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Good afternoon RHS families,

This is Dr. Woods-Weeks calling with the weekly update. Two more weeks before Spring Break. Let’s keep the main thing the main thing!

Huge congratulations to RHS Women's Soccer Alumni Ella McAdams who inked a professional deal to play soccer in Sweeden. Follow the link to read about her story,

Also, congratulations to the following teacher winners in the NHS/RHS Teacher Superlative contest!

  • The Teacher with the Coolest Classroom:

1st place - Major Bailey

Runner up – Ms. Wood

  • The Teacher with the Best Handwriting:

1st place - Mrs. Heape

Runner up – Ms. Minnick

  • The Teacher Who Gives the Best Advice:

1st place - Ms. Sanchez

  • The Teacher who Always Listens:

1st place - Mr. Thompson

Runner up – Ms. Allman

  • The Walking Wikipedia Teacher:

1st place - Mr. Smith

Runner up – Mr. Kemp

  • The Never-Absent Teacher:

1st place - Mrs. Simpson

  • The "Bookworm" Teacher”:

1st place - Dr. Gold and Ms. Wine

Runner up – Ms. Prater

  • The Most Organized Teacher:

1st place - Ms. Farley

Runner up – Ms. Bourquin

  • The Funniest Teacher:

             1st place - Mr. Nguyen

Runner up – Ms. Watson

  • The Fastest Grader:

1st place - Coach Black

Congratulations to all!

Growing Together


Next, Durham Public Schools wants to hear from you! Starting Monday, March 13, you will receive a survey and we ask that you take just a few moments to complete it. We will use your input to update academic programs and school boundaries for middle and high schools through the Growing Together student reassignment initiative. The survey closes on Friday, March 31. Thank you in advance!

Mental Health Matters

Please join us for a zoom presentation about Mental Health on Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. presented by Dr. Tedra Anderson-Brown. This presentation is brought to you by the RHS PTA.

Click on link below and visit our website for more information.

Mental Health Matters - Presented by Dr. Tedra Anderson-Brown

Wednesday, March 15th - 7:00pm.

Meeting URL:<>

Meeting ID:737 889 8221Passcode:480821


This week in athletics, check out these teams: Track and Field will host a meet Wednesday 3/15; Baseball will host Northern Tuesday, 3/14; and NCSSM on Wednesday 3/15. Softball will host East Chapel Hill Monday 3/13; and Northern Durham this week the date is TBD. Men's Lacrosse will host Seaforth Thursday 3/16. Please check for schedule updates and more.

Panorama Survey


The window for the student Panorama Survey opens March13-24, 2023. Students can complete the survey during class or independently. 

  • All students will go to

Students can take surveys on any internet-connected device (e.g. Chromebook, tablet, smartphone)

  • Students will enter their Student ID as their access code. Students will then see the surveys they need to take. Their name and school name will appear.
  • Students need to click the blue “Submit” button when they finish their survey. If they do not click this, their responses will not be saved.

All students will take the survey Monday, March 13, during an extended homeroom. Students please be present and on time. Our goal is a 95% participation rate. NO EXCEPTIONS!


College Admissions Announcements

  • Sadie Buchanan - Virginia Commonwealth University, Agnes Scott College ($26,000/yr), Kansas City Art Institute ($25,000/yr), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) ($41,000/yr - Creative Vision Award winner), Temple University 
  • Vivian Hazelrigg - Rochester Institute of Technology ($24,000/yr)
  • Olivia Guilmette - Colorado University at Boulder 
  • Selena Ponce - UNC - Charlotte, Parsons School of Design - Paris, School of the Art Institute of Chicago ($20,000/yr), Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Rachel Bland - UNC - Charlotte
  • Ryan Lewek - Rochester Institute of Technology ($22,000/yr), Virginia Tech ($3,000/yr), University of Maryland
  • Auden Wolfe - College of Charleston ($13,000/yr) 
  • Nicholas Nonnemaker - Rochester Institute of Technology

Since many of you are starting to receive financial aid letters, below are highlighted financial aid resources/tips! 

  • Click here for my Award Letter Analyzer- use this tool to compare your financial aid letters from various schools!
  • If your school's FAFSA and CSS profile deadline has passed, you should still submit those forms, you can still be considered for financial aid! The deadlines are just for priority financial aid, so it is definitely still worth it. Just submit them ASAP.
  • For scholarships, keep utilizing these search engines and see below for local scholarships: (NC specific) (National) (National) (National)


College Acceptances: 292

Scholarship Money Earned: $6,255,700

List of all successes

  • As always, when acceptance letters roll in, please let me know of any college acceptances and scholarship awards, and let me know if you DON'Twant to be in the daily announcements! 
  • Continue to check your portalsfor acceptances - not all colleges send a notification email.


