DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee greets students in celebration of the annual MLK Day in D.C. (Courtesy of DCPS)
DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee greets students in celebration of the annual MLK Day in D.C. (Courtesy of DCPS)

“I can’t think of a better way to start my tenure at @DCPublicSchools than in celebration of Dr. King’s legacy of service.” — Lewis Ferebee, DCPS chancellor

My School DC Deadline

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2019-20 is now open. The application deadlines are Feb. 1 for grades 9-12 and March 1 for grades PK3-8.

My School DC is the city’s common application and lottery for DCPS students and most public charter schools, grades PK3-12.

For questions or help with applications, call the My School DC hotline at 202-888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email info.myschooldc@dc.gov.

Total Sunshine Support

Total Sunshine Inc. held its annual James Perkins event last month to support students by providing technical tools to aid them in their pursuit of academic excellence.

The event, held at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Ward 8, was in commemoration of the late Perkins’ birthday that’s usually held in November, the month of his birth. Perkins was a Total Sunshine “First, Not Last!” honoree for being named the Johnson Middle School Salutatorian of 2009.

Following is a list of eight students selected for the support and why:

Meaza Esad-Rivers: Scoring a 5 on the APUSH Exam
Alexis Jones: Highest GPA for Q1 and highest Suma Scholar
Alexis Johnson: Highest Magna Scholar, 3.79
Timara Bullock: Highest Honor Roll, 3.49 & No detentions, no tardiness
Briana Johnson: Most Improved Girl
Omari Hill: Most Improved Boy
Kobe Whitaker: For 855 hours of Community Service Boy
Trinity Brown: For 1,343.5 hours of Community Service, Girl

Farewell Message

Earlier this month, the terms of three of State Board of Education ESSA Task Force members — Ward 1 representative Laura Wilson Phelan, Ward 5 representative Mark Jones and Ward 6 representative Joe Weedon — ended.

In moving along, the DC State Board of Education has welcomed local and national experts at its public meetings to continue the conversation of designing a family engagement framework that will provide a system for meaningful interactions and authentic relationships fostered with students, families, and communities.

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