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Good afternoon RHS families,

This is Dr. Woods-Weeks calling with the weekly update. I hope you had a fantastic Spring Break and are ready to sprint towards the finish line. School will resume Monday, April 3, 2023, at the regular time. This week is a four-day week. Friday, April 7, 2023, is a holiday for all.


College Admissions Announcements


The Class of 2023 has now surpassed $7 MILLION in scholarship awards!!! Congratulations to the following students for their college and university acceptances:


o    Jazmin Puebla - Amherst College

o    Isaac Janiak Stein - Bates College, Oberlin College ($17,000/yr)

o    Phoebe Todd - Denison University ($10,000/yr scholarship and a position on their Fencing team!)

o    Izzy Moffitt - University of New Hampshire ($12,000/yr), University of Vermont ($19,000/yr), UNC - Asheville ($3,000/yr)

o    Olivia Henry - Williams College ($97,000/yr)

o    Charlotte Holloway - Colorado University at Boulder, Elon University 

o    Jack Weinard - Kenyon College ($30,500/yr) 


Growing Together


As your principal, I am eager to hear from you as Durham Public Schools rolls out the second phase of our Growing Together academic programs and student assignment plan for the 2024-2025 school year. Please join us for a community meeting on May 2, 2023, to share details and discuss the benefits of this initiative for your scholar. Hopefully, you have completed the survey sent to your households recently. Your thoughts are necessary and important as we plan for your student’s academic success. Registration will be sent next week, and we ask that you RSVP so that we may know that you’re coming. We look forward to seeing you.

Mark your calendar!


Athletics Update


Need volunteer/ community service hours? Your athletics department has you covered. You may volunteer to run concession or assists with game day operations. Please see the signup genius on the athletics web page.


Think you have what it takes to become the next voice of the Pirates?

Contact Athletic Director Robert Duncan or the Director of Student Engagement Colin Phillips for more details.


This week in spring sports: men's tennis will play Tuesday against DSA at 4:30; Wednesday Women's Lacrosse will host two games 5:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.; and Friday Mens's Lacrosse will host Voyager at 6:00 p.m.

As a reminder:

Ø PTA meeting is Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at 6:30 p.m.


Ø Report cards will be distributed Thursday, April 6, 2023


Ø Friday, April 7, 2023, is a holiday. No school.



National Honor Society


The Riverside National Honor Society Application window opened closes Tuesday April 4th. Sophomores and Juniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher should check their DPS email for the invitation and instructions on how to apply. For questions, please contact NHS advisor,




Ramadan will be observed by the Islamic community in the U.S. until the evening of Friday, April 21st. RHS has several students who observe the traditions and customs of Ramadan.

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.