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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Councilmember’s Corner: Giving blind and visually-impaired students a fair shot

Councilmember’s Corner: Giving blind and visually-impaired students a fair shot

Earlier this month, after meeting with members of the Ward 4 and DC blind community, I introduced legislation that would improve Braille education for blind and vision-impaired students in DC public and public charter schools.

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Powell Elementary’s popular Spring Carnival returns for a fourth year

Powell Elementary’s popular Spring Carnival returns for a fourth year

Powell Bilingual Elementary School is hosting its fourth annual Spring Carnival on May 19th from 11am - 5pm — and this year’s event promises to be a ton of fun for kids and adults alike!

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How to take an active role in your child's school safety

How to take an active role in your child's school safety

Since the tragedy of Sandy Hook, parents like me are finding themselves in a whole new world of anxiety. Dropping children off at school is not a guarantee of their safety, and it can make families feel helpless during the hours that their children spend at school.

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Education… by any means necessary

Education… by any means necessary

There is a crisis in  public  education. The  fact  that students  are  graduating  high school  and  can  barely read  what's  on  their diplomas  is  sad.  What  we  should remember  is that education  is really about self-preservation.  If you don't get it  in the classroom, then you should obtain it somewhere else: by  home schooling, tutoring, mentoring, being self-taught or by any means necessary.

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Students from DC SCORES are headed to the World Cup in Moscow

Students from DC SCORES are headed to the World Cup in Moscow

While the US Men's National Team will not be in Russia for the World Cup, a special group of young women (including students from Petworth) are set to represent the United States at the Street Child World Cup in Russia this May, and make a difference in doing so.  Watch the great video!

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Yu Ying heads to China: "We can win wars with our words"

Yu Ying heads to China: "We can win wars with our words"

I had the opportunity to meet with a group of students from the Yu Ying Public Charter School and their parents as they plan their upcoming July trip to China. These energetic students eagerly responded to my questions about their immersion program and upcoming travels. It wasn’t the trip that most excited me about this group of playful 10 and 11 year olds -- who have been friends for many years -- what impressed me was the enthusiasm they shared about their education and experiences over the last seven years.

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DC SCORES Poetry Slam! brings two nights of bravery onto stage

DC SCORES Poetry Slam! brings two nights of bravery onto stage

Bravery. It was the word of the 20th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam! held November 15-16th and featured 45 performances by elementary and middle schools across the District.

Check out some great videos -- and don't forget DC SCORES on Giving Tuesday on November 28th!

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