Monday, October 24, 2016

Pumpkin Auction at Morris Grove Elementary

The Pumpkin Auction is here! For the past six years, the fifth-grade Art Club at Morris Grove Elementary has hand-painted artificial pumpkins to auction as a means of raising money for The United Way. This year, however, the proceeds will be divided equally between the United Way, the Art Club, and the fifth-grade Sound to Sea scholarship.  

Over 30 pumpkins are displayed in the school lobby - directly in front of the office. They are ideal for decorating any home or office for the holidays. Because they are artificial, you can enjoy them for years to come.

Bidding opened on Monday morning, October 24, and continues through Friday, October 28 at noon. Bidding is open to any adult.  Phone calls or emails will be made on Friday afternoon to the individual with the highest bid for each pumpkin. 

Art Teacher Becky Springer wants to thank the community for its continued support of our student artists and this wonderful tradition.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

New American Flags at All CHCCS Middle Schools

CHCCS middle schools recently received a donation of 108 brand new American flags, along with mounting brackets, from our friends at WoodmenLife. Jon Corcoran, a representative of the company and parent of three CHCCS students, worked with the school principals to organize the donation, calculate the number of flags needed, and make the deliveries to all four of our middle schools. 

WoodmenLife is a non-profit full financial services firm with a 125+ year history of meaningful community involvement. They are the nation's second leading flag donor, trailing only the US government. We greatly appreciate their kind gesture in considering our schools.

Mr. Corcoran is pictured here (on the right) with Principal Bob Bales of McDougle Middle School.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Teacher Workday, Nov. 8 & Parent Conferences, Nov. 8-9 / Día de trabajo para maestros, 8 de nov. & Conferencias de padres, 8-9 de nov.

Teacher Workday and Parent Conferences Scheduled
Tuesday, November 8 is a Teacher Workday.  It is also the first of two days scheduled for district Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences on November 8 are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on November 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please contact your student's school to schedule your conference.  Elementary report cards will be handed out at the Parent-Teacher Conference.

November 8 is also Election Day, so please remember to Vote! For more information on voting in Orange County, click here.

Día de trabajo para maestros y conferencias de padres y maestros
El martes, 8 de noviembre, es un día de trabajo para maestros. Los estudiantes no tienen escuela. También es el primero de dos días de conferencias de padres y maestros programado por el distrito. Las conferencias del 8 de noviembre son de 10 a.m. a 4 p.m. y las del 9 de noviembre de 5:30 a 8:30 p.m. Por favor contacte la escuela de su hijo(a) para programar su conferencia. Los informes de calificaciones de las escuelas de primaria son entregados a la mano a los padres de familia durante las conferencias de padres y maestros.

¡El 8 de noviembre es también el día de elecciones, así que por favor recuerde votar! Para más información sobre el proceso de votación en el contado de Orange haga clic aquí.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

CHCCS Earns Top SAT Scores in North Carolina

The 2016 SAT scores have been released and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools had the highest scores and the highest percentage of student participation in North Carolina. To see all North Carolina school systems and individual high school scores click here.

CHCCS had 76.3 percent of its senior class take the SAT (this is the highest percentage in the state) and had a combined score on the Math and Reading sections of 1205.  This is the highest in the history of the school system and by far the highest in North Carolina.

Carrboro High School had a combined score of 1172.  Chapel Hill High School had a combined score of 1198 (highest in the school's history).  East Chapel Hill High School had a combined score of 1228 (highest in the school's history and the highest of any non-charter high school in North Carolina).

The top five scoring districts in North Carolina are as follows:

  • CHCCS at 1205 with 76.3 percent participation
  • Carteret County Schools at 1081 with 42.8 percent participation
  • Watauga County Schools at 1068 with 58.5 percent participation
  • Wake County Schools at 1066 with 62.0 percent participation
  • Asheville City Schools at 1062 with 63.7 percent participation

The National average was 981 with 45.8 percent participation and the North Carolina average was 1010 with 58.2 percent participation.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Delayed Opening, Oct. 20 / Fechas para apertura demorada de las escuelas, 20 de octubre

Delayed Opening Scheduled for October 20
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, 20 de octubre
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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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Beverly Rudolph Named CHCCS Principal of the Year

Culbreth Middle School Principal Beverly Rudolph was named the 2016-2017 Principal of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.  The announcement was made today by Interim Superintendent Jim Causby during a school assembly.

