Last week, Bard DC hosted a student orientation for matched students and families. They met Bard DC’s leadership team (pictured above) to learn more about what to expect in SY19-20 and engaged in a writing and thinking exercise with Professor Nelly Lambert (BHSEC Baltimore staff). Bard High School Early College’s alums now based in DC also shared their Bard experiences and tips for Bard’s new incoming class!
Bard DC’s matched students have until May 1st to enroll and provide proof of DC residency to secure their seat. Families can bring completed enrollment packets or pick up blank ones at the following times this month:
Tuesdays at Davis building: 4430 H St. SE (8:30 – 5 PM)
Any weekday at DCPS Central Office (1200 First St. NE, 9th floor)
Saturday, April 20: Open House at Francis Gregory Library (3660 Alabama Ave. SE)
Saturday, April 27: Enrollment Saturday at DCPS Central Office (1200 First St. NE, 9th floor)
I am excited to share that DCPS has proposed to the DC Council that New North Middle School, which will open in School Year 2019-2020, be named Ida B. Wells Middle School. This decision comes after an extensive engagement process that included online surveys, school visits, and community meetings that began last summer and concluded last fall with over 450 community members. I would like to thank each member of our DCPS community who contributed to this effort with your feedback and input.
Ida B. Wells (1862 – 1931) was an iconic African-American investigative journalist, civil rights activist, educator, and researcher. Today marks 88 years to the day of her passing and we are excited to honor and continue her legacy in DCPS. As a lifelong fighter for justice, she dedicated much of her career to investigating and reporting the truth about the brutality of lynching and the disgraceful conditions of black-only schools in the United States. She fought against discriminatory hiring and was an advocate for women’s suffrage. Ida B. Wells Middle School will be DCPS’ only current standalone middle school named after an African-American woman. This is an important milestone for DCPS and one that reflects our values of courage, equity, and excellence.
This proposal is informed by several months of public engagement. Nominations collected from the general public were carefully reviewed by parents, students, teachers, Coolidge HS alumni, and community members to help determine the finalists. Our proposed name has been submitted to DC Council and, as a next step, will be submitted to the DC Registry for final action. To learn more about the naming process and the exciting program planned for the school, please visit newnorthms.org.
The Strategic School Planning Advisory Board (SSPAB) met on March 21, 2019. In this meeting, the school planning and enrollment team continued the topic from the February meeting about the updated levers for growth as well as the school district’s approach to Student Recruitment.
Board members shared feedback with the school planning and enrollment team about how DCPS can improve its student recruitment efforts in various parts of the city.
You can find the presentation from the meeting here. You can also find the notes from the meeting here.
DCPS is conducting a public engagement process to determine if and when a new standalone middle school is needed for the Cardozo feeder pattern. Currently, Cardozo EC is a secondary school serving grades 6-12. If a new middle school were opened, the middle grades would phase out of Cardozo EC and Cardozo would become a 9-12 high school. The new middle school would feed Cardozo for high school.
The purpose of this survey is to solicit citywide feedback on the draft criteria and considerations to determine whether to open the school, location characteristics, and secondary program planning.
The feedback from this survey will be used to inform a final draft of criteria and considerations for the opening of the middle school. This proposal and a summary of survey feedback will be shared at the next Cardozo Feeder Pattern Middle School Planning Community Meeting on April 25 scheduled for 6PM-8PM at Garrison ES (1200 S St NW, Washington, DC 20009). Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete and is due Friday, April 19, 2019.
On February 26th and March 6th, DCPS hosted two meetings at Seaton ES and Cleveland ES respectively for all current parents and school staff from Thomson ES, Ross ES, Garrison ES, Seaton ES, and Cleveland ES on middle school planning in the Cardozo feeder pattern.
During this meeting, participants explored current population and enrollment data trends in the Cardozo feeder pattern. They also reviewed, discussed, and shared feedback on a draft of criteria that will be used to inform the decision on whether or not to open a new middle school for the Cardozo feeder pattern.
You can view the presentation from the meeting here in Englishand Spanish.
You can view a summary of the small group discussions here.