MacFarland and Roosevelt Community Cabinet Meeting Notes

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.

Roosevelt Community Cabinet Notes

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.

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Welcome to MacFarland, Mr. Sanders!

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.

Mark Sanders

The full announcement in English and Spanish is below. We’ll be announcing opportunities to meet your new MacFarland leadership team soon. Stay tuned!

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Roosevelt Community Cabinet 1/28 Notes

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.

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Roosevelt STAY – Daytime Program Location Change

In the coming school year, both Roosevelt Senior High School and Roosevelt STAY will be expanding their programming. Roosevelt High School’s staff has grown as a result of DCPS high school investment, and Roosevelt STAY will begin operating a daytime program to meet the needs of its younger students. To ensure both schools have enough room for instruction, Roosevelt STAY’s daytime program will take place in the Sharpe Health building just across the street from Roosevelt on 13th St. They will operate there from 9:30am to 4:15pm each day, and evening classes will continue to take place at MacFarland.

Roosevelt STAY will share the facility with Bridges Public Charter School. We at DCPS have met with the leadership at Bridges and are working closely with both principals to ensure each student population has a safe and welcoming learning environment. We do not yet have a long-term plan for where Roosevelt STAY’s daytime program will be located after the coming school year, but we are committed to keeping both our STAY programs — Roosevelt and Ballou STAY — open. These programs are critical in providing disconnected students alternate pathways to high school graduation.

Announcing the Roosevelt Community Cabinet

The DCPS School Planning Team is excited to announce the Roosevelt Senior High School Community Cabinet! The Cabinet will be an opportunity for community members to make recommendations to DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson about Roosevelt’s “re-envisioned” programming, launching with a global studies focus in School Year 2016-2017. We were pleased to receive nearly 40 applications from Roosevelt families, staff, feeder school parents, and Ward 4 community members.

The School Planning Team worked with the Office of Family and Public Engagement to review each application based on applicant experience, interest in Roosevelt High School, and relationship to the Ward 4 community. We were committed to selecting a group that would represent Ward 4’s diverse communities to ensure rich discussions and a broad range of perspectives. The Community Cabinet will be responsible for (1) gathering input on proposed programming at Roosevelt from his/her community, (2) bringing that input to monthly Cabinet meetings, and (3) sharing updates and recommendations made in Cabinet meetings with his/her community. The Cabinet will begin meeting this fall to discuss a variety of topics, including dual language programming, global studies initiatives, and community partnerships.

Meet the members of the Roosevelt Senior High School community cabinet below:

Stefan Huh

Stefan.huh@gmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I am a parent of two children in a feeder school. I also live in the neighborhood and want to see the school serve as a world-class high school option for the community.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Petworth Recreation center

Carla Ferris

carla_g_ferris@yahoo.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I am entering my 4th year as a parent of Powell Elementary School students, and I am excited to be joining the Roosevelt Community, as the parent of 2 future Rough Riders!

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Upshur Pool

Ellyon Bell

ellyon.bell@gmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I am mother to a 1st grader who will attend one of Roosevelt’s feeder schools, Powell Elementary, next school year. I also live in the neighborhood.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Upshur Pool

Lisa Jackson

Lisa.Jackson@westschool.org

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? Current parent of 2 students at West Education Campus, founder of the West Parent, Staff & Community Organization (PSCO), lifetime neighborhood resident.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: My back yard!

Alfonso Chester Clary, Jr

alfonso.clary24@gmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I am a parent of a Theodore Roosevelt student, I grew up in the community where Roosevelt is located and I am a District of Columbia firefighter that serves that community.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Highlands Café

Lillian Glymph- Hancock

mrshancock1@gmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I currently have son attending and I am the PTSA President!

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Rock creek park cooking out with family and friends

Bernadine Okoro

Bernadine.okoro@dc.gov

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I have taught at Roosevelt SHS for three years. I teach Robotics, Engineering Design, Chemistry and Environmental Science. I am also the Girls’ Indoor and Outdoor track Coach.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: I’m totally flexible in terms of summer spots for summer fun!

Greg Smith

gsmith1237@gmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? Vice President of the Alumni Association.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Petworth

Triena Rogers

trienalove@gmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I am an alumni and a parent of an alumni. I am also the God parent of a future ROUGH RIDER as well as an active person in the community.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: The Petworth Library

Patricia Steele

psteele@higheredinsight.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I’m a Ward 4 resident who cares deeply about local educational opportunity. In my professional life I study college access programs to help improve programs that support students in making their way to and through higher education. I’m also the mom of two little ones who will one day attend Roosevelt as our neighborhood school.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Upshur Pool

Julian Hipkins, III

julianhipkins@gmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I taught in Washington, DC for seven years. As a resident of Petworth, I’d like to use my experience to assist Roosevelt SHS in becoming one of the best high schools in the city and the country.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Roof top deck of “The Pitch”

Joseph Martin

4C09@anc.dc.gov

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? Neighbor and ANC commissioner.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Grant Circle

Dina Dajani

dinadajani1@gmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I live in the community and have Roosevelt as my inbounds high school.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Upshur Pool

Jennifer Leonard

jenlenindupont@gmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? While I have lived in Petworth for nearly a decade, our experience with DC schools is more recent (kids ages 7, 4, and 1) and serves as motivation to engage and advocate.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Any Petworth Jazz Project performances (even better when spray park is on!)

Miniabiyi Ford

miniabiyi@hotmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? Roosevelt is a school where our community members get the most important education of their lives. It is the most exciting place to be for our kids because they are going to get a world class education under the international theme and we’re very fortunate to have that for our kids.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: St. Mary’s Church on 14th and Buchanan

Dr. Shirley Jackson

shirley.jackson@udc.edu

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I am a Ward 4 community member interested in helping to make the best educational opportunities possible for all Roosevelt students

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Roosevelt High School

Eleanor Davis

daviseleanor@hotmail.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I have lived and taught in the neighborhood for 15 years. Tengo 15 años de vivir y enseñar en el vecindario.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Upshur Pool

Roland Emerson Roebuck

rolroebuck@aol.com

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? As a member of the Afro-Latino community and understanding the large number of Latino students attending Roosevelt, it is my intention that the Afro-Latino sector is included in all planning initiatives.

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: I spend time at our library.

Zach Teutsch

4c05@anc.dc.gov

What’s your connection to Roosevelt High School? I am the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner who represents Roosevelt HS (and Powell).

Favorite summer time spot in Ward 4: Petworth Jazz Festival

If you have any questions about the Roosevelt Senior High School Community Cabinet, please contact Julienne.Vinson@dc.gov or 202.478.1399.