Friday, June 29, 2018

Everyone Plays a Part in CHCCS for Student Success

In general, Strategic Plans can look the same. The way some are written, the plan could be for almost any school district in America. One of our goals was to stand out and be different when creating our new 2018-21 Strategic Plan. We want to make sure we empower, engage and inspire students, staff and our community. We want to ensure everyone in our community is engaged and realize they are a stakeholder in the success of CHCCS students - because you are.

As we start rolling out our 2018-21 Strategic Plan, we will begin to share its details and goals. We will work towards meeting the expectations we set out to accomplish, as well as those of our stakeholders. The timing for our new Strategic Plan couldn’t have worked out better, seeing as I now have a full year of leading CHCCS and learning about its culture. Things are clicking as we continue to take on new challenges, like hiring new administrators and principals to lead our schools.

Here we go, starting a new school year and another exciting journey together. Our focus, like last year, is simple: we want to empower, engage and inspire. We will continue to use these words over the next three years, working hard on our four pillars: Family and Community Engagement; Employee Experience; Student Success; and Organizational Effectiveness.

When we return in August, please look for more information about our 2018-21 Strategic Plan. Soon, we’ll have handouts and information available on our website with all the details. Get ready to gear up, CHCCS!

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

School and District Offices Closed for July 4 / Escuelas y oficinas del distrito cerradas el 4 de julio

School and District Offices Closed on Wednesday, July 4
All CHCCS schools and offices are closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.

Also, the week of July 4th, Lincoln Center is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Wednesday for the holiday; and open Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Escuelas y oficinas del distrito cerradas el 4 de julio
Las escuelas y oficinas del distrito están cerradas el lunes, 4 de julio
Todas las escuelas y oficinas de CHCCS están cerradas el miércoles, 4 de julio, en conmemoración del Día de la Independencia.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Our Community Is Unique

The CHCCS community is not your usual school community. We may have the usual stakeholders - staff, students and families - but we also have a long-standing tradition of including others who don’t have specific ties to our schools. We have retirees and university students who volunteer in our schools. We have active grandparents who move to the area to be close to their families. We have business owners who want to financially support classrooms. We have some big universities who collaborate with us. So it was with this diverse tapestry in mind, we included our Community in the 2018-21 Strategic Plan. Our community is more than the usual - it is unique to us and helps to make CHCCS an amazing place to teach and learn.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Outdoor Activities Canceled for June 20 / Prohibidas todas las actividades al aire libre después de las 10 a.m. el 20 junio

All Outdoor Activities Canceled for Wednesday, July 20
Due to an extremely high heat index forecast for today, Wednesday, June 20, all school related outside activities after 10 a.m. are prohibited. Summer camps will take place indoors. Regarding athletic teams, please contact the team’s coach to find out if practices will be held indoors or are canceled. Please stay safe during this extreme weather.

Por las condiciones de calor se cancelan las actividades al aire libre
Debido a las condiciones de calor peligrosas, el miércoles, 20 de junio, después de las 10:00 a.m.  están prohibidas todas las actividades al aire libre. Los campamentos de verano tendrán lugar al interior de las instalaciones. Con respecto a los equipos deportivos, comuníquese con el entrenador del equipo para averiguar si las prácticas se realizarán en el interior o si se cancelarán.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Outdoor Activities Canceled for June 19 / Prohibidas todas las actividades al aire libre después de las 10 a.m. el 19 junio

All Outdoor Activities Canceled for Tuesday, July 19
Due to an extremely high heat index forecast for today, Tuesday, June 19, all school related outside activities after 10 a.m. are prohibited. Summer camps will take place indoors. Regarding athletic teams, please contact the team’s coach to find out if practices will be held indoors or are canceled. Please stay safe during this extreme weather.

