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GMS Pride Blast Tuesday, March 24, 2020

GMS Pride Blast Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Ms. Isom-Adu participated in another conference call for DPS principals today (3/24). NC School Closure Extended to May 15: Joint statement of the State Board of Education and State Superintendent Mark Johnson can be found here:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NCSBE/bulletins/282c955 NC Funding for Schools (Just announced): Governor Cooper directs $50M in funding to help public schools address COVID-19 related expenseshttps://governor.nc.gov/news/governor-cooper-directs-funding-schools-teach-and-feed-students-during-covid-19 Message from DPS Superintendent: Dr. Mubenga shared that DPS is focusing on equity. DPS is cognizant of the digital divide in our community.  Many children have access to technology, however whenever there are multiple children in a family it becomes a challenge. DPS is also trying to be fiscally responsible. We want to make sure that enough resources are available to support DPS supplemental instructional supplies and child nutrition. Schools are Closed: Githens is closed to all employees unless they are serving on the food distribution and supplemental packets distribution. DPS buildings will have the alarms on to maintain security. Custodians have been assigned to various locations to ensure mobilization of resources. After Wednesday, HVAC will be reduced to unoccupied status to reduce costs. Student Medications at GMS: Parents who need to pick up their children’s medication may do so on Thursday, March 27 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm Raider Class Registration for 2020-2021 School Year: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders need to register for their elective classes if they have not already done so. Registration information and forms are on the school webpage. www.githens.dpsnc.net.

Google Classrooms: Teachers are busy setting up google classrooms as well as team and plc websites to support our raiders remotely.  Please make sure your child is using the school website to access links to the Team webpages and Teacher websites.  Students should also be checking their google classroom dashboards to look for newly added classes and accept those teacher invitations to join the class.  If your child has questions please have them email their team teachers directly as well to make sure that we continue to have strong and open communication.  We are here to support your child’s learning! Student DPS Gmail Accounts: Durham Public Schools set up student gmail accounts and we need all students to follow the directions in this training video to claim their accounts correctly beginning Thursday March 26th.  This will allow each student to use the Gmail provided by DPS. This is also linked on the school webpage. Student Directions to claim account (Power Point and summary of directions):https://central.dpsnc.net/dtl/shared-resources/student-gmail * Setting Up Your Student Gmail Account*

  • Go to https://docs.dpsnc.net in the Chrome Web Browser

  • Login with your DPS username and password

  • Click on Apps grid (next to your username)

  • Select 'Gmail'

  • Click on the gear/wheel in the upper right

  • Select 'Settings'

  • Select 'Accounts'

  • Select ‘Add another email address you own’

  • Enter your DPS username followed by '@my.dpsnc.net' in the email field

    • i.e. john-smith@my.dpsnc.net

  • Click ‘Next Step’

  • In accounts page, click ‘Make Default’

  • Make sure that ‘Always Reply from Default Address” is chosen

  • Click 'Filters and Blocked Addresses'

  • Click 'Create a new filter'

  • Type '@dpsnc.net' into the 'From:' line

  • Click 'Create filter'

  • Check 'Never send it to Spam'

  • Click 'Create filter'


DPS Supplemental Learning Activities are now available for students digitally and in print. These activities will not be new learning for students and are not required but will reinforce instruction previously received in class. DPS students will not receive credit for the supplemental learning packets.  Supplemental packets were created for ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Math for each grade.  How to pick up printed packets: Hard copies of packets will be provided for students who cannot access materials digitally and do not have internet access. Internet access or a device is NOT required for supplemental learning.  Students can pick up the printed packets on March 23-25 at Githens or one of the meal distribution sites. How to access digital versions: All of the supplemental packets were uploaded to google classroom by GMS teachers.  Students are already emailing teachers with questions about the packets.  Right now, Google Classroom is the best digital resource for accessing supplemental learning activities.  Parents, if you have questions, please email teachers directly.  All Teachers are available during the day.  Directory of GMS staff emails can be found here:  https://www.dpsnc.net/Page/1390 i-Ready: We encourage Githens students to complete i-Ready reading, i-Ready math and Reading Plus assignments.  Students have their username and passwords.   IEP and 504 meetings may occur via Zoom however all parties must have access to technology. 


Durham Public Schools Foundation - Meal Delivery - Nominate Family in Need: The Durham Public Schools Foundation and local restaurants will team to prepare and deliver yummy meals to Durham Public Schools families this weekend. Local restaurants will cater the family meals.  Last week the foundation fed  over 1,000 families.  Please nominate a family soon. It is first come first served.  https://support-bullcityschools.netlify.com/ The foundation also needs volunteers to drive the meals to families.  You can volunteer using the link above. DPS website for parent/guardians: Check out DPS website with curriculum resources and tips for staying connected to schools and providing emotional support for children: dpsnc.net.   If you need support While students are out of school, parents and guardians who need assistance may call the following DPS numbers during business hours:

  • Academic and counselor support: (919) 560-2505 or (919) 560-3755

  • Information Technology: (919) 560-3837

  • Food services (including meal delivery): (919) 560-3657

  • Spanish-language support: (919) 560-2510

Additional Reading Resources:

Additional Math Resource:

Free Internet Service: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband & Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who do not have a Spectrum broadband subscription & at any service level up to 100 Mbps.  Call 1-844-488-8395.  Installation fees waived for new student households. The website for the information is: https://www.internetessentials.com  Spectrum also has information at: https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist

The Githens Pride Blast is distributed most Sundays during the school year. If you have any news you would like to share with the Githens community, you can send an email to: githensprideblast@gmail.com.  Please let friends know they can receive weekly Blasts by emailing: githensprideblast@gmail.com. Spanish translations of the Pride Blast are available on the PTA page of the Githens Middle School website (http://githens.dpsnc.net). 

Our mailing address is: githensprideblast@gmail.com

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