Students come first in Durham Public Schools. That applies to their safety as well as their academic success. The heavy snows and traffic jams Durham County experienced Feb. 12 made for a challenging afternoon commute, and some of our buses were caught in that. DPS employees, however, made a total team effort to ensure every child’s safety.
When severe weather threatens, our transportation and operations staff is glued to the National Weather Service’s twice-daily briefings as well as local forecasts. We use multiple sources to make the best decision we can with the information we have. We have to consider high school students and employees who drive themselves as well as our bus riders.
Wanda Fleming Lester has been named interim dean of the N.C. Central University School of Business and began serving in that NCCU role Feb. 17. She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, Lester served as vice provost for academic affairs and undergraduate programs at N.C. A&T State University. NCCU will form a search committee and start a national search for the next business school dean.
Northern High School senior Bianca Decatur doesn’t see herself as one of the high-achieving “Alpha Girls” profiled in Dan Kindlon’s book of that name.
But the 17-year-old’s accomplishments to date say otherwise.
Decatur has a 5.0 grade-point average and is a virtual lock to be valedictorian of Northern’s 2014 graduating class.
State Attorney General Roy Cooper gave local students some insight on the details of his job with a visit to Chapel Hill High School earlier this month.
Talking to students in the high school’s honors civics and Advanced Placement U.S. government classes, Cooper discussed several topics, including the expansion of the state’s DNA database, fighting child pornography, and increasing school safety.
It’s the year of the playground at Hillsborough Elementary.
Designated as such by the Hillsborough Elementary School PTA, the school’s modest playground is just weeks and dollars away from a brand-new, age-appropriate play area.
“It’s not your traditional playground,” said playground committee co-chair Bessie Mbadugha-Keiper. “It’s really fitness-oriented.”
Last month, we (re-)introduced you to two longtime Durham Public Schools administrators who are now leading the district, Interim Superintendent Hugh Osteen and Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman. This month, we would like you to get to know the district leaders responsible for directly supporting our schools and principals, our three area superintendents.
Each area superintendent provides instructional leadership and support to principals based on grade level. The area superintendents review academic data, visit schools and foster collaboration between principals to provide consistent, high-quality service to our students across DPS. They constantly work to support principals with district resources, and also are available to hear parents’ concerns.
Surojit “Surge” Biswas, a May 2013 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, has received a 2014-2015 Churchill Scholarship, valued at $62,000, for graduate work at the University of Cambridge in England. He is one of 14 candidates chosen nationwide for the one-year award by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, which was established in 1959. Biswas also is the 15th Churchill Scholar from Carolina since the first Churchill Scholarships were awarded in 1963, and is now one of 479 Churchill Scholars.
With step-by-step instructions, anything is possible, including making dresses out of pillowcases.
So far 49 dresses have been made by Jennifer Marquis’ students at Phillips Middle School for the nonprofit organization Little Dresses for Africa. The pilot class of a larger program, the family and consumer sciences students have set the bar high.