- School Store
New year, new notebook? It’s time to replenish those school supplies for a fresh start this semester. To make sure students are set up for success, have them visit PTSA’s School Store. We’ve stocked it with everything they need (and perhaps a few things they want) to help inspire them to keep up those grades. The School Store is open every morning, from 8:30 to 9:15. Come check it out!
- Advancing 8th Graders
Pssst. 8th grade parents. Don’t panic, but we have something to tell you: Your babies are headed to high school. Well, WE KNOW they just got here, but didn’t we mention middle school goes at warp speed? Next week, soon-to-be Bucs head to Allatoona for a tour. Hoyas will meet in the theater for a presentation of all things Harrison. If you’re zoned for AHS, turn in your permission slip for the field trip!
- Take Out Tuesday @ Five Guys!!
Do you love Five Guys burgers and fries? Do you love Durham Middle School? If you answered yes to either (OR BOTH) of those questions, we’ll see you at Take-Out Tuesday! These effortless fundraisers are the way PTSA is able to host honor roll celebrations (Jan. 26th!), school dances, even help make BIG purchases like the ones for our Media Center. We need you there! All you have to do is tell the cashier you’re from Durham and pick up dinner! You can dine in OR take-out. Parents, if your kids are unimpressed with your tech skills, blow their minds and order Five Guys online!
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!
WE NEED YOU….to have fun!! 😉
Each month, PTSA treats our teachers to a duty-free lunch. Volunteers monitor students in the cafeteria on those days. We are in need of some help between 11am and 1pm. Check out the dates and sign up here. Thank you!
PTSA hosts a dance for each grade every spring and planning is about to begin! If you’d like to be part of organizing and decorating, please email us here ASAP. Include your name, cell number and child’s grade and we’ll be in touch soon.
- Reflections Contest Winners
Congratulations Reflections Winners!
The theme for this year’s PTA Reflections Art Program was “What Is Your Story?” Durham students had a lot to tell! We had twice as many entries as last year, and in every category: Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Musical Composition and Film Production. Our Durham PTSA Reflections Reception was held Friday morning to honor all our artists. First and second place entries will represent our school at the district level of competition… then, hopefully, on to state. We’ll keep you posted on their progress! Thanks to all our creative students who entered. You may see a list of winners by clicking the “Reflections” tab.
- Georgia Parent Survey
We would like your input! All Durham parents are encouraged to please take the state’s Georgia Parent Survey. Click here for survey. These results, combined with our student and staff surveys, inform the School Climate Results of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI). Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public.
- Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
Calling All Readers!
This year, the Durham Media Center is sponsoring a Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team. Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a game format competition between schools, testing students’ knowledge of the books nominated for this year’s Georgia Children’s Book Award. Right now, these books are featured on the bulletin board across from the cafeteria as well as in the media center. If your student likes to read, hang out with others who do, and enjoys trivia, HRRB might be the club for them! HRRB tab will show you the book list. Meetings are every Wednesday at 8am in the media center.
- iCare School Improvement Project Begins
We’re very lucky at Durham to have so many resources available to our students. We’re also very lucky to have parents backing our PTSA who see a need, and fill it. Last year we voted to take on updating technology in our media center. Less than four months later, students were working on new computers and utilizing a giant interactive smartboard. This year, we see another need: iPads. They’re a valuable, convenient way to use technology in the classroom. Many schools, even elementary schools, are using iPad carts. Each wheeled charging cart holds 30 tablets. Durham has none.
Last week, PTSA approved purchasing one iPad cart at a cost of $12,498. Those funds are available thanks to Durham families’ support of PTSA. But we can do better!
How to Help
Those 30 iPads won’t go far with our 1100 students. We need your help to buy more. PTSA is dedicated to “no-sell” fundraising. We do not ask students to sell products to fund PTSA projects. We hope that instead, you will do one of two things:
- Join PTSA during our Fall Membership Drive. Membership does matter! Click below to purchase even a $7 membership and be a part of this important project. The benefits, including free admission to our student dances, will far outweigh your cost.
- If you are already a Durham PTSA member, please make a small donation to this project. Pledge, “iCare about Durham.” Click the button below to donate online, or you may send a check to deposit in the PTSA kiosk across from the media center.
Thank you for always coming through for our kids!
- Chick Fil A Biscuits – Wednesdays!!
Don’t forget, $3 Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits are for sale in the Wildcat Cafe every Wednesday from 8:15 – 9:15am. Proceeds benefit your Durham PTSA!
- Add a Special Birthday Wish!
Make a BIG DEAL out of your student’s special day by putting his or her name on the school sign out front! It’s a great gift all around. Your $25 donation benefits the Durham Foundation! Turn in this form to the front office at least 24 hours before you’d like the name posted