Class Notes

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Saturday academies slated
DURHAM -- The Durham Public Schools has scheduled four Saturday academies 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 dates for the Saturday Academy are April 26, May 3, 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. Please see the transportation schedule on the DPS website for specific pick up/drop off times and locations.

SAVE Summit at NC State
RALEIGH -- Students Against Violence Everywhere, or SAVE, a national nonprofit headquartered in Raleigh that will host its 14th SAVE Summit April 12 at N.C. State University in Raleigh.
More than 250 attendees are expected, including SAVE participants, students, teachers, law enforcement, dropout prevention coordinators, social workers, counselors and parents.
Through workshops, peer-to-peer presentations and nationally acclaimed speakers, the summit will showcase successful practices in preventing violence and train participants in effective ways to make their schools and communities safer.
As part of its 25th anniversary, SAVE is asking 25,000 people to donate $1 each so the organization can establish student chapters in at least 125 schools.
Several Durham schools host SAVE chapters.
For information on SAVE, visit To donate, visit

Kids to question candidates
DURHAM -- 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 Thursday from 6:30 to 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.

Middle College teacher wins national science award
DURHAM -- Lori Khan, a science teacher at Middle College High School, has been named one of six regional winners for 2013-14 of the Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Science Teachers Association.
Khan, who also recently earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, was honored for exemplifying excellence and innovation in the field of science education.
She will present at the NCSTA National Congress on Science Education this summer in Washington, D.C.

Easley exceptional children’s teacher wins award
DURHAM -- Deanna St. John, who teaches the multiple disabilities class at Easley Elementary, has won the nonprofit organization New Voices’s 2014 Lara Jane Parker award for individuals who directly serve children with severe communication and mobility disabilities in the Durham, Chatham, Orange, Wake and Chapel Hill-Carrboro school districts.
St. John teaches in a self-contained classroom with K-5 children of varying diagnoses.
St. John will receive her award on April 24 at UNC’s Friday Center.

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