Daily Announcements–Tuesday, February 26, 2019

New Announcements for Students

Black History Month Moment

History of The Blues–The blues has deep roots in American history, particularly African-American history. The blues originated on Southern plantations in the 19th Century. Its inventors were slaves, ex-slaves and the descendants of slaves—African-American sharecroppers who sang as they toiled in the cotton and vegetable fields. It’s generally accepted that the music evolved from African spirituals, African chants, work songs, field hollers, rural fife and drum music, revivalist hymns, and country dance music.

The blues grew up in the Mississippi Delta just upriver from New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Blues and jazz have always influenced each other, and they still interact in countless ways today.

Unlike jazz, the blues didn’t spread out significantly from the South to the Midwest until the 1930s and ’40s.

Remember that blues is the root of hip hop, pop and rock!

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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.

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Congratulations to Jalen Benjamin-Bullock on his admission to UNC-Greensboro!

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There will not be Running/Walking Club tomorrow afterschool. Please let parents know that there will NOT be Running/Walking Club practice Wednesday, February 27.

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Got talent? Well, the SCS Prom Committee is doing an open call audition for all students to participate in the 2nd Annual Talent Night at SCS. We are looking for musicians, singers, dancers, rappers, spoken word artists, comedians, magicians, etc. Whatever your talent, we want you!!! Auditions, will be held on February 26 afterschool until 6:00 p.m. Rehearsals are March 7, 12, and 13. Talent Night will be held March 14. The sign-up sheet is on Coach Barnes’ door!   NOTE: If for any reason you cannot make it to auditions today, make sure you speak to Coach Barnes before the end of the day today!

 

Recurring Announcements for Students

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.

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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. 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!

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No Basketball Club TODAY!!!

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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.

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Attention 8th graders: This is a reminder that applications to the Emily K program are due Thursday, March 14.

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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.

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There will be a YMA/Jr. YMA meeting Wednesday. Immediately following there will be a parents meeting.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Seniors, please continue to check Ms. Settle’s website for updated scholarship information.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Juniors and Seniors please see Ms. Settle to get information about the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Scholarship opportunities.

 

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Any high school student interested in taking STEM and Liberal Arts classes at Duke University this summer, please check the high school resource wall for application information.

 

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