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Principal Update 10/23

Good evening Githens Raiders!  This is Dr. Lanier with a brief message for the week!  Please listen carefully to all details!

A reminder that Monday, October 24, is an early release day.  Scholars will be dismissed from school at 1:20.  Please communicate your afternoon transportation plan with your scholar.  Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 8, are teacher workdays.  There is no school for scholars. 

Our annual fundraising campaign, Give to Githens, will be kicking off on Monday, October 31st. Last year, we exceeded our $10,000 goal and are hoping to raise even more this year!  Be on the lookout for more information in the coming week.  If anyone is interested in serving as a "Matching Donor" (whether as a sponsor or anonymous), please reach out to Laura Dubois at

The Githens Middle School PTA is having a fundraiser at City Barbeque Durham on Thursday, November 3rd!  Order online or head on over to show your support and enjoy some BBQ.  The PTA will get 20% of sales from everyone who shares this post or uses our fundraiser code, FundA when they order at or in the City BBQ app!

A reminder that picture day for all scholars will be held on Wednesday, November 2.  The make up date for any scholars who are absent on the 2nd is Thursday, January 19.  Please note, for every package sold, Strawbridge Studios will donate $5.00 to Githens.  We will send out information on how to purchase pictures as the date approaches.

A reminder that The Encore! afterschool program still has space to serve students.  The program operates Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm at Githens.  The program is open to all scholars for a small fee or you may choose to take advantage of a “free” scholarship.  This semester, scholars can get assistance with their homework from teachers, have access to robotics & STEM programming in addition to participating in fun, recreational activities.  The program provides a daily snack and bus transportation is available if you live in the school’s transportation zone.  For more information, go to or call the Community Education office at (919) 560-9488.

The Raiders sports schedule for the week is as follows:

Wednesday, October 26 – Football and Cheerleading versus Lowe’s Grove at Githens and Tennis will compete against Carrington at Jordan High School

Thursday, October 27 - Boys Soccer, Volleyball, and Cross Country versus Brogden at Githens

Game time is 4:45.

All sports ticket sales will be virtual this year through “ticket spicket” and are required for entry.  Please use the link provided in the email that accompanies this phone message to follow the steps necessary to purchase tickets.  We also encourage all who can to join the Githens Athletics Booster by using the link provided in the email that accompanies this phone message.  For further information regarding athletics or specific teams, please email either Ms. Stackhouse, Athletic Director, or the coaches.

A reminder that fall sports pictures will be taken on October 25.  The link to order pictures is included in the email that accompanies this phone message.

PowerSchool Parent Portal is the official source of student grade information and a convenient way for you to update your most current contact information.  DPS has created step by step instructions, as well as video instructions, on how to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Use the link ( provided in the email that accompanies this voice message to navigate the setup process.  

That’s all for now.  Have a great week.

Fall Sports Pictures

PTA Membership:

PTA Volunteer:

Ticket Spicket: 

Githens Athletic Booster Club Sign Up:

Fall Athletic Information:

Scholars will meet at the following locations once dismissal is complete:

Boys Soccer – Mr. McElroy (7th grade hall; B3) – Head Coach McElroy

Football – Dr. Murrill (7th grade hall; B5) – Head Coach Dr. Murrill

Cheerleading – Mr. Phillips (8th grade hall; A8) – Head Coach Ms. Huger

Volleyball – Mrs. Stackhouse (8th grade hall; A7) – Head Coach Ms. McMillan

Tennis – Mrs. Stackhouse (8th grade hall; A7) – Head Coach Mrs. Shinn

Cross Country – Mr. Fields (8th grade hall; A4) – Head Coaches Mr. Fields & Mrs. Melvin

Parent Resources Folder:

DPS Bus Transportation Information:

PowerSchool Parent Portal:

Lunch Application:

DPS Online School Payments/Lunch Account: