Daily Announcements–Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New  Announcements

Black History Month Announcement:  Assata Olugbala Shakur—political activist, author, and fugitive, was born on July 16, 1947 in New York City, NY. Shakur enrolled in Borough of Manhattan Community College before transferring to City College of New York, where her exposure to Black Nationalist organizations profoundly impacted her activism. She also began interacting with other activist groups and participated in student rights, anti-Vietnam war, and black liberation movements. During a trip to Oakland, California in 1970, Shakur became acquainted with the Black Panther Party.  She returned to New York City and joined the Harlem branch. Shakur worked in the breakfast program but grew increasingly critical because of their reluctance to collaborate with other black organizations. Shakur left the Black Panther Party in 1971 and joined the Black Liberation Army (BLA), which the FBI branded an anarchist group. In 1972, the FBI issued a warrant for her arrest in connection with crimes allegedly committed by the BLA. She traveled to Cuba in 1984 where she was granted political asylum and reunited with her daughter, and today continues to live in exile in Cuba. Since her escape, Shakur’s life has been depicted in songs, documentaries, and various literary works.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have not to lose but our chains.” –Assata Shakur

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Equestrian Club spring trail ride will take place on Saturday, March 17. Please see Ms. Bouck for details. Our next meeting will be Friday, March 9 from 4:00 – 5:00.

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The winners of the Black History Month Poetry Slam:  6th grade: Amir Hall; 8th grade: Misty Wise; High School: Havalan Wimberly, Kryschelle Fakir, Eyana Harris, Annalysa Fakir. Please submit your lyrics to Mr. Lucas.

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Any high school Junior interested in receiving free college readiness information in the areas of academics, standardized testing, financial aid, and college admissions, please plan to meet with the Emily K Center College Game Plan representative on Wednesday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Cybrary. Please see Ms. Settle for a pass to this event.

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For all interested high school students: a Marine recruiter will be onsite during high school lunch on Friday, March 2nd.

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Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Do you know someone who has been in an accident, had surgery, or has a serious illness? Your blood can help save lives. Sign up to donate blood. See Dr. Rathbone in the cafeteria at lunch.

Recurring  Announcements

Keep our Earth healthy! Students & staff are reminded to recycle & terra-cycle using the available bins in the front lobby and the cafeteria.

There are many items for collection. Please check Ms. Price’s blog for the complete list. Here are a couple of featured collection items.

— Plastic cereal bags and box liners

— Chip Bags (Family-size, individual & multipack snack bags)

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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SCS, Are You Ready?!? Families & supporters, are you ready?!? The stage is set, the stars are aligned and all 19 acts are fired up and ready to perform for you at our 1st SCS Talent Night presented by the Prom Committee on Friday, March 2. The show will start at 6:00 p.m. in our cafeteria, and the price of admission will be $5.  Light refreshments will be served. This is a can’t miss moment and we look forward to seeing everyone there. There will be a permission slip for students who would like to stay afterschool instead of going home that will be due on Thursday, March 1.

All students participating in Talent Night will have a mandatory final rehearsal where we will be performing the entire show on Thursday afterschool until 7:00 p.m. It is important that all acts make it to the rehearsal on Thursday. You may contact Coach Barnes with any questions.

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Spring pictures for students in grades 6-11 will take place on Thursday, March 1.

Seniors, you will take cap & gown pictures next Friday, March 9. More information will be coming soon. If you have any questions, see Ms. Bridges.

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Have you ever wondered how grass football fields look so good? Are you interested in a career in turf management? Then you should attend a virtual field trip by Texas A&M, held in Ms. Shelly’s room, room #209, on March 15 at 1:00 – 1:45. Email Ms. Shelly ahead of time if you are interested.

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Juniors & Seniors—Are you looking for a discount on that tuxedo or prom dress? Stop by to see Ms. Street because she has some important information that you will need to help alleviate some of the cost.

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Prom tickets are here!!! If you already purchased a ticket or would like to buy a ticket, please see Coach Barnes or Ms. Street. Prom will be held on May 5th and tickets cost $65.

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Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

There are several new scholarships opportunities available.  Awards range from $1000 – 20,000.

