The two fourth grade classes at Chatham Charter School combined to present a wax museum that has become a spring school tradition. Elementary classes and other visitors came through the event that was held in the school library on Thursday afternoon, March 23. The 38 students and their teachers, Karen Caudle and Regina Johnston, prepared for the event by researching famous North Carolinians or famous people who have had a strong impact in the state. The students chose historical figures, entertainers, sports figures, and individuals who are well-known in their fields.
"Regardless of their age, visitors always enjoy this event. Everyone who comes through the wax museum is amazed at the detailed speeches the students are able to memorize and give repeatedly on command. Their costumes are well-thought out and make the era of the person they represent come alive," commented Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School.
On Monday afternoon, March 20, actors from the Temple Theatre in Sanford brought an educational production to students at Chatham Charter School. The show, entitled Flutterby, had social media and friendship themes. Third through eighth graders attended and were also able to ask questions to the team at the conclusion of the play.
"Flutterby was an entertaining representation of the struggles young people face in the areas of social acceptance, social media use, and toxic friendships. It reinforced many of the messages we teach students during these impressionable years about getting along well with others,” commented Jen Brannon, Student Support Specialist.
Set in a school, Flutterby featured examples of positive and negative qualities in friends; a friendship tested by including a new student; examples of how social media can create miscommunication; and turning regrets into better reactions when given a second chance.
Another theme of the show was that everyone has unique qualities that do not always fit sterotypes.
“Afterwards, my students and I talked further in class about things they took away from the play. One of the things that came up was how we often wish we had a second chance to handle a conversation better after saying something we regret,” said art teacher Kelly Eldridge.
The Temple Theatre has the traveling production in area schools from February 27 through March 24.
We have begun the school-wide effort to band together and re-build our bus fleet. Several of our buses are in need of being replaced. Everyone in the school uses the buses for things like field trips and athletics. So far we have been able to purchase a small 14-15 passenger bus, but we are in need of another small one and a full-size bus. Even if we are able to find used buses, buying those two is likely to cost in the range of $50,000.
Here are ways in March that you can be part of this Together to 20 effort.
• One way to join the effort is through the PTSA envelope drive. Ask as many people as you can to donate. Every amount no matter how big or how small matters.
• St. Patrick’s Day (Friday, March 17): Give Some Green - Donate some dollar bills (or more) as you come through the car rider line or at one of our offices during the day. (You will also be able to donate at the high school entrance in the morning.)
• Week of March 20th: Change Our Buses – Donate spare change as you come through the car rider line or at one of our buildings at designated locations.
The Chatham Charter Art II, III, and IV classes visited the lower building on Thursday, March 9, to join the two kindergarten classes in an art project. The high schoolers used clay to teach their small groups how to form pinch pots. After a lesson on clay and the firing process, the young students learned how to knead the clay and then form a pot shape with their fingers. Following cleanup, the kindergarteners came to the high school art room to discuss finished artwork displayed in the hallway. They also took a tour of the art room and looked inside the kiln.
"Everyone enjoyed this interaction and smiles were abundant. High school art students truly appreciated the delightful change from their everyday art class to help the busy little students, who made their day," commented student teacher Amy Williams.
Avery Harris, an eleventh grader at Chatham Charter School, has been accepted to the Governor’s School of North Carolina. She will be one of approximately 650 intellectually gifted high school students from across the state to attend the 2017 session. The program is held on two college campuses; Governor’s School East is held on the Meredith College campus in Raleigh while Governor’s School West is held on the Salem College campus in Winston-Salem. Harris is assigned to the East campus.
The summer residential program, the oldest of its type in the nation, has a rigorous selection process with less than one third of applicants making the final cut. Governor’s School students participate in three curricular areas. The primary area for Harris will be English. The second curricular area makes connections between all of the academic areas including math, science, English, social sciences, the arts, and world languages. The third area of study takes elements of the other two areas and adds personal experiences, understanding of social worlds, and creates links between them all.
“This is the third consecutive year we have had a student accepted to Governor’s School. It is another affirmation that our academic program puts our students in a position to be strong candidates for prestigious programs like Governor’s School. Avery will represent our school well and be a great participant,” commented Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School.
Learn more about Governor’s School here: http://www.ncgovschool.org
Chatham Charter third graders partnered with twelfth graders in AP Calculus on Monday afternoon, March 13, in an activity period to lead up to Pi Day, which is March 14th. The day is celebrated internationally on this date each year because Pi is 3.14… (and never ends, going on infinitely). Mathematicians use Pi (the Greek letter “π”) to represent a constant, the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
Before the joint lesson, third graders had been studying perimeter. The high school students expanded the concept to circles (or circumference) and worked in small groups with the students. In the groups the student measured circles and discovered how to prove Pi. The final part of the activity was to create a giant chain of the first 110 digits of Pi that the elementary students will display in their classroom on Pi Day.
“The students love working together and had fun as they explored the concept of Pi. It is important for the older and younger students to work together for several reasons. The older students are role models who give the younger students things to look forward to in future years. The younger students remind the high school students of the level of wonder and inquisitive nature of the elementary age that I always encourage them to recapture," commented high school math teacher Kara Root.
To learn more about Pi Day, go to http://www.piday.org.
CHATHAM CENTRAL PTA CHICKEN TENDER DINNER FUNDRAISER
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All orders are needed by March 15!
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During the North Carolina DECA Career Development Conference (CDC), 27 marketing students from Chatham Charter School competed in many of the competitive events and attended organizational sessions. The conference was held in Greensboro March 9-11. DECA is a student organization of marketing students that has over 7,800 members across the state. Over 3,200 attended the state conference.
The following Chatham Charter students were recognized onstage and qualified to compete at the International DECA CDC in Anaheim, California at the end of April:
1st place: Kirsten Staley in Start-Up Business Plan
2nd place - Farrah Ritter and Logan Shoun in Finance Operations Research
3rd place - Emily Colborne in Hospitality and Tourism: Professional Selling
4th place - Cordell Wanless in Food Marketing
5th place - Logan Shoun and Rachel Smith in Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Three additional students placed in the top ten of events. They were: Avery Harris, Jason Foulks, and Amber Vaughn.
The Chatham Charter DECA advisor is marketing teacher Ashley Wood.
The Chatham Charter chapter also was awarded a Chapter of Distinction Bronze Diamond honor by NC DECA for having met its membership goal which was an increase this year of at least twenty-five percent.
"What a delight to see our students holding their own in competition with students from schools large and small across the state. Taking advantage of opportunities like DECA helps them strengthen skills including presentation preparation and public speaking that they can use in school and careers," said Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School.
The kindergarten classes at Chatham Charter School held their annual celebration of Dr. Seuss on Wednesday and Thursday, March 1 and 2. The teachers and assistants prepared a menu green eggs and (green) ham along with toast and also read Dr. Seuss books with the students. The event is part of Read Across America, sponsored by the National Association of Educators in honor of the March 2nd birthday of author Theodor Seuss Geisel. 2017 marks the 20th year of this national celebration of reading.
“Watching the students’ faces as they tried the oddly colored eggs was hilarious. Most really liked them, but some were not convinced those green eggs were something they liked. Regardless, it’s a great conversation piece. One of the best moments was when some middle school students walked by and immediately began recalling their own memories of celebrating Dr. Seuss,” noted assistant principal Beth McCullough.