Lifestyles: Schools

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

The flaw in School Performance Grades

When your child’s quarterly report card arrives, is that the beginning or the end of a conversation? When my children brought theirs home, I never looked at their grades and thought, “Case closed.” I talked with them about their teachers, homework and challenges. We made plans for improvement and we celebrated successes based on their grades, but I always knew that there was more to their learning experiences — positive and negative — than could be revealed in a single letter on a page.


Jan. 26, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

Lakewood places 2nd in mock trial competition

Lakewood Montessori Middle School recently placed second in the state in the Middle School Regional Mock Trial Competition and will represent North Carolina in the Battle of the Carolinas competition in Pittsboro, against teams from both North Carolina and South Carolina Feb. 6-7.


Jan. 19, 2015 @ 06:05 PM

Student of the Month: Music among Morales’ many talents

Lino Morales, a junior at Durham Performance Learning Center, says his favorite subjects are math and science, but the 17-year-old has the heart and soul of a muse.


Jan. 19, 2015 @ 09:41 AM

Classnotes

The Durham Public Schools will hold winter graduations today (Jan. 20) at 6 p.m. at the Durham School of the Arts.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 09:13 AM

Campus briefs

Duke’s Wilson wins top bioengineering prize

 

DURHAM – Blake S. Wilson, an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and surgery at Duke University and co-director of the Duke Hearing Center, has been awarded the 2015 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 09:03 AM

Class notes

Two DPS students chosen Coca-Cola Scholars finalist

 

Keith Beasley, a Hillside High senior, and Inestin Petit-Homme, a Middle College High School senior at Durham Technical Community College, have advanced as semifinalists in a scholarship program sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 08:52 AM

Mentoring opportunities abound

Q: How can I help mentor a DPS student?  

A: That’s a timely question, considering that January is National Mentoring Month, which celebrates how each of us as individuals or groups can work together to support our students as role models, friends, advisors and advocates. There are many different kinds of mentoring relationships. Some mentors sit one-on-one with a child as a friend and confidante. Others work with students from a career perspective, helping children draw a connection between the kinds of work they would like to do after graduation and the academic and social skills they need to develop today.


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 10:39 AM

Campus briefs

Duke researchers awarded grants


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 09:22 AM

Class notes

Durham Public Schools has scheduled Saturday academies to give additional support and instruction to high school students taking biology, Common Core Math I and English II.


Dec. 29, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Class notes, Dec. 30

  • Magnet application period begins Jan. 12
  • Edwards a runner-up for region Teacher of Year
  • Litter River in the spotlight
  • Saturday Academies scheduled
  • Burton’s chefs

Dec. 22, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Campus briefs, Dec. 23

Public science café ‘Periodic Tables’ re-launches

UNC community mental health center gets grant

UNC Asheville announces December graduates


Dec. 22, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

Class notes, Dec. 23

Bikes for SCS

TogetherGreen Fellowship awarded

Duke football players visit Creekside

Winter graduation set

Saturday Academies scheduled


Dec. 15, 2014 @ 02:28 PM

A Christmas Carol

Saturday night brings the last of 4 performances of the Dickens holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, put on by the Northern High School theater program (Irving Truitt, director), in collaboration with programs at Rn Harris Elementary, Little River Elementary, and Carrington Middle. It's a lovely and fresh production that accents the dramatic with dance and music. The dance interludes are especially good. Xavier Spence is outstanding as the humbugging Scrooge, but the whole cast shines on stage with youthful energy (and some fine stilt-walking). It can make you laugh as well as cry, and in that way gets in the whole human range. The show starts at 7pm at Northern High School (117 Tom Wilkinson Road). Admission $10 (adults) and $5 (children).

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 12:43 PM

Student of the Month: Molly Monsees

A trip to Guatemala last summer sealed the deal for Molly Monsees.

Even though the 17-year-old Northern High School student already suspected that she is genetically programmed to want to help people, that trip cemented her plans to pursue a career in public health or nursing


Dec. 15, 2014 @ 10:44 AM

Campus briefs, Dec. 16

  • Duke Medicine faculty named to Cord Blood Association board
  • N.C. NAACP president to deliver Duke’s MLK keynote
  • UNC-Chapel Hill juniors receive Eve Carson Scholarship
  • UNC-Chapel Hill admissions office sets record for visitors
  • UNC-Chapel Hill initiative promotes technology commercialization

 


Columnist: Bert L'Homme View All »

Jan. 27, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

The flaw in School Performance Grades

When your child’s quarterly report card arrives, is that the beginning or the end of a conversation? When my children brought theirs home, I never looked at their grades and thought, “Case closed.” I talked with them about their teachers, homework and challenges. We made plans for improvement and we celebrated successes based on their grades, but I always knew that there was more to their learning experiences — positive and negative — than could be revealed in a single letter on a page.


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