  • Benjamin F. Ward Scholarship Foundation is awarding $10,000 to students with at least a 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a 4-year college/university. Applications due by February 28.
  • GSK Opportunity Scholarship is open to students of any age that have overcome or faced significant adversity. This scholarship provides up to $20,000 towards educational expenses. Applications are due March 15.
  • Citrix Scholarship valued at $20,000 for all seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA planning to enroll at NCCU, Shaw University or St. Augustine University and plans to major in STEM or a computer science field.
  • Achievement Scholarship for refugees and immigrants of Wake County is valued at $1000 – $4000 for 1st generation U.S. Citizens, refugees, or immigrants (documentation is not required).  You must have a 2.5 GPA and be pursuing a 2 year or 4 year degree.

 

Daily Announcements–Tuesday, February 27, 2018

New  Announcements

Black History Month Announcement:  Los Angeles native and New York based visual artist, Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portait painting tradition. Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and sublime in his representation of urban, black and brown men found throughout the world. Amy Sherald, born in Columbus, Georgia in 1973, and now living in Baltimor, received her MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and BA in Painting from Clark-Atlanta University, and was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama. In 2016, Sherald was the first woman to win the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition grand prize. Both artists have made history as the first black artists to be commissioned for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s presidential and First Lady portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama, the first African-American president and First Lady of the United States. The portraits were unveiled February 12 by the former presidential couple and since then have received nationwide praise.

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Your ability to help serve your community is as easy as rolling up your sleeve at the American Red Cross blood drive. Sign up to donate!  See Dr. Rathbone in the cafeteria at lunch.

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The Creative Writing Club would like to thank all performers, staff and students involved in yesterday’s Black History Month Open Mic Poetry Slam. If you enjoyed yesterday and are interested in continuing the positivity, come by the Creative Writing Club today and every Tuesday from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Art room.

 

Recurring  Announcements

Keep our Earth healthy! Students & staff are reminded to recycle & terra-cycle using the available bins in the front lobby and the cafeteria.

There are many items for collection. Please check Ms. Price’s blog for the complete list. Here are a couple of featured collection items.

— Plastic cereal bags and box liners

— Chip Bags (Family-size, individual & multipack snack bags)

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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SCS, Are You Ready?!? Families & supporters, are you ready?!? The stage is set, the stars are aligned and all 19 acts are fired up and ready to perform for you at our 1st SCS Talent Night presented by the Prom Committee on Friday, March 2. The show will start at 6:00 p.m. in our cafeteria, and the price of admission will be $5.  Light refreshments will be served. This is a can’t miss moment and we look forward to seeing everyone there. There will be a permission slip for students who would like to stay afterschool instead of going home that will be due on Thursday, March 1.

All students participating in Talent Night will have a mandatory final rehearsal where we will be performing the entire show on Thursday afterschool until 7:00 p.m. It is important that all acts make it to the rehearsal on Thursday. You may contact Coach Barnes with any questions.

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Spring pictures for students in grades 6-11 will take place on Thursday, March 1.

Seniors, you will take cap & gown pictures next Friday, March 9. More information will be coming soon. If you have any questions, see Ms. Bridges.

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Have you ever wondered how grass football fields look so good? Are you interested in a career in turf management? Then you should attend a virtual field trip by Texas A&M, held in Ms. Shelly’s room, room #209, on March 15 at 1:00 – 1:45. Email Ms. Shelly ahead of time if you are interested.

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Juniors & Seniors—Are you looking for a discount on that tuxedo or prom dress? Stop by to see Ms. Street because she has some important information that you will need to help alleviate some of the cost.

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To commemorate the last week of Black History Month, YWE would like to invite SCS students and staff to participate in our Black History Month theme week!

Wednesday, February 28— Historical Figure/Artist Day (Students are asked to pay tribute to their most respected African-American public figure or artist.)

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Prom tickets are here!!! If you already purchased a ticket or would like to buy a ticket, please see Coach Barnes or Ms. Street. Prom will be held on May 5th and tickets cost $65.

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Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

There are several new scholarships opportunities available.  Awards range from $1000 – 20,000.

  • Benjamin F. Ward Scholarship Foundation is awarding $10,000 to students with at least a 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a 4-year college/university. Applications due by February 28.
  • GSK Opportunity Scholarship is open to students of any age that have overcome or faced significant adversity. This scholarship provides up to $20,000 towards educational expenses. Applications are due March 15.
  • Citrix Scholarship valued at $20,000 for all seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA planning to enroll at NCCU, Shaw University or St. Augustine University and plans to major in STEM or a computer science field.
  • Achievement Scholarship for refugees and immigrants of Wake County is valued at $1000 – $4000 for 1st generation U.S. Citizens, refugees, or immigrants (documentation is not required).  You must have a 2.5 GPA and be pursuing a 2 year or 4 year degree.

