D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Mock Interviews at Anacostia High

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

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

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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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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