Friday, March 27, 2015

First Ever "SHINE" Awards at Smith Middle School

The First Smith Middle School "SHINE" Awards!

Two weeks ago, when we announced the last call for Teacher of the Year voting, one sixth-grade student came to the office wondering where he could cast his ballot. When we told him that only other staff could vote he was disappointed and asked "Who knows better than the kids who the best teachers are?"  

It was a fair question. So Assistant Principal Kevin Kay instituted the first ever SHINE awards, student chosen teacher of the year awards for each grade level and for electives. After a week of voting, and with all lunch periods reporting, we are prepared to announce the winners:
  • 6th Grade - Ms. Lori Clark
  • 7th Grade - Mr. Andy Lathren
  • 8th Grade - Mr. Dan Segal
  • Electives - Mr. Eric Zeigler
All are pictured below with the award's founder.
 
 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

High School Students Selected for 2015 Governor's School

CHCCS had 25 students selected to attend NC Governor's School this summer.

Students selected from Carrboro High and their subjects are:  Sofia Calvo, Social Science; and Gianna Rini, Choral Music (Soprano II).

Students selected from Chapel Hill High and their subjects are:  Lucie Arricastres, French; Grace Baldauf, French; May Burgard, Choral Music (Soprano II); Aden Fischer-Brown, Choral Music (Tenor); Darshan Gove, Math; Katie Huang, Instrumental Music (flute/piccolo) Hayden Loeb, Instrumental Music (flute/piccolo); Meghna Mandava, Natural Science; Austin Mejia, Dance; Samuel Nielsen, French; Alexander Parks, Instrumental Music (cello); Wenbo Wang, Social Science; Ruorou Xin, Instrumental Music (clarinet).

Students selected from East Chapel Hill High and their subjects are:  Peter Bevington, Instrumental Music (trumpet); Kathryn Brees, Instrumental Music (viola); Emma Louise Garval, Instrumental Music (violin); Lena Hu, Natural Science; Evan Jiang, Instrumental Music (cello); Jinho Kang, Instrumental Music (violin); Nathaniel Lai, Instrumental Music (viola); James Oh, Instrumental Music (viola); Lucy Wu, Instrumental Music (flute/piccolo); Jeffrey Zhong, Instrumental Music (cello).

The Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.  The program, open to rising seniors only (with some exceptions made for rising juniors in the performing/visual arts area), is located on two college campuses, Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh.  The sessions will run June 16 to July 24.


Over 800 students were selected to attend.  The Governor's School is administered by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division.  A Board of Governors is appointed by the State Board of Education to act as an advisory body.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Congratulations Michael Holman

Please join us in congratulating East Chapel Hill High's Michael Holman - he was recently named North Carolina's Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year. 

Holman came to CHCCS in 2011 after four years in Granville County Schools. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Fairmont State University.

"His dedication to students and to the Family and Consumer Science profession truly makes him a role model for others to follow," said Kathi Breweur, Career and Technical Education Director. "This is a well deserved recognition for Michael, and we're all proud of him."
 
                                                     East Chapel Hill High's Michael Holman upon being named                                                            North Carolina Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.
 

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Featured Jobs: Executive Director of Professional Learning


TITLE:            Executive Director of Professional Learning


QUALIFICATIONS:
1.      Master’s Degree in education, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership/administration, or related field;
2.   Prior successful experience as a classroom teacher, school administrator, or central office administrator;
3.      Successful experience in education planning, policy implementation, evaluation, and supervision; Strong background in building, leading, and maintaining a positive school district culture.
4.      Superior interpersonal skills; Strong skills for strategic creative thinking, verbal and written communication, and presentation;
5.      Motivating and engaging speaker in large-group, small-group, and one-on-one settings;
6.      Highly successful problem solver that is organized, detail-oriented, and extremely collaborative;
7.      Expertise and experience developing and/or managing large-scale communications;
8.      Such alternatives to the above as the Board would find appropriate and acceptable.

REPORTS TO:  Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services

SUPERVISES:  Support personnel, as assigned.

JOB GOAL:   To provide leadership in the development, implementation and coordination of district and school-based professional learning programs to increase the quality of instruction and to increase student achievement; to oversee all aspects of the district’s Project ADVANCE professional growth and compensation model.