 

Duke Summer Session

Improve your college application and go to college while still in high school!

At Duke Summer Session, we are committed to providing high school students with the opportunity to be a college student over the summer at one of the world’s premier universities.  By attending our Summer College program, you will not only have the authentic college experience of living in Duke University’s dorms and taking credit-bearing classes alongside undergraduate students, but also the opportunity to accompany your college application with a letter of recommendation from a Duke instructor and transcript from Duke University – two substantive indicators that you have what it takes to thrive in an elite academic setting.

Courses fill up quickly, so apply online today:

Application for US Students
Application for International Students

Sincerely,

Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Director of Summer College and Summer Academy for High School Students
Duke University
summercollege@duke.edu  |  Facebook  |  Website

Daily Announcements–Monday, February 26, 2018

New  Announcements

Black History Month Announcement: Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American author, journalist, comic book writer, and educator. Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he writes about cultural, social and political issues, particularly regarding African-Americans. In 2008 he published a memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. His second book, Between the World and Me, was released in July 2015. It won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and was a nominee for the Phi Beta Kappa 2016 Book Awards. He was the recipient of a “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2015. He is the writer of the Black Panther series for Marvel Comics. “We should seek not a world where the black race and white race live in harmony, but a world in which the terms black and white have no real political meaning.” –Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Keep our Earth healthy! Students & staff are reminded to recycle & terra-cycle using the available bins in the front lobby and the cafeteria.

There are many items for collection. Please check Ms. Price’s blog for the complete list. Here are a couple of featured collection items.

— Plastic cereal bags and box liners

— Chip Bags (Family-size, individual & multipack snack bags)

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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SCS, Are You Ready?!? Families & supporters, are you ready?!? The stage is set, the stars are aligned and all 19 acts are fired up and ready to perform for you at our 1st SCS Talent Night presented by the Prom Committee on Friday, March 2. The show will start at 6:00 p.m. in our cafeteria, and the price of admission will be $5.  Light refreshments will be served. This is a can’t miss moment and we look forward to seeing everyone there. There will be a permission slip for students who would like to stay afterschool instead of going home that will be due on Thursday, March 1.

All students participating in Talent Night will have a mandatory final rehearsal where we will be performing the entire show on Thursday afterschool until 7:00 p.m. It is important that all acts make it to the rehearsal on Thursday. You may contact Coach Barnes with any questions.

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Spring pictures for students in grades 6-11 will take place on Thursday, March 1.

Seniors, you will take cap & gown pictures next Friday, March 9. More information will be coming soon. If you have any questions, see Ms. Bridges.

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If you are age 17 (or 16 with parent consent) and  in good health, you may be eligible to donate blood. See Dr. Rathbone in the cafeteria at lunch.

 

Recurring  Announcements

Have you ever wondered how grass football fields look so good? Are you interested in a career in turf management? Then you should attend a virtual field trip by Texas A&M, held in Ms. Shelly’s room, room #209, on March 15 at 1:00 – 1:45. Email Ms. Shelly ahead of time if you are interested.

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Juniors & Seniors—Are you looking for a discount on that tuxedo or prom dress? Stop by to see Ms. Street because she has some important information that you will need to help alleviate some of the cost.

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To commemorate the last week of Black History Month, YWE would like to invite SCS students and staff to participate in our Black History Month theme week!

Tuesday, February 27—Pan-African Day (Wear red, green, and black which are the Pan-African colors)

Wednesday, February 28— Historical Figure/Artist Day (Students are asked to pay tribute to their most respected African-American public figure or artist.)

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Prom tickets are here!!! If you already purchased a ticket or would like to buy a ticket, please see Coach Barnes or Ms. Street. Prom will be held on May 5th and tickets cost $65.

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On February 26, SCS will have a Black History Month Open Mic Poetry Slam in the cafeteria during all lunches. We are looking for all poets, singers, song writers, spoken word artists, and story tellers. This event is being sponsored by the Creative Writing Club. Anyone interested in joining the club, we meet every Tuesday until 5:00 p.m. See Mr. Lucas with any questions.

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Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

There are several new scholarships opportunities available.  Awards range from $1000 – 20,000.

