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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Open Application Period

The application period for new student representatives and members of the Student Advisory Committee for 2019-20 is now open.

DCPS and public charter high school students who are passionate about their local school community and who desire to represent their peers in the education policy-making process are encouraged to apply online at http://bit.ly/SBOEStudentRepApp.

The application period will close Sunday, April 28.

Spring Break Camps

Registration is open for the 2019 Spring Break Camps. The Department of Parks and Recreation offers the full-day camps for children ages 3 to 13 during DC Public Schools’ spring break.

This year, camp will be held from Wednesday, April 17 to Friday, April 19.

Camp locations include: Ward 1 Marie Reed Recreation Center; Ward 2 Jelleff Recreation Center; Ward 3 Friendship Recreation Center; Ward 4 Raymond Recreation Center; Ward 5 Joseph Cole Recreation Center; Turkey Thicket Recreation Center; Ward 6 Kennedy Recreation Center, Sherwood Recreation Center; Ward 7 Deanwood Recreation Center, Ridge Road Recreation Center; Ward 8 Barry Farm Recreation Center.

The participation fee is $30 per child, per session, due at registration.

Best Practices Report

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education recently released “Lessons from the DC All-STAR School Tour,” a report highlighting best practices learned from the first-ever 2018 “DC All-STAR School Tour,” where OSSE leaders visited public schools in D.C. that are showing outstanding results for students on the DC School Report Card and School Transparency and Reporting Framework.

“This tour was an excellent opportunity for OSSE to celebrate success within schools across the city,” said State Superintendent Hanseul Kang. “The new DC School Report Card and STAR Framework made it possible for us to identify bright spots within schools showing outstanding results for students and share with the community all that they are doing to achieve that success.”

Extended-Year Model to End

As of school year 2019-20, DCPS will discontinue the extended-year model at its 13 extended-year schools.

This decision was made based on multiple factors including concerns from educators about student and staff burnout, as well as feedback from families about the challenges they face when they have children enrolled in both traditional and extended-year schools.

Meanwhile, the first day of school for the next academic year will be Aug. 26 for all DCPS schools, and the first day of pre-kindergarten will be Aug. 29.

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