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in the Community – September 2019

Happy Fall! September was an exciting month for our team. It was full of highlights in academics and around the community. The most exciting news this month was DC Heights Academy in Ward 8 being named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. Also in September, we hosted our 8th Annual Citywide College Fair and wrapped up the fall cohort of Codes, DC’s community coding bootcamp!  September also saw the continuation of our Mile in our Shoes initiative, with Councilmember Charles Allen, to continue to discuss ways we can keep students safe to and from school. We’re looking forward to a great October!

Althea Holford, Managing Director of Community & Government Affairs


Around Town

Heights sters for NBRS Relase DC Heights Academy Named 2019 National Blue Ribbon School

We’re proud to celebrate DC Heights Academy on being named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education! This year, DC Heights Academy is one of only three DC public schools to receive this distinction in 2019.  This is a tremendous achievement for students, families, staff, and the Ward 8 community. We’re eager to continue empowering more students in Ward 8 in the coming years. Read more.

College Fair Interaction DC Hosts 8th Annual Citywide College Fair

On September 21, we welcomed more than 200 students and families from DC College Preparatory, Somerset College Preparatory, and schools across the District to DC’s 8th Annual Citywide College Fair, held at DC College Preparatory. Representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities from across the country engaged attendees and answered questions about campus life, course offerings, activities, and financial aid at their respective schools. Read more.

Councilmember Charles AllenCouncilmember Allen joins sters for Mile In my Shoes

Last fall, we kicked off a series of conversations with DC College Preparatory students and D.C. Councilmembers called “A Mile in My Shoes.” The series aims to give students an opportunity to speak with city leaders on issues that impact them daily. In September, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen accompanied a DC WILL Academy middle school student from his Ward 8 home to DC’s Shaw Campus. During their time, they discussed the trials of commuting to and from school and how we can ensure safer travels for students.  To date, DC students have met with Councilmembers Robert White, Trayon White, Kenyan McDuffie, David Grosso, and Charles Allen. We look forward to connecting with other city leaders! Check out their journey on .

 Codes Fall 2019 Codes Cohort

We’re a month into our 3rd cohort of Codes, a weekly coding boot camp for adult residents of DC’s Ward 7 and Ward 8. In partnership with Community College Preparatory Academy, we’re working with 20 participants to help guide them through the basics of webpage design and learning how to code. It’s great to see so many of our community members taking advantage and learning viable skills through this free opportunity. Learn more about Codes at DC.

Rendering for KCPCommunity Meetings around New High School Design

This summer, the Deputy Mayor for Education announced the upcoming release of the Ferebee Hope school for reuse. We believe that this site is a great location in Ward 8 for a permanent home for a second DC high school. In August, we connected with community members to see what they would like in a new high school and community space. Throughout September, the DC team held open meetings with DC students and families to get a sense of what they would like out of a high school in Ward 8. We learned so much about what matters to our students and families and look forward to including all suggestions into a comprehensive new school model.

 

Upcoming Events:

DC co-hosts the Anacostia Annual Boat Ride – October 5

DC College Preparatory Homecoming Game – October 5, 1:00pm at DC’s Golden Field

DC Alumni Tailgate – October 5 (12 pm – 1 pm) at DC’s Golden Field

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council -October 24 DC Participate in the Safe Passage Public Meeting

Posted on October 2, 2019 in Community

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