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DC Public Schools Vision Every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life. Mission Ensure that every school guarantees students reach their full potential through rigorous and joyful learning experiences provided in a

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Through a series of short and confidential surveys shared over the next several months, we will use your answers to help...
11/09/2020

Through a series of short and confidential surveys shared over the next several months, we will use your answers to help improve how we can best meet the needs of students and families.

Register and login to be part of the DPCS Trendency Survey at any time. The sooner you start sharing your feedback, the sooner your opinions are included in the information being used to make decisions:

Survey in English: bit.ly/DCPS-November-Survey

Preguntas en español: bit.ly/DCPS-noviembre

Our next Parent University session, Navigating ASPEN Parent Portal for School Year 20-21, begins in 15 minutes. Join us ...
11/05/2020

Our next Parent University session, Navigating ASPEN Parent Portal for School Year 20-21, begins in 15 minutes.

Join us using this link: bit.ly/parentujoin

To ensure we are hearing from and engaging directly with families, we are partnering with Trendency to track your experi...
11/05/2020

To ensure we are hearing from and engaging directly with families, we are partnering with Trendency to track your experience with learning at home and the school year overall. Sign up to share your opinion!

Questions in English:
bit.ly/DCPS-November-Survey

Preguntas en español:
bit.ly/DCPS-noviembre

Our community info session begins in 15 minutes. We'll discuss what the Term 2 learning experience will look like for ou...
11/04/2020

Our community info session begins in 15 minutes. We'll discuss what the Term 2 learning experience will look like for our students. Join us at mayor.dc.gov/live or dial in to 844-881-1314.

Please join our community info session tomorrow, November 4, at 5 pm. A town hall in Spanish will follow at 6 pm. For mo...
11/03/2020

Please join our community info session tomorrow, November 4, at 5 pm. A town hall in Spanish will follow at 6 pm. For more details, visit bit.ly/DCPSReOpening1021

Please join our community info session tomorrow, October 28, at 5:00 p.m. We'll talk about how we are prioritizing healt...
10/27/2020

Please join our community info session tomorrow, October 28, at 5:00 p.m. We'll talk about how we are prioritizing health and safety and preparing our school buildings for in-person learning.

For more details, visit bit.ly/DCPSReOpening1021.

The Panorama survey, which measures students’ social emotional learning, is now available on Canvas for students in grad...
10/19/2020

The Panorama survey, which measures students’ social emotional learning, is now available on Canvas for students in grades 3-12. This survey is voluntary and confidential, and you can request an opt-out form at dcps.dc.gov/surveys.

Happy #NationalPrincipalsMonth to the amazing school leaders of DCPS! Take some time out this month to show your favorit...
10/01/2020

Happy #NationalPrincipalsMonth to the amazing school leaders of DCPS! Take some time out this month to show your favorite principals love!

Join our next virtual Parent University session on October 1 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about paying for college and navigati...
09/30/2020

Join our next virtual Parent University session on October 1 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about paying for college and navigating the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.

RSVP: bit.ly/dcpsparentursvp

Meals Update: DCPS meal service is open every Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. DC youth who are 18 or young...
09/28/2020
Food Resources | coronavirus

Meals Update: DCPS meal service is open every Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. DC youth who are 18 or younger can now pick up three meals for the day. Review the list of all locations at coronavirus.dc.gov/food.

Residents that are homebound because of COVID-19 can request support from the District for food and other essential items. Call 1-888-349-8323 or click here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/gethelp For Students

DCPS 6-12 grade students of color: It’s not too late to RSVP for the EMOC and Reign student conference, Virtual Vibes: S...
09/25/2020
DCPS EMOC/Reign Conference; Virtual Vibes: Surviving to Thriving

DCPS 6-12 grade students of color: It’s not too late to RSVP for the EMOC and Reign student conference, Virtual Vibes: Surviving to Thriving, held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for empowering workshops with friends and peers from across the city. bit.ly/EMOCReign

A virtual space for students of color to connect, heal, and be empowered through an array of engagements and exciting workshop offerings.

The Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Board is designed to give teachers a stronger voice in shaping the future of DCPS. Thi...
09/21/2020

The Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Board is designed to give teachers a stronger voice in shaping the future of DCPS. This year-long commitment gives members the opportunity to provide input on key policy decisions. Please submit your application by October 7 here: http://bit.ly/dcpsteacheradvisoryboard

Join DCPS' Design Lab for a panel discussion on the newly released playbook, "Transformation by Design: Reimagining Our ...
09/18/2020

Join DCPS' Design Lab for a panel discussion on the newly released playbook, "Transformation by Design: Reimagining Our Future with Community-Driven School Improvement" on September 24 at 4:30 p.m. to hear about our Design Incubation Year. RSVP at: bit.ly/TransformationByDesign2020

This school year's launch of the Redesign school model is a result of community engagement and feedback. Now, both schoo...
09/17/2020

This school year's launch of the Redesign school model is a result of community engagement and feedback.

