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  • November is Career Development Month

    The process to educate CHCCS students about their career options and development may start earlier and offer far more resources than many parents, and even staff, know. What better time to showcase the numerous paths toward career exploration and preparation than this month, Career Development Month. And the education professionals who oversee this process are the creative and dedicated career development coordinators (CDC’s) in our high schools.

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  • Nancy Zeman at Public School Foundation Named Hometown Hero

    Nancy Zeman, program services manager of the Public School Foundation was driving to work on November 16 when she heard her name on WCHL. She listened as the announcer celebrated her impact on Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the wider community. To say she was surprised is probably an understatement, not because she is undeserving, but because she has tended to fly under the radar for more than 20 years of giving back to the schools, Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate and now PSF. She embodies a “Hometown Hero” in her quiet influence and tireless advocacy for families and literacy. Winning the award during Family Engagement Month could hardly be more appropriate.

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  • Glenwood Students Celebrate Arbor Day in Town Ceremony

    Third grade students in Candace Crothers’ class at Glenwood STEAM Magnet Elementary School have been studying trees recently, and their unit culminated in a flurry of “poet-tree” writing. Their enthusiasm and focused work will be rewarded at the Town of Chapel Hill’s annual Arbor Day celebration on November 20, when they share their poems in a Zoom presentation. The program begins at 9:45 when Mayor Pam Hemminger reads an Arbor Day 2020 Proclamation, and the young poets’ work can be heard at 10:15.

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  • Chilean Writer Visits Dual-Language Classes

    Luz María del Valle, an acclaimed Chilean author, spent nearly two hours visiting online with eighth grade Dual-Language Spanish Language Arts students from McDougle Middle School (MMS) and Culbreth Middle School (CMS) on November 2. Del Valle is the author of the popular Chilean trilogy "Yacay.” Brandon Cartagena teaches the DL students at CMS, and Magdalena Berrios Vergara teaches at MMS, but together they developed a unit based on “Yacay” and the traditions of fantasy in Chilean literature.

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  • Chiefs of Staff Continue Making Music Together

    The all-male a capella group, Chiefs of Staff, has been a musical fixture at East Chapel Hill High School for more than 20 years. Navigating the difficulties of practicing and recording remotely has led many a capella groups to go silent this year, but the Chiefs are undaunted.

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  • November is Family Engagement Month

    The impact of parent and caretaker involvement on students’ academic success is powerful and well-researched. When families engage in their children’s learning at home and at school, the payoff is longstanding. And yes, for now, families are engaging more than ever in their children’s learning at home, so what better time to celebrate Family Engagement Month?

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  • Third Grade Geckos Learn About Changemakers

    “Changemakers. People who make the world a better place” was the simple definition in a unit presentation to third grade students at Morris Grove Elementary School. The students spent several weeks this fall learning about changemakers as they read, made murals and explored the concept in many directions.

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  • Phillips MS Student Creates Environmental Education Resources

    Clara Pinella, an eighth grade student at Phillips Middle School, has shown an activist spirit throughout her life. During her time in middle school, her activist fervor has embraced climate change and environmental education, leading her to dive into an 18-month project of developing instructional resources to share with teachers at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

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  • Youth Water Academy Graduates 12 CHCCS OWASA Scholars

    Twelve students from Chapel Hill High and Carrboro High graduated from the Orange Water and Sewer Authority Youth Water Academy on November 4 in the third edition of a program that links CHCCS and one of the most visible and important municipal services in the community.

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