Class Notes

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 12:53 AM

DPS needs proctors
Durham Public Schools needs 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.

Public forum today
Ray and Associates, the superintendent search firm hired by the Durham Public Schools Board of Education, will hold the second of two public forums today to gather input on the desired qualities and priorities the school board should consider in selecting its next superintendent.
The forum will begin at 11 a.m., in the Fuller Building’s board room.

Project explores race, class
A multimedia project titled “Fault Lines: Race, Class and Education in Durham, North Carolina” will be screened today at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. The event will begin at 6 p.m., with the screening at 6:30 p.m.
An open discussion will be held following the screening.
The project, the work of journalism and mass communication students at UNC, explores education in Durham, including resources in elementary and high schools, students, the legal system and alternative education.
It weaves together five documentary video narratives with text and motion graphics to educate and spark a dialogue on policies and procedures that may lead to the criminalization of school age youth and how Durham is now enacting new policies to subvert the practice.

Special Olympics at DA’s Upper School
More than 400 special athletes will be running, jumping and beaming with pride at the Durham County Special Olympics on Friday at the Durham Academy Upper School athletic fields, 3601 Ridge Road.
The Special Olympics Spring Games involve athletes with developmental disabilities who have trained for a minimum of eight weeks to compete in track and field, softball-throwing and other activities.
The parade of athletes will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies and lighting of the Special Olympics torch. The games will continue until 1 p.m.
This is the 29th year Durham Academy Upper School has hosted Special Olympics, and the school has been honored by the ARC of Durham County for its continuing commitment.

NCSSM math teams to compete
Two teams from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics will be among six finalists competing in Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, an annual award-winning applied math contest for high school students.
The teams will compete April 28 at Moody’s Corporation in New York, where each team will present its mathematical models to make sure school lunches are nutritious, affordable and tasty.
Winning teams will be awarded college scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000.

RHS golf tourney
The Riverside High School Athletic Booster Club will hold its third annual golf tournament Saturday at Hillandale Golf Course. All are welcome to participate.
The Captain's choice (Superball) event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
The entry fee is $75 per golfer or $300 per team of four.
Businesses can also advertise by sponsoring a golf hole for $100.
Breakfast, lunch and range balls are included for all participating golfers.
Entry forms can be downloaded at and payment can also be made online.
All funds raised will go toward providing uniforms and equipment for Riverside athletic teams.
For information, call Jeff Anderson at (919) 368-8576.

Homeschoolers problem-solve
A group of Durham homeschoolers has qualified to compete in an international creative problem-solving event called “Odyssey of the Mind.”
The Golden Light Homeschoolers team won second place for its problem in the middle school division at the regional competition, last month in Chapel Hill and placed second in the statewide competition April 5.
The team is the only one from Durham to qualify for the “Worlds” competition May 28-31 in Ames, Iowa.
Only 33 North Carolina teams among the three divisions qualified for the event.
The team must now raise an estimated $7,000 to cover transportation and lodging for the four-day competition. 
Donations can be made at or by contacting the team at

Ableidinger named senior director
The Public School Forum of North Carolina has named Joe Ableidinger as its new senior director of policy and programs.
In this new role, Joe will lead all policy, research and program activities at the forum.
Ableidinger is a nationally recognized expert in education innovation, including personalized learning models and emerging technologies in education.
Before joining the Public School Forum, Ableidinger spent nearly five years at Public Impact, which is a leading national education policy and management organization based in Chapel Hill.
He led project teams focused on a variety of education issues, including empowering teachers and school leaders through job redesign and strategic uses of technology, charter school quality and accountability, teacher and leader policy, education entrepreneurship, philanthropy in education and school turnarounds.