Now, both schools are hard at work to deliver on these commitments, even while adapting to the context of virtual learning. #ChooseBallou #WhyAna

Attention DCPS 6-12 grade students of color! Join us online at the EMOC and Reign student conference, Virtual Vibes: Sur...
09/16/2020
DCPS EMOC/Reign Conference; Virtual Vibes: Surviving to Thriving

Attention DCPS 6-12 grade students of color! Join us online at the EMOC and Reign student conference, Virtual Vibes: Surviving to Thriving on Saturday, September 26.

Register at bit.ly/EMOCReign by September 21 to receive free conference swag.

A virtual space for students of color to connect, heal, and be empowered through an array of engagements and exciting workshop offerings.

Dunbar High School hits DC roads with donated bikes. PE teacher, Alex Clark, coordinated Dunbar Strong, a fitness event ...
09/16/2020
UPDATE: Dunbar High School hits DC roads with donated bikes

Dunbar High School hits DC roads with donated bikes.

PE teacher, Alex Clark, coordinated Dunbar Strong, a fitness event for his students to start the school year off on the right foot. #DunbarStrong

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Earlier this month, Dunbar High School physical education teacher Alex Clark coordinated Dunbar Strong, a fitness event for his students to start the school year off on th…

The Redesign teams at Ballou and Anacostia High Schools engaged with more than 1,700 stakeholders from across the school...
09/15/2020

The Redesign teams at Ballou and Anacostia High Schools engaged with more than 1,700 stakeholders from across the school community — students, families, alumni, staff, and others — to arrive at three big bets they believe will transform the educational experience for students at each high school.

09/15/2020
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Únete a nosotros para celebrar las contribuciones y la influencia de los hispanoamericanos en la historia, la cultura y los logros del distrito.

Through Redesign, Anacostia High School engaged over 700 stakeholders – students, families, alumni, staff, and community...
09/11/2020

Through Redesign, Anacostia High School engaged over 700 stakeholders – students, families, alumni, staff, and community members – to arrive at three big bets they believe will transform the educational experience for students.

On this day, we remember six members of the DCPS family we lost 19 years ago: students Asia Cottom, Bernard Brown, and R...
09/11/2020

On this day, we remember six members of the DCPS family we lost 19 years ago: students Asia Cottom, Bernard Brown, and Rodney Dickens, and teachers Hilda Taylor, James Debeuneure, and Sarah Clark.

They had been chosen to participate in a trip to study ecology in California beside National Geographic Society researchers. On September 11, 2001, less than 35 minutes into the trip, their flight was hijacked. At 9:37AM, the plane crashed into the Pentagon. All passengers on board were killed, and 125 Pentagon employees lost their lives.

Asia was a new student at Backus Middle School. Her father worked at the school as a coach and a classroom aide. Teachers remembered Asia as kindhearted and eager to help her classmates.

Bernard was the type of student who kept teachers on their toes at Leckie Elementary School. Bernard’s teachers agreed that he was showing real progress, and that was one of the reasons why he was recommended to participate in the trip. He loved basketball and wanted to play professionally one day.

Rodney always made the honor roll at Ketcham Elementary School. His mother expected him to be a role model for his two younger brothers, as his two older sisters had been for him. His favorite activity was watching professional wrestling—no matter what he was doing, “…he made it home to see wrestling,” his aunt remembered.

Asia, Bernard, and Rodney were each 11 years old.

Hilda Taylor was a veteran teacher at Leckie Elementary School, teaching 6th grade. Originally from Sierra Leone, she immigrated to the United States to create a better life for her family. Ms. Taylor was a mother and a grandmother.

James Debeuneure returned to the classroom as a second career. He was a 5th grade teacher at Ketcham Elementary School. He was known for arriving early and leaving late. Mr. Debeuneure was a father of three.

Sarah Clark began teaching in DCPS in 1965 and worked as a 6th grade teacher at Backus Middle School. She was engaged to be married. Ms. Clark was a mother of two.

Asia, Bernard, Rodney, Hilda, James, and Sarah are forever in our hearts. Our deepest sympathies remain with their families.

