Thursday, January 30, 2014

Application Period for Durham Magnet Schools Ends Friday, January 31st

Despite the weather and the snow days for Durham Public Schools (DPS), the deadline for Magnet School applications for all grades and schools remains the same.  All applications are due online by Friday, January 31 at 11:59PM.  There are no exceptions.  Please contact the DPS Office of Student Assignment for any questions about your application or eligibility (919)560-2059.

As always, Durham Cooperative Extension can support parents in the application process. If you have any questions that you want to talk over with someone in regards to choices or application strategy, please call Outreach Coordinator and Parent Advocate, Donna Rewalt at 919-560-0538.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Two Home Builders Association Scholarship Opportunities

1) HBADOC Scholarship Opportunity
 The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties (HBADOC) is now accepting applications for their annual Scholarship Program! If your child is a high school senior who is graduating this spring (2014), encourage them to apply! Winning applicants will receive a $1,000 scholarship and be eligible to apply for our renewal scholarship ($3,000) the following year!

Additional guidelines are included in the application. Students must be planning to enter a field of study related to the home building industry in order to qualify. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kristina Weeks at

Click HERE for a Scholarship Application!

Please mail completed applications to:

20 W. Colony Place
Suite 180
Durham, NC 27705
Attn: Scholarship

The final deadline for applications is Friday, March 7th.  The Scholarship Awards Banquet will take place on Tuesday, April 15th.  

2) NCHBA Scholarship Opportunity

The North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) also offers scholarships for four year college students entering their junior or senior year and technical school students entering their second year who have declared their major in a construction related field.

CLICK HERE for an NCHBA Scholarship Application!

The deadline for the NCHBA scholarship is Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Monday, January 27, 2014

NC Pre-K Application Process Kicks Off on January 27th

The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-olds.  Durham County’s NC Pre-K program is community-based, voluntary, and designed to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten. The NC Pre-K program operates in private class rooms, Durham Public Schools, and Head Start.

Does your child qualify for NC Pre-K?
Your child might qualify to participate in 2014-2015 Durham County NC Pre-K if:
  • Your child is not currently enrolled in a preschool program
  • Your child turns 4 years by Aug. 31, 2014
  • Your child has health concerns or special needs
  • Your family qualifies for financial assistance
  • English is your child's second language
How to Apply
Beginning today, January 27, 2014, you may call 919-314-6820 to set an appointment time between February 3 and April 17, 2014. You may also visit one of the following Durham County Head Start offices beginning February 3, 2014, where a family counselor will assist parents in filling out the application.
  • 215 Seminary St. (across from McDonald’s and the YMCA)
  • 1313 Halley St. (Lyon Park)
  • 908 Liberty St. (Leathers Meacham)
Click here to download the NC Pre-K flyer for more information. En EspaƱol
For more information about financial assistance for child care, contact Child Care Services Association at (919) 403-6950 or contact Durham County Social Services at (919) 560-8360.

Friday, January 24, 2014

FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) 2/22 Event for 4th through 6th Grade Girls--Applications Due January 31

The capstone event of Duke's FEMMES program is a free one-day outreach program introducing young women from Durham (4th through 6th grade) to math, science and engineering.
The goal of FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) is to give girls hands-on experience in fields where women are often greatly under-represented. By using female volunteers and faculty members, FEMMES demonstrates that women can and do excel in these fields. Each faculty volunteer directs a hands-on activity that shows something interesting and fun about their area of expertise. Student volunteers lead groups to the activities and act as mentors for the day to the program’s participants.
The full registration packet for the FEMMES capstone event is due by January 31, 2014. The event will be held this year on Saturday, February 22nd from 8:45 am-4:15 pm on Duke University's West Campus.  This event is for 4th-6th grade Durham girls.

Online English registration form:

Online Spanish registration form:

Please noteWhen you submit the electronic registration form, you must still mail the two legal releases (Legal Release and Lab Participation Agreement).
Please send the releases to the following address:
FEMMES c/o Abigail Larus
Duke University
Box 99838
Durham NC, 27708-9838

7th & 8th grade JUNIOR COUNSELORS 
If your daughter is in the 7th or 8th grade and is interested in becoming a junior counselor for this event, please fill out the following form:

