A school district’s budget is more than a stack of spreadsheets. It’s a statement of our values as school leaders, and our priorities for the children whom we serve.
The 2014-15 budget proposal we presented to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education last Thursday night makes our priority clear: we are making sure that our students and teachers come first. This staff proposal is just a step in the process.
The way Crystal Gordon sees it, she’s got the best of both worlds.
The Clement Early College High School senior has had a mix of traditional-style high school classes while also immersing herself in college-level courses at N.C. Central University.
Q: Are there any school volunteer opportunities coming up toward the end of the school year?
A: You’d better believe it! Toward the end of the school year, each of our schools will need volunteer help in proctoring exams. State policies now require proctors to be present to ensure accountability during high school final exams and all end-of-grade and end-of-course tests. Durham Public Schools needs volunteers to help proctor beginning as early as May 5 at some schools.
Students from Carrboro High, Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High got together on a Saturday to kick butts.
The students took part in Kick Butts Day and other activities at their schools to encourage their peers to not use tobacco products. All of the students are members of their school’s Tobacco Reality Unfiltered clubs.
C.W. Stanford Middle school is one of two in the state designated Schools to Watch for 2014.
The middle school was given the honor by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and recognizes the school’s emphasis on strong academics, sensitivity to young adolescents’ needs and interests and commitment to equal access to a high quality education.
Culbreth Middle School brought home several awards from the 2014 N.C. Theatre Conference Middle School Play Festival.
Led by Terra Hodge, Culbreth’s theater program presented “May the Farce be with You” at the festival March 15.
Last week famed jazz and blues violinist Christian Howes visited Chapel Hill High’s orchestra class. Before 52 students he began a lesson on creativity in music.
“I focus around contemporary music styles and improvisation suing technology to bring the cool factor into string playing,” Howes said.
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.