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  • CHCCS Vaccination Campaign Reaches Hundreds of Staff

    In the February 26 “Community Update” sent to CHCCS staff and families, Superintendent Dr. Nyah Hamlett announced, “I am pleased to report that our community partners have stepped up in a major way. This afternoon, our own Smith Middle School served as a point of distribution for over 250 first dose Moderna vaccines supplied by our friends at Alignment Healthcare. We will continue working to make sure that every staff member who wants to be vaccinated will have that opportunity.”

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  • Smith MS Students Create Podcasts

    To celebrate Black History Month, students at Smith Middle School (SMS) created podcasts celebrating Black musicians and their impact on music history. This project, designed by SMS Band and Orchestra Teacher, Robin Neville, allowed students to combine their creativity with their writing and research skills. “I like for my students to be able to do something substantial and something music-related, but usually something that doesn’t involve playing their instrument,” Neville said.

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  • Former Gator Gives Back to Glenwood Magnet ES

    During the summer of 2020, during his transition from fifth grade to middle school, Skyler Yun decided he wanted to do something to support his former elementary school, Glenwood Magnet Elementary School (GMES). He began a fundraising campaign on his own, to help make sure the school could be ready for in-person learning for students. For many days, he baked and sold Madeleine cookies, and he raised nearly $170.

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  • CHHS Students Create Bring Change 2 Mind Club

    As students navigate their remote educational paths during a pandemic, mental health remains an important concern. At Chapel Hill High School, students who have a passion for mental health awareness have an opportunity to join Bring Change 2 Mind, a national organization that is devoted to ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

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  • Spanish Interpreting Pathway Added to CCP Options

    A new Career and College Promise (CCP) pathway will be available to CHCCS high school juniors and seniors next year - a Durham Technical Community College certificate program for Community Spanish Interpreters. The need for more Spanish interpreters and translators is ever-increasing in North Carolina and around the country, and students who complete the coursework will be qualified for jobs in medical, legal, education and other interpreter work.

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  • TA 2 Teach Supports "Homegrown" Teachers

    TA 2 Teach is an innovative and successful recruitment and retention program at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, in partnership with North Carolina Central University. On March 16, a team from CHCCS Human Resources and NCCU co-led an information session for more than 50 teaching assistants who are interested in earning their licenses and entering their own classrooms as full-time teachers.

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  • Nuestra Cocina Blends Culture and Cooking

    In September 2020, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) offered the first “Nuestra Cocina” for CHCCS families and staff. The online event was in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and it was designed by the Latinx members of OEI as they invited participants into their own kitchens to introduce them to authentic Hispanic cuisine as a way to honor a rich culture. More than 40 people attended the inaugural “Nuestra Cocina,” or “in our kitchen.”

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  • CHCCS Salutes and Thanks Our School Social Workers

    One of the strengths and priorities within Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is the commitment to providing student support staff at many levels in every elementary, middle and high school. Each school is blessed with a full-time School Social Worker, a luxury few North Carolina districts can claim. The week of March 8-12 is our time to celebrate and honor the 23 School Social Workers who so often serve as the glue within a school community-- and at no time, has this been more evident than since the pandemic began.

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  • District C Builds New Student-Business Relationships

    For CHCCS high school students who are seeking a learn-outside-the-box, horizon-expanding course for 2021-2022, it’s time to learn about “District C: Working in Teams to Solve Real World Problems.” After a successful pilot roll out last year, this year’s District C course is drawing excited and enthusiastic responses from current students, teacher-coaches, and business partners.

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  • Seawell ES Educator Creates PBS Instructional Videos

    Seawell Elementary School Math & Science Specialist and Interventionist, Tomika Altman, has developed a series of third grade math lessons for PBS NC, at the invitation of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Later this spring, viewers will be able to learn Altman’s multiplication strategies and more on PBS or the Department of Public Instruction’s YouTube channel. Altman is the only CHCCS educator to be part of the collaboration between PBS NC and DPI, which was developed to meet the needs of students during the pandemic.

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  • ECHHS Women in STEM Hold Art Contest

    The East Chapel Hill High School (ECHHS) Women in STEM club took shape during the early months of the pandemic. Co-founder Andrea Basuroski said, “We didn’t have a lot of socialization going on during that time. We created it because we wanted to have a community for women who were like-minded and who were into the sciences, math and engineering.”

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  • Teacher To Shave His Beard as GoFundMe for CHS Families

    "One year, one beard, one opportunity," is the tagline of Carrboro High School (CHS) Social Studies teacher, Tim Walker's GoFundMe campaign. On Monday, March 15, at approximately 3:30, Walker will livestream his Beard Shaving in front of Carrboro High, and the link to view will be on the GoFundMe page by Monday morning.

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  • CHHS Student Explores OT Through CTE Internship

    Rebekah Siekierski, a senior at Chapel Hill High School, has built connections and commitments to students with disabilities since elementary school. In fifth grade, she spent her lunch time in the Exceptional Children (EC) classroom to “just hang out with the students there, playing and doing activities.” Now she is completing a full-year Occupational Therapy (OT) internship with CHCCS through a CTE independent study-- the first of its kind in the district.

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  • B3 Coffee Hosts Free Pop-Up March 6 at Chapel Hill Public Library

    A local nonprofit organization, B3 Coffee, continues to recruit and retain CHCCS students and alumni who call the group a welcome home, as they learn important business and relationship skills, and have plenty of fun along the way. B3 Coffee will host a COVID safe, drive though, pop-up event on March 6 from 10:00 am to noon at the Chapel Hill Public Library, and the hot drinks will be free of charge!

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  • CHHS Arts Students Create Black History Month Video

    In honor of Black History Month, Chapel Hill High School students and teachers from music, dance and visual art classes collaborated to create a video for inspiration and education. The centerpiece of the video is the performance of an excerpt of “Adoration,” by a recently “re-discovered” Black composer, Florence Price.

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  • NAS/FAME Clubs at East Hold First Art Contest

    Among the 71 student clubs listed at East Chapel Hill High School (ECHHS), two have operated more often as a tandem student organization this year, because they share so many goals. National Achievers’ Society (NAS) and Future Advancement of Minority Education (FAME) both prioritize gaining leadership and service-learning experience, along with celebrating diversity, race and culture at the school and in the wider community. This year, in order to honor Black History Month, NAS/FAME held its first school wide art contest.

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