• Celebrate the End of a Great Year at ECS!

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 6/7/2019 12:00:00 PM

    I have struggled with the topic for this last blog of the year.  How in a few sentences do I summarize the growth and learning of 513 students, the work of 50 ECS staff members, and the tireless support of hundreds of volunteers?  Each year we work together to try and provide our community even more than the previous year, and this year was no exception. Here are some highlights!

    • This year we expanded our Student Support Program with the addition of our Student Services Coordinator, Mrs. White.  107 students benefited from her support or from one of her student groups.

    • Mrs. Colvin and Mrs. Diaz joined our staff this year and dove right in!

    • Students performed in 9 fine arts performances.  

    • ECS hosted its first season of girls volleyball.

    • Our student athletes competed in 160 competitions and won or placed in 91 of them.     

    • We reorganized our emergency lunch system to better protect our students with food allergies.

    • Our third annual Fall Fun Fest raised $22,000 for our Annual Fund.  

    • Student Council raised $775.50 for the Fill Your Bucket List Foundation through the reverse coin drive.

    • Middle school students attended 3 dances.

    • Students attended 65 field trips.  

    • The school enjoyed 4 cultural arts performances.

    • We had our first school-wide book celebration, One School - One Book, focused on The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    • We celebrated the beauty and history of our country during our Day of National Parks.

    • We hosted our first ECS Stride for the Pride on our campus and raised over $50,000 for the Annual Fund!

    • Over 2,400 individual works of art were created in the art room this year! Students created at least another 1,500 pieces that were part of collaborative projects.  

    • Our Annual Fund exceeded the goal of $150,000!

    • For the first year, students enjoyed water bottle fillers and the blue spinning thing on the playground thanks to PAWS!

    • Our band won a Superior rating at the Carowinds Festivals of Music

    • Our 7th and 8th grade students were named USA Champions for Literacy Planet’s Word Mania Competition for their respective grades.

    • Students and staff participated in 11 fire drills, 2 tornado drills, and 4 lockdown drills.  

    • Families, staff, and students enjoyed the Art Show - Book Fair.

    • The first steps toward the future plans for ECS began with a parent survey.

    • 37,570 Café Days meals were eaten!      

    Wow!  That’s a lot!  Thank you for all you did to help make these events happen and all you did to support your children and our teachers through them all.  We are proud of these kids and are already excitedly planning a great 2019-2020. Have a wonderful, safe summer!

    Christi Whiteside
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
    919-848-0333
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  • Endeavor's Annual Fund Hits the $150,000 Mark!

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 5/24/2019 4:00:00 PM
     
     
    Dear ECS Families and Donors,

    The 2018-2019 Annual Fund has received $150,853!  With a combination of your direct donations, business sponsors, corporate matches, proceeds from Endeavor's Family Fun Fest and the Stride for the Pride, the Annual Fund has reached the goal of $150,000 this year!  Thank you to all of our donors for your tremendous support and dedication to the success of our school.
     
    The Annual Fund is Endeavor's way of supplementing the gap in our state and local per-pupil funding. That gap is created by the State's requirement of charter schools to fund their own building and facilities using per-pupil dollars.  
     
    By reaching our goal, the Annual Fund has absorbed enough operational expenses within our budget, which will allow us to address several high priority needs we would have otherwise struggled to afford this year.  As a result, Endeavor has:
    • purchased 60 new iPads to be housed in classrooms
    • purchased two new upgraded IT servers
    • begun much-needed erosion recovery and landscaping improvements to our campus
    • increased funds for our athletics, fine arts and STEAM programs
    • and made important strides to better compensate our talented teachers and staff!
    Your gifts have made a significant difference for our school, our students and our teachers!  On behalf of the Administration, Board of Directors and our entire school community - THANK YOU for your support of Endeavor Charter School and the 2018-2019 Annual Fund!
     
    Christi Whiteside
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
    919-848-0333
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  • Madagascar!

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 5/17/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Did you go see Madagascar Junior this week?  Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade cast, the Behind the Scenes elective crew, the many parent volunteers, Mrs. Tudor, Ms. Tompkins, Mrs. Diaz, Mrs. Tatum, and especially to Mrs. Colvin for her first ECS production!  It was another ECS Fine Arts department masterpiece, and the story is a great parallel to the adventure our 8th graders are soon to embark upon.

    In the play, one of the main characters is tired of life in the zoo and seeks wide open spaces.  His friends follow to help him, and they all end up on a crazy adventure in an unknown land with strange new characters. They form a conga line and exit the stage singing “Together Forever!”

    Well, ECS isn’t quite a zoo, but our 8th graders are also eager for wide open spaces!  They are ready for the opportunities and challenges heading their way.  They are certainly going to meet many new characters, some of whom may seem strange.  They are also eager to stay with and help their friends.  When they head out into the strange new lands ahead of them, they may face difficulties.  They may question who they are and where they belong. Things may seem foreign and scary at first, but if they stay true to who they are, we know they will succeed! 

