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  • East CH High Students Spotlight Black Chefs

    The East Chapel Hill High School Foods and Nutrition 1 students in Michael Holman’s class spent several weeks in February creating digital book reports about acclaimed Black chefs. The resulting slide show provides a powerful tour through the careers, recipes and writings of 10 pioneers and current stars of African American cuisine.

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  • CHHS CyberPatriots Teams Earn State Recognition

    The national CyberPatriot competition has drawn increased interest among Chapel Hill High School students since the first team was founded by Academy of Information Technology students, Luke Roeber and Joseph Wilson, in 2018. This year, two teams made it through the first two rounds of competition and finished at the state level. As Jennifer Walker, their adviser, said, “These kiddos trained independently and together virtually and participated in three six hour Saturday virtual competitions. I am so proud of them!”

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  • CHHS Automotive Student Apprentices with Toyota

    Chapel Hill High School senior, Andrew McLamb, is the very first student enrolled in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Automotive Technician Pre-apprenticeship Program. He will be attending Forsyth Technical Community College (one of the participating partners in the NCDPI collaboration) to continue his automotive training. Through the program, McLamb will be working with Mark Jacobson Toyota, one of the employer partners.

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  • CHCCS Welcomes Lisa Kaylie to the Board of Education

    At Thursday night’s meeting, the Chapel Hill-Board of Education selected Lisa Kaylie to fill the remainder of the term that became vacant when Dr. Amy Fowler was elected to the Board of County Commissioners.

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  • Food for Students Celebrates Million Meals Milestone

    At Smith Middle School (SMS) on February 17, the skies were a brilliant blue for the long-anticipated celebration of Food for Students’ Million Meals milestone. Eleven months ago, the program, formerly established as Food for the Summer, managed an extraordinarily swift and efficient transition to a weekday emergency feeding organization for CHCCS children.

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  • Frank Porter Graham Bilingue Hosts Workshops for BHM

    A single picture book, “The ABC’s of Black History,” has inspired numerous activities and events for Black History Month at Frank Porter Graham Bilingue. A well-attended highlight of each week in February has been the Wednesday Workshops from 6:00-7:00 p.m., a pairing of 30 minute interactive sessions, using letters of the “Black history alphabet.”

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  • Ephesus Elementary Showcases Black Farmers for BHM

    CHCCS teachers have opened new avenues to innovative instruction during Black History Month this year, and one exciting example is the rich and layered unit, “Food Nourishes Us,” at Ephesus Elementary School.

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  • Three More NCHSAA Titles for CHCCS

    For a school year when the possibility of losing out on athletics altogether seemed very real, the sports programs at CHCCS high schools have been making their mark in state championships-- or perhaps better to say, making a splash. Three more North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) titles were added to the record books on February 11th and 12th.

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  • Black Lives Matter at School Inspires Activities Across District

    The list of Black History Month activities, online events and creative projects from CHCCS schools is pages long and growing by the day. The Weekly Update can only highlight a fraction of the amazing instructional practices and celebrations, but each newsletter in February will share a report from several schools. For the first time, a number of schools introduced lessons and practices from the national curriculum, Black Lives Matter at School, which was developed in 2016, as a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education.

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  • Brad Johnson Honored as "Hometown Hero"

    Over the eleven months since CHCCS classrooms closed because of the pandemic, the heroic efforts of many staff members, district leaders and parents have often gone unrecognized. But one “Hometown Hero,” Transportation Director, Brad Johnson, received a well-deserved shoutout from the local radio station, WCHL, on January 18.

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  • Cheers for Coach Mabe and CHHS Cross Country

    The close of the NCHSAA 2020-2021 cross country season brought a state title to the Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) boys’ team (back to back titles!), a fourth place finish to the CHHS girls’ team and the prestigious National Federation of High School Coaches Association award to CHHS Coach Joan Nesbit Mabe.

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  • Global Connections at Smith MS Adapts to Virtual Format

    For the first time in many years, students and staff at Smith Middle School (SMS) did not spend the weeks after winter break planning, organizing and creating the annual Global Connections celebration, usually scheduled for February. But with the generous support of the Public School Foundation and Bright Ideas,* a core group of staff developed an alternative vision, beginning with a kickoff Community Connections event on the evening of January 14, when students and staff participated in an interactive session with Guadalupe Garcia McCall, author of the novel-in-verse, “Under the Mesquite,” a SMS favorite.

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