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LaShonda Hester named new Margaret B. Pollard Middle School principal[Jan. 15, 2014]
During the January 13, 2014 Board of Education meeting, LaShonda Hester was named Principal of Margaret B. Pollard Middle School. Hester is a product of Chatham County Schools and served as a middle grades language arts and social studies teacher before going into administration. She has served as the Assistant Principal of Pollard since October 2011.
Winners announced for fall state-wide high school business plan competition[Jan. 15, 2014]
Six North Carolina high school students won highest honors in the state-wide Hop on the BUS! Business Plan competition. The students attend Jordan-Matthews, Eastern Alamance and Walter Williams Academy of Finance High Schools. 43 teams and well over 150 students participated in the competition. The winning students will be formally recognized for their accomplishments at the North Carolina Council for Economic Education’s award ceremony in May.
Northwood Arts selected to receive JFK School of Excellence award[Dec. 13, 2013]
For the second time, Northwood High School Arts Education department has received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence Award. Northwood was one of five schools in North Carolina to receive the honor for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education. In order to be nominated, schools had to offer five artistic disciplines, create two video montages, and complete a packet of information.
Chatham Central High School receives recognitions by the NCHSAA[Dec. 13, 2013]
Chatham Central High School was recently recognized as one of only 128 schools member schools in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) that were ejection free in their athletic contests for the 2012-13 school year. The guidelines record ejections for unsportsmanlike acts such as fighting, taunting, profanity, obscene gestures or disrespectfully addressing or contacting officials.
J.S. Waters collects cans for CORA[Dec. 11, 2013]
The J.S. Waters Jr. Beta Club teamed up with the Student Council to hold a canned food drive for CORA. Students collected 500 cans. Both of the groups focus on service projects for the school and community.
Bonlee’s Kimberly Taylor is Chatham County Schools' Principal of the Year[Nov. 12, 2013]
Kimberly Taylor, principal of Bonlee School has been named Principal of the Year for Chatham County Schools. Dr. Derrick Jordan surprised Taylor at school on Friday, October 18 with the announcement. Taylor has been with Chatham County Schools for six years. She entered the district as Assistant Principal at Virginia Cross in 2007 and was named Principal of SAGE Academy in 2009 were she served until becoming the principal of Bonlee School in 2011.
Chatham Schools honor veterans[Nov. 12, 2013]
On Friday, November 8, Pittsboro Elementary and Silk Hope School both held different but moving Veteran’s Day programs. Silk Hope School honored area veterans, law enforcement, fire department, and EMS with a ceremony attended by the members of the community and the entire student body.
Chatham County Schools releases 2012-2013 EOC/EOG scores[Nov. 12, 2013]
The State Board of Education has released testing data for the 2012-2013 school year. Overall, Chatham County Schools scored slightly higher (45.1%) than the state average (44.7%). Of the seventeen schools in the district, eight exceeded expected growth, four met expected growth, and five did not meet expected growth. Progress toward achieving growth is based on the federally required Annual Measureable Objectives (AMO) for ELA/Reading, Mathematics, Science, Cohort Graduation, Attendance, ACT & WorkKeys and is disaggregated by subgroups.
Northwood Marching Chargers’ Jazz Celebration triumphs at Pinecrest[Oct. 15, 2013]
The 2013 Northwood High School Marching Chargers took the field for their first competition on Saturday, September 28, at the 6th Annual Pinecrest Band Fest and the opening strains of the Dixieland Quartet introduced the Louis Armstrong classic, Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?
Their rousing presentation of Way Down Yonder,
which also included the standards Ain’t Misbehavin’
and Basin Street Blues,
celebrated the birthplace of jazz and took top honors of the evening—with 3A awards for 2nd place colorguard, 1st place percussion, 1st place drum major, 1st place music, 1st place marching and 1st place overall 3A band.
Chatham County School SAT results released[Oct. 15, 2013]
The College Board released 2012-2013 SAT results on Thursday, September 26. North Carolina seniors in 2013 had an average combined SAT score of 1479, which is a 10-point increase from the previous year. Seniors from Chatham County Schools scored an average of 1454. Over 308 students took the SAT and each high school demonstrated gains over average scores from 2012. The district average improved 10 points from the 2012 average.
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