Middle School ENCORE!
Registration for these programs are required.
To enroll, register online.
Githens & Rogers Herr is currently CLOSED, accepting wait list.
ENCORE! Program Components:
Basics to the Basics of After-school (B2B) B2B allows students to participate in a series of
welcome activities such as ice breakers,
cooperative activities, ENCORE! rules and creating
social contracts. This allows the tone to be set for
students and staff from the beginning to the end
of the program.
Homework Zone: *Homework Assistance
(Certified Teachers from school day)
Character Education: ENCORE! utilizes Character Counts as a framework
based on basic values called The Six Pillars of
Character: trustworthiness, respect,
responibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship by
Josephso Institute. Students engage monthly in
various activities around the Six Character Traits.
STEM Activities: STEM activities occur monthly. These activities
are in-depth and rigorous one day projects that
facilitate learning on a particular topic. These
activities are linked to learning concepts that
take place during the school day.
Physical Sports in After-school: Students will engage in various physical activities
to help with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Teen Initiatives: Students will participate in various team building
anti-bullying and leadership development activities
that will prepare them for a brighter future.
Showtime! Got Talent? Every student has a talent that he/she
would like to demonstrate. Students will work in
groups or by themselves to prepare for
Showtime/Lights, Camera & Action.
Site Planned Activities: Each site will have the opportunity to plan
various activities and schedule resources. All
activities must be indicated on activity schedules
submitted to CE monthly. Each site should
provide an updated schedule if any activities
change periodically after submission of plans.
ENCORE! Bulding Brighter Futures for Our Middle School Students
Support & Partnerships:
Durham County Government: Provides partial funding for this program. It has generously supoorted middle school students and was instrumental in founding this program since 1993.
Citizen Schools: Is a national youth serving agency providing "apprenticeships" to students at Loves Grove and Neal middle school. Students participate in "hands-on" STEM activities where community and business volunteers provide lessons each semester and demonstrate what they learned at their public WOW events.
iScholar (NC State): The iScholar program empowers students to consider how they can substantively contribute to the improvement of the social and physical conditions in which they live. Students collaborate on meaningful projects that speak to issues they have identified within their own communities with the help from teachers, parents, and professional engineers through the concept of achievement motivation.
Junior League of Durham and Orange County: The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties, Inc. is an organization of woman committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effectives action and leadership of trained volunteers. The partnership with ENCORE! centers its focus around empowering young ladies as future leaders by focusing on the whole student. The relevant lessons ranging from slef-esteem and stress management, to healthy living and eating, allow the students to increase awareness, but also implement what they've learned into their lives.
- Cost: Students can join afetrschool by completing a paper application form or register on-line. Cost is $50 per semster or $100 for the full yeasr. See our operating Calendar as we don't operate everyday. Scholarships are available for student at every school - See below for more information.
- Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend as often as possible (preferably everyday) to gain the most for the program. Our research has shown students make the most progress academically and socially and build resilliency against risk factors when they attend regularly and for multiple years in our program. Our minimum attendance policy requires students to attend at least two full days a week or an hour each day of the week. Due to limited space at each program, we want to maximize attendance in the program which is based on our average daily attendance. Students may be dropped from the program to allow other students to attend.
- Buses: Bus transportion is provided from each school program as long as the students are actively participating in ENCORE!and students live within the school's attednance zone. Afterschool bus transportion is a privilege and could be denied if the student conduct becomes an issue. Students leave campus at 5:30pm and will arrive home in under an hour. An afterschool bus stop is created for each student requesting transpotation.
- Snacks: A healthy snack and drink is provided by DPS Child Nutrition Services in the program each day and follow Federal snack guidelines. An alternative snack can be porvided if a special dietary need is requested and communicated with our staff.
- Wait List: A wait list will be formed after a school program exceeds the enrollment capacity. We staff at a 1:15 ration and monitor average daily attendance monthly in order to maximize enrollment. Waitlist are formed on a first come first served basis and does not require payment until your child is accepted into the program. Removing students from a waitlist is a priority for us but at times can be a lengthy wait process due to long lists and staffing.
