Durham Public Schools Principals' Newsletter Archive
Below you will find an archive of the DPS Principals' Newsletter. The archive starts with the most recent newsletter and goes back as far as Oct. 28, 2015. All issues prior to this one can be found at portal.dpsnc.net.
The Principal Newsletter for September 13, 2017 (Sep 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter September 13, 2017 Important Dates September 14 Execeptional Children Leadership Meeting, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., SDC Superintendent's Future Leaders Program, 1-4 p.m., SDC Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Council, 4:30-5:45 p.m., SDC September 20 Early Release Day September 19 Assistant Principal Aspiring Leader's Academy, SDC, cohort 1, 2 and 3 September 21 Assistant Principal Aspiring Leader's Academy, SDC,

The Principal Newsletter for Sept. 6, 2017 (Sep 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter September 6, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: This has been an extremely eventful week: the release of our academic data for 2016-17, a confusing and concerning series of messages about DACA and its potential impact on our students, and today’s announcement that Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman will be moving on to the State Department of Public Instruction. My final weeks as superintendent are ahead as well—in fact, I will be taking a lon

The Principal Newsletter for August 30, 2017 (Aug 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter August 31, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: This is just a short message to congratulate you on such a smooth opening to the traditional calendar school year. In my school visits, I saw a relentless focus on learning and a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere for all of our students. This is what Durham Public Schools is: a continuously improving, dedicated team of educators and supporting staff that makes our students their top pri

The Principal Newsletter for August 24, 2017 (Aug 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter August 24, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: It’s time for our traditional-calendar schools to join our year-round and specialty high schools in welcoming the new school year. With so many more students arriving and buses rolling, it’s easy to miss that Durham Public Schools has been educating our children all summer long already; we are an organization that never sleeps. But I always get a thrill out of this time of year when no one

The Principal Newsletter for August 16, 2017 (Aug 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter August 16, 2017 Important Dates August 17 Traditional calendar teachers return August 28 First day of traditional calendar school August 21 Solar Eclipse - Two-hour early release for Holt and Easley Elementary and Rogers-Herr Middle September 4 Labor Day Holiday - All schools and offices closed Info for All Principals US Supreme Court Ruling On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court released it

The Principal Newsletter for August 4, 2017 (Aug 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter August 4, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Colleagues, I want to thank you for your honest feedback as we shared with you two scenarios for responding to the legislature's changes in principal salaries while addressing some longstanding inequities. As Kim shared in her email this week, we are taking your feedback and working on a third option which we will bring to the Board at next Thursday's work session. It's vital that we take

The Principal Newsletter for July 12, 1017 (Jul 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter July 13, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: I am excited to visit on Monday our year-round schools as they open for the new school year. I want to thank our year-round principals for everything you and your teams do in a very short amount of time to make your schools ready for a new crop of students. I look forward to sharing the day with you. As I shared at the last principals’ meeting, we are going to have a proper breakfast and t

The Principal Newsletter for May 24, 2017 (May 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter May 24, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Colleagues, yesterday was simply PACKED. I want to thank you for the time you spent at yesterday’s District Leadership Meeting. We definitely heard you about the need to refocus on academics and planning when we have that time together. Please let me and your level superintendents know what you thought as we make plans for the next school year. As I shared in my opening remarks, it is likel

The Principal Newsletter for May 18, 2017 (May 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter May 18, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Last night we celebrated 120 women and men retiring from Durham Public Schools this school year. Board members and I had the chance to thank our teachers and staff who committed years to public education and service, and chose to end their careers with us. Some of last night’s retirees had been with us for more than 30 years—one delightful kindergarten teacher in particular had 42 years with

The Principal Newsletter for May 11 2017 (May 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter May11, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Colleagues, I’m pleased to let you know that this June you and your assistant principals will be invited to some very valuable and interesting training about race and equity in our schools and community. In the Groudwater Approach workshop led by the Racial Equity Institute based in Greensboro, trainers will use data and stories to demonstrate the ongoing and pervasive impact of race, giving y

The Principal Newsletter for May 3, 2017 (May 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter May 3, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Although some businesses and PTAs seemed to start their observances early, the National PTA, NEA and NCAE are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week next week, and so will we as a district. The apparent confusion was that Teacher Appreciation Week is traditionally the first full week of May including Sunday, but many national companies assumed that Monday was the beginning. I will have a me

