Class Notes

May. 12, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Teacher wins award
Li Wang, a K-1 teacher in Glenwood Elementary School’s Mandarin dual language program, has won a 2014 Global Educator Award. Wang will be honored as one of the top international education teachers in the state by VIF International Education.
Wang was recognized with a Global Educator Award based on her submission of a comprehensive global lesson plan that illustrates her dedication to promoting global awareness among her students.
Wang, who is from China, has been a teacher for five years and is in her first year at Glenwood.  She incorporates global content into her classroom on a daily basis to encourage student engagement and she regularly shares insights and tips on global learning with other educators.
In its 15th year, VIF’s Global Educator Awards recognize educators who demonstrate outstanding commitment to inspiring students, colleagues and community members to understand the world’s languages, its cultures and the diverse perspectives of all people.

NCSSM student places 2nd in science competition
Tian-Shun A. Jiang, a North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics student, won second place awards at the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force sponsored 52nd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held last month in Washington, D.C.
Jiang competed in the national symposium with a research project on titled “The Radio Number of Grid Graphs.” He was awarded an $8,000 undergraduate, tuition scholarship in the category of physics and theoretical mathematics. 
The National JSHS Program is a tri-service sponsored effort aimed at encouraging and recognizing the next generation of scientific talent. 
The National Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program is administered by the Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit educational organization located in Concord, New Hampshire.

Eno Valley teacher gets donation
The Horace Mann Companies donated $412 to help fund Christina Stone’s project.
Stone, a teacher at Eno Valley Elementary School, will receive three different writing resources for free to help enhance the learning in her classroom.
Altogether, Horace Mann funded $25,000 in projects on May 6 in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week.

DPS needs proctors
Durham Public Schools needs test proctors to help administer state testing for high school students.
State policies now require proctors to be present to ensure accountability and test security during final exams and all end-of-grade and end-of-course exams.
Dates to volunteer are through June 10.
Anyone interested in being a proctor can sign up directly through your school’s testing coordinator (a list will be available soon) or by going to
Be sure to select TEST PROCTOR
Volunteers are required to attend a one-hour training session at school of choice and a background check will be completed during the application process
Contact Regina Nickson, the school districts community engagement liaison, at (919) 560-2082 with questions or concerns.

Saturday Academy
The Durham Public Schools has one more Saturday academy scheduled to give additional support and instruction to high school students taking biology, Common Core Math I and English II.
The final session of the 2014 Spring EOC Saturday Academy will be held at the Durham School of the Arts at 401 North Duke St. from 9 a.m., to noon. 
To register for the program, go to
Buses will pick up and drop off students from selected locations around the district. Please see the transportation schedule on the DPS website for specific pick up/drop off times and locations.