Post 50 TV-Crew Opportunity for 9th graders

Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) sponsors a program that may be a good
fit for some of our students – the Post 50 TV-Crew. Male and Female students ages
14-20 who have completed the 8th-grade may apply. There is an on-line
application, a brief interview process with the crew advisors and training
sessions (although it is mostly on the job training).

2014 Member Application – DUE FEBRUARY

All Explorer Post 50 members have the opportunity to learn:
Camera Operation
Audio Board Operation
Video Tape/Instant Replay Operation
Camera Control Unit Operation
Graphic Computer Operation

There is more information at

Travel Abroad Opportunity for SCS Freshmen!

Dear SCS Freshman Parents:

 This year SCS is offering fantastic study abroad opportunities for our hard working students.  When I was a high school student I had the chance to travel to Spain with my Spanish class.  That first trip abroad contributed to an expanded worldview, a new passion for learning, and multiple future academic and employment opportunities.  As international travel has impacted my own life so positively, it is an adventure I love to share with my students.  I have listened to students make firsthand connections in the classroom after leading trips to Greece, Peru, Spain, and Italy.  And this summer, a group of our ninth graders will be traveling to Costa Rica. 

 As we want these trips to be an option for as many students as possible, we are offering open enrollment for a Spring 2015 trip beginning Friday January 31st, 2014.  This allows for more than a year of fundraising and financial planning.  The 2015 destinations will include Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome!  In addition, the trip is also open for a parent to travel with his/her qualifying student!

 This ten day trip is tentatively set for March 23rd to April 1st of 2015 and will be organized through EF educational tours.  Participants will have an opportunity to visit the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees, Arch de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  Then they will proceed to Venice by train where they will see St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, and the Doge’s Palace along with a glass-blowing demonstration.  Later they will spend time in Florence where they can see the Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria, view a leather-making demonstration, and participate in an art fresco workshop.  Finally, they will continue on to Rome to see the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps. 


The current estimated cost for the trip is $3,385 for students and $3,720 for adults.  However, students and parents enrolled by Feb 28th will receive a $100 early enrollment discount.  This cost includes round trip airfare, 7 nights hotel stay, 1 night train, 2 meals a day, 5 professionally guided sightseeing tours, 1 walking tour, entrance to museums and historical sights, artistic workshop and art demonstrations, a full-time EF tour director, motorcoach transportation, and required travel insurance.  Additional expenses would include the cost of obtaining a passport, lunch money, tips, and personal spending money.

 It is our belief that an educational tour such as this aligns with our goals at SCS.  As students experience the world they build communication skills, engage in critical thinking, and they develop the drive to be motivated life long learners.  Additionally, our students will do course work to earn one elective credit for their travel experience.  As the safety of our students is key to such an educational experience we will require that students maintain the highest of behavioral and academic standards (A,B,C) in order to be eligible for the trip.  Students will initially be able to qualify after receiving their first progress reports for the third quarter.  We also know that parents and students will inevitably have questions about the trip and the qualification process.  An informational meeting will be held at SCS on February 6th at 6pm.  Additional questions can be directed to Ms. Turnwald at or 919-323-5889.


Jaclyn Turnwald

School for Creative Studies

Weekly Phone Message 01.15.2014

Report cards will go home with students on Friday, January 17th

We will have our first semiannual SCSFest this Thursday evening from 6:30 until 8pm. Parents, students, and members of the community are invited to view exhibits showcasing the innovative projects created by SCS students in Art, Architecture, Audio Production, Video Production, and Digital Media classes.

There will be no school on Monday, January 20th in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

You can access the text from the weekly phone message and lots of other information on my blog Price’s Write on the front page of the SCS website. Please check it out. 


We will have our first semiannual SCSFest this Thursday evening from 6:30 until 8pm. Parents, students, and members of the community are invited to view exhibits showcasing the innovative projects created by SCS students in Art, Architecture, Audio Production, Video Production, and Digital Media classes.

Driver Education Classes Set for the Spring

We will have a driver education classroom session starting on March 3rd  at SCS. 
Students may sign up “on-line” for the class starting on February 3rd.  The cost will be $45.
Class time will be: 4:00 – 7:00, Monday thru Friday for two weeks.
Class limit will be 35 students.

We will send home the link for online registration to those who rsvp’ed with me in December. 

SCS Students’ Artwork Displayed at NCCU

Artwork by more than 200 Durham Public Schools students is on display through Jan. 31 at the N.C. Central University Art Museum.
The artwork, by students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, is part of a districtwide art exhibit titled “Durham’s Finest.”
The exhibit can be viewed during the museum’s regular operating schedule: Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. 
The museum is closed on Saturdays, Mondays and university holidays. 
Group visits may be arranged by calling (919) 530-5079 or emailing

We’re very proud of our SCS students:  6th graders:  Grace J., Tobiah D.,  Jaiden H., and Max B.; 9th graders: Shemayah H., Erik C., Faith B., and Heaven T. 

Fourth Annual MLK Day Event

The fourth annual MLK Day event at Northgate Mall Monday will be held Jan. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., celebrating Dr. King’s life and legacy in a way children can understand. The free party will take place at Northgate Mall’s Center Court located at 1058 West Club Boulevard in Durham and will feature Dr. Charmaine McKissick-Melton who, along with her sisters and brother, was one of the first black children to desegregate Durham Public Schools. In a story time geared for preschool to middle school students, she will share her experiences integrating Durham’s elementary schools as a young child and growing up in a family at the heart of the civil rights struggle. Children of all ages will enjoy the story time, freedom songs, and birthday cake, and participate in crafts and on-site service projects. Activities are designed for preschool, elementary school, and middle-school aged children. Find out more in the attached flier.