The Northern Friday Message

May 6, 2022


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Baseball finished the season as tri conference champions!

Softball advanced to the conference championship unfortunately cancelled because of weather!

State playoffs begin Tuesday for both baseball and softball!

Track regionals are next weekend!

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Tonight's Chorus Concert has been postponed to MONDAY, MAY 9 at 7pm!

Looking ahead:

  • Tuesday, May 17 - Teacher Work Day
  • Monday, May 30 - Holiday, no school
  • Final Exams - June 6-9
  • Friday, June 10 - early release day and last day of school
  • Friday, June 10 @ 11:00am - Graduation Practice
  • Monday, June 13 @ 3:30pm - Graduation

ALL RETURNING STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE BACK TO SCHOOL FORM IN POWERSCHOOL! Transportation will not be provided next year without completion of this form. Please reach out to if you need your Parent Portal account reset.


Jostens will be on campus on Wednesday, May 4th during lunch in the front lobby to deliver cap & gown units and senior products. All items must be paid for in full before students can receive their products.

Online payments must be made 48 hours prior to the delivery date. Cash or money order only will be accepted on the delivery date.

If you still need to place an order, please go to


If you have not yet ordered your Cap and Gown package, do so ASAP at:


  • Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Stole
  • Dark shoes (no tennis shoes or flip flops). Flat shoes or wedges are recommended.
  • Be careful of high heels-you will be walking up and down steep, winding steps at a quick pace!
  • Dress, skirt and blouse, or dress pants. No jeans!
  • Jewelry should be limited to small stud earrings, rings, and watches.


  • Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Stole
  • Dark shoes (no tennis shoes or flip flops), socks, long dark pants. No jeans!
  • Wear a white dress shirt with a tie or bowtie.

NOTE: Be sure to get the wrinkles out of gowns before graduation day. Hang in the bathroom during shower, steam, etc. Do not iron the gowns.

NOTE: Do not decorate your caps. You will be pulled from the line if caps are decorated.

There are no extra caps to give you!

TASSELS: Tassels are to be worn on the right.


At this time, graduates will be allowed to invite 10 guests to attend the Spring Graduation ceremony. The number of guests is subject to change should the Health Department deem it necessary due to Covid. All ceremonies will be livestreamed and can be watched online.

  • Children age two and under who will remain seated on the lap of an adult for the duration of the graduation ceremony will not require a ticket. Children over age two and those under age two who will require their own seat need to have their own ticket.

Tickets are electronic this year and more information on how to claim is coming.

All debts must be resolved in order to receive your diploma. Take care of this before graduation practice!!!

Remind all family and friends attending the graduation to have a ticket for admission. In addition, security staff will check bags upon entrance to Cameron. Also, remind them that no balloons, flowers, confetti, silly string, sound makers, signs, posters, or items to throw are allowed in Cameron. All bags MUST be smaller than 5" x 8" x 1". However, diaper bags and medical bags will be allowed. Cameras are allowed, but not the camera bag.

Nothing can be in your hands during the ceremony (no cell phones, keys, cameras, sunglasses, etc.). There is no place to store these items and no one to hold them for you!!!! You will not have time to find your parents or friends to hand the items to them. So leave all items that you carry with you elsewhere!


  • Date: Friday, June 10th at 11:00am.
  • Report to Rubenstein Pavillion no later than 10:00am. Be on time!

Enter Rubenstein Pavillion from Tribull Plaza. Allow time to park and to find it!!


  • Date: Monday, June 13th, Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Place: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University
  • Graduates report to Rubenstein Pavillion at 2:00 p.m.

Please do not be late! Only 2022 graduates who will be participating in the graduation exercises will be permitted in this area.

After graduation, please remain in your line so NSTEP teachers may give you your

program packet. NSTEP teachers will wait in the assigned area for about ten minutes. After that time, you may pick up your packet at school.


  • REHEARSAL: Student/Graduate Parking: Blue Zone (10-12 minute walk) – No shuttles available
  • GRADUATION DAY: Student and Families Parking: Science Drive Garage, no pass required (10-12 minute walk) – Shuttles available ADA Parking/Elderly Drop-off: Blue Zone, pass provided (Accessible shuttle available for individuals needing assistance) Towerview Road will be closed to graduation traffic from Circuit Drive to Duke University Road. Only individuals with passes to park in the VIP Parking will be allowed through. All General Graduation Traffic should use one of the following two routes
  • - 751/Cameron Blvd. to Duke University Road to Wannamaker Drive
  • - Anderson Street to Duke University Road to Wannamaker Drive

AP Testing began this week! All students received personalized emails with their test day information (to the email address they use with their Collegeboard account). Please congratulate our students and teachers on their hard work this year!

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COVID-19 Protocol Updates

In response to revisions made to the NC StrongSchools Toolkit made by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, DPS has updated it’s COVID-19 protocols.In this update you will find descriptions of new procedures as well as updated DPS protocols for upcoming spring events on campus. Below you will find the COVID Protocols and Consent to Participate Letters in both english and spanish.


Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin providing weekly COVID-19 testing at school to help identify possible COVID-19 infections among students even if they’re not showing any symptoms. Research has shown such testing can reduce the spread by 50%, especially in large settings such as schools.

The testing is a simple swab of the nose and not the test that tickles the brain. This is the same test families can administer from home or at local testing sites.

This is a voluntary testing process, so a parent or guardian must register their student to participate. The link to register is here (paper copy found here) as well as a letter sent home with your student. All testing information and results will remain confidential.

Click here to see the DPS Covid-19 Flowchart

Click here to see "A-Z: DPS COVID-19 PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR 2021-22"

Click here to complete the DPS Face Covering Accommodation Form

Click here to view the Covid-19 Data Dashboard. (updated weekly)

Free COVID Testing Sites-See the attached flyers for some of the free testing sites in Durham with whom DPS has partnered.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Research Triangle Park, NC, will host its 12th annual Summer Science Institute June 13-17, 2022. This FREE 1-week program will inform participants about how the EPA protects human health and the environment and will emphasize interactive and hands-on experiences, tours of campus facilities, and networking with EPA professionals.

Rising 11th and 12th graders are eligible to apply to the Environmental Science Summer Institute, and participation is limited to 20 students. The EPA Summer Institute is Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 2022, from 9am-4pm. The Institute will be held at the U.S. EPA Campus in Research Triangle Park, NC. Participants must commit to attending the entire 5-day Institute. Participants and visitors providing transportation must show a valid photo ID daily when entering the EPA campus. There is no cost to attend, but participants must provide their own transportation to the EPA-RTP and their meals. To apply, students should submit the attached application. To ensure that students from multiple schools have the opportunity to participate, up to three students from any one school will be accepted. Additional applicants from the school will be placed on a waitlist. We will contact waitlisted students beginning the week of May 30.

EPA’s campus in Research Triangle Park is home to national and international experts in many fields, including air, energy, ecosystems, health, and sustainability. As the largest facility ever built by EPA, our buildings cover nearly 1.2 million square feet and house more than 2,000 employees. Participants will hear directly from our scientists and engineers about their cutting-edge research that serves to support EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment ( During the Institute, participants will be exposed to the many EPA careers in the environment and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students will also meet employees in other careers that support EPA science, including administration, policy, and communications. You can read about the 2018 in-person program here.

Join the campus of Duke, for this one-week program designed to explore the fast-paced world of sports and entertainment business. For more information:

North Carolina high school grads can take two years of classes at Durham Tech tuition-free

Applications are currently open for two guaranteed admissions pathways. Seniors with a strong GPA who are interested in these pathways should contact Ms. Hines.

C3, Durham Tech guaranteed admissions pathway to NC State, has rolling admissions until June 1. For more information contact Dr. Catherine Ward.

For the 7th year Duke Health will offer paid internships to high school students in the Durham County area who are interested in exploring healthcare or healthcare support careers.

Registration is now open through the Durham YouthWork website!

· The Duke Health internship will be “Session 2: 16-18 year olds: July 5-July 29, 2022 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

· All students interested in applying for the Duke Health internship must check the box marked health sciences to be considered.

Due to COVID this year’s program will be totally virtual!

The Department of Emergency Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill is offering an experience called “Emergency Medicine: Diversity in Discipline, Professions, and Patient Population” for high school and undergraduate students (18 years or older) interested in learning more about Emergency Medicine. This is the 3rd year we’ve offered this week-long experience that will allow students to participate in lectures, procedure labs, simulation, and clinical experiences that introduce them to the specialty of Emergency Medicine, its unique scope of practice, combination of professions, and varied patient population. Through these experiences, we will also explore how the specialty of Emergency Medicine addresses healthcare disparities and social determinants of health.

If you are interested or have further questions, please contact the Course Director, Maglin Halsey-Nichols (

Details -

Who: Senior high school students and Freshman and Sophomore undergraduate students (students must be 18 years old or older at the time of the program) -

When: June 27-July 1, typically within the hours of 8 AM to noon -

Where: UNC Medical Center -

Cost: no cost to the student for the course, but housing and transportation will not be provided -

Benefits: ‣ Introduction to the field of Emergency Medicine ‣ CPR certification ‣ Hands-on procedure labs ‣ Development of mentorship relationships with medical students and faculty

Application: ‣ Statement of interest (no more than 250 words) ‣ Letter of recommendation (from a teacher or mentor who can speak to how you might contribute to and benefit from this program) ‣ Deadline April 15, 2021 ‣ Participants will be notified by the end of April of acceptance


The Duke Research in Engineering Program is accepting applications from rising juniors and seniors to participate in a paid 7-week summer research program in the biomedical sciences. For more information, please view the flyer or visit:

Check out this spreadsheet for a list of scholarship databases to conduct individualized searches as well as a long list of scholarships to explore.

The college advising website,, is also up-to-date with pertinent scholarships. Additionally, you can use this site to set up a meeting with Mr. Anderson, the college adviser, to discuss any step in the college entry process.


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