Student Tutoring Opportunity

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Kingman Boys and Girls Club Tutoring Opportunity

The Kingman Boys and Girls Club (around the corner from the Studio Theater) is in need of tutors for children in grades 2 through 7. Tutoring would take place on Mondays and/or Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30pm.

Kingman has offered a wonderful academic support program for children for many years, and your help would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact Allen Richardson, the Kingman Education Director, at 202-483-1210 or allen.richardson@dc.gov

Thank you!!!

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Three Upcoming Education-Related Events

MySchoolDC Enrollment Lottery info session

(Please note, Garrison ES community has added an open house 9:30am to 10:30am)

The Ward 2 Education Network invites you to hear from MySchoolDC:

Saturday, Nov 15
10:30am to 12:00pm at:
Garrison Elementary
1200 S St NW.

This meeting will feature representatives of MySchoolDC, who will make a presentation about next year’s Enrollment Lottery and student assignment process. The school year 2015/16 lottery sign-ups will go from November 22, 2014 through March 2, 2015 (Feb 2 for high schools). Results will come out on March 27.

There will be light snacks.  Childcare will be available.

RSVP to: W2EdNetwork@gmail.com

This meeting is sponsored by the Foggy Bottom Association, the Logan Circle Community Association, and the Dupont Circle Citizen Association in conjunction with the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions from Foggy Bottom (ANC 2A), Dupont Circle (ANC 2B) and Logan Circle (ANC 2F).

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MySchool DC EdFEST 

Saturday, Nov 22
DC Armory
11:00am – 3:00pm

My School DC is the common application and lottery for the District’s public school options, both DCPS and charter. As we prepare for the SY15-16 application cycle, we would like to stay engaged with partners like you across the city. We hope you’ll join us in keeping families informed about the lottery process. We will send out this newsletter monthly, with occasional updates in between.

Right now we are busy planning for EdFEST, the District’s only citywide public school fair. It’s a great way for you and the families you serve to learn more about school options (PK3-12) and how to apply. EdFEST takes place on Saturday, November 22 from 11am to 3pm at DC Armory.

With the launch of the My School DC application on December 15, 2014, EdFEST is a timely event to help families make informed school selections for the SY215-16 common lottery. And both admission and parking are free! We will also have interpretation available in Spanish, Amharic, French, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and in sign language throughout the day..

Visit MySchoolDC.org for more information about My School DC, including the dates for next year’s lottery and the list of participating schools. You can also contact us via the My School DC Hotline at (202) 888-6336 or atinfo@myschooldc.org

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Language Immersion In Urban Public Schools: Exploring The Benefits & Challenges

(co-hosted by the DC Public Library, DC State Board of Education and the DC Language Immersion Project)

Thursday, Dec 4
6-8pm
MLK Library
901 G St. NW

You are invited to join us for a panel discussion with a focus on the benefits and challenges of implementing language immersion programs in our public elementary schools – both charter and traditional public schools. This discussion is not only meant to highlight the overall value of language immersion but also is designed to be a forum that will engage all stakeholders in a way that will move toward collaborative strategic planning to expand language immersion offerings in public schools in the District of Columbia.

GUESTS INCLUDE:

Marty Abbott – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Delores Millhouse and Gina Bowler – My Bilingual Child
Maquita Alexander –Washington Yu Ying PCS
D. Lynn Fulton-Archer –World Language Immersion, Delaware Department of Education
Sally Schwartz – Globalize DC
Donna Sothern, Spanish Immersion Teacher – Cleveland Elementary, DC Public Schools

RSVP: http://dclanguageimmersionproject.eventbrite.com
Email: info@dcimmersion.org
Twitter: @DCImmersion
www.DCImmersion.org

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Education Network Meeting This Saturday

Meet Your Neighborhood Elementary School Principals

Saturday May 17th, 10am – 11:30am

Looking for a neighborhood DCPS Elementary School that would be a good match for you and your family? Current and prospective families are invited to come meet principals and representatives from Garrison, Ross, Cleveland, Hyde-Addison, Seaton, SWW at Francis-Stevens, Walker-Jones, and possibly others. The event will consist of introductions and round of introductory questions followed by a chance to speak directly to participants in smaller groups.