GENERAL PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.                  Provides leadership and is assigned primary responsibility for the design, coordination and implementation of the district’s professional learning programs to increase the level of instructional performance, including identification of resources and alignment with district-based long range plan goals, including Project ADVANCE.
2.                  Builds systems to ensure all staff are engaged in meaningful professional learning and development aligned to district goals and individual professional development plans. This may include the development of online learning opportunities. Evidence of success utilizing and training others on best practices in professional learning.
3.                  Supports strategies to promote a district-wide culture of equity and inclusion in a K-12 setting. Evidence of success implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs.
4.                  Develops and maintains district professional development website, including professional development requirements, current professional development opportunities and available resources.
5.                  Communicates professional development opportunities to staff.
6.                  Coordinates, supervises and monitors all certification renewal for professional personnel.  Receives and authorizes the awarding of CEU’s (continuing education units). Oversees the recording of renewal credits in collaboration with HR.
7.                  Plans, organizes, and coordinates professional development program for non-certified employees, including the orientation program for new teaching assistants.
8.                  Reviews school-based professional development plans and supports principals in securing resources.
9.                  Serves as a member of the Triangle High Five Working Group.
10.              Keeps informed about current trends and practices professional development. Provides leadership in the identification of new and innovative professional learning programs.
11.              Performs such other duties as may be assigned by the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services.

PROJECT ADVANCE PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.      Consistently exhibits a passionate and positive persona, and is capable of making incredibly complex things simple.
2.      Identifies, leverages, and engages strengths of others for the benefit of the team and district.
3.      Facilitates group meetings and discussions, resulting in consensus and/or clear action items to advance initiatives.
4.      Understands, articulates, documents, and communicates a plan for staff for how, when, where, and why they engage in their work and in the model.
5.      Oversees development and management of documentation of Project ADVANCE work and implementation plans
6.      Manages technology platforms that support Project ADVANCE
7.      Anticipates and designs for emerging and future professional learning needs by incorporating research and lessons learned.
8.      Gathers and leverages metrics, research, and feedback to inform and validate program and Project ADVANCE design decisions.
9.      Develops and manages work plans and oversees day-to-day activities to move large scale initiatives to completion.
10.  Staffs the project and support personnel to ensure they are successful in their role.
11.  Manages financial and human resources related to Project ADVANCE.

To apply: 

1) complete the NC online state application (current CHCCS employees can skip this step), and be sure to select Chapel Hill as one of the desired locations 2) send cover letter and resume to administrationemployment@chccs.k12.nc.us, with subject line "Exec. Dir. of Professional Learning"

Screening of applications will begin April 20. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Featured Job: Director of Elementary Education and Title I Programs



TITLE:                       Director of Elementary Education and Title I Programs
QUALIFICATIONS:          
1. NC licensure or immediate eligibility for NC licensure;
2. Successful experience as an elementary classroom teacher, elementary resource teacher, or elementary school administrator;
3. Extensive background knowledge with Title I programs, budget, and policy;
4. Master's degree in, school administration, curriculum and instruction or related area preferred.
5. Prior experience as school or district administrator strongly preferred
6. Such alternatives to the above as the Board would find appropriate and acceptable
                                                                                             
REPORTS TO:         Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services

JOB GOAL:   To provide leadership in the development, implementation and coordination of elementary instructional programs, and to ensure compliance and oversight of the Title I Program.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.      Facilitates the development of the annual Title I Grant application;
2.      Monitors Title I school plans, through data collection, school observations, surveys, and budget expenditures;
3.      Collaborates with all ISD leaders to ensure quality instruction in Title I schools;
4.      Collaborates with Title I principals to monitor implementation of the plan and student growth and achievement;
5.      Manages and coordinates NCLB requirements, such as parent notification, amending School Improvement Plans, School Choice, Supplemental Education Services, and Corrective Action;
6.      Serves as the liaison to the DPI and attends required Title I meetings;
7.      Manages the Title I budget;
8.      Keeps informed about current trends and practices in elementary education and disseminates professional information and materials to principals, teachers and instructional staff.  Provides leadership in the identification of new and innovative elementary programs;
9.      Provides leadership for the design, articulation, and monitoring of the district’s instructional program for elementary grades;
10.  Coordinates all formal efforts of the elementary professional staff in projects and procedures related to proficiency on state assessments;
11.  Works with district coordinators in the selection and use of elementary curriculum and materials and instructional strategies;
12.  Prepares reports as required by state and federal agencies and assist in the development and coordination of the sections of the budget assigned;
13.  Provide support for elementary principals under the leadership of the Assistant Superintendent for ISD;
14.  Other relevant and related responsibilities as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent.


