Lifestyles: Schools

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 02:28 PM

A Christmas Carol

Saturday night brings the last of 4 performances of the Dickens holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, put on by the Northern High School theater program (Irving Truitt, director), in collaboration with programs at Rn Harris Elementary, Little River Elementary, and Carrington Middle. It's a lovely and fresh production that accents the dramatic with dance and music. The dance interludes are especially good. Xavier Spence is outstanding as the humbugging Scrooge, but the whole cast shines on stage with youthful energy (and some fine stilt-walking). It can make you laugh as well as cry, and in that way gets in the whole human range. The show starts at 7pm at Northern High School (117 Tom Wilkinson Road). Admission $10 (adults) and $5 (children).

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 12:43 PM

Student of the Month: Molly Monsees

A trip to Guatemala last summer sealed the deal for Molly Monsees.

Even though the 17-year-old Northern High School student already suspected that she is genetically programmed to want to help people, that trip cemented her plans to pursue a career in public health or nursing

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 10:44 AM

Campus briefs, Dec. 16

  • Duke Medicine faculty named to Cord Blood Association board
  • N.C. NAACP president to deliver Duke’s MLK keynote
  • UNC-Chapel Hill juniors receive Eve Carson Scholarship
  • UNC-Chapel Hill admissions office sets record for visitors
  • UNC-Chapel Hill initiative promotes technology commercialization


Dec. 15, 2014 @ 12:07 AM

Class notes, Dec, 16

  • E.K. Powe students learn code
  • Fayetteville Street teacher a finalist
  • DSA students perform at Duke
  • Saturday Academies scheduled


Dec. 08, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Campus briefs, Dec. 9

  • Duke names sexual and gender diversity director
  • MIT Physics professor, alumnus to speak at NCCU graduation
  • Student receives degree from Duke
  • Duke trustees approve master’s programs, OK new parking deck

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 01:55 PM

Ask DPS - Dec. 9

What are your questions about Durham Public Schools? Email them to and the Office of Public Information and Community Engagement will connect you to the experts.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

Duke names sexual and gender diversity director

DURHAM -- Duke University has named a new director of its Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Dec. 07, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Class notes, Dec. 9

  • More honors for Brian McDonald
  • Mayor talks government at CMS
  • Saturday Academies scheduled

Dec. 01, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

UNC student, graduate earn Mitchell Scholarships

CHAPEL HILL– Sasha Seymore, a UNC Chapel Hill senior, and Thomas Golden, a 2011 graduate from UNC Chapel Hill, have been named recipients of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship.

Dec. 01, 2014 @ 08:51 AM

Forte-Brown named NCSBA treasurer

Durham Public Schools Board of Education vice-chair Minnie Forte-Brown was recently elected treasurer of the North Carolina School Boards Association. Forte-Brown will serve a one-year term.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

DPS closed for Thanksgiving

Durham Public Schools will be closed Nov. 27-28 for the Thanksgiving Holidays.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate receives Rhodes Scholarship

CHAPEL HILL -- Sarah M. Bufkin of Atlanta, a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received a Rhodes Scholarship.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

School discipline reform a win-win for schools and students

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.

Nov. 17, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Campus briefs, Nov. 18

  • Duke Chapel announces humanitarian awards
  • NCCU history department turns 75
  • Former commander to speak at Duke
  • Duke announces Baldwin Scholars
  • Duke neurologist to direct national consortium
  • NCCU recognized as a military-friendly school
  • Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium project recognized

Nov. 17, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Class notes, Nov. 18

School board meets Thursday

Learn about demonstrated mastery

Saturday Academies scheduled

DPS to hold fall career fair

DSA students treated to concert

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Mar. 30, 2015 @ 09:24 AM

In budget, protecting instruction is top priority

At this time every year, principals and school system administrators start trying to read tea leaves in addition to our regular duties. As educators, we are focused on teaching and learning: how we can accelerate our students’ performance, motivate and engage them and their families, and ensure that every school is supporting them. But we are now in budget season, and we must plan for the coming year knowing our students’ and schools’ needs — but trying to predict the amount of funding available to meet them.

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The flaw in School Performance Grades

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