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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Market Boxes

Youths now have the option to pick up free weekly Market Boxes at Excel Academy, Langdon Elementary School, and McKinley High School.

Boxes are distributed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday and contain seven days’ worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner ingredients.

Learn more and sign up at dcps.dc.gov/page/market-box-resources.

School Renovation Update

John Eaton Elementary School, located at 3301 Lowell St. in northwest D.C., consists of three historic buildings with an adjoining connection in the middle, totaling approximately 52,560 square feet. The original school building was constructed in 1910, with a similar facility erected in 1922 and a multipurpose room built in 1930.

The school in the Cleveland Park historic district is severely undersized for its growing population, therefore, modernization will seek to right-size the building for the elementary school program. The project is scheduled for completion by August.

A community meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Feb. 25.

Every Day Counts

Students, families and the community must be empowered to track DCPS’ progress in helping every young person get to school. By being transparent about its challenges, D.C. can work together to reduce the barriers that too many students and families face.

For instance, truancy — which measures the percent of students aged 5-17 who are considered absent, means that a student has 10 or more unexcused absences from school — with or without — parental knowledge, consent, or otherwise securing prior approval from the start of the school year.

Otherwise, in-school attendance measures the average percentage of students who are attending school and chronic absence rate measures the percent of students who miss 10 percent or more days in a school year from the start of the school year.

Anacostia High School History

Lloyd Bryant began his career as a history teacher in Indianapolis Public Schools. In 2003, he relocated to Maryland and taught in both Prince George’s County and Prince William County before transitioning into school leadership.

Bryant joined DCPS in 2008 as an assistant principal at Dunbar Senior High School. He also served as an assistant principal at Spingarn Senior High School before becoming a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship, a rigorous 30-month program designed to prepare DCPS’s highest performing leaders for the principalship.

As a fellow, Bryant has served as a resident principal at both Maury Elementary School and Banneker Senior High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Hampton University as well as a master’s degree in educational administration from Trinity University.

Congrats

Stephen Mirabello from School Without Walls High School was recently named a #PruSpirit Honoree for DC.

Mirabello developed a free online tutoring program that’s helped more than 100 K-5 students maintain and build on their reading skills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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