Thursday, May 5, 2016

Success at the Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the East Chapel Hill High Science Olympiad team coached by Brad Miller, Rebecca Adcock, Alex Cluen, and Kelly Allen. They coach both the Varsity and JV teams - which includes over 80 students.

On Saturday, April 23, the East Chapel Hill High varsity Science Olympiad team earned a 3rd place trophy at the state competition in Raleigh. The 17-member team competed in 24 events. The 46 teams competing at the event came from public and private schools from across the state.

This national program began in North Carolina in 1976 and the competition is fierce. In order to compete at the state competition, teams must earn 1st or 2nd place in their regional competition. This year, East's Varsity team earned 1st place at the regional competition in Greensboro. The Junior Varsity teams earned 1st and 2nd place in the JV regional competition.

Congratulations also to the Smith Middle School Science Olympiad team for their 5th place finish in the state competition. A team of 18 students competed in 25 events. Previously at the regional competition, held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Smith's Varsity and JV #1 teams both won 1st place. Smith Middle had over 70 students on four teams competing at that event.

Regina Baratta has coached the Smith Middle team for nine years.

Please join us in congratulating everyone involved for their hard work and tremendous results.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week

The first week in May is nationally designated as Teacher Appreciation Week. Parents and students at each school are taking great care of their teachers this week. The note below was sent to all staff from Superintendent Tom Forcella.

I always found the hardest part of teaching to be not knowing if my efforts had any lasting impact.

After all, we pour uncountable hours and immeasurable energy into a student for a year, or perhaps even longer, and then wonder if we made any impact – if we prepared that student for success.

It’s not as easy as looking at a spreadsheet. It’s much more than a test score. There is no clear cut bottom line for a teacher’s impact.

Then one day, years later, a former student reaches out to you on Facebook. You bump into the parent of a former student in the grocery store. You read about a former student accomplishing something newsworthy.

And, in that moment, after all those years…you made a difference. More than a difference, you left a legacy!

Thank you teachers, and thank you to our entire CHCCS team, for your impact, for making a difference, for leaving a legacy. I hope you are enjoying Teacher Appreciation Week. All the accolades are well-deserved.

You are the real superheroes.

Tom Forcella
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

International Navigator Night

The entire Northside Navigators community came together recently to celebrate the school's beautiful cultural diversity at International Navigator Night

Students, parents, families, and staff ate, danced, sang, and traveled around the world in a joyful and loving celebration of the school's many cultures. Pre-k through 5th grade classes, as well as Northside Elementary families, created displays and cultural performances from various countries. Some of the countries represented include USA, India, Panama, Kenya, Japan, Ethiopia, Australia, Cuba, Hungary, Guatemala, Chile, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, China, Spain, Puerto Rico, Zimbabwe, Poland, Russia, Thailand, and Colombia. 

The staff at Northside Elementary is thankful for the rich cultural diversity at their school, and the opportunity to learn from one another every day. They are also thankful to have such dedicated colleagues and families who are willing to share their cultures. They look forward to adding more cultures next year to their celebration of diversity.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Delayed Opening Canceled for 5/19, Normal School Day / de apertura demorada que nos quedan este año escolar, 19 de mayo

Delayed Opening Canceled for Remaining Dates
The Board of Education approved a calendar change to make up the instructional time when school was closed on February 15.  The remaining Delayed Opening, scheduled for May 19, has now been changed to a regular school day.  Students will report to school at the regular times for May 19.

De apertura demorada que nos quedan este año escolar, 19 de mayo
El Consejo aprobó un cambio en el calendario para recompensar el tiempo de enseñanza que perdimos 15 de febrero, que las escuelas estuvieron cerradas. Los días de apertura demorada que nos quedan este año escolar, previstos para el 19 de mayo, serán ahora días regulares de escuela. Una vez más, los tres dos que nos quedan de apertura demorada son ahora días de escuela regulares (completos). Por lo tanto, los estudiantes se deben reportar a la escuela en el horario habitual este jueves 19 de mayo.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Featured Job: Director, Community Schools

TITLE:   Director, Community Schools

  • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Middle School Education, Child Development or related field, Master’s preferred
  • Successful teaching in a licensed child care setting, minimum of 2 years, special needs experience desirable
  • Successful administrative experience in formal licensed child care center, minimum of 2 years
  • Successful experience in developing, managing and monitoring complex budget and finances
  • Such alternatives or additional qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director, Community Relations

SUPERVISES:  Community Schools Program Supervisor, Registrar, Bookkeeper, Secretary,
After-School and Summer Camp Site Directors, Summer Youth Enrichment Instructors

JOB GOAL:  The Director of Community Schools provides leadership, coordination and direction in the operation of the After-School, Summer Camp and Summer Youth Enrichment programs

  • Directs and supervises the After-School, Summer Camp and Summer Enrichment programs and staff
  • Plans, implements and supervises the Summer Youth Enrichment program
  • Selects and evaluates Community Schools office staff and program site directors
  • Plans and implements new staff orientation
  • Meets regularly with program supervisor, site directors and office staff to monitor programs
  • Annually reviews, revises and implements policies and procedures relative to After-School, Summer Camp and Summer Youth Enrichment programs
  • Develops, manages and monitors the Community Schools budget and finances
  • Approves Community Schools purchase requisitions, payments and instructor contracts
  • Approves biweekly and monthly payroll of office staff and site directors
  • Organizes and coordinates the Spring Break program, recruits and hires staff
  • Develops, updates and approves written policies, program announcements, registration forms and brochures relative to Community Schools programs
  • Insures implementation of NC School Age Child Care Licensing Laws and Rules in After-School and Summer Camp programs
  • Initiates program enhancements and improvements
  • Maintains required program and departmental records and written reports
  • Serves as a member of the CHCCS Central Office & School Administrators (COSA) team and After-School Site Advisory Committees
  • Maintains cooperative working relationship with school administrators and personnel affecting the After-School and summer program facilities
  • Works closely with school principals to monitor success of program and troubleshoot
  • Participates in local, state and national school-age care organizations
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Community Relations

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Twelve months.  Salary established according to adopted schedule.

