August 2018 DC Public Charter School News

Back to School We Go
First, Let's Celebrate our 2018 Summer Graduates



On Thursday August 9, the DC Public Charter School Board honored 91 high school seniors who needed to complete summer classes before they could receive their high school diploma.  View photos from the event here.  The students attended schools from across the city: Cesar Chavez for Public Policy PCS - Capitol Hill, Cesar Chavez for Public Policy PCS - Parkside, E.L. Haynes PCS, Friendship PCS - Collegiate Academy, IDEA PCS, Kingsman Academy PCS, KIPP DC - College Preparatory Academy PCS, Maya Angelou PCS, National Collegiate Preparatory PCS, and Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS.

To round off our graduation stories, listen to Shidear Poulson's story about how SEED DC PCS shaped and prepared him for the future. 

Students Show Improvement on PARCC
Students attending diverse DC public charter schools improved for the 11th straight year on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Careers (PARCC) test.  To learn more about all the diverse programs offered, visit our school profile pages

New School Year Highlights
People of Public Charter Schools
Digital Pioneers Academy PCS

Photo Credit:  Digital Pioneers Academy PCS
Ashley Pettway (center) with fellow teachers: Trenisha Goslee (left) and Jacqueline Baron (right)
We’ve been working all summer to open the first computer science middle school in DC. Every day our scholars will be thinking critically, creatively, and thoughtfully to solve complex problems.  We’re so excited to develop the next generation of innovators. - Ashley Pettway, Founding STEM Teacher, Digital Pioneers Academy PCS
School Stories
The Family Place PCS Adult Students and Their Kids Enjoy Time Together Before the Start of School

Photo Credit:  The Family Place PCS

The Family Place PCS has had an exciting summer getting ready to open its doors as the District’s newest adult public charter school.  As part of the school's summer programming, students and their children learned about and visited various family friendly places throughout the city.  Some of the students' favorite activities included visiting the Air and Space Museum, the Botanical Gardens, the Georgetown Waterfront, and the National Zoo. These field trips provided students with an opportunity to practice English, spend quality time with their children, and get to know their classmates and school staff.  One of The Family Place PCS's students, Glenda, expressed amazement at all of the free resources available throughout the city.  She said, “I have lived in the city for a couple years and didn’t know that I could take my children to the zoo for free."  The Family Place PCS staff and students look forward to many more exciting activities in this inaugural school year. 

New Goodwill Excel Center PCS Students Learn What to Expect 
Adult students filled Goodwill Excel Center PCS's auditorium in early August to learn about what their upcoming school year would look like.  The two-day, iExcel orientation, detailed everything from the Code of Conduct to an introduction of teachers and administration.  Lawrence Hopkins, Dean of Students, explained why everyone’s common goal is graduation and how the staff at the Goodwill Excel Center will not let the students fail.  He said, “We have to create a positive culture at the school and be more solution oriented because ultimately they didn’t want this complexion of people getting their high school diploma down the block from the White House.  We had to fight to get here, and we will to fight to stay.” 
Friendship PCS Teachers Raise the Bar at Standards University 

Photo Credit:  Friendship PCS

This summer, more than 700 Friendship PCS teachers from the school's 12 campuses that serve grades pre-k to 12 learned from some of the city’s best academic instructors at Standards University.  Hosted by Friendship PCS's Academic Department, the three-day conference provided teachers with a deep analysis of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math.  Teachers also gained greater insight on how to align their instruction and innovative ideas with rigorous, college-ready standards for STEM, social studies, world languages, art, music, and physical education.

Upcoming Events
September 17 - Board Meeting
The Board will hold its next monthly meeting on September 17 at 6:30 p.m. *The meeting will be held at DC PCSB (3333 14th Street NW, Suite 210). A meeting agenda will be available here

Watch the meeting on our website. Missed last month's meeting? Read a summary here

*Meeting location is subject to change.

September 29 - OSSE Parent and Family Engagement Summit
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is pleased to announce that the fifth Annual DC Parent and Family Engagement Summit will be held on Saturday September 29 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Information provided at the Summit will engage, inform, and empower parents and families to effectively support the highest level of quality education for all the children in the District of Columbia. This year, parents will also have an opportunity to learn more about DC’s new school report cards, coming in December 2018.

Please contact Valrie Brown at or at (202) 299-2093 for additional information.


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