Class Notes

Dec. 09, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

DPS adds additional meeting on suspensions
Durham Public Schools has added an additional “Community Conversation on Suspension” to its original lineup of three.
The fourth conversation will be held Dec. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St.
DPS has held two of the community conversations, one at its Staff Development Center and the other at Northern High School.
The third “Community Conversation on Suspension” will be held today at from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, 800 Clayton Road.
The goal of the conversations is to allow parents, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, local businesses, government officials, higher education, housing communities and DPS employees find common solutions that will lead to better outcomes for all students.
To register for the remaining “Community Conversation on Suspension,” go to

VFW honors Fayetteville Street teacher
Ashley Burke, a third-grade teacher at Fayetteville Street Elementary School has received the local VFW chapter’s Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Award.
The award is given to teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism.
Burke was presented with a check for $1,000 in a surprise ceremony Monday.

Restaurant to donate 10% of sales to DPS
Zinburger, a new restaurant at Southpoint Mall that is holding its grand opening today, will donate 10 percent of its sales Dec. 10-13 to the Durham Public Schools Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports high school seniors in the public school system. 

Entrepreneur award accepting applications
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur program is accepting applications for the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards through the end of the day on Dec. 18.
The NFIB offers non-renewable scholarships that recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative with college scholarships of between $1,000 and $10,000. 
Applicants for the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards must be graduating high school seniors who are entering their freshman year at an accredited two- or four-year university, college or vocational institute in the fall of 2014.
They must also demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and initiative through having established a business of their own.
The program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America.
Here is what students need to know:
-- The independent selection committee will review all applications and select semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be notified by mid-January.
-- Semi-finalists must be interviewed by an NFIB member, who will be assigned to each semi-finalist.
-- The award recipients are selected by an independent scholarship organization.
-- Scholarships are merit-based, not based on financial need.
For information about the YEF scholarship program and past recipients, go to

Cresset theater program honored
Cresset Christian Academy was recently honored at the 2013 North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival held at Union Pines High School.
The theater program, led by F. Ron Zedick presented “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the festival held Nov. 8-9, and was presented with the following award(s):
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – Rating: Excellent
Excellence in Solo Musical Performances, Excellence in Student Design & Production – Jose Quinones, technical direction/electrician.