Rudolph was selected for the honor by her peers for the numerous accomplishments she has made during her tenure at Culbreth.  She will go on to represent CHCCS at the state level.

"Beverly Rudolph is one of the many exemplary principals we have here at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools," said Interim Superintendent Jim Causby.  "She is the most significant person in the lives of the students at Culbreth as they continue their educational journeys.  You can tell how important each and every student's education is to her, as well as the morale of her staff.  Mrs. Rudolph was selected by all the other CHCCS principals as being the best of the best and you can't get a better recommendation than that."

Rudolph has served as the principal of Culbreth since 2011.  Previously, she was an assistant principal at East Chapel Hill High.  Rudolph joined the district in 2006 as an administrative intern at East Chapel Hill High before becoming an assistant principal in 2007.  Prior to joining CHCCS, she was a middle school English/Language Arts teacher for Tarrboro City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and Cabarrus County Schools.

Rudolph holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Interim Superintendent Jim Causby and CHCCS Principal of the Year Beverly Rudolph 

Left to Right: Interim Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, Rydell Harrison;
Culbreth Assistant Principal Rob Frescoln; Culbreth Principal Beverly Rudolph;
Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Todd LoFrese; Interim Superintendent Jim Causby
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Katie Caggia Named Glenwood Elementary Principal

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, at its meeting on October 6, approved Katie Caggia as the new principal at Glenwood Elementary.  She replaces Dr. Darlene Ryan, who is now serving as the district's Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Caggia is currently at Estes Hills Elementary, where she serves as the school's assistant principal.  She is also the district's reigning Assistant Principal of the Year.

"Katie Caggia is an excellent choice to lead Glenwood Elementary," said Senior Executive Director of Human Resources Arasi Adkins.  "She has enjoyed a tremendously successful career as an educator.  Her understanding of quality instruction is only matched by her passion for student success.  She demonstrates superior leadership skills, and is an expert at building relationships with students, staff and parents."

Prior to her arrival at Estes Hills Elementary in 2013, Caggia was a principal intern at Green Hope Elementary in Cary.  She also served as a teacher for 15 years at Olive Chapel Elementary in Apex.

Caggia received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Katie Caggia speaking at the 2016 CHCCS Convocation as the district's Assistant Principal of the Year

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Carrboro High Student Taking Care of Pediatric Patients Nationwide

Leanne Joyce, a junior at Carrboro High School, is the founder and president of the 501(c)(3) Positive Impact for Kids. She was born with a heart condition narrowing her aortic valve. Formerly a nationally ranked jump roper, competitive swimmer and gymnast, she was unexpectedly told by her cardiologist, at age 12, to immediately stop sports because it was life-threatening. Extremely devastated, she remembered her hospital experience one month prior. While waiting for test results, teenage volunteers handed her a gift which relieved her stress and motivated her to give back. 

Positive Impact for Kids strives to improve the hospital experience for pediatric patients by purchasing items from hospital wish lists. To date, she has helped 83 hospitals, including one in every state. She has raised more than $70,000 and impacted more than 500,000 pediatric patients. 

The Chapel Hill Police Department is partnering with her to facilitate a 5K fundraiser on Sunday, December 4 in Southern Community Park, Chapel Hill. Afterwards, there will be a one-mile race for children 12 and under called Chase the Chief. We anticipate over 250 runners/walkers with the 5K starting at 1 p.m. and the children’s fun run beginning at 2:15 p.m.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Featured Job: Director, System of Care



Under little or no direct supervision, performs a variety of supervisory and administrative tasks in developing and implementing a vision that encompasses a comprehensive system of care plan for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. This includes the supervision, direction, and evaluation of personnel and programs in school counseling, nursing, social work, mental health, Homebound, Section 504, and other student services initiatives.  The employee monitors the overall effectiveness of the programs and coordinates with other divisions, outside agencies and other school systems to bring new ideas to the programs. Employee is responsible for the student services federal, state, and local grants/budgets.. Employee coordinates the efforts of federal, state, local agencies, parents and other district staff to ensure all programs are implemented under the federal, state, and local regulations. Employee has primary liaison responsibilities to community and university partners in the areas of responsibility.  Employee also works on various special projects as assigned by the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, and/or Senior Executive Director of Exceptional Children and Student Supports.  Reports to the Senior Executive Director of Student Supports.


