Friday, September 23, 2016

Candace Crothers of Glenwood Elementary Named Finalist for NC Presidential Award

Congratulations to Candace Crothers of Glenwood Elementary. She was recently selected as one of three elementary mathematics finalists for the 2016 North Carolina Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The PAEMST Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. The program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, recognizes outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.

A panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators will now select one mathematics teacher and one science teacher from North Carolina to receive the award. Each will receive a $10,000 award and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Awards Recognition Program.

Congratulations, Candace!
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Progress Reports Available in September and October / Reportes de progreso disponibles en septiembre y octubre

Progress Reports Available
Progress reports for high school students are available online on October 5. Parents can view the progress reports through the Parent Portal of HomeBase. Families who do not have access to the internet may request a copy from the school's data manager.

Middle school progress reports are sent home on September 30.

Elementary school progress reports are sent home on September 30.

For more information, contact your student's school.

Reportes de progreso disponibles
Reportes de progreso para estudiantes de escuela de secundaria superior (high schools) están disponibles en línea el 5 de octubre. Los padres de familia pueden ver los reportes de progreso visitando el enlace Portal para padres de familia de HomeBase. Las familias que no tengan acceso a internet pueden solicitar una copia al administrador de datos de la escuela.

Reportes de progreso de escuelas de secundaria media (Middle schools) serán enviados a casa el 30 de septiembre.

Reportes de progreso de escuelas de primaria serán enviados a casa el 30 de septiembre.

Para más información, contacte la escuela de su hijo(a).

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


The following message comes from our Office of Athletics...

We appreciate the support of our community. It means a lot to our student athletes when parents, teachers and members of the community come out to cheer them on for all their hard work.

Coaches, administrators and fans are to role model excellence in their behavior on the sidelines. In every North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) sanctioned sport, there will be a strong emphasis on positive models of good behavior and professional conduct between coaches and game officials. In many sports, there will be new procedures for questioning an official’s call, and stiffer penalties if those procedures are not followed.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the NCHSAA expects student-athletes, coaches and game officials to conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner. Disrespectful behavior in the playing area or from the sidelines can result in an ejection. As has been the case in the past, profanity directed at players or officials is a penalty and an ejection as well. The NCHSAA has empowered officials to step up their enforcement surrounding inappropriate behavior and language. They have also requested the help of coaches in getting out the message about behavioral expectations to their assistant coaches, players and fans.

Please check out these two videos (about 30 seconds each) to get a fresh perspective on the role of good sportsmanship.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Delayed Opening, Sept. 22 / Fechas para apertura demorada de las escuelas, 22 de septiembre

Delayed Opening Scheduled for September 22
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, 22 de septiembre
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, September 7, 2016

Superintendent Search Update

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education is pleased to announce that the deadline to submit applications to serve as the school system’s next superintendent has passed.  The board received 44 applications from 17 states.  The applications will be processed by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) and released to the board in mid-September.  The board looks forward to reviewing the applications and moving into the interview stage of the search process.      

The board continues to seek direct input from the community regarding the qualities and characteristics desired in the next superintendent.  Staff and community members are again invited to comment publicly on desired characteristics for the next leader of schools during a final scheduled public forum.  The public forum will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 in the cafeteria at Northside Elementary School. All are welcome.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

College Fair Scheduled, Sept. 20 / Feria Universitaria programada, 20 de septiembre

College Fair Scheduled, September 20
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools are hosting a joint college fair on Tuesday, September 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Dean Smith Center on the campus of UNC.

More than 100 colleges, universities, community colleges and technical schools will be represented at the event.
To see a complete listing, click here.

The event is free, and while it is geared towards juniors and seniors, any high school student is welcome to attend.

Feria Universitaria programada, 20 de septiembre
Las Escuelas de las Ciudades de Chapel Hill-Carrboro y las Escuelas del Condado de Orange están organizando una feria universitaria conjunta el martes 24 de septiembre, de 6:30-8:30 p.m. en el Centro Dean Smith en la Universidad UNC.
Más de 100 universidades, colegios comunitarios y escuelas técnicas estarán presentes en el evento. Para ver una lista completa haga clic aquí.
El evento es gratuito, y si bien está orientado a estudiantes de 11vo y 12vo grado, juniors y seniors, cualquier estudiante de secundaria está invitado a asistir.​

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Dr. Darlene Ryan Named Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction

Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools is pleased to announce Dr. Darlene Ryan has been named Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Ryan is well-known in the school district and throughout the community. She served as the principal of Glenwood Elementary School since 2010. She spent 2004-10 as a math/science coordinator at the district level and held various teaching positions in both Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Chatham County Schools from 1986-2004.

