Monday, February 13, 2017

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

February 13-17 is the week we celebrate our bus drivers. These folks get up very early every morning to get our kids to school safely, on time, sharing a smile. Though it can seem like a thankless job at times, we are so very grateful for our dedicated drivers. Rain or shine, they are always ready for action. We could not have school without them.

We invite the entire community to join with us in showing our appreciation. Tweet your kind words to @chccs and we will be sure to compile those messages and get them to our Transportation Office.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Little Mermaid at Carrboro Elementary

The Carrboro Elementary Players recently presented their annual theatric production. This year's show was The Little Mermaid.

Directed by the amazing Deb Cox, 78 cast and 71 crew members, made up of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, delivered a Tony-worthy rendition for their school peers on Friday afternoon in the Carrboro Elementary Auditorium.  Two more shows are scheduled for the public on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Click here to see a clip from the performance. You will enjoy the beautiful singing, the incredible set, and the colorful costumes. Congratulations to Ms. Cox and the entire Carrboro Elementary team on a job well done!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Night to Remember

The Smith Middle School Band hosted their Winter Concert Tuesday night to an eager crowd of parents and friends.

The concert included the school's sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders participating in band and orchestra. The performance was given to a packed crowd in the schools’ auditorium. This was the first concert for sixth-graders in the program.

The concert included more traditional concert music as well as a smattering of unique pieces which added flavor to the event. The seventh-grade band opened up their performance with a piece entitled “Ancient Voices” composed by Michael Sweeney. The piece was reminiscent of ancient times and a deeper connection to the Earth. The concert also played host to individual performances in addition to the many group performances. There was a featured violin solo as well as duets, trios, and quartets by the eighth-grade orchestra.

It was truly a night to remember!
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Celebrate CTE Month in February!

February is CTE Month
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month is celebrated each February to share the value, achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

CHCCS offers a comprehensive CTE program for students in middle and high schools. A variety of high school courses are offered in thirteen career clusters, including business, information technology, career development, marketing, and health sciences education to name a few. Our middle schools offer courses in Business, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Technology Education. CHCCS believes that every scholar needs a skill, and CTE provides the type of mastery that prepares students for successful careers in a global economy.

For more information or to see specific CTE courses offered in CHCCS, please visit our CTE website.

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National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2017 will be celebrated from February 6-10 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within our nation's school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Please join us in thanking our counselors for a job well done!
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Saturday, February 4

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is cancelling all on-site activities for Saturday, February 4. 

Activities scheduled to take place out-of-town may still occur. Please contact your program coach or director for updates. 
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Schools Close Early and All Activities Canceled, Feb. 3 / Escuelas cierran temprano y todas las actividades canceladas, 3 de febrero

CHCCS Schools Closing Early on Friday, Feb. 3
All CHCCS schools will be closing early today (Friday, February 3) due to the OWASA water emergency. We will dismiss elementary students at 1:30, middle school students at 2:10 and high school students at 2:55. Any parent wishing to pick up their student earlier is welcome to do that.
High school students who walk or drive to school will also be able to leave earlier.

All after school activities are canceled, including After-School, athletics events and cultural arts events.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience, and we thank you for your cooperation.

Las escuelas cierran temprano el viernes, 3 de febrero
Todas las escuelas de CHCCS cerrarán temprano hoy viernes, 3 de febrero, debido a la emergencia de agua de OWASA. Las escuelas de primaria cerrarán a la 1:30, las escuelas de secundaria media a las 2:10 y las escuelas de secundaria superior a las 2:55. Cualquier padre de familia que desee recoger a sus estudiantes es bienvenido a hacerlo.

Los estudiantes de las escuelas de secundaria superior que caminen o manejen a la escuela también podrán salir temprano.