Serves as leader in student support services; directly supervises designated Coordinators and Leads in the student support services area; sets goals for the division and assists with planning programs; assists staff of student services programs with decision making and problem solving; and monitors progress of the programs.  Conducts observations of various programs; attends special school functions; provides feedback to district and school administration and makes suggestions as needed. Assumes a leadership role in the Exceptional Children/Student Services department; assists with long range strategic planning; assists with developing system-wide budgets, plans, policies and activities; performs various duties as assigned. Conducts and/or attends meetings with other directors/district staff and with outside agencies and advocacy groups; makes written and oral presentations of programs; coordinates efforts with other divisions and with agencies. Develops the budget for assigned areas of responsibility and  oversees expenditures. Publicly responds to concerns of the community regarding student service programs, mental health, Section 504 and serves as liaison for the district. Establishes effective liaison with the various offices and agencies within the community that may provide specialized or professional help to students and their parents. Supervises and performs personnel administration duties in collaboration with Senior Executive Director of EC-Student Services including hiring and firing, evaluating, assigning special duties, training, monitoring attendance and travel reports, and granting leave for staff members.


Performs other related work as required.


Master's degree in education, Student Services certification, or a related field and 8 to 10 years of progressively responsible, professional experience in educational administration or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


Complete the NC licensed application. Choose "Chapel Hill-Carrboro City 
Schools" as a desired location. In addition to the online application, 
candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: 
List "Director, System of Care" in the subject line of the message.

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Featured Job: EC General Curriculum Coordinator


Under general supervision, performs a variety of administrative tasks in coordinating the successful implementation of district initiatives, programs, and curriculum as aligned with the Common Core Standards. Employee is responsible for interpreting changes to the North Carolina Curriculum, informing teachers and principals of the implications of those changes, and ensuring that instruction is aligned with curriculum goals as it relates to students with disabilities. Employee coaches teachers in developing strategies and techniques for assessing and increasing achievement of students with disabilities. Employee also assists teachers with curriculum program selection and implementation.  Employee will assist general and special education teachers with other materials selection and provides teachers with various tools and resources to aid instruction for addressing the needs of students with disabilities. Employee assists administrators with evaluating the effectiveness of initiatives implementation and develops strategies for instruction as it relates to students with disabilities.  Reports to the Senior Executive Director – Exceptional Children and Student Services.


Assists K through 12 teachers with improving techniques for special education instruction and improving overall student achievement; provides specialized education instructional strategies and various tools to aid the instructional process; observes teachers and provides feedback to administrators and conducts demonstration lessons as needed.
Assists with the overall evaluation of district and special education department initiatives and programs and develops strategies for improvement; coordinates and provides staff development opportunities for teacher assistants, teachers, administrators and other support staff.
Ensures teachers and principals are familiar with any changes to the North Carolina polices and accountability for students with disabilities; designs curriculum, new course offerings and facilitates discussions regarding appropriate EC student participation in curriculum/programs.
Keeps parents, administrators and community citizens informed about various district and department initiatives to resolve special educational issues involving access to the general curriculum..
Schedules and conducts meetings for school contacts as assigned.
Participates in regularly scheduled departmental meetings as required.
Collaborates with other curriculum specialists and academic coaches in special education and general education to provide an integrated program.
Provides support to teachers in their classrooms through coaching, modeling, and mentoring.


Communicates with principals and district staff regarding curriculum support for students with disabilities following the general curriculum. Performs other related work as required.


Master's degree in the field of Special Education preferred and/or extensive coursework in education. Five to seven years of teaching experience in special education, including program coordination and delivery of professional development, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Experience with providing instruction for students with disabilities following the general curriculum.


Must be certified to teach in the State of North Carolina and hold a current teachers license. Must possess a valid North Carolina Driver's License.


Complete the NC licensed application. Choose "Chapel Hill-Carrboro City 
Schools" as a desired location. In addition to the online application, 
candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: 
List "EC Gen Curr Coord" in the subject line of the message.

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