Last month in the DPS Corner, we shared some tips from our principals on how best parents can support their children throughout the school year. This month, we’d like to turn the spotlight back on principals for a moment and thank them for being so indispensable to Durham Public Schools. Why? Because this October is National Principals Month, and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating their contributions to our schools.
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.
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.