China Exchange Trip

We held an interest meeting this week for the exchange trip to China. This trip is open to current 8th graders and high school students. If you were unable to attend the meeting but are interested in the trip, pick up an interest form from Ms. Street or Ms. Miglarese.

The School for Creative Studies School Family Dinner and Student Dance — SIGN-UP TO HELP

The SCS PTSA is sponsoring our first Dinner Dance on November 1st Saturday evening at Pantajali’s Place, 700 Foster St.

Visit the Sign-up Genius to sign-up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48aaae229-theschool

Please come out to the spaghetti dinner starting at 6:00 PM.  All families are invited to dinner from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Cost for dinner is $20.00 per family of 4 or $6.00 per person.

The dance is for high school students only and will run from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Admission for the dance is $5.00. If you attend the dinner, you may attend the dance for free!

We need adult volunteers to help with:

  • dinner preparation starting at 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
  • set-up and service from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • chaperoning at the student dance from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Additionally donations for drinks, chips, and snacks are appreciated for the dinner dance. 

Please call 919.945.9403 or email thoms.shirley@gmail.com

This November Dance is for 9th and 10th grades only.

In December, we will have a dance for the 7th and 8th grades.

In February, we will have a dance for the 6th grade class.

DATE: 11/1/2014 (Sat 6:00PM – 10:30PM) LOCATION: Pantajali’s Place, 700 Foster St.

Weekly Message October 27-31, 2014

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price your weekly message for the week of October 27th.

This week is Spirit Week. We had a great Wacky Tacky Day today. We enjoyed seeing all of the creativity from the students and staff.

Tuesday: Twin Day (Find a partner and create a creative twin combo)

Wednesday: School Colors Day (To be perfectly accented with the hat of your choice for $1)

Thursday: Character Day (Be your favorite literary/film/mythological character)

Friday: Halloween costumes

*On no day is it permissible to wear a mask of any kind, and the DPS dress code applies.

Show your grade level’s competitive best through spirit week penny wars!  Starting Monday each grade level will have a jar in front of the main office.  Each penny gains a point for your grade level.  All nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills will subtract points from a grade level.  Which grade level will collaborate to outwit all others and be champions of the penny wars?!  All funds will go toward the SCS scholarship fund.

We are still excited about our partnership with Sister Cities of Durham and the student exchange with Zhuzhou (pronounced Joo-Joe), China. During our intersession break, Ms. Street, Ms. Towns, and Ms. Wash traveled to China to beginning planning the exchange. We would like to invite 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.

As chilly weather is fast approaching, the SCS PTSA and Guidance staff is sponsoring a winter coat drive.  Please consider helping local students by donating gently used coats and jackets. Donated items may be delivered to the guidance office at SCS. Thank you in advance for your generous donation.

PTSA is sponsoring our first Dinner Dance on Saturday evening at Pantajali’s Place, 700 Foster St. All families are invited to dinner from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Cost for dinner is $6.00 per person.  The dance is for high school students only and will run from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Admission for the dance is $5.00. If you attend the dinner, you may attend the dance for free!

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

Connect-Ed Message 10/23/2014

Report cards and a packet of information will go home with students tomorrow October 24th. Please review and return a signed copy to your child’s homeroom teacher.  If your child is not doing well in a class, please contact the teacher and/or team for a conference. Our goal is for all students to be successful, and we have to work together to ensure this for each student.

Per the DPS Transportation Department, we can no longer approve bus passes for students to ride a bus home with a friend or get off at a different stop than usual if that stop is on a different bus than the student is currently assigned. The DPS Transportation Department has informed us that buses are at capacity and there are no vacant seats on afternoon buses for students to switch buses or ride home with a friend on a different bus. We will NOT be able to issue students bus passes for this type of afternoon transportation change and you will need to make other arrangements for your child’s alternate ride home. Your child can get off at a different stop than usual, if needed, as long as the bus they currently ride stops there already. Students will not be permitted to get off the bus at unauthorized stops.

Next week is Spirit Week. Demonstrate your school spirit by fashioning the most creative, outside the box costumes for each theme day.

Monday: Wacky Tacky Day (Mismatch, over-accessorize, color clash, etc.)

Tuesday: Twin Day (Find a partner and create a creative twin combo)

Wednesday: School Colors Day (To be perfectly accented with the hat of your choice for $1)

Thursday: Character Day (Be your favorite literary/film/mythological character)

Friday: Halloween costumes

*On no day is it permissible to wear a mask of any kind.  DPS Dress Code applies as usual!!!

Show your grade level’s competitive best through spirit week penny wars!  Starting Monday each grade level will have a jar in front of the main office.  Each penny gains a point for your grade level.  All nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills will subtract points from a grade level.  Which grade level will collaborate to outwit all others and be champions of the penny wars?!  All funds will go toward the SCS scholarship fund.

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

UNC Catalyst Conference for High School Students

Every year, the Catalyst Conference brings a selected group of 100 high school students from across North Carolina to UNC Chapel Hill for a weekend-long exploration of social justice issues affecting both America and the larger world. Through leadership and personal development sessions, we aim to empower participants so they can serve as catalysts for positive change in their own communities. The Catalyst Conference serves a vital need, as encouraging today’s youth to take an interest in national and worldly issues is vital to securing an educated and passionate group of future leaders. These 100 students will face a challenging task; they will be asked to view the world through the eyes of another and come to a realization of the underlying similarities that connect us all.

