Jordan-Matthews HS – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Jordan-Matthews HS – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Jordan-Matthews HS – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Jordan-Matthews HS – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/schools/jordan-matthews-hs/ TV-G 63016882 JM’s Jasmine Brower named finalist in Triangle Rising Stars competition http://chathamjournal.com/2017/05/09/7661/ Tue, 09 May 2017 19:04:31 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7661 By *protected email* Siler City, NC – Jasmine Brower surprised and dazzled audiences last fall, when she appeared on stage as the patriarch of a Jewish family in Jordan-Matthews High School’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Now, that out-of-the-box…

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Siler City, NC – Jasmine Brower surprised and dazzled audiences last fall, when she appeared on stage as the patriarch of a Jewish family in Jordan-Matthews High School’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

jasmine browerNow, that out-of-the-box performance has earned the high school senior a position as finalist for Best Actress in this year’s Triangle Rising Stars award and scholarship competition.

About 110 students from 33 schools in central and eastern North Carolina were nominated this year before judges trimmed the field to 12 male and 12 female finalists. All will attend a weekend workshop and perform on stage in the Triangle Rising Stars Live Showcase and Awards Show.

The performance is May 16, 7 p.m., at the Durham Performing Arts Center. General admission tickets are $10 from the theater or Ticketmaster.com. Fees apply to purchases online.

Playing Tevye, a middle-aged Jewish milkman with five daughters, was an obvious stretch for this 17-year-old African American woman. She initially auditioned for the role of Tevye’s wife. But that was before director Jessica Nunn, founder of the Phoenix Theatre Company, pulled Brower aside and asked if she would consider tackling one of theater’s iconic roles.

Brower didn’t back down from the challenge.

“I was shocked that they would ask a girl to play the role of a middle-aged Jewish man, but they knew that I was able to do it,” Brower said. “After 30 minutes of thinking, I went back and said ‘yes.’ I never knew from just taking that role, I would learn so much about acting and my capabilities.”

Her director was impressed as Brower attacked the role from the very start. “It was a joy to watch Jasmine immerse herself in this challenging role and to put aside any self-consciousness she might have had,” Nunn said.

Matt Fry, a choral music teacher who was music director for “Fiddler on the Roof,” wasn’t surprised at all, having seen Brower develop as a vocalist over the last few years. The soprano received two superior ratings during choral music performance adjudications held this winter by the North Carolina Music Educators Association.

“Jasmine has grown tremendously as a musician and performer during her four years at JM,” said Fry. “I’m very proud to have been a part of her training.”

Students from around the Triangle region who performed a qualifying role in their high school musical were eligible for consideration as finalists. Judges attended performances and evaluated video highlights to make their selections.

Triangle Rising Stars is part of the National High School Musical Theater Awards, a showcase for student performers across the United States. Best Actors and Best Actresses selected from 30 regional competitions receive an all-expense paid trip to New York, where they participate in a 10-day intensive workshop organized by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, train with theater professionals and perform on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre.

Three other Jordan-Matthews students have been named regional finalists — Ashley Griffin in 2013 for her performance as Fiona McLaren in “Brigadoon,” Heath Smith in 2014 for his performance as Daddy Warbucks in “Annie” and Nick Guaraglia in 2015 for his performance as Kenickie in “Grease.”

“Fiddler on the Roof” was made possible by significant contributions from JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, a nonprofit supporting arts education at Jordan-Matthews High School. In its largest annual project, the organization awards Summer Arts Scholarships to underclassmen, allowing them to attend life-changing summer arts experiences and bring their new expertise back to enrich the school’s artistic community.

The foundation also provides transportation and admission for student-artists to experience professional performances and exhibitions, art supplies to enhance creativity and visiting artists to work with students. For more information is available online at jmarts.org.

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Chatham County Schools adds Nationally Board Certified teachers http://chathamjournal.com/2017/01/10/chatham-county-schools-adds-nationally-board-certified-teachers/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:28:46 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7114 Pittsboro, NC – Candace Bailey, a teacher at Jordan-Matthews High School, became the 86th Nationally Board Certified Teacher currently in Chatham County Schools on November 5, 2016. Bailey is part of a larger trend across the state of North Carolina…

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Pittsboro, NC – Candace Bailey, a teacher at Jordan-Matthews High School, became the 86th Nationally Board Certified Teacher currently in Chatham County Schools on November 5, 2016. Bailey is part of a larger trend across the state of North Carolina which boasts the most Nationally Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in the nation.

