New Announcements for Students
Black History Month Moment
When the country blues moved to the cities and other locales, it took on various regional characteristics. Hence the St. Louis blues, the Memphis blues, the Louisiana blues, etc. Chicago bluesmen such as John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters were the first to electrify the blues and add drums and piano in the late 1940s.
Today there are many different shades of the blues. Forms include:
Traditional county blues: A general term that describes the rural blues of the Mississippi Delta, the Piedmont and other rural locales;
Jump blues: A danceable amalgam of swing and blues and a precursor to R&B. Jump blues was pioneered by Louis Jordan;
Boogie-woogie: A piano-based blues popularized by Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson, and derived from barrelhouse and ragtime;
Chicago blues: Delta blues electrified;
Cool blues: A sophisticated piano-based form that owes much to jazz;
West Coast blues: Popularized mainly by Texas musicians who moved to California. West Coast blues is heavily influenced by the swing beat.
The Texas blues, Memphis blues, and St. Louis blues consist of a wide variety of subgenres. Louisiana blues is characterized by a swampy guitar or harmonica sound with lots of echo, while Kansas City blues is jazz oriented—think Count Basie. There is also the British blues, a rock-blues hybrid pioneered by John Mayall, Peter Green and Eric Clapton.
New Orleans blues is largely piano-based, with the exception of some talented guitarists such as Guitar Slim and Snooks Eaglin. And most people are familiar with blues rock.
There is NO Soccer Club TODAY!
Congratulations to Aina Akintunde, Tobiah Morrison-Danner, Xavier James Best, and Maxwell Ladue. These students have been selected for placements as Scholars-At-Work during intersession.
The Best of Enemies is an upcoming American drama film directed and written by Robin Bissell. It is based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson. It is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 5, 2019. Durham Public Schools is providing an advanced screening of the film at the historic Carolina Theatre on March 19, 2019 from 10:30-12:30 p.m. at NO COST for students. Interested students should pick up permission forms from the main office. Completed forms MUST be returned to the main office no later than Monday, March 4 to be considered for this opportunity!
Students, please be mindful that this field trip will take place during intercession so you will need to be dropped off at SCS by 9:45 a.m. and picked up by 1:00 p.m. If you are unable to secure transportation to and from school, you will not be able to participate. See Ms. Bridges if you have any questions.
The SCS Science Olympiad will be competing tomorrow at the Durham Regional Competition. Please wish them luck: Kelly Midianga, Karli Anstrom, Shannon Boyles, Sydney Brown, Ruby Davis, Gabby Herrera, Hannah Wyatt, and Dominique Boyce-Knight. Yeah, Science!
Attention Diary Club: Damon Salvatore said, “Get your papers in by Tuesday!”
Recurring Announcements for Students
Black History Wall—Stop by Ms. Bowman’s room (#111) to match the inventor with their inventions. This is a lottery contest where those names selected that have all correct answers will WIN. Winners will be revealed Thursday, February 28 at the end of the day. See Ms. Bowman for more details.
Our Black History Month Program will be held Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. Students from the music classes will perform pieces from various genres including blues and pop as well as original compositions. The Dance Club will also perform. The Black History Month Moments this week will expose you to some history behind some things you will hear and see at the program on Thursday.
Keep our Earth healthy! Students & staff are reminded to recycle & terra-cycle using the available bins in the front lobby and the cafeteria. Students remember to collect your items from lunch and recycle them too! Some example items for collection are:
— Plastic cereal bags and box liners
— Baby and toddler food pouches and pouch caps
Thank you in advance for your participation!
Students, if you will be 16 or older as of March 7 and interested in giving blood, see Dr. Rathbone in room 120 during lunch to sign up. All remaining donation slots are first come, first served.
Attention 8th graders: This is a reminder that applications to the Emily K program are due Thursday, March 14.
The Biogen Community Lab in Research Triangle Park, NC is hosting a week-long Adventures in Biotechnology free summer lab program for high school students. Applications open on February 25th and close on March 11th. Visit our website for program details and application. Please forward the information to any student or teacher that may be interested.
Spring pictures for students in grades 6-11 will take place Friday, March 1. You must pre-pay in order to take pictures. See your homeroom teacher for a picture envelope.
Any seniors interested in Durham Tech’s C-Step and C-3 transfer programs that offer guaranteed admissions pathways to NC State and UNC Chapel Hill, please see Ms. Settle website and the high school resource wall.
Any middle or high school students interested in attending fun and educational classes taught by students at Duke University please consider signing up for Duke Splash. Please see the high school resource wall or visit Ms. Settle’s website for more information
Any rising seniors interested in spending a weekend or week on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus participating in academic enrichment and college readiness classes, please consider signing up for Project Uplift or Uplift Plus. For more information, check Ms. Settle’s website and the high school resource wall.
Seniors, please continue to check Ms. Settle’s website for updated scholarship information.
There is a great volunteer opportunity for students ages 12 & up. If you would like to help YMA and Jr. YMA volunteer at the Durham Food Bank, please see Coach Barnes for details about how you and your family can sign up.
Seniors: Durham Public Schools Scholarship Foundation currently has 4 scholarship opportunities open to all students. Please see the High School Resource Wall or Ms. Settle for more information. Completed applications are due by March 1.
Durham Youth Work Summer Internship applications are now available at www.durhamnc.gov. Your application must be complete by March 3. See the High School Resource Wall for more information.