Eliot-Hine Enrollment Fair: Saturday May 13, 9 AM – 12 PM

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Next Saturday, on May 13th Eliot-Hine Middle School is hosting an enrollment fair! All families are welcome to come in-person to enroll their student for School Year 2017-2018. The event is from 9 AM – 12 PM. An added bonus- you can also meet Eastern High School’s Principal Brown and see current Eastern HS students in action as they complete a community service project outdoors at this time! Come learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma and pathway, athletic offerings, meet staff, etc. Light refreshments will be served.

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Please check out the flyer for all paperwork requirements and more details. You can call Eliot-Hine’s main office with any questions: 202- 939-5380. Then tag us in your photos from the event at @DCPSPlanning.

Ward 4 Middle Grades Update

In our last post on Coolidge and a possible Ward 4 North Middle School, we shared information about a middle grades option as a part of Coolidge High School’s upcoming building modernization. Over the past year we’ve gathered input from hundreds of stakeholders excited about the possible opening of middle grades alongside Coolidge. With nearly $160 million in Coolidge’s modernization budget, it’s an exciting time for an investment in Ward 4 schools.

Last night (12/19), DCPS Chancellor John Davis made the official announcement to the Coolidge Community Working Group that DCPS is opening these middle grades in School Year 2019-2020.

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Coolidge Working Group members weigh in on Chancellor Davis’ announcement of new middle grades as part of Coolidge’s modernization and possible application models at Coolidge (December 19, 2016 – Coolidge HS)

A new middle school is exciting to us at DCPS and for many of our parents, staff, and community members. We still have a lot of work to do. We’ll be gathering more input around grade configuration (6 to 12 model vs. individual middle and high school), possible application-based models for Coolidge, and the impact on the neighborhood education campuses at Brightwood, LaSalle-Backus, Whittier, and Takoma. We’ll be posting more about that process soon, so stay tuned and please reach out to us at DCPS.Planning@dc.gov with any questions or comments.

The announcement letter from DCPS Chief Operating Officer, Carla Watson is below in English, Spanish, French, and Amharic.

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Coolidge Community Working Group Members

The Coolidge Community Working Group (CWG) is coming together for its second meeting this Thursday evening for a building walk-through and a meeting with the feasibility study architects. We on the School Planning and Facilities teams at DCPS have had an opportunity to meet one on one with most of the group members, and are excited about the folks who have come together to engage around their neighborhood high school. The members, along with their connection to Coolidge High School, are below.

Name Connection to Coolidge SHS
Alexis Richburg Coolidge Staff Member
Allen V. Banks Coolidge Staff Member
Andrea Browning Community Member/Neighbor
Andrella Smith Coolidge Alumnus/Alumna
Charles Anthony Woods, I Coolidge Parent
Courtney Savoy Coolidge Staff Member
Dawn Person Coolidge Alumnus/Alumna
Diane Jackson Whittier EC Parent
Elizabeth Roen Prospective parent
Frank Jones III ANC Commissioner
Howard A. Burnett Coolidge Alumnus/Alumna
Julie Lawson Whittier EC Parent
MaryEllen McGuire Community Member/Neighbor
Megan Fitzgerald Prospective parent
Michael Cohen Community Member/Neighbor
Nancy Smith Community Member/Neighbor
Peter Sprunger Whittier EC Parent
Randi Williams Community Member/Neighbor
Ricardo Campos LaSalle-­‐Backus EC Staff Member
Robert Bettmann Prospective parent
Sarah Raskin Takoma EC Parent
Scot Knickerbocker ANC 4B03
Shawn Ruffing Coolidge Alumnus/Alumna
Shirley Richardson Community Member/Neighbor
Terry Goings Community Member/Neighbor

Coolidge Community Working Group Notes

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!