Kingman Park Education Meeting Minutes

Kingman Park residents learn about their school options. Photo credit: Robert Coomber, 2014.

Kingman Park residents learn about their school options. Photo credit: Robert Coomber, 2014.

Thanks to all KP residents who came out to the Education Meeting! We had Zaneta Graves from DCPS and principals from Apple Tree PCS  at Oklahoma Ave and Elliot-Hine MS, as well as some tools from Nicole Coomber, Commissioner-Elect Bob Coomber’s wife and parent of a child at Miner ES. For those who were unable to attend, we took some meeting minutes and have some resources for you. We plan on continuing the conversation with the stakeholders who attended the meeting, so feel free to comment with your questions or your feedback on your child’s school and your experience with the process.

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Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School Closing: The Green Wave recedes

Interesting article about the closing of Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School and how its impact can be a lasting one for the children that attend the school. Please check out this link below.

Tonight, Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School — alma mater of Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, and many other less household-named stars — plays its last boys basketball game. Eyed as the location of a vocational training center, Spingarn will close as a general admission high school after the school year ends. The Post’s Roman Stubbs looks at the end of its six-decade run that will live in hoops history: “Wearing the Green Wave uniform was more than a high school experience for generation after generation of players; it was a chance to connect with playground legends, college all-Americans, first-round NBA draft picks, Hall of Famers, and two stars named among the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players.”

Best,

Lisa White, ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01 Kingman Park

Ward 7 Community Meetings on Education

Sponsored by: Councilmember Yvette Alexander and the Ward 7 Education Council

Does your child have learning disabilities?
Do you need help with special education services?
Has your child been suspended or expelled?
Does your special education child need help with finding education
opportunities and job opportunities after high school?

Representatives from the following organizations will be available to answer questions and provide support regarding your child’s education:
 Advocates for Justice and Education
 The Took Crowell Institute for Youth at UDC Law School
 University Legal Services Protection and Advocacy Program

Please attend any meeting that fits your schedule

Saturday, Feb 2 12:00 noon The Boys and Girls Club- 4103 Benning Road, NE
Tuesday,Feb 5 10:00 a.m. Stoddert Terrace Comm Center- 155 Ridge Road, NE
Tuesday,Feb 5 6:00 p.m. Deanwood Rec Center-1350 49th Street, NE

All services free to District residents • Food and drinks will be provided

Questions? Please contact:

Suzanne Greenfield
Suzanne.greenfield@aje-dc.org
202-265-1432
Geno Donney
grdonney@gmail.com
202-210-2979

Engaging, Educating, and Empowering our Community

The Preschool, Pre-K and Out-of-Boundary Lottery: Registration Starts Mon. Jan. 28, 2013

Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten & Out-of-Boundary Lottery Application is coming!

The Preschool, Pre-K and Out-of-Boundary Lottery application period begins online on the DCPS website on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, and ends on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

Are you new to DCPS? New to the DCPS lottery process? Need help selecting a school for your student?

Here are some helpful resources:

Prepare for the Lotteries
Preschool and Pre-K Lottery
K-12 Out-of-Boundary Lottery
Sign up for Important Alerts
School Profiles and Scorecards
Open Houses

Please note that applications submitted early in the process receive the same consideration as applications submitted on the last day. There is no advantage to applying early in the process. You have until Feb. 25, 2013 to complete and submit your application.

We recommend that you take your time and are confident in your choices before submitting your application.

Lottery Information Sessions

DCPS is committed to providing parents and families with the information they need to make the best school choice for their students. Below are several events designed to help you navigate the lottery process.

Each of these events will include a brief “Lottery 101” presentation, as well as ample time for families to work on applications (for sessions after Jan. 28) and have questions answered by DCPS staff members. We will continue to add additional information sessions as they are confirmed.

