- Students Needed
State School Superintendent Richard Woods is looking for middle and high school students to serve on his 2017-18 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet periodically with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education. They’ll serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools. Click here to download an application. It is due by September 1st.
- First Fun Friday of the New Year
Durham Middle School 2017, where ALL the Fun Fridays are now ULTIMATE! New Wildcats? How do we explain? Hmmmmm… Fun Friday is sorta like recess. Only bigger. Better. Probably louder. And definitely WAY more FUN. It’s an event for kids who make good behavior choices and are rewarded with time outside with friends. Oh, and legendary snacks are for sale. Fun Fridays are getting a tweak this year, along with Durham’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program. For years, Durham has been a leader in the way our school administrates PBIS, even training other schools in our methods. This year, Dr. Alford is making some changes to make PBIS at Durham even more effective and even more FUN for our kids. She’ll share some of her ideas at each Open House. This Friday, all our students will get to experience an ULTIMATE Fun Friday and see what it’s all about. PTSA will be there with the food and the music… bring a couple bucks and whoop it up, Wildcats!
- Join the PTSA!
If you haven’t joined PTSA yet, do it now! Your student will want to enjoy the benefits of membership all year long. PTSA depends on your support for all the great programs we plan for your kids. The more members we have, the more we can do! We aim for 100% participation from our Durham families. You may join online today.
- Milestone Reports
The spring 2017 Milestone Score Reports will be sent home with students on Thursday, August 10. I will send an additional e-blast to parents tomorrow to remind you to look for these reports in your child’s backpack.
- School-Day Extended 45 Minutes on August 21 Due to Solar Eclipse
Due to the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, the Cobb County School District will delay dismissal of elementary, middle and high school students by 45 minutes. Durham Middle School students will be dismissed at 5:00 PM
The peak time to experience the solar eclipse falls during our regularly scheduled elementary school dismissal time. Since student safety is always our first priority, we will delay dismissal to ensure that neither students nor employees are on the roadways during the time of the eclipse. Subsequently, high schools and middle schools will delay dismissal as well.
To prepare students for this once in a lifetime event, Durham Middle School students and staff will be able to go outside with their classes and view the eclipse with special certified glasses to protect their eyes. These glasses will be provided for all students who have returned a required permission form for viewing. The permission form will be sent home before the eclipse takes place.
Leading up to the eclipse, teachers in every subject area have been asked to design lessons that touch on the eclipse. Students will use this natural phenomenon as a real-world learning opportunity to explore eclipses. If you have questions about classroom activities, please contact your student’s teachers.
For more information regarding the solar eclipse visit the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/sgf/SolarEclipse
- WE NEED YOU!!
We’ve said it before… if you really wanna see the awesome at Durham, you have to be involved. Sign up to volunteer! If you have a day, or only an hour, we need your help! Right now, we’re looking to fill a few committee chair positions. They require no experience, just a willingness to surround yourself with 1100 of the coolest middle schoolers around.
- We need a chair or co-chairs to plan our seventh grade dance. We have willing volunteers to help, we just need someone to lead.
- We also are looking for someone to organize selling Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits on Wednesday mornings.
- We have a great list of Durham PTSA business members. We need someone to put the paperwork in order and continue to lead our efforts in partnering with the Durham business community.
If you’d like to volunteer in any way at Durham this year, let us know! We have a “general volunteer list” of parents (or grandparents!) we contact when we need help with random tasks. (And we are fun. Not scary-type-A-dramatic-pushy-PTA-mom fun. Promise!) Send us an email!