Weekly Message: August 29th – September 2nd, 2016

Good Evening SCS Families,

This is Mr. Dixon with your weekly message for the week of August 29, 2016:

Strawbridge Studios will be here on August 30th to photograph our SCS students for the 2016-2017 school year. The photos taken will be used for the yearbook. This date is especially important for our seniors, as Senior Tux and Drape Pictures will be taking place in the SCS Auxiliary Gym at 9:00am. Seniors were provided order forms on Friday and can pick up another form on Monday, if needed. Remember to bring at least one personal outfit for casual pictures. Ladies should bring a spaghetti strap or strapless shirt to wear under the drape. The tux and drape will be provided. Please note that cap and gown photo sessions for seniors will be scheduled for a later date, so stay tuned!

Also on Tuesday, August 30, SCS has the pleasure of hosting a mini-town hall session with Congressman David Price of North Carolina’s 4th District, presented by our Young Male Achievers (YMA). The town hall will give our students the opportunity to ask Congressman Price questions about the issues they feel are most important. A group of students from all grade levels were selected by their history teachers to attend and ask their questions. We are asking that those selected students dress in business casual clothing for the town hall session. If you would like more information please contact Coach Barnes.

Parents, please check to see if your child received a letter inviting them to 7th grade Math or Math I Intersession Camp to receive extra instruction, and make sure the form is returned to the main office by Tuesday, August 30th.  Also, forms for middle school students interested in attending Robotics camp during intersession are due Thursday, September 1st, along with $80.00.  Please make checks payable to The School for Creative Studies. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ellison.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our September PTSA Dine-Out Event at Texas Roadhouse Restaurant on September 8th. SCS families have to present the flyer OR just say they are from SCS while dining, and our PTSA will receive a portion of the proceeds from what our families spend. This is a great way to get a fabulous meal and support our school. Flyers will be distributed closer to the date of the event.

DPS will offer a Driver’s Education class at SCS during our fall intersession. Sign up will be from September 6- September 12. Class dates are September 19 – September 30 (8:30 -11:30am). Important information like how to sign up, cost, etc. can be found on the blog or students may pick up a flyer from the front office.

We are pleased to announce that the PowerSchool Parent Portal is back online for parent access for the 2016-2017 school year. Check the SCS website for detailed instructions on how to access your PowerSchool parent account. If you have not picked up your log-in credentials or you are new to Durham Public Schools this year and have never had a PowerSchool account, you must come in person to the school between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and present a valid photo ID to pick up your login credentials and account setup instructions. Login information will not be given out via email or by phone due to student data confidentiality laws.

It’s time for Gryphon GiveBack!  Hard copy information went home with progress reports. We are offering a “Stress-Free Fundraiser” option in which families can make a one-time “stress free” monetary contribution to help eliminate PTSA fundraisers. 100% of your donation goes to The School for Creative Studies and its PTSA, and is tax-deductible. Our PTSA’s ability to fund raise at school is limited. SCS is very fortunate to have MANY active classes and school clubs and these groups have fundraising projects during the year to support their numerous activities. Out of respect, we will strive not to compete with these groups with our fundraising activities.  Cash or checks are welcome.  You can also donate online at the PTSA store: https://squareup.com/store/scs-ptsa.

The PSAT will be administered on October 19th for SCS Juniors!  Students wanting to take the PSAT should pay $15.00 by Friday, September, 2nd. Please see Ms. Tuck Thomas for more details.

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

 

Weekly Message–August 22-26, 2016

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

Wednesday, August 24th is a Teacher Workday and there will be no school for students.

We had a fun time at our first middle school dance Friday night. It’s high schoolers’ turn next Friday night, August 26th from 6:30-8:30. Admission is $5.00 and concessions will be sold. Please drop-off and pick-up at the gym entrance.

The Spirit Wear order has been delayed at the screen printers.  We are now expecting the order to be ready by Friday August 26th.  We will distribute the items as soon as we get them sorted out.

Strawbridge Studios will be here on August 30th to photograph our SCS students for the 2016-2017 school year. The photos taken will be used for the yearbook. This date is especially important for our Seniors, as Senior Tux and Drape Pictures will be taking place in the SCS Auxiliary Gym at 9:00am.

Also on Tuesday, August 30, SCS has the pleasure of hosting a mini-town hall session with Congressman David Price of North Carolina’s 4th District, presented by our Young Male Achievers (YMA). The town hall will give our students the opportunity to ask Congressman Price questions about the issues they feel are most important. A group of students from all grade levels will be selected next week by their history teachers to attend and ask their questions. We are asking that those selected students dress in business casual clothing for the town hall session. If you would like more information please contact Coach Barnes.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our September PTSA Dine-Out Event at Texas Roadhouse Restaurant on September 8th. SCS families have to present the flyer OR just say they are from SCS while dining, and our PTSA will receive a portion of the proceeds from what our families spend. This is a great way to get a fabulous meal and support our school. Flyers will be distributed closer to the date of the event.

