Senior wrestler Chris Brannon finished an outstanding high school career on Saturday, February 18, during the NC High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. He had earned a berth in the state tournament on Saturday, February 11, during the 1A Eastern Regionals at Princeton High School when he won the 126 pound weight class.
A week later, on Friday, February 17, Brannon began the state tournament with an afternoon victory; suffered a loss in the quarterfinals; won a semi-final consolation match in double overtime on Saturday; and had to forfeit due to injury in the final round during which he was wrestling for third place in the state.
"Chris had the right to take third place in the state due to an illegal move by his opponent that injured him in the final match. Instead, because he was behind in points, he chose to forfeit and give his opponent the victory he was earning at that point in the match. Too often today sportsmanship loses to competitiveness. In this important match to end his high school career, Chris made an honorable decision. I had about 15 coaches and referees come up to me and comment on how admirable what Chris did was. He was a three-time state qualifier. I'm glad he was able to go farther than he ever has before and be recognized during the podium ceremony this year. Experiences like these are ones you carry with you the rest of your life. Chris represented our school like a champion, and we're all proud of him," commented Coach Rob Root.
“I just didn’t want to end my high school career that way. You can’t take any pride in an unearned victory. We had to convince the refs to add one second to the match so I could lose by medical forfeit instead of taking the automatic win that’s normally given. I’m proud of the decision I made to kind of be the bigger person rather than take the place that I hadn’t earned at that point,” explained Brannon.
"We have a wrestling program because Chris asked for it as a freshman. This program was built on his back. A lot of hard work, ups and downs, and pride went in on his part. Thanks, Chris, for four years of effort, determination and leadership," said Dr. Eldridge.
Honors Chris earned this season:
Dear Chatham Charter Family,
The Athletic Boosters will sponsor a Middle School Parent-Student-Staff Basketball Game on Friday, February 24, at 6:00pm. We will have activities, concessions and games for the entire family to enjoy. Make plans to come out and spend a fun-filled Friday evening at Chatham Charter!!!
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On the morning of Valentine’s Day 2017, the Students for Acceptance (S4A) Club at Chatham Charter sent positive messages to students by holding a “Positivitea” in the high school lobby. Before the school day began, club members handed out hot tea, hot chocolate, and sweet tea to students and staff. The group served over 200 cups during the popular event. Encouraging messages were written on each cup. Throughout the day students also wrote messages on heart cutouts and posted them on a large wall poster.
“Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the people you love and the people who love you, but we also wanted to talk about loving yourself and being positive and kind toward yourself, too,” explained club officer Emmi Farrell.
S4A began at Chatham Charter two years ago through the inspiration of a club at Chatham Central High School. Central club members had come to Chatham Charter to give a presentation about being accepting of ourselves and others, during which they explained the purpose of their club.
“The S4A club members have done an excellent job of balancing their rigorous, upper level coursework while maintaining their efforts to spread the importance of acceptance and valuing differences. Club members have volunteered in the community as well as hosting campus activities in attempts to spread their positive messages,” said Student Support Specialist Jen Brannon.
On Monday morning, February 6, fifth graders at Chatham Charter School kicked off the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event in the school gym. Divided into four rotating groups, they were able to try many different jumping styles. The four stations were long jump rope, partner jump rope, short jump rope and a contest station that included endurance. The other K-6 classes participated in the events during their regular physical education times. Several ninth graders and parents volunteered to assist.
Leading up to the two-day event that will finish on Tuesday, students in kindergarten through sixth grade at the school prepared by learning jump rope techniques during their physical education classes. K-8 PE teacher Kelly Marshall coordinates Jump Rope for Heart and uses the national initiative to raise awareness and funding for heart-health issues while incorporating the jump rope unit into the PE curriculum.
The American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) sponsor Jump Rope for Heart. Read more about it here.
Additional information will be added to this announcement as it becomes available.
In 1996 the leadership of Chatham Academy, then a private K-8 school, applied to become among the first group of 100 charter schools in the state of North Carolina. The application was accepted that fall, and as the 1997-1998 school year began, the school name was changed to Chatham Charter School, and the school became the one of the initial 100 charter schools in the state.
