Virginia Cross 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 Virginia Cross School – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Virginia Cross School – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Virginia Cross School – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/schools/virginia-cross-school/ TV-G 63016882 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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Virginia Cross Elementary student go Christmas caroling at Coventry House http://chathamjournal.com/2016/12/21/virginia-cross-elementary-student-go-christmas-caroling-coventry-house/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 02:19:32 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7038 Siler City, NC – Students from Virginia Cross Elementary spread some joy this holiday season with the residents at Coventry House in Siler City. Students from Siler City Elementary prepared songs and spent time with the residents who were appreciative…

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Siler City, NC – Students from Virginia Cross Elementary spread some joy this holiday season with the residents at Coventry House in Siler City. Students from Siler City Elementary prepared songs and spent time with the residents who were appreciative of the outreach and support.

“This is the third year in a row we’ve visited Coventry House” reported Virginia Cross Assistant Principal Chris Bowling. It wasn’t just caroling and spending time with the the residents at Coventry House though.

Kindergarten students prepared and took blankets to donate and also spent time talking with the residents who enjoyed the company and getting to meet so many students in Siler City during their visit.

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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 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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Chatham County Schools name Teachers of the Year http://chathamjournal.com/2015/06/21/chatham-county-schools-name-teachers-of-the-year/ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 02:14:16 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=4236 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Schools have, once again, honored their own. Each school faculty voted on a single teacher who is representative of excellence in the classroom. To be eligible for Teacher of the Year, a teacher must hold…

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Chatham County Teachers of the YearPittsboro, NC – Chatham County Schools have, once again, honored their own. Each school faculty voted on a single teacher who is representative of excellence in the classroom. To be eligible for Teacher of the Year, a teacher must hold a Standard Professional 2 license, be employed full time, and not have served as the Teacher of the Year in the past three years, and spend at least 70% of his or her time in direct instruction of school students. Congratulations to these individuals for achieving recognition for their time, talent, and commitment to the students of Chatham County Schools.

The individual school Teachers of the Year are:

  • Bennett School – Rhonda Batten
  • Bonlee School – Leslie King
  • Chatham Central High School – Aedrin Albright
  • Chatham Middle School – Jamie Cox
  • Horton Middle School – Casey Spillman
  • J. S. Waters School – Kristen Breedlove
  • Jordan-Matthews High School – Jessica Sandel
  • Margaret B. Pollard Middle School – Mindy Liesener
  • Moncure School – Thomas Campbell
  • North Chatham Elementary School – John McLean
  • Northwood High School – Leslie Burwell
  • Perry Harrison Elementary School – Jennifer Sipe
  • Pittsboro Elementary School – Carla Karstaedt
  • SAGE Academy – Sandra Van Kretschmar
  • Siler City Elementary School – Carmen Gaby
  • Silk Hope School – Michelle Daniel
  • Virginia Cross Elementary School – Heidi Gaines

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A learning garden blossoms at Virginia Cross Elementary http://www.chathamjournal.com/weekly/news/chathamschools/learning-garden-blossoms-at-virginia-cross-elementary-110713.shtml Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:59:00 +0000 http://www.chathamjournal.com/weekly/news/chathamschools/learning-garden-blossoms-at-virginia-cross-elementary-110713.shtml Students at Virginia Cross Elementary school have built a learning garden. Starting with basic measurements, several third graders have begun transforming lumber taken from a one-room school house into raised garden beds. Guided by teacher Russ Kozersk...

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