  • Benjamin F. Ward Scholarship Foundation is awarding $10,000 to students with at least a 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a 4-year college/university. Applications due by February 28.
  • GSK Opportunity Scholarship is open to students of any age that have overcome or faced significant adversity. This scholarship provides up to $20,000 towards educational expenses. Applications are due March 15.
  • Citrix Scholarship valued at $20,000 for all seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA planning to enroll at NCCU, Shaw University or St. Augustine University and plans to major in STEM or a computer science field.
  • Achievement Scholarship for refugees and immigrants of Wake County is valued at $1000 – $4000 for 1st generation U.S. Citizens, refugees, or immigrants (documentation is not required).  You must have a 2.5 GPA and be pursuing a 2 year or 4 year degree.

Weekly Message–February 26-March 2, 2018

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of February 26, 2018.

On February 27, all 11th grade students will be administered the ACT.  This is an opportunity for your child to be able to select up to four colleges/universities to receive their scores FREE.

Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27, Ms. Sims’ classes will have a guest from the Durham Health Department who will be administering the Comprehensive Health and Safety portion to students in grades 7 & 8.  The 6th graders will have Human Growth and Development.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Sims.

Mark your calendars for the February 28 PLC Early Release Day. This is our final Early Release Day for the school year and school will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.

Parents, please check with your children about any flyers that have been sent home recently. PTSA sent home several important pieces of correspondence, one being the annual Gryphon Give Back campaign. I will post the flyer to my blog and Facebook for those who did not receive it with progress reports.

Students in grades 6-11 will take Spring Pictures on Thursday, March 1.  Ordering envelopes have already been sent home with students. Senior cap and gown pictures will be taken on Friday, March 9th.  Class pictures for all grade levels will also be taken on this date.

Marine Corps Recruiters will be on campus during high school lunch on March 2. There will be a table and students may choose to speak with the recruiters during this time. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Settle.

Yearbooks are still available for purchase. The cost is now $40.  Contact Ms. Bridges with questions.

SCS will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on March 6. Help us reach our goal of 100 pints of blood donated this year. In addition to all the other great reasons to give blood, SCS will earn scholarship money for our students for each pint donated at our drive. Please tell your neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers! Register now for an appointment online at http://www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code CREATIVE. Students must be at least 16 to give blood (parental consent is required for 16 year-olds and the form is located on the Red Cross website or see the SCS facebook page or principal’s blog for the link).  Link for parent consent forms https://p.widencdn.net/3tdl9q.

On the evening of March 6 at 5:30 p.m., we invite all rising 9th grade students and their parents to a special registration night just for you. Come get information about high school courses and have your questions answered about what the transition to the SCS high school side is like. If you have any questions prior to the evening, please contact Ms. Meza-Keuthen.

A representative from the Emily K Center will be on campus on March 7 to speak with 11th grade students about the College Game Plan program.  If students chose to participate they will receive free college planning and an advisor who works with them in groups and individually to help walk them through the process of applying to college. This program is open to all high school students, but the representative will be on campus to speak to our Juniors on March 7. If you have any questions about the program or need contact information please email Mrs. Settle.

As we start thinking about the end of the year and testing, we are always in need of proctors. Our greatest needs are on the following dates: May 24th, May 25th, May 29th, May 30th, and May 31st.  If you or someone you know are available to assist in the mornings (9-12:30) or afternoons (1-4PM), please contact our volunteer coordinator, Anita Neville.  She can be reached at 919-560-3535 or by email atAnita.Neville@dpsnc.net .  You all are our greatest solicitors and we appreciate all you do to help us during testing season.

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

 

GALS–Girls on Outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science

The GALS – Girls on Outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science – application period has begun and runs until March 10, 2018!

GALS is a free summer science program for high school students from North Carolina who identify as female or gender nonconforming, students of color, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and other groups underrepresented in fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The successful applicants will spend two weeks in the Pisgah National Forest learning science hands-on with Duke University scientists. We are looking for applicants who have had little to no experience in learning science outside the classroom or in exploring the outdoors. We do not take academic performance into account when selecting girls, and are looking for those who would succeed in this hands-on, experiential learning environment. It’s our hope that by getting these girls involved in the beauty of the outdoors and natural sciences, they may be inspired to become the environmental scientists of tomorrow.

For more information or to apply, visit sciencegals.org, or check with Ms. Granger or Ms. Wiggins.

