Wednesday, February 27, 2013

CTE Students Participate in Chamber of Commerce Event

The Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce recently held its “Business After Hours” at Chapel Hill High.  Guests were treated to over 20 table displays and exhibits explaining the numerous Career and Technical Education (CTE) options available to students, as well as touring CTE classrooms.  They learned about Project Lead The Way, Biomedical Sciences, Computer/Network Engineering, Audio Engineering, Foods and much more.

Food and beverages were provided by students enrolled in the Foods classes at Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High.

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Closed Session Canceled for Feb. 28

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education has canceled its closed session meeting on Thursday, February 28. The meeting had been set to discuss personnel matters.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Carrboro HS Swim Teams Take Second at State Championship

Both the Men's and Women's Swim Teams at Carrboro High School took second place at the State 1A/2A Championship meet earlier this month.  The Men's Team, looking for their fourth consecutive championship, finished with 237.5 points to the NC Science and Math's 281 points.  The Women's Team earned 161 points, but Raleigh Charter won the event with 376 points.

"This is my first season to coach Carrboro and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of such an outstanding group of swimmers and parents," said Julie Neal, who coaches both teams.  "I want to thank everyone for all of their hard work and support.  Go Jags!" she added.

On the Men's Team, several swimmers earned individual honors:

  • Tom Bilden won first place individually and set a new State 1A/2A record of 51.34 for the 100 yard butterfly;
  • Justin Morrell tied for first place in the 50 yard freestyle and placed second in the 100 yard freestyle;
  • the 400 Freestyle Relay team, made up of Will Macmillan, Bilden, Morrell, and Strosnider, took first place, swimming a 3:13.72, which was .23 seconds from breaking the state record set by Carrboro HS last year; and
  • the 200 Medley Relay team, made up of Morrell, Aidan Marshall, Bilden and Sam Strosnider, took second place.
The Men's Team set three new school records:
  • 200 Medley Relay, Morrell, Marshall, Bilden and Strosnider, in 1:38.75, breaking 1:41.13;
  • 50 yard freestyle by Morrell in 21.76, erasing 22.04 (held since 2007-08); and
  • 100 butterfly by Bilden in 51.34, improving his record from last year and also setting a new state record.
Strosnider, a senior, was also named a Scholastic All-American.  To qualify, Strosnider must achieve a 2011 Junior Bonus Time Standard, which is set by USA Swimming, between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, as well as have a 3.5 GPA in academics for the 2012-13 school year.

"Our Lady Jags, with only five talented swimmers, Leah Abrams, Emily McDaniels, Mia Morrell, Claire Peterman and Katie Spang, racked up 67 points to help us land second place," said Neal.  "They scored the majority of their points, 94, from their collaborative efforts and talents."

The Women's Team also set three new school records:

  • 200 Medley Relay team, Morrell, Abrams, Peterman and Spang, set a new record time of 1:54.67 breaking 1:57.65;
  • Morrell crushed the old time of 1:01.77 in the 100 yard butterfly with 58:42; and
  • Morrell cruised to a new record of 58:31 in the 100 yard backstroke, breaking the five-year old record of 1:02.12.
The Women's Team also took second place in the 200 Medley Relay, third in the 400 Free Relay, and fifth in the 200 Free Relay.

"My most outstanding moment of the year was standing on the podium and receiving our trophies and medals for second place for both the Women and Men," said Neal.

Members of the Men's Swim Team are:  Jake Barnes*, senior; Ted Bilden*, freshman; Tom Bilden*, sophomore; Paris Buedal, freshman; Simon Deshusses*, freshman; Jack Dozier, freshman; Will Hamilton, sophomore; Walker Harrison, sophomore; Justin Laatz*, sophomore; William Macmillan*, freshman; Aidan Marshall*, junior; Myles Miller*, freshman; Lee Mook, junior; Justin Morrell*, senior; Connor Murphy*, sophomore; Tanner Roach*, senior; Jacobo Posso Rozo, senior; and Sam Strosnider*, senior.

Members of the Women's Swim Team are: Leah Abrams*, freshman; Charlotte Costenoble*, junior; Eleanor Costley, junior; Chloe Deshusses*, junior; Katherine Dunleavy, junior; Madison Fishler, junior; Caitlyn Grant, sophomore; Claire Hanlon, sophomore; Maddie Macmillan, sophomore; Emily McDaniels*, junior; Logan Melville, sophomore; Mia Morrell*, freshman; Nancy Munguia, freshman; Claire Peterman*, senior; Hanna Peterman, sophomore; Madeleine Pletzke, freshman; Melissa Poole, junior; Kelsey Smith, sophomore; Madeline Smith, junior; Katie Spang*, sophomore; Rebecca Sullenger, freshman; and Brooke Zeman, freshman.

* named to State Team

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Board to Meet in Closed Session on Feb. 19 and Feb. 28

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education will meet in closed session regarding student matters on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Center.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education will meet in closed session regarding personnel matters on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Center.  The Board will go into closed session pursuant to 143-318.11(a)(1) to consider confidential personnel information protected by N.C.G.S. 115C-321.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

CHCCS Students Named National Merit Finalists

Forty-nine CHCCS students have been named National Merit Finalists for 2013.

