May 2021


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Hello all,

I hope this email finds each of you safe and well. I want to take this opportunity to provide you with an update as we prepare for the upcoming school year.

As we look ahead, it’s important for us to have a clear understanding of where we are as a district. Prior to the pandemic, student achievement was on the rise, schools were meeting and exceeding performance projections, and enrollment had increased considerably. DPS’s transformation was evident. COVID-19 interfered with our progress. Let me be clear – the growth we experienced over the past few years will continue despite the challenges during the pandemic. I know this because we have the very best professionals committed to student development and success. The heroic efforts of our educators this year affirm the great confidence I have in our ability to engage the minds of our learners and propel them into the future. I see examples of this each day in every school within the district. DPS is ready for the 2021-22 school year... Click here to read the letter in full.

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Sherwood Githens Middle School science teacher named DPS Teacher of the Year

Veteran Sherwood Githens Middle School science teacher Caroline Brickhouse—a mentor and relationship builder, is the 2021-22 Teacher of the Year for Durham Public Schools.

“By every standard, Caroline is an outstanding teacher and has a great rapport with her teammates, staff, and building administration,” said Dr. Sheldon Lanier, principal of Githens. “Caroline is a role model for all of her students and impresses me with a love for lifelong learning.”

Click here to learn more about Brickhouse.

Ignite! Online Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony | April 14 | 7 pm


  • DPS Virtual Career Fair - May 15
  • DPS BOE Monthly Meeting - May 20
  • DEADLINE for students to request Ignite! Online Learning Summer Courses - May 28

About Durham Public Schools

Our school district is one of the top 10 largest in the state, serving more than 32,000 students in both the city and county of Durham. Durham is on an upward trend, recognized all over as one of the hot spots in the south -- from food to history to music to education -- more and more people are learning what those of us here already know: Durham is the place to be!