Friday, November 8, 2013

Navigator Art on Display Around Town

Northside students have art on display around town this November. 

Beginning next week, selected students from Mr. Mason, Ms. Williams and Ms. Moore's classes will have their Abstract Expressionist paintings shown at Lincoln Center. 

Two classes are also participating in an art exhibition at University Mall. Murray's 2nd Grade will exhibit their Warm and Cool Number artworks and Ms. Kirkey-Dean's 1st Grade will display their Expression Masks. The exhibit at the mall will be up by the end of next week near the center stage.  

If you are at Lincoln Center or University Mall stop by and see some Navigator art!

Submitted by Alder Keen, Art Teacher

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Northside is a Cool School

On October 28, 2013 Northside Elementary was featured as the WNCN Cool School of the Day. CLICK HERE to check out the video.

Go Navigators!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Visit to Resource Ranch

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Northside students experienced Showdown at Resource Ranch. This program was sponsored by Duke Energy and taught students about natural resources and ways to conserve natural resources everyday through an fast-paced and comical play starring Mary and Churaqui, actors from the National Theatre for Children. At the end of the program, teachers were given cards to distribute to students naming them Official Resource Rangers.

For more information about this program as well as an opportunity for you to sign up for a FREE home energy kit, visit

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fourth Grade Navigators Hold Writing Celebration

The fourth graders recently celebrated completing their personal narratives.  They each wrote a short story about a special event, person, or place in their lives.  The unit began with a careful study of some exemplary mentor texts.  After reading these texts, students discussed characteristics of personal narratives and what made these stories excellent.  Students then brainstormed topics in their own lives to write about and began drafting their personal narratives.  They spent a few weeks revising their stories to add dialogue, figurative language, transition words, and other features to improve the quality of their writing.  In the end, students produced unique, well-written stories about their lives.  We really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know each other better throughout this unit.  Thank you to all the families and staff members who joined us for our celebration!  

-Submitted by Destiny Turner

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Building Dedication Held for Northside Elementary

On Saturday, September 21, 2013 the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District help a building dedication ceremony for Northside Elementary. The ceremony ended with the official ribbon cutting. Visit the CHCCS News Blog for more details and pictures. The event was also covered by The Daily Tarheel.

Northside Celebrates International Dot Day

On Monday, September 16, 2013 staff at students at Northside Elementary Celebrated International Dot Day. CLICK HERE to read more about this event on the Northside Elementary Library Blog.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Calling All Chess & Scrabble Enthusiasts

Chess Club

The Northside Chess Club will hold its first meeting after school on Tuesday, September 24th.

The Club will be coached by David Yassinovasky, a UNC student. He's a talented, top-rated player and coach. David has coached previously at Seawell Elementary, with their team reaching first place in NC State Championship.

Northside parent, Anli Shundli has volunteered to supervise club activities.

Chess club is open to all students in grades 3 and above. Qualified, younger students are welcome as well.

The club will meet each Tuesday after school until 4:00PM. Club participants will meet at room to be determined.

Please call the Anli Shundli at 919-969-6518 or email with any questions. You can sign up for the club at . Parent participation is welcomed and encouraged.

Scrabble Club

If you are interested in helping to run the scrabble club at Northside, please contact Anli Shundi at or call 919-969-6518.  The club will run weekly for 90 minutes and is open to all 4th and 5th graders. Hopefully, the club will be able to participate in the NC state championships in March.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Tax-Free Weekend... School Supply List Available

This weekend is tax-free weekend. As a reminder the recommended supply list for Northside Elementary school students is available HERE. Links are also posted on the Northside Elementary School website.

Information has been added to the supply list regarding requirements for the headphones that are listed for all grade levels.

24 more days until the first day of school!!

Monday, July 29, 2013

School Improvement Team Parent Nominations Sought

The nomination period is open for parents who would like to serve on the Northside Elementary School Improvement Team (SIT).

What is a School Improvement Team?

The School Improvement Team (SIT) is composed of the principal and assistant principal and elected members from the parent/staff community:  four-five parents, two classroom teachers (one for grades K-2, one for grades 3-5), one-two instructional support teachers, and a classified staff member (Teaching Assistant).  All members (except the Principal and Assistant Principal) are elected by their representative peers.  Elected members serve a two-year term and meet once a month.   Members can be re-elected for a second two-year term and then must sit off the team for at least a year.  Members cannot miss more than two consecutive meetings.  The CHCCS delegates one School Board Member as a liaison for our school.  PTA can provide a SIT liaison (or vice versa).  These liaisons are non-voting members of the SIT.

What does the SIT do?

