Weekly Message August 31-September 4, 2015

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of August 31st.

“Here Comes the Bus” is a new application that DPS is using and provides up to the minute information about the location of school buses on their routes. Instructions for signing up are provided on our website, my blog, and Facebook.

Our first intersession runs September 28-October 16. Students return to school on October 19th. At this time, we only have 5 students registered for the College Prep Camp. We must have at least 22 students registered to offer this camp. The camp has been opened for 8th graders as well. So, students in grades 8-11 may attend. If you are interested, please see Ms. Huth as soon as possible. We would hate to cancel this awesome intersession opportunity.

6th grade parents, score reports from the Cognitive Abilities Test were sent home with your child today. Please ask him/her for it. There are important steps that you can take to learn more about your child’s learning needs. Please check the bottom left corner of the score report for your child’s learning profile, then visit http://www.cogat.com. You will be able to enter their learning profile for more detailed information. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tuck Thomas.

High school parents, it’s never too early to start thinking about college! With that in mind, we have several assessments available throughout the year through College Board to help your child prepare.  Letters were sent home with students today about fee waivers that may be available to you to assist with payment.

We must have this information on file for all students regardless if they meet criteria for a fee waiver or not. This information will also be used to confirm eligibility for fee waivers on the SAT for any student who registers.

The cost to take the PSAT on October 28th is $15.  Payment must be made to The School for Creative Studies by September 11, 2015.  Students may turn in payment to Mrs. Tuck Thomas our AIG/AP Coordinator.

Have you checked the AIG website lately? If you do not have the QR code or tiny URL that was provided during Curriculum Night or that was attached to your child’s DEP, then please visit the SCS website. Click on Parent Resources then the link for Academically and Intellectually Gifted.

Mark your calendars for September 7—Labor Day, No School. September 23rd is an Early Release Day. School will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.

Have a great evening from all of us at SCS, where there is no box.

PSAT for 11th Graders

High school parents, it’s never too early to start thinking about college! With that in mind, we have several assessments available throughout the year through College Board to help your child prepare.  This year we will offer the PSAT on October 28, 2015 for 11th grade students to qualify for National Merit Scholarships and the ACT in the Spring. There are fees associated with these assessments and some students may qualify for a fee waiver to assist with payment.  Please see the letter that is being sent home today related to fee waiver eligibility.  We must have this information on file for all students regardless if they meet criteria for a fee waiver or not. This information will also be used to confirm eligibility for fee waivers on the SAT for any student who registers.

The cost to take the PSAT in October is $15.  Payment must be made to The School for Creative Studies by September 11, 2015.  Students may turn in payment to Mrs. Tuck Thomas our AIG/AP Coordinator.

AIG Updates

Differentiated Education Plans and Invitations to the annual meeting were sent home with progress reports on August 21st. Please ask your child if you did not see these. We must have these documents on file each year.

6th grade parents, score reports from the Cognitive Abilities Test are being sent home with your child today. Please ask him/her for it. There are important steps that you can take to learn more about your child’s learning needs. Please check the bottom left corner of the score report for your child’s learning profile, then visit http://www.cogat.com. You will be able to enter their learning profile for more detailed information.

Have you checked the AIG website lately? If you do not have the QR code or tiny URL that was provided during Curriculum Night or that was attached to your child’s DEP, then please visit the SCS website. Click on Parent Resources then the link for Academically and Intellectually Gifted.

High School Tutoring Announcements:

MathIII and Discrete tutoring will be provided Mondays from 4:10 to 5:00, please have rides by 5:15 and Thursday morning 8:15 to 8:45, please let Ms. Betts know if you will be attending in the mornings so she knows to expect and look for you. Other days by appt.

Biology tutoring will be begin this week. It will be provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays right after school until 4:45. Tuesdays will be direct instruction/review of content, and Thursdays will be help with biology assignments. Please have rides available for students at 4:45.

High School Service Club

Are you looking for a way to get involved in the community, both here at SCS and in Durham? Come to the interest meeting for the new SCS High School Service Club. It’s a great way to help and to get connected. The High School Service Club will meet Tuesday afternoon in Room 111 until 5:00 p.m.  Come on out and let’s make a difference! See Mr. Seed or Ms. Betts with questions.

SCS Running Club

The SCS Running Club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 5:00 p.m.  On Tuesdays, we will meet in Mr. Petersen’s room. On Thursdays, we will meet in the health room.  Come run and have fun as we prepare for a 5K race. See Ms. Sims or Mr. Petersen with questions.

College Prep Intersession Camp

8th grade and High School Students–It’s never too soon to start thinking about college. Pick up a registration form in the front office to register for Ms. Huth’s fall intersession College Prep Camp. We’ll get to tour six different colleges over the course of the camp while developing crucial skills and exploring college options. Registration forms and the $99 fee are due September 1st.

Generation ON Service Club

You can make a difference in your community and change the world. How? Join a Generation ON service club!  Learn about social issues, solve community problems, scholarships and more! Earn community service hours. Improve your college application. Get national recognition by writing for our blog or joining our youth council.  First meeting is Friday, August 28th until 5:00 p.m. See Ms. Crump for details.