EVALUATION:  Performance is evaluated annually in accordance with the Board's policy on Evaluation of Administrative Personnel.

To apply: 

1)  complete the NC online state application, which is accessible from our Careers page 

2) send resume and cover letter to: with subject line "Director, Comm Schools" (attn: Arasi Adkins)

This position is open until filled.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Project Graduation Needs You! Please click to Volunteer &/or Donate.

What is Project Graduation?
Celebrating its 24th year, Project Graduation is an all-night, substance-free gathering, free of charge to every CHCCS senior and a guest.  This means the almost 900 graduates - and their guests - need the support of generous donors and volunteers.

How to Make a Donation
Project Graduation is about $32.000 short of its goal.  Anyone wishing to make a donation, please click here and then click on the Donate button.  To mail in a donation, please make your check payable to Project Graduation and mail you donation to:  Project Graduation / PO Box 17043 / Chapel Hill, NC / 27516-7043.

How to Volunteer
Project Graduation needs about 200 volunteers from our community and all volunteers must be at least 21-years-old.  Please click here to volunteer and encourage others to volunteer, too!

Thank you for helping make Project Graduation an amazing event for all CHCCS graduates!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Two CHCCS Schools Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. News & World Report just released its 2016 rankings of the nation's "Best High Schools."

They reviewed 28,561 U.S. public high schools. From that group, 153 North Carolina schools made their rankings.

Two CHCCS high schools were awarded gold medals and included in the top ten for North Carolina. Only 15 schools in North Carolina earned gold medals, while 29 were awarded silver medals and 109 earned bronze medals.

East Chapel High ranked #6 in North Carolina and #211 in the nation. Carrboro High ranked #10 in North Carolina and #288 in the nation.

Click here for the U.S. News & World Report story.

Congratulations to the staff and students of both schools on this well-deserved honor.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Click to Place Order for PSF's Breakfast & Roses for CHCCS Staff

The Public School Foundation (PSF) is hosting its 13th Annual Breakfast & Roses event for Teacher Appreciation Week.

CHCCS families can choose to honor teachers, teacher assistants, or any staff at their schools by placing an order.  Honorees will receive a rose and/or an invitation to the Teachers First Breakfast on April 29 at Squid's Restaurant.

All proceeds from the event go towards PSF's Teachers First Fund.  This fund provides:

  • endowed teaching chairs;
  • awards honoring excellent teachers and staff;
  • classroom grants for student enrichment;
  • support for the Teacher Supply Store;
  • professional development grants;
  • grants to novice teachers;
  • grants for National Board Certification; and
  • ways to support and retain CHCCS teachers.
Families can place their order online.  The deadline has been extended a few days, so please click the link today and help support CHCCS and its staff!

Pictures from the 2015 Event

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Model United Nations

The Seventh Annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Middle School Model United Nations Conference took place on Friday, April 8, at Smith Middle School and the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence (CCEE).

Approximately 120 students from the four Chapel Hill-Carrboro middle schools came together to participate in a Model UN conference. They spent a school day at the CCEE, researching, learning, and debating together with their peers. The conference simulated debates at the United Nations Security Council. It was organized by the UNC School of Education in cooperation with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District. The committees were chaired by officers of the Model UN clubs at Carrboro High, Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High.

The participating schools and the teachers preparing the students included:

Culbreth Middle School, William Giblin and Elwood Peters
McDougle Middle School, Penny Martin and Nicole Walker
Phillips Middle School, Michael Harris
Smith Middle School, Erin White

Students were assigned one of the countries in the UN Security Council. They researched their country’s geography, history, culture, economy, and politics, especially its position towards the topic, "Combatting the spread of Daesh through military intervention.” During the conference they assumed the role of diplomats, representing their respective countries in the United Nations Security Council, attempting to interject their country’s view on the conflict into a resolution to be adopted by the Council.

Winners in the category of Best Delegation for each of the four Security Councils are listed below:

Security Council A: United States - Bar Caspin and Juanita Roncancio of Culbreth Middle
Security Council B: United States - Anthony DeCesaris and Thea Barrett of Smith Middle
Security Council C: France - Caeden Greene and Joshua Facello of Smith Middle
Security Council D: France - Robin Gao and Stephanie Zhang of Phillips Middle

Congratulations to all our winners and everyone involved. It was a truly amazing event.
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Monday, April 18, 2016

East Chapel Hill High - National Ethics Bowl Champs!

Please congratulate the East Chapel Hill High Ethics team for earning first place at the National High School Ethics Bowl on Saturday. According to the event host, 2,680 high school students, on 335 teams, representing 218 schools, competed this year in 29 Regionals across 22 states (and Canada), for the chance to be on one of 24 teams to participate in Nationals this past weekend at the UNC Parr Center for Ethics.

In the six years of existence of the North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl, East has earned 1st place five times. Additionally, in the four years of existence of the National competition, East has earned 1st place twice and 3rd place once. The size and rigor of both competitions increase each year.

As finalists, a new award this year has earned the team $4,000.

The students presented exceptionally on both days involving some extremely challenging ethical dilemmas. The actual question which will be asked of the students remains unknown until two minutes before the presentation. Some of the students had to patiently delay their prom preparation for hours and hours as they remained in the competition until the finals round, which took place at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Please congratulate these students, and coach Daniel Murphy, on a job very, very well done.

Congratulations, Wildcats!

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