  • Solicits input from and hears the concerns of parents, school staff and community members about school programs and other aspects of student life;
  • Reviews the results of all relevant state and district administered surveys;
  • Supports/advises the administration; 
  • Assists in the hiring of a principal if necessary;
  • Provides input on or questions issues such as school climate, safety, programs, and philosophy; 
  • Reviews/approves the School Improvement Plan and Status Reports;
  • Discusses issues (both positive and negative) about the school;
  • Chairs may meet with the Superintendent and School Board Members;
  • Represents and advocates for the parent and staff community at the school and district levels.

SIT Meetings

SIT meetings are open to the public and provide a forum for parents and staff members to address matters of importance to the Northside school community.  If you have any questions about the SIT or would like to bring an issue before the SIT during the Public Comments portion of the agenda, please come to any meeting or contact one of the Co-Chairs (one staff member, one parent).

Specific to Northside Elementary School this fall, we are asking parents with their youngest child attending fifth grade, to nominate themselves to serve one year on the SIT.  Ideally, half of the SIT members will be replaced each year, so this would enable a couple more parents to serve on the Team in the 2014-15 school year.   

If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, CLICK HERE to access Northside Elementary SIT Nomination forms.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kindergarten Checklist Available

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has prepared a parent checklist for students that will be entering kindergarten in the fall.

CLICK HERE to access this document. It includes information about academics, connecting with the school community, and procedural items to assist parents in preparing for their student to begin school.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Northside Staff Gathers Together

On June 25, 2013 the staff of Northside Elementary School gathered together for the first time at a staff retreat held at the Rigmore House in Chapel Hill. During the retreat, staff members spent time getting to know one another and participated in team building activities such as the Marshmallow Challenge and a collaborative history project titled: Making Our Mark From Past to Present.

The group also spent time exploring the meaning of the school's mission: Thinking, learning, and growing with purpose, persistence, and pride. Additionally, staff members learned about some of the technology, literacy, and math resources that will be available at Northside.  The group also participated in sessions on the Navigator Way and the Student Six which established a foundation for a positive school culture.

The retreat provided an opportunity for staff to come together as a family of professionals and built eager anticipation for August 26, 2013 when Northside will welcome a whole new group of Navigators into our community of learning!


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Northside Elects PTA Leadership

The Northside PTA is now official.  Parents from all 6 feeder schools have already been working hard to make Northside amazing for our kids.

The Northside PTA met on April 24, 2013 and approved an official charter and elected parents to leadership positions. The next meeting is scheduled for May 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM.

Photo Submitted by Caroll Scott

From left to right:  Ruiru Boa, Treasurer; Karen Patillo, Secretary; Frank Horton, Vice President; Stacy Cox, Vice President; Jodi Wax, President; Cheryl Carnahan, Principal; Coretta Sharpless, Assistant Principal.

Official School Colors and Mascot Announcement

We are pleased to announce (drum roll) our school mascot and colors.

Mascot:  Northside Navigators 
Colors:  Dusk Blue, Sky Blue, and Orange

Dusk Blue
Sky Blue

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Northside Enters a Garden Grant Competition

Northside Elementary School has entered a community garden grant competition sponsored by Seeds of Change. The grant awards for the competition include one $25,000 grant and fifteen $10,000 grants to be use toward community garden projects.

Help Northside make it through the first round of the competition by going online and voting daily for the Northside Elementary School Garden between now and May 17, 2013. The 50 garden projects that receive the most votes will move to the second round of the competition where applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges.

A Facebook account is required for voting. Each person is allowed to vote once EACH day. Spread the word to friends, family, and colleagues.

CLICK HERE to access the voting page.

Voting Instructions: 

  1. CLICK HERE to access the voting page. 
  2. "Like" the voting page. 
  3. Use zip code 27516 to search. 
  4. Vote for the Northside Elementary School Garden.

Seeds of Change Website:
Voting Website:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Northside Elementary School Students Gather Together for the First Time

On Tuesday, March 19, students across the district participated in student visitation day. Students who are transferring to a new school next year, boarded buses at their current school for a field trip to their new school.  Students, who will be attending Northside Elementary next school year, gathered in the theatre at Carrboro High School.

Northside principal, Mrs. Carnahan, welcomed students and had them stand up by the grade they will be in next school year. Excitement filled the room as students looked around to see the faces of their new classmates. There was a huge round of applause for the rising fourth graders who will be the 2014 graduating class for Northside Elementary. Mrs. Carnahan also introduced members of the Northside staff who were attending the event.

Members of Theta Pi Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill entertained students with a step show and cheer. Following the performance students were treated to a video tour of our school under construction. Students were given a glimpse into the spaces inside and outside of the school building. Following the video tour Northside assistant principal, Coretta Sharpless, introduced students to the exciting task of voting for a school mascot.

Before returning to their current school all buses drove by the Northside construction site to allow students an opportunity to see their new school being built. The Northside family looks forward to having everyone back together in August!

Monday, February 11, 2013


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