March Updates

Tubman is having a great year! We just held a whole school Black Lives Matter assembly (see photo) where each grade presented on important themes related to social justice and Black Lives Matter. We are also very proud of our 4 Star Rating on the DC Report Card OSSE Star Framework and grateful for all of our hardworking students, teachers and families that made our growth possible! Enrollment begins April 1 and we will have a special family dinner for all families enrolled or wanting to enroll the evening of April 11. We hope to see everyone there!

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Every year, Marie Reed is proud to recognize our highly effective teachers and staff at the annual Standing Ovation awards ceremony sponsored by DC Public Education Fund in honor of DCPS.  This year we were doubly excited to win the Standing Ovation Equity Award, presented to Marie Reed in recognition of the work we are doing to promote equity and remove achievement gaps among students.  The award comes with a $25,000 cash prize to advance opportunities for our students and staff. 

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Parent engagement at Bancroft continues to be a shining example of what happens when the whole community comes together to support children and families. Starting with our monthly Saturday Academies for parents of English Language Learners, and our Parent Café's that take place every Thursday morning right after parents drop off their children, our school community touches the lives of over one hundred families through these two events. March is especially unique as it is also DCPS Family Night at the National Air and Space Museum. To make things very special for Bancroft, on Friday, March 15th the Air and Space Museum staff arranged to send two buses, free of charge, to transport all our Saturday Academy families to and from the museum. What an unforgettable experience! Below is a picture of parents fully engaged during a recent Saturday Academy session. Thanks to a collaborative effort by the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, the Bancroft PTO, and school resources, on any given Saturday between 55 – 70 families attend regularly.


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The Carlos Rosario School's ESL for Families program is enrolling students in its multiple locations (Brightwood, Manor Park, Petworth and Woodley Park). In this program, students learn basic English and technology skills, and become familiar with resources to support their children's academic success. Please contact Elani Lawrence at elawrence@carlosrosario.org for information about enrolling. For list of participating schools, visit www.carlosrosario.org/esl-for-families/.  


On April 11, sixteen Oyster-Adams students will head off to China for a 10-day trip.  On their trip, students will travel to Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. They will participate in tourist activities, such as visiting the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square) and some cultural immersion activities, such as visiting a local Chinese school and enjoying the opportunity to share a traditional meal with Hutong families. Our students will have multiple opportunities to practice their Chinese and deepen their understanding of both Chinese culture and history.  If you’d like to make a donation to their trip, give today! 
 

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) Career Academy PCS is a Ward 1 school that engages and empowers young people between the ages of 16 - 24 by providing a college-preparatory education, career training in high growth occupations, and college-credit classes. Please join the school in congratulating its students who earned close to 600 IT certifications in the last three years.  Is your business looking for trained IT professionals? If yes, please contact andrea@laycca.org for details.   


Cleveland ES launched Saturday Academy again this year for scholars to enhance Literacy skills and computer readiness skills.  We also won a RiverSmart Grant that will help us launch a rain garden, and irrigation system in our garden.


CHEC is elated to announce a few of the many well-earned recent college acceptances; senior Adam Temesgen has received a POSSE Scholarship - with full tuition for four year and will attend Rochester University in the fall of 2019.  Senior Jessica Amaya has received a full four year scholarship and will attend Georgetown University and three CHEC students, Gerardo Hernandez, Maritza Mundo, and Jessica Amaya received scholarships from the Greater Washington Urban League; Mr. Hernandez received the Yancey Eights Scholarship for $8000 and Ms. Mundo and Ms. Amaya both received the Safeway Scholarship for $2500.  They were honored at the GWUL Gala on March 15th at the Ronald Reagan Building.


At Meridian MS, 8th grade students explored "endangered species kits" provided by the  Fish and Wildlife Service in preparation for a Science lesson.The kits have things like: Crocodile skins, Komodo dragon purses, cobra wallets, ivory bracelets, bobcat furs, python skins, coral reef, and other items. Contact Kathy Langley at the Fish and Wildlife Service to borrow these kits for your science class! 

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In celebration of International Women's Day, Cardozo EC Counselor, Krystle Joyner  brought students to a panel discussion with four women diplomats hosted by the Women's National Democratic Club. Students asked excellent questions about challenges the speakers faced as women in a traditionally male profession, work-life balance, and what kinds of life skills they found most valuable in their work, among others. 


Bruce Monroe at Park View ES would like to invite you to join them every first Wednesday and Thursday of the month at 8:45 a.m. for their school-wide Community Meetings. Each month the entire school community gathers to share news and announcements, revisit the community's values, and to have fun!  The next gathering for Pre-K -Kindergarten will be  on April 10th and the gathering for 1st-5th grades will be on April 13th. 

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While there are many impressive things going on at Chavez Prep MS, the Chavez Board has opted to close their school (and two others in the network) in June. Chavez Prep is not being closed for performance — their test scores have gone up in the last couple of years. The Board cited financial reasons for this decision. On February 25th, scores of Chavez teachers and graduates testified at the Public Charter School Board, citing numerous reasons why their school should be kept open. Nevertheless, the PCSB voted to allow the Chavez board to close three of their schools. Read teacher and alumni testimony in this blog post.

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