    Please join us for the 8th Grade Walk on June 6 at around 2:45. It won’t be a conga line, but we’ll celebrate our 8th graders as they parade through our building for the last time before they graduate that evening.  Even though we wish they’d be together forever, we are so proud that they will forever be a part of ECS!

    Christi Whiteside

    Director, Endeavor Charter School

    cwhiteside@endeavorcharter.com

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  • ECS Staff Update May 9, 2019

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 5/10/2019 2:45:00 PM

    Welcome…

    LaShonna Smith will be joining our Exceptional Children’s team as the new upper grades EC teacher.  She comes to us with 7 years’ experience as a talented special education teacher as well as a creative classroom teacher.  We are happy to have her!

    Nguyet Ng will be joining us as the new first grade teaching assistant working with Ms. Ammons.  She has 8 years’ experience as an elementary school teacher.  Her skills in organization, tutoring, and classroom management will be an asset to the class! 

    Farewells…

    Tiffany Carson will be leaving ECS at the end of this school year for a new teaching opportunity.  She will be missed! 

    Seeking…

    …a passionate, NC certified, middle school science teacher.

    …a passionate, NC certified, middle school math teacher.

    As always, we value your recommendations. Please forward this job information to excellent candidates you may know.  Full job descriptions are posted on our website. Thanks for your help!

    Christi Whiteside

    Director

    Endeavor Charter School

    919-848-0333

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  • Want to talk?

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 5/3/2019 4:00:00 PM

    We struggle sometimes with communication -  personally, professionally, on social media, in front of a crowd, in our own hearts.  At ECS we constantly struggle with the best means and the best frequency for our communications with you.  We hear from some folks that we send way too much information, and it is overwhelming. We hear from other folks that they don’t feel they ever hear what is happening on campus.

    We also struggle sometimes with the best topics to discuss.  As a staff, we always have one topic or another that we are working on and thinking about.  These are not always the same topics that parents are thinking about. Some topics are perfect for taking time and gathering input from all stakeholders. Other decisions just need to be made by the party in charge – staff, PAWS, Foundation, etc.

    When we host events intended to share school wide information, we struggle with the timing and format.  What works for one family does not work for another. Is carpool time good to host a meeting? Mornings? Evenings?  Virtual meetings? 

    As we look toward next year, we are looking at the ways we communicate with you.  We are considering what works well and what could be better. We’ve gathered feedback over the last few parent surveys and have found some ways to respond.  There are two main improvements we are working on right now.

    Meet the Teacher is one of the most exciting days on campus for students and staff.  We’ve come to understand that it can also become long and tedious for parents. This July, we will try a new format. Rather than the three shifts of class visits we’ve previously held, we will follow an open house format next year.  Our building will be open on July 29 from 9:30-11:00 for families with students in all grades above kindergarten. During this time all classes will be open for all students and families to visit at their convenience. We will also open the multipurpose room for informational booths and the opportunity for parents to learn about other aspects of our program – Student Assistance Program, early literacy support, athletics, curriculum, and more.  We are excited to share some of the ways we enrich opportunities for students that you may not know about. As we plan this event, we recognize that if all families arrive at 9:30, parking will be a big mess, so as we continue to share this information, we will also ask families to stagger their arrival times throughout that time span. Kindergarten Meet the Teacher will be held on August 2nd, following their staggered entry days.

    We are also going to start hosting a Carpool Coffee each quarter next year.  During morning carpool once per quarter, we will invite parents in to hear about what is going on at Endeavor, to ask questions and share comments.  This will provide us an opportunity to get together and keep in touch in a new way. We hope this time will be well attended and will offer some of our working moms and dads a more accessible time to be on campus.  Perhaps the smell of coffee and pastries will lure some folks inside!

    As we are rapidly heading toward the end of this year, please know that we appreciate your support.  The ways you invest in our school allow us to do what we do!

    Christi Whitside, Director

    Endeavor Charter School

    cwhiteside@endeavorcharter.com

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  • ECS Staff Update April 5, 2019

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 4/5/2019 4:15:00 PM

    ECS Staff Update April 5, 2019

    Our thanks go out to those leaving ECS for all they’ve done for us over the years!

    Farewells…

    Erin Fulk, 1st grade Teaching Assistant, will be leaving ECS to spend more time with her family.  We wish her well!

    Katie Clemmons, 7th and 8th grade science teacher, will be leaving ECS to return to a larger middle school.  We send our best wishes with her!

    Seeking…

    …a 50% 1st grade teaching assistant preferably with teaching or related experience.

    …a passionate, NC certified, middle school science teacher

    Please send these two job openings to those you know.  Full job descriptions are posted on our website. Thanks for your help!

    Help Wanted! 

    We are still looking for a few parents representing all grades to help review the responses from the parent survey and begin to form recommendations about the future of ECS.  If you are interested email cwhiteside@endeavorcharter.com.

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  • Parent Survey Results and Update

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 3/29/2019 4:30:00 PM

    This year’s parent survey was the first significant step in future planning for Endeavor.  We want to gather as much data as we can from our community because we want to start painting the picture of what the next 10 years of Endeavor Charter School will look like.

