March 25, 2019
Dear DCPS Community,
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.
Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee
DC Public Schools
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.
To review more information on the planning process, including relevant data and community feedback, please see: https://dcpsplanning.wordpress.com/category/cardozo-feeder-pattern/.
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.
Please proceed here to complete this survey. – English
Please proceed here to complete this survey. – Español
Please proceed here to complete this survey. – 中文 (Chinese)
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 English and Spanish.
You can view a summary of the small group discussions here.
For this upcoming School Year 2019-2020, Briya PCS (currently co-located with Bancroft Elementary School) will re-locate to the Sharpe building to provide additional space for the growing Bancroft Elementary School program. The materials located here include additional context and information on this transition. DCPS representatives will join the upcoming Parent Coffee at Bancroft Elementary School (1755 Newton St NW) from 8:45-10AM on March 28th to discuss this update.
If you have any questions, please contact the DCPS Strategic School Planning Team at DCPS.Planning@k12.dc.gov.
The Strategic School Planning Advisory Board (SSPAB) met on February 28, 2019. In this meeting, the school planning and enrollment team shared the updated levers for growth as well as the school district’s approach to Student Recruitment. Board members shared their feedback on the DCPS levers for growth and how the school district can leverage parents and families to support Student Recruitment.
You can find the presentation, notes, and additional supporting materials from the meeting here. Board members were given copies of our latest middle school, high school, and feeder pattern promotional booklets. You are welcome to visit the DCPS enrollment website to find further publications including versions that are translated into Spanish.