Por las condiciones de calor se cancelan las actividades al aire libre
Debido a las condiciones de calor peligrosas, el martes, 19 de junio, después de las 10:00 a.m.  están prohibidas todas las actividades al aire libre. Los campamentos de verano tendrán lugar al interior de las instalaciones. Con respecto a los equipos deportivos, comuníquese con el entrenador del equipo para averiguar si las prácticas se realizarán en el interior o si se cancelarán.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Second Grade Students at Northside are Global Change Makers

Economics instruction for second grade students? At Northside Elementary School, they learned the concepts of supply and demand, scarcity and sustainability, and during that unit, they became interested in exploring how economic factors impact access to water around our world. Among other crucial facts, they learned that worldwide, a child dies every 90 seconds from lack of clean water.
If it sounds advanced for second graders, think again. This unit became a rich integration of science, social studies and environmental justice. Through stories, virtual reality experiences and Google Earth explorations, students examined water access around the world. When they met Godi Godar of the Democratic Republic of Congo, founder of Go Conscious Earth, students decided they wanted to impact change in the world in a real way. Godar’s nonprofit funds the building of freshwater wells in villages around Lake Tumba in the DRC. By 2016 the group had provided clean water to more than 10,000 people, and the number has grown significantly since then.
After Godar’s initial visit with all of the second grade students at Northside, the children brainstormed ways to support Go Conscious Earth. The outcome of those discussions was a plan to collect coins in every classroom at the school by providing “change jugs,” with accompanying information about the plight of limited water access across so much of the DRC. In addition to their coin drive, the students hosted a second grade market in which they used the school’s library makerspace to create items to sell in various stores they would run.  From stress balls to beaded jewelry, the market  allowed students to use the economic principles studied to earn additional money towards this initiative. Parents and staff were invited to visit the market and purchase items that were crafted by the students.
On June 5, the jugs were collected, the coins counted, and when Godar returned to visit with the second grade students in the library media center, the contribution to Go Conscious Earth totaled nearly $700. The children seemed delighted to watch the smiling Godar receive the envelope, and several asked questions and made brief speeches about the importance of the fundraising they had spearheaded. This project has started what will be a lasting partnership between the students of Northside and an organization that allows students to give back in substantial and relevant ways.
Kathryn Cole, School Library Media Coordinator, helped shape the entire water access curriculum, and she created the publicity to share in the Northside school community, as well as organized Godar’s visits. She produced a Spark Adobe video called “Water Access: How We Can Help,” available for viewing here:
Before Godar said goodbye to the children, he emphasized the degree of lifesaving support their coins would provide. “We will be able to drill a well for one village, and you guys will be the heroes. We will share pictures of you guys. The people in the village will say, ‘These kids in the U.S. have raised these funds, only for you.’”
His final words offered inspiration and encouragement. “Plant a little seed, and it grows bigger and bigger. Don’t dream little tiny dreams - always dream big!”

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Our Focus Is Student Success

Educating children is what brings us together every day. In our 2018-21 Strategic Plan, we are focusing not just on the student, but on Student Success. We understand each child is different and has his/her own way of learning. We want to help students learn who they are as people and as learners. We want to engage them for every moment they’re in CHCCS classrooms. We want to help all students take the reins of their education because that’s the best way to make sure they’re lifelong learners and accomplish all the goals throughout their lives.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Chapel Hill High School Breaks Ground for Major Reconstruction

There were more than a dozen shovels and matching hard hats, numerous yellow tee shirts that read, “Please excuse our progress,” and under the breezeway, rows of chairs that were soon filled with Chapel Hill High School teachers, students, parents, CHCCS administrators, school board members and county commissioners, among others. Not bad for a drizzly Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock.

June 12 was the official groundbreaking ceremony for the major reconstruction of Chapel Hill High School, which has been anticipated for years - and the commitment to the expense and undertaking has been debated in countless forums and meetings. So the physical reality of turning the earth with all those shovels carried a powerful symbolism.

The speakers at the event were: outgoing Principal Sulura Jackson; Superintendent Dr. Pam Baldwin; veteran History Teacher Bill Melega; CHCCS Board Chair Rani Dasi; CHHS PTSA President, Kirsten Barker; President of the Lincoln High School-Northside Alumni Association David Mason; Board of County Commissioners Chair Mark Dorosin; Aaron Nelson, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce; and Jessica Schinsky, a rising junior at CHHS .

