Weekly Message September 22-26, 2014

We conducted our first lockdown drill today. The students and staff did an excellent job in following all of the lockdown procedures and we completed the drill quickly.

Another packet of important information will be sent home with students on Thursday in a brown envelope. Please make sure that you ask your child for this information.

The week of October 20th students will be learning about and celebrating Red Ribbon Week. This week represents taking a stand against alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. It also means that people all over the country are dedicating themselves to healthy lifestyles. Students will have a chance to create a public service announcement based on what it means to be alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs-free and win prizes for most creative public service announcement.

The last day of the first quarter is Friday, September 26th. Intersession for students is September 29-October 17th. Students will return to school on Monday,  October 20th. Report cards will go home with students on October 24th.

Remember that at SCS, our mission is the four C’s—Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Community. Have a great evening and a safe, productive intersession break!

Time to Turn in Box Tops !!!

It’s time to turn in your Box Tops.  Please label the bag or envelope containing your box tops with your name and the name of your homeroom teacher and turn them in by Thursday October 23rd. There is a box in the main office to collect box tops.  All students who turn in Box Tops by October 23rd will receive a prize.

The teachers of the top three homeroom classes that turn in the most Box Tops will each win a Gryphon figurine.

You may also turn in your Coke caps and Campbell’s labels during this time.

Thank you!

Weekly Message September 15-19, 2014

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of September 15th.

Wednesday, September 17th is a PLC Early Release Day. We will dismiss students at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Please mark your calendars for our annual SCS Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 18th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Come and walk through your child’s schedule and hear from all of the teachers about what life is like in their classes.  Students may remain afterschool and we have activities planned to supervise them until parents arrive at 5:00 p.m. Students need to sign-up for an activity outside Ms. Hundredmark’s office if they plan to stay.

We are having the SCS Yearbook signing party for students who have purchased a yearbook from last year on Friday, September 19th.  If you didn’t purchase a last year’s yearbook and would like one, bring a check to the main office by September 19th.  The cost is $40 and checks should be written to Jostens.

On Friday, September 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Durham TRY will host a community event at the Staff Development Center that is free and open to the public.  Dr. Aaron White, Ph.D. is Program Director,  Underage Drinking Prevention Research, NIAAA, oversees NIAAA-funded studies on underage drinking prevention.  He is an accomplished speaker and author, with experience presenting nationally and internationally on topics related to alcohol, drugs and youth brain development and addiction.

I’d like to remind you that safety of our students and staff is top priority. As such, we conduct several drills during the school year.  These include fire drills, lockdown drills, and random security checks.  Fire drills are held monthly.  We will notify you of other types of drills either by a letter sent home with students or in a Connect-Ed message. Please discuss these drills with your children.

The last day of the first quarter is Friday, September 26th. Intersession for students is September 29-October 17th.

EXPLORE (for 8th grade) and PLAN (for 10th grade) testing will occur on October 22, 2014. More information will be sent home prior to these assessments.

SCS is excited to announce that in partnership with Sister Cities of Durham, we will be participating in a student exchange with Zhuzhou (pronounced Joo-Joe), China. During this fall intersession, three SCS staff members will be traveling to China to plan the exchange. We are inviting a group of students from Zhuzhou #8 School to visit Durham in April. We are making plans for SCS students to travel to China in Oct, 2015. The trip is open to current 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students and promises to be an exciting learning opportunity. The city of Zhuzhou will be covering many expenses, so the trip will be very affordable for our students. Please join us for an information session for parents and students, October 28th at 5:30pm in the cybrary at SCS.

Have a good evening from all of us at SCS, where there is no box!

Sister Cities Partnership & Student Exchange

SCS is excited to announce that in partnership with Sister Cities of Durham, we will be participating in a student exchange with Zhuzhou (pronounced Joo-Joe), China. During this fall intersession, three SCS staff members will be traveling to China to plan the exchange. We are inviting a group of students from Zhuzhou #8 School to visit Durham in April. We are making plans for SCS students to travel to China in Oct, 2015. The trip is open to current 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students and promises to be an exciting learning opportunity. The city of Zhuzhou will be covering many expenses, so the trip will be very affordable for our students. Please join us for an information session for parents and students, October 28th at 5:30pm in the cybrary at SCS.

SCS PTSA Officers

Congratulations & Thank you to the following parents who are serving as our officers for the 2014-2015 school year.

