Spirit Wear

The PTSA is currently taking orders for Spirit Wear.  Seniors can order senior t-shirts.  All classes can order blue and green tie-dyed SCS t-shirts.  Order forms were included with the students’ report card.  Extra forms can be picked up in the office.

All t-shirt orders must be turned in by Tuesday, May 2nd.

Friday’s Sleep Tip

National Sleep Awareness Week has reminded us of the importance of getting good sleep.  The tip for today tells us that how we wake up is important too.  When your alarm clock goes off, cut on the lights and open the blinds.  This tells the brain that it’s time to wake up.  There is an old saying that “early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  So, make plans for getting better sleep…..it makes for a better life.  

Thursday’s Sleep Tip

This is National Sleep Awareness Week.  Each day we will share a tip for getting better sleep.  Today’s tip is:  To prepare your environment for sleep:  dim the lights; close the blinds and curtains; and keep the room temperature cool.  This helps you to relax and tells your body it is time to sleep.  

Wednesday’s Sleep Tip

This is National Sleep Awareness Week.  Each day we will share tips for getting better sleep.  Sleep affects how we grow, develop, think, work and get along with others.  Getting good sleep helps us learn new information quickly and remember what we have learned.  The tip for today is:  Blue light from the TV, computer, and telephone tell the the brain that its time to wake up.  Try to finish homework using computers 1-2 hours before bedtime.

Tuesday’s Sleep Tip

This is National Sleep Awareness Week.  Each day we will share tips for getting better sleep.  Today’s tip is:

Avoid having caffeine several hours before bedtime.  Caffeine is a stimulus and may stay in your body for eight hours or more.  Try not to have anything with caffeine past lunch.  This will help you sleep better when it is bedtime.

Monday’s Sleep Tip

This is National Sleep Awareness Week.  Each day we will share tips for getting better sleep.  Today’s tip is:

Challenge yourself to go to bed at the same time each night and to wake up at the same time each morning – even on weekends.  This habit will send the message to your body to rest during those hours.  Stay tuned for a new tip tomorrow.  

Weekly Message–April 24-28, 2017

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your Weekly Message for the week of April 24, 2017.

Report cards went home with students on Friday. Please review all of the information that was included in the report card envelope and make sure that your child returns the signed envelope on Monday.

SCS Pomodoro Spirit Day is Tuesday, April 25.  Pomodoro’s will donate a percentage of the entire day’s sales to SCS.  You do not need a flyer for SCS to get credit for your purchases. Please have lunch or dinner at Pomodoro’s on Tuesday and support our PTSA.

This week is National Sleep Awareness Week. Our school nurse, Nurse Snyder, has provided sleep tips especially for our middle school students. Students should listen for the daily tip during morning announcements and we’ll post them to our Facebook page for parents.

You received an order form for the PTSA spring spirit wear sale in your report card envelope. See the flyer for more details and get your order in for the new t-shirt design. We will also be selling senior t-shirts.  Those details were also included with your report card.

All students in grade 7 through high school have received the Passive Parent Permission slip to participate in the Comprehensive Health Education presentation that will be conducted by the Durham Health Department on May 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 8th, 2017. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Sims.

We’d like to welcome back Ms. Taylor who will return on Monday, May 1st.

Attention all AP students.   AP exams are coming up soon—the first two weeks in May.  If your AP exam is scheduled for 8:00AM, you must arrive by 7:45AM to be seated.  You must be here on the day you are scheduled. There are no make-ups for these exams and SCS does not provide transportation.   Please mark your calendars and make transportation arrangements now.

We’re excited to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 1st-5th.  Help us celebrate our wonderful staff by participating in our Teacher Appreciation Week activities.   Wednesday, May 3rd is our Staff Appreciation Breakfast and donations are needed. The Staff Appreciation Luncheon is on Thursday, May 4th and we need parents to help us supervise lunches so teachers can have a duty free lunch. On Friday, May 5th, we are holding a staff Egg Hunt and need prizes. Look for the emailed Sign-up Genius links and the flyer in the report card envelopes to see how you can contribute.

BoxTops are due Friday May 19th.  This will be the last collection of the year.

Parents of 6th graders: Please take note of immunization requirements that will impact rising 7th grade students. Students entering 7th grade are now required to have one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine for individuals who have not already received those vaccines.

Please contact your health care provider or local health department if your child needs these vaccines. You will have 30 calendar days from the first day of school to provide the required up-to-date immunization record for your child. Send in your child’s shot record after receiving these immunizations so that we can update our information. Additional information was sent home with report cards.

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






Betsy Y. Justus NCTA Founders Scholarship

The Betsy Y. Justus NCTA Founders Scholarship was established in memory of NCTA’s founding CEO. Following her death in the summer of 2011, NCTA launched a scholarship to support young women in North Carolina who are pursuing an academic and career path in the areas of Technology or Engineering. Every year, two students will be selected to receive the $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year) and a personal computer provided by Lenovo.  The deadline to apply is May 31.


Apply Now for Full Frame’s 2017 School of Doc Program


The School of Doc, launched in 2011 by Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, is a completely free program (including meals) serving Durham Public Schools students in grades 9-12 who participate in the five-week intensive summer course taught by professional filmmakers. The program is held in Full Frame’s theater and classroom space, where students work as a crew to produce a professional documentary film. Coursework includes all technical elements of the craft: camera, lights, sound, editing, and special effects, as well as pre- and post-production considerations such as rights and clearances, graphics and credits. Each School of Doc student spends time working in each of these areas. Please share this information with the appropriate staff and students. More information about the program, along with the application, can be found here. The deadline to apply is May 1.