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Happy holidays, everyone! Sending you all warmth, joy, and light today and all season long. ☃️
Lavon Surratt was once homeless as a child, but his family always stressed the importance of education. Growing up, he only missed ONE day of school in 13 years! He watched his mother finish college and later become a school principal. "Education has just always been a big part of my family."
Today, Mr. Surratt is an educational aide at Anacostia High School and just earned his masters degree in curriculum and instruction. "The most fulfilling aspect of working in the school system is being able to impact others,” he said.
Thank you and congrats, Mr. Surratt. 🎓🎉
A D.C. educator just received his Master of Science in Education he earned while encouraging young people to stay in school.
🗓️ Calendar Reminder 🗓️
Winter Break is from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2. Classes are back in session on Tuesday, January 3. Happy Holidays!
Access the Full SY22-23 Calendar here: http://bit.ly/DCPSCal
This month, The Washington Ballet welcomed 1,586 students for their annual Student Matinee, including students from twelve DCPS schools.
Scholars of all ages were enriched by a world-class performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." During a Q&A after the performance, one student asked, "Can you enlighten us about the struggles as a dancer and how you get over them?"
The dancer Nardia Boodoo encouraged the student to persist and follow their dreams while avoiding perfectionism. "You have to bring your full effort, every single day, but not every day is perfect. You can't judge yourself."
Our team of passionate educators is defying expectations about what DC's students can achieve and transforming public education in the nation's capital. We're looking for talented, dynamic educators to teach where it matters most for the upcoming school year.
Join us this Thursday, December 22 at 5:00 p.m. EST to learn about the application process and to get all your questions answered. RSVP: https://joindcps.info/teacherwebinar22
Join us this Thursday, December 22 for a webinar where you can learn about our exciting initiatives, professional development, leadership opportunities, and what our 2023-2024 Teacher application entails!
Happy Hanukkah from all of us at DCPS. Tonight, Jewish members of our community usher in the light of Hanukkah as we light the first candle of the holiday. May your festivities be filled with peace, love, and light!
DCPS is on a two-hour delay for Thursday, December 15. DCPS tiene un retraso de dos horas para el jueves 15 de diciembre.
Essential employees should follow their normal tour of duty. Non-essential employees should follow the 2-hour delay.
Last month, 15-year-old Duke Ellington School of the Arts student Alex Berko was invited to a Zoom meeting, unaware of what was about to happen. He was suddenly face-to-face with Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff.
It turns out an original piece of artwork he created was selected as the official design for the Second Family's holiday card! An illustration of the Vice President's residence at the US Naval Observatory inside a snow globe, Alex's piece is now on display on cards and ornaments around the world.
"Oh my God, that's so crazy," he said. "No, it's magnificent, that's what it is," Vice President Harris replied. She added that Alex is the first DCPS student to design the holiday card.
What a thrilling moment for the arts in public schools!
Alex Berko, a 15-year-old high school student in D.C., was asked to paint an image of the vice president's residence, unaware that he was competing in Harris' secret holiday card design contest
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become an astronaut? One of Amidon-Bowen Elementary School's youngest scholars asked NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei that very question.
"Do what you love, do adventurous things, find ways to be your best, but make sure you put more effort into getting all the people around you to be their best too. You have to be a team player...AND you have to apply at USAJOBS.gov!" 🚀🌏
Today, Amidon-Bowen Elementary School scholars and Chancellor Ferebee were joined by NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Bill Nelson + astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn for space stories, distribution of over 300 STEM activity kits, and “rocket” launching. Thanks for the blast! 🚀
During her visit to Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Brigitte Macron was welcomed by Chancellor Lewis Ferebee, met with the museum studies faculty, and listened to a performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," via Washington Post.
While in town for a White House visit, French first lady Brigitte Macron stopped by the performing arts school to meet students and teachers.
Last week, we joined the Washington Teachers' Union in a tentative agreement that includes a 12% salary increase over 4 years, an additional 4% signing bonus, additional funds for classroom materials and other benefits.
