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Principal's Update 10/29

Good afternoon Githens.  This is Dr. Lanier with additional information for the week.  

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 30 - Volleyball Championship at Southern High School
    • Game begins at 5:30.  The cost is $10.00
  • Tuesday, October 31, is the last day of the first quarter.  Fall sports pictures will be taken after school.  
  • Wednesday, November 1, is a teacher workday.  There is no school for scholars.
  • Thursday, November 2 - Football Championship at Durham County Stadium
    • Game begins at 5:00.  The cost is $10.00

Report Cards:

Report cards will be distributed on Thursday, November 9.  They will also be available to view in PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Raider Sports (Correction/Addition):

On Tuesday, October 31, 2023 there will be a ticket-to-play session for fall athletes only during the fall sports picture session.  Parents do not have to attend this session.  All athletes that played a fall sport and would like to try out for a winter sport will automatically be eligible to receive a ticket-to-play.  No additional forms need to be submitted unless the physical has expired.  Parents, please remember that pickup is at 4:30, in the bus parking lot.  On Wednesday, November 8, 2023 from 4:00 until 5:00, there will be a ticket-to-play for all other students and parents that would like to try out for basketball, wrestling, and ultimate frisbee.

Writing and Art Competition

The Bull City Reading Council and NC Reading Association is holding a writing and art competition.  The theme is Reflections:  Celebrating the Me I See.  All scholars are invited to submit original writing and artwork related to the theme.  All entries must be submitted by November 15.  Please see your scholar’s ELA teacher, Ms. Mallory, ELA Instructional Coach, or Ms. Turco, Art Teacher, for all the details.

Winter Dance:

The Winter Dance will be held on December 8, from 4:30 to 6:30.  There will be no entry allowed after 5:00 so, all attendees must be on time.  Parents must be in the bus parking lot to pick up scholars by 6:00.  Any student that receives a major office referral from November 2 to December 8 will be ineligible to attend the dance.

Multicultural Night:

Multicultural Night will be held on Thursday, November 16, from 4:30 to 6:30.

That’s all for now!  


Parent Resource Folder

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).



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