Class Notes

May. 25, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

JHS senior leaves legacy through scholarships
The Tyreic E. Hemphill Memorial Scholarship Fund has named three Durham Public Schools seniors its first award recipients.
Daria Selezneva (Riverside), Millicent Blivin (Jordan) and Jermani Elise (Clement Early College) will each receive $2,000 toward their college educations. The fund cited their excellence in academics, leadership, commitment to others and community service.
A September automobile accident cut short the life of Tyreic (ty-REEK) Hemphill, a Jordan High School student in the top 10 percent of his class who planned to study engineering and business at Howard University. Hemphill’s family chose to carry on his love of education by establishing the Tyreic E. Hemphill Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Applicants were either current Jordan High School seniors or participated in one of two organizations with which Hemphill was involved: Movement of Youth, which connects mentors from Triangle universities with more than 200 students, and the Emily K Center, which serves academically focused, low-income students in out-of-school programming designed to help them achieve in school, gain entry to college and break the cycle of poverty in their families.
For information about the fund, email or visit

Community Resource Expo
Durham Public Schools’ Exceptional Children’s Department will host the 2014 Community Resource Expo (formerly known as the Transition Fair) on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Staff Development Center, 2107 Hillandale Road.
The expo will be held to provide students with disabilities and their families an opportunity to meet representatives from multiple community-based agencies and services to better understand the types of community-based supports available to students ranging in age from pre-k through high school.
Information provided will emphasize student independence, lifelong learning and community inclusion.
The event is free and no pre-registration is required.
Contact Sarah Laughhunn, DPS transition specialist, at (919)560-2689 if you have questions.

Two DPS magnet schools receive national honors
Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary School and Lakewood Montessori Magnet Middle School received awards for attaining National Magnet School of Excellence status at the annual Magnet Schools of America Conference May 15-18.
School of Excellence is the highest level of recognition from MSA for demonstrating a high commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement.
Principal Teresa James and magnet coordinator Mo Percy received the award for Club Boulevard and Principal Sheldon Reynolds and magnet coordinator Meg Graham received the award on behalf of Lakewood.

Six DPS beginning teachers win grants
The Delta Gamma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International has presented Kick-Off Career Teacher Grants of $200 each to six early career Durham Public Schools teachers. Awarded annually to classroom teachers in their first, second or third year of teaching, these grants are used to purchase instructional resources and implement curricular projects.
Winners are Corinne Huber and Shai Cullop from Brogden Middle School, Hank Samuels from Burton Elementary, Joann McAdon from Little River Elementary, Blakely Lord from Southern School of Engineering and Julie Ann Dale from Sandy Ridge Elementary.

Students win scholarships
Two local students were among the 51 from across the Triangle and Sandhills-area awarded $1,000 scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina and local McDonald’s owner/operators for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement.
Juan Razo, a senior at Jordan High School and Maya Weinberg, a senior at East Chapel Hill High School were among the students honored last week at a reception held at Wake Med Courtyard in Raleigh.
Both plan to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.
RMHC scholarship recipients were chosen based on their leadership skills, academic success, community involvement, financial need and a personal essay describing how they intend to make a difference in society.

Kid builders wanted
K'NEX, a U.S. construction toy company, has announced its 15th annual K’NEXpert Search, which challenges young builders to design and submit a creative, original model made entirely from K’NEX® parts that will be judged on criteria such as, originality, creativity and complexity of the model, given the age category.
The contest will have four Grand Prize Winners, one from each of the four different age group categories. Age groups include:  5-6 years old; 7-8 years old; 9-11 years old and 12-14 years old.
The four Grand Prize Winners will each receive a prize package valued at approximately $2,000.
The K’NEXpert Search runs through August 29 with winners announced in October.
Children can enter using the online entry form found on the K’NEX website, 
Submissions must include up to 3 photos of the creation, and a short video or one-page summary describing how the child came up with the idea, how long the design took to build, and how many K’NEX pieces were used. 
For information and to view the Official rules, go to 

Vance-Granville graduates
Vance-Granville Community College held commencement exercises honoring graduates of the college’s Adult Basic Skills programs on May 8 in the VGCC Civic Center.
Participants in the ceremony were among those students who have completed either the adult high school diploma program or the high school equivalency program in the past year.
Here are the graduates from Durham:
 Branden Gooch of Durham, adult high school graduate.
 Brandon Todd Garrett, Daniel Clayton Helms and Sherica Nomoria McCallum, all of Durham, received high school equivalency diplomas.

DPS needs proctors
Durham Public Schools needs test proctors to help administer state testing for high school students.
State policies now require proctors to be present to ensure accountability and test security during final exams and all end-of-grade and end-of-course exams.
Dates to volunteer are May 5- June 10.
Anyone interested in being a proctor can sign up directly through your school’s testing coordinator (a list will be available soon) or by going to
Be sure to select TEST PROCTOR
Volunteers are required to attend a one-hour training session at school of choice and a background check will be completed during the application process
Contact Regina Nickson, the school districts community engagement liaison, at (919) 560-2082 with questions or concerns.

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