During its annual Athletic Recognition Ceremony held Sunday afternoon, May 1, in the school gym, the Knights Athletic Department recognized athletes who played sports in fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
High School Cross Country (Girls’ and Boys’) - MVP: Sarah Mason and RJ McKoy
Middle School Cross Country (Girls’ and Boys’)
High School Varsity Boys’ Soccer - MVP: Baggio Rodriguez
Middle School Soccer
High School Girls’ Varsity Tennis - MVP: Brenna Underwood and McKenna Nixon (Co-MVP)
Middle School Girls’ Tennis
High School Junior Varsity Volleyball
High School Varsity Volleyball - MVP: Kayle Jordan and Lexie Culberson (Co-MVP)
Middle School Volleyball
High School Junior Varsity Boys’ Basketball
High School Varsity Girls’ Basketball - MVP: McKenna Nixon
High School Varsity Boys’ Basketball - MVP: Jason Foulks
Middle School Girls’ Basketball
Middle School Boys’ Basketball
High School Cheerleading - Most Spirited: Lexie Culberson
Middle School Cheerleading
High School Wrestling - MVP: Chris Brannon
Middle School Wrestling
High School Baseball - Most Valuable Person: Henrique Bitencourt
Middle School Baseball
High School Golf - MVP: Hart Farrell
High School Girls’ Soccer - MVP: Landin Eldridge
Middle School Girls’ Soccer
Middle School Softball
High School Boys’ Tennis - MVP: Jay Dunn
Middle School Boys’ Tennis
Multiple student-athletes earned All-Conference honors in the Central Tarheel Conference in which Chatham Charter is a member school. They were:
Landin Eldridge, Cross Country and Tennis
RJ McKoy, Cross Country
Cordell Wanless, Cross Country and Soccer
Baggio Rodriguez, Soccer
Allie Grace Culberson, Tennis
Katya Langdon, Tennis
McKenna Nixon, Tennis
Brenna Underwood, Tennis
Lexie Culberson, Volleyball
Jason Foulks, Basketball
McKenna Nixon, Basketball
Cade Culberson, Baseball
Brenton Hart, Tennis
Seth Hayhurst, Tennis
Samuel Trogdon, Tennis
Other special honors included the recognition of the:• Central Tarheel Girls' Tennis Player of the Year - Katya Langdon
• Central Tarheel Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year - Kelly Eldridge
• Central Tarheel Girls' Tennis Champions: Chatham Charter team
• Boys' Basketball team for having the highest GPA in the sport of state teams that are members of the NC High School Athletic Association
• Female Athlete of the Year - McKenna Nixon
• Male Athlete of the Year - Cade Culberson
Chatham Charter School held its first annual Senior Honor Night on Sunday evening, May 1, on campus. The event recognized various achievements of its first graduating class.
Math teacher and event coordinator Kara Root opened the ceremony by saying, “Three years ago we all started on this journey together to start a high school. You, seniors, helped form it into the high school it is today by setting the expectations. Your input on decisions and suggestions for improvement will benefit students for years to come. Of all the skills you have developed since August of 2013, adaptability is perhaps the one that will serve you best in the future. We have enjoyed watching each of you grow into the wonderful young men and women that you are today,”
Keynote speaker was Peyton Holland, a Chatham County native and resident who has been involved with the high school students and staff since it opened in 2013. A graduate of Northwood High School and NC State, he studied in France during graduate school before he took a job leading the NC SkillsUSA organization. Holland spoke about three “B’s” in life: believe, behave, and (be) bold.
Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School, recognized students who will graduate with honors. The school will recognize summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude instead of valedictorian and salutatorian. Summa cum laude, with highest academic honor, is for students who have a cumulative GPA of 4.26 or higher. They are: Auburn Allen, Lexie Culberson, Summer Gaskins, Sarah Scott, and Morgan Southern. The Magna cum laude honor is for students who have a cumulative GPA of 4.0 to 4.25. Sarah McNeese earned this honor level. The Cum Laude honor is for students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.99. They are: Canaan Birchett, Melanie Handley, and McKenna Nixon.
With diploma endorsements the State Board of Education recognizes students who have gone above and beyond high school graduation requirements.The College/UNC Endorsement indicates readiness for entry into a four-year university in the University of North Carolina system. Eligible students must have completed a prescribed set of courses and have at least a weighted 2.5 grade point average. Seniors who earned this endorsement were: Auburn Allen, Canaan Birchett, Caleb Chaney, Lexie Culberson, Jay Dunn, Alexis Earley, Summer Gaskins, Melanie Handley, Sarah McNeese, McKenna Nixon, Cassilyn Parnell, Cameron Pate, Sarah Scott, Tyler Shelton, Morgan Southern, and Justin White.
