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.