Thursday, May 10, 2018

This week's Navigator News is chocked full of lots and lots of information!

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Navigator News Network has completed this week's newscast with a focus on Mother's Day as the Hot Topic by Kendall this week.  Making with Mira finds Mira creating a delicious Mother's Day treat while Eliot introduces us to one of our most popular robots in the Northside library, Dash.

This week also offers our first Special Report on how to make a book trailer using iMovie. This segment is hosted by 3rd graders Ann Hoberg, Fiona Cooney and Tess Reynolds. Their technology skills are strongly evident as you watch their delivery of an instructional presentation a good mix of technology tools platforms like Google Drive, iMovie, Quick Time, and iPad photo editor.

This week's weather promises to be a stormy one according to our weather reporter, Savannah. Make sure to keep those umbrellas and rain jackets handy!

Finally, our librarian, Ms. Cole interviews Godi Godar with Go Conscious Earth, a not-for-profit organization working hard to save rainforest areas of Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa while combating poverty and protecting animals. Donations from supporters have helped save one million acres of rainforest and provided clean water to over 10,000 people. For more information, please visit

Friday, April 27, 2018

Find a Summer Challenge! This week's Navigator News is out!

Mrs. Sharla Coleman, our Staff Spotlight is featured on this week's news program.
This week's Navigator News segment spotlights Mrs. Sharla Coleman, 3rd grade teacher here at Northside Elementary School.  You'll enjoy a lively conversation and the invitation to "Find a Summer Challenge!"  Mrs. Coleman shared some of her past challenges with our crew inspiring them to begin thinking about theirs for this upcoming summer.  What's your summer challenge?

This week's program also features a Tech Talk segment about the current hottest video game, Fortnite. Eliot offers information about the game and an overview.  A link to Common Sense Media parent reviews of the game may be found by clicking this sentence. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ms. Athey shares her NASA experience

Ms. Sandy Athey, one of our amazing teachers here at Northside Elementary just returned from watching NASA launch a satellite named TESS, (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) that will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. Please enjoy her blog post that she has shared telling of her once-in-a-lifetime experience.

You may also view a short video pictorial presentation posted in our hallways to give our students the opportunity to see the launch by clicking on this sentence

Friday, April 13, 2018

Navigator News this week features a spotlight on Sandy Athey, NASA Social Media Correspondent

Ms. Sandy Athey, ACC Teacher, NASA Social Media Correspondent
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Imagine being able to watch NASA launch a rocket into space live in person! That's exactly what our own Ms. Sandy Athey will be doing on Monday, April 16.  Ms. Athey is this week's Northside Elementary School's news program's Staff Spotlight. She applied and was accepted as a Social Media Correspondent for their upcoming TESS, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. If you would like to share in Ms. Athey's excitement, she's created a Facebook page, with books, videos, links and other resources to support our students and staff learning. You may also watch the launch live at

Safe travels, and thank you for sharing your adventure with all of us, Ms. Athey!

Friday, April 6, 2018

4-6 Navigator News Episode with Nurse Julie Vogel, Staff Spotlighted

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This week's episode includes a Staff Spotlight segment with our very own Nurse Julie!  She shares with our interview crew some important tips for our viewing population.  Included too this week in our Making with Mira! segment, Sharpie Tie Dye T-shirts,.Hot Topics topic, is Emojis with Kendall, and a Tech Talk segment introducing Part 1 of Scratch coding is offered by Eliot. The weekly Weather segment is presented by Savannah with Ceci behind the iPad directing the program.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Northside Elementary receives national attention for its love of READING!


TumbleBookLibrary, a curated database of children's e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world that we use here at Northside Elementary to support literacy recently shared the wildly successful fundraiser we just completed.  Here is a portion of the post shared with their worldwide audience,

"When the students at Northside Elementary of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District in North Carolina set their mind on reading... Well, you ‎had best not get in their way!
Northside's awesome students logged 532,254 minutes and read a total of 13,420 books during the school's TumbleBooks Read-A-Thon earlier this month. Their dedication and love of reading helped raise over $16,000 for their school! 
This was, by far, the best showing of any school who had participated in a Tumblebooks Read-a-Thon and sets the bar really high for any school up to the challenge."

Way to go, Navigators!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Episode 9 Navigator News Network shares Mrs. Fox as our Staff Spotlight this week.

Mrs. Fox, our NES Counselor is spotlighted in this week's episode
This week's broadcast hosts an interview with Mrs. Fox, our school Counselor.  Mira's segment, Making with Mira shows how to make a PomPom pencil topper, our "What's New in the Library" with Kendall offers us a lovely book called Moon Over Star. We're missing our 3rd Anchor, Eliot who will return next week.

