Summer Science Camp Seeks Next Generation of Innovators

Middle-school students eager to participate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning are encouraged to apply for the Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at North Carolina Central University Monday July 6, 2015 to Friday July 17, 2015. Global Health Connections International will be facilitating the camp.  

During this free, two week camp, students will live on campus and participate in interactive, inquiry-based classes taught by secondary school teachers and STEM educators. Students selected for the camp will be rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade middle school students in Wake and Durham Counties for school year 2015-2016. We will be selecting 48 students (24 females and 24 males) to participate in this very prestigious camp. 

Please see and share this information with interested students or contact Raychelle Baptist, Program Director at 919-423-8135 with questions.

NCDPI Hosts Student Leadership Institute

Students are encouraged to apply now for the annual NCDPI Student Leadership Institute. This year, the Institute will be held at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer. 

The four-day program is offered at no cost to schools (excluding travel to and from Pfeiffer University) and is designed to prepare students to take active roles in their schools and communities through character and leadership development and service-learning. 

The Institute will be divided into three cohorts: (1) fourth and fifth graders, (2) sixth through eighth graders, and (3) ninth through twelfth graders. Prospective participants should register as a team of 4-6 students with at least one adult mentor from their school or district. 

For more information, including the application, please visit: The application deadline is April 24.


Weekly Message April 13-17, 2015

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

It was so wonderful to see all of our students and staff back at school today to begin the 4th quarter!  This quarter is a very busy one and the testing season and end of the year are just around the corner. We will communicate very important information through our normal methods (Facebook, this weekly message, emails from teachers, notices sent home with our students, my blog, and our website).  Please stay informed by checking the website, listening to the weekly messages, and talking with your child about what’s going on in school and what information they’ve received to bring home!

Report cards will go home with students on Friday, April 17th. It is imperative that you review these report cards and discuss the grades with your children. We ask that you return a signed copy to the homeroom teacher.

This week is College Week. It’s never too early to start planning for your college careers! We kicked off the festivities with a great assembly this morning. We have College Spirit Days and we ask you show your spirit using the assigned theme for the day.

Tuesday, April 14th: In-state College Gear

Wednesday, April 15th: Out of State College Gear

Thursday, April 16th: Lazy College Student

Friday, April 17th: Dress for Success

College Info Night for Parents will be held Wednesday night, April 15th at 6:00 p.m. Topics will be Navigating High School, College Admissions 101, Financial Aid 101, Effective Study Techniques, Highly Selective Admissions, NC Community College Options, and Planeando Para La Universidad.

Next week SCS will host 15 students and teachers from Zhuzhou, China. We are excited for our students to be a part of this cultural  exchange in partnership with Sister Cities of Durham. Our guests will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday and will also tour Duke University, visit the Museum of Life and Science and attend a Durham Bulls game. SCS could use your help in showing southern hospitality. There are several ways to volunteer including transportation, greeters and food donations for several meals. Please contact Ms. Miglarese, Mr. Boston or Ms. Price as soon as possible for more information.  We know the SCS community will step up to make their visit special.

DPS is offering the Saturday Academy for High School EOC courses in April and May. The dates are April 25, May 2, 9, and 16 from 9-12 at Durham School of the Arts. This program provides additional support and instruction for Biology, English II and Math I. Students must register online in advance at If you have questions, please contact Ms. Brown or Mr. Dixon.

The 10th grade students are excited and hard at work planning the first annual International Festival for SCS as a community celebration of local and world cultures. Our Artist-in-Residence, Barbara Rich, is working with the sophomore class on the art of project management, so the festival will be created, directed, and run entirely by 10th grade students. Please plan to attend the festival with friends and family on Saturday, May 9 (times TBD)! We will kick-start the event with a week of activities, including hall decorating, speaker series, and trivia from May 4-8.

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

National Volunteer Week

This week is National Volunteer Week and we would like to thank the SCS community of families for the support you provide in so many different ways. Directly and Indirectly you all make SCS a great school for staff and students. Your involvement is appreciated and you deserve a huge shout out!

College Info Night for Parents — April 15th at 6:00 p.m.

Where: The School For Creative Studies

When: Wednesday, April 15th at 6pm 

Navigating High School: Getting to Graduation and Beyond

Tiffany Brown, SCS High School Counselor

College Admissions 101 

Brittany Coleman, College Adviser

Financial Aid 101 

Brandy Davila, Student Services Specialist

Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, UNC Chapel Hill

How to Support Your Teen: Effective Study Techniques

John Lewis, Academic Life Coach of Success 360 Study Skills

Highly Selective Admissions: What You Need to Know

Nikki Baskin, Senior Assistant Director

Duke University Admissions

NC Community College Options

Patricia Gould, Durham Tech Community College

Planeando Para La Universidad

Donna Weaver, CFNC Spanish Services Coordinator

Brienne Pasik, Director of North Carolina

Society of Hispanic Professionals

College Week–April 13 – 17, 2015

College Spirit Days

Monday, April 13th: Rep Your Class For the Assembly

  • College Grad Class of 2021 (10th Grade) Wear Red
  • College Grad Class of 2022 (9th Grade) Wear Blue
  • College Grad Class of 2023 (8th Grade) Wear White
  • College Grad Class of 2024 (7th Grade) Wear Green
  • College Grad Class of 2025 (6th Grade) Wear Black

Tuesday, April 14th: In-state College Gear

Wednesday, April 15th: Out of State College Gear

Thursday, April 16th: Lazy College Student

Friday, April 17th: Dress for Success

Milk, Cookies and College Monday with Ms. Coleman

SCS 8th, 9th and 10th Graders!  You’re invited to attend “Milk and Cookies Mondays” with Ms. Coleman in room 238. Come and talk about college admissions, myths and realities, dorm life, and other post graduation options while enjoying home made cookies! As a part of college week, there will be a special Milk and Cookies Monday April 13th. Hope to see you there. Sign up on the website.