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Empowering Males of Color

Zakari, fourth-grader at Stanton Elementary School in Southeast:
“After school in The Boys Institute, we do our homework together so we don’t have to do it at home. On Wednesdays, we gather with Mr. Pollard. He didn’t just pick good people. He picked people who needed self-discipline. We help our brothers, we keep them cool, and we help them when they’re feeling down or doing the wrong thing. We’re all kings and we have our jackets that nobody else has.”

Alex, senior at Columbia Heights Educational Campus/ Courtesy of DCPS Facebook
Alex, senior at Columbia Heights Educational Campus/ Courtesy of DCPS Facebook

Alex, 12th-grader at Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Northwest:

“When I graduate from high school, I want to go to a four-year college. I want to [study] computer science. That’s my field. Computers and technology, you use in everyday life, so everywhere you go you can get a job. I want people to look at us like we’re young men who have manners, young men who are going to be successful, and young men who can go to college. I think that we are going to get somewhere. Years from now, you’re going to see [our success] on TV.”

Public Charter Schools

Quality Reports

The "School Quality Reports" for grades pre-K-12 were released on Nov. 10./ Courtesy of DC Public Charter School Board
The “School Quality Reports” for grades pre-K-12 were released on Nov. 10./ Courtesy of DC Public Charter School Board

The “School Quality Reports” for grades pre-K-12 were released on Nov. 10, offering a comprehensive look at education for public charter schools throughout D.C. The reports, also known as the Performance Management Framework, measure how well charter schools prepare students for college or the workforce, improve student math and literacy skills, and perform on the state assessment in English language arts and mathematics.

The reports, which can be accessed on the DC public charter schools’ website, also assess other metrics that measure school quality, such as attendance and the percentage of students that reenroll each school year.

Students Work the Polls

Students at Thurgood Marshall Academy are continuously given the opportunity to be active citizens and help put democracy in action. On Election Day, 46 seniors were placed at different voting locations to serve as poll workers.

Prior to becoming poll workers, students spent 2.5 hours learning how elections are conducted and received hands-on experience on how to provide voter assistance at the polls.

10th-Grade Law Academy

Students, staff and faculty at Thurgood Marshall Academy in southeast are thrilled to announce their new partnership with Howard University School of Law. Each year, the school’s ninth-graders engage in “Law Day” activities while 11th-graders participate in “Law Firm Tutoring” activities.

However, this year TMA’s new program, “Howard Law Academy,” will provide 10th-graders the opportunity to travel to Howard University School of Law’s campus for workshops led by law students, and where they will dissect the amendments and apply their learning to everyday situations.

DCPS Pride

The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a commemorative art exhibition themed “DCPS Pride: Reflections & Memory-Making.”

The exhibition which opened this week, runs through Jan. 6 and features artwork by 18 DCPS alumni and current public and public charter school students.
More information can be obtained at https://sumnermuseumis30exhibit.eventbrite.com.

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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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