The proposed agreement is fair for students and teachers, and it is one of many steps we will take together to continue to improve education in the District.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Chancellor Lewis Ferebee commented on pandemic-related delays, noting that all agree that three years is too long:
“That time period was not spent on traditional contract negotiations, which may have gotten us to a contract earlier.
The ability for us to also express gratitude via retention bonuses also is something that I’m excited about. This contract positions us well, with maintaining our status as one of the most competitive cities in the nation for teacher compensation.”
Congratulations to the Rough Riders for taking the Turkey Bowl championship for the second year in a row!
Roosevelt High School played a great game against Dunbar High School, final score: 26 to 18. Our hats our off to players from both teams for their incredible drive this season and commitment to the game.
"This is a 52-year tradition. It keeps thousands coming back year after year — we always look forward to coming back."
-DCPS Director of Athletics Michael Bryant
All students and staff are expected to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to school on Monday.
⏰ Set a reminder to upload your results at http://dcpsstrong.com/testing. Thanks for doing your part to keep DCPS safe for everyone.
Every year, Operation Warm distributes thousands of new winter jackets to DC-area kids. Our own Turner Elementary students just received over 500 NEW COATS and got to meet Coach John Thompson III and members of the Washington Mystics
and Washington Wizards.
“One girl just came in a second ago and she told one of our employees that she was going to try on every coat here. She felt like a Kardashian as she went through the list!”
Thank you Monumental Sports Network, Operation Warm, and everyone who made this day possible.
On a cold Monday morning, hundreds of new coats were given to students at a Southeast D.C. elementary school.
Happy Thanksgiving (week), everyone! 🦃
Reminder: most schools and offices will be closed from Wednesday through Friday this week in observance of the holiday. Classes resume on Monday, Nov. 28.
🗓️You can view the full SY22-23 calendar here: bit.ly/DCPSCal
JUST IN: Enrollment in DC Public Schools has increased by 1,169 students since last school year. Today, DCPS is home to over 50k students across 116 schools. Interested in joining the DCPS family? Learn about our schools at profiles.dcps.dc.gov. 💙
We are closed today in observance of Veterans Day. Thank you to everyone across our schools who has answered the call to serve. The JROTC Cadets look up to you as role models who have put duty, honor, and country first.
Students, what does it mean to be a Veteran?
Do you have any family members who are Veterans? What are their stories?
Have you read the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae? What’s its significance?
Who are the Veterans in your life? Take some time today and find a way to share your thoughts with them.
Congratulations to Duke Ellington alumna Asha Haddox-Rossiter on being named Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year! The award includes a $50,000 scholarship, mentorship, and vocational training.
"This role presents me with an opportunity to not only represent kids and teens across the nation, but to exemplify what’s possible when young people are given access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and life-enhancing experiences that empower us to reach our full potential.
The Youth of the Year program has taught me how to interview, write a resume, and give a speech. But more than that, this club has taught me to know who I am — that I always bring something to the table." Well done, Asha!
Congratulations to DESA alumna Asha Haddox-Rossiter (Vocal Music, 2022)! Asha was recently selected as the 2022 National Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Aspiring to be the future President of the United States, Asha is a first-year undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, majoring in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy. Her goal is to work closely with D.C. City Council to address key issues in her local community and nationwide, including education equity and food insecurity.
As the highest honor a Club member can receive, the National Youth of the Year represents Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the voices of over four million Club youth it serves. For 75 years, the Youth of the Year program has recognized young people for their outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle.
🗓️ Calendar Reminders 🗓️
Monday, 11/7 is the End of Term 1, and there is no school for students.
Tuesday, 11/8 is Election Day, and schools are closed for students & teachers.
Friday, 11/11 is Veterans Day, and schools are closed for everyone.
Learn more: bit.ly/DCPSCal
"The DC Scores soccer team has become a safe haven for many of the immigrant children at the school...When they come in, they don’t know anyone, they’re very shy, and they have nothing that they feel confident in. But they know how to play soccer. Immediately they can have a couple of friends that they play soccer with and then that can grow into a team.
Seaton’s super diverse — socioeconomic, race, language, everything. And everybody’s together on these teams. They bring everyone together in a very beautiful way.”
