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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools losing elective courses

(02/16/10 12:21am)

Eleven students labeled brightly colored body outlines with the German words for different body parts last week.Later, their teacher, Marilyn Metzler, joked in German with one student who told her she had a “bad face.”Smith Middle School’s class is the last remaining middle school German class in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools — and it won’t continue next year.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools administrators attend RtI Innovations Conference

(10/13/10 11:05pm)

Six CHCCS district administrators participated in the Response to Instruction Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week. The conference celebrated its 15th year and consisted of participants from multiple disciplines including general classroom teachers, building administrators, district administrators, special education teachers, school psychologists and university faculty. Each CHCCS representative attended a two-day interactive workshop at the conference.

Jean Hamilton appointed to Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education

(10/25/10 10:39pm)

One year after her term ended as a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education member, Jean Hamilton is back. Hamilton was selected to fill former board member Joe Green’s position Oct. 7, after the board decided to appoint a former member rather than hold an application and selection process.

Operation School Bell distributes clothing to need kids

(10/26/10 11:22pm)

About 75 Central Elementary School students received their share of nearly $8,000 in clothes from the Assistance League Triangle Area’s Operation School Bell project Tuesday afternoon. Volunteers from the league and Shoe Carnival were on hand to distribute the bags — filled with items ranging from underwear to sweatshirts — to low-income students.

Superintendent Pedersen named Administrator of Year

(10/27/10 12:35am)

Superintendent Neil Pedersen was named Administrator of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Association of Educational Office Professionals. Pedersen was nominated for his commitment to educational office professionals during the difficult budget years and his participation in regular information sessions called “Ask Dr. Pedersen.” Pedersen received the award in 1989 when he served as the district’s assistant superintendent for support services.

Carrboro school builds rain garden to stop harmful effects of runoff

(10/31/10 5:43pm)

Middle school students came together Friday for the culmination of a local effort to stop the harmful effects of rain runoff. The town of Carrboro and Friends of Bolin Creek celebrated the finishing touches on a rain garden at McDougle Middle School through demonstrations and lessons on how it is used to improve the environment. A rain garden is a man-made depression filled with vegetation to filter and absorb runoff.

Scroggs Elementary brings back "Writer's Cafe" for student authors

(11/14/10 10:10pm)

A local elementary school is giving its students a less formal way to show off their writing talents in front of their classmates, teachers and family. Mary Scroggs Elementary School is bringing back its “Writer’s Cafe” tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the school to give its students an audience with which to share their work.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools facilities are overcrowded

(11/28/10 10:33pm)

Although the district has not seen abnormal growth, six of the 17 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools facilities are over capacity. Of these five, four are elementary schools, according to data from Kevin Morgenstein Fuerst, coordinator of student enrollment for the district. Capacity levels vary from 118 percent at Seawell Elementary School to 86 percent at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School, showing an enrollment disparity in the schools.

Orange County schools suffer from dried-up funding

(12/01/10 11:44pm)

As local and state officials gear up for a third year of heavy budget cuts, many are concerned about what the reductions will mean for academics, staff and the future of N.C. Orange County Schools alone is projected to lose as much as $7.7 million next year, the combined effect of dried-up stimulus funds and a shrinking state budget.