October 2016 -- The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine presented Central Park School for Children with the annual National Golden Carrot Award for exceptional innovation and leadership in promoting child health and nutrition through school food service. Our nutrition team was at the heart of this award with their incredible work bringing a healthy National School Lunch Program to our school this year. Their innovative ideas and commitment to quality, healthy food brought our school to the forefront of nutrition programs across the country. The award review panel was also impressed at the creative ways in which CPSC educators integrate good nutrition into the curriculum in many ways including gardening, cooking, project work, and music. Congratulations to our Nutrition Team and Teaching Staff for this outstanding achievement, and thanks for your unyielding commitment, energy, and passion for educating (and feeding) the whole child and for supporting the development of their lifelong healthy habits and skills!
CPSC in the News
Durham Magazine featured CPSC's Strawberry Festival and 5K in its June/July 2016 issue. View the magazine online, scroll over to page 15 and enjoy a gorgeous spread of photos by our own Satsuki "Sunshine" Scoville.
Who's to say what CPSC alumni will be up to when they grow up? We'll be keeping an eye out for these Central Park students who were named winners in NC Cooperative Extension's 2015-16 "If I Were the Mayor" competition, sponsored by Kids Voting Durham. Check out the photos on Facebook!
Reema Khrais of WUNC reports on CPSC's efforts to create a diverse population of students. A few years ago, CPSC instituted a weighted lottery to give students from low-income families a better chance of getting in. The school's percentage of families qualifying for free and reduced price meals has risen from 6% to 18%, and the school now has three times as many students of color. This counters a statewide trend of charter schools becoming more racially imbalanced. Listen to or read the story on WUNC.org
CPSC's economic diversity initiative aims to increase CPSC's percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals. The goal is to have a student body that reflects the diversity of the Durham community, and to improve outcomes for all students. In January 2016, the NC Charter Advisory Board approved a new policy that allows all NC charter schools to follow CPSC's lead and implement similar initiatives through lottery amendment. Read the full story »
In January 2016, the NC State Board of Education discussed the Annual Report on Charter Schools provided by the Office of Charter Schools. In the report, CPSC was acknowledged as being a model for other charters for our academic, financial and operational performance. CPSC is one of only 9 charter schools statewide (of 146 total) that meet all of the new Performance Framework requirements. Read the full story to see an excerpt from the report.