The Principal Newsletter for April 26, 2017 (Apr 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter April 26, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: As you know, AdvancED has recommended renewal of accreditation for Durham Public Schools. While many, many people in our district worked very hard to make this a successful review, notably Jill Freeman, all of you as principals were vitally important. Your interviews, the data you provided, and the preparedness of the schools that the external review team toured—all of it was commendable. Th

The Principal Newsletter for April 20, 2017 (Apr 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter April 20, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Thank you very much for coming to SDC yesterday for our budget presentation. As we have faced for the last few years of declining per-pupil state support, once more we are having to make tough decisions about how to prioritize teaching and learning without the funding we need. As we continue our work with the Board, as you have questions or concerns please share them with me, Dr. Wilson-N

The Principal Newsletter for April 5, 2017 (Apr 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter April 5, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: My friends, I want to thank you very much for your thoughtful and kind messages following my decision to retire in August. It was a difficult choice but the right one at this time for Durham Public Schools and myself. We have a lot to accomplish between now and the end of the school year, so I prefer not to spend a lot of time dwelling on it. I would admonish you to keep your focus where it

The Principal Newsletter for March 29, 2017 (Mar 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 29, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: In lieu of a traditional message, here is a sneak peek of Dr. L'Homme's upcoming column in Sunday's Durham News. Important Dates March 17 - April 3 DPS Start Time/Bell Schedule Survey Window for DPS Staff March 27 - April 28 Principal's 360 Survey Window Open March 30 Elementary Leadership Learning Network, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., SDC April 10-17 Spring Break; Central Ser

The Principal Newsletter for March 29, 2017 (Mar 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 29, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: In lieu of a traditional message, here is a sneak peak of Dr. L'Homme's upcoming column in Sunday's Durham News. Important Dates March 17 - April 3 DPS Start Time/Bell Schedule Survey Window for DPS Staff March 27 - April 28 Principal's 360 Survey Window Open March 30 Elementary Leadership Learning Network, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., SDC April 10-17 Spring Break; Central Ser

The Principal Newsletter for March 22, 2017 (Mar 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 22, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Following last week’s District Leadership Meeting, I received some feedback that I’d like to respond to. I have heard from several of you that you appreciated the candor with which I shared information about our budget situation for the year, but I have also heard from several of you that my message and tone might not have been encouraging or reassuring. It’s very important to me that I s

The Principal Newsletter for March 15, 2017 (Mar 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 15, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Former DPI chief financial officer Philip Price wrote for EducationNC about the K-3 class size ratio legislation we are contending with in budget preparations for next year. It’s a detailed, numbers-heavy article ( full article is here) but here’s an important highlight: There is currently no other source of state-provided funding for program enhancement teachers outside the additional t

The Principal Newsletter for March 8, 2017 (Mar 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 8, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Principals, I want to thank all of you for the extraordinary grace and patience you demonstrated as we worked through today’s “A Day Without a Woman.” We went very quickly from having little indication that this would be a significant event in Durham, to the surprise decision by our neighbors in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, to having to make a decision about school. Not having an extra workday was the

The Principal Newsletter for March 1 (Mar 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 1, 2017 Important Dates March 3 An Evening of Entertainment March 8 Statewide Tornado Drill, 9:30 a.m. March 9 Assistant Principals' Meetings, 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., SDC March 12 Youth Art Month Art Show Reception, 3-4:30 p.m., Durham County Main Library March 16 Exceptional Children Facilitators' Meeting, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., SDC Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Council Meeting, 4 - 5:30 p.m., SDC

The Principal Newsletter for Feb. 22, 2017 (Feb 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter February 24, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: This week we sent important guidance to all staff about how district policy directs us in protecting student privacy and working with law enforcement. You have all experienced the concerns in our community regarding changes in immigration enforcement. It is important to let our students and their families know—by word and by deed—that every student remains welcome in our schools. We neit

The Principal Newsletter for Feb. 15, 2017 (Feb 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter February 15, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Two things leaped out at me from this week’s Marshall Memo newsletter that you receive. First was a tribute to Rick DuFour, who did so much to introduce Professional Learning Communities into public education. He passed away on Feb. 8. Marshall shares several of DuFours quotes over the years, and these are especially important: “If those within the school believe that the causes of

The Principal Newsletter for Feb. 8, 2017 (Feb 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter February 8, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: During the last couple of weeks I have met with many of you to discuss your concerns about safety and security for our students and staff. I have greatly appreciated your candor. When the results of the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey came in last May, the percentages of middle and high school students feeling safe at school increased over 2013—from 83 to 93 percent of high school studen

