In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On Friday, Kestrel Heights Elementary School of Durham took part in an international art and literacy project called Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace in front of their school.
Dariana Vargas finds comfort in volunteer work.
Her passion for helping others led Vargas, a senior at Middle College High School, and her best friend, Mishel Gomez, to start Latino Ambassadors, a civic organization on the campus of Southern High School.
Last week, the State Board of Education released academic performance data for every school and school district in North Carolina from the last school year. This is the second year of higher state standards and a new curriculum, including the Common Core, in North Carolina. There are greater expectations of our students and schools. We are committed to rising to those expectations.
With today's start for traditional-calendar schools, Durham Public Schools is fully open for business for all of our projected 33,650 students. The first month of school is an important time of transition for students; by developing good academic and social habits today, they can set the stage for greater academic success throughout the year. We went to some of our principals for their advice to families on how they can best support their children after school begins.
Mattiyah Jones, a sophomore at the School for Creative Studies, appears much more mature than her 14 years.
Last week 3,100 eager students poured into our five year-round schools for the start of the school year. They were excited to meet new classmates, teachers and challenges, and their energy was catching. As I visited these schools on the first day, I felt just as excited. It was a new beginning for all of us.