• CCHS NCDOT

    Chatham Central High School Beta Club Receives Recognition from the North Carolina Department of Transportation

  • ERA March

    Congratulations to PE Teacher Ms. Wilhelmina Ritter! Ms. Ritter was nominated by Dr. Savage for her positive outlook and dedication to the students and school. (Pictured: Dr. Savage, Ms. Ritter, Dr. Jordan)

  • BEN YA

    Bennett School Holds Young Authors Event

  • SCE Science Night - Duke Energy

    Siler City Elementary Holds Duke Energy Science Night

  • Chatham Girls 4 STEM

  • CTE thanks

    Career & Technical Education Thanks Supporters...[CTE Students: Top Left-Jordan-Matthews; Top Right-Northwood; Bottom-Chatham Central]

  • NHS Drama - Spring Musical

  • AVID College Acceptance

  • Poston and Massoth

    Region 5 Principal of the Year: Chris Poston
    Region 5 Teacher of the Year: JoAnna Massoth

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Two Chatham County Schools Principals Earn Distinguished Leadership in Practice Designation
Poston and Buckner photoTwo Chatham County Schools Principals achieved recognition for Distinguished Leadership in Practice with the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association. Christopher Poston, from Pittsboro Elementary School, and Allison Buckner, from Virginia Cross Elementary, are the latest Chatham County Principals to earn this prestigious designation. They join Beverly Browne, from J.S. Waters School; Chad Morgan, from Chatham Middle School; and Bobby Dixon, from SAGE Academy in this designation.

Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan remarks, “I am exceedingly proud of Mr. Poston and Ms. Buckner. They've each put forth a tremendous amount of time and effort to advance their administrative skill sets and I know that our students will be the beneficiaries."
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​Chatham County Schools Name Teachers of the Year
Teachers of the Year graphicChatham County Schools have, once again, honored their own. Each school faculty voted on a single teacher who is representative of excellence in the classroom. To be eligible for Teacher of the Year, a teacher must hold a Standard Professional 2 license, be employed full time, and not have served as the Teacher of the Year in the past 3 years, and spend at least 70% of his or her time in direct instruction of school students. Congratulations to these individuals for achieving recognition for their time, talent, and commitment to the students of Chatham County Schools.  
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'Teaching is unpredictable, exciting'
Tracy Miller - WRAL Teacher of the Week photoTracy Miller, a teacher at Moncure Elementary School and Horton Middle School, is WRAL's Teacher of the Week on March 18, 2015.
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Chatham County Schools Dropout Rate Falls to Record Low
Pittsboro, NC -- For the sixth year in a row, Chatham County Schools saw a decline in the dropout rate. In a new report from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) presented to State Board of Education members at their monthly meeting, the 2013-2014 Consolidated Data Report demonstrated that dropout rates across the state fell to record lows. The state dropout rate for 2013-2014 was 2.28%, with Chatham County Schools coming in even lower at 1.22%. This demonstrates a reduction of over 15% from the previous year. Surrounding district rates were: Lee County Schools 1.96%; Orange County Schools 1.55%; Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 0.34%; Durham County Schools 1.96%; Randolph County Schools 1.19%.
 
The annual dropout rate identifies the number and percentage of students who drop out during one year’s time. The Strategic Plan for Chatham County Schools states the elimination of any dropout rate as a priority. 
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Calendar Changes for Students

During their meeting on March 2, 2015, the Board of Education approved the calendar and schedule changes for students listed below to address the time that has been missed due to inclement weather. The district provided surveys to staff and parents to determine preferences for make­up time. The survey data revealed that the options approved by the Board of Education were consistent with parent and staff preferences. Survey participation was extraordinary, with over 7,000 responses recorded.   More... (pdf)

Chatham County Schools Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
Chatham County Schools is thrilled to announce eight new recipients of National Board Certification. Teachers undergo a rigorous process of planning, reflection, and assessment in order to achieve certification. The Chatham County School district is proud to have 90 Nationally Board Certified Teachers. Our newest honorees are:

Kimberly Brennan - North Chatham Elementary
Morgan Brewer - Chatham Central High School
Carol (Lynn) Crankshaw - North Chatham Elementary
Elizabeth Deaton - Jordan-Matthews High School
JoAnna Massoth - Chatham Middle School
Heather McCrory - Jordan-Matthews High School
Leann Munoz - Perry Harrison School
Brenton Winston – Moncure School

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Chatham County Third Grade Reading Success
Eighty-four (84.7%) percent of Chatham County Schools third grade students met the reading proficiency standards under North Carolina’s Read to Achieve program.  Seventy-nine percent of North Carolina public school third grade students met the standards across the state.
 
These third graders demonstrated reading proficiency through one of the following state approved options:
  • Passing the Beginning-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment;
  • Passing the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment;
  • Passing the retest of the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment; passing the Read to Achieve Alternative Test;
  • Passing an alternative assessment for reading; or
  • Successfully completing the reading portfolio.
 
Specifically, sixty-two percent (62.9%) of CCS third graders passed on the Beginning-of-Grade or End-of Grade assessments.  Additionally, four percent (4.23%) passed after summer reading camp; seven percent (7.74%) passed on an approved alternate assessment; nine percent (9.78%) were exempt based on an approved NC “Good Cause” exemption.  

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Central Carolina Works: Free College Pathways for High School Students
SANFORD — High school students in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties will soon be registering for free college classes for the 2015-2016 year through the Central Carolina Works (CCW) program.

CCW enables high school juniors and seniors to enroll, tuition-free, in college credit courses that also apply toward their high school diploma. By the time they graduate from high school, they could earn a certificate and have a jump-start on their career or college education.

CCW is an educational initiative by a consortium including Central Carolina Community College, education (Chatham County Schools, Harnett County Schools, and Lee County Schools), business, industry, and community leaders.

CCW funds the placement of career and college advisors in each of the public high schools in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties. These advisors work one-on-one with students to help them take advantage of the state-funded Career and College Promise (CCP) program.

Interested students should contact their Career and College Advisor for more information and to enroll.
The CCW program has grown in popularity from its beginning, currently enrolling 592 students from the nine public high schools in the area. Of those 592 students, 376 are enrolled in a Career and Technical (CTE) Pathway and 216 are enrolled in a College Transfer Pathway. The current total CCP enrollment is 933 students, which includes Lee Early College, charter, private, and home school students.

New CTE Pathways for Fall 2015 include Accounting, Culinary Arts, Laser and Photonics, Library Information Technology, Nurse Aide (new for Lee and Chatham), and Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance.

“Central Carolina Works was designed and conceived to help the student and their family who may not know what post K-12 education and employment is best suited for their interests and abilities,” says Kirk Bradley, Chairman, President & C.E.O. of Lee-Moore Capital Company, who spearheaded the intensive fund-raising to launch the initiative. “By providing a trained professional to help these students understand both curriculum and workforce outcomes available through CCCC, they can make better choices earlier in their middle and high school years.
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