Weekly Message–October 31-November 4, 2016

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of October 31, 2016.

Students are allowed to wear costumes on Monday, October 31st. Costumes must follow DPS dress code and there will be no face paint and no masks allowed. Faces cannot be obscured in any way. Props need to stay at home. Hats will be allowed as long as they do not obscure the face or interrupt instruction. Any student in a costume deemed disruptive will be asked to change.

There are 3 slots left for the Greece trip this spring. Don’t miss out on your chance to travel to destinations you have read about in literature and learned about in class. Please contact Ms. Wash for details at nancy.washalefsky@dpsnc.net or call SCS and leave her a message. This trip promises great memories and lots of fun. We hope you can join us.

The decision has been made to allow High Schoolers to pay sports at their base schools. This applies ONLY to our high school students and students may ONLY play at their base schools. Transportation will NOT be provided. Parents are responsible for transportation to all practices and games. Students are responsible for work they miss. If any students are interested, please see me.

A few spaces have opened up on our Orlando College Tour and we are accepting new applications! Students must be in grades 9 – 11 to apply. The trip will be from April 3rd – April 8th, 2017 and will cover 11 different colleges plus a trip to Universal Studios. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity! Contact Ms. Huth, our college advisor, at Lindsey.huth@dpsnc.net with questions.

Mark your calendars for November 8th and November 11th. There will be no school for students on either date in recognition and honor of Election Day and Veterans Day, respectively.

Progress Reports will go home with students on Thursday, November 10th.

Please check out my blog and the PTSA site for ways you can give back to our school. There are easy things you can do like shop at Amazon Smile, link your grocery store cards, and save Box Tops. Every little bit helps!

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

Kids Voting Needs Election Day Volunteers!

2016fallvolunteer1page-copyWant to help engage Durham’s youth in these Elections in a positive and uplifting way?  Kids Voting Durham, a non-profit, non-partisan is looking for groups and individuals to run and volunteer at Kids Voting sites at precincts throughout Durham on Election Day, November 8, to give Durham K-12 students vote on the same candidates and issues as adults.

 With school out on Election Day, running a Kids Voting site is a great way for youth to earn service hours, work toward a merit badge, or have a family-friendly volunteer activity that can be done with children of any ages.  Running a Kids Voting booth is also a great community building activity for Neighborhood Associations, workplace groups, or churches.

 And volunteering with Kids Voting is both fun and rewarding.  You can help to build Durham’s next great civic generation. 

More information is in the attached flyer.  For questions and a list of polling sites that need volunteers email carolyn@kidsvotingdurham.org or call 919-560-7321 .

UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Scholarship and Enrichment Program Accepting Applications for 2017

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is now accepting applications for its next cohort of Teacher Education Fellows. We hope that you will share the attached flyer with any of your seniors interested in careers in teaching.

The UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program awards a $20,000.00 scholarship distributed incrementally over four years of study at UNCG. In addition to scholarships, the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program includes a variety of other benefits, including integrated seminars, networking events, community engagement opportunities, and leadership development. Fellows also live in relative proximity to one another as part of the Residential Colleges or Lloyd International Honors College. Additionally, Fellows study abroad during their sophomore year as part of the global focus of the program.

To be eligible for participation in the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program, a student must be a North Carolina resident and should have a recommended minimum 3.80 weighted cumulative high school GPA and a minimum SAT score of 1100 (verbal and math–approximately 1170 in the revised format) or ACT composite score of 24. Students must also select one of the following UNCG majors that lead to N.C. teaching licensure:

*Elementary Education

*Middle Grades Education

*Special Education

*Dual (Elementary and Special) Education

*One of the following majors in the College of Arts and Sciences with Secondary Education concentrations:

     – Anthropology

     – Biology

     – Chemistry

     – Economics

     – English

     – Geography

     – History

     – Integrated Science

     – Mathematics

     – Physics

     – Political Science

     – Psychology

     – Sociology

If your students meet these criteria, we hope they will consider applying for a spot in this scholarship program by completing the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Application. Priority will be given to those applications (to both the University and the Program) received by January 1, 2017.

For more information, see the attached flyer and visit http://utlc.uncg.edu/teacher-education-fellows.

We look forward to receiving your students’ applications.

Thank you.

Jennifer Tomon Stephens, Ph.D.

Director of the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

125 McIver Building

P.O. Box 26170

Greensboro, NC 27412

336.256.1489 (office)

336.256.8532 (fax)


Weekly Message–October 24-28, 2016

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of October 24, 2016.

We are collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Matthew. All donations will be going to Lumberton, NC. We would like to fill a cargo van with supplies. We are collecting toiletries, feminine hygiene products, animal food, water, cleaning products, diapers, baby products, face and body towels. You may drop off your donations at the main office. If you have any questions, contact Coach Barnes.

