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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Teacher Appreciation Week

DCPS will observe annual Teacher Appreciation Week from May 1-5.

“There’s so much I love about being an early-childhood teacher,” says Erica Alexander, who teaches at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School in Northwest. “Every day is full of challenges, laughter, love, and learning.”

Dual Enrollment

“The Dual Enrollment program puts into perspective what college is like,” says Devin Mozee, a senior at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast, who’s taking college courses at Howard University. “I know my school is preparing me, but it’s very different from actually sitting down in the course and being in the atmosphere.”

OSSE Scholar

Befikadu, a senior at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Northwest, first discovered a love of science and technology at age 8 in his home country of Ethiopia.

His neighbor asked him to throw away a radio that wasn’t working, but Befikadu decided he would take it apart and see what was going on.

“It took me a long time to figure things out, but at last, when I connected the wires, it just worked,” said Befikadu, whose passion for physics led him to enroll in a summer physics course at the University of Pennsylvania through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Scholars program.

College Signing Day

Hundreds of college-bound high school students from public and public charter schools throughout the District of Columbia will cross the stage Friday, April 28 at the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University, amid cheers from family and friends, to announce where they will attend college in the fall.

The event, to be emceed by WKYS-FM personality Angie Ange, lists as the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s third annual DC College Signing Day.

The celebration will feature marching band performances from area colleges and high schools, a Howard University fraternity, and videos wishing our college-bound high school seniors the best as they prepare to embark on the next phase of their academic careers.

Student Representative

The DC State Board of Education is seeking motivated students to serve a one-year term next year as student representatives on the board.

Student representatives are expected to attend all official evening board meetings, which are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Student representatives also co-chair the Student Advisory Committee and are responsible for setting the agenda for the committee.

“The role of our student representatives is fundamental to the success of the work of the SBOE,” said Karen Williams, board president. “Students offer a unique perspective on how policies actually impact the District and what we as policymakers can do to improve.”

In addition to being a D.C. resident, applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior in either a traditional public or public charter high school.

The application is due by Tuesday, May 30. More information can be obtained at sboe.dc.gov.

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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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