CLASS NOTES

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 03:27 PM

DPS teachers get certified
DURHAM – Durham Public Schools announced on Friday that 25 teachers just received their National Board Certification, while another 12 renewed their certification. This advanced teaching credential, good for 10 years, complements a teaching license.
Newly certified teachers include: Ashley Altman, Lisa Barnes, Connie Bethea, Amanda Brinkley, Luann Bryan, Amy Buchanan, Bryan Christopher, Paula Cook, Erin Dawson, Janice Fahey-Flynn, Heather Fuller, Sarah Gonsalves, Mika Hunter-Martin, Charlene Klein, Kathryn McCullen, Mariama Moody, Christina Morgan, Margaret Normann, Carolyn Norris, Shannon Ooten, Karen Satterwhite, Debora Surbrook, Sharon Thomas, Michael Throop and Christian Wright.
Teachers who renewed their certification include: Auburn Body, Bryon Booher, Amber Ann Cline, Jeanette Foote, Samuel Fuerst, Judy M. Hilliard, Donald Jones, Wanda Jones, Teresa Lioi Del Dotto, Steven Mayhew, Kelly McGinty Hallmets and Elizabeth Wintermute.
Book drive beats goal for Partnership for Children
DURHAM – Customers of the Barnes & Noble at Streets at Southpoint helped Durham’s Partnership for Children surpass its goal for a book drive that ran Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. The drive yielded 3,200 new books for children in Durham County. They had been shooting for a goal of 3,000. The partnership distributed books to more than 17 community agencies, including Durham Connects, Early Head Start and Welcome Baby.
CIS of Durham receives $20,000 Verizon grant
DURHAM – The Verizon Foundation last week presented a $20,000 check to Communities in Schools of Durham for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives.
Students also got to visit the STEM Bus at Performance Learning Center. The STEM Bus, operated by the N.C. Community Colleges and BioNetwork, features activities related to technical careers in manufacturing, aerospace, health care and green technologies.
Funds from the grant will be used to increase student exposure to STEM-related careers, internship opportunities, experimental science labs and academic supports.
Supper honors Martin Luther King Jr.
CHAPEL HILL – Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute, Minority Student Achievement Network, North Carolina Outward Bound UNITY clubs and Organizing Against Racism are sponsoring a support in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. Magda Parvey, assistant superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, will be guest speaker. Students from diverse backgrounds are invited to attend the meal at United Church of Christ at 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Ten Phillips Middle students place at band competition
CHAPEL HILL – Ten students from Phillips Middle School placed at the Central District Bandmasters Association Auditions held Jan. 5 at East Cary Middle School. The competition drew about 1,800 band students from central North Carolina to fill 120 chairs.
Students who earned spots in the symphonic band included: Justin Takamiya, 3rd chair clarinet; Alexis Drake, 5th chair clarinet; Diane Youngstrom, 17th chair clarinet; Sam Zhang, 3rd chair trombone; Tucker Owens, 1st chair euphonium; and Austin Burnett, 4th chair euphonium.
Students who placed in the concert band included: Maddie Fowler, 3rd chair flute; Ryan Armstrong, 2nd chair alto saxophone; Ari Gulisano, 3rd chair French horn; and Owen Bonertz, 3rd chair tuba.
All 10 students will participate in band clinics Feb. 1-2 at Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville, with a culminating concert on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m.
Four students also scored high enough to be eligible for North Carolina Honors Band Auditions: Justin Takamiya, Alexis Drake, Sam Zhang and Tucker Owens. They’ll compete against other top-ranked middle school students on March 9 at Brown Middle School in High Point.
Nominations sought for Teaching Chair Awards

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation seeks nominations for two awards of $1,000.
Two Teaching Chair awards are slated this year: the Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation and the Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Language Arts.
Colleagues, parents, students and community members may nominate, but are asked to comment on at least one of three criteria: how the nominee ignites enthusiasm for learning, how the nominee creates an exceptional learning environment for all students and how the nominee is a role model.
Submit nominates to the PSF via the awards Web page at publicschoolfoundation.org. Printed forms should also be available at the front office of each school. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 31.
For information, contact Judy Jones at awardspsf@gmail.com.
Holocaust essay contest entries due in February
DURHAM – The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation is sponsoring a Holocaust essay contest that’s intended to make high school students, regardless of heritage, think about those events and what implications they have for the world today and in their own lives.
The contest is made possible by the Penny Daum Aldrich Endowment Fund for Holocaust Remembrance of the Jewish Community Foundation of Durham-Chapel Hill.
Students can research an individual from the Holocaust, examine a specific location, explore a specific event or compare an event during the Holocaust to a current event.
First and second prizes will be awarded, with $250 and $125 respectively. Essays should be no longer than 1,200 words. Entries must be sent no later than Feb. 15, 2013. Email entries to sam@shalmdch.org or mail to Holocaust Essay Contest c/o Sam Norton, 1937 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham, NC 27705.
For information, call 919-354-4953 or email essaycontest@shalomdch.org.
New learning challenge launched for Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh
The new Belk Service Learning Challenge, a collaboration of Belk, Discovery Education and the International Society for Technology in Education, encourages middle students to improve communities by taking on service-learning projects.
The challenge is open to all middle school students within 50 miles of Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Students work in teams of two to four with a teacher/mentor and identify a community issue, research, create an action plan, implement the plan and reflect on their service by submitting an electronic portfolio that tells their story.
Entries are due by March 14, 2013. Grand prize for the top team is a $1,000 scholarship per student team member and a $250 teacher award. Second place gets $500 scholarships and a $100 teacher award.
For information, visit belkservicelearningchallenge.com.

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