- Scholarships: Are available to any student with limited means or circumstances. Scholarship forms can be found on our Forms page which describes multiple ways for students to qualify. Scholarship students adhere to the same rules when placed on a waitlist. Exceptions are made in rare emergency situations that involve a child's immediate safety and involve social service agencies.
Before School Programs (6:30-8:30am Daily):
Durham School of the Arts & School for Creative Studies
Community Education is pleased to provide quality and affordable before school programs at Durham School of the Arts and the School for Creative Studies, where learning is fun! Our programs provide families with safe and nurturing place for their children to be actively engaged in enriching activities during the before school hours.
Non-Refundable registration fee $35 (per child)
20 day before school fee (monthly) $85
Before school for 2nd child $80
Before school for 3rd child $40
Complete a registration form
Send the Fee for one 20-day cycle plus $35 registration fee for each child. This registration fee and one cycle payment is not refundable.
Forms & Documents:
More Found on the ENCORE! Forms Page
Meet Our Staff
Alyssa Tatum (Interim Manager), Brogden Middle School
Alyssa Tatum is a Manager with ENCORE! Afterschool program at Brogden Middle School. Prior to her work with ENCORE! Alyssa spent time at Harvard University, where she holds a Communication & Culture Degree, and 6 years working with the inner city youth. Alyssa is no stranger to creativity, spoken words, and hip hop culture. Having spent several years as a creative writing instructor and hip hop instructor, Alyssa has touched the lives of many young people helping them embrace self-expression and helped give understanding of the importance of the hip hop culture as it relates to self-awareness.
Terry Applewhite, Carrington Middle School
Mrs. Terry Applewhite had worked with ENCORE! program for 6 years. She brings to the position 9 years of teaching experience and is currently a Principal Intern. Her background as a CTE teacher has allowed her to as asset to the ENCORE! program for many different capacities.
James Rencher, Neal Middle School
James Rencher is the Afterschool Manager at Neal Middle School. He holds a bachelor's degree from Touro College in New York City and a master's degree in Special Education from Pace University. James Rencher is no stranger to education and leadership. Having spent 10 years as an educator after switching careers where he was a Mortgage Loan Underwriting Manager for over 15 years. James has found that he loves being an eduactor becuase it is very rewarding.
Carma Fuller, Rogers Herr Middle School
De-Idra Moore, Lucas Middle School
Ms. Moore has been working with children for nearly ten years where she has used her credentials in Early Childhood Education to manage her program. She enjoys spending time with her family and has "impromptu" concerts with her niece. She is slso an avid cook. Her dream job would be to own a catering business and someday visit France. She feels she is able to guide children in a positive direction and give that boost of confidence to accomplish whatever a child set's his or her mind to.
Crystal Douglas, Githens Middle School
Ms. Douglas has been working with children of all ages for the past eight years, but her most memorable or rewarding experience was as a "Servant Leader" in a summer camp program called "Freedom Schools"- A Children's Defense Fund initiative. She has a BS degree in Public Education as well as a Master's degree in School Counseling from North Carolina Central University. When Crystal is not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to sing and act. Crystal believes we all have a purpose to share our gifts and talents with the next generation so they can grow to be productive citizens.
Ashlei Walton, Lowes Grove Middle School
Having earned a Bachelor's Degree from North Carolina Central University in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, she has made children her business for the past five years. Ms. Walton has a desire to be a positive role model and wants to make a difference in the lives of youth, someone they can relate to. She enjoys going on random road trips and vacations and haning out with her younger siblings.
Jarome Gripper, Program Specialist
Jarome is the Secondary Program Specialist with Durham Public Schools. In this role, he supervises a team that provides quality afterschool programming with a focus on servicing the whole student. Aspects of servicing the whole student includes positive recreational alternatives, academics, and socioemotional awareness. Combined Jarmone has more that six years of experience both in and out of the classroom with DPS. Prior to working in education he worked in various capacities in the Parks and Recreation Field. Passionate about middle school students and their endless potential, Jarome's fulfillment comes from watching them evolve as students and young adults.