National Board Certified Teachers are evaluated in five criteria areas which include knowledge of the subjects they teach, teaching practices, and the learning environments they create in their classrooms among others. This is done through a rigorous portfolio review, video reviews of the teachers in their classrooms, and an assessment given to each applicant. Certification takes up to three years to complete.

Once a teacher has earned their National Board Certification, they must renew it every ten years. Renewal requirements include a submission of a Profile of Professional Growth demonstrating how their practices continue to align with the core standards of their certificate areas.. This year, seven Chatham County Schools employees successfully renewed their certification:

● Rebecca Pickard – Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
● Tami Henson – Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
● Leslie Burwell – Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
● Dawn Streets – Social Studies-History/Early Adolescence
● Sara Self – Generalist/Early Childhood
● Teresa Meadows – School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
● Donna Barger – English Language Arts/Early Adolescence

North Carolina offers statewide support for teachers interested in pursuing National Board Certification as a result of legislation adopted in 1994 and enhanced via the Excellent Schools Act in 1997. Teachers who have have a current National Board Certification are moved to a higher salary schedule to recognize their accomplishment. Locally, the Chatham Education Foundation offers financial support to teachers who apply and, based on a competitive application process, awards partial scholarships to help offset the costs of earning National Board Certification. The school district also works with current National Board Certified Teachers to provide support for candidates.

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Chatham County school sysem has created innovative Career and Technical Education classroom spaces http://chathamjournal.com/2017/01/01/chatham-county-school-sysem-created-innovative-career-technical-education-classroom-spaces/ Mon, 02 Jan 2017 03:29:31 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7044 Siler City, NC – For a lot of us, the classrooms we learned in as children look a lot like the classrooms our children or grandchildren learn in today. That’s changing though, and Chatham County Schools’ Geraldine Kirk has created…

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Siler City, NC – For a lot of us, the classrooms we learned in as children look a lot like the classrooms our children or grandchildren learn in today. That’s changing though, and Chatham County Schools’ Geraldine Kirk has created innovative Career and Technical Education classroom spaces to showcase how classrooms can better meet the needs for the students of today and tomorrow.

High Top Table Option The innovative focus is centered on flexible classroom learning environments where safety comes first. This means easily moveable, but durable, tables and chairs to allow the classroom to best meet the needs of whatever the teachers and students are doing. “I want students to feel ownership in the classroom and this furniture is one way to help build that with students” said Kirk. Instead of traditional classroom desks with attached chairs, Kirk installed a variety of tables that are different heights and shapes to make creative and engaging classrooms.

“I know some students have a hard time sitting still in chairs during class, so we found Hokki (pronounced Hookie) stools. These unique stools allow students to wobble, but unlike using Yoga balls, these won’t suddenly shoot out from under a student if the student is off balance” explained Kirk.

During a visit to the Silk Hope showcase classroom, indeed all of the Hokki stools were immediately grabbed by students who enthusiastically endorsed them over chairs.In the newly remodeled Health Sciences lab at Jordan-Matthews High School, Senior Lucas Hargrove said, “These desks and chairs are more comfortable than what’s in our other classrooms. It makes it easy to do group work and change where we’re working quickly.” Hargrove went on to say that he’d like to see similar seating options in all the classrooms.

Teachers are also enthusiastic supporters of the transition to flexible classroom environments. At the Chatham Center for Innovation’s SAGE Academy teacher Kathrina Nellis observed that student behavior immediately improved when students realized they could configure the room how they were most comfortable. “The entire mood and engagement level of the classroom changed with the new furniture. I let them configure the classroom however they want it. These desks and seating options mean that no matter what we’re doing there’s a way that the students can move them to make their work space fit the project” reflected Nellis.

Rolling Seats and Tables It’s not just the furniture that Kirk has addressed though, it’s also the paint on the walls. Each of the classrooms that Kirk redesigned feature an accent wall or bright colored furniture in alternating colors. It brings light and life to classrooms that sometimes can feel institutional when they’re just painted off-white. “The colorful geometric decals on the wall at Silk Hope give the room a focal point and let the students know that this is a room where they are being encouraged to be creative” said Kirk of the computer lab at Silk Hope.

Chatham County School’s theme this year has been “Destination Innovation” and teachers have through January 30 to apply for Innovative Teaching Grants from the district to help kickstart projects like this in their classroom. Flexible learning options, like the ones that Kirk designed, are just one way that Chatham County Schools is looking for innovative ways to support students today and into the future.

