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Siler City Elementary named signature school

Posted Thursday, December 22, 2005

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Siler City, NC - During its annual December meeting, the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium honored Siler City Elementary as the 2005-2006 Chatham County Schools Signature School. The central office cabinet, board of education members, and three representatives from Siler City Elementary School attended the event. Receiving the award on behalf of their students and staff were principal Angie Brady-Andrew, school teacher of the year Amy Seitz, and school improvement team chairperson Ellen Hamm.

The school was recognized for its innovative programming and its commitment to student achievement. This year, the school developed a partnership with UNCG to place student interns at Siler City Elementary during portions of their junior and senior years. This year the UNCG interns are at the school two days each week focusing on literacy. Next year they will be student teaching. A voluntary dual language program premiered at Siler City Elementary this year. The kindergarten class is equally comprised of native English and Spanish speakers. Eighty-five percent of the class time is taught in Spanish; fifteen percent of coursework is taught in English. The school used federal Title I funds to create curriculum plans and pacing guides over the summer. Title I funds have also allowed the school to hire a curriculum coach who focuses on reading comprehension. Quarterly parent nights and special staff training on working with second language learners are also examples of ways the school is meeting the needs of its diverse population.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Consortium and excited about the variety of offerings for our students and staff here at Siler City Elementary School, commented Brady-Andrew.

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