The month of April is being celebrated as Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month.

DCPS gives a special shoutout to all of its math educators and specialists who are working to ensure that students are able to tackle real-world problems in career and life.

Public Testimony

The DC State Board of Education invites all students, parents, educators and the community to provide testimony on education-related issues at every public meeting.

Individuals and representatives of organizations may call (202) 741-0888 or email: sboe@dc.gov no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting to sign up to testify.

They must submit an electronic copy of their testimony no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting. Individuals are asked to provide their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any. Individuals must also bring at least 15 copies of their written statements with them to the meeting.

Shared Roots

District residents can apply to become a member gardener with Shared Roots, a summer program designed to connect community members with underused food growing spaces in schools, community gardens and backyards.

Now in its second year, Shared Roots is a partnership between the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Through this innovative partnership between OSSE and DPR, Shared Roots helps ensure that our school gardens are viable throughout the summer months and ready for students and teachers when school resumes in the fall,” said State Superintendent Hanseul Kang. “I am excited to connect the community with our schools in meaningful ways that benefit students, teachers and urban gardeners throughout the District.”

Student Representatives

The application period is now open for new student representatives and Student Advisory Committee members.

Sophomores, juniors or seniors enrolled within the DCPS or D.C. public charter school system who want to make their voice heard on education policy in the District are eligible to apply.

“Whether they are testifying during a public panel or working together during monthly meetings, student representatives and SAC members are fundamental to the work of the SBOE,” said Ruth Wattenburg, Ward 3 SBOE representative.

For information, call 202-741-0888 or email sboe@dc.gov.

Deadlines Approaching

May 1 is the deadline for the My School DC enrollment for matched students. The SATs will be administered on May 4.

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