The students from Carrboro HS are:  Etienne Bovet; Camilla Dohlman; Melaina Dyck; Kristen Lee; and Colleen McCarthy.

The students from Chapel Hill HS are: Hannah Blackburn; Laurence Cecil; Willa Chen; Samuela Fernandes; Elizabeth Fox; Arun Ganesh; Thomas Hastings Greer; Wesley Guo; Michael Huang; Michelle Jin; Shiyi Li; Chiara Salemi; Caleb Stern; Kiera Turner; and Charles Woldorff.

The students from East Chapel Hill HS are:  Bernard Amaldoss; Eric Chiou; Nathan Cho; Quinlan Cullen; Bridget Dou; Mitchell Gelpi; Zhen Hu; Kelly Jiang; Sung-Hoon Kim; Diana Lamaute; Hannah Lee; Austin Liu; Amanda Lohmann; Sandhya Mahadevan; William McEntee; Loreanne Oh; Nina Pande; Jacob Reed; Casey Smith; Tyler Tran; Joyce Wang; Alexandra Willcox; Lena Wilson; Maggie Xing; Alice Yu; Cissy Yu; Allen Zhou; and Zhongsan Zhu.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition that began in 1955.  High school students are eligible for the Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT, a test taken by more than 1.5 million entrants each year, with just over 8,000 selected as National Merit Finalists.

The district also had six students named National Achievement Scholarship Finalists.  They are: Norman Archer, Chapel Hill HS; Jeane-Yve Daniel, East Chapel Hill HS; Bria Johnson, East Chapel Hill HS; Diana Lamaute, East Chapel Hill HS; Troy Mitchell, East Chapel Hill HS; and Kendall Simms, Chapel Hill HS.

The National Achievement Scholarship was established in 1964 to recognize outstanding Black American high school students.  Finalists are selected based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.  Only 800 Finalists are selected from the more than 160,000 students who enter based on information supplied on their PSAT/NMSQT.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship programs, visit

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Coach Norris Wins #500

Sherry Norris, head coach of the Chapel Hill High Girls' Basketball team reached yet another landmark in her storied career on Tuesday, February 5 when the Lady Tigers won their 500th game under her leadership.

Down by one point at halftime, Coach Norris' team came roaring back for a 57-37 victory over Southern Vance.

Coach Norris also recently tallied her 700th career victory as the Chapel Hill High Girls' Volleyball coach. She is indeed a legend in our community and throughout North Carolina high school athletics.

We salute you, Coach Norris!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Dual Language Magnet School Launches Website

The Frank Porter Graham Dual Language Magnet School has launched its new website.

Some of the website's features include news, how to apply to the dual language program, frequently asked questions, and an overview of the district's first magnet school.

The website also has videos from Bivins and all of the school's Planning Team and includes the numerous community events set up for families who are interested in applying to the dual language magnet school.  The website also has information for students currently enrolled at FPG Elementary who will be attending the school next year.

Opening in August 2013, the school will operate on the same traditional schedule as all of the other elementary schools in CHCCS.

Students attending the Dual Language Magnet School learn literacy and academic content in both English and Spanish.  The school's goal is for students to develop proficiency in being bilingual, bi-literate and cross-cultural.

"As the principal at Carrboro Elementary, I have become a huge advocate for dual language education in the past eight years, and I have seen first-hand the tremendous impact it has on preparing our students for success in our global society," said Emily Bivins, in-coming principal of the Frank Porter Graham Dual Language Magnet School.

Dual Language class at Carrboro Elementary

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Registration opens for Summer Camp and Summer Youth Enrichment

CHCCS offers both Summer Camp programs and Student Youth Enrichment programs for students during the summer.

Summer Camps - Summer Fun for Everyone
The Community Schools Summer camps are licensed, five-star rated programs for rising first through sixth graders from across the district at Ephesus Elementary, McDougle Elementary and Mary Scroggs Elementary.  The Summer Camp program is a full day camp with six one-week sessions.

Camp themes include art, exercise, dance, science and music.  Campers also take field trips and have guests and performers who work with the students.  Lunch and two snacks are provided each day through the district's Child Nutrition Program.

Registration for Summer Camp began January 28.  Summer Camp costs $175 per week, plus a one-time $40 registration fee that is required at the time of registration.  A $55 deposit is required for each requested.  Please visit the Summer Camp website for more information.

Summer Youth Enrichment - Courses in Arts, Culture, Education, Fitness and More
The Community Schools Summer Youth Enrichment (SYE) program offers a variety of half-day courses for rising first through twelfth graders.  This program features courses in areas including arts, creative writing, computers, science, crafts, sports, music and technology.

Registration for SYE begins February 25.  Courses range in price and partial scholarships are available.

Please visit the SYE website for more information.

For more information on either program, contact Community Schools at 919-967-8211 ext. 28266 or visit the Summer Programs website.

Summer Camp field trip
Summer Camp smiles

Summer Camp craft project

SYE art course

SYE cultural course

SYE computer course

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