Winter Weather Awareness Week is Nov. 30-Dec. 6

North Carolina winters can be unpredictable, and in recognition of this Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed Nov. 30-Dec. 6 as Winter Weather Awareness Week. Earlier this year, the state experienced back-to-back snow or ice weather events that caused school delays or cancellations. North Carolina Emergency Management urges school leaders, staff, teachers and parents to take the following simple steps to be ready for a little sleet or 2+ inches of ice or snow: make an emergency preparedness plan, build an emergency supplies kit, keep a winter kit in your car, and know real-time traffic and weather conditions. For details, visit http://www.ReadyNC.org, or you can download the free ReadyNC app for iPhones and Droid devices.

DPS EOC Saturday Academy

Once again, DPS will offer a Saturday Academy program to support students who are enrolled in one of the high school End-of-Course tested subjects. For this year, the tested course subjects are Biology, English II, and Common Core Math I.

What: An enrichment and enhancement program that provides additional support and instruction in the tested, End-of-Course subjects: Biology, Common Core Math I, and English II. This program will meet for five sessions prior to the spring EOC testing days.
Who: DPS High School Students (grades 9-12) and any middle school students currently enrolled in Common Core Math I.

When and Where: The academy program will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for students. The Academy will be held at Durham School of the Arts, located at 401 North Duke Street. The dates for the spring 2014 Fall EOC Saturday Academy are: December 6 and 13, 2014, and January 3 and 10, 2015.

Logistics: All DPS students who are currently enrolled in Biology, Foundations of Math I/Common Core Math I, and English II are invited to participate in the program since everyone must take the EOC exam.

Transportation: Buses will pick up and drop off students from selected locations around the district. Please see the transportation schedule on the DPS website for specific pick up/drop off times and locations.

http://www.dpsnc.net/pages/Durham_Public_Schools/Calendar/Saturday_Academy

SCS PBIS/BADD Masquerage Dance Volunteers Needed

The SCS PBIS/BADD Masquerade Dance is this Friday from 4:15-8:30. The middle school dance is from 4:15-6:00 and the high school dance is from 6:30-8:30. If your child is attending the Dance, please consider signing up to chaperone and/or to donate snacks. We understand that “beggars can’t be choosers” but the donated snacks must comply with the DPS wellness policy. So we are asking for healthier items for snack donations — baked chips, popcorn, water, etc.
Thank you for your continued support.
FYI: PBIS=Positive Behavior Interventions and Support and BADD=Band Against Destructive Decisions

Volunteer to Chaperone and/or donate items for the SCS Dance this Friday
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f48aaae229-volunteer

PTSA Sign-UP for the State Cyclocross Race

The School for Creative Studies
is hosting the
2014 NORTH CAROLINA STATE
CYCLO-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
NOVEMBER 15th (7 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Come out and support SCS and take in all the action. This event promises to be an exciting first for SCS. Our school is already the first in the state for having a competitive cycling team and now it is hosting this amazing race.
Go SCS!!
SCS will gain great exposure and recognition by hosting this event and we will all have the opportunity to be a part of it. Don’t miss this opportunity to cheer on the more than 400 racers from juniors to elite pro’s. You can also get involved and show your support too, by volunteering to help with the PTSA concession stand or donate items to sell. Sign-up is easy, just follow the link below:
Volunteer- Represent SCS and the PTSA (only 4 hour blocks, but happy to have your help for less time)

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844aaa82fa1f94-snack

Donate Items- Support the SCS PTSA Concessions Stand
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084da8a722a4fb6-scsptsa

Thank you so much for all of your support!

Please contact Randy Garcia at randyg70@hotmail.com or cell: 706-718-2324 for questions.

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price your weekly message for the week of November 10th.

This is a reminder that there will be no school tomorrow Tuesday, November 11th—for the Veterans Day holiday.  I speak for all of us at SCS in saying that we appreciate and honor our veterans!

Attention 7th grade parents:  Information for Duke TIP went home before intersession with students who qualified. This does not affect all students, just those who received the application because they met selection criteria. If you have not already completed the information, please do so because the extended deadline is November 17th. If you have a child who has participated in the past, you will need to re-apply. Information has also been posted to the AIG website linked to our homepage. You may contact Mrs. Tuck Thomas for additional information.

As chilly weather is here, the SCS PTSA and Guidance staff are 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.

We are in desperate need of volunteers for the state Cyclocross race Saturday, November 15th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  SCS will gain great exposure and recognition by hosting this event, and we will all have the opportunity to be a part of it.  Don’t miss this opportunity to cheer on the more than 400 racers from juniors to elite pro’s.  You can get involved in several different ways. We need assistance with parking, club table set-up, logistics, concession stands, etc. Please contact Ms. Hundredmark for more details or to volunteer.  Or you may choose to volunteer to help with the PTSA concession stand or donate items to sell.  Sign-up is easy, just visit my blog for the link to sign-up if you’d like to participate in this option.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 19th. This is a PLC Early Release Day and school will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.

It’s almost Spelling Bee season for our middle school students! Students will receive a copy of the Spelling Bee Study Words lists from their language arts teachers this week. Classroom spelling bees will be held the week of December 1st. Winners of classroom bees will compete in our schoolwide bee at the end of January. Students, start studying so we can celebrate the top spellers at SCS!

Remember that at SCS our mission is Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Community. Have a great evening!

Nutrition Information from SCS PTSA President

All –

I had an opportunity to attend a NCPTA sponsored workshop on Saturday.  One of the topics discussed included childhood nutrition.  The speaker was Diane Ritchie, MPH, RD, LDN with the Durham County Dept of Public Health.

Diane shared some great information including the following facts and tips:

What kids eat (on average):

  • 10 pounds of additives per year; 154 pounds of added sugar; 1.5 cans of soda per day

Connection between nutrition and learning:

  • Multivitamins and supplements can raise IQ Scores
  • Essential fatty acids improve reading ability

What do Developing Brains Need?:

  • Essential fatty acids
  • Complex Carbs
  • Fiber and protein

Did you know that your child can receive a free appointment with a registered dietician through the Durham County Dept. of Public Health?  To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 919-560-7791.

Pam Gaines,

President, SCS PTSA

Weekly Message November 3-7, 2014

Adults aren’t the only ones who get a say this election day.  Kids Voting will take place on Tuesday November 4 as SCS students join students around the district casting ballots. Results will be released on http://kidsvotingdurham.wordpress.com/ on Wednesday.

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.

Parents, I’d like to remind you to please pick up on time following clubs. Teachers do not receive compensation for sponsoring clubs, and it is unfair for them to have to wait sometimes for up to an hour after clubs are over for students to be picked up.  For individual students who are frequently picked up late, your child will lose the right to stay for the club.

Ms. Hundredmark is in desperate need of volunteers for the state Cyclocross race Saturday, November 15th from 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.  We can use your assistance during any time but preferably in the early morning hours. We need assistance with parking, club table set-up, logistics, concession stands, etc.  Please contact Ms. Hundredmark for more details or to volunteer.

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 11th—there will be no school in honor of Veterans Day.  Wednesday, November 19th is a PLC Early Release Day. School will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.