Location: Garrison Elementary school, 1200 S St, NW
Childcare and light snacks provided.
RSVP to: W2EdNetwork@gmail.com

Ward 2 Education Network meetings are sponsored and underwritten by the Logan Circle Community Association, the Dupont Circle Citizen Association and Foggy Bottom Association, in conjunction with the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions from Logan Circle (ANC 2F), Dupont Circle (ANC 2B) and Foggy Bottom (ANC 2A).

SAVE THE DATE!
Introduction of new DCPS Ombudsman, Joyanna Smith
Saturday June 14th, 10am – 11:30am
Location: Luther Place Memorial Church
(1226 Vermont Ave, NW)

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Upcoming Education Committee Meetings

Both of the below ANC 2F Education Committee meetings will be held at the School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens (2425 N Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037)

On Thursday, 3/13 at 9:30amDeputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith will be on-hand to present information and answer questions about the on-going boundary review process.  This session is open to all who have a stake in the boundaries and communities served by School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, a DCPS school serving  PreSchool through Grade 8 students. No RSVP necessary.

On Saturday, 3/15 from 10am to 11:30amThe Ward 2 Education Network will host a community education forum. This will be a “Community Feedback” session to continue discussions begun at other citywide forums with the Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and gather feedback for the members of the Advisory Committee that is reviewing DCPS boundaries, feeder patterns and student assignment policies. The session will also preview the coming working groups that the DME will roll out in the next phase of public engagement on this topic. Childcare and light snacks provided. RSVP to: W2EdNetwork@gmail.com

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Next Generation Science Standards explained at Ward 2 Ed Network 1/11

The Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom Ward 2 Education Network invites you to attend a community education forum on Saturday, January 11th from 10am to 11:30am at Ross Elementary School at 1730 R St NW. (The DC Education Festival http://www.dcedufest.org/ is on the same day, so spend your morning with us before you head to the Convention Center!)

DC adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) this week, joining eight states (including Maryland). This meeting will feature Maya Garcia from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Join us for information about and demonstrations of NGSS, which emphasize hands-on learning of science and engineering The focus of these standards is on big concepts that connect classroom learning to how science and engineering impact our communities and our world.

There will be light snacks.  Babysitters will be on hand to care for kids.

RSVP to: W2EdNetwork@gmail.com

Please SAVE the DATE:  On February 8th  at 10 a.m., the Education Network will host Deputy Mayor of Education Abigail Smith to lead a discussion on School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns.  Location TBD.

These meetings are sponsored by the Foggy Bottom Association, the Logan Circle Community Association, and the Dupont Circle Citizen Association in conjunction with the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions from Foggy Bottom (ANC 2A), Dupont Circle (ANC 2B) and Logan Circle (ANC 2F).

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Changes to D.C.’s School Enrollment Lottery

The Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom Ward 2 Education Network invites you to attend a community education forum on Saturday, November 16 from 1pm to 2:30pm at the School Without Walls Francis-Stevens Campus at 2425 N St NW, in rooms 208 & 209. 

This meeting will feature Kari Brandt from DCPS who will make a presentation about MYSCHOOLDC.ORG, the portal for next year’s Enrollment Lottery. Megan Hanley, a former community outreach coordinator for Ward 2 schools will also be on hand to answer questions. The 2014/15 lottery sign-ups will go from fromDecember 16 through March 3 (Feb 3 for high schools).

This year’s lottery will combine DCPS and Public Charter Schools for the first time.

There will be light snacks. Babysitters will be on hand to care for the kids in a separate playroom just steps from our meeting room.

RSVP to: W2EdNetwork@gmail.com

 

This meeting is sponsored by the Foggy Bottom Association, the Logan Circle Community Association, and the Dupont Circle Citizen Association in conjunction with the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions from Foggy Bottom (ANC 2A), Dupont Circle (ANC 2B) and Logan Circle (ANC 2F).

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Joint ANC Education Forum, This Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Logan (ANC 2F), Dupont (ANC 2B), Foggy Bottom (ANC 2A) Education Network, along with the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) and the Dupont Circle Citizen Association (DCCA), are co-sponsoring a community education meeting on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Luther Place Memorial Church – 1226 Vermont Avenue, NW.

