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AIS Program Update



For the most up-to-date and correct information regarding the program,

please contact our Director, Jamie Schendt (jschendt@chccs.k12.nc.us)

Message from outgoing AIS Director, Anthony Swaringen:

Dear AIS Families, 

After leading the AIS for four years, it is time for me to step away from it to focus on other new and exciting opportunities at CHS.  I have enjoyed the work of re-building the AIS, and I am looking forward to seeing how the program continues to grow and develop under the leadership of Mr. Jamie Schendt.  

Have a wonderful summer!

Anthony Swaringen

AIS 9th Grade Research Presentations

The Carrboro High School Academy of International Studies would like to invite you to attend the 9th Grade Spring Research Poster Presentations on May 17, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. This is a floating event, so please join us at your convenience.  

Students will be stationed with their posters to answer questions and elaborate on their research.  We will also have QR codes to provide feedback to the students on their work. Please visit your app store to download a free QR code reader to your smartphone or tablet prior to the event.

Rising 9th Grade AIS Students will meet with Mr. Schendt in the library at 6:30.  Please check your email for details.


AIS 9th Grade Team Presents: No Impact Man Projects

Climate change is an important international issue, so for the second year, Academy of International Studies freshman students read Colin Beavan’s
No Impact Man, a memoir of his year-long attempt to completely eliminate his family’s carbon footprint, and designed projects to follow in Beavan’s (carbonless) footprints and experiment with methods to convince their families over six weeks to reduce various areas of their impact on the global environment.

In these projects, students were assigned to groups to focus on one area of consumption: electricity, water, food packaging, transportation, or purchasing of goods.  Groups then created SMART goals to reduce their consumption and/or use of their assigned area over the course of six weeks.

For some students, the challenge was convincing family members to be a part of the project, since students had to collect data for their households, not just themselves. Daniel Sheyko stated that he did not receive any assistance from his family in reducing their water consumption, but he hoped that “maybe they’ll start doing it if I keep doing it.”

Other students found their families very excited by the possibilities.  Emma Freemerman, also tasked with reducing water consumption, said that she thought her parents were more excited by this project than she was, reporting that her father spent a lot of time replacing shower heads and faucets to low flow versions to help her reach her goal of reducing her family’s water consumption by 30%.

This project also saved several families a significant amount of money over the six weeks.  Zac Cameron reported that his family’s energy bill dropped by half over the course of the project, although he admitted that part of it was due to cooler temperatures in October and November.


Along with providing a twenty minute presentation of their data, research, and conclusions, students were asked to dress as young professionals to model what it would be like to attend a real conference.  Mintzy Paige, the AIS English 9 teacher says that she “feel[s] that when students are required to dress for success, they act to impress.  It makes them understand how serious the presentations are.” Students were also required to take notes on each presentation and ask questions of their peers.

Lisa French, the AIS World History teacher, said that it was a “great experience to watch the culmination of eight weeks of hard work.  The AIS presentations were evidence of what students can accomplish when they immerse themselves in an interdisciplinary topic.  Students showed an understanding of the environmental issues, creative problem-solving in collecting data and motivating others, and confidence and professionalism in their presentations.”

Across the board, students found significant connections between their individual behaviors and the international community at large, and that the changes necessary to effect large-scale change are not necessarily painful or inconvenient; they only require a bit of mindfulness and a few modifications of habit.