The NC Academic Scholars Endorsement indicates that students have completed a balanced and academically rigorous high school program preparing them for post-secondary education. In order to qualify for the NC Academic Scholars Endorsement, students must meet seven criteria including having at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average and completing four elective credits in a concentration area. One senior, Morgan Southern, earned this endorsement, having a visual arts concentration.
Beginning their junior year, students at Chatham Charter have the opportunity to begin taking college level courses at Central Carolina Community College through the Career and College Promise Program. Students may choose to take courses in the Associate in Arts Pathway, Associate in Science Pathway or one of several Career and Technical Education Pathways. All 18 members of the Class of 2016 at Chatham Charter have taken courses in the Career and College Promise program.
The following students were recognized for completing all courses in the Associates in Arts Pathway that contains a minimum set of 32 college transfer credits: Auburn Allen, Canaan Birchett, Lexie Culberson, Summer Gaskins, Sarah McNeese, McKenna Nixon, and Sarah Scott.
“Our CCCC partners tell us it is uncommon for students to be able to complete a pathway due to the rigorous requirements while also completing high school graduation requirements. Several of you came within one course of completing a pathway. Whether or not the pathway was completed, they all have worked incredibly hard and have shown massive growth in what we refer to as the “unwritten curriculum”. The curriculum many students, and adults for that matter, fail to acquire, and often leads to leaving college early. Study skills, time management, prioritization, and knowing how to work with a variety of teachers who all have a different set of expectations,” commented Eldridge to the seniors and their families during the event.
Sean Blackmon will earn a certificate in the CCCC Automotive Systems Technology program after completing two years of coursework that includes a hands-on auto shop experience on the Pittsboro campus. He will officially receive his certificate during a CCCC ceremony on May 12.
Four students have been Chatham Charter students for nearly their entire education to this point. They are: Auburn Allen, Summer Gaskins, Hayden Hamrick, and Tyler Shelton. These students were enrolled at the school from kindergarten (and some from pre-k) to eighth grade and returned for their tenth through twelfth grade years when the high school opened. (The high school was being built during their ninth grade year.)
For the past three years, students at Chatham Charter School have created and/or participated in various clubs and organizations. Each nationally recognized organization presented its senior members with a cord that will be worn during Commencement, thanking them for their service.
Beta programs help prepare our young people for life beyond high school and empower them to be successful leaders of tomorrow. We live out these ideals through our motto: Let Us Lead by Serving Others. The Chatham Charter Senior Beta Club participates in a wide variety of service projects each year that benefit our school, as well as our community. This club also attends and competes at the state Beta Club convention in Greensboro. Senior members are: Auburn Allen, Lexie Culberson , Summer Gaskins, Sarah Scott, and Morgan Southern.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management industries. Students compete in regional, state, and national competitions related to one of those fields. Three seniors have participated in DECA. They are: Auburn Allen, Lexie Culberson, and Jay Dunn.
Student Government Association (SGA) has served as a voice for the students. It created various activities and events to raise funds and provide students with unity and spirit, as well as serve as the first prom committee. Senior members are: Lexie Culberson, Summer Gaskins, Sarah Scott, and Morgan Southern.
In addition, this year the high school at Chatham Charter inaugurated a House system by dividing the student body into four Great Houses that competed in academics, athletics, participation, and effort. Each senior received a cord of his or her House to wear at Commencement.
Financial awards the senior class has received as of the ceremony were listed in the program. To date the Chatham Charter Class of 2016 of 18 students has earned an annual total of $280,979 in scholarship money, which equals a total of $883,916 over the duration of their college career. The event program is attached to the bottom of this press release and has an order of service as well as a detailed list of financial awards seniors have received to date. Students are still waiting to hear the results of many local awards.
Physical Education teacher Kelly Marshall is bringing the 2016 Olympic Games to Chatham Charter before summer begins through annual K-8 field days with an Olympic theme. Parent volunteers are needed for the Middle School Field Day on Tuesday, May 10. Please contact her at email@example.com if you can volunteer.
