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: Putting families first

Councilmember’s Corner: Putting families first

During the summer recess of the DC Council, my staff and I listened carefully to Ward 4 neighbors about your concerns and your hopes for the future. I repeatedly heard how as the cost of living in the District rises, families feel increasingly financially squeezed. So I took that input back to City Hall and got to work on concrete legislative solutions. At the September 19th meeting of the DC Council, I introduced three bills that would save DC families money and enhance their quality of life.

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Could West Elementary get renovated sooner?

Could West Elementary get renovated sooner?

Area residents have been pushing DC Councilmembers for action on renovating West Elementary Campus. The long-delayed renovation of West, a small DCPS school in 16th Street Heights, has a chance to start much sooner than Mayor Bowser proposed in her 2018 budget. If so, it may be thanks to a torrid of emails and meetings from residents.

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Rock, paper, scissors tournament for the win!

Rock, paper, scissors tournament for the win!

Remember when we were kids and any playground quarrel could be decided by a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors? An organization called Playworks is taking this childhood gem to the next level on Thursday, March 9th.

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"My School DC" wants to help parents as school lottery deadline looms

"My School DC" wants to help parents as school lottery deadline looms

by Elissa Fuchs

Figuring out the DC school lottery isn't easy, and the deadline to apply is fast approaching. Parents and guardians have under two weeks to submit their lottery applications to My School DC for public school grades Pre-K 3 through 8th grade. The lottery application deadline is March 1st.

The deadline for high school grades 9 through 12 was February 1st and has now passed. (Though, according to Emerald Becker, Director of Enrollment at DCPS who spoke at the February 8th ANC 4C meeting, you can still apply; you should check with My School DC for the details.)

For anyone unfamiliar with the process, here’s how it works...

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Here’s to Roosevelt High: an alum looks at the school’s opening

Here’s to Roosevelt High: an alum looks at the school’s opening

On Friday, August 19th, I drove north on 13th Street towards Roosevelt Senior High School for the official ribbon-cutting. There ceremony was set up to unveil, as Councilmember Brandon Todd described the newly renovated school, the city’s “$140 million investment.” As I got closer to my destination, the steeple of the school came into view; I was filled with mixed feelings. I knew it would be the beginning of a new era for my alma mater. 

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Roosevelt ribbon-cutting, school's open for students

Roosevelt ribbon-cutting, school's open for students

After many years and a $140 million renovation budget, Roosevelt High School, home of the Rough Riders, opened for students on Monday, August 22nd. The new class will graduate in 2021. Read some of the statements made at the ribbon cutting and see some pictures.

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A look at a new Roosevelt: a long-overdue renovation

A look at a new Roosevelt: a long-overdue renovation

Theodore Roosevelt High School has been closed since 2013 to undergo a $136.1 million renovation that replaces the crumbling sections of the building, restores historic architecture, and expands the facilities and technology, all revolving around a new central atrium. It’s pretty impressive. Read the article and see a large photo gallery >

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DCPS Chancellor to discuss Roosevelt high school at MacFarland tonight

DCPS Chancellor to discuss Roosevelt high school at MacFarland tonight

Roosevelt High School has been going through major renovations, with plans to open in August 2016. There's been ANC and community pushback to open earlier and allow high schooler's to start in January. 

As one Roosevelt teach said to me, "I think it's really important the community comes out and has their voice heard." If you're interested in hearing what DCPS is planning on doing, this meeting is for you.

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DCPS sends update on Roosevelt and MacFarland

DCPS sends update on Roosevelt and MacFarland

DCPS sent out an email update on Roosevelt High School and MacFarland Middle School, what they've accomplished so far and the names of their new Roosevelt Community Cabinet.

At the community meeting on June 18th, DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the Department of General Services (DGS) committed to looking into improvements to the MacFarland building to ensure it will provide a warm and welcoming learning environment for Roosevelt Senior High School students as they await the completion of their new state-of-the-art facility. Together, we conducted a walk-through of MacFarland with several community members to identify specific concerns, and we are happy to announce that we have been able to address those concerns with the following improvements...

Read their full message after the break:

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