Last week, the state Department of Public Instruction released school performance data for 2012-13. Because this covered the first year of brand new, highly rigorous state standards for what we teach and how we test it, the data lead me to two conclusions: I am encouraged by what our students and teachers accomplished last year, and we have more work to do to support student achievement.
Misa Noda, a medical student at Duke-National University of Singapore, won the Most Outstanding Third Year Clinical Science Research Thesis Award for her work on occupational health in Sri Lanka.
More than 4,500 of Durham’s students voiced their vote for mayor and City Council in Kids Voting Durham Elections during early voting, in schools, and at precincts on Election Day.
Like adults, the young people overwhelmingly re-elected Mayor Bill Bell, giving him 73 percent of their votes, as well as Ward I Council Representative Cora Cole-McFadden who ran unopposed. However, students expressed a different opinion when it came to City Council Ward II and III where they favored Omar Beasley (65 percent) over opponent Eddie Davis (35 percent) and challenger Pam Karriker (64 percent) over incumbent Don Moffitt (36 percent).
Students at Brogden Middle School will learn to lead under a new program based on Stephen Covey’s bestseller, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
The school held a kickoff celebration and pep rally Monday for the program titled “The Leader in Me” in the school’s gymnasium.
On Oct. 19, a team of Riverside High School Engineers competed, for the first time, in the 3rd Annual Creative Food Drive held at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. The team included JC Castillo, Gillian Wensell, Corey Hillman, Ben Bartnik, John Kish, Miles Burroughs, Victor Chi, Hannah Glisson and Harry Schrickx. The student team primarily consisted of freshmen engineering students supervised by a contingent of upper classmen.
Duke University School of Nursing was named the second best graduate nursing program in the country by GraduatePrograms.com, a graduate program guide for students, by students. The ranking was announced in the fall 2013 edition of “Top Grad Nursing Programs” and is the first of its kind. More than 40,000 current or recently graduated students evaluated more than 1,300 graduate schools nationwide. The University of Pittsburgh was ranked the No. 1 nursing program.
After having already given so much for their country, members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team gave infield outs, a few bases and lots of inspiration Sunday.
While she wasn’t always certain education would be her field, that’s where Amy Rickard ultimately found her calling.
“I think I fought it for a while,” she said. “My mom was involved in education but I think I made that choice while I was in undergrad to go into education.”
All children in Durham Public Schools, without exception, deserve an education that will prepare them for the future: college, career and life. Our teachers, principals and administrators understand and accept our responsibility for keeping every child engaged. Learning must never stop, even when circumstances are difficult.
Three NCSSM students advance in Siemens
Hillside student to compete in Distinguished Young Women program
Want to experience something h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s? Then come to Durham Academy's production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
- Duke University School of Medicine has established a new center for dermatological research named for the late Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, who led the division of dermatology in the 1980s and ’90s and paved the way for its expansion to departmental status. As a researcher, Pinnell shed important light on subjects including genetic diseases, the biology of collagen, and the processes by which exposure to the sun causes accelerated aging of the skin. A pioneer in the discovery and development of topical antioxidants to prevent and repair such damage, he was a founding scientist and chief medical adviser for science-based skin care company SkinCeuticals.
Dr. James Abbruzzese, a leading expert in the clinical study and treatment of pancreatic cancer, has been named chief of the Division of Medical Oncology and associate director for clinical research at the Duke Cancer Institute.