Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Some DPS School Tours still going on tonight through 1/29--Application deadline on Friday!

Just a reminder to families that the DPS Magnet and pathway application deadline is this Friday. There are still some schools, both Magnet and Base Schools that are having tours Tuesday through Thursday this week.  Magnet applications are due on January 30 at 5:00pm.  All applications are done online.  There are NO late applications accepted.

Click for School Tours List

Please call the DPS office of student assignment if you need help or have questions about what school you are districted for or if you have any eligibility questions.

Applications and Lottery Information

Office of Student Assignment


Marlon Watson
Director of Transportation Services

Magnet Info

Margaret Henderson
Director of Magnet Programs

Mary Griffith
Magnet Recruitment Specialist

Also, Donna Rewalt,  Outreach Coordinator and Parent Advocate at Cooperative Extension would be happy to talk with you to help you clarify your choices or provide some quick lottery tips.  Call her at 919-560-0538 or by email at drewalt@dconc.gov 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Duke Hospital Summer Junior Volunteer program--Online interview signups on January 30

If you have teenage children or young friends ages 15-18 who may be interested in applying for the Duke Hospital Summer Junior Volunteer program, the online interview sign-ups go live online at the Volunteer Services website on January 30, 2015.  They place the interview sign-ups online at the same time each year, and the interview slots usually fill within 24 hours.

The program normally receives about 450 inquiries for just 110 program slots. Students must be at least 15 years of age by the beginning of the program, which runs from June 8-August 7, 2015. Students also may not have graduated from high school as the program is for current students. Homeschooled students are also welcome to apply.

For more information, contact... 
(919) 681-6088

Note:  We did not receive this information with the exact website link.  This is what we found for Volunteer Services  http://www.dukemedicine.org/patients-and-visitors/hospital-information/volunteer-services.  We will update this post if we learn more information.  If you are interested.  We would recommend contacting the program manager directly.

Durham Students (Grades 7,8 and 9) can see the movie Selma for FREE!

 Several member of the African-American business community in the Research Triangle have contributed funds to enable middle and high school students to experience the critically acclaimed film, "SELMA" for free at participating theaters while supplies last. 

Any Seventh, Eighth or Ninth grade students wishing to take part in this special experience need only to present a valid student ID or a report card at any of the participating local theaters across the Research Triangle, beginning Wednesday, January 21st and continuing while tickets last.  Twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) has been raised to send at least 2,000 interested students to the important film.

The four participating theaters in the Research Triangle Area are:

  • AMC Southpoint, Durham
  • Regal Movies@Timberlyne, Chapel Hill
  • Regal Crossroads, Cary
  • Regal North Hills Stadium, Raleigh

This project was inspired by the very successful effort of 27 African-American business leaders in New York City to send 27,000 middle school students to see the movie Selma. The response has been overwhelming with over 60,000 NYC students responding to the offer of 27,000 free tickets.

Due to the generous contributions by so many of the country's most prominent African-American business leaders in over 25 cities including Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Atlanta, more than 275,000 middle and high school students across the U.S. will experience this special film for free at participating theaters.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Registration by January 16 for FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) Program at Duke--Girls in grades 4, 5, and 6!

Registration is now open for the FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) Program, a six week Saturday Program on Duke's campus from 2:15-3:30. Female undergraduate volunteers will lead hands-on science, math, and engineering activities for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls from Durham. There is limited space and registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. When you submit your daughter's registration packet, they ask that you send an email to notify us that you have done so. The program will take place on 1/24, 1/31, 2/14, 3/21, 4/11, and 4/18.

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

FEMMES needs physical copies of the signed legal release forms. Along with the submission of the electronic registration form,return a physical copy of the legal release form to this mailing address by Friday, January 16th.

FEMMES c/o Suqi Huang
Duke University
Box 95211
Durham NC, 27708-9838

ALSO, mark your calendar for FEMMES annual Capstone Day! FEMMES Capstone is a free program for 4th-6th grade students that will be taking place on February 21, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The day includes a keynote speaker who explains her role in her particular STEM field and the path that led her to that role, followed by two morning activities, lunch, two afternoon activities, and closing remarks. Each hands-on activity is designed and led by female faculty members, female graduate students, and STEM undergraduate female organizations. Participants are placed in groups of 12-15 girls led by two undergraduate or graduate student volunteers who guide the participants through four different activities held in the engineering, science, math, and laboratory buildings at Duke. They will be sending out more information about signing up to register for the Capstone Day within the next two weeks.

Like FEMMES on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/femmesatduke to receive up-to-date information about FEMMES and other activities and programs throughout the year!

For questions, contact:

Elisa Berson and Janvi Shah
FEMMES Program Directors
Elisa Berson <elisa.berson@gmail.com>, Janvi Shah <shah.janvi@gmail.com>


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

DPS Kindergarten Welcome Nights(Noches de bienvenida de kindergarten) January 15 OR January 22

Kindergarten Welcome Nights(Noches de bienvenida de kindergarten)

For Pre-K- K Parents
Presenter:  Durham Public Schools
Languages:  English and Spanish
Description: Parents will be provided with information about kindergarten registration and have an opportunity to ask questions about Kindergarten in Durham Public Schools from knowledgeable staff.

Público objetivo: Padres de pre-kinder y kindergarten
Presentador: Escuelas Públicas de Durham
Se proporcionará a los padres información acerca de la inscripción en kindergarten.
Price: $0.00
Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 7:30 pm
Date: January 15, 2015  OR January 22, 2015 
DPS Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Road
Durham, North Carolina
Map and Directions

Registration Details

For January 15, register online

For January 22, Register online

OR Call 
DPS Family Academy Office
Phone: (919) 287-4194, ext. 30319 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Advocating for Your Gifted Child Workshop, January 8th, DPS Family Academy

Advocating for Your Gifted Child Workshop

When:  Thursday, January 8, 2014, 6:00-8:00PM

Where: DPS Family Academy, Brogden Middle School, 1001 Leon Street

What:  This popular workshop equips parents with practical ideas and suggestions about how to effectively advocate for gifted children and advanced learners. Learn about local and state policies and resources to support advanced students.  Ask better questions and find ways to address common parent-school communication challenges.  The session will help you build stronger collaborative partnerships with your school and teachers to support your advanced learner and help your child meet their potential.   

Who should Attend?
Parents, Guardians, Grandparents, Foster Parents, and others Grades K-12 in public schools, including charter schools.  Your child does not have to have been identified as gifted to attend.  Parents who are interested in gifted identification would benefit as well.

How to register: 
        1) Register online through DPS Family Academy at:

         2) Register by calling DPS Family Academy at:

3) Register by calling or emailing Donna Rewalt at 919-560-0538 or drewalt@dconc.gov .  Please contact Donna with any questions about the class content.