Class Notes

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 01:09 PM

Candidate forum at Hillside High
The Inter-Neighborhood Council of Durham will hold a forum for school board candidates on April 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hillside High School auditorium. 
Voters will be asked to fill four of the seven seats on the Durham County Board of Education when they go to the polls May 6.  
The forum will be moderated with questions selected from topics submitted by the audience or in advance. Each candidate will answer questions posed to the whole group.     
The form is sponsored by the INC, the League of Women Voters and the Durham Council of PTAs.
The three sponsoring organizations are all non-partisan and do not support or endorse candidates. 

DPS releases superintendent survey
The Durham Public Schools Board of Education invites public input on the qualities and priorities DPS stakeholders seek in the next superintendent, with an online survey on the DPS website, which will remain posted through April 23.
The school board has hired Ray and Associates to head up the district’s superintendent search.
Residents are encouraged to participate in the process by completing and submitting the anonymous survey.
In addition, the board has scheduled stakeholder focus group meetings April 21-22.
Survey and focus group results will be compiled and presented to the school board by Ray and Associates on April 25.
A link to the survey is provided at the DPS website front page at The direct link to the survey is in English and in Spanish.

Literacy summit
Durham Public School will hold a “Literacy Summit” on May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brogden Middle School.
Current DPS volunteers and partners or anyone interested in learning how to support schools in teaching students to improve their reading skills are encouraged to attend.
Child care for ages 4-12 will be provided. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
Pre-register for the summit at

Hayes selected for PBS honor
Mig Hayes, a teacher and media specialist at Carolina Friends School, has been selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program, a free digital media service for classrooms, recognizes 100 PreK-12 educators from across the country that are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve students’ learning.
In addition, Hayes has been selected as one of the top 16 applicants and will be a Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.
In recognition of her efforts, Hayes will receive yearlong professional development opportunities and as a Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, she will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to participate in a two-day digital education summit.

ECHHS ethics team wins national title
The East Chapel Hill High School Ethics Team earned the first-place national title at the Second Annual National High School Ethics Bowl held April 4-5 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hosted by the Parr Center for Ethics, the event brought together 18 first-place winners from national qualifying events across the country to compete for one of only four spots in the single-elimination semi-final and final rounds.
The ECHHS team, coached by Daniel Murphy, spent countless hours preparing for the competition.
Murphy said the ECHHS team argued competently, confidently and persuasively against other exceptional teams throughout the competition.

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