On Thursday, December 11, Chatham County Schools held its District Science Fair Awards Night in the Jordan-Matthews auditorium.
A science fair emphasizes the learning of science through doing. Science fairs encourage students to design, investigate, and think critically about a particular question, guided by the scientific method. Participation in a science fair affords students opportunities to develop life long skills necessary for scientific literacy.
Projects were announced according to their divisions. First place projects in grades three through twelve will proceed to the Regional Science Fair.
An overall winner, Christopher Esther of Margaret Pollard Middle School, was chosen from all the division winners. Esther’s project was “Eco-Friendly Insulation: Does Going Green Really Save Energy?” He is a student in Linda Gardner’s class. Esther was also the overall winner last school year. The Division level winners are listed below.
According to the nomination, Pittsboro Elementary has continued to implement systematic structures across the school that continues to yield positive results. The school has committed to establishing clear non-negotiables for instruction across the school that includes tight lesson planning and data driven meeting structures and PLC structures. The school has provided quality professional development in the area of literacy and has focused on providing a structured literacy block.
Kimberly Brennan - North Chatham Elementary
Morgan Brewer - Chatham Central High School
Carol (Lynn) Crankshaw - North Chatham Elementary
Elizabeth Deaton - Jordan-Matthews High School
JoAnna Massoth - Chatham Middle School
Heather McCrory - Jordan-Matthews High School
Leann Munoz - Perry Harrison School
Brenton Winston – Moncure School
In the 2010 school year, Chatham County Schools utilized Race To the Top money to begin a focused SAT Prep Program. Teachers at each high school were trained by the Princeton Review and Princeton Review Materials were used (at no charge to students). Jordan-Matthews High School provides a SAT/ACT Prep course each semester and Chatham Central High School offers sessions to students with particular emphasis upon SAT math skills. Northwood High School has introduced a blended learning model for SAT Prep, Using videos prepared by the teacher followed by practice skill sessions for students. The district is working with Princeton Review and a Northwood teacher to create district-wide videos that could be used for SAT Prep at any school with any teacher. This is a unique partnership that Princeton Review says is unlike anything they have done before with other districts.
These third graders demonstrated reading proficiency through one of the following state approved options:
- Passing the Beginning-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment;
- Passing the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment;
- Passing the retest of the End-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading assessment; passing the Read to Achieve Alternative Test;
- Passing an alternative assessment for reading; or
- Successfully completing the reading portfolio.
Specifically, sixty-two percent (62.9%) of CCS third graders passed on the Beginning-of-Grade or End-of Grade assessments. Additionally, four percent (4.23%) passed after summer reading camp; seven percent (7.74%) passed on an approved alternate assessment; nine percent (9.78%) were exempt based on an approved NC “Good Cause” exemption.