa. Community members will provide interactive exhibits and games from Asia to South America to Europe. For the first time in 15 years, the French cafe will be closed in response to the tragic events in France and Belgium. The room will become a Reflection room where visitors are invited to pay their respects to the victims, families and friends in Europe as well as reflect on how they will help create a world anew. A seven-foot canvas, decorated by the eighth-grade French students, will become a message board of condolences for visitors during Global Connections. This canvas will be sent to a school in Paris.

The book fair is in the media center and is Smith’s major fund-raiser. It will be open for business during Global Connections - please stop by the media center. You can also order books online until November 21. The link is available on the school’s homepage.
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Chapel Hill High Honored at 2015 North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival

The Theatre Department at Chapel Hill High School has much to celebrate, as they brought home honors from the 2015 North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) High School Play Festival, held at Wake Forest High School on November 6. The theatre program, led by Thomas Drago, made the school and community proud with their presentation of “Selfie” at the Festival, and is thrilled to bring home the following awards: “Selfie” – Rating: Superior; Excellence in Projection Design; Excellence in Acting – Samantha Lane.

For more than 30 years, the NCTC High School Play Festival has strengthened arts education in schools by bringing curriculum to life, challenging students to do their very best work, and contributing to the development of future audiences for live performing arts. The program was named one of the “Top High School Theatre Festivals” by Stage Directions Magazine, is the largest high school theatre event in the Southeast, and has been replicated in nine other states. This year, 3,000 students from 90 schools performed 118 plays!

Each fall, professional theatres, colleges and high schools across the state host a regional Festival, and the top two outstanding productions from each of the eight sites advance to the NCTC State High School Play Festival, November 19-20 at Greensboro College. Winners there go on to represent the state of North Carolina at the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s annual convention, which will be in Greensboro in 2016.

The atmosphere at the Play Festival is positive and exciting, and students are filled with energy as they watch shows, learn from their peers and make new theatre friends. Schools travel with theatrical sets and load-in to a 10’x10’ backstage area. Before their 45 minute time limit begins, students eagerly await hearing the starting phrase, “Your time begins NOW!”, to which they respond with an enthusiastic reply. The 45 minute time limit includes setting up, performing the play and clearing the stage. Following their performance, students join their peers in the cheering audience to receive feedback from professional actors and directors with Broadway and Hollywood credits. Actors, designers, writers, directors and teachers are celebrated, and bring home awards that are displayed beside school sports trophies.

The NCTC High School Play Festival is made possible with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; The Beattie Foundation; Lincoln Financial Group; the Moore County Unrestricted Endowment Fund; and Barbizon Lighting Company.
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Friday, November 13, 2015

ECHHS Field Hockey Wins Eighth Consecutive State Title

The East Chapel Hill High Field Hockey team won their eighth consecutive state championship on Thursday, November 12! Congratulations to Coaches Susan Taylor, Kristen Amato and the entire team for representing the school, the district and the community with integrity and excellence both on and off the field. Eight years in a row is truly amazing! 
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ryan Ellefsen - NC Eastern Regional Orchestra Teacher of the Year

Please join us in congratulating East Chapel Hill High's very own Ryan Ellefsen for being elected as the North Carolina Eastern Regional Orchestra Teacher of the Year. Mr. Ellefsen is highly
regarded by students, parents and colleagues. This award is certainly well-deserved.

Ryan is pictured on the right along with Western Regional winner Donny Walter (left) and NC Orchestra Section Chairperson, Margot Holloman (center).
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Teacher Workday, Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 25-27; Lincoln Center Offices Close Early Nov. 25 / Día de trabajo para maestros, Días festivos de Acción de Gracias del 25 al 27 de nov.; Oficinas en Lincoln Center cerrarán temprano el 25 nov.

Schools and Offices Closed
Wednesday, November 25 is a Teacher Workday for students and Lincoln Center will close its offices at 1 p.m. that day.  Schools and district offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27.  Schools will resume as usual and district offices will be open on Monday, November 30.

Escuelas y Oficinas Cerradas
Miércoles 25 de noviembre es un día de trabajo para maestros y las oficinas de Lincoln Center cerrarán a la 1 p.m.  Escuelas y oficinas del distrito estarán cerradas por la Fiesta de Acción de Gracias el jueves y viernes, 26 y 27 de noviembre.  El Lunes 30 de noviembre, escuelas reanudará actividades como de costumbre y las oficinas de distrito estarán abiertas.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

McPeak Wins NCHSSA Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest

Meghan McPeak, a junior at Carrboro High School, won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's (NCHSSA) fourth annual Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest for the female entrants.

The NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete program, sponsored by the North Carolina National Guard, recognizes excellence in the classroom, as well as on the playing court or field.  There were 65 submissions from 38 different North Carolina high schools.  Students-athletes had to submit a 400-word essay answering the question, "What challenge(s) have you overcome to develop as a Scholar-Athlete?"  One male and one female winner were selected from the entries.

McPeak, who is captain of the Women's Golf Team at CHS, wrote her essay on her choice to stop playing soccer after numerous injuries and to take up golf, learning to depend on her own mental toughness to overcome bad rounds versus playing as a team member in soccer.  Please see McPeak's entire essay below.

As the contest winner, McPeak received a Fitbit Flex fitness wristband and a gift pack from the NCHSAA.

Jordan Fitzpatrick of Carrboro High School, was a finalist in the male entries, but Garner Fleming of Eastern Alamance High School won that division.

"We have received excellent responses from our student-athletes regarding our NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete Essay Contests," said NCHSAA interim commissioner Que Tucker.  "Congratulations go to both Meghan and Garner, as they did an outstanding job with the essays they submitted."

McPeak also took ninth place at the North Carolina 1A/2A State Golf Tournament last month.

NCHSSA Application
by Meghan McPeak

I have always been a competitive athlete, playing multiple sports including soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, track, and most recently golf. Early on, I gravitated to soccer quickly excelling enough to make the top level club team and picked for the NC Olympic Development Program. However, my freshman year, I suffered three concussions. The last, was disabling enough to sideline me from the field, but more frightening caused problems academically.  I suffered headaches, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, focusing and difficulties reading. The room spun if I turned my head too sharply. I remember one of my coaches, Cindy Parlow, speaking about how concussions and chronic headaches had ended her career for the US team. I realized that I didn’t want to live the rest of my life with headaches.
For months after my resignation from the team, I experienced feelings of depression and loss. I would no longer be able to play a sport I loved and had played since age three. Then one day, my dad brought out the golf clubs. He reminded me that I had enjoyed myself at summer golf camps when I was younger. This would begin a perilous journey of constant practice, and devotion to a sport that was comparatively polar opposite of soccer.

Golf is a very different sport from soccer. I had to face an uphill battle with feeling hesitant and unconfident. It’s safe to say that during my freshman year, I was entirely unprepared for the mental toughness one needed to get through a round of golf. I had never had to compete on such an individual level. Moments of pure frustration and hopelessness would settle in rounds of poor performance, and I would realize that while I was on a team, I was essentially competing against myself and the course. Along with continuing to perfect my skill, I would also have to begin sharpening my mental toughness, so I could overcome bad rounds, and begin leading teammates on how to do the same.

Today in my junior year, I am a captain of the Carrboro High School’s varsity women’s golf team. Completing the NFHS captains course, I hope to instill in my teammates the same dedication and respect towards the game of golf, athletics, and the academic prospect that comes with being a student athlete. It is our team goal to continue to grow the golf program, and have community involvement.

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