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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Roosevelt Scholars

Scholars from Roosevelt Senior High School in Northwest attended the Summer 2018 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program closing reception last month at Meridian International Center, where they met with students and adult mentors from 23 African countries.

The event was sponsored by U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center.

Standing Ovation Nominations

Standing Ovation 2019 nominations close Friday, Sept. 21. Help DCPS celebrate its great teachers, leaders and school communities.

To give your nomination the best chance of success, please review the award descriptions for 2019 prior to nominating candidates. Contact Zoe Lewis with any questions at 202-674-3751 or zlewis@dcedfund.org, or go to www.standingovationfordcps.org/nominate2.

Block Party

Anacostia Senior High School is hosting a Back to School block party, noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. All are invited to celebrate the new school year with food, fun and more. Admission is free.

Points of Contact

Every DCPS school has an attendance point of contact who connects parents with resources and school staff. For more information, visit or call your school.

Hamilton Musical

More than 3,000 students across DC saw @HamiltonMusical at the Kennedy Center Opera House after researching and learning about the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers.

One of the favorite student quotes is, “I know that I can make change in the country as an immigrant because Alexander Hamilton did.”

Promoting School Attendance

September is Attendance Awareness Month, and DCPS officials, staff and faculty want every student to reach their full potential, by attending school every day, on time.

The #EveryDayCounts is about each school engaged in promoting attendance throughout the new school year. Learn more at: https://attendance.dc.gov

Remembering DCPS’ 9/11 Victims

The DCPS family and community took time out on Sept. 11 to remember six members of the school family who died 17 years ago in the 2001 attacks.

Those who lost their lives included students Asia Cottom, Bernard Brown, and Rodney Dickens, and teachers Hilda Taylor, James Debeuneure, and Sarah Clark.

The six, who had been chosen to participate in a trip to study ecology in California alongside National Geographic Society researchers, were aboard the flight that was hijacked and ultimately crashed into the Pentagon. All passengers aboard were killed, and 125 Pentagon employees lost their lives.

Brent Elementary: Help Us with Giant Rewards Program

Robert Brent Elementary in Southeast is enrolled in the Giant A+ School Rewards program.

For every dollar spent at Giant, Brent will receive a point. At the end of the month, those points will be calculated into a cash total for the school.

Customers who shop at Giant or use its Peapod delivery service are encouraged to register their Giant card with the A+ School Rewards program. They can register at www.giantfood.com and unlike some other school rewards programs, only has to be done once. Brent Elementary School’s ID number is 40725.

The PTA also encourages consumers to ask any family or friends who shop at Giant to designate Brent Elementary as their school.

The program runs until March 16, 2019.

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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