July 2016 Public Charter School News

Celebrating Summer Graduates
Congratulations to the 2016 High School Summer Grads!
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Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS Aims for the Sky over the Summer
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Students at Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS have spent the summer launching rockets, participating in cooking, science, photography, Spanish, French, and academic make up. Learn more about Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS' programs here
Humans of DC Highlights City Arts & Prep PCS
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The popular storytelling blog, Humans of DC, featured stories of educators and students at City Arts & Prep PCS (formerly known as William E. Doar Jr. PCS for the Performing Arts or WEDJ). "Our school is a big elationship school and we've had to work hard to build these relationships. Some of these relationships have sustained even after the kids students have graduated...Our school is working really hard to nurture the whole student and not just focus on the student from the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.," said a City Arts & Prep PCS educator. Read more stories here
An Honest Approach to Discipline
A new white paper released by the DC Public Charter School Board examines the joint approach between the authorizer and public charter school to decrease out-of-school suspension rates and highlights strategies put in place by three DC public charter school networks - Center City PCS, Cesar Chavez PCS, and Friendship PCS. Read the white paper here
Meet our New Board Member, Saba Bireda
Saba Bireda joined the board on June 20 and will serve until February 24, 2019. Over the course of her impressive career, Ms. Bireda has served as a teacher at Sousa Middle School and at the UDC School of Law and, more recently, she has served as a policy advisor and senior counsel to the US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Learn more about Ms. Bireda here
Upcoming Events
2016-17 Back-to-School
The first day of school is almost here! View the
 start dates of each school's 2016-17 academic year here. For any questions, please contact each individual school.
September 19 - Board Meeting
The Board will hold its next monthly meeting on September 19 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss various issues related to public charter schools and to hear from the public. There will be no August board meeting. The September meeting will be held at DC PCSB at 3333 14th St 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.



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