As we prepare for a new school year to begin, here are several important announcements:
• Fall athletics for middle and high school students will begin in August. High school teams will begin to practice at the end of this week. Middle school teams will begin to practice in mid-August. There will be a mandatory fall athletic kickoff meeting in the school gym this Tuesday, July 28, from 6:00-6:35 PM. All middle and high school students who plan to go out for a fall sport should attend with a parent or guardian. As a reminder you must have had a physical within the last 365 days prior to being able to practice. Documentation is required.
• Also this Tuesday, July 28, freshman family orientation will be held in the high school building. All freshmen and their parents/guardians need to attend in order to be well-prepared for August 11th. The Student Government Association will host a meet and greet at 5:00 PM. The orientation session will begin at 6:45 PM. Anyone interested in playing a fall sport, for which all freshmen are automatically eligible, will have time to attend the athletic kickoff meeting at 6:00 PM.
• Supply lists for all grades and subjects (K-12) are posted on our webpage.
• An August edition of Knightsbridge, our periodic parent newsletter, will be mailed home to all families before open house. Lots of details about starting the new school year will be included in that publication. Also, please watch our website (www.chathamcharter.org), our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Vine), as well as email (both student and parent) for important information.
• Open house will be held on Thursday, August 6. Families with students in multiple grade levels can choose which session they attend.
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
• Juniors and seniors will have the option of bringing their own laptop to use in high school and community college classes. Please refer to the letter mailed home a few weeks ago. If you need to use a school-issued Chromebook and have not already done so, email Mrs. McCullough (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately to let her know. The school has just learned Best Buy gives a $100 discount to students with an email address that ends with “.edu” which seniors already have through CCCC. Juniors in CCCC classes will also have email addresses through the community college. Please watch school email for more details as we have them.
• Senior pictures will be taken on Thursday morning, August 13, at the Lifetouch studios in Raleigh. The senior class will travel there together on school transportation. Seniors, watch your home mail for information from the Lifetouch company. Administration will hold a senior family orientation meeting early in the school year as well since there are multiple senior deadlines for which to be prepared.
Our first student day of the 2015-2016 school year (August 11th) will be here before we know it so get a jump ahead by finding good deals on school supplies. Click on the links below to see our school supply lists. Any questions should be directed to specific teachers during open house on August 6th or as the school year begins. Please do not contact the school office with questions as the lists have been created by the teachers, who know the specifics on why certain items are included on the lists.
Nearly 300 high school seniors from across the state of North Carolina spent the week of June 21st participating in the seventy-sixth annual session of The American Legion Tar Heel Boys' State on the campus of Catawba College in Salisbury. Four students from Siler City schools attended: Caleb Chaney and Jay Dunn from Chatham Charter School and two seniors from Jordan-Matthews High School. The local chapter sponsored the young men from Chatham.
The Boys' State website explains the purpose of the long-running program: "The American Legion believes there is no better way to ensure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government. By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations."
Upon arrival Sunday, the young men were divided into cities and parties. Each party had to create a party platform that led to elections for governing bodies. Elected officials debated bills and a mock state budget. The judicial branch explored legal cases and legal aspects of government. The executive branch was involved in the budgeting process. There were also local level elections as well as competitions between counties and cities.
Chaney joined the color guard and was elected to a police chief role. Dunn was elected to be a state senator.
"Boys' State allowed these young men to actively participate in the process of government. They explore life skills such as teamwork, problem solving, negotiating, organizational structure, leadership and how their individual abilities contribute to the overall success of a group. We appreciate the opportunity our American Legion chapter gave our students to be part of the program. These types of experiences also reinforce our school's college preparatory focus because the young men lived on campus and became accustomed to the routines of college students," Dr. John Eldridge, Chatham Charter Headmaster.
In addition to governmental activities, there were multiple guest speakers during the week including legislators, attorneys and WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel, who was part of a session on environmental pollution and global warming. The participants also enjoyed a college fair, recreational activities, and a talent show.
A closing ceremony on Saturday morning, June 27, in Keppel Auditorium during which families and friends joined the student delegates provided a recap of the week and announcement of awards for competitive events. Two delegates were selected to represent North Carolina in July at Boys Nation in Washington, DC.
The American Legion Tar Heel Boys' State website: http://www.ncboysstate.org
High school students at Chatham Charter School have incorporated college campus visits into their summer break as part of the school’s college preparatory focus. College Liaison Rynn Nicks coordinates tours with college admissions offices to give students opportunities to compare and contrast various campus sizes, academic programs offered, special amenities, and the intangibles like how a young person feels a school fits his/her needs and personality in making a decision about where to attend college.
On June 11 a group of 27 students toured UNC Pembroke and Sandhills Community College. All students in high school grades are again invited to go on a second tour to Pfeiffer University and Catawba College on Thursday, July 23. Staff chose summer tour locations that the students may not typically consider attending in order to broaden their horizons. During the summer of 2014 groups visited the Siler City CCCC campus in June and Campbell University in July. Seniors, who are the Class of 2016, will have had the opportunity to visit 13 North Carolina campuses with Chatham Charter groups by the time they graduate.
During the school year the college liaison’s office has a rotation of colleges and universities sophomores and juniors visit. They include UNC Greensboro, Guilford College and Davidson College for sophomores and UNC Chapel Hill, Elon University, and High Point University for juniors. In the upcoming school year, Nicks will add invitations for small groups of students to tour schools such as NC State University and Duke University. In addition, the school encourages families to take individual trips to other campuses their students may have an interest in attending. The school year sites highlight four-year schools while the summer tours are a mix of two-year community colleges and four-year schools. The comprehensive list includes private as well as state-funded colleges and universities.
Along with tours of campuses, students hear from college admissions counselors who visit the school and give presentations. Representatives from East Carolina University and Johnson and Wales University talked with eleventh graders during the 2014-2015 school year.
Students who express an interest in a military career can talk with military recruiters who visit the school. Nicks is working on organizing a tour of Fort Bragg in partnership with another area high school since the tour requires fairly large numbers of attendees.
Eleventh and twelfth graders at Chatham Charter participate in the community college system’s Career and College Promise (CCP). The majority take courses in the college transfer pathway and earn general college credits that will be part of a four-year undergraduate degree in college. Other students take courses in the career and technical education (CTE) area that are part of the Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) two-year degree programs. Following high school graduation, these students can continue taking CTE courses that will lead to an associate degree. The students take a mixture of classes on the Chatham Charter campus, online and at CCCC sites.
“We feel strongly that an important part of our college preparatory program at Chatham Charter is helping our students be well-informed decision makers as they plan for their futures after high school. Our teachers have a vital role through classroom instruction and club activities. The college liaison’s office and our CCCC partners enhance our program when they put our students in college settings and teach them how to be successful at the next level before they are college freshmen. We have been rewarded over and over as we set high expectations and watch our students rise to meet them,” explained Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School.
Click here to view the video slideshow of the campuses.
The Chatham Charter Knights Athletic Program currently has the following coaching vacancies for the 2015-2016 school year:
• high school boys' soccer
• middle school boys' soccer
• middle school girls' volleyball
Contact Athletic Director Clint Fields at email@example.com if you are interested in applying for one of the coaching positions.
The fall athletic season for high school sports will begin on August 1 while the middle school sports season will begin August 17. Chatham Charter School is a member of the NC High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). High school sports teams will be part of the Central Tarheel Conference while middle school teams will participate in the Central Carolina Conference.
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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 throughout the summer beginning Tuesday, May 19. 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. Eldridge's clinic the week of June 15th.
More information can be found in the attached flyer.