Silk Hope 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 Silk Hope School – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Silk Hope School – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Silk Hope School – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/schools/silk-hope-school/ TV-G 63016882 Chatham County Schools seek distinguished alumni http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/05/chatham-county-schools-seek-distinguished-alumni/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 05:36:53 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8268 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Schools (CCS) has launched its second annual Distinguished Alumni Program, an initiative that awards the district’s graduates for jobs well done and community impact. This past school year, Henry Richardson, who graduated from the former…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Schools (CCS) has launched its second annual Distinguished Alumni Program, an initiative that awards the district’s graduates for jobs well done and community impact. This past school year, Henry Richardson, who graduated from the former Horton High School in 1967, was singled out for making a difference in both his profession and community, which are tenets of the award, along with significantly contributing to CCS.

“The first word that came to mind for how I felt on the day of the presentation was ‘humbling.’ It was so humbling,” Richardson said. “To walk down the aisle with the principal with all those graduates from a vast segment of Chatham County was just humbling.”

Ronald Scott, who graduated from Chatham Central High School, and Joe Hackney, who graduated from the former Silk Hope High School, joined Richardson as inaugural award recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Program. Scott taught and coached at Chatham Central for seven decades. Richardson became a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and spends time leading young people through mock interviews to help them prepare to pursue solid careers. Hackney became a lawyer and served 32 years in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Bright pink postcards with information about the Distinguished Alumni Program are circulating at various businesses in Chatham County. Nominations will be accepted until noon March 2, 2018..

Eligible alums must have graduated at least 10 years ago from either a current or historic high school in CCS. A team from a current school that includes teachers, parents, administrators and students will review each nomination. The four recipients will be recognized during the 2018 commencement ceremony of the high school from which he or she graduated. Recipients from historic schools will be recognized at the school geographically closest to the historic school’s location.

Richardson said it’s a special deal for him that he’ll forever be the district’s first distinguished alum representing the Northwood region.

“Little ol’ me, a farm boy from Chatham County,” Richardson said.

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Chatham County school leaders broaden safety scope http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/12/chatham-county-school-leaders-broaden-safety-scope/ Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:11:02 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7819 Pittsboro, NC – School’s out. But safety stays on the minds of Chris Blice, the chief operations officer for Chatham County Schools, and Tracy Fowler, the district’s executive director of student services. They gathered in late June with local public-safety…

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Pittsboro, NC – School’s out.

But safety stays on the minds of Chris Blice, the chief operations officer for Chatham County Schools, and Tracy Fowler, the district’s executive director of student services. They gathered in late June with local public-safety officials to guide the school system’s principals and assistant principals through scenarios that were made-up but not at all beyond the realm of problems they might have to solve.

The school leaders showed up to the session at the district’s headquarters with no shortage of experience in making sure their students and staffs are secure during, say, fire drills. But the crisis training Fowler and Blice provided offered an opportunity for the leaders to collaboratively consider a wider range of responsibilities in their roles as principals and assistant principals during trying situations, Silk Hope School principal Angie Brady-Andrew said.

Memorizing scenarios was not the goal, Blice said. The big idea was getting the leaders to work through situations such as whether a school needed to be in a lockout mode whereby classes would continue operating normally with extra measures in place to keep outsiders from accessing the campus.

Or maybe a situation warranted a lockdown requiring classroom instruction to cease in order to move students to safe positions. That would raise the issue of when students should be allowed to use their cellphones to contact parents and guardians, and that’s a notable step, because those phone conversations could add to the noise during a situation that requires calm, Blice explained.

Things are different for educators these days. There was a time when parents trying to contact their children at schools had to make phone calls to front offices. Nowadays, parents often can call directly to classrooms and reach students and teachers through all sorts of technology. School leaders need to know how they’d work through those potentially difficult conversations, Blice said.

“People are our greatest resource for insuring safety — just got to keep them thinking. You’ve got to keep them alert,” Blice said.

There’s even room for school leaders to add wrinkles to fire drills in order to keep students and teachers from merely going through the motions, underscoring the prospect of unknown circumstances, Blice said.

Fowler encouraged the principals and assistant principals to return to their schools and work through crisis scenarios with their students and teachers.

 

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Chatham County Schools recognizes distinguished former students http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/04/chatham-county-schools-recognizes-distinguished-former-students/ Tue, 04 Jul 2017 11:54:42 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7730 Pittsboro, NC — Ronald Scott, Henry Richardson and Joe Hackney comprise the inaugural class of the Chatham County Schools Distinguished Alumni Program. Members of the community nominated them based on each individual’s contribution to his community, profession, Chatham County Schools…

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Pittsboro, NC — Ronald Scott, Henry Richardson and Joe Hackney comprise the inaugural class of the Chatham County Schools Distinguished Alumni Program. Members of the community nominated them based on each individual’s contribution to his community, profession, Chatham County Schools (CCS) or a combination of those criteria.

The first edition of the Distinguished Alumni Program offered a nod toward historic public high schools in the county. The honorees were paired with existing high schools located closest to where theirs had been rooted.

Scott accepted the award for his selection during Chatham Central High School’s June 9 graduation ceremony at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. He attended what used to be Bennett High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete. After graduating in 1959 from what has become Elon University, Scott taught at Chatham Central for seven decades. Some of the students who recently graduated from Chatham Central were in his driver education classes. Scott taught United States history, too. Plus, he coached Chatham Central’s baseball team to at least 500 wins, 11 conference titles and a state championship, carving a space for himself in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Richardson graduated from the former Horton High School in 1967. He received his Distinguished Alumni Award during Northwood High School’s June 10 graduation ceremony in Carmichael Arena at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1972, he graduated from N.C. A&T State University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After 22 years of combined active duty and reserve service in the Army, he became a lieutenant colonel. Richardson earned a master’s degree in urban education at Norfolk State University and became the transportation officer and strategic mobility operations officer for the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) in Washington, D.C. His performance during operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Uphold Democracy contributed to successful outcomes from the MTMC’s strategic mobility operations. Retired nowadays after 25 years as a civilian employee on the federal level, Richardson spends time tutoring students and leading young people through mock interviews so they’ll be prepared to pursue solid careers.

Hackney graduated from the former Silk Hope High School, became a lawyer and served 32 years in the N.C. House of Representatives, where he was house speaker, majority leader, speaker pro tempore and minority leader before retiring in 2012. He was honored as one of CCS’ distinguished alums during the June 10 graduation ceremony at Jordan-Matthews High School.

Part of the aim here is linking past CCS students with those moving through the district. Nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Program open in November.

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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 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 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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