The Principal Newsletter for February 1 (Feb 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter February 1, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Principals, once again I want to thank you for your patience as we have had to reschedule district leadership and SPAC meetings due to the time we lost for weather and professional development. We can’t control whether a blizzard might come through our area, but we can ensure that we make the best possible use of your time during the remainder of the year. That said, I look forward to seei

The Principal Newsletter for January 23, 2017 (Jan 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter January 23, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Thank you all for your patience and support through this month’s inclement weather closures. My highest priority will always be student and staff safety when winter weather arrives, which is why I closed our facilities that Monday and Tuesday. Please continue to be flexible in working with your staff to help them make up work and/or ensure that they receive all of the annual leave to whi

The Principal Newsletter for January 13, 2017 (Jan 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter January 13, 2017 Important Dates January 10-29 "Durham's Finest" Art Exhibit, NCCU Museum of Art January 17 Superintendent's Principal Advisory Council, Fuller, 9:30-10:30 a.m. January 21 Magnet Application Assistance Day, SDC, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. January 23 Make-up Day for Traditional Calendar Schools January 25 Early-release Day for All Schools January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Schools and Offices Close

The Principal Newsletter for Jan. 4, 2017 (Jan 2017)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter January 4, 2017 A Message from the Superintendent: Happy New Year! I hope this winter break, brief as it was for most of us, was restful and helpful to you and your school communities. We are approaching another difficult budget season. We will have more information for you at the next District Leadership Meeting, but it’s important for you to understand the broad strokes with which we are working. The atmosphere in Raleigh is extremely

The Principal Newsletter for Dec. 20, 2016 (Dec 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter December 20, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: From August to today, all of us have been working extremely hard to improve student achievement, foster equity, build up morale, and make each of our schools the best they can be. After all of that effort, we are all looking at our calendars and wishing that those of us on the traditional calendar could have more time for winter holiday. I’ve certainly been hearing from our teachers. Th

The Principal Newsletter for Dec. 7, 2016 (Dec 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter December 7, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: I greatly appreciated the time we spent together at yesterday’s District Leadership Meeting. It had been a long time since we had met due to scheduling issues and the cancellation of our Solution Tree professional development, so I was glad to see a lot of time and attention devoted to instruction and student support. I was even happier with being able to enjoy a holiday meal and fellowship

The Principal Newsletter for Nov. 30, 2016 (Nov 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter November 30, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: I recently watched a powerful TEDTalk from Linda Cliatt-Wayman, a principal at a “failing” high school in North Philadelphia, who was herself a student in a challenged school. I do not believe any of our schools in DPS are “broken,” but Cliatt-Wayman’s presentation, “How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard,” still has much to teach us. I hope that you will watch this 17-

The Principal Newsletter for Nov. 16, 2016 (Nov 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter November 16, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: I want to thank all of you for the positive feedback on our message to families about inclusion last week. It was a remarkable moment in which our community came together in support of our students with pride—pride in our schools, and pride in our community’s values. A few people thought that the statement was “political,” but that misses the mark. What we care about, every day in our c

The Principal Newsletter for Nov. 9 (Nov 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter November 9, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: This month’s issue of Educational Leadership magazine from ASCD includes a powerful essay by James E. Ford, “ The Root of Discipline Disparities.” James is a 2014-15 state teacher of the year from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who now works as a program director for the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Ford looks at the data on suspensions and calls into question—with a teacher’s

The Principal Newsletter for Nov. 2, 2016 (Nov 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter November 2, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Colleagues, it was my pleasure this morning to present to Gloria Woods-Weeks some tokens of our appreciation as the new Durham Public Schools Principal of the Year for 2017. She has been an excellent leader for ECHS and we are proud of the work she, her staff and her students are doing. I want to congratulate her and her fellow finalists, Karen Kellett and Cornelius Redfearn, for everyt

The Principal Newsletter for Oct. 19 (Oct 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter October 19, 2016 Important Dates October 20 High School Network Meeting, CMA, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Exceptional Children Facilitators' Meeting, SDC, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Council Meeting, SDC, 4-5:30 p.m. October 25 Middle School Leadership Learning Networks, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., SDC November 3 Assistant Principals' Meeting, 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., SDC October 21 Superintendent's

