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  • April is Autism Acceptance Month

    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.

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  • McDougle MS "Student Exploration Projects" Provide Choice for All

    The topics for the 2020-2021 year long projects by McDougle Middle School students might surprise you: "The impact of Social Distancing on the Human Mind," "The Evolution of Barbie" and “Life Skills that aren’t Taught in School,” to name just a few of the dozens created this year.

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  • East Chapel Hill HS Students Compete at NC TSA Conference

    The 2021 North Carolina Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference took place in a virtual format from April 25-28, and 21 students from East Chapel Hill High School competed in 19 events. Three students placed in their events: Ethan Taylor with a first place in CAD 2D Architectural, Hanqi Xiao with a second place in Prepared Presentation and both Nayoung Kim and Taylor earned a third place in Architectural Design. Not bad for a statewide competition!

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  • Plan for School Lunch Hero Day on May 7!

    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.

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  • CHS Coalition Elevates Voices of Students of Color

    The Black and Brown Student Coalition at Carrboro High School has been a catalyst for social change in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area since the summer of 2020. As a student-founded and student-led organization, the BBSC is dedicated to creating space in the community for honest conversations about student experiences of racial inequity, as well as the challenges of being high school students during a pandemic.

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  • NCCU Jazz Vocal Ensemble Presents to Fifth Grade Students

    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.

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  • MS Model UN Succeeds in Virtual Format

    Like so many other annual events and competitions, the middle school Model UN Conference went virtual this year, but for 140 students from all four CHCCS middle schools, the change didn’t seem to dampen their enthusiasm. On Wednesday, April 14, breakout rooms were filled with high-level discussions among the student delegations about the refugee crisis in Ethiopia created by the Tigray War.

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  • ECHHS Jr. Chef Team Wins Silver Medal in Virtual Cook-Off

    The North Carolina Jr. Chef competition only began as a statewide Career and Technical Education (CTE) event four years ago, but East Chapel Hill High School (ECHHS) Culinary Arts Teacher, Michael Holman, has supervised two teams that made it to the finals, in 2019 and again this year. The weeks-long process of competing was entirely virtual, but Holman’s three students, Jared Pascarella, Devin Hackley and Brayden Wolfe, kept their eyes on the ball and won a Silver Medal for their original entree, Blackened Chicken Taco Salad with Citrus Crema.

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  • CHHS Ethics Bowl Team Finishes Strong

    When Americans typecast the country’s high school students, philosophers and ethicists probably rank low on the list of categories. Yet CHCCS high school students have taken two of the last three titles in the NC High School Ethics Bowl. East Chapel Hill High School won in 2019, and this year, a team of seven students from Chapel Hill High School won the school’s first state championship and placed 12th out of 26 teams nationally.

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  • April is the Month to Celebrate Occupational Therapists

    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.

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  • Eugenia Floyd Wins NC’s Top Teaching Honor

    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.

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  • ECHHS Lacrosse Dominates End of NCHSAA Season

    Despite numerous, significant obstacles for high school sports teams in their efforts to persevere and even excel during a pandemic year, both of the lacrosse teams at East Chapel Hill High School played in the NCHSAA championship games on March 27. The women’s team capped off an amazing season by triumphing over Weddington High School by a score of 14-8. The men’s team fell in their title game, losing to Marvin Ridge High School, 14-6. But what a way to celebrate lacrosse success -- seeing both teams battle it out for their respective championships!

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  • Carrboro High School Theatre IV Students Go Virtual

    On March 24, STU Productions at Carrboro High School (CHS) presented a livestream of “Screen Time”, a series of seven short scenes written, produced and directed by seniors in the Honors Theatre IV class. The performances, which were made available through a pay-what-you-can donation, streamed on YouTube through March 31. Tied together by the thread of COVID 19, the scenes explore themes including separation, understanding and friendship.

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  • NC State ESL Licensure Program Serves CHCCS Teachers

    In recent years, CHCCS has joined in partnerships with North Carolina State University and Elon University to provide add-on licensure programs for current teachers in three priority areas: Gifted Education at Elon, and English as a Second Language and Exceptional Children at NC State. On March 4, the CHCCS School Board voted to fund a second cohort for the ESL program, which will begin in June 2021. A virtual information session will be co-hosted by CHCCS and NC State on April 12 from 4:30-5:30.

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