Young Women of Excellence is hosting the SCS Hispanic Heritage Month Dinner on October 25th from 6-8 p.m. If you like food, fun, games and would like to learn more about Hispanic culture, please join us. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Bring family and friends.

FAFSA Day is Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 a.m. – noon at North Carolina Central University. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and every senior should be taking advantage of this opportunity to get professional help filling out your FAFSA.

Ms. Huth is offering ACT Prep for students every Tuesday afternoon until 5:30. This is open to any student planning to take the ACT in the near future, particularly juniors. Now is the time to start preparing.

Mark your calendars for November 8th and November 11th. There will be no school for students on either date in recognition and honor of Election Day and Veterans Day, respectively.

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

It’s Box Top Time Again!!!

Box Tops are due Friday, October 21st. Please label your bag or envelope containing your box tops with your name and the name of your homeroom teacher and turn them in to the office. You may also turn to your Coke caps and Campbell’s labels during this time.

All students and teachers who turn in box tops during this collection will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

We will again have an end-of-the year Box Top pizza party for the homeroom that turns in the most box tops for the year!

Kids Voting Youth Candidate Forum

Students will have the opportunity to quiz candidates for NC State House and Senate next Thursday, October 20, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Holton Center at the youth-led Kids Voting Candidate Forum.  Students can talk to candidates and elected officials about the many issues that State Government decides on that affect Durham youth including education funding and policies, gun control, HB2, Driver’s Ed, voting laws, juvenile justice and police and much more.  No preparation is required – students spend the first part of the forum talking about state government and brainstorming questions for the candidates.

2016fallforumflyerFor more information contact info@kidsvotingdurham.org, 919-560-7321 .

NC State’s College of Engineering for a Lecture and Astronaut Scholar Foundation Presentation


Join NC State’s College of Engineering for a Lecture and Astronaut Scholar Foundation Presentation

The College of Engineering will be hosting Fred Gregory for a lecture and Astronaut Scholar Foundation presentation on October 19.

When: Wednesday, October 19 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Duke Energy Hall — James B. Hunt Jr. Library | NC State Centennial Campus

Directions to James B. Hunt Library – http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/directions/hunt.

Frederick D. Gregory was born in Washington, D.C., in 1941, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964 and a Master’s degree in Information Sciences from George Washington University in 1977.

Following graduation from the Air Force Academy, Gregory took helicopter training, earned his wings in 1965 and served initial assignments as an H-43 helicopter rescue pilot at Vance AFB, Okla., and at Danang Air Base in Vietnam.

Gregory’s first space assignment was as pilot of Space Shuttle Challenger, which soared into orbit in 1985 with a crew of seven and the European Spacelab, a pressurized 23-foot laboratory positioned in the cargo bay. The crew had plenty of company – 24 rats and two squirrel monkeys who were to become real nuisances. Read More.

For more information please contact the College of Engineering at 919-515-3263.

Weekly Message–October 17-21, 2016

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of October 17, 2016.

I’m very excited to announce that I will be returning to work full-time and 100% healthy tomorrow! I’d like to thank the SCS Community for all of your well-wishes, cards, gifts, everything that you did to make me feel loved…a special shout-out to our wonderful PTSA for your personal touches.

Report cards went home with students on Friday. Please make sure that you have reviewed all contents of the report card envelopes and sign the envelope to return to your child’s homeroom teacher.

Parents of middle and high school students are invited to join us for College Night on Monday, Oct. 17, at Hillside High School from 6-7:30 p.m. The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and DPS will provide helpful financial aid information, including college costs, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information and CFNC resources. DPS will also provide an overview of counseling services and SAT and ACT assessment information. Spanish translation will be available. Please contact Althia Scriven, Family Academy, at ext. 22319 or Michelle Brossette at ext. 22223 with questions.

Parents of Classes of 2017 and 2018—Jostens will visit HS lunches on Tuesday, October 18th to take orders and deposits for class rings, invitation packets and caps and gowns. Students had a meeting with Jostens last week and received information to bring home. Please read this information carefully. The most expensive packages are listed at the top. Our current Juniors, class of 2018, will receive a free 2018 hoodie with any ring order. The class of 2017 seniors will receive a free T-shirt with any package purchased. You may order online, but free items are not available with online purchases. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Barnes.

Join us for our next PTSA Dine-Out Event on Tuesday, October 18th from 5-8. Visit Biscuitville at the 1129 W. Club Blvd. location for Biscuitville After Dark to support SCS. Our PTSA will receive 20% of the proceeds from that evening. You may eat in the restaurant or go through the drive thru, just remember to tell the cashier that you’re from SCS!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 19th because school is dismissed at 2:00 p.m. for our next PLC Early Release Day.

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