We are very excited to have Principal Tanya Roane & Associate Principal Sah Brown from Cardozo Education Campus along with Associate Principal Benjamin Williams from the School Without Walls at Francis Stevens to talk about our neighborhood middle schools.  There will also be a short presentation about the Logan Circle heritage curriculum.

There will be light breakfast fare and babysitters, so come join us on Saturday Morning!

Please encourage interested members of the community to join. Also, if you have specific questions you would like addressed, please email us at connolly.matthew@gmail.com and stephanie.maltz@dupontcircleanc.net, and we can pass those along ahead of time.

Hope to see you Saturday!

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ANC 2F Supports Modernizing Garrison Elementary

We in ANC 2F believe that strong public schools are the foundation of a vibrant community.  In support of that goal, we passed the following resolution at our May meeting calling on the Mayor and City Council to modernize Garrison Elementary School in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.  The text of the resolution is below:

Preamble

Whereas:

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) were created to “advise the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor and each executive agency . . . with respect to all proposed matters of District government policy,” including with respect to education;[1]

Garrison Elementary School is within the boundaries of ANC 2F, and DCPS designates many families in our ANC to Garrison as their school of right;

The Logan Circle Community has worked to make our neighborhood a place where families want to stay and raise their children, and Garrison, as an important part of developing a strong feeder system, is essential to that goal;

In the past three years, parents have re-established a PTA, developed strong partnerships with local community organizations, reached out to prospective parents, and worked with DCPS to improve the school;

The PTA and community have greatly improved maintenance services at the school and grounds through constant vigilance, volunteer efforts, and consistent advocacy;

The Logan Circle neighborhood has seen significant population increases over the last several years, and DCPS projects the neighborhood will increase by at least 125 children by 2015.[2]  Indeed, the population of 3 to 11 year olds in the area immediately surrounding Garrison will nearly double by 2017, and grow by another third by 2022;[3]

Retaining these current and anticipated families is essential to our community’s continued growth and stability;

Garrison is in desperate need of capital investment.  As recognized in the 2010 Master Facilities Plan:

  • “Many interior spaces are in need of renovations”;
  • “Ceiling finishes are in poor condition.  Asbestos tile is present throughout and needs to be removed”;
  • “Public address and fire alarm systems are antiquated and require replacement”;
  • [Plumbing] Fixtures are outdated and should be replaced;
  • “Wooden exterior doors need to be replaced and all exterior windows have deteriorated and need to be replaced”;
  • ADA compliance is “unsatisfactory” and the building “needs numerous upgrades in order to accomplish [compliance]”;

The school has not undergone a single renovation since it opened in 1964;

Garrison has an educational facilities effectiveness (EFEI) score of 36 percent according to the 2013 Master Facilities Plan—one of the lowest in the District[4]—and is one of the only public schools in the area (DCPS or charter) that has not been partially or fully modernized;

The Master Facilities Plan recommends complete, rather than phased-in, school modernizations;[5]

Professional pro bono services and non-DCPS funds have been secured to defray the costs of modernization, and the PTA and community stand ready to further assist;

The modernization at Garrison has been delayed three times in the last three years, and the Mayor’s current proposed budget anticipates starting the renovation in 2015, with completion in 2022—9 years away;[6] and

Capital investment in Garrison has been too often postponed and is long overdue.  To meet population growth in Logan Circle are and to ensure the diversity, vitality and coherence of the community, we urgently need our community school Garrison modernized.

Resolution

Therefore, be it resolved that

ANC 2F advises and strongly recommends that the City Council appropriate $16 million to fully fund Garrison’s modernization in Fiscal Year 2014 to allow for a complete, one-time modernization.


[1] D.C. Code § 1-309.10(a).

[2] See DCPS Proposed Consolidations and Reorganization at p. 33 (Nov. 15, 2012), available at

http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Parents+and+Community/DCPS+Proposed+Consolidations+and+Reorganization/Full+Proposal.

[3] 2013 Public Education Master Facilities Plan at p. 55, available at http://dc.gov/DC/DME/Media%20Releases/newsroom_archive/Press%20Releases/Final%202013%20DC%20Public%20Education%20Plan.pdf.

[4] Id. at 87, Figure 5.30.

[5] Master Facilities Plan at p. 120.