Jackson reminded the audience that she still has 17 more days as principal before she takes on a new role as CHHS Construction Manager. She said, “I’m looking forward to moving into the twenty-first century.”

Melega, who has taught students for more than 20 years at CHHS, said, “Goodbye to D building - you were a great ship. Like the Six Million Dollar Man, we hope our new school will be bigger, faster and stronger.”

Barker reminded the teachers and students that the two years ahead will present new challenges of upheaval and transition, but she encouraged everyone to consider the time at CHHS a “resilience learning lab,” to grow and strengthen from the experience.

Mason also called for the CHHS family and local residents to rise to the occasion. “Treat every student as if they have the potential to change the world. It is my prayer that we work together as a community and never forget from where we came.”

Schinsky enumerated some of the aspects of the old buildings that she won’t miss, like the “weird smells.” But she spoke with affection of her experience at the school. “It’s the place where I’ve discovered who I want to be.”

Construction on the new CHHS campus will be complete in 2020. For details about all the new features CHHS will have, please visit the CHHS Construction website and be sure to check in often, as the committee will have updates throughout the building process.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Duke Energy Foundation $40,000 Grant Supports STEM Instruction

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Public School Foundation are pleased to announce a $40,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will go toward the development and teacher training for an Inquiry and Nature-Based STEM Program to serve elementary school students in grades 3-5, beginning with a pilot at Northside Elementary School.
The grant was submitted by Dan Schnitzer, CHCCS Sustainability Director, in collaboration with a team from the CHCCS Instructional Services Department, in order to raise both the level of rigor and engagement in science instruction. The Institute for the Environment at UNC will design the training and curriculum in collaboration with CHCCS teachers, ensuring that the content is aligned with College and Career Readiness standards.
“The vision for delivering this nature-based STEM instruction capitalizes on the natural curiosity of children, combined with their immediate environment,” said Schnitzer. “Above all, the inquiry-based approach will be more successful in engaging all students in STEM. The anticipated result is deeper student interest and excitement in STEM education and the environment, leading to increased proficiency in mastering 3rd-5th grade science concepts and a closer relationship with their environment.”
The measurable goal of the Inquiry and Nature-Based STEM Program is to reduce non-proficiency on the Grade 5 Science Test by half over a period of five years. Dr. Elaine Watson-Grant, Director of Elementary Education, explained how the approach of this new program will better reach every student. “One key factor in meeting the needs of all students, and in particular, students from traditionally underserved groups, is participation in immersive, interdisciplinary learning experiences that build their background knowledge, develop and deepen their interests, and connect them to life outside of school. An inquiry-based approach will lead to greater student engagement, understanding and transfer of knowledge.”

“We are proud to partner with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Public School Foundation to expand access to STEM programming for students and educators,” said Indira Everett, Duke Energy district manager. “Programs that foster a growing interest in STEM fields help our communities continue to grow and produce skilled workers who bring new thinking and ideas to the table.”

With an overarching goal of decreasing the achievement gap in the district, the program designers noted that there are statistically significant gains in achievement on challenging tasks among students who were taught with inquiry-based practices. Research on culturally relevant teaching practices supports the premise that hands-¬on, real-world learning activities are particularly critical for the achievement of students of color as well as students from economically disadvantaged households.
“We are grateful to Duke Energy Foundation for recognizing this need in our district and supporting our students with increased opportunities for STEM-based learning,” said Dr. Pam Baldwin, Superintendent of CHCCS. “We look forward to the enthusiasm and energy for science that will develop from this grant.”

