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    The Public Information Office serves as the communication link between the district and the families whose children attend our schools.
    The staff issues regular press releases to local media about district events, publishes news articles, designs special publications and calendars, schedules Blackboard Connect calls to remind parents of key district activities, maintains the content on the district website and our social media sites, and sends regular news updates to employees and the community through its mailing lists.
    The staff also helps to coordinate crisis communication during inclement weather or school safety situations.
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  • Chapel Hill HS "Proconian" Publishes PSF-Funded Series

    A 2019 Public School Foundation grant awarded to Chapel Hill High School journalism teacher, Stephen Head, serves as a perfect example of the flexibility required for so many projects impacted by the pandemic. Head wrote the grant application to bring in a professional journalist as a guest teacher, with the goal of writing a series of "Proconian" stories about the lives of the workers constructing the new buildings at CHHS. More than 18 months after the original project was funded, the series, “Covid-19 Stories,” became one about how the coronavirus pandemic affected various individuals.

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  • Newcomer/EL Teachers at Carrboro HS Form Dynamic Team

    “I’m the type of person who would like to stand in an airport all day long and ask people where they’re going, where they’re from and their culture. And I get to spend all day long with people from other countries and cultures,” said Carrboro High School Newcomer Teacher, Angela McChesney, one of two 2021 CHCCS Honor Teachers recently recognized. Her commitment to English learning students and families at CHS has become legendary, but she always emphasizes that credit must be shared across the team of four Newcomer/EL teachers -- Jackie van Hoewyk, Zach Fehst, Bonnie Carmen and herself.

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  • Northside ES Celebrates "Beginning and Ending with Library Love"

    Northside Elementary Librarian, Kathryn Cole, shares an evolving tradition for students that begins with photographs of the children in kindergarten, taken as they check out their first books. "The library is a special place for our students and one where much joy is captured over their years as a Navigator."

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  • East Chapel Hill High School Orchestra Teacher Wins NC. Music Educator Award

    Ryan Ellefsen, the Director of Instrumental Music at East Chapel Hill High School for 15 years, has received the 2021 Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement, an annual honor for one North Carolina music educator. On June 1, a small group of Ellefsen’s CHCCS peers and administrators gathered to see N.C. Symphony Director of Education, Jason Spencer, present the award, with cupcakes as follow up.

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  • Annual Fund Honors Culbreth MS Musician in Memory of Abigail Rice

    In October 2019, the Culbreth Middle School community was rocked by the sudden passing of student Abigail Rice and her mother in a head on collision in Chatham County. Abigail loved playing violin in the CMS orchestra, and one of the ways the school chose to honor her life was to upgrade her violin and send it to Rice’s younger brother, who had moved to live with his father in Nebraska. This spring the first memorial Abigail Rice Instrument Fund will provide a violin to an eighth grade CMS student who is choosing to pursue orchestra in high school.

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