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Dorothy Rowley

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DCPS' Goal: Top Principal, Teacher in Every School, Classroom

The first day of school for K-12 students is Monday, Aug. 22.

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DCPS Gears Up for 2016-17 School Year

For the past decade, from the recruitment of teachers and to the retirement of others, DCPS officials have been taking a hard look at the system's policies and practices in order to sketch a roadmap for the future.

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Crowds Brave Heat for Richmond Jazz Festival

Despite the blazing sun and blistering heat, thousands of music fans turned out at Maymont Park in Virginia over the weekend for the 7th annual Richmond Jazz Festival, leaving not only with a song in their heart, but a bounce in their stride.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Students Build Game App

About 500 students are participating this summer in a high-tech, high-wage internship program with Microsoft, in which some of them have been designing a mobile game app that Microsoft will soon start selling.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Summer Learning Day

National Summer Learning Day, held in collaboration with Summer Strong DC 2016, was celebrated on Thursday, July 14.

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Melania Trump RNC Speech Under Scrutiny for Plagiarism

Melania Trump hit the national spotlight Monday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to tout her husband as the nation's next commander in chief, but her initially well-received speech soon began making waves for all the wrong reasons.

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Henderson Leaves DCPS with 'No Plans,' Lengthy List of Accomplishments

A little over five years ago in the spring of 2011, when Kaya Henderson took the reins from then-Mayor Vincent Gray as the new D.C. Public Schools chancellor, supporters and critics alike said that she'd have some big shoes to fill.

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Judge Dismisses Assault Charge Against Officer in Freddie Gray Trial

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge dismissed the second-degree assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice, one the six officers charged in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Studying Abroad

DCPS is sending nearly 400 students from every ward this summer on 18 study abroad trips — from Costa Rica to France to China — for immersion, culture and service learning.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Student-Crafted Parental Guide App Available

The Office of Family and Public Engagement and the Office of Teaching and Learning collaborated to create grade-specific Parent Guides that provide the tools needed to support their child's learning at home.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Breaking Records at Thurgood Marshall Academy

More than 70 seniors at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast are expected to walk across the stage on June 10 to receive their high school diploma during the school's 12th annual commencement exercises.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Immunization Campaign

The PGCPS Immunization Countdown campaign is underway, and all students must have all required immunizations by Aug. 23, the first day of the 2016-17 school year.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Summer Programs, Activities

Chancellor Kaya Henderson said in recent statement to the DCPS family that the onset of summer fun also means continued learning and development opportunities for students and educators.

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Scripps National Spelling Bee Ends in 3rd Straight Tie

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year Thursday — but not before a dramatic final showdown and a seemingly nonstop series of words with crazy and bizarre meanings and origins.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Youth Exchange in Croatia

In April, DCPS sent 10 female students from high schools across the city to Croatia for the "Step Afrika! International Youth Exchange."

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: College Signing Day

State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang was joined on April 29 by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles and U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. for a celebration of the District’s high school seniors, who participated in the city's second annual College Signing Day.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Fighting Multiple Sclerosis

Staff, students, family and friends of Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro recently teamed with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation for participation in the MS Walk 2016.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: High-Performing Charter Schools In Demand

Nearly 9,000 individual students are on waitlists to attend one or more public charter schools in the 2016-17 school year.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: School Calendar Adjustments Made

School officials have provided an update on adjustments made to the 2015-16 calendar due to snow day closures in the winter.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: PGCPS Community Meetings

School officials invite students, families, and community members to attend one of three community meetings to learn more about the fiscal 2017 Educational Facilities Master Plan.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Pi Day

Students at Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie recently celebrated "Pi Day" with a pi recital and pie-eating contest.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Charter Schools Face Growing Demand

Demand for a public charter school education continues to grow as evidenced by the wait list analysis released Monday by the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Google Contest Winner

Congratulations to Akilah Johnson, winner of this year’s Google-sponsored “Doodle 4 Google” competition.

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Power Up Summit to Offer Insight, Resources for Small Businesses

In recognition of National Small Business Week, the Power Up DC 2016 summit early next month at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in northwest D.C. will provide entrepreneurs insight and resources for obtaining adequate funding, as well the opportunity to engage in a variety of business-focused workshops aimed at affecting their bottom line.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Students 'Show Out' for STEM Fair Showcase

Hundreds of D.C. students in grades 6-12 came out March 19 in support of the "Showcase Innovation, Ingenuity at 2016 DC STEM Fair."

