Pollard Middle School – 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 Pollard Middle School – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Pollard Middle School – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Pollard Middle School – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/schools/pollard-middle-school/ TV-G 63016882 ‘Imagine’ creates surprise ending for Horton Middle School author http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/21/imagine-creates-surprise-ending-horton-middle-school-author/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:09:26 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7603 Pittsboro, NC — Some of the up-and-coming writers spanning multiple genres at the Chatham County Schools (CCS) Young Authors Celebration already are ahead of where New York Times best-selling fiction writer Cassie Beasley said she was at their age. CCS…

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Pittsboro, NC — Some of the up-and-coming writers spanning multiple genres at the Chatham County Schools (CCS) Young Authors Celebration already are ahead of where New York Times best-selling fiction writer Cassie Beasley said she was at their age.

CCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade gathered April 4, 2017, in The Barn at Fearrington Village to receive trophies and bound copies of the stories that afforded them writing wisdom from Beasley. Keaylee Vasquez Perez, Holly Marin Thesing, Liliana Arias and Mason Cook

For 29 years, CCS students have been creating stories toward possible publication, contingent upon their words passing the eye test from judges at both the district’s schools and within Chatham County.

Horton Middle School eighth-grader Liliana Arias earned the Mary Lee Moore Award for generating the best piece of writing in the district with “Imagine.”

The other top winners were:

• Siler City Elementary School kindergartener Keaylee Vasquez Perez, who wrote “Candy Land’s Hero.”

• Pittsboro Elementary School fourth-grader Holly Marin Thesing, who wrote “The Rescue.”

• Margaret B. Pollard Middle School sixth-grader Mason Cook, who wrote “The Dream Man.”

Beasley, who lives in rural Georgia, said she began buckling down as a writer in sixth grade. Her best-seller, “Circus Mirandus,” is a story of powerful magic, family mysteries and invisible tigers.

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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 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 students sweep Envirothon competition http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/19/chatham-county-students-sweep-environmental-science-competition/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:43:13 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6127 Pittsboro, NC – On March 22, eight teams of middle and high school students from Chatham County successfully participated in the Piedmont Regional Envirothon at Elon University in Alamance County, which attracted more than 175 participants. Envirothon is a hands‐on…

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Pittsboro, NC – On March 22, eight teams of middle and high school students from Chatham County successfully participated in the Piedmont Regional Envirothon at Elon University in Alamance County, which attracted more than 175 participants. Envirothon is a hands‐on environmental education program, widely known across the nation.

Two Chatham County teams won the coveted first place positions and a total of seven teams qualified for the state competition. Eight teams of students from Woods Charter, Northwood High School and Margret Pollard Middle School competed in teams of five members each.

“The Chatham County teams faired exceptionally well and we are so proud of them,” said Brenda Williams with the Chatham County Soil & Water Conservation District.”

In the High School Division, the Woods Charter School’s PhioSlothicals Team won first place. Others placing in top seven were: Northwood’s G3 Team, third place; Wood Charter’s Cecil’s Sitting by the Seashore Team, fourth place; and Woods Charter’s Turtle Turnovers Team, seventh place.

In the Middle School Division, Woods Charter’s team, Naturally Treeific, secured first place; Margaret Pollard Middle School’s Five Fire Foxes Team finished in fifth place, while the school’s Enviro-Nats Team placed sixth.

All these teams advance to the state finals, which is slated for April 29-30 at Cedarock Park in Alamance County.  The winning high school team for that event advances to the national competition, with all expenses paid.

Envirothon immerses middle and high school students in a year‐long learning process that combines in‐ class curriculum with hands‐on field experiences facilitated by resource professionals such as soil scientists, foresters and wildlife specialists. This intense training culminates in a competition where teams are tested in five subject areas: Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and a current environmental issue. Scores determine winning placements.

“Envirothon students often become serious stewards of our natural resources and advocates for a healthy planet” said John Peeler, North Carolina’s Envirothon Committee Chair. “What bigger legacy can we leave?”

At the local level, the Envirothon competition is coordinated by soil and water conservation districts and sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

For more information on how to participate in the Envirothon competitions, please visit http://www.ncenvirothon.org or contact the Chatham County Soil & Water Conservation office at 919-542-8240. At the state level, the contact is Sandra Weitzel with the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation at 919‐715-6680.

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Bennett girls and Pollard boys triumph in CCS middle school basketball tournament http://chathamjournal.com/2016/02/24/bennett-girls-and-pollard-boys-triumph-in/ Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:58:00 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5851 Pittsboro, NC – The 2016 Chatham County Schools middle school basketball tournament took place last week in spite of inclement weather on Monday. First round games were played on Tuesday night at the higher seeded schools based on regular season…

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Pittsboro, NC – The 2016 Chatham County Schools middle school basketball tournament took place last week in spite of inclement weather on Monday. First round games were played on Tuesday night at the higher seeded schools based on regular season records. The second round and championship games were hosted at Pollard Middle School on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Teams advancing to the second rounds were:
Girls – Chatham Middle, Pollard, Horton, and Bennett
Boys – Silk Hope, Horton, Pollard and Bonlee

Teams advancing to the Championship rounds were:
Girls – Pollard and Bennett (Bennett won)

Boys – Pollard and Horton (Pollard won)

People who were not able to attend the tournament were able to listen to Siler City’s WNCA 1570 AM radio station. The station covered the Chatham Middle School Basketball Tournament live.