Todas las actividades de después de la escuela han sido CANCELADAS, incluyendo los programas de después de la escuela, eventos deportivos y eventos de artes culturales.
Sentimos el inconveniente y gracias por su colaboración.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Barrington Irving Visits Carrboro Elementary

Barrington Irving visited Carborro Elementary School earlier this week to vouch for the wonders of STEM and talk about the obstacles he has overcome.

Irving began the talk by discussing his childhood. He was born in Jamaica. At the age of six he moved to one of the toughest neighborhoods in Miami. He told students about a successful high school football career, that included a top ranking in the state along with multiple scholarship offers. 

However, along the way, he had a chance meeting with a pilot which would later inspire him to break world records and see the world. It changed his thinking, his plans and, ultimately, the course of his life. 

At 23 years old, Irving was the youngest person to ever fly around the world in a plane - a feat he accomplished by building his own plane out of spare parts begged from companies. Though the record was later broken by a 22-year-old Swiss, Irving remains the only African American pilot to solo circumnavigate the world.

Aside from his impressive resume, built from years of flying, Irving also runs an education nonprofit to inspire kids to take part in careers dealing with math and science. Throughout the talk he showed pictures of planes and cars that had been built by young members of the programs. Every picture was met with shock and awe by the listening children.

Irving’s talk was full of inspirational messages about beating the odds, overcoming adversity, realizing potential, and never ever giving up. 

"Everyone told me what I couldn't do," said Irving. "They said I was too young, that I didn't have enough money, experience, strength, or knowledge. They told me it would take forever and I'd never come home. Well...guess what?”
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Phoenix Academy Graduation - True Lives Beginning

The students of Phoenix Academy High School spread their wings Monday night at the mid-year graduation. Six students earned their high school diplomas at an intimate ceremony attended by friends and family at Extraordinary Ventures.

The ceremony began with recollections by the teachers and students, fondly recalling the challenges overcome on the journey to graduation. Principal John Williams delivered an emotional summation of all the hard work that went into Monday’s accomplishments. 

“Everyone else will give up on these kids before they give up on themselves,” Williams said. 

Phoenix Academy is an alternative high school that capitalizes on an individualized educational approach. The school conducts small graduation ceremonies after every fall and spring semester to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates. This year, graduates included a student going into the Armed Forces as well as a young woman headed to Durham Tech to pursue a lifelong dream of nursing. Other students were either intending to start college or had already begun. 

Each student was recognized for the exceptional hard work and motivation it took to reach this milestone in their young lives.

"When these students walk out the doors tonight, their true lives will actually begin." said Williams. 
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Delayed Opening, Feb. 2 / Fechas para apertura demorada de las escuelas, 2 de febrero

Delayed Opening Scheduled for February 2
The district has approved a plan for schools to operate on a Delayed Opening schedule eight Thursdays during the 2016-17 school year.  Schools will open two hours late, allowing teachers to use the time for collaborative planning or professional development.

On these days, buses will run two hours later than the normal schedule and schools will open to students two hours later than usual. Schools will dismiss at their normally scheduled time.

  • Elementary Schools begin at 9:50 a.m.
  • Middle Schools begin at 10:20 a.m.
  • High Schools begin at 10:45 a.m.

Fechas para apertura demorada de las escuelas, 2 de febrero
Las escuelas públicas de Chapel Hill-Carrboro han aprobado las fechas para apertura demorada de las escuelas, correspondientes a ocho (8) jueves durante el año escolar 2016-2017.  Las escuelas abrirán 2 horas más tarde, para darle a los maestros tiempo para preparar y planificar las clases, así como tiempo para educación continuada.

Esos días los buses recogerán a los niños 2 horas más tarde de lo acostumbrado y las escuelas abrirán sus puertas a los estudiantes 2 horas más tarde de lo acostumbrado. Las clases terminarán a la hora regular.

  • Escuelas de Primaria empezarán a las 9:50 de la mañana
  • Escuelas de Secundaria Media empezarán a las 10:20 de la mañana
  • Escuelas de Secundarias Superior empezarán a las 10:45 de la mañana

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