Weekly Message — May 3-7, 2021

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your Weekly Message for the week of May 3, 2021


This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please take a moment this week to let your teachers know how much and why you appreciate them! 


This year we are happy to offer the “Price PromiseAward to graduating seniors.  This award will be granted to seniors who demonstrate participation in extra-curricular activities that apply their education, exhibit good citizenship and/or offer service to others. 

Each day Gryphons are reminded by Ms. Price that “The Learning Never Ends”.  Included in our daily announcements are internships, mentorships, opportunities for participation in seminars, training and exposure to real-life opportunities that offer enhancement to the preparation of those who stand on the verge of entering independent civic life.

In order to receive the “Price Promise” Award, seniors must meet these basic criteria:

  1.  Select an extra-curricular activity such as an internship, community service activity, mentorship or other activity that complements their academic preparation;
  2. Provide documentation to Ms. Neville of their chosen activity that includes contact information of their supervisor, description of activity and duration of activity;
  3. Write a statement that describes the value of the student’s participation in their chosen activity in preparation for their ongoing after graduation.

Those seniors who participate will be recognized at the SCS Graduation Ceremony and will receive a certificate of participation and a graduation gift from SCS.


It is time to pass the torch! The SCS PTSA needs you! On May 12, the PTSA will be holding elections for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Volunteers are needed for the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary positions. Some of our veteran board members are willing to remain on the board as chairs or at-large members to help our PTSA continue to be successful. If you would like to help, please click on the link below for more information on the positions and to place your name on the ballot. Let’s make this upcoming school year the best yet for SCS!

Here is the link for the signup genius for next year’s PTSA board.


The General PTSA meeting will be held May 12 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. We hope you will be able to join us. 


If you did not complete the intent form to participate in End-of-Year testing but would like to do so, please contact the main office. This is your final opportunity to let us know. Testing will be in-person with safety protocols in place. This applies to middle school students grades 6 & 7 for Reading and Math. Middle school students in grade 8 for Reading, Math, and Science. High school students who take EOC courses only. EOC Courses are Math I, Math III, English II, and Biology. For high school students, the EOC counts as 20% of your grade. Middle school students who take high school courses must also take the EOC for that course. 

Please contact me directly if you have any questions. 


For those students enrolled in AP courses, your exams are upcoming. Be on the lookout for emails from Ms. Barnes with details about your exams. 


Ignite! Online Academy will offer flexible summer learning opportunities for students to accelerate their learning.  In addition to the courses offered through our eLearning partners, Ignite will be offering Chemistry, Health & Physical Education, NC Math 2, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Civic and Economics and Word History taught by DPS teachers.  Interested students and/or their families should reach out to their counselor for a contract and more information.  


Graduating seniors, we have scheduled May 7 as our Cap and Gown picture date.  We have the option of personalizing yard signs for graduates and would like to use your cap and gown pictures.  Also, these images may be used during the graduation ceremony that will be held at NCCU on June 2.   If you have not ordered your cap and gown as of today please visit Jostens.com to order – https://tinyurl.com/xm4pjw3s

Remember that the graduation ceremony will be held at NCCU at 5:00 p.m. June 2nd.  The walk-through practice will be held June 1st at 10:00 a.m. at NCCU.  Information will also be kept updated on our SCS Graduates Canvas page as it is made available so make sure you have subscribed to that page. 


In the 2021-2022 school year, Durham Public Schools families will be launching Ignite! Online Academy as a virtual school for grades K-12. Ignite! will be the virtual learning option for the 2021-2022 school year. Ignite! Online Academy will enroll students through the commitment form HERE. Ignite is an excellent option for families who are enthusiastic about online learning, are homeschooling currently, or have already made their decision to enroll in online learning for the 2021-2022 school year! Families that commit through the form would officially move their placement from their base or magnet school to Ignite for the entire 2021-2022 school year. All families who wish to receive virtual learning in the 2021-2022 school year must use the form to sign up for Ignite.  


Public Affairs has shared information with DPS families about registering your student for free COVID-19 Testing conducted by Ottendorf Labs that will be available districtwide. Parents/guardians will need to provide consent for your child to be tested.  Please see the attached flyers (English, Spanish) with more information and the link to provide your consent. The May schedules for students and community testing are posted on our school webpage and attached to the email version of this message. 


Have a good evening  from all of us at SCS where we practice the 4 C’s – Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Community.


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