The new corrected Knight Discount cards are here. If you still need updated cards please either see lower building receptionist Jennifer McGaughnea or email boosters at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Athletic Boosters are holding a Cash Raffle on December 2, 2016. A $100 donation enters you into the raffle and gives participants the chance to win some holiday cash! Flyers are being sent home this week with each student.
Each athletic family is asked to either buy or sell ONE ticket each. Letters and flyers are being sent home with the athletes this week. Please help Boosters support Knights teams by supporting our biggest fundraiser for the fall! The more we all work together the stronger we will be! Email any questions to email@example.com.
PLEASE HELP SUPPORT THE CHATHAM CHARTER KNIGHTS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS!!
Support Knights Athletics through a Boosters fundraiser with Al's Diner. Eat at Al's on the evening of September 26th and a percentage of sales will be given to Chatham Charter. (See the attached flier.)
535 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Monday, September 26, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
After working for nearly two years on a campus improvement project, the Chatham Charter PTSA reached a milestone on Thursday evening, September 15, when it held an official dedication of the outdoor recreation area that is located beside the lower building where elementary grades are housed. Phase one of the project is now open for elementary students to enjoy updated playground equipment and a shady, covered area. The PTSA raised over $65,000 during the first phase.
“The idea to rebuild the playground was born in early 2014. The need was clear, and it was a no-brainer that this space should honor one of the primary driving forces behind the school,” said Larisa Spillman, PTSA President from 2013-2016.
The group chose to honor Headmaster Emeritus Ronnie Joyce by naming the area the Ronnie Joyce Outdoor Learning and Recreation Facility. Joyce was headmaster from 2005 through 2012 and remained to assist in the transition as the school opened a high school expansion in 2013. That fall the school honored him with the title Headmaster Emeritus. He has since returned to the school numerous times to participate in special events and visit students and staff. In the spring of 2016 he threw out the first pitch at the first home game on the school’s new baseball field. He also greeted members of the Class of 2016 as they came across the stage on May 14th to become the first graduating class in school history.
The dedication ceremony that was held in conjunction with a monthly PTSA meeting included comments from Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School; Christie McCorquodale, PTSA President; and Joyce. A commemorative sign has been installed and was unveiled by committee members and Joyce. Afterwards, children were invited to play.
Committee Chair Dustin Rhodes and other committee members Tracy Teague, Kevin Franklin, Michelle Pinto, and Bryan Thompson were recognized.
“The children are enjoying playing on the equipment, and we are happy to be able to dedicate the space to Mr. Joyce, who has done so much for so many across Chatham County,” commented McCorquodale.
“People are going to remember everything he did to impact young people and adults,” noted Eldridge in acknowledging the impact Joyce had on him as an administrator in addition to students and staff he worked with over his extensive career in education.
Among the goals of the PTSA is to complete a second phase of the project. Funding for continued work on the Facility will be supported by a 2nd Annual Chicken Tender Dinner that will be held in early 2017, likely mid-February.
The school is using the theme “Together to 20” during the 2016-2017 school year in leading up to the 20th anniversary of Chatham Charter being a charter school. Increased participation in the PTSA has given strong momentum to school efforts to encourage stronger parent, staff, student and community involvement in the school.
In observance of those who responded during the events of September 11, 2001, students in Tiffani Lindley's eighth grade Language Arts classes at Chatham Charter School wrote letters to any 9-11 hero. In the letters the students had to specifically thank the heroes for what they did.
"We talked about what 9-11 means to them-- how they feel about it, what they know about it. I purposely kept it broad so they could define what a hero is to them. That day average people were also trying to help others," explained Lindley, also noting that the students were not born when when the terrorist attack occurred.
"...You put the lives of others ahead of your own, and without you many who survived that tragedy would't be here today. You showed responsibility and bravery during a time of great distress, and kept calm to keep others safe...," wrote Rylie Jones.
"...You saved lives, knowing you put your own at risk. Without you, the crisis would have continued. Know that your willingness to help will not be forgotten...," wrote Kyle Farrell.
"...You had more strength in a time of crisis than most people would in their entire life..," wrote Clay Griffin.
"...I thank you because you risked your life to save someone you didn't even know...," wrote Mary Scott.
"I am not just going to thank one person because many different kinds of people helped...," wrote Sebastian Nava-Plata.
The students studied letter format in preparation for the assignment. Lindley hopes to share the letters with local first responders and possibly even someone directly touched by the 2001 tragedy.
Next PTSA meeting Thursday September 15, at 7:00 PM in the multipurpose room (cafeteria). After a short business meeting everyone is invited to join the group on the Ronnie Joyce Playground for a dedication ceremony and refreshments.
The middle school volleyball and middle school soccer matches scheduled for Thursday, September 1, have been cancelled by the other team. However, middle school volleyball pictures will still be taken at 3:15 PM as planned.
Chatham Charter has earned continuing accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held in June of 2016. The school was notified at the end of August. Chatham Charter has been accredited since 2006.
SACS CASI provides nationally recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement. Accreditation is granted on a five-year term.
“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” explained Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School
SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Chatham Charter is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org.
About AdvancED and SACS CASI
Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world's largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
SACS CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary agency that accredits nearly 13,000 public and non-public institutions throughout the world.
As a calendar reminder, the upcoming week will be a shortened one with an early dismissal for students on , and no school for students on , which is a teacher workday. Please remind anyone who does not typically pick up car riders to put your car card in the windshield.
Early dismissal times on early release days:
Labor Day Holiday
In addition to the short week, the school will be closed for students and staff on , in observance of Labor Day. Lunch orders placed will only need to be for through of that week.
PowerSchool Parent Access
If you are a new family or a parent/guardian who has misplaced your PowerSchool login information, please be on the lookout soon for a letter that will come home to each school family with that information. Our staff member who handles PowerSchool is currently out on a leave of absence, but has been working at home as much as possible to keep everything related to PowerSchool running. We appreciate your understanding during any delays.
Wrestling Club Activities This Week
The new Wrestling Club for 2nd-12th graders will practice firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. A club flier is attached to the bottom of this announcement. and ( ) in the school gym. The , tournament will be at Northwood High School in Pittsboro. See Coach Root on the middle school hall or email him at
Absences Add Up
Avoid student absences whenever possible. Please work with school staff to guard instructional time in order to give all students the very best education possible every day. Makeup work is never as effective as the instruction students receive with the teacher in the classroom. Our Student Support Specialist, Jen Brannon, shared the following resource: http://absencesaddup.org/the-campaign/
Show your school spirit and support the Athletic Department by purchasing Knights logo items between now and September 9th.