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DPS Good News for June 4, 2021

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  • Congratulations to Jeremy Tucker, DPS Director of Arts Education and Artistic Director of the Raleigh Boychoir, who received a 2020 Raleigh Medal of Arts Award, the city's highest arts honor! He will finally receive his award in a COVID-19-delayed ceremony Tuesday, June 8, at 7 pm via the Raleigh Medal of Arts Webpage and the City of Raleigh YouTube channelLearn more about the awards! And check out this video in honor of Jeremy from Gov. and First Lady Hunt!
    headshot of Jeremy Tucker

  • Assistant Superintendent for Research and Accountability Dr. Julie Spencer was awarded a Dr. Samuel Houston Leadership Award! This annual award is presented to a graduate of the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association Aspiring Superintendent Program, a program which is designed to empower transformational education leaders for North Carolina’s public schools.
    Dr. Julie Spencer with award
  • Fayetteville St. Elementary's Susan Gleeson has been named the Out Teach Teacher of the Year in the Carolinas. The Out Teach Professional Learning Community will provide their Teachers of the Year with opportunities to virtually collaborate with educators across districts, share strategies, and learn new and innovate techniques to integrate the outdoors into instruction and inspire students.
  • Durham Public Schools has been presented an EVERFI District Champion Seal for commitment to whole-child education. EVERFI is a digital education organization focused on helping educators address the most challenging issues affecting society, including financial literacy, social-emotional learning, health and wellness, inclusion, and college and career readiness. This recognition acknowledges our dedication to transformational change in the interest of equity and the well-being of all students.
    EVERFI Champion District 2020 seal

  • Merrick-Moore Elementary was one of 205 schools from 43 states across the country to receive a $5,000 grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Media coordinator Nikki Steckroth submitted the grant application in her ongoing quest for funds to update the print collection. “Students at all levels will read if they find books in the Library that interest them. That means purchasing books that are visually appealing, relevant, engaging, and reflect their personal and cultural differences. We appreciate the support of national organizations such as the Laura Bush Foundation, knowing that they want to see our students succeed as much as we do.”
  • Durham School of the Arts's Elena Holder won the TRIANGLE RISING STARS: High School Musical Theatre award for her portrayal as THE WITCH in INTO THE WOODS. Elena will participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmys) against the top musical theatre best actress and actor nominees from across the nation in New York City this summer. Watch Elena Holder's Triangle Rising Stars performance here.