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April is Autism Acceptance Month, but it’s also a time, like every other month, to celebrate the powerful, expert student support by the CHCCS Autism Specialists. The commitment to students with disabilities is an integral component of the equity work across the district, as teachers, staff and parents seek ways to create more inclusive and affirming environments in our schools.
Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, CHCCS nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, CHCCS schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 7.
Thanks to the generosity and support of the Public School Foundation and the Orange County Arts Council, a celebration of jazz vocal music was presented virtually to fifth grade students in every CHCCS elementary school on April 21. The eight members of the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Vocal Jazz Ensemble spoke in pairs and solo for three full hours, providing consecutive half hour sessions to engage, instruct and entertain the students.
Under the umbrella of the Exceptional Children Department, various teams of support staff provide crucial services to students, from Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) to Autism Specialists, Physical Therapists (PT) and Occupational Therapists (OT). April is the month to celebrate OT’s, and CHCCS students, families and staff benefit daily from a team of 12 OT’s, in addition to Jennifer Radzik, the Lead Occupational/Physical Therapist.
Eugenia Floyd, a CHCCS fourth-grade teacher at Mary Scroggs Elementary School was named the 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today at the Umstead Hotel in Cary. Floyd was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools.