Thanks for your part in helping us have a good start to the new school year. We especially appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we’ve needed to make adjustments to a few areas.
Families of 6th graders, one change we have made this year is to dismiss 6th graders at 3:05 PM instead of 3:15. Please adjust coming through the car rider line accordingly.
From the PTA
First, the 2nd annual no-sale fundraiser will kick off this Monday, August 17 and run through Friday, August 28. If each Chatham Charter family could raise $50 through friend and family donations, we can easily surpass last year's total of $12,000 to benefit the proposed Ronnie Joyce Park. Look for info coming home with students or on the school website and Facebook page for more info.
Second, please plan on attending our first PTA meeting of the year this Thursday, August 20, at 6PM in the gym. You will be able to sign up as a member at the meeting and food will be served. Highlights of the agenda include:
• voting to transition from a PTA to a PTSA so that interested students can join,
• planning our 2nd annual Piggly Wiggly Pigskin Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday October 24, and
• organizing a chicken tender lunch/supper to raise additional funds for the proposed Ronnie Joyce Park.
New website to search for AR books. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kight.
The 2nd annual PTA no-sale fundraiser kicks off Monday, August 17 and runs through Friday, August 28. If each Chatham Charter family could raise $50 through friend and family donations, we can easily surpass last year's total of $12,000 to benefit the proposed Ronnie Joyce Park. All printed info, forms and documents are in the links below.
Fall Sports Practice Schedule for 1st week
Middle School Girls Tennis Practice at Chatham Charter Tennis Courts
Tuesday (8/25) 3:30-5:00
Welcome to a new school year! We excitedly await your arrival tomorrow morning. We have grown to approximately 530 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, several of whom are new to our school.
Please help us by doing the following:
- Pack a lunch (food and beverage) each day this week (and remember to bring it with you);
- Be patient during arrival and dismissal times as we adjust to our new high school traffic pattern (map attached to the bottom of this announcement);
- Kindergarten parents who plan to visit classrooms need to park behind the gym/middle school and walk down by the playground;
- All other visiting elementary families have to keep their visits brief in order to allow other families to also find adequate parking;
- Families are not allowed to park in the staff lot or the high school lot;
- High school drivers who do not have K-8 siblings, if at all possible please wait until at least 8:15 AM to arrive on campus; and
- Save non-critical questions for later in the week or via email so staff can quickly move into a normal school day operation.
We look forward to an incredible school year with your students. Please stay tuned to website, email and social media announcements in the coming days.
Family members who want to walk in and visit briefly in their child’s classroom must park behind the gym/middle school and walk to the kindergarten entrance by the playground. Only high school students are allowed to park in the lot at the end of the high school.
Family members who want to walk in with their child(ren), must briefly park in the lower building visitor parking lot to allow space for everyone to have the same opportunity. Only high school students are allowed to park in the lot at the end of the high school.
Only high school
students are allowed to park in the lot at the end of the high school. Use the
map below for the new high school car rider pattern.
Approximately 530 students at Chatham Charter School in Siler City will begin a new school year on Tuesday, August 11. For the first time in school history, the grade span will be kindergarten through twelfth.
“Although I look forward to the opening of school each year, 2015 is particularly special because of completing a phase I came here three years ago to lead. A long-term goal of our school community has been to have a K-12 grade span. Board commitment, staff planning, and family confidence in our school have allowed us to achieve that goal this August. Having elementary, middle and high school grades on a single campus allows us to connect elements of curriculum on a day-to-day basis. We embrace this unique opportunity and want to make the most of it,” said Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School.
New features of this school year will include expanded opportunities, both in academics and extracurricular activities, for students. In the area of technology, upper elementary students will have additional technology available while juniors and seniors will have the option of “bring your own device” since they take several community college courses. Seniors will have some classes on the Siler City CCCC campus in yet another of Chatham Charter’s purposeful steps toward preparing for them for college life.
School-wide there will be a strong concentration on firmly rooting the school vision and goals in every aspect of school life by staff, students and families. One of the primary areas of focus is college preparedness that begins in elementary school with teaching solid skills for success that lead to a young person who will flourish after high school graduation.
The College and Career Promise (CCP) will be in its second year at Chatham Charter. The state program is in partnership with Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) and gives juniors and seniors the ability to earn over 50 college transfer credits. The classes are considered “dual credit” because they also help the students simultaneously meet high school graduation requirements. The majority of seniors at Chatham Charter will complete one of the “pathways” of study, an accomplishment not achieved by the majority of students across the state in the CCP program. The Chatham Charter high school program is modeled after a middle college concept. Its master schedule interweaves the CCP program versus allowing students to take the college transfer courses if they can fit them into the high school schedule.
Through multiple events leading up to the first day of school, administration and staff are providing opportunities for new as well as returning students and their families to be well prepared for the 2015-2016 school year. A Fall Athletic Kickoff and Freshman Family Orientation were held on July 28th.
In the area of athletics, the Knights are in the second year as a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). Chatham Charter high school teams are now able to be in a formal conference with other member schools of similar size. The Knights will be in the Central Tarheel Conference. Our teams will be eligible for post-season play this year. Individual athletes were eligible last year. Knights middle school athletic teams will be part of the Central Carolina Conference.
The evening of Thursday, August 6, is designated for the annual open house event. Families with students in multiple grade levels can choose which session they attend. Schedule: 4:00-5:00 PM: Grades K-5 concentration 5:00-5:45 PM: traffic transition time 5:45-6:45 PM: Grades 6-12 concentration
Parents/guardians who had students at Chatham Charter last year and already had PowerSchool access, can continue to use their same logins. All students and parents of new students will receive PowerSchool logins as the school year begins.
The August 2015 edition of Knightsbridge, the Chatham Charter periodic family newsletter, is attached to the bottom of this announcement in PDF format. Families should receive a hard copy by "snail mail" early in the week of August 3rd.
• Fall sports for high school students begin tomorrow, Monday, August 3. This week’s practice times are on posted the school website under News.
• School supply lists are posted under News on the school website.
• Knightsbridge newsletter will be mailed to homes on Monday, August 3.
• Open House will be this Thursday, August 6. (K-5 from 4-5 PM; Grades 6-12 from 5:45-6:45 PM)
• The first student day will be Tuesday, August 11.
• Staff is frequently posting back-to-school information on our website and social media sites. Please check them often.
Kindergarten grade required vaccines
Effective July 1st, the state is requiring a polio vaccine and varicella vaccine for kindergarteners. See details below.
Seventh grade required vaccines
The state is now requiring seventh graders to have the Tdap booster & Meningocococcal Disease (MCV) vaccine within the first thirty days (calendar days) of the school year. Students will receive additional information in homeroom packets as the school year begins. However, due to the short time span, students are welcome to see their doctor or go their local health department to obtain the vaccines. Documentation from a medical professional is required to be submitted to the school. The Chatham Charter deadline will be September 10th. State law requires a student be suspended if not in compliance by the deadline.
Reminder: It is not necessary for you to buy school supplies for your second semester classes now since they will not begin until January.
Geometry & Pre-Calc students: Walmart currently has a TI-84 plus graphing calculator on sale for $88.
11th & 12th Graders
Please begin checking your school email now for
important information staff is sending you in preparation for the new school
year. For instance, Mrs. McCullough must
know immediately if you need to use a school Chromebook and haven’t notified
her via email yet. Mrs. Nicks has sent juniors their CCCC email addresses and has
sent seniors information about the August 7th registration deadline
for the September administration of the
Team tryout/practice schedules for the first week of 2015 high school fall athletics are listed at this link.