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DPS Good News ( for the week of April 22, 2019)


  • In addition to J.D. Clement Early College, announced in our last Good News as winning a $500 Biogen Foundation Grant, we learned of the following other schools that also won these grants! Congratulations to all:

  • Little River K-8
  • Carrington Middle
  • Lowe’s Grove Middle
  • Lucas Middle
  • Middle College High

  • Congratulations to the DPS Finance Department, which has once again earned the Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2017-18 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. #WeAreDPS and #WeAreTransparent to our community!

  • Congratulations to Donya Jones, principal of Holt Elementary, and Kristin Tate, principal of Hope Valley Elementary, both of whom recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program, a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association and sponsored by the American Express Foundation through the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD.)

  • Congratulations to Lowe’s Grove Middle School’s Jessica Faison-Johnson, North Carolina Middle School Educator of the Year for the North Carolina Student Academy of Science!

  • Congratulations to Henry Cruz Reyes, a junior at City of Medicine Academy, named one of fifteen national winners of the third annual Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement! Yale Bassett Award winners “demonstrate a record of creative leadership and public service, academic distinction, interdisciplinary problem solving, and experience addressing societal issues that might include, but need not be limited to, race and racism.”

  • Congratulations to Jason Hatfield, eighth-grade social studies teacher at Lucas Middle School, who received an all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute this summer on Emerging American Identity!

  • Congratulations to Alexander Groff, AP World History Teacher at Riverside High, who received an AP Fellows Scholarship to attend the AP World: Modern Summer Institute this June!

  • Congratulations to the Young Male Achievers of The School for Creative Studies, who were recognized for their Day of Service and Scholarships by the Mayor and City Council on Monday, April 15!

  • Don’t forget that the DPS Secondary Art Show is going on now at Northgate Mall through April 29, with the elementary schools’ turn May 1-22!

  • April is Occupational Therapy Month. Durham Public Schools’ Occupational Therapists (OTs) are resources to help support our students with disabilities in being successful in their academics, routines and social engagements. Our OTs assist with ideas regarding adaptation of tasks, problem solving, supporting teaching staff within the classroom, and engaging our students in activities and skills to promote independence, success, and confidence throughout their school career.

  • Finally, it’s the City of Durham’s 150th birthday! The next time you’re in the Fuller Building, check out the results of DPS’s interactive art exhibit from the Durham 150 celebration two Saturdays ago!

Durham 150