Ryan earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“We are very pleased to have someone of Dr. Ryan’s experience and passion helping to lead the district’s instructional efforts,” said Interim Superintendent Jim Causby. “She knows the challenges we face, and has a proven track record of great results. She is highly skilled at leading teachers and administrators to creative and viable solutions.”

Ryan will fill theposition vacated by Dr. Steven Weber, who recently accepted a position out of state. She will begin in her new role on September 15.

Christopher Liles, currently the assistant principal at Glenwood Elementary, will serve as the interim principal of that school until a permanent replacement is named.
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Featured Job: Principal, Glenwood Elementary School


This position will lead a school of 480 students. Glenwood is a high performing school with high quality staff and a committed and caring school community. Glenwood is very unique in that it houses a dual language mandarin immersion program, in addition to a traditional elementary program. Learn more about Glenwood by visiting the school website:

In this position, the principal will serve as the chief administrator of the school in developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational development of each student and the professional development of each staff member.  The principal will work in a collaborative manner with teachers, students, parents and other members of the school community. Equity and Excellence are driving visions in this school district.

Minimum qualifications for this position includes the following:

1)      N.C. Principal’s license or immediate eligibility for license
2)      Master’s degree in education
3)      Prior successful school-based administrative or related experience
4)      Teaching experience at the appropriate school level
5)      Prior demonstrated successful leadership experience
6)      Prior experience with dual language programs preferred

To apply: 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 "Glenwood" in the subject line of the message.

Screening of applications will begin September 23. Position is open until filled.

An Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Letter from Dr. Causby

Below is a message sent from Dr. Causby to all CHCCS  parents by phone and by email updating them on the opening of school.


Dear CHCCS Families,

Another exciting school year opened yesterday. I have been out visiting schools and principals, and from all indications our students and teachers are off to a great start. However, I feel a need to update you on a few areas that did not go as planned.

First, we woke up on Monday to learn that Estes Hills Elementary had no power. I understand this school had electrical issues last year. Fortunately, yesterday’s power outage was not the fault of our school infrastructure. It was entirely on the shoulders of Duke Energy. We worked with them throughout the day and they got it fixed later in the afternoon. However, we did make the decision to send home the students at 11 a.m., primarily due to the lack of air conditioning. I am pleased to report that today has been a great day at Estes Hills. Classrooms are cool and students are learning.

The second big issue, and it is one that impacted almost as many people, is our transportation errors. While there are always problems on the first few days of school, the number of problems we have experienced this year greatly exceeds years past. There are a variety of reasons for this, but they all came together to create a perfect storm this year. Additionally, the heavy volume of parent questions and concerns being called into our Transportation Office quickly filled up all voicemail boxes and resulted in frustration on the part of both parents and Transportation staff.

To that end, we have asked our technology team to restructure the phone system to increase the number of incoming lines, and we are bringing in staff from Lincoln Center and schools to assist with manning these phones in an effort to increase our capacity to provide live assistance as needed. Now, of course, our Transportation leaders are working to resolve the bus route issues, and that is the bottom line goal. But in the meantime, we want you to know that we are working to get every route straightened out and to provide a greater level of customer service in the meantime.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support. I will call you again within the next 24 hours with another update. I hope you enjoy the remainder of your day.


Jim Causby
Interim Superintendent
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Labor Day Holiday, Monday, Sept. 5 / Festivo Día del Trabajo, Lunes, 5 de sept.

Schools and Offices Closed
District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day Holiday.  School will resume as usual and district offices will be open on Tuesday, September 6.

Escuelas y oficinas cerradas
Las escuelas y oficinas del distrito estarán cerradas el lunes, 5 de septiembre, por el día festivo del trabajo.  Las escuelas reabrirán sus puertas como de costumbre y las oficinas del distrito estarán abiertas el martes, 6 de septiembre.

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