Community Engagement Process

January Community Meeting
On January 24th, DCPS will host a citywide meeting for all parents, staff, community members, and other stakeholders on middle school planning in the Cardozo feeder pattern.  The meeting details are below:

  • Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Time: 6-8PM
  • Location: Cardozo EC (1200 Clifton St NW)

Participants can expect to:

  • Explore current population and enrollment trend data in the Cardozo feeder pattern
  • Discuss the approach to middle school planning in the Cardozo feeder pattern
  • Provide feedback to determine if or when a new standalone middle school is needed in the Cardozo feeder pattern

Interpretation and childcare services will be available.  Please RSVP at bit.ly/CardozoMSengagementRSVP and use this flyer to share with your networks.

Additional Upcoming Engagements
Over the next few months, DCPS will host additional opportunities for engagement on middle school planning in the Cardozo Feeder Pattern.

Public Engagements
In March and April, DCPS will also host online engagement to gather wider feedback on the draft proposal, as well as conduct targeted engagement with under-represented parent groups to ensure we engage all stakeholders.

On April 25, 2019, DCPS will host an additional citywide meeting to share an updated proposal on criteria to open a new middle school and short-term programmatic enhancements for Cardozo EC.  This meeting will be at Garrison ES from 6-8PM.

School Only Engagements

In February and March, DCPS will host two meetings specifically for parents and staff at Cardozo EC, Cleveland ES, Garrison ES, Ross ES, Seaton ES, and Thomson ES.  These meetings will review and gather feedback on a draft proposal for criteria for opening a new middle school and short-term programmatic enhancements for Cardozo EC.  The details for these meetings are:

  • February 26, 2019, from 6-8PM at Seaton ES
  • March 6, 2019, from 6-8PM at Cleveland ES

The content of these meetings will be the same and participants can attend either meeting.

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Reunión Comunitaria en Enero
DCPS esta organizando una reunión publico para el 24 de enero para todos los padres, personal, miembros de la comunidad y otras partes interesadas sobre la planificación de una escuela intermedia en el sistema de transición de Cardozo. Los detalles para la reunión:

  • Fecha: jueves, 24 de enero de 2019
  • Hora: 6-8PM
  • Ubicación: Escuela Cardozo (1200 Clifton St NW)

Participantes pueden esperar a:

  • Explorar los datos de la población escolar actual y los datos de tendencias de matriculación de estudiantes en el sistema de transición de Cardozo
  • Discutir el enfoque para planificación de una escuela intermedia en el sistema de transición de Cardozo
  • Ofrecer comentarios para determinar si o cuando una escuela intermedia será necesaria en el sistema de transición de Cardozo

Servicios de interpretación y cuidado de niños serán ofrecidos. Por favor inscribirse en bit.ly/CardozoMSengagementRSVP y comparte este volante con sus redes.

Compromisos Próximos Adicionales
Durante los próximos meses, DCPS tendrá más oportunidades para participar en discusiones sobre la planificación de los grados intermedios en el sistema de transición de Cardozo.

Compromisos Públicos
En marzo y abril, DCPS también ofrecerá participación en línea para recopilar comentarios más amplios sobre el plan inicial de la propuesta, así como también conducirá participación específica con grupos de padres con poca representación para asegurarnos de involucrar a todos los interesados.

El 25 de abril de 2019, DCPS organizará una reunión pública adicional para compartir una propuesta actualizada sobre los criterios para abrir una nueva escuela intermedia y mejoras programáticas a corto plazo para Cardozo EC. Esta reunión será en la escuela primaria Garrison de 6 a 8 p.m.

Reuniones solo para Escuelas Impactados
En febrero y marzo, DCPS organizará dos reuniones solo para padres y personal de las escuelas Cardozo, Cleveland, Garrison, Ross, Seaton y Thomson. Estas reuniones revisarán y recogerán información sobre una propuesta inicial para la apertura de un nuevo escuela intermedia y mejoramientos a corto plazo para la Escuela Cardozo. Los detalles para la reunión:

  • 26 de febrero de 2019 de las 6-8PM en la Escuela Seaton
  • 6 de marzo de 2019 de las 6-8PM en la Escuela Cleveland

Estas dos reuniones para escuelas impactados serán iguales y participantes pueden ir a cualquiera.

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Anacostia High School Community Working Group (CWG) Meeting #2

The Anacostia Community Working Group (CWG) met on Wednesday, November 28. The summary of the meeting and notes can be found hereYou can also find the presentation from the meeting here.

