A PDF version of the May, 2015 edition of Knightsbridge, a periodic newsletter for Chatham Charter families, is attached at the bottom of this announcement. A hard copy was sent home with report cards on the last day of school (May 15) with students in grades K-8 and mailed on May 20th with high school report cards. The newsletter contains information important for the summer of 2015.
The faculty of Chatham Charter has voted and selected Chanda Allen, a high school English teacher, as its 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.
Allen teaches sophomore English as well as English Department electives that have included creative writing, speech and debate and public speaking. Her students often collaborate with middle and elementary classes. In addition to her teaching duties she works with a co-adviser of the Bible Club and adviser of the high school Student Government Association (SGA). Before coming to Chatham Charter as the high school expansion of the school opened two years ago, Allen taught at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), Jordan-Matthews High School and Horton Middle School.
The Teacher of the Year is announced each May at an annual staff luncheon. In leading up to the 2015 selection, Dr. John Eldridge, Headmaster, recognized a teacher from elementary, middle school, and high school who received the most votes in that grade span. Fourth grade teacher Karen Caudle and sixth grade teacher Gary Leonard were honored along with Allen.
Tennis Clinics for students of Chatham Charter will be available at the school tennis courts weekly all summer long beginning Tuesday May 19th. Clinics will be offered for grade levels rising 6th -8th and for rising 9th graders and all High School players. All clinics are open co-ed and run on two week schedules Tuesdays and Thursdays with the exception of Ms. Kelly’s clinic the week of June 15th.
More information can be found in the attached flyer.
The Chatham Charter eSports team has finished its first season with a record of 4 wins, 1 tie and 5 losses. Team members were Andrew Bassett, Chris Colborne, Brenton Hart, Ayla Perkins, Tyler Shelton, and Josh Yarborough. They were coached by faculty member Enrique Cachafeiro.
“eSports is a collection of teams who play each other in competitive online video games. Unlike the majority of casual and solo gaming, eSports teams must use an immense amount of teamwork and individual leadership to be successful within the game, similar to the way traditional sports operate. My favorite things about eSports are probably what many people like about traditional sports: the teamwork, the feeling you get from winning, and the fact that it's something you can be good at. With that being said, I don't have to drive far to play and practices, and games are scheduled on our own accord. Also, being a longtime gamer, I just tend to find more joy in competing with other teams in a virtual environment,” explained sophomore Andrew Bassett.
The team was in the middle of the pack in its division, placing 44th out of 87 teams. Players chose the name of Sleepless Knights and played against schools from throughout the country as well as one school from Canada.
Results and the opponent schools were:
Game 1 - L - Centennial High School C (Maryland)
Game 2 - L - Triton Central High School (Indiana)
Game 3 - W - Heritage High School (Virginia)
Game 4 - W - Daniel Hand High School B (Connecticut)
Game 5 - L - School for Advanced Studies C (Florida)
Game 6 - L - Sebring High School B (Florida)
Game 7 - Tie - Vinal Technical High School (Connecticut)
Game 8 - W - Three Rivers High School (Michigan)
Game 9 - L - The Steward School (Virginia)
Game 10 - W - Colonel By Secondary School B (Ontario, Canada)
Student-athletes are required to have a physical before they can practice any sport. Physicals are valid for 365 days. The school partners with local medical professionals to offer athletic physicals on campus each summer. The Athletic Department will sponsor athletic physicals on May 21 & July 30 in the school gym at 5:30 PM. The cost is $5 cash. Students should come either (not both) date(s). They can also have the physical at a doctor's office. The form needed for either is posted at the bottom of this announcement.
May 4, 2015
Dear Chatham Charter Families,
As you may recall, Chatham Charter School (CCS) is owned by a nonprofit, charitable, member corporation named Chatham Charter School. CCS families are invited to become members of Chatham Charter School Corporation by paying an initial membership fee of $10, and annual dues thereafter, of $10 per family. Any family wishing to become a member who has not paid their initial fee or annual dues should see Julia Brent Milholen.
Members will meet Monday, May 11, at 8:00 am in the lower school Media Center. At the meeting, the president of CCS will present relevant updates regarding school operation, including the financial position of CCS. Additionally, as Board of Director seats become vacant, they will be filled from the CCS corporation membership.
We look forward to finishing another great year at CCS, and to seeing you at the CCS member meeting on Monday.
Where: Chatham Charter Tennis Courts
When: June 15- 19
Time: 8:00 - 11:00 am (Medal Presentation Fri. @ 10:30)
Cost: $88.00 per camper or family discount: 2 kids = $170 total ($ 6.00 off)
* Cost Includes camp fee, tennis balls, t-shirt, drinks, and medal
Who: Ages 7 – 14
Contact: Coach Kelly Eldridge 919-742-3670 or 919-548-1877
The Chatham Charter Knights Athletic Department and Boosters recognized middle and high school student-athletes for fall, winter and spring sports seasons on Sunday afternoon, May 3, in the school gym.
Athletic Director Clint Fields noted there were 25 middle and high school sports teams fielded during the 2015-2016 school year. A total of 89 middle school and 80 high school students participated.
During the ceremony, coaches recognized middle school sports teams in girls volleyball, boys soccer, middle school cross country, co-ed tennis, middle school golf, boys basketball, girls basketball, girls soccer, baseball and softball.
Each high school coach recognized team members, and varsity coaches announced the most valuable player (MVP) for each of their teams. The MVP for each high school Knights team was:
Boys Cross Country: RJ McKoy
Girls Cross Country: Sarah Mason
Girls Tennis: Katya Langdon
Boys Soccer: Cade Culberson
Girls Volleyball: Kayle Jordan
Girls Basketball: (Co-MVP) McKenna Nixon and Kayle Jordan
Boys Basketball: Jason Foulks
Wrestling: Chris Brannon
Cheerleading: Michael DeCristofaro
Softball: Kayle Jordan
Baseball: (Co-MVP) Chris Brannon and Justin White
Boys Tennis: Seth Hayhurst
At the conclusion of the ceremony Fields announced the Female Athlete of the Year and the Male Athlete of the year. Coaches voted on both honors. Requirements included a nominee having to have played at least two sports and be in good standing both athletically, academically and in sportsmanship. Junior McKenna Nixon won the Female Athlete of the Year award. Sophomore Chris Brannon won the Male Athlete of the Year award.
This is the first year Chatham Charter has been a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). Individual student-athletes were allowed to participate in post-season play, but teams will not be eligible to do so until the second year of membership. Freshman cross country runner RJ McKoy was the first Knights athlete to compete in a regional event. Sophomore wrestler Chris Brannon was the first Knights athlete to compete in a state competition. Brannon finished in fifth place at the State Wrestling Tournament.
As the 2015-2016 school year begins, Chatham Charter will be a member school of the Central Tarheel conference, which will contain a group of schools from the Yadkin Valley Conference.
The Library will be closing to students. Grades K-2, library books were due back on Thursday, April 30. Grades 3-8, library books are due back on Thursday, May 7. If you have a lost or damaged library book, you will need to see Mrs. Kight to pay the appropriate fine. Thank you!
The Chatham Charter Athletic Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 PM in the school gym. All middle and high school athletes will be recognized at this event. Please mark you calendar and make plans to attend.