Thursday, August 29, 2013

Student Code of Conduct

It is the obligation of our school district to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes necessary to achieve their learning potiential. Students have a much greater chance of reaching this goal when they attend schools that are safe and free of distractions.

We have created a Student Code of Conduct Handbook to present all the district policies related to student behavior in a single document.

We ask that students and their parents/legal guardians review the information that is included in the handbook and acknowledge receipt of this information, either electronically (preferred) or in writing. See page three for details. Thank you in advance to everyone for reading, knowing and meeting the behavioral expectations listed in the document.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Welcome Back!

Months of preparation have come to fruition as the 2013-14 school year is now officially under way. Over 12,000 students walked through the doors of our 20 schools on August 26, greeted by friendly staff who were refreshed and eager to get started.

Many innovative initiatives and changes are in store for this school year, including new principals at Carrboro Elementary and Chapel Hill High. Additionally, Frank Porter Graham Elementary opened this year as the district's first-ever magnet school and Northside Elementary opened in a brand new facility, built on the historic site where the original school of the same name once stood. The district has also launched its new long-range plan which will guide our work and lead us to sustained excellence.

Parents are encouraged to get involved...and that starts with building relationships with teachers and other members of the school community. We urge everyone to become familiar with the websites for both the school and district, where policies, calendars, contact information and much more can be found. Another great way to stay connected is to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Sulura Jackson, Principal of Chapel Hill High, greets a student and welcomes him back to school.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Transportation Update: Dual Language and LEAP

Transportation routes are continuing to be improved, adjusted, and fine tuned for students participating in special programs such as Dual Language and LEAP. Please check our web query tool and shuttle bus lists after 6 PM this evening for any final adjustments to our routes.
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Important Transportation Information!

Information about bus routes and stops is available on the district’s transportation web page. Our newest tool allows parents to submit an address and see all the bus stops, bus numbers, distance from home to each bus stop, distance to the school, and approximate time each bus will arrive.

To better serve our parents and students, the Office of Transportation will offer extended hours this weekend for phone calls. For transportation information, please call 919-942-5045 (ext. 1) on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and also from 4-8 p.m. On Sunday, call from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Long-Range Plan...Our Roadmap to Excellence

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is pleased to introduce our new long-range plan. It will serve as our roadmap to excellence over the next five years. Superintendent Tom Forcella recently shared the plan as part of the program at this year's back-to-school convocation.

There is no individual or group who can ensure the success of this plan. Instead, it will require the focused effort of our entire community. We must all be committed to implementing its components and holding ourselves accountable.

The plan is flexible and adaptable to change. It is designed to guide our work in a manageable way and will be reviewed each year, soliciting suggestions for additions, deletions and revisions based on the current educational landscape.

You will notice this plan contains five goals accompanied by 28 strategies. Multiple criteria will be utilized to measure the success of each goal. A mid-year progress update will be provided to the Board in February, and a final report will be presented at the conclusion of the school year.

Please take a moment to look through the goals and strategies and become familiar with the direction in which our schools are headed. You can also view the implementation schedule. Do not hesitate to contact our Office of Community Relations (919-967-8211...ext.28227) if you ever have a question.

Thank you to our community for the amazing support throughout the years. We look forward to a very promising future for our children, our schools and our community.

Click here to visit the Long-Range Plan page.  

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Friday, August 9, 2013

District's Graduation Rates Rise

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released its 2012-13 Cohort Graduation Rate Report earlier today. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has a significant increase in both the four-year and five-year cohort graduation rates.

The four-year cohort rate (for students who started high school in 2009-10 and finished in four years or less) increased 2.6 percent – from 90.0 percent in 2012 to 92.6 percent in 2013. The five-year cohort rate (for students who started high school in 2008-09) increased 2.5 percent – from 90.8 percent in 2012 to 93.5 percent in 2013.

“We are very pleased with the increase in our graduation rates and we salute all of our hardworking students, teachers and administrators,” said Superintendent Thomas A. Forcella.  “However, we will not be completely satisfied until every student graduates, and that will continue to be our goal moving forward.”

North Carolina’s four-year cohort graduation rate also continued its upward climb and set another record. In 2013, 82.5 percent of students who started ninth-grade in 2009-10 completed high school in four years or less. This is up from the 2012 rate of 80.4 percent. The five-year cohort graduation rate for students who entered ninth-grade in 2008-09 showed a five-year graduation rate of 83.1 percent, up from the five-year rate for the 2007-08 ninth graders of 81.1 percent. 

For more information, including a chart showing the cohort graduation rate by gender and subgroups, as well as a link to view state, district and school results, please visit and click on the appropriate link under “News.”

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