Weekly Message May 26-May 29, 2015

Testing continues through June 1st.  Please refer to the testing schedule that was sent home with progress reports to see when your child tests. Please remember to get plenty of rest each night and eat a good breakfast each morning. Students may eat breakfast in our cafeteria free! Students are also reminded to layer their clothing. Some rooms may be too cool or too warm for them.

The Advanced Academics Department is currently accepting applications for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) which is a process for earning credit for a high school course by demonstrating a deep understanding of the content without course enrollment or seat time.  CDM applications are due to schools by May 29, 2015.   To learn more about CDM and download a student application, please visit http://cia.dpsnc.net/cdm. The SCS contact for this process is Ms. Tuck Thomas.

The last day of school for students is June 11th and we will dismiss students at 2:00 p.m.

A big thank you and congratulations to our 2015-2016 PTSA Executive Board: Pam Gaines, middle and high school parent, will serve as our president; Lesley Neely, parent of an incoming sixth grader,  will serve as our vice-president; Michele Vincent, parent of two middle schoolers and SCS teacher, will serve as our treasurer; and Leslie Stanfield, parent of two high schoolers, will serve as our secretary. There is still an opportunity to serve on a PTSA Committee. Please visit the SCS PTSA webpage and contact one of the board members or the main office for more information.

Weekly Message May 18-22, 2015

Our Annual SCS Fest will be held May 19th at 6:30.  We will begin with our last General PTSA meeting of the year in the cafeteria and then have an opportunity to see all of the amazing projects our students have created.

I have some exciting news about next school year. As you may already know, we currently share space in our school with a program run by the Hospital School. This program is being reorganized and will join SCS as an exceptional children’s program class under my leadership beginning in July. This is great for us because it will allow us to grow into our entire school space and will provide additional resources for our school. If you have specific questions, please contact me or see me after the PTSA meeting tomorrow night.

We begin testing Thursday. On each morning of testing, students will report to the cafeteria (if they eat breakfast) or to the gym instead of going directly to homerooms. We do this because the students cannot enter testing sites until the test session begins. We will organize students and they will move through the halls only with their grade levels. Please help students by ensuring they are getting plenty of rest and a good breakfast. Also, reassure them that they have been well-prepared for testing and we are all confident that they will do well!

The Advanced Academics Department will offer one more informational session for students and their parents to learn about the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery process.  Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is a process for earning credit for a high school course by demonstrating a deep understanding of the content without course enrollment or seat time. Informational Sessions will be held at the Staff Development Center on Tuesday, May 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

CDM applications are due to schools by May 29, 2015.   To learn more about CDM and download a student application, please visit http://cia.dpsnc.net/cdm. The SCS contact for this process is Ms. Tuck Thomas.

Weekly Message May 11-15, 2015

Progress Reports and some important handouts went home with students today.

A special note for 8th grade parents: 8th grade science grades on Progress Reports are not accurate. Mr. Riggsbee will be working with Ms. Fleming to get grades for this quarter accurate and updated. Also if students take enrichment class with Mr. Riggsbee, these grades have not been updated yet.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact me or Ms. Hundredmark.

One of the documents that was sent home with progress reports is the testing schedule.  Many of our end of year tests will be given online. In order to prepare all of the devices, student laptops will be collected at the end of the day on Thursday and will only be used for testing through June. Teachers have planned non-computer based activities for class time during the testing window.

There is one more session for the DPS Saturday Academy for High School EOC courses. The final session will be held this Saturday, May 16 from 9-12 at Durham School of the Arts. This program provides additional support and instruction for Biology, English II and Math I.  Transportation is provided and students must register online in advance at dpsnc.net.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Dixon.

Thursday, May 14th is the final day for the Encore! Afterschool Program.

Our Annual SCS Fest will be held May 19th at 6:30.  We will begin with our last General PTSA meeting of the year and then have an opportunity to see all of the amazing projects our students have created.

The Advanced Academics Department will offer one more informational session for students and their parents to learn about the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery process.  Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is a process for earning credit for a high school course by demonstrating a deep understanding of the content without course enrollment or seat time. Informational Sessions will be held at the Staff Development Center on Tuesday, May 19 , 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

CDM applications are due to schools by May 29, 2015.   To learn more about CDM and download a student application, please visit http://cia.dpsnc.net/cdm. The SCS contact for this process is Ms. Tuck Thomas.

SCS Needs Proctors

Our End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, and NC Final Exams are coming up soon! Can you assist us by donating some time to proctor any morning May 21 – June 1?

Contact Sheila Miglarese at Sheila.miglarese@dpsnc.net for more information or to volunteer!

Weekly Message May 4-8, 2015

A group of SCS teachers and students in partnership with Sister Cities of Durham will be traveling to our sister city, Zhuzhou China in October, 2015. There are a few student seats still available. Students must be a current 8th, 9th, or 10th grader and must meet academic and behavioral criteria. A non-refundable deposit is due June 1st and students must have a passport or completed an application for one by that date. Please contact Sheila.Miglarese@dpsnc.net or Rita.Rathbone@dpsnc.net for more information. Available seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

DPS continues to offer the Saturday Academy for High School EOC courses. The remaining dates are May 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.  Transportation is provided and students must register online in advance at dpsnc.net.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Brown or Mr. Dixon.

Teacher Appreciation Week runs through Friday. PTSA is sponsoring a SCS Teacher Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday May 6th between 8 and 11. Please sign up to provide items. You may sign up using the sign-up genius on our website, Facebook page, or my blog.  Items can be dropped off at the office prior to Wednesday morning and dropped off in the workroom across from the Cybrary on Wednesday morning. Let’s show our teachers and support staff how much we appreciate all that they do for our children!!

The 10th grade students would like to invite you to our first annual International Festival for SCS as a community celebration of local and world cultures. Please plan to attend the festival on Saturday, May 9 from 11-1. Look at our Facebook page and visit the website at scsinternationalfestival.weebly.com

Enjoy browsing the website, and please share it on social media with your family and friends. DPS employees and elementary students may attend for free!

High school parents and students, Ms. Brown will soon be going out on maternity leave. She will return in August. She will respond to email intermittently, but if  you need immediate assistance, please contact our middle school counselor, Regina Hagan, or our school social worker, Terry Scott.

Please mark your calendars for the Honor Roll/Perfect Attendance Program on May 12th at 9:30 a.m.  Students will receive invitations this week if they should attend. Parents are invited also.

Our Annual SCS Fest will be held May 19th at 6:30.  We will begin with our last General PTSA meeting of the year and then have an opportunity to see all of the amazing projects our students have created.