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12 Ideas to Sing Happy at the Top of Your Lungs

Have you seen the Takoma EC version of “Happy?” We want all of our students to feel like that! So we asked schools what they needed to help students feel happier at school, then we gave them funding to do it. Learn More »


11 Ways to Make Students Happy

We want our students to like school. That’s why we’ve set aside five million dollars in next year’s budget to fund our schools’ best ideas to help students feel happier at school. Learn More »


15 Ways We Are Investing in Your Children

Our budget next year includes more than $50 million in new funding to support schools (an eight percent increase from last year!) Here’s where it will go. Learn More »


Vote for HD Woodson

Fresh from Texas and ready to win! That’s the status of the HD Woodson Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) team, who just returned from Austin, Texas, where they presented their idea as a finalist in Solve for Tomorrow, Samsung’s nationwide STEM competition. Learn More »


The Secret to Happy Children

Principal Eugene Pinkard is sitting on a child-size chair in the middle of the open-space, wall-less heart of Marie Reed Elementary School in Adams Morgan. The open-classroom setting is a relic of a 1970s design concept. The lack of walls means that if you listen closely, you can hear strains of Spanish (it’s a bilingual school) or the sound of children laughing. Learn More »


Diverse and Proud of It

The first thing you notice when you walk closer to Seaton Elementary are the red banners on the door. They’re not very large, but they definitely have Chinese characters on them. It’s a few days after Lunar New Year but they’re not what you’d necessarily expect from an elementary school in historic Shaw. Learn More »


Growing a Toddler into a Teenager

Principal Andre Samuels is cheerily walking down the hall carrying classroom supplies and sporting a President Obama t-shirt in celebration of Black History Month. Learn More »


A School Where Acceptance And Tolerance Is The Norm

Principal Azalia Speight knows the name of every student, and they know hers. As she walks from classroom to classroom in the historic Brookland School building that now houses Luke C. Moore High School, students react to Principal Speight with the same combination of respect and warmth. Learn More »


Top Notch Academics and Cell Phone Sandwiches

Anita Berger has a stack of stickers. They say “Principal’s Commendation” in pretty blue script. While her staff has suggested she switch to a quicker and easier rubber stamp, Principal Berger won’t budge. It’s the personal touch that matters, she says. She knows that the students appreciate seeing the sticker on their report cards. She won’t give it up. Learn More »


The Global School In The Neighborhood

Five. That’s how many languages into which the mission statement is translated on the Woodrow Wilson High School website. It’s the first sign of an extraordinary school that boasts, in the words of the principal, “extreme diversity”. It’s also a school where scholars (that’s what they call students) can spend 24 hours straight creating art, where teachers instruct teens from dozens of countries and every walk of life, and where 27 Advanced Placement courses are offered to Wilson Tigers. Learn More »


Kids Just Want to Come to School

Tracy Foster is the principal of Randle Highlands Elementary in Ward 7. This year, the school instituted what’s called “blended learning,” or supplementing traditional classroom work with technology. Students participate in a rotational model for English Language Arts and math—one-third of that time is spent in a teacher-directed group, one-third is spent on the computer, and one-third in independent, partner, or student-led group activities such as math games or research projects. Learn More »


3 Scenes From Digital Learning Day

DCPS students spent Wednesday, February 5, Digital Learning Day, tackling technology and learning new things through software and the internet. The hope is for students to be exposed to technology and learn how to use it to advance their learning. Plus, there’s just a lot of really cool stuff. Learn More »

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It's a Bird, It's a Plane…No, Wait, It's Actually a Bird

There was poop on the floor and everyone was thrilled. A conservationist from the Earth Conservation Corps held a Harris’s Hawk who was doing his business all over the place while children and parents looked on in awe. Learn More »

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These Students Think Your Office is Awesome

The nibbles were ready. The nametags too. Nervous energy coursed through the air as a crowd of suits stood in the lobby having conversations, all the while looking over their shoulders, thinking, “Could he be the one?” Learn More »

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Sierra Roundtree: DCPS Student turn Local DJ

"The new materials cost about $10 million, from money that had been left unspent because of unfilled personnel vacancies and reduced benefits costs, officials said." -Washington Post Learn More »

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New Books and Musical Instruments for Schools in the District

"The new materials cost about $10 million, from money that had been left unspent because of unfilled personnel vacancies and reduced benefits costs, officials said." -Washington Post Learn More »


DCPS Definitions: What is TUDA?

