Monday, April 29, 2013

Welcome (Home) Tiffany Cheshire

We want to welcome Tiffany Cheshire back to our school district as the new assistant principal of McDougle Elementary School. Tiffany was most recently in the Alamance-Burlington School System as an assistant principal, but prior to that she served as a principal intern at Seawell Elementary School. She also spent four years in the Orange County Public School System as a Spanish teacher. Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University and her Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Welcome back, Tiffany!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

5K for Fitness...Saturday at 9 a.m.

The Public School Foundation's second annual, district wide 5K FOR FITNESS is set for this Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m.

The ladies in the picture, from our Transportation Department, are ready...are you? Registration is open to all: $25 for adults and a reduced price of $15 for students. The teacher/staff fee is only $10.

A Mascot Dash, including mascots from all CHCCS schools, will take place before the race – at 8:45 a.m.

Dr. Forcella, CHCCS Superintendent, will be the honorary race starter. The starting point will be McCorkle Place on the UNC campus.

To register, or for more information, visit:

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

CHCCS Announces Teachers of the Year

Faculties across the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district have selected their Teachers of the Year to represent the best in teaching at each school.

Elementary teachers who have been elected to the honor are: Emily Moorman, fourth grade teacher, Carrboro Elem.; Megen Vesser, Kindergarten teacher, Ephesus Elem.; Kris Swanson, Kindergarten teacher, Estes Hills Elem.; Suzanne Stokes, first grade teacher, FPG Elem.; Candace White, third grade teacher, Glenwood Elem.; Pam McAllister, third grade teacher, McDougle Elem.; Becky Springer, art teacher, Morris Grove Elem.; Nidhi Cash, ESL teacher, Rashkis Elem.; Hannah Stang, third grade teacher, Scroggs Elem.; and Sherry Norris, health/PE teacher, Seawell Elem.

At the middle school level, these teachers were selected:  Mimi Collins, ESL teacher, Culbreth MS; Nicky Stewart, math teacher, McDougle MS; Michael Harris, social studies teacher, Phillips MS; and Mackenzie Casey, health/PE teacher, Smith MS.

From the high schools, these teachers have been chosen:  Mark Kadlecik, health/PE teacher, Carrboro High; Stephen Blackwell, social studies teacher, Chapel Hill High; and Michelle Michaels, exceptional children's teacher, East Chapel Hill High.

All of the school Teachers of the Year will be honored May 17 at Carrboro High School at the district's annual recognition reception where they will be presented with items donated by local businesses.  The District Teacher of the Year and two honor teachers will be announced that evening.  The district will also recognize staff members who are retiring, as well as staff awards, teaching chairs and years of service.  Tickets to the event may be purchased from the Human Resources Department at Lincoln Center by calling 919-967-8211, ext. 28230.  Tickets are $5 per person.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Board Names Two New Assistant Principals

The Board of Education approved the hiring of two assistant principals at its April 11 meeting. José Nambo was named Assistant Principal of Frank Porter Graham Dual Language Magnet School and Kathryn Caggia was hired as Assistant Principal at Estes Hills Elementary.

Jose Nambo is currently serving as the district’s ESL Coordinator and is very familiar with the
dual language program, as he spent six years as the district’s Dual Language Coordinator.  Nambo also served as an ESL teacher in Wake County and a classroom teacher in Chicago. He earned his master’s degree from Columbia College in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. Nambo begins his new role on July 1.

Kathryn Caggia comes to CHCCS from the Wake County Public School System where she serves
as a Principal Intern at Green Hope Elementary.  Previously, she was as a teacher of physical education and health at Olive Chapel Elementary in Apex for 15 years. Caggia will earn her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May and she earned her bachelor’s degree from the same university. Caggia starts at Estes Hills Elementary later this spring.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

April 18 Board of Education Meeting Cancelled

The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 18 has been cancelled.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Visions Art Show Slated for April 15-17

The Visions Art Show is an annual showcase of visual art created by district students and teachers.  This year's Visions Art Show will be held at 6 p.m. on April 15, 16 and 17 at Lincoln Center.  During the show, student art work fills display boards along the Lincoln Center hallways, and pottery and sculpture fill the building's display cases.  The art work is on display until May.

Specific schools are highlighted on each night.  The schedule is as follows:

  •  April 15 - FPG Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Scroggs Elementary, Culbreth Middle and Carrboro High;
  •  April 16 - Carrboro Elementary, McDougle Elementary, Morris Grove Elementary, Seawell Elementary, McDougle Middle, Smith Middle and Chapel Hill High; and
  •  April 17 -  Ephesus Elementary, Estes Hills Elementary, Rashkis Elementary, Phillips Middle and East Chapel Hill High.

Art work displayed from this show ultimately finds its way into the parent calendar in the next school year.  Thanks to District Arts Coordinator Theresa Grywalski, the district's visual arts teachers and our talented students for their contributions.

Below are some student pieces from the 2012 Visions Art Show that appeared in the CHCCS 2013-14 Parent Calendar & Companion.

Ellie Cubrilovic, Ephesus Elementary, Grade 5

Amelia Allore, Chapel Hill HS,  Grade 9

Aliya Suayah, Smith MS, Grade 6

Alisha Kleinhammes, Estes Hills Elementary, Grade 5

Meredith Welch, McDougle MS, Grade 8

Hye-Seong Kwon, East Chapel Hill HS, Grade 9

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Monday, April 8, 2013

District Announces Duke TIP Students

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools had 26 seventh graders qualify for the Grand Recognition in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) this year.

To qualify for Grand Recognition, on the SAT Exam, students must exceed a score ≥ 680 on Math, ≥ 660 Critical Reading and/or ≥ 650 on Writing or must have an overall score ≥ 1850.  To qualify on the ACT Exam, students must score at or above a 27 on the Composite, or must score on individual exams:  ≥ 27 on Science; ≥ 28 on Math; ≥ 29 on English; or ≥ 30 on Reading.

From Culbreth the students who qualified for Grand Recognition are:  Joshua Abrams; and Samantha Haj.

From McDougle MS, Kimaya Guthrie qualified for Grand Recognition.

From Phillips the students who qualified for Grand Recognition are:  Rohan Deshpande; Yeeun Son; and Natalie Troy.

From Smith, the students who qualified for Grand Recognition are:  Martin Hito; Timothy Hu; Jerri Ji; Judah Kalb; Isabella Li; Bradley Lin; Eashwar Mahadevan; Kara Molnar; Benjamin Moul; Johnathan Moul; Frances O'Grady; Seong Hyun Park; Ishaan Pilant; Mian Qin; Maggie Weber; Vincent Xia; Eric Xu; Tyler Yandrofski; Michael Zhang; and Kevin Zhang.

There were more than 64,000 students from across the US who took the college entrance exams this year through Duke TIP.

The district also had 87 seventh graders who took the SAT or ACT who qualified for State Recognition in the Duke TIP program.  To qualify for state level on the SAT exam, students had to score ≥ 500 in English, ≥ 510 in Critical Reading or ≥ 520 in Math.  Or students qualified with three of the four ACT scores: English ≥19; Math ≥19; Reading ≥ 20; and/or Science ≥ 20.

The Duke TIP program is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to being a national leader in identifying academically talented students and providing innovative programs to support their educational development.  Currently, students in 16 states may participate in the Duke TIP program.  For more information, visit the TIP website at

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