Friday, December 11, 2015

UNC Football and Carrboro Elementary

UNC Football players Malik Simmons, Landon Turner and Shakeel Rashad came to Carrboro Elementary to read with third graders on Friday. Along with the players reading, they arranged for free books for the entire third grade.What a great way to cap off another exciting week at Carrboro Elementary.

Go Heels!

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Sherry Norris Selected for NCHSAA Hall of Fame

Congratulations to our own Sherry Norris for being selected for induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame. Sherry is one of eight selected for the 29th group to join the prestigious hall. The new inductees will be officially inducted during a special Hall of Fame banquet this Spring. They eight were recently honored during halftime of a UNC-Wake Forest football game.

Below is the write-up from the NCHSAA Bulletin regarding Sherry's Hall of Fame credentials:

"Sherry Norris has been one of North Carolina’s top coaches in volleyball and women’s basketball for many years. Born in Lumberton and a graduate of Bladenboro High and the University of North Carolina, Norris has enjoyed a great career at Chapel Hill High School, serving as women’s head basketball coach since 1977 and coaching volleyball there from 1977 to 2013. She was also head softball coach for six seasons. She is the NCHSAA’s all-time leader in career volleyball victories with a brilliant 739-257 record, with state championships in 1994 and 2003 and a runner-up finish in 2000. In women’s basketball, her teams rolled up a record of 568-379 and won state titles in 1981 and 2014. Norris was one of the 100 Coaches To Remember during the NCHSAA’s Centennial Celebration and also has earned the Toby Webb Award and the Doris Howard Coach of the Year honors from the NCHSAA. She has been very active in her church and was also the Teacher of the Year at her school, Seawell Elementary, on four different occasions."

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

#grababook at Morris Grove Elementary

Morris Grove Elementary participated in its first ever #grababook Day on Friday, December 4. The day was designed to build student reading stamina and promote a love of reading for all students and staff.
As a school, Morris Grove Elementary...
  • Participated in Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) two times during the school day. During DEAR, all 558 students and 93 staff in the building read a book of their choice;
  • Encouraged students to dress up as a character from their favorite book;
  • Displayed a “Guess the Reader” wall at the school. Staff members picked their favorite book from the school library and snapped a photo hiding behind the book with just their eyes peeking out. Students were previously guessing who the staff member is, and the names were posted for students to check-in and see if they guessed correctly;
  • UNC student-athletes from the baseball, track and field, tennis, and softball teams came to school to read with the elementary students. The athletes were also encouraged to dress up as a favorite book character;
  • Listened to Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco, read by Principal Amy Rickard;
  • Staff had special shirts that said #grababook.
All in all, it was an exciting day of reading at "The Grove."
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Welcome A-Board!

Please join us in welcoming our newly-elected Board of Education members. Rani Dasi, Pat Heinrich and Margaret Samuels were sworn in as our newest Board members on Thursday, December 3 by Judge Joseph Buckner. Annetta Streater was re-elected and sworn in to her third term with the Board.

Following the swearing in, our new Board members took their respective seats at the table and immediately began the important work of leading our school district. They are excited about the challenges ahead and looking forward to building upon the success of our students and schools.

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Winter Break Dec. 21-Jan.1 / Vacaciones de Invierno 21 de dic. al 1 ero de enero

Schools and Offices Closed for Winter Break
District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1 for Winter Break.  School will resume as usual and district offices will be open on Monday, January 4.  Please note that Friday, December 18 is a full school day.

Escuelas y oficinas estarán cerradas durante las vacaciones de invierno

Escuelas y oficinas del distrito estarán cerradas desde el lunes 21 de diciembre hasta el viernes 1 de enero, con motivo de las vacaciones de invierno.  Escuelas y oficinas del distrito abrirán sus puertas como de costumbre el viernes 4 de enero. Tenga en cuenta que el viernes 18 de diciembre será un día de jornada escolar completa.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Chapel Hill High Girls Run to Cross Country Title!

 Chapel Hill cross country coach Joan Nesbit Mabe couldn’t contain her excitement, bouncing from runner to runner after her Tigers completed a dominant victory in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A girls’ cross country championships at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex on Saturday.

And who could blame her? The past U.S. Olympian had just seen five of her runners finish in the top 10 of the team competition to score a triumphant victory for Chapel Hill.

“I can’t help it,” Nesbit Mabe said of her excitement. “This was my dream. After I had my first life as a runner, and then my life as a mother, this was my dream to coach Chapel Hill High. For 20 years, I’ve wanted this. I’m so excited to be here for these kids.”

Sophomore Katherine Dokholyan finished second, junior Clare McNamara third and Marija Crook fifth as Chapel Hill scored 32 points, 44 fewer than second-place Marvin Ridge in a Tiger runaway.

“The hope was to get three all-state and then two more top 20,” Nesbit Mabe said. “We did not think about top five, but we went 2-3-5. We’ve been running as a pack all year, and that pack of four took turns rotating out of the lead to make sure the pack kept moving.”

Madi Marvin finished 10th among runners who were part of the team competition, while teammate Grace Tate rounded out the five runners who scored for Chapel Hill in 12th. While there was some mystery among other classifications after each race who would win the team competition, there was no doubt Chapel Hill was the 3A girls’ champion.

“I’m so proud of our whole team for winning,” Dokholyan said. “Everyone has been training so hard, and we’ve been waiting for this moment for so long. I’m so proud of everyone.”

Chapel Hill nearly swept the team titles, as the Tiger boys finished second to Weddington. Senior Daniel Kleissler was the top Tiger runner, finishing 10th overall.

Nesbit Mabe told her runners she’d give a crown to whoever had the best race, but she expanded those plans later Saturday to include both teams.

“I’ve got to find 14 crowns,” Nesbit Mabe said.

The above story and photo are from the November 7, 2015 edition of the News & Observer - written by Lee Montgomery, photo by Fabian Radulescu.
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