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Principal Update 9/10

Good evening Githens.  This is Dr. Lanier with important reminders and sports information for the week.  Please listen carefully to all details.

We ask that all scholars and families pay close attention and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Scholars must be on time daily. 
  • Scholars are required to bring laptops and chargers everyday and must ensure their laptop is fully charged every morning before entering the building.
  • Cell phone use is not allowed at any time during the school day for any reason and scholars will need to power off their cell phones and place them in their book bags prior to entering the building.  Scholars are not permitted to use cell phones on the bus.
  • Scholars who carpool in the afternoon need to be picked up no later than 3:45.  The school day ends at 3:20.

On Wednesday, September 27, Githens will host a Title One/Curriculum/Student Led Conference night.  Parents of scholars identified as AIG are asked to come to the media center that afternoon at 5:30 to sign DEPs.  Student led conferences will take place from 5:45 to 6:45.  Please mark your calendars.

Fall sports officially begin this week and the following is the Raiders sports schedule:

Monday, September 11: Boys Soccer and Volleyball versus Brogden at Brogden

Wednesday, September 13: Football versus Lowe’s Grove at Lowe’s Grove

Thursday, September 14: Boys Soccer and Volleyball versus Lakewood at Lakewood; Cross Country versus Brogden at Brogden

Game time is 4:45.

Information regarding tennis will be provided shortly.  A document has been added to the Parent Resource folder that contains the sports schedules for the 2023-2024 school year.  Click on the link provided in the email that accompanies this phone message to access the document and plan accordingly.  All sports ticket sales are virtual 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.  For further information regarding athletics or specific teams, please email either Ms. Stackhouse, Athletic Director, or the coaches.

That’s all for now!  


Parent Resource Folder

Summer Bridge Survey

DPS School Safety, Security, and Emergency Information Guide for Parents/Families:

 DPS School Safety, Security, and Emergency Information for Parents and Families and DPS School Safety, Security, and Emergency Information for Parents and Families (SPANISH VERSION).


Ticket Spicket:

One-to-One Student Device Handbook (English/Spanish)

Parent/Student Technology Agreement (English/Spanish)

Githens Middle School 2023 - 2024 Supply List 

Bus Transportation

“Here Comes the Bus” Bus Tracking App

School Nutrition Services

Cell Phone Policy

Traditional Calendar (English/Spanish)

PowerSchool Parent Portal: 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 above to navigate the setup process.

Canvas LMS

Parent Canvas Observer Access: Parents are highly encouraged to sign up to be an observer in Canvas.  Teachers will post homework assignments for scholars in Canvas and will be responsible for keeping these pages updated.

2023 - 2024 Student/Family Handbook (English/Spanish)

Discovery: Every scholar at GMS is scheduled to take an intervention class from 9:22 to 10:12.  Click the link to access a description of the learning scholars will engage in.

Durham Public Schools Dress Code Policy

Immunization Requirements