President—Pam Gaines

Vice-Presidents—Tanika Martin, Randy Garcia, Michele Vincent

Treasurer—Denise Robinson

Secretary—Kelly Hammer

Please check out our SCS PTSA webpage at scs.dpsnc.net!!

Weekly Message September 8-12, 2014

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of September 8th.

There is some important information that will be sent home with all students on Thursday. We’ll bundle all of the items in a folder. Please be sure to ask your children for this information.

September 17th is a PLC Early Release Day. This date was left off of the district calendar.  Please note this date because we will dismiss students at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17th

Please mark your calendars for our annual SCS Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 18th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Come and walk through your child’s schedule and hear from all of the teachers about what life is like in their classes. 

We are having the SCS Yearbook signing party for students who have purchased a yearbook from last year on Friday, September 19th.  If you didn’t purchase a last year’s yearbook and would like one, bring a check to the main office by September 19th.  The cost is $40 and checks should be written to Jostens.

CogAT scores are back for 6th grade students and will be sent home on Thursday, September 11th. This is the first year for the new and improved reports which provide a detailed profile of test scores that teachers  can use to assist your child in school. As a result of this assessment, some of you may receive additional information about qualifying for the AIG program. If your 6th grade student has met criteria, you will also receive additional documents from Ms. Tuck Thomas that will need to be completed and returned to the school for possible placement in the AIG program. Again, you will only receive the additional documents if your child has met specific criteria. If you have additional questions, you may contact Ms. Tuck Thomas.

EXPLORE (for 8th grade) and PLAN (for 10th grade) testing will occur on October 22, 2014. More information will be sent home prior to these assessments.

Has your child returned his/her DEP? We still have quite a few missing.  Ms. Tuck Thomas will be sending final notices home this week. Please return all pertinent documents to the school. No additional notices will be sent.  

The last day of the first quarter is Friday, September 26th. Intersession for students is September 29-October 17th.

Have a good evening from all of us at SCS, where there is no box!  

Weekly Message–September 1-5, 2014

Differentiated Education Plans (DEPs) for AIG students were sent home in August. If your child is in the AIG program and you have not seen these documents, please ask him/her. Second notices were sent via students by Friday, August 29, 2014. We must have signed copies of the invitation to conference and the DEPs in all AIG student files. Parents, if you just received the invitation to conference and the DEP, we still need you to sign both copies and return them to the school. All information shared at the Annual meeting can be found on the AIG website linked to the SCS homepage.

September 17th is a PLC Early Release Day. This date was left off of the district calendar.  Please note this date because we will dismiss students at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17th.  We will send an updated hard copy of the district calendar home with students soon.

Please mark your calendars for our annual SCS Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 18th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Come and walk through your child’s schedule and hear from all of the teachers about what life is like in their classes. 

We are having the SCS Yearbook signing party for students who have purchased a yearbook from last year on Friday, September 19th.  If you didn’t purchase a last year’s yearbook and would like one, bring a check to the main office by September 19th.  The cost is $40 and checks should be written to Jostens.

The last day of the first quarter is Friday, September 26th. Intersession for students is September 29-October 17th.

Remember that at SCS our mission is Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Community.

October PSAT for Sophomores!!!

IS YOUR CHILD A SOPHOMORE?

CONSIDER SIGNING HIM OR HER UP FOR THE OCTOBER PSAT!

The PSAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives students a chance to enter national merit scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

Why take the SAT as a sophomore? The PSAT is optional for 10th grade students. However, I strongly suggest students take the test as sophomores so they can prepare for the junior year PSAT (when scores do count) and ultimately for the SAT. Taking the test a year early gives students a chance to evaluate where they are and make a plan for improvement. Exposing students to the type of questions the PSAT/SAT ask as early as possible will help them increase their scores. All students will receive a score report that tells them areas of improvement that can guide their studying.  

By preparing early, students also increase their chances of qualifying for national merit scholarships. The national merit scholarship corporation gives out over $46 million dollars worth of scholarships a year to students who do well on the PSAT. If your student does well on the PSAT their junior year, they will be qualified for the national merit scholarship competition. Preparing early is the first step.

Costs: $14/student

Contact the SCS college adviser to learn more: Brittany Coleman, (919) 391-7947 scs.dukecac@gmail.com, scsdukecac.wix.com/scscollegeadvising