Weekly Message–February 29-March 4, 2016

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of February 29, 2016.

ACT is tomorrow! All 11th grade students must be present to take the assessment. This year students will be able to have their scores sent to up to four NC Colleges and Universities FREE of charge.

On Friday March 4th, SCS will be participating in our 1st Annual SCS Heart 5K and our Dance4Chance-A-Thon with all of the proceeds going to the American Heart Association. If you would like to run in the 5K which will take place around 2pm please email Ms. Sims no later than tomorrow. There will be a $15 dollar fee and each runner will receive an AHA t-shirt.

Our Dance4Chance-A-Thon will start at 4pm and end at 11pm. The event is free for students and their immediate families. We are asking for a small donation at the door to help contribute to the donation for AHA. The event will take place in our gym and we have a full slate of DJ’s, performers, and seminars that will keep you and your family entertained throughout the evening. Activities include performances from our Fencing Club, Spoken Word team, staff singers, SCS Dance Team and several other groups. There will also be an Old School vs New School Dance Battle, Zumba, Wii Xbox grames, healthy eating and other seminars throughout the evening. We will provide water and snacks throughout the night to keep the energy high. So bring your dancing shoes and come dance the night away for a great cause. Remember to wear RED!!! If you would like more information or would like to volunteer please contact Coach Barnes.

Parents—we’re interested in hearing from you! We have created a needs assessment survey and would love to get your feedback on our communication methods. Please take a look at my blog for the link to complete the survey. Thanks in advance for your participation. http://goo.gl/forms/iYbTj6WpwK

Galapagos travelers – The next meeting is Monday March 7 at 4:30 in Ms. Wash’s room. This meeting will focus on Galapagos education and weShare information for students earning credit.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Wash.

Registration forms for classes for next year will go out to students soon and will be due back to the guidance office prior to intersession break. If you would like assistance completing your registration forms, we are offering an evening session on Thursday, March 10th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Ms. Brown will host the high school session and Ms. Hagan will host the middle school session.

School will be in session March 14-16 as inclement weather make-up days. The last day of the 3rd quarter grading period is now March 16. Intersession runs March 17-April 1. Students return to school on April 4th.

Have a great evening from all of us at SCS, where we practice the 4 C’s – Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Community

Duke University Youth Programs Summer Camps

Expand Your Circle of Friends!

Fellow Residential, Commuter, and Extended Day campers provide a multicultural experience with a mix of 70% Residential to 30% Commuter campers from countries around the world like Switzerland, China, Korea, Brazil, UAE, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, and the USA.

Enhance Your Talents and Skills! 

Educators from public and private schools, colleges, and free-lance writers design and deliver challenging and engaging experiences for campers. Carefully selected undergraduate and graduate students provide meaningful and exciting activities for residential campers.

Enrich Your Mind!

Exciting opportunities are available in one of our many camps for writing, leadership, STEM and pre-college. Small classes and low teacher student ratio provide plenty opportunities for guidance, self-discovery, and collaboration.

  • Computer Camp
  • Math Camp
  • Neurosciences Camp
  • Test Preparation
  • WRITE Camp
  • Young Writers’ Camp
  • Action Science Camp
  • Biosciences and Engineering Camp
  • Constructing Your College Experience
  • Creative Writers’ Workshop
  • IMAGINE…Leading by Example

Discover New Interests! 

Fun activities for Residential campers after camp hours:

  • Sports and Games
  • Service
  • Improve, Theatre
  • Literary Magazine
  • Music
  • Arts and Crafts

We provide enrollment with no application requirement. Just head to:  www.learnmore.duke.edu/youth

youth@duke.edu 

Weekly Message–February 22-26, 2016

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of February 22, 2016.

Mark your calendars for this Wednesday, February 24th which is our next PLC Early Release Day. School will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.

Applications are open for the 2016 Princeton Summer Journalism Program, an all-expenses-paid journalism and college preparation program at Princeton University for students from low-income backgrounds. Students learn reporting skills from celebrated journalists, report and write their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process. SJP alumni have gone on to jobs at The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, and many other news outlets. The application can be found at www.princeton.edu/sjp and is due at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 26. If you have questions, please reach out to sjp@princeton.edu.

There is a final mandatory parent meeting Thursday, February 25th at 6PM for students attending the DC College Tour during intersession. Please make sure to attend in order to pick up the trip itinerary, chaperone contact information, and get any last minute questions answered!

Galapagos travelers – Don’t forget to make plans for our mandatory meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 in the Cybrary.  This is a required meeting for all travelers and a parent or guardian.  The make-up meeting for our snowed out meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 7 at 4:30 in Ms. Wash’s room. This meeting will focus on Galapagos education and weShare information for students earning credit.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Wash.

DPS is offering two Parent Expos for the families of children in fifth and eighth grades. Starting middle or high school is a big step for families and children. We hope our Parent Expos will be a big help.

Both will be held Feb. 27, at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St. The Fifth Grade Parent Expo begins at 8:30 a.m., while the Eighth Grade Parent Expo starts at 12:30 p.m. In addition to your choice of up to three special interest sessions, you will also be able to visit with DPS staff members from Advanced Academics, English as a Second Language, Exceptional Children, Transportation, and more. Spanish interpreters will be available.

The Sixth Grade Ready to Read Club has officially begun. Mondays after school until 5:00 sixth graders who are in need of reading support are welcome to stay after school with Ms. Gray, Ms. Wolf, and a few other teachers and high school tutors who will solely dedicate their time to helping students become better readers. If you would like your child to join this club and have not been invited yet, please see Ms. Gray. If you have a high school student who would like to apply to tutor and also receive community service hours, please see Ms. Wolf. Readers must be picked up by 5:00 unless there are arrangements to stay longer. We look forward to seeing all of you and improving our reading skills!!

