- 6th Grade Dance Permission Slip!
- It’s Box Top Week!
Every little Box Top is worth 10-cents for our school… but only if you turn them in! We know you’ve been clipping. And THANK YOU! Now all you have to do is label that baggie with your student’s name and homeroom, and drop them in the office or a yellow and red collection box found in each hallway. The homeroom in each grade that collects the most Box Tops wins donuts for breakfast. (We know this e-blast may seem very food-centric. But have you seen Wildcats eat?)
- Staff Appreciation Week
Some of the world’s most powerful people work at Durham Middle School. Their influence has a long-term impact, not just on the lives of our children, but on society as a whole. They shape generations, impact minds and make our world a better place. Thank you.
It’s time for the lovefest PTSA loves to plan! This is the week we set aside for students and parents to show our appreciation for teachers and staff. Starting tomorrow, free “Thank You” cards will be available in the School Store. Kids are encouraged to stop by and write a sweet note to a teacher or staff member. Student Council members will help us deliver! Parents, you can send in a note of your own, if you like. Or if there’s a teacher or staff member whose efforts deserve a special thank you, please let us know! We’ll make sure they’re recognized! Don’t forget our administrators and office staff, custodians, cafeteria workers, counselors, and media center staff. It really does take a village to run the best middle school in the world. One of our fave ways to show the love is food, of course. Breakfast will be served Monday, thanks to NorthStar Church. Thursday, our Hospitality Committee will provide appetizers and snacks. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, they’ll host lunch. Parents, if you’re willing to help with food, drinks, set up or clean up, sign up here. We’d like teachers to be able to sit and enjoy a little downtime, so we’re also looking for parents to monitor kids in the cafeteria for a couple hours. Come help say THANK YOU to those who deserve it most!
- 9th Grade Registration/Transition Info
9th Grade Registration: What to do now
First-time high school parent? Relax. Durham’s counselors, teachers and administration are experts at guiding kids into the right classes. Just mark your calendar for your open house/parent night. Talk with your teen about what kind of elective subjects interest them. Keep an eye on your email and watch backpacks for information and paperwork that will go out next month. If you need help, e-mail Dr. Esezobor, AKA “Dr. E,” our (very nice) 8th grade counselor. He’s the man in charge of high school registration and making sure all members of the Class of 2021 are headed in the right direction. No pressure, Dr. E!
Today, student success is driven by not only what they know, but what they can do with it — skills learned by studying science, technology, engineering and math… collectively known as STEM.
Harrison High School has a new STEM program beginning this fall, offering students an opportunity to study a rigorous curriculum in the health sciences field. HHS has had such tremendous response, they’ve reopened the application window through February 10th. Eighth graders, find out more by clicking here.
- Wildcat Science Olympians Rock!!!
BIG win for our Wildcat Science Olympiad team this weekend! They came in THIRD overall, out of 23 teams, at the Dodgen Invitational Tournament! We are so proud! Dr. Alford is definitely going to be rearranging the trophy case for this one. Our team medaled in five events. They took first place in the “Wright Stuff” competition. It involves constructing and testing free-flight rubber-powered monoplanes for maximum time aloft. BTW, they also won awards for building a hovercraft, building and testing a mechanical device using energy from falling mass for transport, and answering interpretive questions using maps and satellite images. (Among other super-smart things we don’t even understand well enough to explain.) Next up, these brilliant minds continue training for regional competition in Forsyth County in March. We’ll keep you posted. GO ‘cats!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!