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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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

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)

OSSE ESEA: NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND MEETING

LETTER OF INVITATION TO OSSE ESEA FLEXIBILITY PRESENTATION

 Dear Community Members;

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and State Board of Education Representative Dorothy Douglas would like to extend a special invitation to our February presentation regarding the agency’s flexibility request to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

 As you may know, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires 100% of students to be proficient in both math and reading by 2014. If students fail to meet yearly proficiency targets, schools face various repercussions. Because Congress has been unable to amend the legislation, President Obama has allowed states to request flexibility from some NCLB requirements.

The District of Columbia, along with 39 other states, is submitting a flexibility request.  In crafting its application, OSSE will host  a series of community meetings to engage the public, disseminate information, and let parents, teachers, and students know what this waiver means to them.  The District’s draft application is available at www.osse.dc.gov.  Comments on the draft can be sent to osse.comments@dc.gov.

The Ward 7 presentation will happen:
February 13th, 2012

6:00-8:00PM

IDEA Public Charter School -1027 45th St, NE

We would love for you to join us and participate in this critical education issue.

Commission on Black Men & Boys Roundtable Tonight

 Commission on Black Men & Boys, in conjunction with Congresswoman Norton:

 Presents

 Project Graduation

 First Steps to Success for Young Black Men in the District of Columbia Conquering High Dropout Rates

Roundtable discussion to hear personal success stories on how it can be done and to hear from you, the community

 One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW, Old Council Chambers @ Judiciary Square Metro

  Tuesday, November 15, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 FOR INFO: Visit www.facebook.com/congresswomannorton

 or

 Call (202) 783-5065

DCPS Beautification Day

Calling all volunteers!  DC Public School Beautification Day will be held this year on Saturday, August 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This annual event was established in  2005 as a citywide “spruce up” of all DC public school buildings in  preparation for the first day of school.

Beautification efforts will include gardening, trash pick-up, light painting, indoor cleaning, and  other beautification efforts.

Join your neighbors, classmates, teachers and friends in helping to spruce up your local DCPS in preparation for the start of a new school year. Kids are welcome!

Today is the last day to register for this event, check here for more information.

Lisa White ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01 Kingman Park Community