Class notes

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

JHS students to perform ‘Footloose’
Jordan High School theater students will perform “Footloose” April 3-5 starting at 7 p.m.
For information, see the link on the JHS website at

DPS has record number attending Governor School
Thirty Durham Public Schools students — the largest number in school district history — have been selected to attend the 2014 session of the Governor’s School of North Carolina.
The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted rising high school seniors (and some arts juniors), integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses.
The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
The DPS students selected to attend the 2014 Governor’s School session are:
• Jessica Alvarez-Miller (Durham School of the Arts)
• Emily Burke (DSA)
• Madeline Partner (DSA)
• Bailey Storms (Jordan High School)
• Kylie Verbiest (DSA)
• Jonathan White (DSA)
Choral Music
• Una Healey (Soprano II, DSA)
• Grace Kirkpatrick (Soprano II, DSA)
• Cecelia Tannous-Taylor (Soprano II, DSA)
• Jean Christian Barry (Tenor, DSA)
• Julia Henn (Middle College High School)
• Henry Kistler IV (Jordan)
• Bakari Smith (Hillside High School)
Instrumental Music
• Sydney Curtis (Oboe, DSA)
• Kendall Conder (DSA)
• Zoie Manderico (DSA)
• Michael Spears (Jordan)
• Leah Wuebbens (Riverside High School)
Natural Science
• Ming Lin (Northern High School)
• Minh Nguyen (Clement Early College High School)
• Allasha Roth (Riverside)
Social Science
• Sarah McAdon (Northern)
• Bailey Recktenwald (Riverside)
• Talia Smart (Riverside)
• Zachary Balleisen (Riverside)
• Vivian Cox (Jordan)
• Blake Dunkak (DSA)
• Noah Mlyn (DSA)
• Austin Spero (Riverside)
• Adair Tompkins (DSA)

Fun at Hope Valley
The Hope Valley Elementary School PTA will host Family Fun Fest on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will feature fun activities for the entire family, including games, crafts, cake walk, face painting, a climbing wall, a magic show, performances by the Bouncing Bulldogs, Githens Middle School Band  and Hope Valley’s own Mr. Newton and his band.
Food options will be provided by Bandidos, Loco Pops, Dang Good Dawgs.
Raffle prizes include an American Girl Doll, a basketball signed by the Duke men’s basketball team, restaurant gift certificates and more.
All proceeds from this event will be used to support students and teachers at Hope Valley Elementary School.

Kids to question candidates
Students, voice your views and find out more about the people who want to run your school.
Kids Voting Durham will hold a Youth School Board Candidate Forum on April 10 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Holton Center at 401 N. Driver St.
The forum is entirely youth-led-and-run with students talking in small groups with the candidates for school board.
Students from all grade levels are welcome.
Adult are encouraged to come and listen and learn more about candidates but only the young people get to ask the question at this forum.
A written School Board Candidate guide prepared by youth for youth will be available from Kids Voting Durham next week and students will have the opportunity to voice their vote for candidates in schools that hold elections, at early voting sites at the North and South Regional libraries on April 25 and May 3, online at and at select precincts on Election Day.
Family advocacy
The Parent and Family Advocacy & Support Training (PFAST) and Latino PFAST (LPFAST) workshop series starts today at Holton through the DPS Family Academy. 
Families who go through LPFAST and PFAST this spring will be eligible to participate in a new Parent Leadership Program this fall through a grant.
PFAST and LPFAST help families (parents, guardians, grandparents, foster parents) learn to better navigate our public schools.
Families can also register for LPFAST (SPANISH) online with DPS at
And (English) PFAST online at
The workshop series provides a certificate of completion for finishing four of the six sessions.

Youth employment
Durham youth, ages 16 to 21, looking for employment should make plans to attend an upcoming job fair to meet potential employers and submit their résumés.
The Durham YouthWork Internship Program Job Fair is set for April 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holton Career & Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.
Youth applicants should attend the job fair in business casual attire, bring a black pen and résumés, and come prepared for on-the-spot interviews with potential employers.
Some of the partnering public organizations and private sector companies with job opportunities are the City of Durham's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the General Services Department. Other partners include Durham County Government, Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College, North Carolina Central University, SEEDS, Spring Valley Living, and the Durham Economic Resource Center.
Youth may also submit their applications directly to the city’s Human Resources Department by visiting the department in person on the first floor of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, or by downloading an application at
Applicants should review the job listings and criteria needed to ensure eligibility for each position and submit one application per position.
The deadline to apply is April 17.
The Durham YouthWork Internship Program is also in need of private-sector companies interested in hiring youth. Employers receive free booth space at the event and must reserve their spot by April 8.
For information about the Durham YouthWork Internship Program, visit or contact Employment Program Coordinator James Dickens with the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development at (919) 560-4965, ext. 15217 or by email at

Schools earn honors at Science Olympiad
Several Durham schools earned top honors at the 2014 North Carolina Science Olympiad regional competition March 15 at Duke University.
In the middle school division, the junior varsity winner was Rogers-Herr Middle School with Durham School of the Arts taking second place.
At the varsity level, Durham School of the Arts took first place, with Rogers-Herr placing third.
Both varsity DPS schools will continue to the state tournament April 25-26 at N.C. State University.
In addition, students Peyden Su and Kyland Tate from Lowe’s Grove Middle School and Abby Yuan and Ednan Ochieng from Githens Middle School will compete as individuals at the state level.
In the high school division, the junior varsity winner was Jordan High School.
At the varsity level, Jordan placed first, with DSA coming in second. Both schools will go on to the state competition.
In the March 8 elementary Science Olympiad competition, Morehead Montessori Elementary school took first place in the junior varsity. Easley Elementary’s JV team placed third. Easley Elementary took first place in the varsity competition, with Morehead Montessori and Forest View elementary schools in third and fourth place.
North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina.