January 2018 DC Public Charter School News

Six Individuals Receive First-Ever TIERific Education Award
Outstanding People in the Public Charter School Community

From left to right: Scott Pearson, Judy Kittleson, Nazo Burgy, Seneca Scarboro, Isaiah Smith, Dominique Coote, Anise Walker, Rick Cruz

Six individuals - a principal, teacher, data manager, parent, student, and community member - received the DC Public Charter School Board's first-ever TIERific Education Award. These six individuals were nominated by their peers and embody excellence by deeply enriching their school communities. Congratulations!

  • Teacher Excellence Award: Judy Kittleson, Briya PCS, Teacher
  • School Leadership Excellence Award: Nazo Burgy, Center City PCS - Petworth, Principal
  • Excellence in the Public Charter School Community Award: Seneca Scarboro, Alpha Leadership Project
  • Student Excellence Award: Isaiah Smith, Washington Latin PCS, Student
  • Excellence in Data Practices Award: Dominique Coote, Capital City PCS, Data Manager
  • Parent Leadership Excellence Award: Anise Walker, Friendship PCS - Collegiate Academy, Parent

In addition to these outstanding individuals, the DC Public Charter School Board also recognizes the 51 top-performing, Tier 1, public charter schools in Washington, DC. The quality of education continues to rise in DC, year after year, which is a testament to the tremendous job DC's teachers and school leaders do every day. Learn more about the Tier 1 schools here.

A Day in the Life 
Washington Latin PCS - featuring Isaiah Smith, the DC Public Charter School Board's 2017 Student Excellence Winner
School Stories
Giving Thanks at Rocketship DC PCS - Rise Academy

Photo Credit:  Rocketship Rise Academy PCS

Rocketship DC PCS - Rise Academy hosted its first annual “RISEgiving” Feast in late November. The staff welcomed their Rocketeer families for food, music, and a time to reflect on what they are thankful for. Families, teachers, staff, and members of the Woodland Terrace community contributed to the spread that fed well more than 300 people. 

Additionally, their Major Moves student mentoring program, which consists of young men from kindergarten to third grade, participated in a community service project. The students, led by staff member Dale Southerland and second grade teacher Mohamed Koroma, went to DC Central Kitchen to help feed those who came. 

Rocketship DC PCS values family and community engagement as one of their core beliefs in education. Students succeed at high levels when their home and school communities come together to work towards a common goal. 

KIPP DC PCS's senior class of 111 students has submitted nearly 1,000 college applications so far this school year. More than 50 percent of the class has applied to at least one early action school. KIPP DC's students will continue to work on their final applications as they lead up to winter break. Read more about KIPP DC's college counseling program here

District of Columbia International School Celebrates Athletic Victories

Photo Credit: District of Columbia International School

District of Columbia International School's (DCI) Varsity Volleyball Team won the PCSAA league vs. Capital City PCS (Final Score 3-0). With this victory, DCI’s Varsity Volleyball Team went 10-0, qualifying them for the State Playoffs as the number 10 ranked team in the District of Columbia. 

Additionally, DCI’s Middle School Girls Soccer Team won the DC Scores League Championship against Truesdell Education Campus. The final score was 3-1. Congratulations to the ladies of DCI’s Volleyball and Soccer team! 

Upcoming Events
February 26 - Board Meeting
The Board will hold its next monthly meeting on February 26 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss various issues related to public charter schools and to hear from the public. *The meeting will be held at the DC Public Charter School Board's office (3333 14th Street NW). 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.

Upcoming Ward School Fairs
Come learn about public and public charter school options at a Ward School Fair. 

February 10  - Ward 7 School Fair
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rocketship PCS - Legacy Academy
4250 Massachusetts Ave SE


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