Last month in the DPS Corner, we shared some tips from our principals on how best parents can support their children throughout the school year. This month, we’d like to turn the spotlight back on principals for a moment and thank them for being so indispensable to Durham Public Schools. Why? Because this October is National Principals Month, and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating their contributions to our schools.
In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On Friday, Kestrel Heights Elementary School of Durham took part in an international art and literacy project called Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace in front of their school.
Dariana Vargas finds comfort in volunteer work.
Her passion for helping others led Vargas, a senior at Middle College High School, and her best friend, Mishel Gomez, to start Latino Ambassadors, a civic organization on the campus of Southern High School.
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.
When your child’s quarterly report card arrives, is that the beginning or the end of a conversation? When my children brought theirs home, I never looked at their grades and thought, “Case closed.” I talked with them about their teachers, homework and challenges. We made plans for improvement and we celebrated successes based on their grades, but I always knew that there was more to their learning experiences — positive and negative — than could be revealed in a single letter on a page.