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Strategic Goals Will Guide District's Work for Next Three Years

On behalf of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, I am honored to introduce our three-year strategic goals (please see below).
There are many throughout our state and nation who point to our school district as a model for educational excellence. From the outside, it is easy to see why that would be the case. Our measurables – test scores, graduation rates, SAT results, etc. – compare favorably with the best school districts anywhere.
However, a deeper look reveals many areas desperately needing improvement. Our children deserve an excellent education – all of our children. That is where we miss the mark. Our success, however defined, varies greatly from child to child. Some leave our district entirely unprepared for life after high school.
These new goals are designed to keep, and build upon, those things we do well. They also address those areas that need to be improved.
Our amazing community contributed significantly to the design of these goals. Without the help of our stakeholders, we could not have created this roadmap that will guide our work for the next three years. Our community-wide survey included over 1,000 responses. We also conducted 44 focus groups with students, staff and community partners. We met with principals, assistant principals and local business leaders. Every School Improvement Team hosted a public table top conversation. We collected specific feedback from representatives of the Teacher Advisory Council, Student Advisory Council, NAACP, and the UNC Education Policy Initiative. The amount of data from these efforts was massive. Altogether, we collected approximately 600 pages of input.
All of these meetings, along with the survey, were designed to seek out answers to four important questions:
1. How do we define student success?
2. What is working well in our schools/district?
3. What needs to be changed?
4. What goals we should include in the new plan?
A strategic planning committee made up of a cross-section of our school district and community was assembled to assist in the gathering and analysis of the data. Their meetings began in September and concluded in April. We greatly appreciate their dedication to the project and attention to detail.
I commit to you that we will use these goals to elevate the education we provide to ALL students. I invite you to hold us accountable to this work. Our success is entirely dependent upon the investment of our whole team – staff, students, parents, business leaders, elected officials and all of Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children’s education. It is an honor to serve as your superintendent.

Pam Baldwin

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Continue to Be More, Class of 2018

Tomorrow CHCCS will celebrate the graduation of our high school seniors. Our graduates have worked hard to reach this milestone - the moment when they hear their name called and then walk across the stage to receive a piece of paper that will change their life. There is no need to quote numbers, everyone knows the importance of staying in school and how having a high school diploma will enable someone to earn more, give more, help more, be more.

It is important to honor these seniors for their achievements.  Whether they are top of their class or not, putting the diploma in their hand gives them a boost for the rest of their lives. Today’s high school journey is not easy and CHCCS seniors know this - there is an understanding that they will graduate. In addition to classwork, students have extracurriculars, sports, arts, work, volunteering, all while squeezing in some moments for fun. Our students live in this pressure cooker of expectations.

To our Seniors: The reward for all your hard work, all of the years of studying, all the times you took a class that stretched your mind and abilities is the knowledge you gained. You are in control of your educational journey. You are. You get what you put into your education. This can also be applied to your life. When you work hard, have fun, take risks and encourage others, your life will be momentous. Never stop learning. Never stop looking for solutions. Never stop taking what you learn in your years here and apply it to where you are.

Your parents, teachers and I are all very proud of everything you have accomplished and cannot wait to see what you will do next. Your decisions will shape not only your future, but all of ours. While you continue to learn more, give more, help more and be more, we will continue to watch and learn from you.

Congratulations Class of 2018!

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New Principals Named for Three Schools: McDougle Elementary, Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of three new principals earlier this evening.

Aisha Howard has been named principal of McDougle Elementary. Ms. Howard is an experienced principal who joins us from Durham Public Schools, where she has served as principal of Oak Grove Elementary since 2011. Prior to that, she was principal of North Elementary in Person County Schools. Ms. Howard spent three years as an assistant principal in Durham and seven years teaching in Durham and Guilford County Schools. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from UNC-Greensboro, and her Master of School Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Charles Blanchard is the new principal of Chapel Hill High. He is currently the executive director of Career and Technical Education for Guilford County Schools. Mr. Blanchard is a long-time high school principal who has previously led Grimsley High in Guilford, James B. Hunt High in Wilson, Southeast Guilford High and the Early College at Guilford. He also served as principal of Fuquay-Varina Middle in Wake County. Mr. Blanchard was an assistant principal at Garner High, and a teacher/coach at Ralph L. Fike High in Wilson County. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Educational Administration at East Carolina University, where he was a Teaching Fellow and later a Principal Fellow.

