D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Banneker Groundbreaking

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently participated in the groundbreaking for the modernization and expansion of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School at the site of the former Shaw Junior High School.

Banneker currently serves students from all eight wards of the District, and the new location will allow DCPS to expand access to Banneker to 300 additional students traveling from neighborhoods across the city.

The new Banneker Academic High School, expected to open for the 2021-22 academic year, will serve 800 students by 2025.

Interning Gains

Interning at Destination DC & the American Experience Foundation provides an important steppingstone to the future success of participating students.

From site visits exemplifying the culture of DC, to listening to the knowledge and wisdom of experts in the hospitality and tourism industry, this internship has opened the eyes to the true essence of D.C., program officials said.

As a result of their Career Ready internships, DCPS students and alumni Makayla Cruz, Nizar Ghoumari, Jashawn Evans, and Zoe Roberts have gained in-demand professional skills.

Free, Reduced-Price Meals

A letter or notice, along with family application forms, are being distributed to parents of children who attend schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Special Milk Program (SMP).

The letter or notice shall contain the following as well as additional information regarding eligibility criteria for reduced price benefits with an explanation that households with incomes less than or equal to the reduced price criteria would be eligible for either free or reduced-price meals, how a household may make an application for free or reduced-price meals or for free milk for its children; an explanation that an application for free or reduced price benefits cannot be approved, and an explanation that the information on the application may be verified at any time during the school year.

Charter Schools Transparency

Using feedback from families, community members, elected officials, teachers, and school administrators, the DC Public Charter Schools Board this year expanded its transparency initiatives to include the creation of a Transparency Hub.

The hub serves as a source for families, students and the public to seek data or other information about public charter schools.

In March, the board approved the School Transparency policy, which requires schools to make available additional documents and other information on their websites to help the public easily access information.

Rocketship Success

Since the opening two years ago of Rocketship DC Public Charter School-Legacy Prep, the principal has used home visits to create a welcoming environment for students.

The principal, assistant principals and staff visit the homes of Rocketeers to get to know them and their families and to learn how to support them throughout the school year.

When families are not able to meet at their home, Rocketship staff finds another location such as the park, the student’s school, library, or a nearby restaurant. These home visits help students succeed and allow Rocketship to partner with families in and out of the classroom.

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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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