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Student Spotlight

Anyiah is a fourth-grade student at Turner Elementary School and a participant in the school's partnership with the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program.

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'Cruciferous' a Breeze for Prince George's County Spelling Bee Champ

Ayyub Abdulrezak, a student at Kenmoor Middle School in Bowie, emerged victorious Friday at the 2016 Prince George’s County Spelling Bee at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Student Athletes

Savion Davis from Drew Elementary School in Northeast lists among DCPS' Athletes of the Week program.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Principal of the Year in Spotlight

Seaton Elementary School Principal Kim Jackson, who was honored in December as D.C.'s 2015 Principal of the Year, was recently profiled by online education-focused news site The Seventy Four.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: PARCC Night

School officials are hosting district-wide Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Nights to help connect parents and students with resources to prepare for the tests and gain knowledge of the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.

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Poetry 'Read-In' Promotes Black History, Literacy

In honor of Black History Month, an audience of about 50 people braved the cold temperatures Saturday in a trek to the GapBuster Learning Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, for an evening of prose and rhymes featuring the works of famous Black poets.

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Retired D.C. Educator's Book Emphasizes Miracles of Christ

Retired D.C. Public Schools educator Christine Davis Easterling said her new book, "Divine, Miraculous, Magnificent," emphasizes the importance of Christ's miracles in both his lifetime and people of the modern world.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Enrollment Deadline

March 1 marks the deadline to enroll students in grades in PK3-8.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: 'Signing Day' at Friendship

Signing Day at Friendship's Collegiate Academy in Ward 7 included 13 student-athlete scholars who signed.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: School Board Member Elected to Education Council

Prince George's County school board member Verjeana Jacobs has been elected as vice chair of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: IMPACT and Student Achievement

As a result of IMPACT, the teacher evaluation method used in D.C. Public Schools system, student achievement has improved, according to a recently-released study by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.

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Minority Students Lag in On-Time Graduation Rates: Report

Several states are graduating less than 70 percent of their African-American and Hispanic/Latino students, even as the nation's overall on-time high school graduation rate reaches a record-high, according to a report this week from the D.C.-based GradNation campaign.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Summer Youth Employment

The Prince George's County School System has partnered with several county agencies to promote summer youth employment for residents between the ages of 15-19.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: My School DC Enrollment Deadlines

My School DC is the common application and common lottery for the District's public school options.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Charter School Lottery Opens

Online applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-17 charter school lottery.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Adopt-A-School Program

School officials are celebrating an addition to DCPS partnerships this year called the "Adopt-a-School" program.

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'Motown: The Musical' Well Worth Ticket Cost

More than 50 years ago, when Motown chief Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his reluctant family to jump-start his music-making kingdom in a two-story house in the heart of Detroit, little did the trailblazing visionary know that he was on trek toward a multimillion-dollar enterprise that would endear an ongoing generational fan base.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Author and Poet Nikki Grimes Visits Campuses

Award-winning author and poet Nikki Grimes recently visited all three Capitol Hill Cluster campuses, sharing both her poems and her passion for writing poetry and reading as a young girl.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: EdFest Success

More than 200 traditional public schools and public charter schools and thousands of families from all eight wards gathered Dec. 12 at the D.C. Armory in Southeast for EdFEST 2015 to kick off the "My School DC Common Lottery."

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Program Additions for 2016

Several of the city's public schools have exciting new changes coming during the 2016 school year that were discussed at this weekend's EdFEST, held at the D.C. Amory in Southeast.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: State of the Schools

Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell, joined by the county Board of Education, will give the State of the School System address Thursday at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Henderson Makes Surprise Visits to Award Winners

School administrators surprised some of this year's Standing Ovation Award recipients with a recent visit to their schools by Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

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Prince George's County Education Briefs: Potomac High Senior Named Scholar of the Week

Cyrano Battiste, a senior at Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, has been named Scholar of the Week.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Henderson Gives Thanks for DCPS Success

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued a statement during Thanksgiving break expressing her gratitude for all who have helped make her tenure a success.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Volleyball Standout at McKinley Eyes Next Level

Erica Jones, a senior at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast, has been on the varsity volleyball team all four years of high school, an accomplishment she attributes to the "very rare" overhead serve she displayed in middle school.

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