Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Join City & County Officials for Community Conversations in January and February--Education to be discussed on February 6th.

Durham Sets Community Conversations with Local Elected Officials

Durham residents invited to three community meetings to share input with elected officials on public safety, affordable housing, human services, education & economic development:

During these discussions, residents will be able to address issues and provide feedback directly with Durham City Council Members and Durham County Board of Commissioners on topics ranging from public safety, affordable housing, human services, education, and economic development.

These community conversations will each have a different theme allowing residents to choose the issues they are most passionate about, and to make sure residents feel heard by elected officials as well as staff members from the City, County, and Durham Public Schools. Residents are invited to attend any or all of the meetings.

The meetings are set for:

* Public Safety: Saturday, January 27 at 10 a.m. at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St.

* Affordable Housing, Transportation, and Human Services: Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Complex, 400 East Main St.

* Education and Economic Development: Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at Brogden Middle School, 1001 Leon St.

Representatives from the Durham City Council and Durham County Board of Commissioners will introduce the sessions, followed by presentations from City and County budget staffs on how tax revenues support services throughout the entire community. After the presentations, attendees will go through an interactive session to provide input, generate ideas, and identify priorities in each topic area. Feedback from all sessions will be compiled, analyzed, and shared with the public on both the City and County government websites.

For more information on these upcoming community conversations, visit the City's Budget and Management Services Department webpage<> or call (919) 560-4111, or visit the County's Budget and Management Services Department webpage<> or call (919) 560-0004.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

School Choice Workshop January 9 or 10 / TALLER SOBRE OPCIONES ESCOLARES

Join Us for a School Choice Workshop January 9 or 10
Are you…
Overwhelmed by all the school options for Elementary, Middle, or High School?
Wondering if there is a “best” school for your child?
Interested in a better understanding of the DPS Magnet School lottery application process (January 8—January 31, 2018)?

The School Choice Workshop is for any parent or guardian with a child who wants to explore K-12 public school options, including charter schools. Come learn how to select a school for your child as we discuss:
·        The many school options available
·        What to consider when choosing a school for your child
·        Important information about the DPS magnet school lottery

Attend a workshop on one of the following 2018 dates*:
Tuesday, January 9           6:30-8:00PM (English) childcare available
Tuesday, January 9           6:30-8:00PM (Spanish) childcare available
Wednesday, January 10  12:00-1:30PM (English)
Wednesday, January 10  12:00-1:30PM (Spanish)

All Workshops take place at
Durham County Cooperative Extension
721 Foster Street, Durham NC 27701

*Registration requested
For more information, Contact Donna Rewalt / (919) 560-0538
In Spanish, Contact Angelina Schiavone (919) 578-2818

¿Quisiera usted saber…
Sobre las opciones que existen para sus hijos en cuanto a las escuelas Primarias, Intermedias y Secundarias?
Si existe una “mejor” escuela para su hijo?
Que son las escuelas Especializadas de las Escuelas Públicas de Durham (DPS) (conocidas como escuelas “Magnet”) y como es el proceso de solicitud para estas escuelas?  (Las solicitudes serán del 8 al 31 de enero 2018)

El taller sobre opciones escolares es para cualquier padre o tutor con un niño que quiera explorar las opciones de escuelas públicas para kínder a 12º grado, incluyendo las escuelas públicas alternativas (chárter). Venga y aprenda como elegir una escuela para su hijo. En el taller hablaremos de:

·        Las diferentes escuelas disponibles
·        Que tener en cuenta al seleccionar una escuela para su hijo.
·        Información importante sobre la lotería para ingresar a las escuelas especializadas de DPS

Asista a uno de los talleres en las siguientes fechas del 2018*:
Martes 9 de enero 6:30 a 8:00PM (En inglés y en español con cuidado de niños.)
Miércoles 10 de enero   12:00 a 1:30PM (Disponible en inglés y en español)

Los talleres serán en las oficinas de:
Extensión Cooperativa del Condado de Durham
721 Foster Street

*Por favor regístrese por internet o llamando a Angie Schiavone al 919-578-2818.
Para información en ingles comuníquese con: Donna Rewalt / (919) 560-0538.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

School Choice Workshop hosted by Mocha Moms Sunday December 3rd

Do you find choosing a school for your child a little confusing? 
Do you worry about making the "right" decision? 