The Principal Newsletter for Oct. 26 (Oct 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter October 26, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Most of you are heading toward the end of the first quarter. If I didn’t know it from the traditional calendar, I’d know it from conversations with your teachers about how much work they’ll be doing over the weekend. I want to thank all of you, no matter your calendar, for what you have done to start this school year off well. Your teachers and staff are focusing on our children and on

The Principal Newsletter for October 19 (Oct 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter October 19, 2016 Important Dates October 20 High School Network Meeting, CMA, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Exceptional Children Facilitators' Meeting, SDC, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. October 25 Middle School Leadership Learning Networks, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., SDC November 3 Assistant Principals Meeting, 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., SDC November 8 Election Day - Teacher Work Day October 21 Superintendent's Student Advisory Cou

The Principal Newsletter for Oct. 12 (Oct 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter October 12, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Thank you for your patience through all of the uncertainty that Hurricane Matthew brought. I am sorry that we had to cancel our professional development for principals yesterday due to the trainers’ travel complications. I am also grateful to you, our maintenance staff, and Duke Energy for helping keep the lights on and our streets accessible for school on Monday. Another side effect o

The Principal Newsletter for Oct. 5 (Oct 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter October 5, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: The AdvancEd accreditation process is well underway, but our AdvancEd survey participation for parents, staff and students is far below where it needs to be. Only five percent of our parent population has completed the survey and 20 percent is required. Parental input is critical and since you are their strongest tie to the district we need you to continue to encourage your parents and gua

The Principal Newsletter for September 28 (Sep 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter September 28, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: As you can see from the calendar below, my first meeting with the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council is Monday, Oct. 3. Just like SPAC, the STAC group of teachers gives me vital insight into what our schools need and how we should approach current district issues. At the time of this newsletter, however, we are still missing a number of school STAC representatives. Please: it is

The Principal Newsletter for September 21 (Sep 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter September 21, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: As you know, the district accreditation process is extremely important. DPS employees have already received links to the AdvancEd staff survey, but parental input will also be critical. We are sharing links to the AdvancEd parent survey through the DPS website, the parent newsletter, social media, and other venues. Families’ strongest ties to a district, however, are through their schoo

The Principal Newsletter for September 14 (Sep 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter September 14, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: I’d like to thank you for returning to the polls to select our SPAC representatives for this year. It was important to me that we ensure that this group of principals reflect the diversity of our schools and that the process be one that everyone could be confident in. This year’s SPAC representatives are Rod Teal, Karen Kellett, Michelle Bell, Aisha Howard, Renee Price, Tonya Williams,

The Principal Newsletter for September 7 (Sep 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter September 7, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: I had two competing thoughts as we presented our 2015-16 academic data to our Board at Thursday’s work session. On the one hand, as I’ve shared with you personally, our current levels of academic proficiency are unacceptable. On the other, we have made undeniable progress in some areas—in particular, our elementary school gains should set the stage for later progress in middle school if we

The Principal Newsletter for August 31 (Aug 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter August 31, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Thank you, and congratulations, for a great start to the traditional school year. I saw lines of NCCU students and “Million Fathers March” members greeting our students as they poured from the buses at C.C. Spaulding, and excited families lining up to register at Glenn. In every school I visited Monday, I saw upbeat teachers welcoming enthusiastic students. And although our new bell

The Principal Newsletter for August 24 (Aug 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter August 24, 2016 Important Dates September 6 PBIS coordinator name due September 13 Principal Meeting, SDC, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. September 8 Assistant Principal Meeting, SDC September 16 2017-18 school calendar vote due A Message from the Superintendent: I am so glad that traditional schools are about to join our year-round and specialty high schools in beginning the 2016-17 school year. It is exciting

The Principal Newsletter for August 17 (Aug 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter August 17, 2016 Important Dates September 8 Assistant Principal Meeting, SDC September 13 Principal Meeting, SDC, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. A Message from the Superintendent: As you have no doubt seen in the media this week, Sendolo Diaminah has emailed the rest of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education and me expressing his intention to resign from his District 2 seat at this month’s board meeting. He wrot

The Principal Newsletter for August 10 (Aug 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter August 10, 2016 Important Dates August 12 Complete Alliance for a Healthier Generation MOU August 15 Identify school Technology Champion A Message from the Superintendent: Thank you for your attention and feedback at our principals’ meeting yesterday, as we reviewed the year behind and prepared for the year ahead (or already underway, in our year-round and specialty schools’ case). I want to repeat that I

