Monday, February 1, 2016

Rashkis ES Students Have Surprise Guest Readers

Students from Rashkis Elementary had some very special visitors recently. UNC star basketball player Marcus Paige dropped by the school to read with third-graders. Accompanying Paige was North Carolina President of Duke Energy David Fountain and Rameses - the beloved UNC mascot.

Together, they read "Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream" by Deloris Jordan.

Upon finishing the story, Paige shared with students how his own mother is an English teacher and how reading is the foundation for his family's education. For the past three seasons, Paige has made the Academic ACC Honor Roll and is majoring in both Media/Journalism and History.








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Saturday, January 30, 2016

National School Counseling Week


February 1-5, 2016, is National School Counseling Week. The purpose of National School Counseling Week is to focus public attention on the unique contributions of professional school counselors within schools and school systems nationwide. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have on student success and career preparation. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Please join Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in celebrating our wonderful counselors.
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Schools in Session on  Feb. 15 - No Teacher Workday / 15 de febrero - Escuelas estarán abiertas y en sesión - No habrá día de trabajo para maestros

Teacher Workday Canceled and Inclement Weather Day on Feb. 15
Because schools were closed on January 22 due to inclement weather, the next Inclement Weather Day to make up any missed school is Monday, February 15.  This means that school will be in session and the Teacher Workday is canceled.

Día de trabajo para maestros está cancelado el 15 de feb.
Por que las escuelas estuvieron cerradas el 22 de enero, por mal clima, y el 15 de febrero es el siguiente día designado en el calendario como día de reemplazo en caso de mal clima. Esto significa que las escuelas estarán abiertas para los estudiantes y en sesión y el día de trabajo para maestros está cancelado.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BRMA Honors Mentors During National Mentoring Month

 Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA) recently celebrated National Mentoring Month with a Mentor Appreciation Event. More than 60 participants, including mentors, mentees and their families, participated in the Thank You Dinner.

BRMA is a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools support program designed to improve the achievement of students of color. The program provides students with the adult support they need in the form of a mentor-advocate to attain their personal and academic potential. The mentor-advocate plays a dual role, establishing a meaningful relationship with the young person as well as promoting the child’s success in school by working as an advocate in conjunction with the child’s family and school personnel.

The Mentor Appreciation Event was a way to thank these mentor-advocates for all their hard work and dedication to the students in the program. A BRMA sixth-grader from McDougle Middle School played "Ode to Joy" on her violin, while three Phillips Middle School students read poems honoring all BRMA mentors.



Mentors were overwhelmed with the outpouring of love from the families they have bonded with over the years. Mentor Mike Nowicki said his wife was brought to tears when she read a card he received from his mentee.

National Mentoring Month celebrates and honors the importance of quality mentoring programs such as BRMA and the role that mentors fill.


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Schools Operating on Normal Schedules for Wed., Jan. 27; Scheduled Delayed Opening Canceled for Thurs. Jan. 28

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are running on its normal operating schedule for Wednesday, January 27.  All students and staff should report at their normal times.

Delayed Opening on Thursday, January 28 Is Canceled
The scheduled Delayed Opening for professional development on Thursday, January 28 has been canceled due to the loss of instructional time over the last several days.  January 28 is now a full school day and students and staff should be at school at their normal times.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 26 with 3-hour Delay for Staff

After reevaluating the road conditions, CHCCS has decided it is too hazardous in many parts of the district and are closing schools on Tuesday, January 26.

For staff, it is now an Optional Teacher Workday.  Any staff who choose to come into work, should arrive on a 3-hour delay.  Operational staff, such as maintenance and custodians, should report to work as close to normal time as travel conditions permit.


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Schools Operating on 3-Hour Delay on Tuesday, January 26

A 3-Hour Delay Scheduled with Reevaluation in the Morning
CHCCS is working hard to have school on Tuesday.  There are still icing and accumulated snow in some of our parking lots and in many neighborhoods and rural roads.  At this point, CHCCS is will operate on a three-hour delay.

CHCCS will reevaluate this decision in the morning, and, if a schedule change is required, will send out a notification by 8:30 a.m.  If there is any change in plans tomorrow morning, CHCCS will send both a call and email.  If there is no needed change, then all schools will open three hours later than their normal start time.

CHCCS appreciates everyone's cooperation and flexibility.


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Application for Vacant Board Position

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools currently has a vacant position on the Board of Education. According to Board policy, this seat is to be filled by appointment of the remaining Board members. Serving on the Board is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. The result of this work will impact over 12,000 students and 2,100 employees.

If you are interested in filling this position, please read through the application packet. It contains relevant statutes, policies, criteria, a timeline and the application. The application is due to the Superintendent’s Office no later than February 5, 2016 at noon. 

Please note that your application will be a public record.
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

SCHOOLS CLOSED for students and employees, Monday, January 25.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will be closed for students on Monday, January 25 due to hazardous travel conditions remaining in many parts of our region.

Many of the secondary roads, sidewalks, and parking lots still have significant accumulations of ice and snow.

Monday will be an optional teacher workday for employees. Staff choosing to work should arrive on a two-hour delay.

UPDATE: For employees planning to go to your school or office today, we were originally on a two-hour delay. However, we need a little more time to prepare parking lots and sidewalks, along with warmer temperatures. So we are now asking staff to not report until 11 a.m.

UPDATE (9:20AM 1/25/2015): We have just received an update on our lots and sidewalks. Unfortunately we will not be ready for staff arrival later today and we are closing for staff. We will no longer operate under an optional teacher workday. Hopefully today's warmer temperatures will help in the clean up efforts.

Operational staff, including maintenance and custodians should report to work and arrive as close to normal starting time as travel conditions permit.




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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Alliyah Chaplin - NCHSAA Performance of the Week

Alliyah Chaplin of Chapel Hill High School and Sage Surratt of East Lincoln High School have been named winners of the NCHSAA Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Jersey Mike’s Subs®.

Each week two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.

Chaplin had a double-double last week against Cardinal Gibbons High School with 21 points and 12 rebounds in the decisive 52-38 win over the Lady Crusaders last week in non-conference play. The sophomore Tiger also contributed 4 assists, 1 block and 1 steal.

Alliyah’s sister, Ti’Mia, also suits up for the Chapel Hill squad, coached by Sherry Norris who was recognized in the fall for induction into the class of 2016 for the NCHSAA Hall of Fame and was recently announced as the 2015 North Carolina Coach of the Year for Girls Basketball by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Surratt, a junior at East Lincoln, hit six 3-point shots in a major 91- 57 win last week over the Maiden Blue Devils, scoring a total of 50 points. He shot 100% from the free throw line, sinking 10 of 10 attempts and added six assists and three steals to round out his performance against Maiden High School. Incidentally, his brother, Chazz, was named as a Performance of the Week athlete last year for his football prowess at East Lincoln.

TWC SportsChannel typically announces the winners of the awards during its Tuesday night Sports Night show and will recognize the winners throughout the week. Weekly recipients will also be recognized via Twitter and Facebook.
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