 

 

Daily Announcements–Friday, February 23, 2018

New  Announcements

Black History Month Announcement:

Julian Abele was the chief designer and draftsman at Philadelphia-based Horace Trumbauer Architect, the firm responsible for creating the Duke campus we know today. Abele, also the first black architecture student at University of Pennsylvania, helped design Duke’s most well-known landmarks, such as Duke Chapel, Rubenstein Library and Wallace Wade Stadium. Despite Abele’s influence, original drawings of the campus were credited to the Horace Trumbauer firm. Abele only started signing his work after the death of the firm’s namesake founder in 1938. Duke students rediscovered Abele in 1986, sparking interest in the legacy of the talented African-American architect who received little attention for his accomplishments during his lifetime. This past December, Abele’s portrait was placed in the Gothic Reading Room in Rubenstein Library, alongside former Duke presidents and university dignitaries. “Julian Abele envisioned the physical world of Duke University,” President Richard Brodhead said in a news statement in December 2015. “It is time to ensure that his legacy is clearly known so that future generations of students and faculty can be inspired by his genius.”

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Reminder that TODAY is the deadline to apply for the Durham Bulls Explorer Post 50 co-ed unpaid internship program that offers students, ages 14-20, a unique and invaluable opportunity to gain experience in the field of television programming. Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Durham Bulls season. If interested, please see Ms. Keller or Ms. Price ASAP.

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The Red Cross needs more donors from younger generations to stand out and commit to building and maintaining our nation’s blood supply. You can be among them, and help change a life. See Dr. Rathbone in the cafeteria at lunch.

 

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To all Running/Walking Club members: If you plan on joining Ms. Sims on a weekend run, please contact her before you leave today so she can have an accurate count.

 

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Have you ever wondered how grass football fields look so good? Are you interested in a career in turf management? Then you should attend a virtual field trip by Texas A&M, held in Ms. Shelly’s room, room #209, on March 15 at 1:00 – 1:45. Email Ms. Shelly ahead of time if you are interested.

Recurring  Announcements

Yearbook Club will meet TODAY from 4:00 – 5:00 in Room 239.  See Ms. Bridges if you have any questions.

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TODAY is the day for the Middle School Dance!  Friday, February 23 from 4:15 – 6:30 p.m. The cost of the dance is $5 and concessions will be sold.

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Juniors & Seniors—Are you looking for a discount on that tuxedo or prom dress? Stop by to see Ms. Street because she has some important information that you will need to help alleviate some of the cost.

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The 3-on-3 basketball tournament scheduled for Saturday, February 24 has been cancelled.

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Karaoke Friday is this week with the theme “Michael Jackson vs. Bruno Mars”.  Remember it is only $2 to sing and $1 to request a song.

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To commemorate the last week of Black History Month, YWE would like to invite SCS students and staff to participate in our Black History Month theme week!

Friday, February 23—Traditional Culture Dress Day

Monday, February 26—Gele Day

Tuesday, February 27—Pan-African Day (Wear red, green, and black which are the Pan-African colors)

Wednesday, February 28— Historical Figure/Artist Day (Students are asked to pay tribute to their most respected African-American public figure or artist.)

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Prom tickets are here!!! If you already purchased a ticket or would like to buy a ticket, please see Coach Barnes or Ms. Street. Prom will be held on May 5th and tickets cost $65.

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Keep our Earth healthy! Students & staff are reminded to recycle & terra-cycle using the available bins in the front lobby and the cafeteria.

There are many items for collection. Please check Ms. Price’s blog for the complete list. Here are a couple of featured collection items.

–Baby and toddler food pouches and pouch caps

–Entenmann’s Little Bites and Little Bites Snackin’ Bites plastic pouches

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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On February 26, SCS will have a Black History Month Open Mic Poetry Slam in the cafeteria during all lunches. We are looking for all poets, singers, song writers, spoken word artists, and story tellers. This event is being sponsored by the Creative Writing Club. Anyone interested in joining the club, we meet every Tuesday until 5:00 p.m. See Mr. Lucas with any questions.

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Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

There are several new scholarships opportunities available.  Awards range from $1000 – 20,000.

  • Benjamin F. Ward Scholarship Foundation is awarding $10,000 to students with at least a 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a 4-year college/university. Applications due by February 28.
  • GSK Opportunity Scholarship is open to students of any age that have overcome or faced significant adversity. This scholarship provides up to $20,000 towards educational expenses. Applications are due March 15.
  • Citrix Scholarship valued at $20,000 for all seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA planning to enroll at NCCU, Shaw University or St. Augustine University and plans to major in STEM or a computer science field.
  • Achievement Scholarship for refugees and immigrants of Wake County is valued at $1000 – $4000 for 1st generation U.S. Citizens, refugees, or immigrants (documentation is not required).  You must have a 2.5 GPA and be pursuing a 2 year or 4 year degree.