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This Week and Looking into January

Christmas Sing Along (on FRIDAY) will be a little different this year. Mrs. Easterling has arranged NHS' students to get us in the Christmas Spirit. Please have your kids in the multipurpose ready to sing along room by 8:45 am. Thanks so much!

Monday: Mr. Poston off campus for Regional Principal Interviews (Interviewing the new guy or gal!). Ms. Brick's INTERVENTION MINI WORKSHOP (2o minutes) - Great prizes!! Our Chorus will sing at the BOE meeting!

Mr. Poston off campus for Regional Principal Interviews. 4th Grade Math Meeting at 6 in the media center to Meet with Parents.

Wednesday: Several Staff members will be at the district's PLC training

Several Staff members will be at the district's PLC training

1. Christmas Sing along- 8:45
2. Early Release - 11:30 - Early Release Lunch Schedule Here
3. Christmas Celebration in the media center - 1:00


The calendar committee met this afternoon and voted on the proposed changes to the calendar for 2016-2017. Thank you for the feedback forwarded to Central Office. After careful consideration of feedback from all Chatham County Schools the committee voted to keep the proposed calendar as originally drafted. Please refer to the attachment for view of the draft. At this point, the draft will be presented for a vote by the Board of Education for final decision.

NC State Calendar Law requires that the school year:

  • start for students no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26
  • end for students no later than the Friday closest to June 11
  • include a minimum of 1,025 instructional hours OR 185 instructional days
    • BOE has determined that CCS will satisfy the requirement for 1,025 instructional hours during the 2016-2017 school year
  • cover at least nine calendar months
  • contain a total number of 215 days (including holidays, workdays, and annual leave days)
  • include at least (10) teacher workdays, at least two that allow teachers to take annual leave
  • include a minimum of (10) annual leave days
  • include the same or equivalent number of legal holidays (11 total) that are designated by the State Personnel Commission. Include Veterans Day as a holiday​​


Happy about our new TWITTER followers - Shouts out to:

Elkins, Slaughter, McHenry, Gordon, Meyers, Elkins, Mitchell, Karstaedt, Platon, and Easterling

Looking Ahead

January 5th Dr. Ben Blaisdell will be here at 3:30 to lead us in a conversation about Equity and Student Achievement. Dr. Blaisdell worked with our Title I/Leadership team last year! Come prepared to learn a lot.

READY TO HAVE SOME FUN - Collaborate. Learn. Celebrate
January 19th is a Required Staff Development here at PES. We will focus on integrating the arts into our curriculum. We will provide lunch, and have a fun day or learning!

Personnel Updates

As you know, Mrs. Scriven and Mrs. Swift have selected to retire at the end of December. We certainly applaud their decades of dedication and their love for our children over the years. We wish them continued peace and happiness as they enter this next chapter of their lives.

Also, Mrs. Aiken is transitioning to new heights in her educational journey and will not be with us after the holiday break.

Our school will deeply miss all three of these ladies, and wish them the best!

The school board has approved Miss Sarah Elkins as one of our new third grade teachers! We are excited to have her join our team! We have recommended a second third grade teacher for Monday's Board Agenda. We will keep you posted.

We are interviewing for our media position on January 6 from 3:30-5:30. If you would like to be apart of the interviewing team, please send me an email.