In August 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, and DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced a multi-agency plan to reopen the historic Thaddeus Stevens School as an infant and toddler child development center and an expansion of School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens. DCPS will be convening a Community Working Group of parents, staff, and leaders from the School Without Walls HS and School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens community to inform the planning for the expansion of Francis-Stevens into the Stevens school. Notes, materials, and other updates will be posted here – please stay tuned!
The Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group (CWG) recently convened for our fourth meeting. In this meeting, the Strategic School Planning Team provided feedback on several options DCPS is interested in pursuing, including strategies to increase capacity and strengthen program offerings outside of the Wilson Feeder Pattern. We also shared updates from our public survey, key takeaways from an enrollment analysis, and dived deeper in the out-of-boundary (OOB) student profiles for the Wilson feeder pattern. Full details and our presentation are here.
The Wilson Feeder Pattern CWG aims to meet once more in 2017 with a proposed outline of the summary document and additional feedback and data on existing options. DCPS will then develop a summary document that reviews the process, priorities, and analysis that this group has completed. This document is meant to reflect the priorities of the group and will be shared with DCPS leadership and DME to help inform planning.
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The Wilson High School Feeder Patter Community Working Group (CWG) held its third meeting on Tuesday, July 18th at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library. DCPS’ Chief of School Development and Continuous Improvement, Gene Pinkard, was present along with representatives from the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME).
DCPS provided an update on responses to the public survey. This was followed by a discussion on projected enrollment ranges for schools in the feeder pattern for the years 2020 and 2025. A representative from each of the three committees – Facilities, Enrollment, and Programming – then provided summaries of their initial discussions from last month’s meeting. Finally, CWG members broke out into their committees to continue discussions.
The group will did not meet during the month of August but will resume discussions at the next meeting in September. Check out the July 18th meeting materials below:
Principal Young’s welcome letter for the new school year and a fun video she created for the community! To learn more from Principal Young and ask questions in person, check out the below upcoming Eliot-Hine events:
- Wednesday, 8/9 at 3:30-5 PM: Principal Young meet and greet at Anacostia HS library.
- Thursday, 8/10 at 5 -7:30 PM: Principal Young meet and greet at Benning library.
- Saturday, 8/19 at 9 AM – 1 PM: Eliot-Hine beautification day
- Saturday, 8/16 at 9 AM – 1 PM: FREE athletic physicals at Eastern-1700 E. Capitol, NE. Students must have this form complete for sports participation.
Orientation Dates for Eliot-Hine Students
- Friday, 8/11 at 10 AM – 1 PM: 6th grade student orientation
- Tuesday, 8/15 at 6 – 7:30 PM: 6th grade orientation for families
- Thursday, 8/17 at 6 – 7:30 PM: 7th and 8th grade orientation
- Friday, 8/18 at 10 – 11:30 AM: Last chance orientation for all grades
Earlier, Book Club for Kids came to Eliot-Hine MS to talk with students about a new book, Ungifted by Gordon Korman and the episode is now available. Book Club for Kids is a free podcast and great forum where students talk about books! The host/executive producer Kitty Felde is recipient of a 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. Eliot-Hine students really enjoyed chatting with Kitty and KNX anchor Randy Kerdoon. Please tune in to see what our students had to say!
The podcast is now available to download here:
If you enjoyed this podcast, past episodes can be heard here.
Thank you to everyone who came out to our first meet and greet with Principal Young. We all enjoyed “Sundaes on Monday”! Families not only met Eliot-Hine’s new principal, but also Dean Lockhart and Director of School Strategy & Logistics, Mrs. Morgan. The group engaged in dialogue about how the new 6th graders will transition to middle school and learned so much from Maury ES and Miner ES families present. We also discussed more about the upcoming Maury ES swing and how to build on this opportunity of having the two schools together.
If you missed this meet and greet, there is another this Thursday at the Pretzel Bakery. Come out and learn more or enroll your student for SY17-18!
Eliot-Hine Middle School’s new principal, Eugenia Young, is hosting a Meet & Greet on Monday, July 31. The event will be held from 12:00-2:00 PM at Eliot Hine Middle School. Ice cream will be served! We will also be enrolling students for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Come out and meet Principal Young and enjoy a yummy sundae!