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Visual arts instructor Leslie Burwell named Northwood High School's Teacher of the Year[Mar. 27, 2015]
This is Leslie Burwell's thirteenth year directing Visual Arts at Northwood High School and her fifth year as chair of the arts education department. In addition to teaching, she serves as the faculty advisor for Northwood's National Art Honor Society chapter and as the faculty liaison for the Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation. Since June 2014 she has served as one of two NHS educators selected to be a member of NC Governor's Teacher Network.
Chatham County Schools teachers achieve national board certification[Mar. 23, 2015]
Chatham County Schools is thrilled to announce eight new recipients of National Board Certification. Teachers undergo a rigorous process of planning, reflection, and assessment in order to achieve certification. The Chatham County School district is proud to have 90 Nationally Board Certified Teachers.
Chatham County Schools announce their 2015 Teachers of the Year[Mar. 23, 2015]
The Chatham County School System announces their 2015 Teachers of the Year. Each school faculty member voted on a single teacher who is representative of excellence in the classroom. To be eligible as Teacher of the Year, the teacher must hold a Standard Professional II license, be employed full-time, not have been recognized as Teacher of the Year in the past three years and must spend at least 70 percent of his or her time instructing students.
Former teacher union lobbyist comes out in support of school choice[Feb. 10, 2015]
Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) President Darrell Allison announced today that the organization is teaming up with former North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Chief Lobbyist Brian Lewis to ensure all children have the opportunity to learn in an environment that works for them. “Darrell and I have participated in many public forums and media interviews in which we’ve stood on opposing sides of parental school choice,” Lewis said. “But we’ve also had – over the past many years –honest, candid conversations about how we can improve the quality of education our children receive. I have also had real personal experience around this as well, and all of this has led me to believe that if we continue to take a ‘public schools only’ approach to education, we will continue to fail our children.”
Chatham County Schools concerned about School Report Cards[Feb. 8, 2015]
On February 5, 2015, the State Board of Education released the annual School Report Cards. School Report Cards have been provided for parents and communities since 2002. Report Card data is available for each school, for each school district, and for the state’s education system as a whole. For the first time, schools will be assigned a letter grade A-F to reflect overall student academic achievement and growth in the school. The letter grades are based on student proficiency (80%) and academic growth (20%). Schools will send home Report Card Snapshot letters between February 5-27, 2015.
Chatham Chamber of Commerce confident about county schools[Feb. 8, 2015]
On February 5, 2015, the North Carolina State Board of Education released School Report Card information for the 2013-2014 school year. The Chatham Chamber of Commerce has submitted a letter of concern to the legislative delegation of Chatham County. The letter highlights the Chamber’s confidence in the Chatham County School District. Furthermore, the Chamber requests that the release of School Report Card letter grades be delayed until a formula is created that provides an accurate reflection of student growth and achievement
Chatham County Schools wants to hear from you[Feb. 8, 2015]
Heard about Chatham County Schools’ annual budget survey? Want to help shape the district’s funding priorities and the future of our schools? Now’s your chance to make a difference! We’re asking all our parents, employees and community members to share their views on our district and school-based programs and services in our Budget Priorities Survey. We expect we will once again be asked to do more with less, so your input is critical as we make tough decisions that will impact every student. All responses will be confidential.
School performance grades released for Chatham County Schools[Feb. 7, 2015]
North Carolina’s first School Performance Grades were released at the State Board of Education meeting today. According to the release, 65.4 percent of elementary and middle schools across the state earned a grade of C or better. For high schools, which have additional indicators of career and college readiness included in their grade, 88.8 percent earned a grade of C or better. In Chatham County Schools, over 80 percent of the 16 schools eligible for a School Performance Grade received a designation of C or better. 100 percent of Chatham County high schools earned a grade of C or better and 76 percent of middle and elementary schools earned a C or better. SAGE Academy falls under the Alternative Accountability Model.
Haw River Christian Academy admissions open house on February 5 and 6[Jan. 25, 2015]
Admissions for 2015-16 has begun at Haw River Christian Academy! Prospective families and community supporters are invited to the upcoming Open House events on Thursday, February 5 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and Friday, February 6 (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) The evening Open House provides parents with the opportunity to browse through classrooms, review curriculum, and converse with teachers, administrators, parents, and board members. The daytime event enables families to witness a classical Christian education in action.
CCCC finishes fourth in NCMATYC Competition[Dec. 21, 2014]
Central Carolina Community College finished fourth in the NCMATYC (North Carolina Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges) Competition on Saturday, November 22, at Catawba Valley Community College. Twelve community colleges and 26 teams competed. Student teams from each of the colleges were challenged to complete math challenges individually and in teams. Catawba Valley was the winner, followed by Wake Tech-Main, Wake Tech-North, and CCCC.
Chatham County Schools holds district science fair[Dec. 21, 2014]
On Thursday, December 11, Chatham County Schools held its District Science Fair Awards Night in the Jordan-Matthews auditorium. A science fair emphasizes the learning of science through doing. Science fairs encourage students to design, investigate, and think critically about a particular question, guided by the scientific method. Participation in a science fair affords students opportunities to develop life long skills necessary for scientific literacy.
Students attend CCCC Laser & Photonics workshop[Dec. 5, 2014]
Eighteen students recently participated in the 2014 Laser & Photonics Workshop on Central Carolina Community College’s Harnett County Campus. The students, from Coats-Erwin, Dunn, Fuquay-Varina, Harnett Central, Overhills, and SanLee middle schools, and Lafayette Elementary School, joined CCCC Laser & Photonics Lead Instructor Gary Beasley for the Fun with Lasers workshop on Saturday, Nov. 22.
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