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Science is center stage at annual Chatham County Schools Science Fair http://chathamjournal.com/2016/12/27/science-center-stage-annual-chatham-county-schools-science-fair/ Wed, 28 Dec 2016 04:36:00 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7050 Siler City, NC – For over 30 years, students have been creating and sharing science experiments and their results at the annual Chatham County Schools Science Fair. This year’s fair was held at Jordan-Matthews High School on Thursday, December 8.…

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Siler City, NC – For over 30 years, students have been creating and sharing science experiments and their results at the annual Chatham County Schools Science Fair. This year’s fair was held at Jordan-Matthews High School on Thursday, December 8. The science fair was one of the largest ever to feature students from every school and boasted 124 unique projects.

“This event allows students to take the skills and concepts they hear about in their science classrooms and apply them to real life situations. Instead of just reading out the scientists, they’re asking the questions and designing experiments to test their conclusions and analyzing the results” explained Dr. Charles Aiken, Executive Director for Middle Grades and Title III Instruction.

Chatham County Schools Science FairWhile the science fair is open to all students, only students in grades 3 through 12 are eligible to take their projects to the regional and state level competitions. Projects are evaluated for originality, scientific understanding, organization, and clarity of the presentation. This year, 22 judges helped review the projects and select winners.

Winning projects are selected for grade spans and an overall winning project is selected. Every participant receives a certificate, but grade span winners are awarded a plaque. The overall winner receives $100. This year’s overall winner was Rachel Ponder from Northwood High School with the project “Effect of Varroa Destructors on Honey Bee Population Growth.”

The complete list of grade span winners:

K-12 General Science Division
Ms. Canipe’s Class – Siler City Elementary
Loop the Loop

K-2 Class Division
Ms. Andrew’s Class – Siler City Elementary
Soak It All Up

K-2 Individual Project Division
Mrs. Morgan’s Class – Silk Hope
Heat Up & Eat Up

Division 3 – 5 Team Category
Noah Tiller, Ellie Poitras, and Laila Pollack – Perry Harrison Elementary
Clean-O-Cup

Division 3 – 5 Individual Category
Alessia Iacono – North Chatham Elementary
Multi-Tasking vs. Single Tasking

Division 6 – 8 Biological Science A
Cammie Zehner – Margaret B. Pollard Middle
Moldbuster II: Honey vs. Mold

Division 6 – 8 Biological Science B
Tristan Jones and Ava Jones – Horton Middle
To Cry or Not to Cry? Is it Even a Question?

Division 6 – 8 Chemistry
Reagan Phillips, Braden Phillips and Chase Parker – J.S. Waters
Moo Plastic

Division 6 – 8 Earth/Environmental Science
Calvin Conroy, Cabot Priddle and Axel Zarate – Chatham Middle
Fantastic Fertilizers

Division 6 – 8 Physics & Mathematics
MacKenzie Keesor – Margaret B. Pollard Middle
All About the Bass

Division 6 – 8 Engineering
Colby Williamson – Bennett
The Bending Effect

Division 9 – 12 Biological Science A
Rachel Ponder – Northwood High
Effect of Varroa Destructors on Honey Bee Population Growth

Division 9 – 12 Biological Science B
Jaycee Sansom, Nathan Carson, and Bjorn Lee – Chatham School of Science & Engineering
Where is Waldo?

Division 9 – 12 Chemistry
Karmen Brown – Jordan-Matthews High
Effect of Concentration on Conductivity

Division 9 – 12 Earth/Environmental Science
Grace Miller – Northwood High
Sunlight vs. Brightest Color

Division 9 – 12 Physics & Mathematics
Daisy Martinez – Jordan-Matthews High
Concentration vs. Brightness

Division 9 – 12 Technology
Kevin Saefong – Jordan-Matthews High
Does Music Impact Your Reaction Time?

Division 9 – 12 Engineering
John Thurman – Chatham Central High
Be Steel and Brace Yourself

Overall Winner 2016-17
Rachel Ponder – Northwood High
Effect of Varroa Destructors on Honey Bee Population Growth

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Chatham County students named North Carolina State FFA Officers http://chathamjournal.com/2016/06/28/chatham-county-students-named-state-ffa-officers/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:56:28 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6583 Raleigh, NC – Katherine Miller and Sarah Thomas were named 2016-2017 North Carolina State FFA Officers. Thomas will serve as Vice President and Miller as Secretary. Sarah Thomas is a 2016 graduate of Jordan Matthews High School. She is the…

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Raleigh, NC – Katherine Miller and Sarah Thomas were named 2016-2017 North Carolina State FFA Officers. Thomas will serve as Vice President and Miller as Secretary.

