D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Ballou Fall Feeder Fest

It’s time to start thinking about school options for school year 2020-21 and DCPS wants to ensure families consider the options directly in front of them.

This event is similar to EdFEST and offers a great opportunity to interact with and learn more about schools in feeder patterns.

Join the Ballou Senior High School family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 to feel the fall vibes and learn about the culture of Ballou, located at 3401 4th Street SE.

The fest includes building tours, student performances, popcorn, water, cotton candy, face painting, a live DJ, and more.

Free tickets are available at

No Classes

Thanksgiving break begins Nov. 27. (No school for students and teachers)

Keeping Families Safe at Watkins

If you’ve ever been to Watkins Elementary School in Southeast during the week, chances are you’ve seen Abril Johnson, as she’s hard to miss in her neon uniform.

For the past three years, Johnson has been the crossing guard stationed at 12th and D streets, where she keeps families safe every school day.

She also shares a bit about herself as well as ways you can help keep kids safe during drop-off/pickup at Watkins.

See for yourself by watching the video “Cluster Quotes with Abril Johnson” on YouTube.

DCPS on Twitter

“As a senior at Anacostia, I am interested in the Career Bridge program because it is going to help show me what I really want to do in life and allow me to get real work experience to see if I am interested in the healthcare and child care fields.” — Aaliyah Reid @AnacostiaHS, Nov. 15

It is great to meet students and families at @EasternHS Feeder Fest who are excited about the amazing programming the school has to offer. I enjoyed seeing the band, cheerleaders, herb garden, health sciences lab, and so many more engaging opportunities at Eastern. — Chancellor Lewis Ferebee, Nov. 16

DCPS By the Numbers

48,439 – The number of students committed to graduating from high school, prepared for college and work
4,025 – The number of teachers determined to live up to our unparalleled role in ensuring the achievement of our students
115 – The number of schools and principals who demonstrate the vision to build positive school communities focused on academic achievement
3,500 – The number of classroom aides, social workers, counselors, custodians and other support staff who understand that our students must be safe, healthy and supported in order to achieve at the highest possible levels
Countless – The number of parents and family members supporting our children and demanding a high-quality education for them

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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