    Top Parent Preferences for K-5: STEAM, Service, Science and SS as year-long courses, Separation of reading and writing

    Top Parent Preferences for Middle School: STEAM, Increased elective choices, Expanded core courses, Add academic clubs

    Top Parent Preferences for Additional Fine Arts: Technology and PE

    Top Parent Preferences for Facility: Gym, Computer lab, Science lab, Performance space

    Our next step is to take the ideas from the parent survey and the results of the staff survey and talk through what they might look like in reality and how they’d impact learning and working at Endeavor.  Every idea that brings something new or bigger or different to ECS will impact other aspects of our school, and we will need to determine which ideas will best allow us to maintain what we love about Endeavor while enriching the students’ and teachers’ experience.

    If you’d like to be a part of a group to consider the pros and cons of our many options, please email me at cwhiteside@endeavorcharter.com.  This group will flush out options and their impacts.  This essential information will go to the decision makers who will determine the next ten years of Endeavor. 

    Stay tuned!  It’s an exciting time to be a part of Endeavor!

    Christi Whiteside, Director

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  • One School, One Book - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 3/9/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Yesterday was a great example of a special ECS day!  It was the culminating day from our school wide study of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.  This was our first participation in a One School, One Book event in which all grades enjoy the same book written in picture book, early chapter, and adult chapter versions.

    The books tell the true story of the life of William Kamkwamba and the transformation of his life in Malawi after he reads a book about creating electricity from a windmill. Can you imagine a more perfect true story for a school to feature?  His life was transformed because he read! We’ve gotten great feedback from students of all ages who’ve been caught up in William’s story. If you haven’t heard about it, ask your child today!

    For our culmination of our book study, each grade spent time today honoring William and his journey.  Some grades created collaborative collages (the style of the picture book’s illustrations) featuring scenes from the book.  One grade viewed the movie of William’s life which was released just last weekend on Netflix! Other grades tried their hand at building purposeful creations from throw-away items as William did.  We saw marble tracks, miniature windmills created with circuits and motors, solar ovens, anemometers and pinwheels, inventions to help crops grow, kites, and much more. Thank you for sending in so many of these recyclable items for our use today.  We heard many students say they were planning to continue building at home this weekend!

    This was a fun STEAM day with a bonus of a literary focus.  It was a great day to be at ECS! Enjoy the photos of the day below!

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    bwhtw 5  bwhtw 6

    bwhtw 7  bwhtw 8

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  • A Day in the Life at ECS!

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 3/1/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Photos from my travels around ECS this week!

    mrs whiteside selfie

    entry

    picnic tables

    volunteers

    office

    book fair

    students 1

    reading

    recess

     

    cafe days

    office meeting

    hallway

    music

    classroom 2  

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  • Paving, More Paving, and Carpool

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 1/27/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Thank you for your patience during the paving on Burlington Mill Road this week.  We were happy to be able to hire a Wake Forest police officer to ensure everyone’s safety.  Your patience has been much appreciated!

    There is another paving project coming soon.  While this may be more of an inconvenience for us, it will also bring greater rewards!  The land across One World Way from ECS has been sold to Moffat Pipe Company which is currently around the corner from us.  As an effort to improve traffic flow on One World, part of their construction will include adding a left turn lane into OUR PROPERTY!  This is such exciting news for us!  This improvement will come with some necessary lane closures along the way.  As their construction begins, it will also mean the additional vehicles on One World.  During this time, we again ask for your patience as our neighbors move forward with improvements which will benefit us all.

    Since we are already talking about traffic, I need to send a few carpool reminders.   Please note that our carpool procedures have not changed.  We still need every car to display their carpool tag all the way through carpool, stay in the assigned lane, exit the curb in a single file line, re-enter the carpool line if your child does not come out, and be kind to our carpool staff.  We’ve seen several drivers forgetting these expectations recently.  Most upsetting are those who have forgotten to be kind to our staff.  Our staff works hard every day to keep every child safe.   Please be nice to them!

    The carpool policy which is broken most often is when a child does not come out and the parent is told to re-enter the carpool line for a recall.  We’ve seen drivers enter the parking area from the wrong direction and from the right direction to avoid the line.  We’ve seen cars park in the overflow lot and parents walk through the middle of carpool.  We’ve even seen drivers simply refuse to move from the sidewalk, basically shutting down carpool.  All of these actions take our carpool staff’s focus off of the children they are supervising. All of these actions cause our staff to shift focus to overseeing and adjusting for parent behavior rather than child safety.  Every one of these actions impacts the flow of our line which impacts every other family.  Please don’t be this person.  Know that every person in line behind you has somewhere they need to be, too.  Every person working in carpool wants to go home as soon as possible. Most importantly, every person involved in carpool wants every child to be safe every day.  Following our procedures is your investment in the safety of every child at our school.  For those rule followers out there – thank you!  We appreciate your support!


    Christi Whiteside, Director
    Endeavor Charter School
    919-848-0333

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