Sarah Thomas is a 2016 graduate of Jordan Matthews High School. She is the first FFA state officer to be selected from Jordan Matthews. Sarah is the daughter of Jean Bulllis and Donnie Thomas. Thomas will be attending North Carolina State University where she will be majoring in Agricultural Business Management.

Katherine Miller is a 2015 graduate of Chatham Central High School. She is currently attending North Carolina State University where she is majoring in Plant and Soil Sciences with a Crop Biotechnology concentration. She is the daughter of David and Christine Miller.

Each year the North Carolina FFA Association selects six student members to represent the association as a State FFA Officer. Throughout the year the group has a wide variety of responsibilities leading North Carolina FFA. They are elected officials expected to represent the student membership. State officers are responsible for teaching leadership and teamwork to regional FFA officers and chapter members.  They are motivational speakers who will inspire members and non-members to heights they did not think they could achieve.  State officers are communicators and public relations specialists on behalf of the North Carolina FFA Association building positive relationships across the state and across our nation. They are teammates to the other five state FFA officers and to the staff of the North Carolina FFA Association. They are learners, eager to absorb and grow to the fullest extent possible to fulfill their responsibilities.

FFA is a dynamic youth organization within agricultural education that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. FFA was created in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America; the name was changed in 1988 to the National FFA Organization to represent the growing diversity of agriculture.

Today, nearly one half-million student members are engaged in a wide range of agricultural education activities, leading to over 300 career opportunities in the agricultural science, food, fiber and natural resources industry. Student success remains the primary mission of FFA.

There are currently over 20,000 FFA members in over 250 FFA Chapters across North Carolina.

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Eight local students named JMArts Summer Scholars http://chathamjournal.com/2016/06/23/eight-local-students-named-jmarts-summer-scholars/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:20:14 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6541 Siler City, NC – “What are you doing this summer?” For eight Jordan-Matthews High School students, the answer to that common question will probably begin with, “I’m going to camp!” Jasmine Brower, Karmen Brown, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Cheek, Corrine Collison, Alyssa…

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Siler City, NC – “What are you doing this summer?” For eight Jordan-Matthews High School students, the answer to that common question will probably begin with, “I’m going to camp!”

Jasmine Brower, Karmen Brown, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Cheek, Corrine Collison, Alyssa Gaines, Makani McKenzie, Michael Vasquez and Konner Williams have been named Summer Scholars by JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, each receiving a scholarship to attend a summer fine arts camp at an area college or university.

“I can’t believe it’s been five years since our first Summer Scholarships,” said JMArts president Rose Pate. “Because of the generosity of our donors, we are thrilled to continue to provide this opportunity for the JM family.”

Two of the scholarships will go to rising seniors, vocalists Jasmine Brower and Lizzy Cheek. “Jasmine and Lizzy will be attending the ECU Summer Vocal Music Intensive,” said Pate. “Both of these young women have worked hard and shown serious commitment to the arts program at JM for three years.”

They will be joined at the ECU camp by rising juniors Alyssa Gaines and Konner Williams. “Konner and Alyssa are both talented performers,” said Pate. “We look forward to hearing them this fall, ready to take on leadership positions in our programs as upperclassmen.”

Corinne Collison, a rising freshman, will attend the UNCG Summer Music Camp. “Corinne is young but full of enthusiasm,” said Pate. “I’m confident she’ll learn a great deal about performance and musicianship at the UNCG camp.”

Makani McKenzie, who’s been a part of both the vocal and instrumental programs at Jordan-Matthews during her freshman year, will attend the UNC School of the Arts SummerVoice. “Makani is a talented performer who hopes to prepare for a career in the arts,” said Pate. “Her time this summer at the UNC School of the Arts will be an important part of that preparation.”

Visual artists Karmen Brown and Michael Vasquez will attend the UNCG Summer Arts and Design Camp. “Karmen and Michael are rising juniors,” said Pate. “Both of them are eager for the intensive art study they will have at UNCG, and I can’t wait to see the work they produce!”
Since being launched, the JMArts Summer Scholar program has awarded 35 scholarships to 25 students, with some receiving awards to study over more than one summer. It was designed to help young artists develop their talent, explore artistic options before making college decisions and bring what they learn back to share with other Jordan-Matthews students.

