Do you want the Roosevelt HS pool to also be open for residents? [survey]

Do you want the Roosevelt HS pool to also be open for residents? [survey]

Ever since Roosevelt High School (13th and Upshur Streets NW) reopened, there’s been calls from residents to make their new pool available for use during off-school hours. The main push is that it’s the only local indoor pool, and it’s set up for using swim lanes.

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Councilmember's Corner: Expanding dual language immersion for all DC students

Councilmember's Corner: Expanding dual language immersion for all DC students

All across Ward 4, from Petworth to Shepherd Park, from Chevy Chase to Riggs Park, parents tell me that they want expanded dual language immersion education options for their children. After visiting every Ward 4 school and engaging with parents, educators, and administrators, I consistently hear from families who are frustrated by long wait lists and are unable to get their children enrolled in these highly sought-after multilingual programs.

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Powell teacher offers her students lessons and a role model based on demanding workouts

Powell teacher offers her students lessons and a role model based on demanding workouts

Amanda Cataneo works as a second grade teacher at Powell Elementary School in Petworth, teaching her students reading, writing and problem-solving skills with a strict but compassionate precision. She leads a dual life, one part devoted to education and teaching, the other dedicated to cross training, lifting weights and staying in superb shape.

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Election results for Ward 4 State Board of Education

Election results for Ward 4 State Board of Education

The special election for Ward 4 Member of the State Board of Education on Tuesday, December 4th, talked about in the press and played out on the street corners and farmers’ markets around the area, ended with a small voter turnout and a win for Petworth local Frazier O’Leary. Here’s a look at the vote results.

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Guide on the candidates up for vote on Dec 4th for State Board of Education

Guide on the candidates up for vote on Dec 4th for State Board of Education

In Ward 4, there are four candidates running in the special election on December 4th for the School Board of Education. Here are short overviews of each candidate that looks at their priorities, and offers links to more information on each candidate.

Voter turnout will probably be very low, so try to take some time to go vote on December 4th. Polls are open from 7am until 8pm at your normal polling location/precinct.

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Powell Elementary opens online auction with wide array of amazing items

Powell Elementary opens online auction with wide array of amazing items

Want to have Diane Rehm at your book club? How about suite-level tickets to see the Wizards and Capitals? With Powell Elementary’s third annual online auction, you can bid on amazing items while supporting a wonderful Title 1 bilingual elementary school in the heart of Petworth. 

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Roosevelt HS is looking for host families for French students for two weeks

Roosevelt HS is looking for host families for French students for two weeks

Roosevelt High School has a robust international studies program, managed by Julian Hipkins III, the Global Studies Coordinator at the school. The school is hosting students from Spain and France in October, and is looking for a dozen or so families in the local area to host visiting students from France for a two week stay here in Petworth.

Volunteer and host a student (or two!).

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Help name the New North Middle School in Ward 4

Help name the New North Middle School in Ward 4

A new middle school is set to open on the campus of Coolidge High School in Takoma Park, and DC Government wants your help naming it.

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After a half century in the trenches, popular DCPS administrator prepares for the retirement bell

After a half century in the trenches, popular DCPS administrator prepares for the retirement bell

Ted Hinton, Jr. has spent 50 years with the District of Columbia Public School System (DCPS), serving as a teacher, an administrator, and overall mentor to thousands of students, parents and teachers who have come through the doors of the District’s school system.

In the last half century at DCPS, Hinton estimates he has touched the lives of more than 85,000 students, creating a lasting legacy of learning, self-improvement and success. And, now as Hinton, the Dean of Culture at Powell Bilingual Elementary School in Petworth, prepares to retire on August 4th, he is especially proud of the impact he has had on current and former students.

“It is hard to believe 50 years have gone by,” says Hinton. “It doesn’t feel like 50 years because I enjoyed what I have been doing and working with kids has kept me youthful.”

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Councilmember’s Corner: 2019 budget wins (education, public safety & more)

Councilmember’s Corner: 2019 budget wins (education, public safety & more)

From education and recreation, to public safety, to human services, housing, infrastructure, and beyond, this budget makes the strategic investments necessary to build a thriving, safe, and inclusive District.

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Great photos from the 2018 Powell Spring Carnival

Great photos from the 2018 Powell Spring Carnival

Even in the face of summer thunderstorms, the parents group of Powell Elementary managed to put on a very successful (and crowded!) Spring Carnival at the Roosevelt High School gym. With tons of games, so. much. food! and other activities, it was a great event. Here's some pictures from the Carnival from Petworth News and James Arvantes (a Powell substitute teacher).

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It’s raining, it’s pouring, the Powell Carnival will still be soaring! 

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the Powell Carnival will still be soaring! 

Not sure if you've noticed, but it's kind of raining out there! That won't stop the Powell Community Carnival -- it is still going on this Saturday, May 19th from 11:00-5:00pm.

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