Wilson Feeder Pattern CWG: November 2017 Meeting #5 Recap

The Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group (CWG) met in November for our fifth meeting.  In this meeting, the Strategic School Planning Team shared additional analysis and gathered feedback on several options raised by the group.  We also shared a draft of the outline for the summary document that will be used to capture the group’s feedback and conversations. You can view the draft summary outline and the full presentation here.

An update from the January 25th meeting will be posted soon!



Eliot-Hine’s Junk Art Club: Wins Storm Drain Contest with Michael Jackson Design!

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A few members of the Junk Art Club (7th graders) with their completed storm drain design!

The storm drains around Eliot-Hine and Eastern High School recently got a face lift! Last fall, the Anacostia Watershed Society put out a call for designs to paint storm drains around the city. Eliot-Hine’s Junk Art Club was one of 20 winners chosen from more than 140 designs submitted! Come check out their winning piece directly across the street from the front doors of Eliot-Hine on Constitution Avenue. There are seven other winning designs on storm drains near Eliot-Hine MS and Eastern HS. All 20 winning designs can be seen here.

The mural designs were chosen based on their connection to the Anacostia River, the local community, and watershed protection issues. The Junk Art Club’s design was based on the Michael Jackson song Man in the Mirror. The design is painted on a blue background that represents the Anacostia River.  A black silhouette of Michael Jackson looks down on the storm drain manhole cover that is painted a metallic silver. The words “I’m starting with the man in the mirror.  I’m asking him to change his ways.  Michael Jackson,” are written in black.

Closer look at the Michael Jackson inspired storm drain, encouraging others to “change his ways” from the Man in the Mirror

The Junk Art Club chose their design because virtually all of the litter that finds its way into the Anacostia River comes from people littering.  Preventing littering from entering storm sewers is one of the most effective ways to reduce the trash found in the Anacostia River.  The Michael Jackson song Man in the Mirror asks people to look “in the mirror” at what they do with waste once they have finished using, e.g., a bottle or a candy wrapper, and if they do litter it encourages them to “change their ways.” Will you join Eliot-Hine in changing your ways and creating a #trashfreedc?

The Junk Art Club received a $750 stipend from the Anacostia Watershed Society for their artwork, and donated the stipend to the Eliot-Hine Parent Teacher Organization at their December 2017 meeting. Thank you to Eliot-Hine’s environmentally conscious and community service driven students paving the way to a better place for all of us!

Junk Art Club donates stipend to Eliot-Hine’s PTO. Heather Schoell, PTO President, pictured here with Elizabeth, 7th grader from the Junk Art Club.


Eliot-Hine: History Inspires Role Models for 7th Graders

Eliot-Hine MS 7th grade students capped off their recent English Language Arts cornerstone unit, My Warrior Self, with a trip to the Newseum to see the civil rights exhibit about the tumultuous events leading up to 1968, when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Cornerstones are powerful lessons that students engage in through the DCPS units of study. This particular cornerstone unit involved reading the memoir Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, exploring what makes a warrior and how their own definition has shifted, preparing a display about a “warrior” they know, and visiting the civil rights exhibit at the Newseum.

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Eliot-Hine 7th graders with their personal warrior, Martin Luther King Jr.

In Warriors Don’t Cry, the 7th graders learned about the nine teenagers who were chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957.  The memoir describes the dignity and courage the nine teenagers showed throughout their year at Central High School when they were on the front lines of the efforts to integrate our nations’ schools.  To relate the book to their own lives, the students chose a “warrior” they know, and prepared a display board describing how their “warrior” took a stand to fight for what is right.  At the Newseum, the students watched and discussed a documentary about how civil rights activists harnessed the power of the news media to bring about social change.  All of the activities in this unit are intended to provide the students with insights about how to be resilient, and persevere through inevitable challenges they will face in life.

We love to see Eliot-Hine students making real-world connections through engaging in rigorous content! To learn more about the DCPS Cornerstones Initiative, check out their website which includes libraries of examples for each subject,

Eliot-Hine Modernization Project Update: New Exit Path!


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The Facilities Team will join the next PTO meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6 PM, and again on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm to discuss these changes with Eliot-Hine school community. Join for whichever meeting you can! For more information, check out the full project update: New Student Path to Metro. 

Project updates can be viewed on the Facilities Eliot-Hine MS modernization website.

  • Beginning Monday, December 11, 2017, students will exit the building towards 17th Place NE.
  • Eliot-Hine students will not be able to walk down constitution Ave NE to the Stadium-Amory Metro Station
  • Students will be redirected to walk along 17th Street NE, then along East Capitol Street NE (in front of Eastern SHS) to access the Metro Station
  • E-H students may not be able to walk across Eastern’s field

The two Facilities point-of-contacts for this modernization are Josh Tuch and Oni Hinton. Below is their contact information if you have any questions:

Learn more about Stevens School’s rich history!

At our first Stevens School Community Working Group meeting, ANC 2A’s Florence Harmon shared the below past articles. Check them out to learn more about Stevens’ rich history and presence in DC:

Background on Stevens School Building

Stevens School is a historic building constructed in 1868. It closed after 2007-08 School Year and consolidated with Francis Junior High to make Francis-Stevens EC. Then in 2014-15, Francis-Stevens EC merged leadership with School Without Walls HS
to become school Without Walls at Francis-Stevens EC.

Below are letters written by community members during the time of Stevens’ school closure (also shared by Florence Harmon):

Lastly, this is the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s current page on Stevens School with more background resources. 

Calling All Future Eagles: Eliot-Hine MS is Ready for You!

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New mural at Eliot-Hine MS (C Street side) by artist Jesse Stark in partnership with DPR.

EdFest is next weekend and the Eagles of Eliot-Hine Middle School are ready for you! Did you know Eliot-Hine MS is a Flamboyan school and has a National Junior Honor Society? Come by to learn more Saturday, December 9th from 11 AM – 3 PM at Stadium Armory. Eliot-Hine staff and parents will be there sharing more about their International Baccalaureate courses, sports offerings, Radio Network run by students, and extracurriculars like Robotics and Junk Art Club.  Take a photo at their table and tag @EliotHine!

Here are other future opportunities for families to learn about Eliot-Hine MS:

  • Tuesday, December 19th at 10 AM
  • Tuesday, January 23rd at 10 AM
  • Tuesday, February 6th at 10 AM
  • Wednesday, February 14th @ 4:30 PM with a treat! (Welcome to stay for the Eliot-Hine PTO meeting afterwards)
  • Tuesday, February 27th at 10 AM

You can also call the main office at 202-939-5380 with any questions or to schedule a visit!

First Stevens School Community Working Group Recap!

At the first Stevens School Community Working Group (CWG), we enjoyed discussing School Without Walls’ campuses, the facilities background and historical context of Stevens School, and enrollment data for SWWFS and SWW HS. Our Stevens School CWG dove into the proposal for Stevens School and down the line will also cover details of the expansion model, naming and branding of the schools, recruitment and enrollment for the campuses, and more.

More project specific information, including our presentation from the CWG meeting, can be found on the Thaddeus Stevens tab on the Facilities modernization website. Our next meeting is slated for early January 2018.