Both the Roosevelt and the MacFarland Community Cabinets met the last week of June to wrap up a school year’s worth of work on their neighborhood schools. The Roosevelt Cabinet discussed a number of updates regarding school facilities, uniforms, and an introduction of new administrators. MacFarland Cabinet members discussed facility updates and weighed in on how MacFarland should brand and market itself as a neighborhood school with both dual language and comprehensive programs. It was especially helpful to have parent representatives from all DCPS elementary schools with both dual language and comprehensive tracks.
Principal James even closed us out with a nice little surprise! Much needed on an approximately one billion degree afternoon. Thank you to all our Cabinet members for a year of hard work — we can’t wait to see what the next year holds for your neighborhood schools! Find the Roosevelt notes HERE, and MacFarland notes HERE.
It’s been a while since our last Coolidge update. We’re excited about this one because it’s the first of many more over the coming months and years as we begin the school’s modernization process. The Coolidge Working Group officially kicked off this week with its first meeting on Tuesday, May 10th. Notes are here, recap below.
The Coolidge Community Working Group is unique because it combines responsibilities typically associated with a Community Cabinet (school programming) with those typically associated with a School Improvement Team (building modernization). Because both processes are starting at the same time, members have an opportunity to give input on both the modernized school building and some of the elements that go inside of it.
At Tuesday’s meeting we asked the group to begin thinking about how we should gather feedback about the school from the larger network of prospective parents and community members. It was a rich discussion among our stakeholders and an energizing start to the project for all of us at DCPS. Coolidge buzz is growing!
Roosevelt Planning Principal Aqueelha James met with the Community Cabinet last week to talk about next steps for the group as the school transitions to the new building this fall. The notes are below. Ms. James also gave Cabinet members a sneak peek at the new Roosevelt website currently in development! It’s still in progress but check out the latest below.
050516 Roosevelt Community Cabinet Meeting Notes
MacFarland community members, we’ve got some exciting news on MacFarland leadership! As you may recall, Roosevelt Principal Aqueelha James will be Principal of MacFarland for the next two years with the support of a bilingual Assistant Principal. In early April DCPS asked a group of community members, parents, and MacFarland Community Cabinet members to meet the candidates for MacFarland AP and make a recommendation to the Chancellor. We’re happy to announce today that the panel’s recommendation, Mark Sanders, has accepted an offer to join MacFarland’s leadership team!
Mr. Sanders has a ten year track record of success as a bilingual educator, starting out as a Spanish teacher and serving as Assistant Principal at McKinley Tech High School and Powell Elementary School. He has a Masters in Education from Harvard University’s School Leadership Program and is a current Mary Jane Patterson Fellow at Woodson Senior High School.
The full announcement in English and Spanish is below. We’ll be announcing opportunities to meet your new MacFarland leadership team soon. Stay tuned!
Planning Principal Aqueelha James led her first meeting with the Roosevelt High School Community Cabinet on Thursday at the Parkview Recreation Center. She shared her leadership story with Cabinet members and asked them for their input on how Roosevelt should communicate with the school community. The group provided a range of dynamic ideas for digital and in person engagement, landing on three concrete next steps for moving forward. See notes below.
1/28 Roosevelt Cabinet Meeting Notes
The MacFarland Community Cabinet met on Monday, January 11th to discuss global education at MacFarland and in DCPS in general. DCPS Director of Global Education Kate McNamee was unable to attend, but we added a few responses from her to questions we weren’t able to answer at the meeting. Those responses are tagged in the right-hand column with “Kate follow-up response”.
The presentation is also attached below. Next meeting: February 17th.
011115 MacFarland Community Cabinet Meeting Notes
MacFarland Community Cabinet Global Studies Presentation
The application for the Empowering Males High School Community Cabinet is open! Apply here.
For more information on the EMHS Community Cabinet, see the FAQ here: EMHS Community Cabinet Frequently Asked Questions