-Coach Fabiana Duarte
Read more about DC SCORES' partnership with Seaton Elementary School and the power of creating inclusive teams: bit.ly/DCScoresSeaton.
BIG NEWS: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $1 billion investment in electric school buses nationwide — including $7.6M for DC. These funds will help DC have a 100% green school bus fleet.
This morning, White House Senior Advisor Mitch Landrieu and administrators delivered the news from John Lewis Elementary, a LEED Platinum school. 🌏🚌
Did you know the DCPS Out of School Time Program serves 5,000 students at 55 sites each school day?
Today is , an annual celebration of after-school programs across the country. Thank you to our site coordinators for always going the extra mile for DC youth and supporting academic, social, and emotional learning.💡
¿Sabía usted que el Programa de Tiempo Extraescolar de DCPS sirve a 5,000 estudiantes en 55 sitios cada día escolar?
Hoy es , una celebración anual de los programas extraescolares en todo el país. Gracias a nuestros coordinadores de sitios pot hacer un esfuerzo adicional para los jóvenes de DC. 💡
We are currently seeking feedback from families and students to help shape the future trajectory of DCPS. Share your feedback on the DCPS Strategic Plan by October 25 at: bit.ly/dcpsplan22
"I have been spending a lot of time listening this fall. Listening to our students, our families, our staff, and community. At Cardozo, students spoke about improving Wi-Fi connectivity and course options. At Ron Brown, students asked for more support in processing the pandemic and developing stronger emotional and social skills. Teachers have shared a wealth of wonderful ideas, from having e-sports leagues to recruiting specialists in dyslexia and reading intervention.
The underlying theme? A community ready to meet the challenge of the moment. We are living in a transformative time, and DC Public Schools, as an institution, is prepared to adapt and set a course forward. That’s why we need your input right now."
-Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee
Today begins the first phase of immunization enforcement for students in Pre-K to 5th grade. Families of non-compliant students are advised to work with your school’s health staff and visit DC Health for resources: http://bit.ly/DCHealth-Immunizations.
Reminder: families can still make an appointment by visiting their doctor or calling Children’s National Hospital at 1-888-884-BEAR (2327).
📆 Reminder: DC Public Schools are closed on Monday, October 10 in observance of Indigenous People's Day. You can see the full calendar at: http://bit.ly/DCPSCal
Today, we join millions around the world to celebrate World Teachers' Day. DC educators make a difference every day, whether they are seasoned veterans or it's their first year in the classroom. Thank you to the entire DCPS family for answering the call to serve.
Do you have a memory of a principal who changed your life? Let us know. ⬇️
In recognition of Principal Appreciation Month, we sincerely thank all DCPS principals who devote their time, resources, and effort to their schools every day.
“Our principals are like mini-mayors. They're the mayors of their campuses. We call on them for their academic know-how, for their social and emotional supports. Sometimes they are project managers and oversee real estate and construction. We call on them to do a lot and we know when they get it right, it's right for our kids.” - Mayor Bowser
Starting today, DCPS will return to our pre-pandemic School Visitor Policy that encourages opportunities for parents and caregivers to visit their child’s school and outlines procedures to ensure that student and staff safety remain paramount. All visitors must follow established security protocols such as signing in upon arrival and showing a valid ID to be allowed into a school building. To read the full policy, visit dcps.dc.gov/publication/school-visitor-policy.
And with that, the sun has set on another week at DCPS. Enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you Monday. 🌅
A gorgeous sunset from our fair school
Today, Chef José Andrés visited Watkins Elementary School to celebrate FoodPrints DC, a food + gardening program that serves 19 schools and 7,000 students. Thank you, Chef Andrés, for being so generous with our students and for supporting the future of nutrition education at DCPS.
DCPS recientemente organizó un evento en Garrison ES para celebrar el inicio del año escolar y también el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con El Comité de Familias Latinas de DCPS. ¡Gracias a todos los que vinieron!
DCPS recently hosted an event in Garrison ES to celebrate the start of the school year and also Hispanic Heritage Month with the DCPS Latino Families Committee. Thanks to everyone who came!