Pate says the foundation couldn’t be happier with the students’ success. “Summer Scholars has become a cornerstone in the continued development of arts education at Jordan-Matthews.” said Pate. “These scholarships give students a taste of what it’s like to study the arts in a college environment and help them develop skills that enrich everyone’s experience back at JM.”

For more information about JMArts, including details about the camps students will attend, visit jmarts.org.

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Three Chatham County students to attend North Carolina Governor’s School http://chathamjournal.com/2016/06/22/three-chatham-students-to-attend-nc-governors-school/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:52:35 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6522 Pittsboro, NC – Three students from Chatham County Schools have been selected to attend the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School for the Summer 2016 session.Sara S.Heilman, from Northwood High School, will attend for Dance.Henry M. Flores, from Jordan-Matthews High School,…

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Pittsboro, NC – Three students from Chatham County Schools have been selected to attend the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School for the Summer 2016 session.Sara S.Heilman, from Northwood High School, will attend for Dance.Henry M. Flores, from Jordan-Matthews High School, will attend for English. and, Erin A. Reed, from Chatham Central High School, will attend for Math.
Governors SchoolThe Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline.
The Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 325 students each: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem (begun in 1963), and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh (begun in 1978). The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body

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Chatham Board of Education honors educators http://chathamjournal.com/2016/06/22/chatham-board-education-honors-educators/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:29:13 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6509 Chapel Hill, NC – Chatham County Schools Board of Education, administrators, and central office personnel joined together on the evening of June 14 to honor teachers, instructional assistants, employee recognition award recipients and retirees at a banquet held at the…

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Chapel Hill, NC – Chatham County Schools Board of Education, administrators, and central office personnel joined together on the evening of June 14 to honor teachers, instructional assistants, employee recognition award recipients and retirees at a banquet held at the Governor’s Club. Each honoree was given a plaque and acknowledged for his or her accomplishments and/or years of service. Teachers of the Year and Instructional Assistants of the Year also received a monetary award. The honorees were:

2016 – 2017

School Teacher

of the Year

Teacher Assistant

 of the Year

Bennett Amy Dowdy Leigh Moore
Bonlee Andrea Kirk Angela Cotton
Chatham Central Robert Newman Susan Webster
Chatham Middle YoLonda Moody Susan Szpunar
Horton Melissa Zerbs Betsy Kolb
J. S. Waters Adina Oldham Robbie Sirls
Jordan-Matthews Wendi Pillars Laura Moffitt-Smith
Margaret B. Pollard Aaron Kivette
Moncure Rebecca Culberson
North Chatham Kelly Creed Minerva Avila
Northwood Jennifer Parks Steven Thomas
Perry Harrison Melissa Hodge Doris Snipes
Pittsboro Elementary Catherine Oldham Julia Austin
SAGE Academy Elizabeth Vaughn Noemi Plata
Siler City Elementary William Urena Ventura Ruiz
Silk Hope Melissa Jenkins Joanne Tyson
Virginia Cross Elementary Elizabeth Woods Joyce Smith

 

2015 – 2016 Retirees

 

0-10 Years                                    11-15 Years                                   16-20 Years

Vanessa Alston                             Rebecca Jordan                            Carole Lee Bresky

Deborah Brewer                            Michelle Ponticello                        Joyce Baughman

Elizabeth Cassedy                                                                             Marilyn Dean

Kathy Foushee                                                                                  Larry Goldston

William Hannah                                                                                 Cynthia Lackey

Susan Mayer

Karen Scriven

Martha Swift

Kathryn Vitaro

                                                                                                 

21-25 Years                                              26-30 Years                                 31+ Years

Katherine Brooks                                       Bonnie Angelacci                         Vickie Gaudette

Angela Campbell                                       Julia Austin                                  *Debbie Glosson

Eddie Haith                                                Randy Blankenship                      Cindy Gurley

Rudy Johnson                                            Ginger Clark                                Cynthia Heuer

Dale Minge                                                 Sandra Kaye Clark                      Ronda Lemons

Gloria Schrader                                          Betty Dixon                                  Mary Lee Moore

Ann Thomas                                               Darlene Evans                             Jean Purvis

Gail Matthews                                           Deborah Threatt

Vivian Phillips                                            *Marjorie Watson

*Educator Emeritus – 40+ Years of Service
Tami Henson  (Bennett)

Breanna Herring (Bonlee)

Michelle Brick (Pittsboro El.)

