Monday, July 21, 2014

New Principal for Phillips Middle School

Rydell Harrison
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has hired a new principal for Phillips Middle School.

Rydell Harrison joins the district from Guilford County Schools, where he is currently the principal at Hairston Middle School in Greensboro.

Harrison started out as a music teacher in New Jersey, and has 17 years in education. He has also served as a middle school assistant principal and an elementary school principal in Guilford County prior to his current position at Hairston Middle in 2011.

Harrison holds a bachelor of arts degree in Education from Rutgers State University, a master of arts degree in Theology from Duke University and a master of arts degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

"We are thrilled to welcome Rydell Harrison to our Leadership Team," said Superintendent Thomas A. Forcella.  "His passion for the work of educating all children at high levels was visible throughout a very rigorous selection process."

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Friday, July 11, 2014

2013-14 SNAColades

The Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC) created SNAColades to honor CHCCS staff who, through their hard work and creativity, make our children's school experience more meaningful.  The following have been selected for this recognition based on the testimonials of the Exceptional Children community. Below each name is a quote from an appreciative parent.

SNAColade Recipients 2013-14

Tania Treml, Autism Support Specialist, Culbreth Middle School
“I have been very impressed with Ms. Treml's knowledge, expertise and ability to work with students, parents, resource teachers and regular ed teachers.  Ms. Treml goes above and beyond her call of duty. She has been a true partner in my child's education.  We trust her knowledge and expertise in helping children on the autism spectrum.  We find her ability to work collaboratively to be very valuable.  Ms. Treml's skills are not only helping children, but also helping decrease the burden on parents.”

John Hite, Exceptional Children Teacher, Carrboro High School
“John Hite looks at my child as a whole person; he considers not only academic needs, but emotional and social needs as well.  He goes above and beyond to help my child make connections with others both within and outside of the school walls.  John Hite has a passion for curriculum, and sensitivity paired with a sense of humor.  Our high school experience would suffer without his skills and compassion.”

Beth Kinney, Teacher, McDougle Middle School
"Beth Kinney has been a godsend for the EC department at that school.  She gives kids confidence that they can do things and achieve through hard work.  She makes them trust her, and her students adore her!”

Karla Boreiko, Autism Support Specialist, Estes Hills Elementary School
“I would like to recognize Karla Boreiko for her passionate advocacy on behalf of EC students.  I also want to thank her for her exceedingly insightful and sensitive engagement with my son.  Thank you, Karla!”

Dawn Jackson, Exceptional Children Teacher, Culbreth Middle School
“Ms. Jackson has been very helpful and responsive to our requests for modifications to enhance our child's education.  Her knowledge of the system and sound advice have been invaluable to us as parents seeking the best education our child can receive at CHCCS.”

Jordan Lupton, Speech Language Pathologist, Morris Grove Elementary School
“Ms. Lupton consistently challenges her students to do their best.  She is well organized, creative in engaging special needs children in and out of the classroom and a good communicator with parents and fellow teachers.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated teacher.”

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chapel Hill - Best Small City for Education in America

Chapel Hill ranked number 1 out of 140 small cities (50,000-60,000 population) for education in America according to This ranking was determined based on student-teacher ratio, money spent per year per student, high school graduation rate, and test scores.

Chapel Hill outshone its competition with a 9 out of 10 ranking for test scores. Our schools also had a 13 to 1 student-teacher ratio and a graduation rate of over 94 percent.

According to, Chapel Hill offers "good academics, a good outlook for your future, and an environment that fosters growth."
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