WNCA Radio Station

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Chatham County School District seeks feedback in strategic plan development: Flight Plan 2020 http://chathamjournal.com/2016/01/12/chatham-county-school-district-seeks-feedback-in-strategic-plan-development-flight-plan-2020/ Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:53:47 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5620 Pittsboro, NC — Chatham County Schools is launching its Chatham Flight Plan 2020 Survey. The survey asks parents, students, staff, and community members about school quality, goals, initiatives, charter schools, communication, and other key topics. The results will help guide…

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Pittsboro, NC — Chatham County Schools is launching its Chatham Flight Plan 2020 Survey. The survey asks parents, students, staff, and community members about school quality, goals, initiatives, charter schools, communication, and other key topics. The results will help guide district strategic planning.

chatham county schools“Community input is critical to informed decision making,” said Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, Superintendent. “The survey findings will carry significant weight as we work to chart a successful course for all CCS students.”

Here are the details:
● The online survey will be open from Thursday, January 14, 2016 to Thursday, January 28, 2016.
● Parents, staff, and community leaders with email addresses on file with the district will receive invitations to take the survey. Simply follow the link to participate.
● The survey will be available to all students and community members on the district homepage.

Chatham County School District’s independent research partner, K12 Insight, will administer the survey, which means all responses are confidential. Unless respondents identify themselves in open-ended questions, no one from the district will be able to connect participants to their answers.

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Chatham County Schools teachers achieve National Board Certification http://chathamjournal.com/2015/12/11/chatham-county-schools-teachers-achieve-national-board-certification-2/ Fri, 11 Dec 2015 19:49:24 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5508 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County School District 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…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County School District 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 over 80 Nationally Board Certified Teachers. Our newest honorees are:

Heather Bearman – Perry W. Harrison Elementary School
Rikki DeShaies – Silk Hope Elementary School
Sheryl Little – Margaret B. Pollard Middle School
Adrian Maynor – J. S. Waters School
Lee Means – North Chatham Elementary School
Cameron Vernon – Northwood High School
Elizabeth Webster – North Chatham Elementary School
Lynn Young – North Chatham Elementary School

nbctlogoSuperintendent, Dr. Derrick D. Jordan remarked, “Chatham County Schools are so fortunate to have the kind of educators who consistently dedicate themselves to professional development and advancement. Their commitment to their profession and this district makes a direct impact on our students daily and we are grateful for their efforts. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to our latest eight Nationally Board Certified teachers”.

Norma Boone, Executive Director for Teacher Induction, Title II & Compliance, works with National Board candidates and shared, “We are very happy to announce the achievements of eight teachers who obtained their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate. Although the process is intensive, the benefits are rewarding.”

As of December 4, 4,729 teachers have achieved or renewed National Board Certification in 2015 – the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. The total number of teachers certified by the National Board is 112,286. North Carolina has the most Nationally Board Certified teachers in the nation.

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Chatham County PTA thrift stores distribute funds to schools http://chathamjournal.com/2015/10/15/chatham-county-pta-thrift-stores-distribute-funds-2/ Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:32:47 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5319 Pittsboro, NC — On Monday evening, September 28, 2015 the Chatham County PTA Thrift Store board held a full board meeting at JS Waters School. Dinner and refreshments were provided by the JS Waters PTA. Principals from across the county…

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ptathriftstorePittsboro, NC — On Monday evening, September 28, 2015 the Chatham County PTA Thrift Store board held a full board meeting at JS Waters School. Dinner and refreshments were provided by the JS Waters PTA. Principals from across the county were in attendance along with school PTA representatives. The meeting was special in that over $555,000 was to be distributed to individual schools. In addition to the disbursement of PTA funds, officers were elected. Officers for the 2015-2016 school year include: President Robin Hudson; Vice-President Kim Clark Jones; Secretary Shayne Mann; and Treasurer Wilhelmina Ritter. These ladies served in the same role last year and were so successful, they were elected again.

The PTA Thrift Shop celebrated 32 years in business in April 2015. Over that time, the organization has provided over 8 million dollars to Chatham County Schools. These funds are used by school PTAs to fund field trips, enhance technology, improve facilities, and provide teacher grants. The Thrift Shop has a small cadre of paid employees but relies on community volunteers to sort, clean, and function as “elves” for the stores. Each school has two volunteer representatives who assist in designating work groups and coordinating drop box pick-ups.