DCPS Families: Please join us for a community listening session this evening at 6 p.m. Come learn, reflect, and share your thoughts about your child's education. Refreshments and child care provided.
📍Ron Brown HS, 4800 Meade Street NE
Can you hear the shofar? It's officially Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Tonight, many Jewish people enter a 10-day period of reflection, culminating with Yom Kippur on October 4. Shana Tova and Happy Holidays to all celebrating!
Last night, held the first of a series of sessions for the DCPS community to come together to reflect on our strengths and where we must grow.
We asked this young man from Jefferson Academy () what he would like to see more of in school.
His answer: field trips, expanded extracurriculars, including robotics 🤖, and connecting with history -- “the REAL history”. Big thanks to the scholar for stepping to the mic and to ES for hosting a powerful first conversation.
🍎 Our team heard a LOT of great ideas on how to make school more welcoming and affirming for everyone. Now we want to hear your thoughts as well! Save the date: Ron Brown High School will host the next session on Tuesday, 9/27. for the full schedule & to RSVP.
💡If you could change one thing about your school right now, what would it be and why? What change would have the most transformative effect on you, your child, or our city?
Let us know. 🎤
DCPS Families: You are invited to a community listening session this Thursday, September 22 at 6 pm. Join us at Tyler Elementary to learn, reflect, and share feedback about your school and student's needs. Refreshments and child care provided. RSVP at bit.ly/dcpsccevents22.
In case you missed it, we had an incredible time at the Back to School Block Party on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the start of the school year with us! A huge thank-you to Eliot Hine for hosting and the Office of Engagement and Partnerships for organizing this year's bash!
Doors are open to the . Enter from Constitution Ave or C Street NE between 17th and 19th streets. Food, fun and festivities until 2 pm!
🚨 Beginning next week, DCPS will hold a series of listening sessions for families, students, and staff through the end of October. Your voice matters! Join us and help shape the future of DCPS.
Learn more ➡️ dcpsstrong.com/strategic-plan
Sign up ➡️ bit.ly/dcpsccevents22
🚨 Las Escuelas Públicas de DC (DCPS) se enorgullecen de ser el distrito escolar urbano que mejora con mayor rapidez en el país. Nuestro compromiso de acelerar ese progreso se basa en nuestro plan estratégico de cinco años, que centra las voces de la comunidad para guiar nuestra visión como distrito escolar.
Aprende más ➡️ dcpsstrong.com/strategic-plan
Sesiones de escucha comunitaria ➡️ bit.ly/dcpsccevents22
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Fox 5 DC Meteorologist Matthew Cappucci is on the ground in Florida and is here to tell DCPS students what to expect with today's big storm.
Today is the last day of school for students. Thanks to our entire community, we were able to return to in-person learning this year and offer joyful, rigorous, and enriching experiences for all our students! May you have a safe and enjoyable summer.
As we wrap up our Mental Health Awareness Month school spotlights, hear from students at Banneker Academic High School on how they deepened their understanding of mental health and emotional wellness this school year.
This week, we stopped by Anacostia High School to chat with the Youth Mental Health Ambassadors there. Watch this short video to see how they are talking to friends and classmates about the importance of mental health, as well as what they are learning about themselves.
Our Youth Mental Health Ambassador spotlights continue this week as we sit down with Columbia Heights Education Campus students. Hear from them as they talk about the importance of helping yourself before you can help others.
This year, the School Mental Health Team launched the DCPS Youth Mental Health Ambassador program at high schools. The program is a peer led intervention that aims to remove the stigma associated with seeking help in partnership with Our Minds Matter. We asked a few students at Cardozo Education Campus what becoming mental health ambassadors at their school means to them. The group regularly holds “chat ’n chews” during lunch to create a space to talk about different mental health topics. Check out the Cardozo Instagram account — cardozo_ec — to watch Mental Health Awareness Month affirmations from students and staff.
