Weekly Message April 28 – May 2, 2014

As you may have noticed, PowerSchool is not calculating semester averages correctly in the system. This is an issue that the company is working to correct. We will not make any manual changes in the system at the school level at this time. If the problem is not corrected by June, we will make the necessary adjustments in PowerSchool to make sure that final report cards are accurate.


Spring Buddy Pictures will be taken Friday, May 2nd beginning at 9:00 a.m. Order sheets have been sent home with students. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hundredmark.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Please take a moment next week to thank our teachers for their hard work and dedication.

They may not be 18 yet, but why not get some practice. May 6 marks the first ever SCS/Kids Voting election. All students will partake in a mock election for school board. To help students, and teachers, make a decision Kids Voting has put together (with student input) a candidate guide that addresses some major areas of concern. Please ask you students about it.

The last day for the ENCORE afterschool program will be Thursday, May 8th.

We will have our first annual SCS Honor Roll/Awards Event on Friday, May 9th at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Students will receive an invitation if they will be recognized. We will also honor students who have exhibited Habits of Mind throughout the year and have some awards for our teachers.

Art Show at Northgate Mall

 Head on over to Northgate Mall  to check out the artwork on display from SCS. Our artists worked hard, and these 20 pieces are just a SMALL sample of the excellent projects created by our artists. Let’s celebrate their hard work! The following students have work on display:

    • Ashly Bray  (9th)
    • Mattiyah Jones  (9th)
    • Alex Gaines  (9th)
    • Justin Van Sickle  (9th)
    • Safiya Gallaghan  (9th)
    • Kyeru Evans  (9th)
    • Hailey Baldwin  (9th)
    • Rashidah Aristizabal  (7th)
    • DaShon Johnson  (7th)
    • Annalysa Fakir  (7th)
    • Mikayla McDaniel  (7th)
    • Izaiah Hendren  (7th)
    • Vanessa Sarao Cortez  (7th)
    • Suzette Yanez  (6th)
    • Bethany Dodson  (6th)
    • Maxwell LaDue  (6th)
    • Jason McMiller  (6th)
    • Finn Horstman  (6th)
    • Michael Guilmette  (6th)
    • Rosa Glass  (6th)

Futures’ Jr. Biotechnology Summer Camp

BRITE Futures Biotechnology Summer Camps are designed to inspire students and give them a head start on identifying careers in science and biotechnology.

We provide an experience that is both educational and fun regardless of prior knowledge in genetics and biotechnology.

Jr. BIOTECH: Biotechnology Camp for Middle Schools Students

                                    9:00 am – 3:00 pm  July 7-11, 2014

The camp will teach students the fundamentals of biotechnology. Students will not only learn about DNA and how it is manipulated, but they will acquire extensive hands on experience with techniques used by research scientist.

Topics and Activities

Biotechnology Workplace Basic Skills

DNA Extraction / From Strawberries and Epithelial Cells

Sickle Cell Lab- The Mystery of the Crooked Cell

Genetic Engineering Activities

Crime Scene Activities

All activities are aligned with North Carolina State and National Standards

  • Hands–on activities provide students with opportunities to explore biotechnology applications in a laboratory setting
  • Tours of research labs
  • Conversations with research scientists
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Camps take place at the BRITE Research Facility on the campus of NCCU
  • Register now!  Acceptance to BRITE Futures’ Jr. Biotechnology Summer Camp is competitive and limited to 20 students for each camp. Applications will be evaluated by a committee and selected based on the following criteria: letters of recommendation, essays, and date the application is postmarked)
  • Cost per student $100

Applications must be postmarked no later than May 16, 2014.

For more information contact Betty Brown, Outreach Coordinator for BRITE at 919-530-6600   

NCCU’s Legal Eagle Summer Camp

NCCU’s Legal Eagle Summer Camp announcement – still very low cost for full week $120 (and scholarschips are available)

For more info:  http://durhameducationresources.blogspot.com/2014/03/legal-eagle-law-camp-at-nccu-for-middle.html

Each summer, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law hosts a week-long Legal Eagle Law Camp for middle and high school students.  The summer 2014 session of Law Camp will be held June 23-27, 2014, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Friday June 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Registration is $120 per child and scholarships are available; registration is limited to the first 36 participants to register.

The Camp is designed to expose students to the field of law. Participants get an inside look at the legal system and the courts, meet local attorneys and judges, visit the Durham courthouse, learn about legal research using the NCCU Law Library, take part in a mock trial and find out what it’s like to prepare for law school. Interactive sessions with current NCCU law students, faculty and administrators are a feature of the Camp.

The Camp is co-sponsored by Durham Public Schools Community Education Program, but enrollment is not limited to Durham Public Schools students or Durham County residents.

Questions about Camp, call 919-530-7166.  For information about registration or payment, call 919-560-9488.  

Weekly Message April 21-25, 2014

We conducted our Quarter 4 Security Drill this morning.  3—7th grade classes and 1—6th grade class participated by walking through the school’s metal detector.  If your child participated, he/she received a letter to bring home to you.  All Durham Public Schools middle and high schools conduct these each quarter using randomly selected classrooms. This was not done in response to any incident and no inappropriate items were found.

Saturday Academy resumes this Saturday, April 26th from 9:00 – 12:30 p.m.

The DPS Summer Camp for Gifted students will be June 23-27 at Lakewood Montessori Middle School. Applications are available. 

Please mark your calendars for the Advanced Academics Expo on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Staff Development Center.  This event will be held  5:30-7:00 p.m. and is designed for parents and community members.  The Advanced Academics Expo will showcase products produced by students enrolled in the DPS Academically Gifted Program and highlight enrichment opportunities available for students enrolled in Durham Public Schools.

On April 28 & 29, 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’ social studies classes.

NCSU Imhotep Academy–Discovering Algebra and Computer Science Session

Spaces are available for Imhotep Academy’s Discovering Algebra and Computer Science session, July 7-11 from 7:15 am to 12:15 pm.

During this session, students will

– learn about Algebra and its applications,

– solve, graph ,and manipulate equations and inequalities,

– use Javascript langauge to create drawings and animations,

– explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with liked-minded peers,

– participate in a field trip where they will interact with STEM professionals

All programs will be held at The Science House on NCSU’s Centennial Campus.

The cost of the program is $200. You may apply the 25% discount until April 25th off the program regular fee. Register online for the Algebra and Computer Science session, July 7-11 or the Remotely Operated Vehicle Session, June 23-27 at http://www.thesciencehouse.org/k-12-students/imhotep-academy.php.

The program’s mandatory orientation is Monday, June 9, 2014 for the Algebra session. It will be held at The Science House at 6:30 pm.

For additional information contact Pamela Gilchrist at pogilchr@ncsu.edu or call 919-515-5570.