Kenneth Proulx was hired as principal of East Chapel Hill High. He comes to us from Wake County Public Schools where he has served as principal of Holly Grove Middle School since it opened in 2010. Mr. Proulx has experience as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He came to North Carolina from New York, where he served as principal of Beaver River Middle/High and West Carthage Elementary. Mr. Proulx also served as Wake County’s Executive Director of Organizational Development and Support. Prior to school administration, he was a middle and high school Social Studies teacher. Mr. Proulx earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Oswego.

From left to right: Charles Blanchard, Chapel Hill High Principal;
Aisha Howard, McDougle Elementary Principal; 
Kenneth Proulx, East Chapel Hill High Principal

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Food for the Summer Kicks Off at Northside Elementary

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the late afternoon kick off of Food for the Summer at Northside Elementary on Tuesday, June 5. Across the expansive lawn behind the school, a brightly colored Bounce House claimed the center of attention, along with art tables, corn hole stations, a farmers’ market - and a mouthwatering cookout spread from Chartwells, Inc. Families from the Northside community and beyond arrived early and stayed till “closing time” as the children played games, and adults visited with friends and new acquaintances.
Summer nutrition programs existed in this community before the creation of Food for the Summer, but it took the inspiration, and then countless hours dedicated to that vision, by Mayor Pam Hemminger before the rollout of the organization in the summer of 2016.
The Food for the Summer website ( notes that in 2018, 27.9% or 3,432 children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are food insecure. Yet that stark statistic is not widely known among many local residents. For the third year, the program comprises a collaboration among CHCCS departments, the Chapel Hill Mayor’s office, Varsity Church, a number of community non-profits like Porch and the Inter-faith Council, as well as No Kid Hungry NC and UNC Food for All.
During the first summer of Food for the Summer, a smaller partnership of organizations served lunches at four sites in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. This year, volunteers will provide lunches at 16 sites for any child from infant to 18 years old. A new feature that will be phased in at some sites is Lunchtime Camp, an opportunity for volunteers to extend their time with children to interact with them in a variety of enrichment activities. Food and activities will be packed in easy-to-carry bins and volunteers will pick them up at central distribution zones.
For some of our community’s children, the USDA-approved lunches will be the most substantial or healthy meals they receive during weekdays. The bonus ingredients of conversation and creative engagement should also provide a social-emotional boost for the children who participate. Roslyn Moffitt, CHCCS Director of Title I and Family and Community Engagement, said, “Once again, different aspects of the community came together to support our families. This speaks to the uniqueness of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area.”
The need for volunteers is still high! The program begins on Monday, June 11 at all 16 sites. Employees of CHCCS and the Town of Chapel Hill do not need additional background checks; all other volunteers can link to a five minute process that will provide the clearance necessary to participate. High school students can earn service-learning hours, and many sites are on the town’s free bus service.
Carolyn Brandt is the director of Food for the Summer, and she welcomes your questions at Please visit the website or go straight to the sign-up link!

2018 Organizations of the Partnership

Book Harvest
Town of Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill Mayor’s Office
Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools
Chartwells, Inc.
Family Success Alliance
Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
No Kid Hungry NC
Refugee Support Center
UNC Chapel Hill Food for All
Varsity Church
YMCA of the Triangle

