Class Notes

Mar. 03, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

Club and Lakewood earn honors
Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary School and Lakewood Montessori Middle School have earned the prestigious “Magnet School of Excellence” designation by Magnet Schools of America for 2014.
This is the highest category of award bestowed by the national organization.
The two schools will receive their awards at MSA’s national conference in Hartford, Conn., in May.
MSA’s Magnet Schools of Merit Award program recognizes magnet schools that demonstrate a high commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement.
Member schools submit an application that is scored by a panel of educators.
DPS’s City of Medicine Academy previously earned the Magnet School of Excellence designation in 2013.

Hillside Class of 1963 offers scholarship
The Hillside Class of 1963 is taking applications for a one-time $500 scholarship for a graduating senior from the traditional school.
Graduating seniors should contact their senior counselor for an application.
The firm deadline is April 15. If you need more information, contact Helen Featherson, chair of the Scholarship Committee at or 919-225-0374.

‘High School 101’
Next year’s ninth-graders and their families can learn how to start their high school careers on the right foot at the Durham Public Schools “High School 101” event March 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Riverside High School.
Students will learn how to plan for success, including understanding graduation requirements and learning how to register for classes.
Special interest topic sessions for students and families will include athletics and eligibility, driver’s education, fine arts and career-technical education career choices, transportation, child nutrition and student services.
Families may register for “High School 101” at
For information, contact the DPS area office for high schools at (919) 560-2550. Riverside High School is located at 3218 Rose of Sharon Rd. in Durham.

Kohl’s Scholarship
Only two weeks remain to nominate young volunteers for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program.
Kids ages 6 to 18 who have made a positive impact on their communities can be awarded scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $10,000 scholarships.
To nominate volunteers ages 6 to 18 for a Kohl’s Cares scholarship, visit
Nominations are accepted through March 14, and nominators must be 21 years or older.
Through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl’s aims to honor young volunteers who have made a difference in their communities.
Kohl’s will reward more than 2,300 kids nationwide on the store, regional and national levels for their volunteer efforts with nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Lucas team wins writing contest
A team of three Lucas Middle School students has won the East Regional of The Quill, the state’s premier scholastic writing competition.
The team of Mary Margaret Johnson, Hannah Fogle and Miranda Straubel received their awards and congratulations at the school on Feb. 26.
As winner of the East Regional and one of 10 middle school finalists, the Lucas team will compete in the state finals at Atkins A&T High School in Winston-Salem on March 22.
The Quill is a writing competition in which teams of three (middle school) or four (high school) students must create written products given a prompt from text types including argumentative, creative, problem/solution and literary analysis.
The Quill is an original competition developed in cooperation with the North Carolina Reading Association(NCRA).