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Principal Update 11/1

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

A reminder that Tuesday, November 8, Election Day, is a teacher workday.  Friday, November 11, is Veteran’s Day.  There is no school for scholars. 

Report cards are now available to view in PowerSchool parent portal.  Scholars will receive a hard copy of report cards during their core one class tomorrow morning.  For questions regarding grades or to schedule a parent conference, email either the classroom teacher or team leader.

Calling all realtors!  You are invited to breakfast with the Githens Instructional Leadership Team and the Pride Ambassadors to learn why your clients should choose Durham Public Schools, specifically, Githens Middle School.  The event will be held on Monday, November 7, at 10:00 in the media center.  Please call the main office at (919) 560-3966 to RSVP!  Parents, if you know any realtors, please spread the word and put this message on all of your social media!

A reminder that picture day for all scholars will be held tomorrow.  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.  Information regarding the price of packages will be given to scholars tomorrow.

Our annual fundraising campaign, Give to Githens, kicked into full gear on Monday!  Last year, we exceeded our $10,000 goal and are hoping to raise even more this year!  Flyers with information on the campaign, including information on how to donate and a QR Code, are located in the parent resources folder.  A link to the folder is included in the email that accompanies this phone message.  If anyone is interested in serving as a "Matching Donor" (whether as a sponsor or anonymous), please reach out to Laura Dubois at

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.

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.

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PTA Membership:

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Ticket Spicket:

Githens Athletic Booster Club Sign Up:

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Lunch Application:

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