For seniors graduating from Durham Public Schools and their families, this week’s commencement ceremonies will be truly special. In this month’s Q&A column, we have some information about how to navigate the ceremonies — there are important security-related changes this year. We also have helpful tips for the high school students who will still be with us next year and are planning to take Advanced Placement courses.
On May 22, 204 seniors at our smaller specialty high schools — Clement Early College, City of Medicine Academy and Middle College — crossed the stage, shook our hands and took their first steps as high school graduates. By the end of the day on June 12, the total of Durham Public Schools graduates will swell to nearly 2,100 – 2,100 young adults ready for whatever comes next, a career, college, maybe the military. They will be ready to make their mark on the world.
And did we mention they bring with them some $29 million in scholarships?
Southern School of Engineering junior Xavier Smith exudes positivity, and folks have noticed.
Smith has become a leader, giving back to his community through cleaning lawns, picking up trash wherever he sees it, helping those in need and sharing with peers the importance of staying positive and giving back.
Last month, the children in Christenberry Community Center's after-school program were winners in a variety of Olympic-themed challenges.
Their award? Hopefully, a longer lifespan.
Marion E. Broome, dean of Indiana University's School of Nursing, on Aug. 1 will join Duke University in that capacity.
She'll succeed Catherine Gilliss, who announced in September that she was retiring as dean after 10 years.
What are your questions about Durham Public Schools? Email them to PICE@dpsnc.net and the Office of Public Information and Community Engagement will connect you to the experts.
But first, a reminder: We are still looking for volunteer support in proctoring year-end exams in our elementary, middle and high schools. Your presence in the classroom during exams helps not only our teachers, but our students too. You can volunteer directly through your school’s volunteer coordinator or sign up online through the DPS website. Go to www.dpsnc.net/community/get-involved and click on “Register to Volunteer” to submit an application. Make sure you select “Test Proctor” as one of the activities that interests you. Once you have cleared a standard volunteer background check a school representative will offer you a volunteer assignment. Our schools would appreciate your help!
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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.