DCPS Definitions: What is TUDA? Learn More »

Truesdell Wins DC Scores

Truesdell EC Wins 1st Place in DC Scores Poetry Slam!

"We will conquer the DC CAS!" Learn More »

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Redskins brave the Barbie aisle with DCPS students

There was the pink Barbie scooter— 60 inches and 11.5 pounds of pure pink. Then there was the Redskins linebacker—6 feet and 238 pounds of pure athletic power. Learn More »


Annual Career Day Inspires Incarcerated Youth

Career Day is an annual event planned by staff for our students in the Incarcerated Youth Program. Every year, various guests across industries come to share stories and advice to students. Learn More »


300 Families, Lots of Books, and One Big Red Dog

A celebrity walked into Turner Elementary School on Tuesday, October 29. He was red. He was furry. And he was ready to promote reading—big time. His name was Clifford the Big Red Dog, star of the popular Clifford book series. Learn More »


DCPS Definitions: What is NAEP?

DCPS Definitions is a new series that explains the meaning and importance of programs, tests, and terms that you may encounter in your child’s education. Learn More »


Watch the Chancellors Address

Watch the Chancellors Address Learn More »


Help your child master the Common Core

Help your child master the Common Core Learn More »

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Eastern HS students travel to Malawi to help build a school

Eastern HS students travel to Malawi to help build a school Learn More »


Program Offers Youth a Global View

Community Global Initiative (CGI), a competitive program created and sponsored by the H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC) in Northeast, offers high school students international learning opportunities. Learn More »


Chancellor Kaya Henderson honors top D.C. graduates, hopes to start tradition

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hosted dozens of the city’s top graduating seniors at a luncheon Tuesday, inaugurating what she hopes will become an annual tradition of honoring outstanding students as they head off to college. Learn More »


Beginning Their Next Chapter as Leaders

Twelve seniors representing D.C. Public and Charter High Schools were recognized for their commitment to community service, their academic achievement and leadership skills. Learn More »


The sweetest graduation

John Eaton Elementary School Class President, 11-year-old Caleb Davy, gave a speech about his experiences with cerebral palsy and acceptance at school to his classmates at their graduation ceremony. Learn More »

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Edible Schoolyard: FoodPrints

"FoodPrints," a new program at Watkins Elementary School, has local children cheering for fresh vegetables. Learn More »


And the Winner is...

The Department of General Services (DGS) is pleased to congratulate the winners and participants in the 2012-2013 Elementary School Recycling Poster Art Contest! Learn More »

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CSIET Exchange Student Video Contest: 1st Place Winner!

School Without Walls exchange student video Learn More »

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Northeast D.C.’s Educare a preschool model for the nation

Educare is a state-of-the-art $16 million preschool that education officials consider a model for the nation. It is part of a national network of high-quality early education facilities aimed at low-income children and funded with private and public money. Learn More »


Beating the Odds: Shooting victim hits the books, prepares for college

Sharnika Glasby, 18, overcame a gunshot wound to continue success at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School and will attend Penn State University in the fall. Learn More »


Beating the Odds: Channeling pain into a creative pursuit

Diagnosed with arthritis at age 12, Bridget Dease, 18, has maintained a 3.9 GPA at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and will attend the State University of New York at Purchase in the fall. Learn More »


DCIAA Track and Field City Championships: Dunbar doubles up

Dunbar High School’s boys’ and girls’ track teams topped the DCIAA Track and Field City Championships. Learn More »


Ballou High School teens enjoy a special prom night

Four seniors at Ballou High School and their guests received VIP treatment on their prom night after winning an annual essay contest about fathers - what it is like to grow up with one or how hard it has been not to have one in their lives. Learn More »

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DCPS Night at Nats Park

DCPS came together to celebrate another great year. Thank you to everyone who came out last night! We hope you had a great time showing your Natitude. Learn More »


DC student defying the odds through art

18-year-old Khadijah Wilson has earned a $40,000 scholarship to attend the Corcoran College of Art and Design in the fall. Learn More »


H.D. Woodson boys, Dunbar girls take inaugural DCSAA track and field titles

The H.D. Woodson boys’ and Dunbar girls’ track teams topped the inaugural D.C. State Athletic Association track and field championship meet. Learn More »


Bell Multicultural High School helps minority students achieve their dreams

Bell Multicultural High School in Northwest D.C. works to make sure social and economic handicaps no longer hold young people back. Learn More »