ACT is March 1st. All 11th grade students must be present to take the assessment. This year students will be able to have their scores sent to up to four NC Colleges and Universities FREE of charge. Students should see Ms. Huth to sign up for prep sessions.

DC College Tour–Final Parent Meeting

Attention all families that are sending their students on the DC College Tour over spring intercession:  There is a final parent meeting next Thursday, February 25th at 6PM at The School for Creative Studies. Please make sure to attend in order to pick up the trip itinerary, chaperone contact information, and get any last minute questions answered!

Weekly Message — February 15-19, 2016

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of February 15, 2016.

We held a College Night information session and all high school students participated in a College Fair last week. Ms. Huth and Ms. Brown presented very helpful information, we had representatives from over 20 colleges and universities, and students had the opportunity to talk in small groups with current college students. We will post the information that was covered to our website. Don’t hesitate to see Ms. Huth if you missed any of these activities.

If you are eager to see another part of the world, join Ms. Wash in the Cybrary on Feb. 18 at 6PM. The March 2017 SCS EFTour trip is planned for Greece.  This tour covers much of Greece with an option to add 3 days in the Greek isles. It may seem early to plan, butsigning up now will make budgeting easier and anticipation more exciting.  Contact Ms. Wash with any questions.

Mark your calendars for February 24th which is our next PLC Early Release Day. School will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.

Galapagos travelers – Don’t forget to make plans for our mandatory meeting on Feb. 25 at 5:30 in the Cybrary.  This is a required meeting for all travelers and a parent or guardian.  The make-up meeting for our snowed out meeting is scheduled for Monday March 7 at 4:30 in Ms. Wash’s room. This meeting will focus on Galapagos education and weShare information for students earning credit.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Wash.

DPS is offering two Parent Expos for the families of children in fifth and eighth grades. Starting middle or high school is a big step for families and children. We hope our Parent Expos will be a big help. Both will be held Feb. 27, at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St. The Fifth Grade Parent Expo begins at 8:30 a.m., while the Eighth Grade Parent Expo starts at 12:30 p.m. In addition to your choice of up to three special interest sessions, you will also be able to visit with DPS staff members from Advanced Academics, English as a Second Language, Exceptional Children, Transportation, and more. Spanish interpreters will be available.

ACT is March 1st. All 11th grade students must be present to take the assessment. This year students will be able to have their scores sent to up to four NC Colleges and Universities FREE of charge. Students should see Ms. Huth to sign up for prep sessions.

Have a great evening from all of us at SCS, where we practice the 4 C’s – Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Community

SCS Mardi Gras Celebration Dinner

Join us for our Mardi Gras Celebration Dinner, February 9th from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. We will be selling dinners in the cafeteria. Watch for the signs to direct you to parking which will be in the bus lot. Many of our student groups are facilitating and working this event. Pancake dinners are $5 for 4 pancakes of your choice (blueberry, pecan, buttermilk, chocolate chip), drink, either bacon or turkey kielbasa. Red beans & rice—small bowls are $3.50 and large bowls are $5.00. Gumbo meals are $5.00 for small, $8.00 for large. Drinks are included.

 

Weekly Message — February 8 -12, 2016

I’m sure that you have seen news reports or heard from your student that we had a community demonstration today during high school lunch. I want to reassure you that it was peaceful and it was outside the school building. We value the cultural heritage and life experiences and backgrounds of all of our students. We look forward to continuing our planned Black History Month activities and enjoy that our students have added their leadership in adding to some of our activities this month. Check our Facebook page for updates on our activities for the rest of the month.

 We encourage you to attend DPS College Night on Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at SDC. The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and staff from Durham Public Schools will provide helpful financial aid information that includes college costs, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CFNC resources. DPS will also provide an overview of SAT and ACT assessments taken by students starting as early as eighth grade, how to prepare for them and how to use the results to advocate for your children.

February 11 is the DPS Math Fair, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at SDC. We have several students representing us at this fair.

If your child plans to attend the Literacy through Photography intersession camp, please return the forms and payment as soon as possible.

If your child is at risk of not passing Math I or English I, a form was sent home last week about attending intersession camp for additional assistance.  Transportation is provided.  Please return these forms to the school as soon as possible.

There are two more meetings scheduled for Galapagos travelers—Monday, Feb. 15 and Thursday Feb. 25. The second Galapagos meeting has been changed to Feb. 15 to avoid a conflict with the SCS College Night. Student travelers especially will meet in Ms. Wash’s room from 4:30-6:00. Snacks and drinks will be provided. While all meetings are important, only the Feb. 25th meeting is mandatory for all travelers and a parent or guardian. Check our Here We Galapagos Facebook page for updates.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Wash. Looking forward to seeing you all and gearing up for a great adventure.

If you are eager to see another part of the world, join Ms. Wash in the Cybrary on Feb. 18 at 6PM. The March 2017 SCS EFTour trip is planned for Greece.  This tour covers much of Greece with an option to add 3 days in the Greek Isles. It may seem early to plan, but signing up now will make budgeting easier and anticipation more exciting.  Contact Ms. Wash with any questions.

ACT is March 1st. All 11th grade students must be present to take the assessment. This year students will be able to have their scores sent to up to four NC Colleges and Universities FREE of charge. Students should see Ms. Huth to sign up for prep sessions.

Our Annual College Week is this week! Our topics this week include financial aid, crafting the perfect personal statement, finding the right college fit for you. Please join us for our PTSA meeting on Thursday, February 11th at 5:30 followed by the High School Parent Night on Thursday, until 7:30 p.m.