Welcome to Durham Intermediate School!
Home of the Panthers
Grades 6 - 8
Welcome to Durham Intermediate School,
On behalf of the Durham Intermediate School (DIS) faculty, I welcome you to our website to learn more about our great school. I was hired as the new principal of DIS in July 2017. I bring to Durham 20 years of public education experience. My last 13 years have been as a school administrator. I have worked in elementary, middle and high schools in the surrounding Glenn, Tehama and Butte Counties.
The Durham Unified School District is unique for its culture, parent involvement and excellent student behavior-manners and high academic achievement. I have had an incredible experience working at this school and within the district over the last four months. We have a veteran staff with dedicated, competent, hard-working and creative teachers. Our certificated teaching staff goes the extra mile for our students. They dedicate their time before school, at lunch and after hours to support our students in being successful as we prepare them for high school.
I can honestly say that our campus climate can be defined as: safe, caring, supportive and fun. Students enjoy going to school at DIS. We offer many programs, field trips, extracurricular activities and clubs. When visiting campus you’ll see happy adolescent students excited to learn, making it to class on time, supporting their classmates, excelling on the athletic field and striving for excellence in the classroom.
We are a traditional middle school while hosting grades 6-8. Sixth grade students are in a self-contained classroom for their core classes (English, math, science and social studies). Sixth-grade students go to physical education with a full-time credentialed PE teacher as well as one elective at the end of the day. Our school offers a six period day as well as a zero period in the morning for math support/intervention. Seventh and eighth grade students are also enrolled in the four core subjects as well as physical education. Students also have the opportunity to enjoy elective classes such as: band, art, introduction to agriculture, STEM (science technology engineering and math), American Sign Language, math support and if designated ELD (English language development class). We also offer a study skills class, modified mathematics, and a push in model for special education students.
We staff a part-time school counselor to assist in social emotional support of our student body. Our counselor runs a club on campus, called UPS (United Panthers Society). This “Kindness” club meets weekly at lunch time, while students are engaging in training, fun activities and service to our campus.
We offer traveling/competitive basketball for both boys and girls in all grade levels. We have 4-5 school dances annually with a DJ. We also have student council/government through ASB (Associated Student Body). In addition we have CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation) which is an academic club on campus. Throughout the year we have assemblies, school spirit rallies, and a Jog-a-Thon, each fall, which raises approximately $15,000 for our students.
In all, we have an excellent school which has a very positive school climate that promotes the best in our staff and students. We believe in offering a rigorous curriculum supporting the California Common Core State Standards. We challenge our students to succeed to their fullest ability; whether it be in achieving high grades and test scores, excelling on the athletic field/court, performing their best in the arts/music or being a positive role model on campus.
I encourage you to come visit our school. Our office staff and I are happy to speak to you or give you a tour of our campus. Stop by our school, or contact us at 895 – 4690. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Jason Bramson, Principal