Class Notes

May. 05, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Schools recognized for nutrition
Six DPS schools have been recognized by the Child Nutrition Services Division of the state Department of Public Instruction for achieving the highest standards.
Eno Valley Elementary received an Awards for Excellence plaque, the highest level of recognition.
Five other schools received the next level, Blue Ribbon certificate: Club Boulevard Elementary, Hope Valley Elementary, Morehead Montessori Elementary, Southern High and Y.E. Smith Elementary. The state Awards for Excellence program considers effective nutrition education, marketing and customer service, management, professional development, environmental management and quality food production.

Saturday Academy
The Durham Public Schools has two more Saturday academies scheduled to give additional support and instruction to high school students taking biology, Common Core Math I and English II.
All sessions 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. 
The two remaining dates for the Saturday Academy are May 10 and May 17.
To register for the program, go to
Buses will pick up and drop off students from selected locations around the district. The transportation schedule is on the DPS website for specific pickup/drop-off times and locations.

Ballen to serve as keynote speaker
Dwayne Ballen, the award-winning television journalist who was a sports anchor in the Raleigh-Durham market and who has appeared on CBS Sports, Fox Sports and the ESPN networks, will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute on May 20 in Chapel Hill.
He dedicates much of his time to raising awareness about autism, and his recently published book “Journey with Julian” has drawn praise for its portrayal of family life with Ballen’s oldest son.
For information about the program, go to

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 May 5-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.

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