  • Register here!UNC Charlotte  will be here Tuesday, March 14 at 10:45 (beginning of second period) 
  • A representative from DPS Foundation will be here next Wednesday, March 15 at 11:15to talk about their scholarship opportunities. The visit will take place in the Media Center!

Register here

See below for the scholarships you would be eligible for: 

  • Durham Promise Scholarship, $3,000 (one scholarship awarded at each HS) 
  • Andrew Edward Crabtree Scholarship, $5,000 (one available, only for RHS students)
  • Carlton G. Miles Scholarship, $1,000 (one available, all students eligible)
  • First Generation Scholarship, $,1000 (one available, must be first gen)
  • Rachel Lawrence Scholarship, $3,000 (one available, all students eligible)
  • Kayla P. Radack Scholarship, $4,000
    • Three scholarships available; renewable $1,000 x 4 years, must attend RHS

Applications can be found herebut I highly encourage you to still come to the info session if you are interested in these opportunities!


Scholarship Highlight: I added MANY new scholarships to this doc - Local ScholarshipsLook and see which scholarships you qualify for!

  • MAKE SURE YOU KNOW YOUR SCHOOL'S DEADLINES FOR FAFSA & CSS PROFILE SUBMISSIONS- if a school says they haven't received your FAFSA, but you submitted it a while ago, don't panic! Just log onto your FAFSA account and remove and re-add the school!
  • A list of local scholarship opportunities can be found here, and I will continue to update it as they come in!
  • Durham Tech's scholarship application (for ~70 scholarships) will open March 15 and close April 15- so be sure to have this on your radar!
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship$10,000 award (25 available), application is a 2-minute video statement, deadline is March 27
  • Tallo's "Welcome to Tallo" Scholarship$1,000 given out monthly, all you need to do is join Tallo, complete their 2-minute welcome form, go to Opportunities and apply! 
  • STEM Stars Actuarial Scholars - $20,000 total for students interested in becoming an actuary (do not know what an actuary is? no worries! read more here), deadline is April 11Read more about the scholarship here!
  • Future Of Stem Scholars (FOSSI)- $10,000 per year for students attending an HBCUand studying STEM
  • You can still fill out the FAFSA! Make sure you complete the 23-24 form, NOT the 22-23). More information here
  • DREAMer's Roadmap- an app that helps undocumented students find scholarship opportunities!
  • Do not know where to start? try these sites: 

Durham Public Schools Master Scholarship List

CFNC Scholarship Search

College Board


  • Rolling application schools are still open
  • April 1 is the deadline for high school seniors to apply to C-STEP, and C3is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis until June 1


  • College Expo(college fair and presentations) | Saturday, March 25, 2023


  • Shelton Challenge @ NC Wesleyan- (deadline is May 15) The Shelton Challenge is a six-day (June 18-23, 2023) residential leadership experience to help students expand their knowledge and skills of what it takes to be an effective leader. Offered to rising 9th-grade to graduating seniors (graduating seniors included) with a 3.0+ unweighted GPA, hands-on activities focus on personal leadership assessment and interpersonal dynamics, the role of values and ethics in leadership, leadership traits and approaches, empowering others, civic and social responsibility and goal setting. In addition to these aptitudes, students also engage in team-building activities like low- and high-ropes courses, rock climbing walls, service projects, and social activities in the evenings.

As a reminder:

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: Are you interested in starting college courses tuition-free while in high school during the summer and/or fall 2023 semester? If so, please sign up for a CCP Information Session via Zoom here. If none of those dates work, please sign up for one hosted via Zoom by a Durham Tech colleague here. Attending one information session is mandatory to join CCP. Parents are welcome to attend. During the Information Session, you will learn about the various pathways, admission requirements, application process, deadlines and more. Please contact Mr. Jones, our Durham Tech College Liaison at or text 919-943-1696 if you have any questions. (Relevant until April 17th).

Lastly, the goal for DPS is to have 100% of our students’ parents or guardians having access to a Parent Portal account. Our data manager, Mr. Bryan Garcia can assist with Parent Portal account creation and password reset. The district average has surpassed 90%!!!  Let's keep pushing towards our goal of 100%! If you do not have a Parent Portal account, contact Mr. Garcia right away. We can do this!

That said, please continue to help us enforce the DPS Code of Conduct by ensuring that your student adheres to the rules, policies and procedures set forth. Students show your school pride by wearing our school colors on Friday. I will see each of you at the River tomorrow. Go forth and make it a great evening! Roll Pirates Roll! Thank you.