The Principal Newsletter for August 3 (Aug 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter August 3, 2016 Important Dates August 4 Countdown to Kindergarten, Museum of Life and Science, 5:30-7:30 p.m. First day of school at City of Medicine Academy, Early College High School, New Tech High School and Middle College High School August 12 Complete Alliance for a Healthier Generation MOU August 9 Title I Facilitators Meeting, SDC, 1-3:30 p.m. Leadership Meeting, Carrington Media Center, 8:30-10:30 a.m

The Principal Newsletter for July 27 (Aug 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter July 27, 2016 Important Dates August 4 Countdown to Kindergarten, Museum of Life and Science, 5:30-7:30 p.m. First day of school at City of Medicine Academy, Early College High School, New Tech High School and Middle College High School August 9 Title I Facilitators Meeting, SDC, 1-3:30 p.m. August 29 First day of traditional calendar school A Message from the Superintendent: “Not to seem but to be.” That

The Principal Newsletter for July 13 (Jul 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter July 13, 2016 Important Dates July 18 First day of year-round school August 4 Countdown to Kindergarten, Museum of Life and Science, 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 9 Title I Facilitators Meeting, SDC, 1-3:30 p.m. August 29 First day of traditional calendar school Info for All Principals Immunization requirements: What principals need to know Students are required to be up-to-date with their immunizat

The Principal Newsletter for July 6 (Jul 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter July 6, 2016 Important Dates July 18 First day of year-round school August 4 Countdown to Kindergarten, Museum of Life and Science, 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 29 First day of traditional calendar school Info for All Principals Medication Administration Training All personnel who administer medications to students at school are now required to complete annual training. This change is new and effect

The Principal Newsletter for June 1 (Jun 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter June 1, 2016 Important Dates May 21-June 3 Principal Roster Verification June 9 Last day of school and early release day for traditional high schools and DSA only. June 3 Registration forms due for NCVPS June 10 Last day of school and early release day for year-round schools and traditional calendar elementary and middle schools. Info for All Principals 2015-16 Year-end Discipline Data Chec

The Principal Newsletter for May 25 (May 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter May 25, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: This morning our senior staff met to go over the draft results of the DPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey. The feedback is largely consistent with last year’s, with notable improvement in the Department of Teaching and Learning (formerly known as Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment). I appreciate all of you who participated in the survey and gave us food for thought on how our de

The Principal Newsletter for May 18 (May 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter May 18, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: EOGs and EOCs, and the last day of classes, feel as though they are coming toward us faster and faster. It’s hard to believe, though, that our school year is simply progressing one day at a time, just as it did at the start of the year. We all know the importance the public places on test results, as imperfect as those tests may be. We also know that our schools may be unfairly la

The Principal Newsletter for May 11 (May 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter May 11, 2016 Important Dates April 29-May 18 Elementary Spring Art Show, Northgate Mall May 13 2017-18 Calendar Options Voting Deadline Instructional Facilitators' Meeting May 18 Registration Forms Due for Credit Recovery for High School Summer Programs May 21-June 3 Principal Roster Verification May 31 Deadline for completing NCDLMI, including principal sign-off April 23-May 20 Teacher Window - Roster

The Principal Newsletter for May 4 (May 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter May 4, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Last Thursday night’s board meeting was packed and consequential. The board approved a budget request to the county, adopted a resolution in support of African-American male students, and revised our equal educational opportunity policy (4000) to specifically cover a wider range of student categories, including socio-economic status and gender identity. In the middle of all this, the voice of

The Principal Newsletter for April 27 (Apr 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter April 27, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Colleagues, as you know what happens on Jones Street can have as deep an impact on DPS as what happens in the Fuller Building. At a recent breakfast with Durham’s legislative delegation, our board members shared their concerns and some ideas about how K-12 education can be better supported during the short session now underway. I’m attaching a legislative agenda offered by board members he

The Principal Newsletter for April 20 (Apr 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter April 20, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: At this week’s SPAC meeting, your fellow principals shared some important perspectives on the budget, staffing, student assignment and more. One take-away from the entire conversation, however, was the importance of consistent communication from department to department, and between schools and central services. As complex an organization as a school district is, sometimes silos of informatio

