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Principal Update 7/28

Good afternoon Githens Raiders!  This is Dr. Lanier with important information regarding transportation, lunch, and social media!  Please listen carefully to all details!

If you are receiving calls from Githens and your scholar is attending another school, public, private, or charter, your information will not be removed from PowerSchool until Githens receives a records request from the receiving school or you as the parent provide documentation of your scholar being enrolled at another school.  I, as the Principal, cannot remove you from this automated system.  Please send this information to Luisa Naranjo, Data Manager, at

Breakfast will continue to be free for all scholars this year.  However, school lunch prices have increased just a bit. Full-price lunch for students is now $3.75 and reduced-price lunch is $0.40. You can apply for free or reduced lunch using the link provided in the email that accompanies this phone message.  

If you are still in need of bus transportation for the upcoming school year, please use PowerSchool Parent Portal and click “yes” for morning and afternoon transportation.  Durham Public Schools is asking all parents to complete this task by August 8 to guarantee bus transportation on the first day of school.  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 to navigate the set up process.  We are encouraging all parents to sign up as this tool will assist you in knowing what assignments your scholars need to complete as you navigate the school year, as well as, view Progress Reports and Report Cards.    

A reminder that Ms. Shlisa Stackhouse, Athletic Director, will host an Athletic Parent Information Session via Zoom this evening, July 28, and Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00pm.  Parents will only need to attend one of the sessions.  During the Zoom session, parents will learn about athletic requirements, “ticket-to-play” dates, and tryout dates.  The link to the Zoom is included in the email that accompanies this phone message.

We will continue to adhere to our COVID protocols in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus.  Scholars are still strongly encouraged to wear masks, though it is not a requirement.

Githens is officially on Twitter!  You may follow us using the Twitter handle @gms_raiders.

More to come soon so, please stay tuned!  We are looking forward to the best school year ever!  Everyone have a great evening!  

GMS Supply List:

Athletic Information Session Zoom Meeting Link:

Lunch Application: