Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare is trying to contact guardians of EC students who previously applied to be on the waitlist for the CAP-MR/DD waiver (now known as NC Innovations). Many of these children do not have current contact information or assessments in the system needed to maintain communication.  If you believe your child has been placed on this waitlist, or you want more information on potential services for intellectual and developmental disabilities, please contact Alliance Behavior Healthcare at 919-651-8400 and ask to speak to a Developmental Disability Access Coordinator.

Weekly Message 02.24.2014

We conducted a lockdown drill today at approximately 3:00 p.m.  This is a standard drill and was not conducted in response to any incident. Our teachers and students did an excellent job and followed all procedures perfectly.

Registration forms for next school year were not sent home with 9th grade students last week. I apologize for the delay but we want to make sure that we include all courses that will be offered to our 10th graders.  They will go home this week. Once your student receives these forms, please contact Ms. Hagan or Ms. Price if you have questions. 

On Feburary 27th and 28th, all students will be completing integrated benchmark assessments designed specifically for our school. We call these Common Formative Assessments.  The data from these assessments will be used solely to provide teachers and students with feedback on student mastery of learning standards in all four core classes and inform future instruction. Students will not receive a grade for these assessments, but they must do their best because this helps us plan future instruction. These assessments will be given in students’ science classes.

Friday, February 28th our Battle of the Books team will be going up against 11 other middle school teams in the Durham County Battle of the Books competition. Our students will spend the day proving their knowledge of 26 books they have read over the course of the year. Wish them luck!

Registration for Advanced Placement Exams is now open for our 9th grade students enrolled in AP World History. Students must register and pay for exam(s) before they ordered. The cost of each exam is $89,00, and the payment deadline is March 7, 2014.  Jane McAdoo, district AIG Facilitator, will handle registration. If you have questions, please contact the main office.

DPS will be hosting a “Welcome to High School 101” at Riverside High School on Saturday, March 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. This is designed for rising DPS 9th graders to receive information about what to expect in high school. Please look for more information from the district via Connect-Ed messages and the district website.

GREATER RALEIGH NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 200 colleges in North Carolina and across the country, as well as attend special workshops on how to search for the best fit, application tips, essay writing, and how to finance a college education.

WHAT: Greater Raleigh National College Fair

WHERE: Raleigh Convention Center

WHEN: Tuesday, March 11  4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

COST: There is no charge to attend.

HOW TO REGISTER: Students are highly encouraged to register online prior to coming to the fair. This enables them to spend more time connecting with representatives and less time waiting to register on site. Additional information about registration can be found here.

Advanced Academics Offerings

DPS Advanced Academics will be offering a Gifted Camp at Lakewood Montessori for rising 4th-8th grade the week of 6/23-27/2014. There are ONLY 150 seats (first come basis).

DPS Advanced Academics will be hosting an AP Scholars Camp on 7/21-25/2014. This will conflict with our year round schedule for next school year, but may be of interest to siblings and other family members of SCS.

Registration forms are not ready, but stay tuned…we’ll get them to you as soon as they are released!

 

Common Formative Assessments

On Feburary 27th and 28th, all students will be completing integrated benchmark assessments designed specifically for our school. We call these Common Formative Assessments.  The data from these assessments will be used solely to provide teachers and students with feedback on student mastery of learning standards in all four core classes and inform future instruction. Students will not receive a grade for these assessments, but they must do their best because this helps us plan future instruction. These assessments will be given in students’ science classes.

Weekly Connect-Ed Message (2/17-21)

Registration for Advanced Placement Exams is now open for our 9th grade students enrolled in AP World History. Students must register and pay for exam(s) before they ordered. The cost of each exam is $89,00, and the payment deadline is March 7, 2014.  Jane McAdoo, district AIG Facilitator, will handle registration. If you have questions, please contact the main office.

The girls cross country club will begin its spring season tomorrow, February 18th. They will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. The club plans to train for a local 5k and will help build SCS’s first nature trail. The club welcomes girls of all abilities. See Ms. Sims or Ms. Edwards with questions.

Registration forms for next school year will be sent home with students this week. Please take time to review the course selections with your child and return the forms to homeroom teachers by next Monday. Middle school students will be selecting elective courses only, and core class placements will be made at the end of this school year. The elective courses are titled the same as this year, but students will receive a different curriculum so it is ok to sign up for electives that you’ve taken this school year.  High school students will register for all courses.   If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact Ms. Price or Ms. Hagan.

We will be starting a choir club soon. Look for details on the website and my blog. If students are interested in attending, they should listen to announcements and stay on the appropriate day.

Learn To Play Ultimate Frisbee Clinic!

 Come out and learn how to play ultimate at a Learn To Play clinic hosted by Triangle Youth Ultimate League and the North Carolina School of Science and Math!

What: A clinic that will teach the basics of Ultimate Frisbee to 7-12 year olds..

Where: NCSSM; 1219 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

When: Sunday, March 16th, 2-4pm

Cost: A suggested donation of a canned good that will be donated towards NCSSM’s Food Drive and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

For more information, visit tyul.org/learn-2-play or email Nguyen14V@ncssm.edu or Tristan@tfda.org

Weekly Message 02.10.2014

We will have our makeup snow days on Friday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 17. They will be normal school days, and transportation will be provided.

As one layer of prevention in our efforts to maintain a safe and secure learning environment, we conduct periodic metal detector checks. Today we held a security check in randomly selected 9th grade classrooms. This is not a response to any specific incident or trend and no security violations or safety hazards were found. When we conduct these types of checks, I will always inform you.

Registration for Advanced Placement Exams is now open for our 9th grade students enrolled in AP World History. Students must register and pay for exam(s) before they ordered. The cost of each exam is $89,00, and the payment deadline is March 7, 2014.  Jane McAdoo, district AIG Facilitator, will handle registration. If you have questions, please contact the main office.

Boys on Track will offer a free after-school running program for middle and high school boys at The School for Creative Studies Tuesdays and Thursdays (4:15-5:45) from February 18th to March 27th, 2014. Boys on Track provides programs that use running, exercise, team-building, and short lessons to promote boys’ self-discipline, physical and mental health, and self-confidence. The program will be facilitated by two undergraduate men from UNC-Chapel Hill who are approved volunteers with Durham Public Schools.  Registration forms have been sent home with all SCS boys. If interested, the forms must be returned to Ms. Sims by February 12th.

The girls cross country club will begin its spring season on February 18th. They will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. The club plans to train for a local 5k and will help build SCS’s first nature trail. The club welcomes girls of all abilities. See Ms. Sims or Ms. Edwards with questions.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting its annual Physics Demo Show on Saturday February 15th at 2pm.  The event will be held on campus in Phillips Hall, Room 215.  This year’s event is titled “Winter Physics Games: Faster-Higher-Stronger.” Several faculty members and graduate students will perform fun physics demonstrations, with emphases threaded along a Winter Olympics theme. The event is free to the public and suitable for all ages.

SCS Girls Cross-Country Club

The girls cross country club will begin its spring season on February 18th. They will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. The club plans to train for a local 5k and will help build SCS’s first nature trail. The club welcomes girls of all abilities. See Ms. Sims or Ms. Edwards with questions.