Maverick News

November 3, 2020

Registration for Spring Classes - Deadline is 11/15

Registration is underway for spring college classes! If you have not already had an advising session with Mr. Evans to select your courses, please schedule an appointment with him immediately. Instructions about advising and registration were sent via e-mail by Mr. Evans on October 2nd. Please read that message to learn about making your appointment. If you have already had an advising session, remember that you must log into your Self-Service account on your assigned day this week and officially register for your courses.

Elective Classes for Next Semester

Contemporary Literature

If you have room in your spring schedule and are interested in taking Contemporary Literature please express your interest in this survey. Course Description: This course will survey the major genres and themes of contemporary literature through high interest novels. Students will engage in multiple discussion forums such as literature circles and Socratic seminars as they discuss the contents of each novel. We will specifically focus the course on current works of black and brown authors while also incorporating creative writing components. Such authors might include: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Jason Reynolds, Elizabeth Acevedo, Erika L. Sanchez, Ibram X. Kendi, James Baldwin, Nic Stone, etc.) Click below for more information.
Yearbook Journalism

If you want a fun, hands-on, project-based class with no textbooks or tests, keep reading. We'll design pages for the yearbook in the third quarter, then work on the school webcast, MC360, in the fourth quarter. You'll learn how to shoot quality HD video, record audio and edit like a pro. Fun fact: I was a TV news reporter before becoming a teacher. Email me if you're interested in this dynamic class:

MC360 - DEC. 2018

Picture Day - Currently on Hold

Picture Day was scheduled for 11/13. We are looking for a new place to hold this as Durham Tech will not allow this to happen on campus now due to COVID restrictions.

DTCC Virtual Transfer Tours - Until 11/5

Sixty colleges and universities have registered to participate in this year’s Virtual Transfer Tour. There will also be over 30 panel discussions that students may attend as well. Each activity will allow students to interact, in real time, with the presenters.

The panels will include topics such as choosing a major, scholarships for transfer students, and transfer as a returning student, military veteran, or international student. The Tour will also feature live and interactive information sessions from a wide variety of colleges and universities.

Student registration is going on now, so reserve your spot for the college presentations and panel discussions you want. Students may attend an unlimited number of sessions at no cost. Select the sessions you wish to attend by registering here.

Town Hall - Friday 11/6

Our monthly school get-together is slated for Friday at 11:00 am. Students, check your email on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning for a link to the Zoom meeting.

Virtual College Tours

Although visiting campuses is difficult right now, our four-year university partners still warmly welcome your virtual visits. Below are opportunities to learn about degree programs, transfer admissions, financial aid, and more.

East Carolina University
You can drop in for a virtual visit to ask questions on Friday, November 18, 10 a.m. - noon.

Campbell University

Speak with Campbell University admissions representative David Williams on November 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Click here.

UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Learn more about UNC Chapel Hill’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing on Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Join here.

UNC Greensboro

UNCG will host a Transfer Information Program on Tuesday, November 10, 3 p.m. Sign up information is available here. In addition, Admissions Counselor Melissa Garrison will hold a virtual visit on Monday, November 16 at 3 p.m. (register here).

ECU Pirate Promise - Nov. 18

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Counselor's Corner with Ms. Machak

Counselor Corner

  • Seniors! If you haven’t filled out your NC Residency or FAFSA, now is the time. Learn about what documents you need at this link
  • Emily K Center’s Game Plan College has Wellness Wednesday programs each Wednesday at 2:30 – Check out the upcoming sessions and sign up at the Wellness Wednesday photo below.
  • Wednesday 11/4 @ 1:30pm DTCC Career Services will be hosting a session on Interview Skills for students. This is a great session for both seniors and juniors to learn basic interview techniques prior to college, job, or summer opportunity interviews
  • Friday 11/6 @ 11am Monthly Town Hall
  • Tuesday 11/17 @ 4pm Deadline to submit applications for Governor’s School to Mrs. Machak. Juniors interested in applying to Governor’s School that need help on their application should schedule an appointment with Mrs. Machak. Information regarding application available on Canvas.

Scholarship Corner

  • Carolina Youth Power Fund is currently giving out $500 grants to people trying to get out the vote apply at
  • NC Central’s Cheatham-White is a fully funded four-year scholarship. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop, travel, and personal expenses. Each scholarship also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study.
    • Criteria for the Cheatham White scholarship is listed below
      • Have a minimum weighted cumulative GPA of 4.0 or higher.
      • Have a minimum SAT score of 1280 or a minimum ACT score of 28.
      • Show exceptional qualities of character and leadership.
      • Be significantly involved in extracurricular activities.
      • Demonstrate a strong commitment to service.
    • If you missed the school-nomination, no problem! Submit a self-nomination form to apply.

Please Sign Up for a Required Training November 13th

Say Something Anonymous Training will take place on November 13th. This training will go through a short video and information on how to use the Say Something Anonymous Reporting system. This is a part of the see-something-say-something initiative, and we need your participation. Each year, students are required to take a training on how to use the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System. Please RSVP below for the time that works the best for your schedule on Friday November 13th. The training will take 30 minutes. The link for the presentation is here, and will also be sent out the day prior.

RSVP Here Today

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Duke Students Offer Free Tutoring in High School Classes

Audacity Labs is pleased to announce that starting this week, all DPS high schoolers can schedule tutoring with Duke students for support with math and literacy on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tutoring will take place over Zoom through four, 30 min. slots on these evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm. These sessions are entirely free in pursuit of providing the needed academic support for success in a virtual environment. I have attached a video tutorial of how to go about setting up a tutoring session on these evenings.

We have been enabled to provide this support with our newly formed partnership with Duke's America Reads America Counts chapter. Each of these tutors have undergone extensive training to work with diverse populations of students with a trauma-informed care approach. Our tutors have also all passed a background check.

You can find the link to schedule tutor sessions here:

Yearbook Photo Contest Entries

53 pictures came in this month, but only two can take the top spots and the $10 gift cards. We will announce the winners at Town Hall on Friday.

Photo Contest #4 - Deadline is 11/25

Me & My Pet (or stuffed animal, little brother, etc).

Email: or send to your student yearbook rep.


Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Got some good news or a celebration to share with us? Let us know about your achievements or someone else's, in or out of the virtual classroom.

Mavs Across America - Third Stop is Oklahoma

We're on a road trip of sorts, all the way to California. We've already made it 1,033 miles to Checotah, Oklahoma. Click below to log miles from your walks, runs or rides to collectively get us to the West Coast, by foot and bicycle. It's only 2,569 miles to Los Angeles. Parents, feel free to join in as we may need your help to get there :)