Academic Alert: Steady Wins the Race – January 2017


2016-2017 Theme:  Steady Wins the Race!

January 2017

PYO Parent Information:

  • There will be a parent’s meeting on Monday, January 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lyon Park. Topic:  PYO Happenings for 2017
  • PYO will participate in Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 16th. Please check with Mr. Adam to find out the different sites where we will volunteer.
  • Tutoring will resume on Tuesday, January 17th on Duke’s Campus. The Duke and Durham Access vans will continue to pick students up from their schools.  Please make arrangements to pick up students from Duke’s Gilbert Addoms Residence Hall (Address:  110 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708). Our tutoring space is called GA Downunder and is located in the basement.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Dosali or Ms. Tanya.

All PYO Students:

  • The second quarter ends on Friday, January 20th for all DPS traditional schools. Report cards will be handed out on Monday, January 30th.  Please make sure you get all of your assignments and projects turned in by the 20th.  We also ask that you turn in your report card at tutoring on Tuesday, Jan. 31st, or screenshot/click a pic and email (or text) to Ms. Dosali.
  • Prep for the ACT (all Juniors) will take place in January either at Lyon Park or Duke. We will let you know as soon as details have been finalized.  All juniors are expected to participate unless you show proof that you are involved with a prep program at your school or outside of PYO.
  • On Monday, January 23rd (Teacher Workday for DPS traditional schools), PYO will host a college tour to Raleigh, NC. We will visit Meredith College and Wake Tech.  Please let Ms. Dosali know if you would like sign up!
  • The West End Community Foundation, Inc. will host a teen focus group/hot dog party for students in PYO, Rebound, The Teen Center and those who live on the West End to discuss how to make Lyon Park more teen friendly. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 25th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Lyon Park’s cafeteria.  Please let Ms. Dosali know if you would like to take part in this wonderful event!
  • Hear Me! See Me! Girls Writing Collective will take place on Saturday, January 28th. We will delve into our poetry books as well as do a possible community service project.  Please contact Ms. Dosali for further details.
  • The North Carolina Collaborative (NCC) Summer Research Experience Program is recruiting high school students  for its 2017 session! The NCC program provides an intensive research experience over 8 weeks in the summer, focusing on pharmaco-epidemiological research methodology and scientific writing skills. Participants are placed in teams and matched with Duke faculty mentors to work on an original, hypothesis-driven project, progressing through draft figures and tables, an abstract, a PowerPoint presentation, and a written thesis.  Deadline for applications is on January 09, 2017. Check out the program website for more information:
  • North Carolina Collaborative Summer Research Experience Program:  a high-quality research experience for, among others, high school students over 8 weeks of the summer.  The program capitalizes on world-renowned training programs in place at Duke University under the leadership of Danny Benjamin, professor of pediatrics at Duke and faculty associate director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. The team of instructors includes Duke adult medicine and pediatrics faculty members, a writing instructor, a statistician, and operations staff.  NIH-sponsored research is in clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, trials, and pharmacoepidemiology.  Participants are placed in teams and matched with faculty mentors to work on an original, hypothesis-drive project, with the ultimate goal of qualifying for co-authorship on a peer-reviewed manuscript.  $2,600 stipend included.  See for more information and to apply.  Deadline Jan. 9th.

8th Grade Information:

  • If you and your family have decided you would like to attend a magnet school, here is what you need to know:
  • Application Period – Monday, January 9, 2017, 12 a.m. – Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
  • All applicants must have an e-mail address to create an online account and submit their application.
  • The application process for JDC Early College and Middle College High School at Durham Tech is twofold. Each applicant must submit the online application at and send hardcopy references and student transcript to the school.
  • If you need assistance submitting the online application:
  • DPS Staff Development Center – 2107 Hillandale Rd. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
  • DPS Staff Development Center – 2107 Hillandale Rd., Saturday, January 21st, 9 a.m.-1p.m.
  • DPS Magnet Schools –23 school sites during open house events
  • Smart Phone Application at net
  • Lottery notification results will be posted Wednesday, March 1, 2017 on the SmartChoice Dashboard online application site.
  • Applicants who are selected through the lottery process must accept or decline their lottery seat on the SmartChoice Dashboard by Friday, March 17, 11:59 p.m. (No exceptions).

Freshman Information:

  • Look on this common core website to find out standards in ELA for your grade.
  • Check out these books for 9th graders:
    • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (check out the movie, too!)
    • Catching Fire (Hunger Games series) by Suzanne Collins (check out the movies, too!)
    • Mocking Jay (Hunger Games series) by Suzanne Collins (check out the movie, too!)
    • Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Sophomore Information:

  • Middle College High School is a DPS magnet high school. It is for 11thand 12th graders who would like to challenge themselves by taking honors level high school courses, and college credit courses at Durham Technical Community College (DTCC).  Students may graduate from high school with up to an Associate Degree. Your tuition and books are free. The application period to apply for MCHS is from January 9th to January 31st.  If you are interested, please sign up for a tour at or contact your high school counselor for more information.

Junior Information:

  • DPS will administer the ACT for free to all high school juniors on Tuesday, Feb. 21st. Please check in with Ms. Dosali and Ms. Amy on PYO test prep dates starting in January!

Senior Information:

  • Scholarships!
  • HSF General College Scholarships sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Amount: Up to $5,000 Closing Date: March 30, 2017 Description: Scholarship is open to students of Hispanic descent who are graduating high school seniors, community colleges students, transfer students, college students, or graduate students.
  • My Year in Poetry Deadline: 1/17/17 Award Amount: $1,000: Compare the person you are now to the person you were a year ago. Are you exactly the same? Didn’t think so. Each day we experience new events, thoughts, and feelings that allow us to change and grow. What shaped this past year for you? We want to know what happened this past year that had a major impact on you. Take time to reflect. Did you have a personal epiphany? Get super into politics because of the election? Or did you discover a cause that you have a true passion for? Tell us in a poem what affected you and why, for your chance to win.  Follow the link:
  • You could win an easy $3,000 scholarship just by spreading some New Year’s positivity in your community. We’ll give you easy ways to spread joy to people around you, and you’ll automatically enter to win a $3,000 scholarship. Let’s do this! Follow the link:


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Ms. Amy, College Support Specialist

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