The Principal Newsletter for April 13 (Apr 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter April 13, 2016 Important Dates April 15 Instructional Facilitators Meeting April 18-19 Traditional calendar make-up days - please remind your parents. April 19 Superintendent's Principal Advisory Council, 8:30-10 a.m., Fuller April 13-27 Grades 6-12 Spring Art Show, Northgate Mall April 21 Superintendent's Future Leaders Academy, 1-4 p.m., SDC K-5 All-County Chorus, 7-8 p.m., Riverside High Info fo

The Principal Newsletter for April 6 (Apr 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter April 6, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: I know that we are barreling toward the end of the school year and you have lots on your plate, but it was good to see you at yesterday’s District Leadership Meeting. As I mentioned, I want to share with you again the link to the story about Dr. Roland Fryer at Harvard Ed. His personal background is compelling, and his “five tenets” of effective educational policies merit serious consideration

The Principal Newsletter for March 23 (Mar 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 23, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Those of you on the traditional calendar are about to join your year-round colleagues for some well-deserved and badly needed time off next week. The Fuller Building will be closed to the public and many of our Central Services staff will be taking annual leave during Spring Break. Although in our line of work this is often easier said than done, take as little work home with you as possible

The Principal Newsletter for March 16 (Mar 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 16, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Colleagues, last night a new Durham Public Schools Board of Education was elected to take office this July. Our congratulations go to Steve Unruhe, Xavier Cason and the returning Minnie Forte-Brown as they prepare to represent our citizens on the board. School board service involves long hours of work with little compensation other than the satisfaction of knowing that they are serving our stu

The Principal Newsletter for March 9 (Mar 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 9, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: As you saw in my district-wide email Monday, the school board has given district staff the green light to continue budget planning on the assumption that we will need to cut $9.3 million from Central Services to balance the budget. Over the next two weeks, we will share more specific information with our staff about the impact to our departments. It’s our expectation that our service to you

The Principal Newsletter for March 2 (Mar 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter March 2, 2016 Important Dates March 3 Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Council March 11 Instructional Facilitators Meeting March 17 Superintendent's Future Leaders Academy March 24 Kindergarten Registration Celebration March 8 Assistant Principals Meeting March 15 Superintendent's Principals Advisory Council Epi-Pen Training, 1-3 p.m., SDC March 23 Epi-Pen Training, 1-3 p.m., SDC Info for A

The Principal Newsletter for Feb. 24 (Feb 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter February 24, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: I want to thank you again for the feedback and support you’ve given as we are working through the budget process. More importantly, I want to thank you for maintaining constructive lines of communication with your teachers and staff. The emails that I have received from DPS employees have been, with few exceptions, extremely mature and thoughtful. They have thanked us for being open about o

The Principal Newsletter for Feb. 17 (Feb 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter February 17, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: As you might expect, the last week has been almost entirely about the budget. I want to thank you for your attention, questions and feedback after last week’s special meeting. Since then, I have met with DPS Central Services employees across the district, sharing the same information about the challenge we face in balancing the budget. I am so impressed with our staff; their first concer

The Principal Newsletter for Feb. 10 (Feb 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter February 10, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Colleagues, I’m sure you all heard about the controversy at The School for Creative Studies last week regarding traditional African head wraps. I support both the Young Women of Excellence and Principal Price. I had one of my regularly scheduled school visits to The School for Creative Studies Monday morning, and I saw a lot of traditional head wraps. The atmosphere in the school was good

The Principal Newsletter for Feb. 3 (Feb 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter February 3, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Last week I shared with all staff an early look at our budget situation and the decisions that will have to be made about prioritizing our resources. I appreciate the feedback many of you have given me. While the prospect of budget cuts and organizational changes can be unnerving, we owe it to our teachers and staff to give them as much information as we can to help them prepare. Our staf

The Principal Newsletter for Jan. 27 (Jan 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter January 27, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: This is a brief note to thank you for your patience during our winter adventure. I’d like to believe that we won’t have another round of ice, snow, closings, and make-up days, but it’s probably wiser simply to hope. The level of icing that we received was very difficult for city, county, and DPS maintenance staff to remove quickly; plows and salt could only do so much. For the most part, w

The Principal Newsletter for June 8 (Jun 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter June 8, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Finally. We are in the midst of graduations and the last week of traditional-calendar school. I am so grateful for everything you did this school year: welcoming and engaging students, supporting and listening to teachers, maintaining an open door for families, and placing academic excellence as your highest priority. It is an honor to witness high school seniors walking across the