Durham's Mocha Moms is hosting a workshop about school choice this Sunday 12/3 at 3:00 at the South Regional Library delivered by Extension's own Donna Rewalt. Learn about the options and insider tips every parent should know. Please click here for more information and to register.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Autism Society to Host Talk on Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans on 11/18

This event is sponsored by the Durham County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina and will be held at Watts Baptist Church: 

Come and Learn:
Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs)
Let’s Learn from the Experts: Dr. Kristin Bell, DPS EC Executive Director and Krista Saunders, DPS EC Director of Special Programs & Behavior Support

November 2017 Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 6:30-8:00 pm
Watts Street Baptist Church

Dr. Bell and Krista Saunders will present to the group about Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) – what are they, when might you need one, and how to get the most out of them.  Please bring your questions

Thursday, September 14, 2017


              721 Foster Street

This Saturday, September 16 all Durham middle and high school students are invited to join Kids Voting Durham and Durham School of the Arts’ Octagon Service Club to create a Candidate Questionnaire for Durham’s City Council and Mayor Candidates.  Youth have the opportunity to voice their opinions about which issues are most important to them and say what they want to know about the candidates and their positions.  The KVD Youth Candidate Guide is sent to all schools and is used by many adults to inform their vote.  Breakfast snacks are provided.  No preparation is necessary and all are welcome, but you can email or call 919-560-7321  if you have questions or want to express interest.
This is a great volunteer activity for youth and a good college resume builder for students looking to dive into the issues most important to youth in the Durham community.

Want to weigh in but can’t make it Saturday?  K-12 students can take Kids Voting 5 minute youth survey on Durham at .

Monday, September 11, 2017

Duke's FEMMES STEM Program for Girls in Grades 4-6 now Accepting Registration

Registration is now open for Duke's FEMMES After-School Programs and their Saturday Program. Female undergraduate volunteers will lead hands-on science, math, and engineering activities for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls from Durham. They have limited space, and can accept registration on a first come, first served basis. You can sign up for only one program. Your student cannot be signed up for both an After-School Program and the Saturday Program.

You can find out more about the FEMMES program at this site: 

If you would like to register your daughter for a FEMMES program, please submit one of the registration forms, linked below:

Registration Link for After-School Program:


Registration Link for Saturday Program:


*** Please submit one form for EACH daughter participating, if you have more than one daughter.

Contact FEMMES with questions at 

FEMMES does need copies of the signed legal release forms. The legal release form is attached below. Along with the submission of the electronic registration form, please email  them a pdf of the signed legal release form by Wednesday September 20.

Like them on Facebook at to receive up-to-date information about FEMMES and other activities and programs throughout the year.

Legal Release Form (English)

Legal Release Form (Spanish)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

STEM Opportunity for Current 8th Grade Students--Duke's Saturday SENSOR Academy

Here's an incredible opportunity for 8th grade students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Duke University is hosting a Saturday SENSOR Academy. Learn more about the program and the requirements to apply:

What? Hands-on education program to encourage careers in
science and engineering by engaging 8th grade underrepresented
minority students in materials science and water quality testing.
Goals? • Introduce students to careers in engineering and
• Teach engineering design by applying sensors to water
quality testing.
• Create network for pursuit of advanced degrees in
science and engineering.
Who? Students entering 8th grade Fall 2017. Instructors from
Duke and NCSU engage students in materials-related engineering
design activities, sensor experiments and mathematics exercises.
When? 12 Saturday sessions (Sep 2017- Apr 2018), plus field trip
to Eno River State Park.
Where? Duke University Campus.

Requirements to Apply:
1) Eligibility – Underrepresented minority, rising 8th graders enrolled in Durham Public Schools.
2) Attendance – Student participants must be available and have transportation to attend Saturday Academy sessions (morning and early afternoon – 13 Saturdays during the 2017-2018 academic year). Transportation to and from Duke will not be provided. In addition, there will be a field trip to the Eno River State Park at the program’s end with transportation provided.
3) Application Submission – Applications are accepted on a continuous basis through September 11, 2017

Visit for more information and an application.