In response to research and community feedback from over 1000 stakeholders, the Redesign Team at Ballou Senior High Scho...
09/10/2020

In response to research and community feedback from over 1000 stakeholders, the Redesign Team at Ballou Senior High School landed on three big bets they believe will have a transformative impact on the student experience.

What grade does Chancellor Ferebee give DCPS schools for the virtual start to SY20-21? “I give it a P for Progress.”  Ch...
09/09/2020
Distance Learning and DC Public Schools

What grade does Chancellor Ferebee give DCPS schools for the virtual start to SY20-21? “I give it a P for Progress.”

Check out his chat with Harold Fisher on WHUR 96.3 about how DCPS is adapting to the new normal of distance learning.

DCPS Chancellor talks about the new school year under the distance learning policies.

09/08/2020
School Redesign in DCPS

In December 2019, Mayor Bowser and DCPS announced the Redesign “big bets” that Anacostia and Ballou High Schools arrived at after a year of research and community engagement. Through Redesign, Anacostia High School and Ballou Senior High School have created an innovative school program aligned to their community’s needs.

DC Public Schools launched a community-based and research-driven school Redesign process at Anacostia and Ballou High Schools. The process reimagined the pro...

“I attended Nalle Elementary School in the first grade with my siblings. My children went to Nalle, and now their childr...
09/03/2020

“I attended Nalle Elementary School in the first grade with my siblings. My children went to Nalle, and now their children are here. It continues to be a family atmosphere.” - Anita Ellis

Check out this month's DCPS Legacy calendar feature! dcpsreopenstrong.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ENG_DCPS-Calendar-2020_2021.pdf

Pre-K Families: Learning packets are available for pick up at 20 schools tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. ...
09/01/2020
Pre-K Family Update: Learning Packets Available - DCPS Reopen Strong

Pre-K Families: Learning packets are available for pick up at 20 schools tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For a list of locations, visit dcpsreopenstrong.com/updates/pre-k-family-update-learning-packets-available.

Any Pre-K family can receive a free printed learning at home packet for their student. Families should visit one of the 20 elementary school meal sites on September 1, 2, or 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to pick-up this resource.

Due to high call volume, you may experience a delay when calling our Family Call Center for technical assistance. You ca...
08/31/2020

Due to high call volume, you may experience a delay when calling our Family Call Center for technical assistance. You can also visit backtoschool.dc.gov for troubleshooting tips or use the form link at the bottom of the page to reach the help desk.

Many schools are also supporting families with troubleshooting via their social media accounts. Check your school's Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account or give them a call for school-specific help.

08/31/2020
Happy First Day of School!

Happy First Day of School to our students, educators, staff, and families! Though we’re starting SY20-21 at a distance, together, we will ensure that students have what they need to succeed! Share your first day with us by using #DCPSatHome!

Meet Chancellor Ferebee's SY20 – 21 Parent Advisory Board. Parents and guardians were selected from a very competitive p...
08/28/2020
Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Board | dcps

Meet Chancellor Ferebee's SY20 – 21 Parent Advisory Board.

Parents and guardians were selected from a very competitive pool of nearly 400 applicants and demonstrate a commitment to serving their school communities and students across the district. With their diverse backgrounds and experiences, they will provide input on policies, initiatives, and programs. Learn more about the Chancellor's Parent Advisory Board: dcps.dc.gov/node/1436876

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Every Day Counts! Daily attendance remains compulsory for students age 5-17, even in the virtual setting. During virtual...
08/24/2020

Every Day Counts! Daily attendance remains compulsory for students age 5-17, even in the virtual setting.

During virtual learning, students must sign into Canvas at least once every day between 6:00 am and 11:59 pm. Review the full attendance guidance:

https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/resources/attendance/

In order to #ReopenStrong, families in need of a device should complete the survey at dcps.tech/survey by August 21.Unab...
08/20/2020

In order to #ReopenStrong, families in need of a device should complete the survey at dcps.tech/survey by August 21.

Unable to complete the survey? Contact your school for help.

Not sure if your child's device will support learning at home? Visit dcpsreopenstrong.com/resources/technology/

DCPS’ steady progress in accelerating outcomes for students is the result of intentional planning and implementation of ...
08/18/2020

DCPS’ steady progress in accelerating outcomes for students is the result of intentional planning and implementation of rigorous and joyful learning by educators and staff. Learn more about how you can help shape those plans through our Fiscal Year 2022 budget: publicinput.com/dcpsfy22budget

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