Session #1
Date: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m. (one session)
Location: The Campbell Building – 1012 Pennsylvania Ave, SE Washington, DC 20003

Session #2
Date: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
Time: 4 – 6 p.m. (one session)
Location: Martha’s Table – 2114 14th St NW

Session #3
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (one session)
Location: Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library (DC Public Library) – 7420 Georgia Ave, NW Washington DC 20012

Session #4
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m. (two sessions, 5 – 6 p.m. and 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.)
Location: Barnard Elementary School430 Decatur St. NW Washington, DC 20011

Session #5
Date: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (one session)
Location: Petworth Library – 4200 Kansas Ave. NW Washington

Session #6
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m. (two sessions, 5 – 6 p.m. and 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.)
Where: Turner Elementary School – 3264 Stanton Rd. SE Washington, DC 20032

Session #7
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013
Time: 3 – 6 p.m. (one session)
Where: National Children’ s Center – 3400 MLK Ave. SE Washington, DC

Live Chat on the DCPS website

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Register online
Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 6 – 7 p.m. | Register online

Need additional assistance?

During all of the lottery information sessions listed above, DCPS staff will be on hand to answer questions and assist you in completing your application.

Staff from Critical Response Team are also able to assist you any time Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by phone at 202-478-5738 or by email at criticalresponsetea m@dc.gov

Receive Email and Text Alerts

Get timely notifications and reminders about the lottery:

Email notifications
Text LOTTERY to 91990

District of Columbia Public Schools | 1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 | (202) 442-5885 | dcps.dc.gov

Councilmember Alexander Expresses Her Disapproval of Ward 7 School Closures

Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander disapproves of the decision of DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson to close Davis Elementary, Kenilworth Elementary, Ronald Brown Middle, and Winston Education Campus in direct opposition to the demands of the Ward 7 community as a whole.

“While I am pleased that Smothers Elementary will remain open to educate our children, I am tremendously upset that Chancellor Henderson made the decision to close four Ward 7 schools without conducting a comprehensive study on the trickle down effects that this will have on our communities and our children. This decision is shortsighted and it does not in any way persuade me to believe that our children and neighborhoods will somehow be better served,” Councilmember Alexander said.

Along with Ward 7 parents and the Ward 7 Education Council, Councilmember Alexander requested that there be a moratorium on school closings in Ward 7 until a comprehensive school reform plan based on an analysis of student achievement was performed. To date, the only basis for closures given by the Chancellor has been under-enrollment.

“I will not accept under-enrollment as the sole basis for closing Ward 7 schools. If our schools in Ward 7 are under-enrolled, it is because they are under-funded and under-programmed. I have repeatedly stated that schools in Ward 7 should have access to the same programming and resources as schools in other parts of the city. There must be further discussions and community input regarding the future uses of these school buildings,” Councilmember Alexander said.

The consolidation of schools requires a change in the way that school budgets are spent. “I want guarantees that all operating and capital funds allocated to the closing schools, are reallocated to the receiving schools to provide optimal resources for our students,” stated Councilmember Alexander.

D.C. School Closure List 2012

Now that the official school closure is announced, we can now really get to work to oppose these closure.

Here’s the full list of proposed closures, along with the proposed receiving schools.

Ward 2

Francis Stevens EC (students to Marie Reed ES and Hardy MS)

Garrison ES (students to Seaton ES)

Ward 4

MacFarland MS (students to Roosevelt HS)

Sharpe Health (students to River Terrace)

Ward 5

Mamie D. Lee (students to River Terrace)

CHOICE at Hamilton (students to Cardozo High)

Marshall ES (students to Langdon EC)

Spingarn HS (students to Eastern, Dunbar and Woodson)

Spingarn STAY (students to Ballou STAY and Roosevelt STAY)

Ward 6

Prospect LC (students will disperse to their neighborhood schools)

Shaw at Garnet-Patterson (students to Cardozo)

Ward 7

Davis ES (students to C.W. Harris ES)

Kenilworth ES (students to Houston ES)

Ron Brown MS (students to Kelly Miller MS)

Smothers ES (students to Aiton ES and Plummer ES)

Winston EC (students to Stanton ES and Kramer MS)

Ward 8

Ferebee-Hope ES (students to Hendley ES)

Johnson MS (students to Hart and Kramer MS)

Malcolm X ES (students to Turner ES)

MC Terrell-McGogney ES (students to King ES)