Did you receive a lottery match for DCPS for the upcoming 2022-2023 School Year? Today is the last day to secure your seat, so don't wait – enroll today! https://enrolldcps.dc.gov/
It's Teacher Appreciation Week! Join us in celebrating and honoring the accomplishments of the more than 4,500 DC Public Schools teachers who inspire our students every day. Thank you, teachers! #ThankaDCPSteacher
DC+XQ is mobilizing communities across DC to come together so that DC students, in every Ward, graduate high school ready to meet their futures with confidence. Hear from DC students, educators, parents, and community members about what rethinking DCPS high schools means to them. Head to xqsuperschool.org/rethinktogether/dc to join a design team today.
DC Public Schools is recognizing Black History this month and every month! DCPS history is Black history. Throughout the school year, students learn about the culture and many contributions from those within the Black community, including African Americans and all the diverse people within the African Diaspora. More at https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/spotlights/spotlight-celebrating-black-history-month-at-dc-public-schools/
As part of our enhanced COVID-19 surveillance testing program, all students and staff will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to school on Monday, February 28 following next week’s break from classes. This is an extension of our #SafeReturn testing measures that took place after winter break. More at https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/safereturn/
Eighth grade students & families: Look out for your personalized Guide to College & Career Academies in mailboxes this week. The guide shares info about NAF Career Academies available at high schools across @dcpublicschools. Learn more: dcpscte.org/overview/guide-to-college-and-career-academies
Yesterday, @roosevelthsdc held the first "Tour de Roosevelt." Teachers, staff, and community members biked 12 miles (hills and all!) that followed the school's feeder pattern boundary. Check out the route at ⬇️ bit.ly/3laNehJ
Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth! Join us in celebrating the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the district.
There was no need to "mask" the excitement of having all students back at school with their teachers and classmates. Thanks to Eliot-Hine Middle School, Ida B. Wells Middle School and Whittier Elementary School for welcoming us at arrival and dismissal today to capture the first day of school.
Los miembros de una comunidad escolar - incluyendo un director, un consejero, un padre y un estudiante - hablan sobre cómo se apoyan mutuamente durante el año escolar.
What questions did this Hendley Elementary School parent have for her child's teacher before she decided whether to return to in-person learning? Take a look at their conversation:
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!
Great things are happening across DCPS, and we can't wait to welcome families #BackToDCPS for a great school year!
What’s Zach’s favorite part of the day? Reading with Ms. Saveedra. Reading recovery is a powerful program where teachers meet students where they are. This first grader is experiencing the joy of reading, and building the skills and confidence he needs to thrive at Langley Elementary School. Shout out a teacher who showed you the joy of reading! #MondayMotivation
Through hands-on learning, Hendley Elementary School and the DCPS Design Lab are empowering students to explore #STEM careers.
With the support of the DCPS Design Lab, Hendley Elementary School completed its first engineering design challenge of the school year: the Ship the Chip! challenge. Students worked as a team to build their prototype of a package that could protect a chip.
Excel Academy Public School is the newest member of the DCPS family, and our scholars got a special welcome from the community for their First Day of School today! #DCPSrising #EducateEmpowerExcel
ICYMI, DCPS' Principal of the Year is now the principal of Excel Academy Public School. Meet Tenia Pritchard and hear about her vision for the Excel community.
1st and 2nd graders at Capitol Hill Montessori opened our Spring All-Hands Meeting today with this beautiful song, “Everyone Belongs.” They even sang from blue paper in honor of #AutismAwareness month. Thank you for sharing your talents, Mr. Strother and students! Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan PTSO
#EveryDayCounts in DCPS! Listen to a special message from our friend Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals.
DOEE Green Zone Environmental ProgramDistrict Department of Energy & Environment 1200 First Street NE
Alkol, Tütün ve Silah Federal BürosuWashington
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial CommissionLibrary of Congress/Adams
Smithsonian Migratory Bird CenterG Street NW
U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyPennsylvania Avenue NW
United States Conference of MayorsI Street Nw 4th Floor
Washington Metropolitan Police Dept.Indiana Avenue NW
DC Commission on the Arts and HumanitiesI Street SE
Millennium Challenge Corporation - MCC14th Street NW
House Committee on Education and Labor RepublRayburn House Office