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

PTSA Scholarship Program Enables Students to Attend Community College

In the fall of 2015, the Chapel Hill High School PTSA received a grant for approximately $7,000. During the conversations that followed, the PTSA Executive Board explored a variety of school initiatives that could be developed with that funding. Current president Kirsten Barker said that over the past several years, “The CHHS PTSA has been trying to highlight that we are an organization that supports ALL CHHS students, parents and staff. We felt that a good way to put those words into action would be to focus on students who were continuing to community college, so we could continue to provide support that they would be leaving behind when they left the safety net of high school.”
The first scholarships were awarded in the spring of 2016 to five students, to four students in 2017 and four more this spring. To hear the stories and ambitions from the students who have benefited from the fund is to understand how wide and deep the impact has already been.
Monicah Atwater, a recipient from the first class of 2016, will receive her Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting Technology from Alamance Community College on June 8. She has long held the ambition to work in an allied health field. Through her grandmother’s long illness, Atwater learned as much as she could to strengthen her support skills. During that experience, she became committed to further education in medicine, and she has loved the courses at ACC. “Without the scholarship to get started, it would have been completely different,” Atwater said.
DohSay Sein received the scholarship as a 2017 CHHS graduate, and his year at Durham Tech has allowed him to focus and define his educational path, well beyond any plans he had considered a year ago. “I would like to say thank you very much for the scholarship that I got from the PTSA. It has really helped me a lot with my school tuition and move forward with my education. I will be able to buy the books and other supplies that I need in each class.”
During his first semester, DohSay said he kept changing his mind about what he wants to study, but now he is confident that he would like to earn an Associate in Science degree to prepare for transfer to a four year college. He hopes to pursue a career in Network Security. “The teachers at Durham Tech are very, very nice,” DohSay said. “Every time when I need help with the subject, I can always contact them and make an appointment with them to help me with the subjects that I don’t understand. Overall, I really enjoy learning at Durham Tech, and what I have learned now and in the past, has made a big difference in my life.”
Kimberlee Spores is the current chair of the CHHS PTSA Scholarship Program.  She is the "face" of the program now and has developed new ideas to make the work of the committee more professional. Each fall, Spores, Barker and other Executive Board members meet with the most recent class of recipients to check in and hear how they are navigating their first semesters - and to provide guidance and cheerleading, if necessary.
The selection process has been fine-tuned by the Scholarship Committee, in consultation with Assistant Principal Anna Hipps and the counseling team at CHHS. Since counselors know which of the seniors hope to attend community college, they have been able to ensure that eligible students not only learn about the scholarships, but that they can provide direction and support to complete the application and secure teacher recommendations.
“We pay $500 directly to the school for fall tuition and then a follow-on of another $500 if they re-enroll for spring classes,” Barker said. “We also stay in touch with them and ‘mother hen’ them a bit to make sure they are registering, staying on track, etc…”
Linda Cervantes, another of the 2016 recipients, said that the “mother henning” part of the process was invaluable for her. As a first generation college student, she said that nearly every part of enrolling in her first semester at Alamance Community College was challenging, since she had no one to help her understand the process. “It was such a relief to start out in college, not worrying about how to pay for every little thing.”
Cervantes hopes to complete her Associates in Arts certificate this summer, so that she will be ready to enroll at Guilford College in August. In the university transfer track, she has met the general education requirements, except for a final course in biology. Her career ambition is to become a social worker, and she feels very optimistic about the kind of preparation she’ll receive at the private Quaker college. “They’re a school that talks a lot about social justice and community. I know I want to contribute and give back.”
Four 2018 scholarship recipients were recognized at the May 30 senior awards ceremony at CHHS. Among this year’s winners: a student who has been studying automotive technology through dual enrollment at Durham Tech, where he will enroll full time in the fall; one who has a passion for photography and will also attend Durham Tech; a student who hopes to study sonography and another student who will also enroll in general education courses at Durham Tech.
Barker and Spores are deeply committed to continuing the scholarship fund to provide multiple grants each year. “Our traditional fundraising activities now support the scholarship program in addition to our other initiatives like teacher discretionary funds, teacher supplies, student club support and mental health initiatives,” said Barker.
Although approximately ten percent of CHCCS seniors choose to attend community college, few are commended for that choice. “We felt that lots of kids get recognized for athletic signing and four-year college scholarships, but not much is said about or done for our kids who go on to community college,” Barker said. “We want the ultimate message to be that the path to success doesn’t only tie to UNC acceptances.”

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Friday, June 1, 2018

New Strategic Plan to be Introduced

Over the next few weeks, CHCCS will begin to roll out its new Strategic Plan for 2018-21. We have worked hard to make sure we include all students, staff and our community in this plan. We have four main areas: Family and Community Engagement; Employee Experience; Student Success; and Organizational Effectiveness. Through it all, we hope to empower, engage and inspire, so stay tuned!

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