Northwood High School School Principal, Dr. Justin Bartholomew once again came away with the largest check of the evening. Volunteers for Northwood High School logged over 10,000 hours resulting in a disbursement for the school PTA of over $65,600. School disbursement amounts follow:

Bennett:                       $57,000

Bonlee:                        $31,600

Chatham Central:        $41,700

Chatham Middle:        $31,800

Perry Harrison:           $18,400

Horton:                       $27,500

Jordan-Matthews:       $38,800

JS Waters:                   $47,700

Moncure:                     $27,400

North Chatham:           $15,100

Northwood:                  $65,600

Pittsboro Elementary:  $16,500

Pollard:                        $21,000

Sage:                            $18,600

Siler City Elem:           $33,600

Silk Hope:                     $40,100

Virginia Cross:              $21,900

Total:                                over          $555,000            

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Chatham County Schools observes Bullying Prevention Month http://chathamjournal.com/2015/10/12/chatham-county-schools-observes-bullying-prevention-month/ Mon, 12 Oct 2015 05:39:27 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5291 Pittsboro, NC — Chatham County Schools will be celebrating Bullying Prevention Month in October. Students will be participating in classroom lessons, dress-up days and signing pledges to stand up against bullying. Schools also focus on bully prevention throughout the year.…

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Pittsboro, NC — Chatham County Schools will be celebrating Bullying Prevention Month in October. Students will be participating in classroom lessons, dress-up days and signing pledges to stand up against bullying. Schools also focus on bully prevention throughout the year. Teachers are given the opportunity to make their classrooms a Safe Zone for students. Each school also has an anonymous bullying reporting form located on their webpages under the student and parent drop downs.

Unity DayThis year, Chatham County Schools Central Services will be participating in Unity Day 2015 by wearing ORANGE on Wednesday, October 21st. The theme for Unity Day is “Together Against Bullying – United for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion”. We are challenging our schools to participate as well and stand with us in bringing awareness to bully prevention by wearing ORANGE on Wednesday, October 21st. Post pictures on your website and on social media using the #CCSUnity. The school with the best picture of their celebration of Unity Day 2015 posted to your school’s website will be named “Champions of the Cause Against Bullying” and receive a school plaque. So, Chatham County Schools, get out your ORANGE, fire up your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the #CCSUnity and stand with us against bullying.

unity-dayThe Chatham County Bully Prevention Task Force will also continue their efforts to bring attention to effects of bullying by working together to help find ways to support students and schools to prevent bullying. We will be taking our meetings on the road this school year so that we are more accessible to schools and communities. We hope that you will join us for our monthly meetings. Please see the schedule below. If you have questions, please contact Erica Perlow, BPTF Chair, at *protected email* or Tracy Fowler, Executive Director of Student Services and Support Plans, *protected email* or 919-542-6400.
Bully Prevention Task Force 2015 – 2016 Meetings
5 pm – 6:15 pm

October 13th – Chatham Central
November 10th – Chatham Middle
December 8th – Central Office South (Horton Middle)
January 12th – Pollard
February 9th – Bonlee
March 8th – Virginia Cross
April 12th – Northwood
May 10th – Central Office South (Horton Middle)

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Back to school for Chatham County students http://chathamjournal.com/2015/08/14/back-to-school-for-chatham-county-students/ Fri, 14 Aug 2015 04:37:53 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5033 Pittsboro, NC — On Monday, August 24, 2015 approximately 8500 students will return to Chatham County Schools. Administrators and leaders from across the district met for a Summer Leadership Institute in early August to prepare for the coming school year.…

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Pittsboro, NC — On Monday, August 24, 2015 approximately 8500 students will return to Chatham County Schools. Administrators and leaders from across the district met for a Summer Leadership Institute in early August to prepare for the coming school year.

Back to SchoolOver the summer, new principals were introduced to North Chatham Elementary and Jordan-Matthews High School. North Chatham welcomed Carla Murray, former Assistant Principal at Siler City Elementary. Jordan-Matthews will be led by Tripp Crayton, formerly an administrator in Wake County.

The district released a brand new website at the end of July. The new site features timely information in a clean, jargon-free format. Each school has a new site as well. Uniformity across the sites will help parents navigate popular searches. Stay tuned for information later this fall on how to customize the experience.

Changes to the start and end times for K-8 schools were made over the summer in an effort to provide additional time for instruction. Margaret B. Pollard Middle School will begin at 8:10 AM and end at 3:10 PM. All other K-8 schools will begin at 7:55 AM and end at 2:55 PM.

Please note that the school day will be starting earlier this year

Meal Prices for the 2015-2016 School Year are: Breakfast – $1.00; Lunch – $2.65. School Nutrition Services proudly produces and serves tasty, nutritionally-balanced meals to the students of Chatham County. Breakfast and lunch menus are made up of low-fat protein choices which are never fried, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low-fat milk. All students and parents are invited to join us for lunch and/or breakfast to see how school meals have evolved. Forms for free and reduced lunch will be available on the first day of school or by contacting the front office of your school.

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. Fall sports for students in middle school generally begin shortly after school starts.

Employees from across the district will gather at Jordan-Matthews High School on Friday, August 21 for the annual Employee Convocation. The theme for this school year is “Charting a Course for Success”. Throughout the year, the school district will engage with students, parents, employees, and community members to refine the strategic plan. The district remains committed to providing the very best educational opportunities for our students and community.

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