If you have further questions, please contact Sharona Robinson, Community Action Team Coordinator for Ward 7 & 8 sharona.robinson@k12.dc.gov. 

New North MS Principal Selection

The DCPS School Planning team has been working with the Family and Public Engagement and School Leader and Recruitment Teams to engage northern Ward 4 about the ideal school leader for New North MS.

DCPS has gathered feedback from stakeholders on the qualities and experiences to prioritize in the ideal school leader, as well as hopes and dreams for New North MS.
The DCPS school planning team has meet with parents and families at each education campus throughout Fall 2018.

Across all four EC communities, DCPS has learned that parents and families are looking for an experienced leader of middle school students who has prior knowledge about the area and DCPS, including experience building relationships with students and families from diverse backgrounds.

Themes that resonated across all 4 education campuses include that the New North MS Principal should be a person who is:

  • A leader with demonstrated success in building strong relationships amongst students, parents and families across various socioeconomic and language backgrounds.
  • A candidate who has experience as either an AP and/or with middle school aged students.
  • A candidate who has some knowledge and/or experience with DC Public Schools, including DCPS central office.
  • A candidate who has knowledge of or has experience related to the challenges schools in Northern Ward 4 face.
  • A candidate who is to be able to navigate the large DCPS organization and collaborate with superiors at DCPS to advocate for the school’s needs and challenges.

DCPS has convened a community panel of representatives from each New North MS feeder community that will inform the principal selection process. This community panel will conduct panel interviews with 3-5 final candidates for the principal position. The community panel will develop and select the questions they will use in their interviews. After the interviews, the panel provides feedback on the candidates to inform DCPS’ final decision on the principal selection.

On November 8, 2018, New North MS panel members came together to brainstorm questions that they would like to ask candidates.

Pictures are posted below and you can find the presentation from the meeting here

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Ketcham ES Child Development Center

Child Development Center

A child development center for babies and infants ages 0-3 will open at Ketcham Elementary School next school year starting in August 2018. The center will be operated by a community partner and childcare vouchers will be accepted.

How can I learn more?
Parents and families are welcome to come to a community meet at Ketcham ES on Thursday, March 15 starting at 5pm in the school’s library.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

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What opportunities will there be to provide input?
We will have information soon for parents and community members to join a panel that will help us select the partner who will run the 0-3 center.

How can I stay updated and who can I contact if I have questions?
You can e-mail dcps.earlychildhood@dc.govFind it at Ketcham (Flyer)

MacFarland Middle School Update from Principal Mark Sanders

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MacFarland Middle School reopened in August 2016 as a dual-language middle school. Next year, it will continue to grow its Dual-Language program and welcome their first 6th grade comprehensive (non-dual language) class.  It will welcome this class in a newly modernized and renovated state of the art building. You can find the full letter from Principal Mark Sanders right here


What is the timeline for the MacFarland Opening?
MacFarland Middle School will grow its comprehensive middle school program over the next three school years starting with 6th graders. It will become a full 6 – 8th grade middle school in SY20-21. You can find the full timeline below.

Expansion Timeline

What schools and programs feed into MacFarland?
As a middle school with both comprehensive and a dual-language programs, MacFarland has both geographic and programmatic feeder schools.

  • Families who live in the boundaries of the geographic feeder schools below have rights to enroll in the MacFarland MS comprehensive program.
  • Dual-language programmatic families have the right to enroll their child in the MacFarland MS dual-language program.  

MacFarland Feeders

How can I learn more?
MacFarland Middle School will host school tours for families on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am throughout February and March. The tours will be in the school located at 4400 Iowa Avenue NW. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Principal Sanders directly at mark.sanders@dc.gov or please call 202-671-6033.

Connecting art & emotional responses: Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors field trip

Last week, Ms. Mills took a group of students on a field trip to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirschhorn Museum. Artist Yayoi Kusama’s avant-garde pieces are known for their ability to evoke various emotional responses based on her unconventional use of space, color, light and reflection. In her Infinity Mirrors exhibit, Kusama created six rooms of wonder on the beauty, stereotypes and evolution of the human condition. Students viewed the rooms as well as her earlier creations such as “Works on Paper.” Students then analyzes the six rooms and critically discuss Kusama’s perspective on the “incredible beauty of humanity.” Check out photos from their day below:

If you are interested in this exhibit, information on their free timed-passes is here.