Navigator News Episode 8 Introduces Ms. Alder Keene, our Teacher of the Year!

In this episode of our Navigator News, our Anchors, Kendall and Mira interview Ms. Alder Keene, our Art teacher here at Northside Elementary School. She was chosen by staff as "Teacher of the Year".  She will interview with the District as they search for the District Teacher of the Year.  Please enjoy the interview along with our new Weather Segment and a Commentary by Zachary Banks.

Ms. Alder Keene, NES' Teacher of the Year

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Navigator News 2-9 With Staff Spotlight on Elizabeth Symons!

Ms. Symons - Our Staff Spotlight this week.Click on the PIC to view the episode
This week's news program includes a new segment called Tech Talk with Eliot and an interview with Ms. Elizabeth Symons, one of Northside Elementary's a-mazing! staff.  She is a our AVID/Instructional Student Support Coordinator. If you recognize her name from years past, that's because Ms. Symons has served as a 3rd grade teacher here and is well known for her passion for learning and especially Math!

Please enjoy the program, and, as always please share comments and suggestions.

Monday, February 5, 2018

New Navigator News Network Episode 2-2-18

Navigator News Network Episode 6 Link Below

Our Friday, February 2nd edition of Northside Navigator News includes an interview with this week's Staff Spotlight selection, Mr. Matthew McCauley, 5th grade teacher.  With a Making with Mira session showing us how to make folded snowflakes to Savannah offering the weekly weather, this week is filled with information about our 2018 Northside Elementary Read A Thon which runs from February 2nd through 11th. For more information about our Read A Thon, Go to our Northside homepage and look for links.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

4th Grade Teacher Ashley Quick-Hooker Honored by BRMA

Our very own 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Quick-Hooker has been recognized by the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate, (BMRA) a program of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City School, for her great spirit of volunteerism.  

Granvel Johnson, New Match Support Specialist with BMRA contacted Principal Sharpless to share appreciation for Ms. Quick-Hooker's dedication and work that she has performed with the group.
Celebrating more than 20 Years of Excellence, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA) is a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools support program designed to improve the achievement of male and female students of color. BRMA provides students with mentoring, advocacy, tutoring, social and cultural enrichment, as well as college and career information. It also provides opportunities for volunteer community service for their mentor/mentee pairs.
Ms. Quick-Hooker shared her experience, talking of the commitment she has honored beginning four years ago. She will continue mentoring her student through high school as her mentee enters college providing guidance and support, acting an extra trusted adult, a sounding board - another person whom the mentee knows is "in her corner". 

 Ms. Quick-Hooker offered that her involvement includes two hours of contact per week in the form of conversations via email, text and phone, cultural experiences, and BRMA group-sponsored activities. BRMA offers summer tutoring, scholarship opportunities, and college tours. Ms. Quick-Hooker shared some of the favorite activities she and her mentee have enjoyed - grape picking, basketball games, cultural and holiday events like painting classes, and the Christmas Carol. 

To our Navigator News readers, we ask, would you like give back? Help someone who doesn’t have a lot of opportunities?  Help kids become successful in their schools careers? Advocate for them?" Then Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate is for you! 

If you're interested in giving your time and talents to support our CHCCS student population, please complete the information form located at .

 preparation, leadership development, and college scholarships.t of students of color. BRMA provides students with mentoring, advocacy, tutoring, social and cultural enrichment, college and career preparation, leadership development, and college scholarships.

Northside Elementary 3rd Grade Students participate in Martin Luther King Celebration

Students insert their insights to Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" Speech

Students were invited to participate in this year's Town of Chapel Hill's celebration event on January 12, 2018 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  Students in our 3rd grade classrooms painted beautiful letter-by-letter collages quoting Dr. King and were offered to insert their feelings about important words in the historic phrases offered by Dr. King in his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.  You may find the full celebration on the Town of Chapel Hill's Facebook page. Our very own Principal, Coretta Sharpless was the featured keynote speaker.

Navigator News Network - January 25 edition with Mr. Parker in our Staff Spotlight

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Now that school's back in session after our snow break, our Navigator News Network is once again working to share Navigator news to our community.  This week's edition included Staff Spotlight person, Music Teacher, Donald Parker!  Making with Mira, also a new segment shows how to make Fluffy Slime and Savannah Gunsch joins us with the weather.  Check it out!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Navigator News for Week of January 15!

Barry Garrett, one of our excellent EC Teacher Assistants and "Yes" man here at Northside has been chosen to stand in our Staff Spotlight this week.  Watch the video below to discover just a few of the many hats he wears at Northside Elementary.  Too, see one of our selections found in our library along with a new feature, Making! with Mira.  Thanks to all our viewers!
Navigator News with Mr. Garrett