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Back to school in Chatham County Schools 2011

Posted Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Approximately 7,900 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade will study on seventeen campuses in Chatham County Schools beginning Thursday, August 25.

The majority of elementary, middle and K-8 schools will begin their school day at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 2:45 p.m. Margaret B. Pollard Middle School shares buses with North Chatham Elementary and Perry Harrison Elementary so the Pollard school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Chatham Central High School will begin its school day at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 3:10 p.m. as it did last year. Jordan-Matthews High School will begin its school day at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 3:10 p.m. Northwood High School will begin its school day at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:00 p.m. as it did last year. SAGE Academy, the district’s alternative school, will begin its school day at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 3:25 p.m.

School meal prices will remain the same in the upcoming school year. Student breakfast costs $1.00 while student lunch costs $2.25. Some students qualify for federally free or reduced meal prices.

Chatham County Schools will operate in the upcoming school year with a reduced number of employees due to budget cuts. The primary losses will be in support staff and central services. Some programs have had to be scaled back, like online courses, or eliminated, like middle school Spanish.

Due to budget constraints, publications like Summer Sendoff and The Journey to June will be posted on the district website in English and Spanish as usual, but copies will not be sent or mailed to homes of students. Paper copies will be available upon request at schools and through the district’s Public Relations Department.

A new district website should be online by the fall. There will be more continuity within school websites as well.

On May 9th the Chatham County Board of Education approved removing the Graduation Project as a requirement for graduation. However, graduating students will be required to complete a “culminating learning activity” instead over which each high school would have some control in format. High schools will be sharing additional information with students and their families as the school year begins.

Student success in extracurricular clubs and organizations was outstanding last year. Every middle school chapter in the district that competed in the state Junior Beta Club competitions in February of 2010 had at least one individual or team win a first place award. Several had more than one top three finish, and multiple students competed at the national level over the summer. High school student organizations had a banner year in 2010-2011. Our students were active in organizations that explored career fields, academics and service activities. Many received state and national recognition for their achievements.

In the area of high school athletics during the 2010-2011 school year, Chatham Central had two state champion wrestlers (Carson Joyce and Shelton Sales) and the 1A 400 meter state champion in girls’ track (Holly Gaines). Sales was also named the National Wrestling Association All Classifications NC Wrestler of the Year. The Northwood men’s basketball team finished the season as the state 2A runner-up. Antonio Farmer (NW) and James Milliken (JM) were two of twenty men’s basketball players from across the state selected to play in the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game on July 18th in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Chatham County Schools offers a variety of athletic teams for seventh through twelfth graders. All student athletes must have a physical exam form signed by a doctor and insurance verification before they can practice. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will allow all fall high school sports to begin Monday, August 1. Fall sports for students in middle school generally begin shortly after school starts.

A student redistricting plan primarily within the Northwood district has been postponed until the 2012-2013 school year.

 
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