The Principal Newsletter for Jan. 20 (Jan 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter January 20, 2016 Important Dates January 2-22 Teacher Verification Phase of EVAAS January 25 Advanced Academics Summer Enrichment Expo February 1-5 National School Counselor Week January 21 Superintendent's Future Leader Academy, SDC, 1-4 p.m. January 27 Medication Administration/Epi-Pen Training, SDC, 9 a.m. - noon February 6 An Evening of Entertainment, 7-8:30 p.m., DPAC Info for All Pri

The Principal Newsletter for Jan. 13 (Jan 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter January 13, 2016 A Message from the Superintendent: Building Healthy School Climates I enjoy subscribing to The Marshall Memo, a brief weekly roundup of K-12 research from longtime educator Kim Marshall. This week, I wanted to share two stories I found there. A Harvard Business Review article talks about fostering an emotionally positive workplace, which is important given (a) the stresses our teachers and staff are under and (b) the im

The Principal Newsletter for January 6 (Jan 2016)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter January 6, 2015 A Message from the Superintendent: It can be done! Welcome back! I hope that you and your families had a restful holiday season, and that the first few days back from Winter Break are going well. Reentry is sometimes hard for our students, but as we approach the end of the quarter and testing for our high schools on four-by-four block schedules, it’s important that we bring our classrooms quickly back into focus. A comm

The Principal Newsletter for Dec. 16 (Dec 2015)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter December 16, 2015 This will be the last newsletter for the year! The Principal Newsletter will resume on Jan. 6. A Message from the Superintendent I want to wish you a very happy upcoming Winter Break. I know the next two weeks will be important for recovering, recharging and resetting. I hope you will be able to put school away for a few days to put family first, and I hope you will encourage your staff to do the same. When you get

The Principal Newsletter for Dec. 9 (Dec 2015)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter December 9, 2015 A Message from the Superintendent: Colleagues, Monday the Durham County Board of Commissioners approved a measure allocating $1.1 million in additional compensation for our classified employees, who have not received significant raises from the county or state in some time. We will be presenting a proposal of how to distribute this funding to classified employees at Thursday afternoon’s Operational Services and Policy Wo

The Principal Newsletter for Dec. 2 (Dec 2015)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter December 2, 2015 A Message from the Superintendent: Teachers, not Prisons It was a pleasure to spend time with you yesterday at The Pit after the district leadership meeting. Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to enjoy a time of fellowship before we returned to our schools and offices. We’re in the in-between time now, when we have just barely returned to normal after the Thanksgiving break, only for our students to become increasingly re

The Principal Newsletter for Nov. 18, 2015 (Nov 2015)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter November 18, 2015 A Message from the Superintendent: Thanksgiving and Winter Cold weather has finally arrived, the clocks changed this month, and we are hearing holiday music in the stores. This school year seems to have hurtled by. I know you and your staff are excited to have extra time for family coming up, while you are also concerned about maintaining your students’ momentum through the break and into the end of the quarter on January

The Principal Newsletter for Nov. 11, 2015 (Nov 2015)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter November 11, 2015 Important Dates November 2-December 4 Administer DPS Student Climate Survey November 13 Scanner Replacement Survey Due November 16 22-Credit Diploma Applications Due November 17 Superintendent's Principal Advisory Council Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Fuller November 19 Superintendent's Future Leaders Academy, 1-4 p.m., SDC November 21 Middle & High School All-County Chorus, Riverside High, 3-

October 28 Principals Newsletter (Oct 2015)
  October 28, 2015 Calendar   October 23-31 Red Ribbon Week November 3 Leadership Meeting November 5-6 NCCTM State Conference November 6 Instructional Facilitator Meeting November 7 Magnet Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Southern School of Energy & Sustainability November 10 Principal Leadership and Our Professional School Counselors Webinar, 9:30-10:30 a.m. OR 3:30-4:30 p.m. Assistant Principal Meeting November 12 School Calendar Planning Committee - Traditional Calendar, 6:3

The Principal Newsletter for Nov. 4, 2015 (Nov 2015)
News You Can Use: The Principal Newsletter November 4, 2015 A Message from the Superintendent: Nominate Someone for Parent Advisory Committee Our teacher, principal and student advisory committees provide DPS with valuable perspectives that help us make more thoughtful decisions and foster community buy-in. But there’s a group missing from that list. My office is working with Public Affairs to create a new Parent Advisory Committee that will allow me to have focused conversations




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