DPS will offer a Driver’s Education class at SCS during our fall intersession. Sign up will be from September 6- September 12. Class dates are September 19 – September 30 (8:30 -11:30am). Important information like how to sign up, cost, etc. can be found on my blog or students may pick up a flyer from the front office.

We are pleased to announce that the PowerSchool Parent Portal is back online for parent access for the 2016-2017 school year. Check the SCS website for detailed instructions on how to access your PowerSchool parent account. If you have not picked up your log-in credentials or you are new to Durham Public Schools this year and have never had a PowerSchool account, you must come in person to the school between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and present a valid photo ID to pick up your login credentials and account setup instructions. Login information will not be given out via email or by phone due to student data confidentiality laws.

It’s time for Gryphon GiveBack. Hard copy information went home with progress reports. We are offering a “Stress-Free Fundraiser” option in which families can make a one-time “stress free” monetary contribution to help eliminate PTSA fundraisers. 100% of your donation goes to The School for Creative Studies and its PTSA, and is tax-deductible. Our PTSA’s ability to fund raise at school is limited. SCS is very fortunate to have MANY active classes and school clubs and these groups have fundraising projects during the year to support their numerous activities. Out of respect, we will strive not to compete with these groups with our fundraising activities.  Cash or checks are welcome.  You can also donate online at the PTSA store: https://squareup.com/store/scs-ptsa.

I’d like to inform you all that I will be away from school on medical leave for the remainder of 1st quarter. I am having surgery this week and will then need time to recover. I will return to work during intersession. If you need anything in my absence, please contact Mr. Dixon.

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

The Airolina Young Aviators Program (AYA)

The Airolina Young Aviators Program (AYA) is an aviation STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program for students ages 14-17 often from low-income families. The program provides professional introductory flight training, mentorship and a Basic (Private) Pilot Certificate.

High school students, grades 9 through 12 will be offered a comprehensive four-year flight-training program. AYA will encourage student involvement in aviation and AYA will seek to increase the numbers of high school graduates, minorities, and women FAA certified pilots prepared to pursue the next steps to enter the workforce of the future in commercial aviation.

The website is airolina.org and Ms. Neville is on the Board of Directors if you or any of your students is interested in more information.

Congratulations to John Cabrera! August’s Student of the Month

Surprised and confused—“Why me?”—was how The School for Creative Studies senior John Cabrera reacted when Principal Renee Price told him he was The Herald-Sun Durham Public Schools Student of the Month for August. A committee of SCS leaders, teachers and school counselors selected Cabrera for this honor.

“John is more than deserving of being honored as student of the month because he has truly made it his mission to learn. He is the type of student whose hardworking nature inspires me, and makes me want to work harder as well,” said SCS school counselor Tiffany Brown. “I appreciate having the opportunity to be a part of his journey and look forward to seeing all the amazing things he will achieve in the future.”

Cabrera holds a 3.9 GPA and will be a first-generation college student. He hopes to attend UNC-Charlotte to study computer science.

“Working with computers and programming have always interested me,” said Cabrera. “When I get a new app on my phone, I am always looking into how it works and how the developers created it.”

While at The School for Creative Studies Cabrera has been a member of the Young Male Achievers club, actively involved in the school’s film program, and a participant in the Sister Cities program where he spent 10 days in China last year with a group from the school. Outside of school, Cabrera spends his time volunteering at his church and the Emily K. Center.

Cabrera is motivated to do well in school by his parents and his desire to set a good example for his younger brother Daniel, a junior at DPS’s City of Medicine Academy.

The Herald-Sun
is proud to sponsor the Durham Public Schools Student of the Month program.

TED-Ed Club

 

Do you want to discover and explore great ideas with new friends? Do you have an idea that you would like to research and develop into a short TED-style talk that you will then share with students locally and globally? Do you want to put all your creative skills to work on a project? Then come to the TED-Ed club meetings on Mondays, from 4:15 to 5:15 pm in the Cybrary!

Interact Club

Join the Interact Club this Wednesday, August 17th in the Cybrary from 4-5. We have lots of great service projects planned for the year and would love to have you join us. The Interact Club is open to all 8th – 12th graders. Beginning in September, we will meet on Mondays from 4-5. We look forward to seeing you there.