In the years since, school enrollment has increased and multiple building projects have expanded the campus to accommodate the growth. These include lower building additions, the gym/mezzanine/middle school hall, and the high school building.
Together to 20 is our slogan to garner support and increase everyone’s involvement in the success of our school. By banding together this year, we will have much to celebrate next school year in our 20th year as a public charter school.
(Special thanks to senior artist Caleb McLaurin for designing our Together to 20 logo.)
The Chatham Charter chapter of Senior Beta Club had a strong presence during the 2017 NC Senior Beta Club Convention, held in Greensboro on February 3&4. Two faculty advisors, Michelle Hayhurst and Kara Root, took 44 students in tenth through twelfth grades. The majority of students participated in some aspect of the competitions.
See the many events the students participated in here. Megan Coble won first place in the wood working competition. Dawson Purvis was a first place Beta Spanish competitor.
Both Coble and Purvis qualified to compete in the National Senior Beta Club competitions this summer. The national conference will be held in Orlando, Florida June 29-July 2.
"Beta was able to offer more competitions this year which gave us the opportunity to participate in a wider variety of events that suited our students interests and abilities. They represented our school well," said Hayhurst.
On Saturday morning, January 28, after a busy Spirit Week and Homecoming, a group of elementary, middle and high school students at Chatham Charter School returned to campus to make Valentine cards for residents of Universal Healthcare in nearby Ramseur.
Jointly sponsored by the school’s elementary and middle school Student Council organizations, over 150 cards were created by 24 students along with parent and staff volunteers during the event. One of the advantages of Chatham Charter serving students in kindergarten through high school is the opportunity students of varied ages have to work together. During the card-making event each table had students from different grade levels at work.
“The younger students are fun to watch as they were creative in making the cards. I was glad I chose this event to earn some Beta Club service hours,” commented tenth grader Katie McGowan.
"These students were well aware of the circumstances of the recipients of these handcrafted cards. They knew that many of these folks were aging and in poor health and that many were likely isolated and lonely. With that in mind, we worked as a group to generate appropriate messages and emphasized the point that time should be taken to make a detailed, heartfelt product. These kids were quite generous with their creativity and were so proud of their work,” explained faculty Council co-sponsor Julie Teague.
“My favorite part about making the Valentine’s cards for the nursing home residents was writing very loving quotes for them to make them feel good when they read them. I really like doing these types of things because I love making them happy,” said seventh grader Ariyan Walden.
“I thought it was a really nice opportunity. Making art projects is fun and it was enjoyable to do something for someone at the same time. I was surprised at the number of elementary students who participated and how many cards everyone made,” said tenth grader Janice Criscoe.tt
“My favorite part was decorating the cards with stick-ons. It made me feel good because I knew it was going to make somebody very happy when they arrived,” said third grader John Whistle Spillman.
Having graduated its first high school class in May of 2016, Chatham Charter was ready to have its first Homecoming during the 2016-2017 school year. The week of January 23rd kicked off with a school-wide Spirit Week with each day having a theme that encouraged students and staff to show their school spirit by dressing to match the theme. Twin day, tropical day, country versus city, athlete versus mathlete, and 'purple out' gave elementary, middle and high school grades a chance to have some fun.
On Friday afternoon, grades K-12 had a pep rally in the gym led by the middle and high school cheerleading squads. A competitive spirit stick was one of the activities that kept the crowd involved. Winter sports teams were recognized as well as the 2017 high school Homecoming Court. The Court had high school grade level and club representatives. Students in grades 3-5 had enjoyed a dance shortly after the school day ended.
On Friday evening at halftime of the varsity boys' game the Homecoming Court and escorts were again recognized. Senior Kayle Jordan was crowned Homecoming Queen. The week's events culminated with a high school dance. The boys' junior varsity and girls' varsity teams won their games while the boys' varsity team lost a close game. The teams all played Uwharrie Charter Academy. Junior Jason Foulks scored his 1,000th career point during the varsity boys' game.