Fifty-nine jittery spellers representing schools across Durham and Orange counties took to the stage Saturday to compete in the fifth annual Duke Regional Spelling Bee, held in Page Auditorium on Duke University’s West Campus.
This month we have answers to questions on a range of topics including summer programs and preparing for high school. First, however, we open with our school board’s decision to waive some inclement weather makeup days, which preserved many families’ spring break plans. (If you have a question for Durham Public Schools staff, send it to the Office of Public Information and Community Engagement: PICE@dpsnc.net.)
Students come first in Durham Public Schools. That applies to their safety as well as their academic success. The heavy snows and traffic jams Durham County experienced Feb. 12 made for a challenging afternoon commute, and some of our buses were caught in that. DPS employees, however, made a total team effort to ensure every child’s safety.
When severe weather threatens, our transportation and operations staff is glued to the National Weather Service’s twice-daily briefings as well as local forecasts. We use multiple sources to make the best decision we can with the information we have. We have to consider high school students and employees who drive themselves as well as our bus riders.
Wanda Fleming Lester has been named interim dean of the N.C. Central University School of Business and began serving in that NCCU role Feb. 17. She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, Lester served as vice provost for academic affairs and undergraduate programs at N.C. A&T State University. NCCU will form a search committee and start a national search for the next business school dean.
Northern High School senior Bianca Decatur doesn’t see herself as one of the high-achieving “Alpha Girls” profiled in Dan Kindlon’s book of that name.
But the 17-year-old’s accomplishments to date say otherwise.
Decatur has a 5.0 grade-point average and is a virtual lock to be valedictorian of Northern’s 2014 graduating class.
State Attorney General Roy Cooper gave local students some insight on the details of his job with a visit to Chapel Hill High School earlier this month.
Talking to students in the high school’s honors civics and Advanced Placement U.S. government classes, Cooper discussed several topics, including the expansion of the state’s DNA database, fighting child pornography, and increasing school safety.
It’s the year of the playground at Hillsborough Elementary.
Designated as such by the Hillsborough Elementary School PTA, the school’s modest playground is just weeks and dollars away from a brand-new, age-appropriate play area.
“It’s not your traditional playground,” said playground committee co-chair Bessie Mbadugha-Keiper. “It’s really fitness-oriented.”