Catalyst Conference 2015 seeks to:

  • Give high school students the opportunity to build and learn from personal relationships that transcend racial, ethnic, religious, and gender boundaries.
  • Provide an open forum for discussion of community issues of social justice and equality through a series of workshops to educate students about diversity and social issues.
  • Empower students to combat the apathy and ignorance threatening the future of America’s youth through personal development sessions and leadership training.
  • Create a network of peer support between high school students and college Catalyst Conference counselors.
  • Transform our high school students into catalysts for positive social change and generate a vision of social harmony for the 21st century and beyond.

The Catalyst Conference is a great opportunity and learning experience for developing high school students. The conference will take place on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill February 20-Februrary 22, 2015. A $50 registration fee is required upon acceptance (DO NOT include this with the application) to the conference, which helps to offset the cost of housing and food for the entire weekend. As we do not wish to exclude those with a financial need, if you have an interested student who may not be financially able to pay the entrance fee, please notify us separately and we may be able to offer a scholarship. Only high school students in grades 9-11 are eligible for application. No seniors or students who have previously attended will be accepted. Applications must be submitted through Google forms by Saturday, November 15th at 5 PM. If a student is unable to submit the application electronically, please tell them to e-mail unccatalyst@gmail.com for a paper copy as soon as possible. Once they receive a paper copy, it must be post-marked 3 days prior to the application due date.

Link to application:  http://campus-y.unc.edu/committees/education-youth-development/catalyst-conference

Who Has the Most School Spirit?!?!?

Demonstrate your school spirit by fashioning the most creative, outside the box costumes for each theme day.

Monday: Wacky Tacky Day (Mismatch, over-accessorize, color clash, etc.)

Tuesday: Twin Day (Find a partner and create a creative twin combo)

Wednesday: School Colors Day (To be perfectly accented with the hat of your choice for $1)

Thursday: Character Day (Be your favorite literary/film/mythological character)

Friday: Halloween costumes

*On no day is it permissible to wear a mask of any kind

In addition, don’t just talk the talk; you have to walk the walk.  Show your grade level’s competitive best through spirit week penny wars!  Starting Monday each grade level will have a jar in front of the main office.  Each penny gains a point for your grade level.  All nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills will subtract points from a grade level.  Which grade level will collaborate to outwit all others and be champions of the penny wars?!  All funds will go toward the SCS scholarship fund.

SCS Winter Coat Drive

Message from Pam Gaines—SCS PTSA President

Hello SCS Parents and Staff. As chilly weather is fast approaching, the SCS PTSA and Guidance Staff is sponsoring a winter coat drive.  Please consider helping local students by donating gently used coats and jackets. Donated items may be delivered to the guidance office at SCS.  Thank you in advance for your generous donation.

THE VOLUNTEER CENTER OF DURHAM – YOUTH SERVICE AWARDS

Registration opened on Oct 1 for the 2014-15 Durham Youth Service Awards.  The Mayor’s Award is for 100 hours of service during the summer and the Hard Corps Award is for 50 hours of service during the school year. Students that are 12-18 years old may participate. Service must be completed at non-profit organizations registered with the Volunteer Center.(If your favorite non-profit is not listed, call and ask how it can be.) Volunteer service greatly benefits our community and at the same time, students gain confidence and skills as well as recognition and documentation which is great for including on their resumes. More information can be found athttp://www.thevolunteercenter.org/tp42/page.asp?id=145175 andhttp://www.thevolunteercenter.org/tp42/page.asp?ID=146281

Weekly Message October 13-17. 2014

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of October 13th.

The Green Team is sponsoring a Fall Shoe Drive. We will be collecting pairs of shoes from now until Friday November 7th.  Please put your donations in the collection boxes in the lobby.  The shoes must be in pairs and in good condition.  We cannot accept single shoes, skates, sandals, flip-flops, slippers, or damaged shoes.   The shoes will be sent to TerraCycle who will reuse or recycle them.  In return, TerraCycle will make a donation to our school. Fall Intercession would be a great time to clean out your closet and gather up your and your family shoes to donate to our Fall Shoe Drive when you return to school.  Thank you!

If you are the parent of an 8th grade math student, Mr. Jackson is requesting 3 composition notebooks when students return to school and begin the next quarter. The interactive notebooks will be used to serve as a guide for later review. Students will be required to maintain a well-organized notebook to complete various assignments. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jackson.

The Creative Studies make-up picture day will be Monday, October 20th, the day we return from intersession. The picture order forms were not delivered to our school in time to hand them out to students who needed them, so we have arranged for Strawbridge to pick up the orders later in the week of October 20th. Your child can have a picture retake done if the original pictures were ordered and paid for and did not turn out well when you received them. Students who were not in school on the original picture day may also have their picture taken October 20th. Students who want a retake must bring the original purchased photograph package back to the main office and take a new order envelope home. Retakes will not be permitted unless the student was absent or pictures were purchased originally that were not acceptable. If no photos were purchased on the first picture day, no retake will be done.

Report cards will go home with students on Friday, October 24th.

Students will learn about and celebrate Red Ribbon Week the week of October 20th. 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.

Remember that at SCS, our mission is the four C’s—Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Community. Have a great evening and wonderful final week of intersession. We’ll see everyone next Monday, October 20th!

Grading Scale Standardized Statewide

Affects 2015-16 Ninth Graders First

Students who begin ninth grade in the fall of 2015 will be graded on a 10-point scale, and their final numerical grades will be listed on their transcript to clearly display performance levels. The State Board of Education approved the change this month at its October meeting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The 10-point scale will bring uniformity to all high school grading scales in North Carolina and address concerns about student competitiveness with students from other states and how to handle students transferring between school districts while in high school.

High School Grading Scale, 2015-16 ninth graders forward:

90-100 = 4.0

80-89 = 3.0

70-79 = 2.0

60-69 = 1.0

< 59 = 0.0