To apply: 



1) complete the NC online state application, and be sure to select Chapel Hill as one of the desired locations 2) send cover letter and resume to administrationemployment@chccs.k12.nc.us  AND tyson.miller@chccs.k12.nc.us, with subject line "Director of El Ed/Title I". 



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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

State Swimming/Diving Champs!

Congratulations to the Carrboro High and Chapel Hill High Men's Swimming/Diving teams for winning North Carolina High School Athletic Association championships.

Carrboro High won the 1A/2A championship, while Chapel Hill High repeated as the 3A champs.

Members of the Carrboro High Men's Swimming/Diving team celebrate their state championship. 


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Saturday, February 28, 2015

CHCCS Celebrates School Social Workers

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is pleased to honor our school social workers during this National School Social Workers Week (March 1-7).

School social workers play an important role in the education of the whole child, and our district could not properly function without their diligent commitment to student success. School social workers work to eliminate unnecessary barriers, and to establish working relationships with families and community resources. They are equipped to focus on the non-academic factors (those outside the classroom) that influence student learning. They assist with mental health services, crisis intervention, student attendance, and improving the overall learning climate. In short, school social workers lend the critical support needed to help students reach their full potential.

One example of their work includes the great strides our district has made in the past few months in the movement to prevent child sexual abuse. Ten CHCCS school social workers are being trained as Authorized Facilitators of the YMCA’s Stewards of Children program.

Please join us in thanking our school social workers for their important work!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Dr. Forcella's Perspective on the State's New School Grading System

Later this week, we expect to see significant media coverage of a new school grading system devised by our state legislature. It has led to considerable controversy due, in large part, to the way the scores are calculated (performance versus growth).

The February 1 edition of the Chapel Hill News included Superintendent Tom Forcella's monthly column. By clicking this link, you can read his thoughts on the matter.


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Friday, January 30, 2015

Featured Jobs: Instructional Technology Faclitator

Instructional Technology Facilitator

Sites : GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and CARRBORO HIGH SCHOOL

Position Type: Licensed
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Term: 11 month
Continuing or Temporary: Continuing
Position Available Date: 10/16/2014
Level of Benefits: Full
Salary Range: NC teacher salary + 12% local supplement
Minimum Degree Level: Bachelor's degree
Minimum Experience: Previous experience in providing technology support services in an educational setting. Expert knowledge of contemporary instructional technology skills and issues. Experience in developing instructional materials for adult learners and presenting staff development both live and online.

GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Special Conditions:  Licensure in Instructional Technology required. The Tech. Sp. provides training and support to faculty and staff on technology integration and the NC computer/technology skills curriculum.
Click here to complete the NC teacher 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 two email addresses:
1) elementaryemployment@chccs.k12.nc.us
2) glenwoodesjobs@chccs.k12.nc.us
3) List "Technology Specialist" in the subject line of the message

CARRBORO HIGH SCHOOL
Special Conditions:  K-12 teaching licensure required. MA degree in instructional technology preferred. The Technology Sp. provides training and support to faculty on technology integration & the NC Computer/Technology Skills curriculum.
Click here to complete the NC teacher 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 two email addresses:
1) secondaryemployment@chccs.k12.nc.us
2) carrborohsjobs@chccs.k12.nc.us
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Feature Jobs: Gifted Specialist

Gifted Specialist

Previous experience as an AG teacher preferred. Previous experience at the middle school level preferred. Training or experience in collaborative teaching settings preferred.

Site : CULBRETH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Position Type: Licensed
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Term: 10 month
Continuing or Temporary: Continuing
Position Available Date: 2/2/2016
Level of Benefits: Full
Salary Range: NC teacher salary + 12% local supplement
Minimum Degree Level: Bachelor's degree


Licensure in Academically Gifted required. Additional licensure in a middle grades core content area (language arts, science, math, social studies) preferred.


Click here to complete the NC teacher 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 two email addresses:
1) secondaryemployment@chccs.k12.nc.us
2) culbrethmsjobs@chccs.k12.nc.us

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