Last week, the State Board of Education released academic performance data for every school and school district in North Carolina from the last school year. This is the second year of higher state standards and a new curriculum, including the Common Core, in North Carolina. There are greater expectations of our students and schools. We are committed to rising to those expectations.
With today's start for traditional-calendar schools, Durham Public Schools is fully open for business for all of our projected 33,650 students. The first month of school is an important time of transition for students; by developing good academic and social habits today, they can set the stage for greater academic success throughout the year. We went to some of our principals for their advice to families on how they can best support their children after school begins.
Mattiyah Jones, a sophomore at the School for Creative Studies, appears much more mature than her 14 years.
Members of the Physician Assistant Program Class of 2014 received their PA certificates in a ceremony Friday morning at the Physician Assistant Program building in downtown Durham. The students received MHS degrees in May at the Duke University graduation ceremonies.
It seems that just when families have begun to settle into their summer routines, it’s already time for a new school year. Durham Public Schools students on the traditional calendar go back to class on Aug. 25. Here are some important tips to help start the school year smoothly.
Last week 3,100 eager students poured into our five year-round schools for the start of the school year. They were excited to meet new classmates, teachers and challenges, and their energy was catching. As I visited these schools on the first day, I felt just as excited. It was a new beginning for all of us.
A long time before I became superintendent of Durham Public Schools, I began my career in Washington, D.C., as a teacher for seriously emotionally disturbed middle school students. I then became principal of a high school for troubled adolescents. These were all children and youth who, somewhere along the way, had become disconnected from their school communities and families. We worked hard to bring them back around. We weren’t always successful.