Mattie Fox (Silk Hope)

Sandra Cockman (Central Services)

In addition, Chatham County Schools Principal of the Year, Justin Bartholomew, Teacher of the Year, Wendi Pillars, and Instructional Assistant of the Year, Leigh Moore, received special recognition.

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Chatham County Schools CTE students honored http://chathamjournal.com/2016/06/01/chatham-county-schools-cte-students-honored/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:56:55 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6382 Chatham, NC — A remarkable number of Chatham County Schools students were recently honored at the Career and Technical Education (CTE) celebration held at Chatham Central High School. The evening featured remarks from Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, Executive Director…

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Chatham, NC — A remarkable number of Chatham County Schools students were recently honored at the Career and Technical Education (CTE) celebration held at Chatham Central High School. The evening featured remarks from Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, Executive Director for Secondary Grades and CTE, Dr. Kelly Batten, and student leader, Tanner Hensen.

CTE CelebrationNumerous students from all three Chatham County High Schools were honored for their achievements in various areas of CTE. Students provided introductions to many of the organizations through skits and presentations.

The following three CTE teachers of the year were also honored:

  • Chatham Central High School – Jeff Phillips
  • Jordan-Matthews High School – Megan George
  • Northwood High School – Rick Parks

Additionally, students were recognized for achieving credentials in: Agriculture Certifications; Certified Nursing Assistants; EverFi; Microsoft IT Academy; National Center for Construction Education and Research; and ServSafe. Over eighty students were also inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. The evening concluded with a reception featuring punch and cookies from Everett Goldston’s Foods classes at Chatham Central, and flowers from Chris Hart’s agricultural classes.

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Opportunity knocks in the Chatham County schools http://chathamjournal.com/2016/05/18/opportunity-knocks-chatham-county-schools/ Wed, 18 May 2016 22:44:33 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6298 Pittsboro, NC -On April 14, 2016 the Chatham Education Foundation hosted the 2nd Showcase of Schools. This event made it clear that if you walk into the door of any of the 17 Chatham County Schools, our students are being challenged, engaged, respected and given opportunities to…

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Pittsboro, NC -On April 14, 2016 the Chatham Education Foundation hosted the 2nd Showcase of Schools. This event made it clear that if you walk into the door of any of the 17 Chatham County Schools, our students are being challenged, engaged, respected and given opportunities to innovate in all subject areas.

Each school was asked to highlight extracurricular program and wow did they come prepared.  Students, staff and administrators showed attendees not just what they do during any given day, but how their learning and leadership skills are portrayed outside of the classroom.

siler city elementaryStudents from Siler City Elementary School spoke at length  This program, structured around the Steven Covey 7 Habits book, gives students skills that empower them to take personal responsibility, work collaboratively, and instills that EVERY student can be a leader.

The Jordan-Matthews Robotics Team dazzled us with their quick hands, coding skills, and ability to move a large robotic machine between the crowd while the middle schools displayed their science and math accolades, Junior National Honor Societies and Junior Beta Clubs, both focusing on academics and character.

Chatham Middle SchoolThe Chatham Middle School Exceptional Children program entertained the audience with a bells performance with music made possible through a Chatham Education Foundation Creative Teaching Grant.  Music teacher, Ethan Luke, directed his students and audience volunteers in a few songs and the performers and volunteers were outstanding. 

The food for the event was catered by the Chatham Central Culinary Arts program and gave the attendees and participants that boost they needed to get through a long day. 

Other participants included six of the 20 Creative Teaching and Literacy grants supported by the Chatham Education Foundation this school year.  Thank you to all of our individual, business and foundation donors who make these projects possible.

From robotics, arts, academic achievements, and life-long leadership skills to music, creative writing, after school clubs, business enterprise course work, advanced technology and so much more, the students in the Chatham County Schools have opportunities to excel and be the future leaders of tomorrow.

About CEF

The Chatham Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money to provide grants to teachers for projects that enhance the educational experience in the classrooms of Chatham County schools. CEF’s programs are made possible by generous donations from local residents, businesses, Chatham County School employees, neighborhood campaigns, and sponsors and participants in CEF special events.  Please visit http://www.chathameducationfoundation.org/ for more information or follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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