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.”
Last month, we (re-)introduced you to two longtime Durham Public Schools administrators who are now leading the district, Interim Superintendent Hugh Osteen and Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman. This month, we would like you to get to know the district leaders responsible for directly supporting our schools and principals, our three area superintendents.
Each area superintendent provides instructional leadership and support to principals based on grade level. The area superintendents review academic data, visit schools and foster collaboration between principals to provide consistent, high-quality service to our students across DPS. They constantly work to support principals with district resources, and also are available to hear parents’ concerns.
Surojit “Surge” Biswas, a May 2013 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, has received a 2014-2015 Churchill Scholarship, valued at $62,000, for graduate work at the University of Cambridge in England. He is one of 14 candidates chosen nationwide for the one-year award by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, which was established in 1959. Biswas also is the 15th Churchill Scholar from Carolina since the first Churchill Scholarships were awarded in 1963, and is now one of 479 Churchill Scholars.
With step-by-step instructions, anything is possible, including making dresses out of pillowcases.
So far 49 dresses have been made by Jennifer Marquis’ students at Phillips Middle School for the nonprofit organization Little Dresses for Africa. The pilot class of a larger program, the family and consumer sciences students have set the bar high.
Art isn’t just an inherent talent. Just like any other skill, it can be taught.
Several schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Durham Public Schools systems are participating in an after-school program that is teaching students the basics of drawing.
Victoria Pridgen teaches art through the Young Rembrandts program to the budding artists by combining shapes to create a finished product that the students can be proud of.
Q: Can I still apply for a magnet school seat for my child? When will I find out if he or she was accepted?
You can, but time is running out! We are accepting applications to our magnet schools and high school career pathway programs through Friday at 11:59 p.m. You must apply using our online portal at www.dpsncapplication.com. Once you’re there, you may review the entrance requirements, learn more about the schools and make your requests.
This year, more than 33,000 children depend on Durham Public Schools to prepare them for college, career and life after graduation. More than 2,300 teachers, along with other school-based staff, work with these students every day. They all need our support in a time of heightened expectations and rising standards. These responsibilities haven’t changed, even though DPS is in a time of leadership transition.
James Hopkins, assistant principal at Jordan High School, did a double-take when he saw Michael Spears sitting in a conference room near the principal’s office that’s usually reserved for students who have gotten in trouble.
But Spears, a 16 year-old junior who plays power forward on the school’s basketball team, hadn’t broken any rules.