More than 70 students at Anacostia High School recently participated in mock interviews to hone their career-ready skills. (DCPS photo)
More than 70 students at Anacostia High School recently participated in mock interviews to hone their career-ready skills. (DCPS photo)

More than 70 students at Anacostia High School participated Jan. 16 in mock interviews to hone their career-ready skills.

The event was held with the support of more than 25 teachers, partners and community members.

No Classes; Application Deadline

1/27 (All day)
Term 2 Ends; Half Day PD for Staff; Records Day (No School for Students)

1/28 (All day)
PD Day for Staff (No School for Students); Term 3 Begins

2/1 (All day)
My School DC Application Deadline for Grades 9-12

Inclement Weather Notifications

Decisions made regarding weather-related school closures and delays will be posted on DCPS’ Twitter account. Local news outlets will also have this information.

Learn more about the schools’ inclement weather notifications at https://dcps.dc.gov/page/inclement-weather-guidance

DCPS Seeks Teachers

DCPS is looking for talented teachers to empower its future doctors, teachers, engineers, artists, presidents and more.

If you know a remarkable teacher, tell them to come join DCPS for the 2020-21 school year.

Art Contest Winner

Anna Elizabeth Graham, a fifth grader at John Tyler Elementary School, recently took home the first-place prize in the national Scholastic Kids Flaunt Art contest, which encourages students to be proud of their differences.

Anna Elizabeth’s mother, who encouraged her to enter the contest, said she only agreed to give it a try a day before the deadline.

“I gave it some thought,” Anna Elizabeth said in an East of the River interview. “My mom is a contester and she really, really pushed me. I’m good at drawing and I like doing it.”

“Ever since she was a toddler, Anna Elizabeth has carried around a crayon,” her mother added. “That seemed to be the way she communicated.”

Anti-Bullying Testimony

Brenda Elliott, who serves as the DCPS chief of School Improvement and Supports, testified recently before members of the D.C. Council regarding the school system’s efforts to prevent youth bullying.

DCPS is committed to ensuring that our schools are safe and positive learning environments, free from “bullying and other harmful and disruptive behavior,” Elliott said. “As a part of DCPS’ Capital Commitment, we have set the goal that 100 percent of students feel loved, challenged, and prepared. As a part of that work, it is our priority that every member of the school community feels welcomed, safe, and respected in every school, each and every day.”

Panorama Survey

DCPS this month launched the 2020 Panorama Survey, which measures social-emotional learning, satisfaction, and engagement across staff, families and students.

Both parental and public feedback are critical to ensuring that DCPS is meeting the needs of its students and families. To access the survey for individual schools, go to bit.ly/dcpsfamily

Staffer of the Year

Brandon Williams, custodial foreman at Thomson Elementary School, was named the #StandingOvation2020 Staff Member of the Year.

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