Tuesday, May, 10, 2016
8:15 - 11:30 a.m. - Middle School Field Day
2:00 p.m. - Opening Ceremony for K-5 students
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.- 3-5 Field Day
Thursday, May 12, 2016
8:45 – 11:00 a.m. - K-2 Field Day
2:00 p.m - Closing Ceremony for K-5 students
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See the PDF files attached to the bottom of this announcement that contain information and application forms for upcoming summer volleyball and girls' basketball camps. Campers do not have to be Chatham Charter students in order to participate.
Below are summer activities for students who will be in high school at Chatham Charter in the fall of 2016. Questions should be directed to Coach Jason Messier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Workouts: June 1 - June 30, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 - 8 PM in the Chatham Charter gym
Team Overnight Camp at Guilford College: June 21 - June 23
Jamborees: (Game times TBA)
June 11 - Asheboro HS - 3 games
June 18 - Union Pines HS - 3 games
June 24 - Lexington HS - 4 games
May Events at Chatham Charter
(as of 4/25/16)
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Athletic Recognition Ceremony at 3:00 PM in the gym for middle and high school sports
Senior Honor Night at 6:30 PM in the gym for seniors, their families, friends and staff
Week of May 2
Senior final exams
Week of May 3-5
End-of-Grade testing for grades 3-8
Friday, May 6
8:00 AM – Chatham Charter Corporation meeting in the library media center
8:30 AM – Parent recognition & Kindergarten Completion Program in the gym
Week of May 9
High school course final exams
Tuesday, May 10
2:00 PM – K-5 Olympic Field Days Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, May 11
8:30 AM – Grades 3-5 Field Day
Thursday, May 12
8:45 AM – K-2 Field Day
2:00 PM – Olympic Field Days Closing Ceremony
Friday, May 13
9:00 AM – Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony in the gym
Last student day (early dismissal)
1:30 PM – Commencement rehearsal
Saturday, May 14
8:40 AM – Seniors & staff picked up at Community Baptist Church & shuttled to campus
9:00 AM – Campus opens for guests
10:00 AM – Commencement on campus
For the second year, there will be a Knights Basketball Camp for which rising third through eighth graders are invited to register. The camp will be held June 6-9, 5:30-8:30 PM in the school gym. Participants do not have to be Chatham Charter students. Though it is preferred participants pre-register, they can register on June 6 at 5 PM as a walk-in. A camp flyer/registration form is attached to the bottom of this announcement.
Several classes and organizations at Chatham Charter School participated in the Earth Day 2016. Earth Day celebrations date back to 1970 with nearly 200 countries now taking part in activities that promote peace and bring attention to being good stewards of nature and the environment.
Several members of the Senior Beta Club worked with Communities in Schools of Chatham County and Siler City Parks and Recreation on Saturday morning, April 23, in the "Serve Siler" program during its town-wide volunteer day.
High school Earth Science students celebrated Earth Day on Friday, April 22. Science teacher Gary Oakley surveyed the school campus and created a master list of 28 different varieties of trees for the students to learn more about. The list includes oak, hickory, evergreens, sycamore, poplar, walnut, persimmon, and mulberry as well as an unusual chestnut oak that is more common to the western portion of the state. Leading up to the end-of-week events, each student has worked on a tree identification project that involved researching a different tree. The students will combine their findings into a list that will be posted on the school website for others to also learn more about area trees. Ultimately, along portions of the cross country trail created by junior Brenton Hart and Oakley markers will be placed on trees indicating their common name. Permanent plaques will allow science students throughout the K-12 campus to use the cross country trail as a nature walk during instruction. Future plans may include an outdoor classroom on the trail. On Thursday the two Earth Science classes cleaned the trail of debris and marked some candidate trees for the final list. On Friday, the students brought tree-related food items, particularly fruits and nuts, for the class to enjoy as part of the Earth Day activities.
“I enjoy the outdoors and grew up exploring the woods of Chatham County. Splitting wood helped me better understand some characteristics of different trees and learn more about trees in general. It was an interest of mine to share my knowledge with students who have not necessarily had that experience. Our foreign exchange student from Brazil has become an expert on the sweet gum through this assignment. I also learned more about the biodiversity of our campus in designing this class project,” explained Oakley.
Elementary art students had a fun day Earth Day dance videos and special catchers.
To learn about taking care of school property, a kindergarten class picked up trash on the playground and surrounding areas. The students and their teachers took a nature walk on the trail where the high school science class had labeled trees.
A second grade class will have a guest speaker from the county who will talk with students about recycling on Thursday afternoon, April 28.