[6] The total proposed modernization budget of Garrison is $16.2 million: $8.1 mm to be spent in 2015, $6.1 mm in 2019, and $2 million by 2022.

 

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Joint Education Meeting with DME Abigail Smith–Sat. May 11

Please join ANC 2F, ANC 2B, the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA), and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) for a special joint meeting on Education on Saturday, May 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Avenue, NW (Thomas Circle).

We are excited to have Abigail Smith, the Acting Deputy Mayor for Education, join us.  The Deputy Mayor is responsible for overseeing the District’s education strategy and DC’s education-related agencies, including DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE).

We will also have updates on important ANC, LCCA, and DCCA community news and activities.

Come out and meet your elected representatives and education officials, learn about issues that impact your community, and get to know your neighbors better.  LCCA and DCCA have graciously agreed to provide refreshments and free childcare on site, so kids are welcome!

We hope to see you Saturday!

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Now Is the Time to Modernize Garrison Elementary

This morning parents, community members, and I urged the City Council’s Education Committee to finally fully modernize Garrison Elementary.  These improvements are long overdue.  Garrison has not been renovated since it opened in the 1960s, and modernization has been delayed at least three times.  DCPS’s proposal to finish improvements by 2022 is simply inadequate.  My testimony is below:

Councilmember Catania, I want to thank you again for speaking at the ANC’s education committee meeting last month.  As you probably remember, our conversation focused on bringing a sense of urgency to public education reform, and the understanding that parents and community members shouldn’t have to work this hard to get a quality public education.

It is with both of these issues in mind that I am here today to request that the City Council fully fund the modernization of Garrison Elementary School in FY 2015.[1]  Garrison has not been renovated since it opened in the 1960s, and the school’s modernization has now been delayed at least three times.  As recognized in the 2013 Public Education Master Facilities Plan issued by the Deputy Mayor for Education, “[f]acility condition and quality affect the safety and comfort of students and educators and can limit programming.  They may also influence parent and student perception about school quality.”[2]  This is especially true in my ANC and at Garrison.

According to the Master Facilities Plan, the population of 3 to 11 year olds in the area immediately surrounding Garrison will nearly double by 2017, and grow by another third by 2022.[3]  Despite this population growth, the Facilities Plan determined that our cluster receives among the fewest dollars per enrolled student, our facilities condition ranks among the lowest in the District, and it is among the clusters with the greatest need for strategic investment.[4]  These already poor numbers are even worse at Garrison, which has an educational facilities effectiveness (EFEI) score of 36 percent—one of the lowest in the District.[5]  In fact, Garrison is one of the only public schools in our cluster (DCPS or charter) that has not been partially or fully modernized.

We believe retaining families is essential to our community’s continued growth and stability and we are working hard to make sure that Garrison is a school we in Logan Circle and the District can all be proud of.  But Garrison needs capital investment in order to thrive.  Prospective parents will not invest in a school if DCPS is unwilling to invest with them.  Failing to invest in Garrison now could mean that we and DCPS will miss out on our neighborhood’s booming population of elementary aged school children.  Parents demand urgency:  They will not wait and see what happens in 2022, when the current modernization proposal is expected to be completed (likely even longer given the trend in the last four years).  By then these parents will have moved to a different neighborhood, out of the district, or will have found another school.

We are not asking for a brand new building or gold-plated facilities.  All we ask is for some urgent maintenance work on a school that hasn’t been renovated since the 1960s, and a commitment to start a modernization that will allow current and prospective parents to invest in a vision for their neighborhood school.  We believe these commitments, along with the demolition of the old pool house and athletic field improvements (which we expect to begin this summer), will show the community that the City and DCPS will engage with Garrison the way parents and community members already have.


[1] As a complete modernization according to the strategy recommendations in the 2013 Public Education Master Facilities Plan, and not a phased modernization.

[2] 2013 Public Education Master Facilities Plan at p. 30, available at http://dc.gov/DC/DME/Media%20Releases/newsroom_archive/Press%20Releases/Final%202013%20DC%20Public%20Education%20Plan.pdf.

[3] Id. at p. 55, Figure 4.7 (For Cluster 7—Shaw and Logan Circle).

[4] Id. at pp. 80, 84, and 115, Figures 5.23, 5.27, and 7.1.

[5] Id. at 87, Figure 5.30.

 

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