“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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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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