For more information, check out the information on FEMMES capstone event at

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FAN Seminar on February 8th focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Family Advocacy Network (FAN), a program of Mental Health America of the Triangle (MHAT), will sponsor a free Lisa Townsendseminar entitled, "Preparing for Life: What it Means for People Living With An Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)," facilitated by Lisa Townsend with Autism Parenting Solutions on Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:30 to 11:30am at Freedom House Recovery Center (directions at left).
Parents raising children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will learn useful information, including:
  • How to recognize symptoms of ASD
  • What it means to have a co-occurring diagnoses with ASD that might include a mental health issue and how these are treated
  • Understand the impact of the new DSM-V diagnostic criteria
  • When to begin planning for transitions throughout life
  • ...and more!
family of fourA support group for parents of special needs children meets immediately following the seminar, 11:30am to 1:00pm, and is facilitated by Sally Maslansky, MA, MFT. Please email Julie Bailey separately from workshop registration if you plan to attend the parent support group:

Spanish translation of the workshop is also available with advance registration by January 29th. To register for Spanish translation, contact Ana Velasquez, Bilingual Family Advocate, at 919.519.2406 or email

Register Now!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Final DPS Financial Aid Night this Thursday night-- January 16th

There is one more financial aid night hosted by Durham Public Schools.  Please also note the information about help completing the federal FAFSA paperwork for financial aid.

Durham Public Schools Offers Free Financial Aid Nights for
Students and Parents
Durham Public Schools hosted free Financial Aid Nights throughout the district.  This week is the final financial aid night. All high school and middle school students and their parents are invited to attend. Information provided will focus on, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), avoiding too much debt, finding scholarships and grants, saving for college, and more.  Students and parents will learn how and when to apply for federal and state student aid.  

A representative from CFNC and/or DPS will be available to answer questions about financial aid and paying for college.  Additional FAFSA assistance will be available on FAFSA Day, Saturday, February 22, 2014.  For more information about FAFSA Day visit or call toll free 866-866-CFNC.

The Durham Public Schools Financial Aid Nights are as follows:
  • Northern High School on January 16th at 6:30 p.m. (Room V-1)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 11th Seminar on Special Education Law : Navigate Public School Services for Your Special Needs Child

This valuable seminar on special education law, sponsored by FAN--the Family Advocacy Network--takes place on Saturday, January 11th from 9:30-12:30 at Freedom House at 102 New Stateside Drive in Chapel Hill.

It is facilitated by Jane Wettach, Director of the Children's Law Clinic at Duke University Law School.  Professor Wettach is a Clinical Professor of Law at Duke Law School, where she has taught since 1994. In addition to directing the Children's Law Clinic, Professor Wettach teaches Education Law. 

There will be a facilitated parent support group immediately following the seminar,  12:30 to 2:00pm, in one of the private conference rooms at Freedom House. RSVP to attend on the workshop registration form.
This workshop is offered free of charge.  Donations are gratefully accepted to help FAN  offset expenses.  Call 919-942-8083 for more information.

DPS to host Parent Expo for 5th Grade Parents about Middle School

DPS is hosting a Parent Expo - Moving in the Middle on SaturdayJanuary 11, 2014.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn about middle school, including curriculum and classes as well as making the transition.  

There are two sessions:
  • Session 1:  9 a.m.- 11 a.m.
  • Session 2:  noon- 2 p.m. 
The Expo is being held at Rogers-Herr Middle School, 911 West Cornwallis Road. Here is a flyer about the event:

Friday, January 3, 2014

School Choice Workshop for Parents--January 8 and 10--Note Date Change

We’re launching our new school choice workshop in January for any family with kids K-12. We will also cover If are struggling with this or just want to learn how to choose a school for your child, this workshop is for YOU.  If you know other families who would benefit from knowing more, please share this with them.   Dates and registration information follow--please note the date change for the lunchtime session ...             

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School Choice Workshop:
Choosing a School for Your Child K-12

Are YOU….
Overwhelmed by all the school options at Elementary, Middle, or High School?

Wanting to better understand how the DPS magnet school lottery works?

Just wondering how to make the best choice for your child?

This School Choice Workshop is for any parent with a child who wants to explore your K-12 public school options, including charter, and look at how to choose the best school for your child and family.  The Durham Public Schools (DPS) lottery is January 13-31 with many charter applications due around the same time.  Bring your questions and join us for this hands-on workshop to learn:
·        What options are available
·        What to look for in a school
·        How to evaluate schools based on your child’s and your family’s needs
·        Tips for the magnet school lottery

2 Workshops to choose from:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 6:00-8:30PM


Friday, January 10, 2014, 12:00-1:30PM (Note Date Change)
Lunch N Learn—Bring your lunch, Drinks Provided

Durham County Cooperative Extension
721 Foster Street

Registration Requested.

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Donna L. Rewalt  |  Community Outreach
DCo_DC_Cooperative Extension Durham County Center
721 Foster Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
Office (919) 560-0538  |  Mobile (919) 475-3344  |  Fax (919) 560-0530