Daily Announcements–Friday, May 14, 2021


Seniors: If you need any information about senior graduation/grade information please direct them to enroll in our SCS Graduates Canvas page  https://dpsnc.instructure.com/enroll/9NLWYC

Use this weekend to do the supplemental work assignments to bring your grades up. You have about a week before the due date. This is a firm date and cannot be extended. If you have any questions about the assignments, see your teachers in advance.

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The Durham Council of PTAs is pleased to announce the launch of their 2021 scholarship program. In their initial program offering, seven scholarships will be offered to DPS high school seniors. The scholarships are as follows:

College Success Scholarship – Five $250 scholarships to college-bound DPS seniors. Requirements include 2.5 grade point average, essay, PTSA membership (parent/guardian or student). Applications can be completed at bit.ly/DCPTAScholarship.

Foster-Hayes LeadHership Award – Two $1000 scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded to two college-bound DPS seniors who are women of color pursuing STEM in college.  Requirements include 3.0 grade point average, essay, PTSA membership (parent/guardian or student).  Applications can be completed at bit.ly/LeadHershipAward.

The deadline to apply for these opportunities is Sunday, May 23, 2021.

For further information, please contact council scholarship chair, Theresa O’Donnell at dcptascholars@gmail.com.  For information on how to donate to our scholarship fund, please contact Nicole Williams at durhamptacouncil@gmail.com.

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Seniors!!! Catawba College has rolling admissions and is still accepting applications (www.catawba.edu/apply). Test optional is available for those that were not able to take their ACT/SAT or do not want those scores considered.  They have several music degrees to include music business, popular music, and music performance. We are also offering on-campus and virtual visits (www.catawba.edu/visit). Catawba would love to chat with you in whatever way best fits your comfort level!

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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS!!  The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People offers scholarship funds for high school seniors that identify as Black/African American.  Please see the Link in Global Announcements for full details.

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Monday, May 17 will be the last day for FIRE this school year. Teachers please be sure to take attendance.


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ATTENTION SCS FAMILY:  In a word, this past school year has been “DIFFERENT”. . . for all of us, staff and students.  We want to tell our Community, and the world what that difference looked like for us.  We want to do this by leaving a TIMECAPSULE.  Please give this past year some thought and contribute to our TIMECAPSULE by submitting a word, an item or object, a picture or song that really depicts what made the year 2020-2021 “DIFFERENT” for you.  Please look in the GLOBAL ANNOUNCEMENTS for the Link to submit your contributions to our TIMECAPSULE.  Because our life has been virtual our TIMECAPSULE will be virtualand placed on our SCS website for all to see.

SCS Staff and Students please submit to the TIMECAPSULE by Friday, May 21st.  Don’t let this TIME pass you by.

Submission form link: https://tinyurl.com/scstimecapsule

2020 – 2021

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High school students who plan to drive to school next year…the cost for a parking pass is $75.00. Start planning now. You’ll be able to pay for this the week before school starts. You will not be able to park without a parking pass.

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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.

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Registration for Driver’s Education Online will open for students in May 2021.  For students interested in registering for Driver’s Education, please review the information below to reserve a place in the upcoming class.  

Registration Window: Monday, May 17, 2021 at 8am to Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5pm.  (Driver’s Education May Registration Form – form will not be accessible until May 17)

Class Dates: June 14th – June 25th 

Times: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Online 

Fee: $45 by credit card only (students will be given this information on day 1 of class) 

Requirements: Students must be on time and cannot be absent at any time.  Students must be at least 14.5 to 17 years of age to register. 18-year olds are not allowed to register.  Once the student completes their registration, they will receive an email confirmation of their registration for the class after May 21. Students are required to respond to the email to confirm their place in the class. It is important that students enter the correct email address so they may receive their confirmation.   Any questions, please email susan_clements@dpsnc.net   

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The YES KidSMART Summer Series is an enrichment program that helps students develop financial life skills.  The series is for youths grades 6th-12th.  Summer participants will gain practical skills to EARN, SAVE, SPEND, INVEST & DONATE through engaging real-life, project based activities. As members develop critical thinking and goal-setting skills, they’ll engage in enterprising projects to prepare them for personal and professional success. Registration is open now.  This semi-virtual club is for youth grades 6-12 and meets Tuesdays and Thursday weekly beginning June 22 ending August 5, 2021. We will meet each day of a challenge week. While with us, your child will gain investment, social entrepreneurship, leadership and cash flow skills.

360 Activities Include:

Social Entrepreneurial Cash Flow Challenge

Leadership Training

Community Outreach Project

E3 Incentive Challenge and more.

* After you submit your registration, a confirmation email will be sent to you with a link to submit the registration fee. Complete & Submit Media Release to info@yesconsortium.org. Deadline to complete registration is June 14th. 

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Ruth B. Rogers Memorial Scholarship 2020 – 2021 The Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa is seeking applicants for the Ruth B. Rogers Memorial Scholarship for graduating seniors. Alpha Delta Kappa is an honorary sorority for women educators. Each year, we give assistance to one or two high school seniors who have plans for post-secondary education and who are in need of financial aid. Preference will be given to applicants interested in pursuing a career in education. Depending on the applications received, one student from the Durham area will be chosen to receive up to a $1000 scholarship or two students may be chosen to receive smaller scholarships. The criteria includes an ability to work with others, leadership, character, academic aptitude and financial need. Again, preference will be given to applicants interested in pursuing a career in education. 

Here is a link to the application form: https://form.jotform.com/210964891593064 

Students may either mail or email the four required additional items listed at the bottom of the form to me by the May 17, 2021 deadline: Candace Odell, ADK-Alpha Mu Scholarship 2815 Broad Street Durham, NC 27704 Email: Candace_Odell@dpsnc.net If you or students have any questions, please contact me at Candace_Odell@dpsnc.net or at 919.210.2447.

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The Beta Theta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. established the James M. Schooler Sr. African American Male Scholarship to support young men in Durham and Orange County in attending college. The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. James M. Schooler, Sr., who dedicated many years of service to the youth in Durham County as a administrator (Hillside High, Lyon Park Elementary, Whitted Elementary/Junior High, and Shepard Junior High) and was a charter member of the BetaTheta Lambda Chapter in 1938. The application for this $1000.00 scholarship is open to African American males who are planning to enroll in college or university during the 2021 fall semester. To be competitive for the scholarship, applicants must have satisfactory grades, exhibit leadership, and be of high moral character. Personal interviews are required for selected candidates to be considered for the final award decision.

See Ms. Settle’s website for the application and more details.

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The application deadlines for high school seniors to apply to two of our guaranteed admissions pathways,  C-STEP to UNC Chapel Hill, and C3 to NC State are upcoming.The deadline for C-STEP is April 1, and the deadline for C3 is rolling until June 1.  These pathways might be good options for students who worry about college costs or fall just below the admissions criteria for entrance straight from high school but are still strong students.   

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