DCPS shows commitment to LGBT students and families

On Saturday June 8, DC Public Schools was one of many organizations walking in the Capital Pride parade, and they've invited all schools to join them. While it's a terrific show of DCPS' commitment to inclusive schools, this isn't all they're doing for LGBT students and families Learn More »


Students make bracelets, cards for OK tornado victims

D.C. Middle School students spent a day of service creating a special gift for victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Learn More »


Young artists celebrate their work

On May 14 and 16, the Phillips Collection wrapped up another successful year of the Art Links to Learning: Museum-in-Residence program with two artists’ receptions for 350 students from Tyler Elementary School and Takoma Education Campus. Learn More »


Michelle Obama and Kerry Washington Celebrate Arts Education in Anacostia

First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Kerry Washington visited Anacostia’s Savoy Elementary School on May 24. Learn More »


Microsoft donates $1 million to help expand ‘blended learning’ in D.C. schools

Microsoft has donated $1 million to help D.C. teachers redesign their classrooms using a “blended learning” approach that combines online learning with face-to-face instruction. Learn More »


Author reads with D.C. students, then writes about them

Author James Grady, inspired by work with the McKinley Tech High School book club, writes a short story set in the school. Learn More »


Ellington School Premieres Student’s Opera

When Juan Amaya was a young child, he started writing short stories to entertain himself. As an elementary school student, he taught himself how to play the saxophone and later the viola. Now, as a high school senior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Amaya has brought his two passions together by writing and composing an original opera. Learn More »


Sisters, separated for 17 years, find each other at high school track meet

Their similarities are striking, but teenagers Robin Jeter, 18, and Jordan Dickerson, 17, grew up quite differently in the nation’s capital. Learn More »


Eliot-Hine Middle School radio show interviews D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray got grilled on a radio show by an unusual batch of reporters - sixth graders. Learn More »


D.C. high school students inspired by baseball legend Jackie Robinson in screening of ‘42’

About 400 teenagers from 14 D.C. schools watched the film starring Howard University graduate Chadwick Boseman as the Dodgers second base player who broke the color barrier in the major leagues. Learn More »


D.C. Student on 2nd-Place Team at National Scrabble Championship

Sam Masling, an eighth-grader from Alice Deal Middle School, was half of the second-place team. Learn More »


Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet is all about a race toward ‘wellness’

More than 600 children from across the region gathered on May 4 at Spingarn High School in Northeast to compete in the fifth annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet, sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC, a volunteer organization devoted to improving the quality of life for African Americans. Learn More »


Sousa Middle School Dance Students Visit New York

16 advanced dance students from Sousa Middle School participated in a Master class at the Alvin Ailey Dance School. Learn More »


Four DCPS High Schools Ranked Among Best in the Region

Four DCPS High Schools were recently included in the Washington Post’s America's Most Challenging High Schools rankings. Learn More »


DCPS Celebrates Black History Month

Schools across DCPS celebrated Black History Month in very creative ways. Examples included lessons, research projects, contests, art work, field trips and performances. Learn More »


Kimball Elementary School wins $1000 prize

This is Kimball’s second year winning the prize Learn More »

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[video] Chancellor Henderson goes on a home visit

Chancellor Kaya Henderson went along with two Jefferson Academy teachers on a home visit Learn More »


Wilson Tigers Head to the National Science Bowl

The Wilson High School is headed to the National Science Bowl after clinching their seventh consecutive win at the regional level. This account of their success and their achievement comes from Jenna Wade, co-captain and a senior at Wilson. Learn More »


DCPS History is DC History - Neighborhoods

Learn about the historic neighborhoods that surround our great schools Learn More »


Anne Beers ES teacher wins Milken Educator Award

Jacqueline Simms, a third grade teacher at Anne Beers ES, was honored with the Milken Foundation Educator Award from along with a $25,000 prize. Learn More »


Anacostia HS Students Compete on NBC's It is Academic

On Saturday, Feb. 2, students from Anacostia High School competed with their peers from Virginia and Maryland on It’s Academic, a long-running knowledge-based academic competition for local students. Learn More »


[video] Ballou High School Band Marches Before President Obama

The Ballou High School marching band proudly represented D.C. in the inaugural parade Monday. Learn More »


First in Math Winter Break Competition Winners

DCPS students earned 300,982 First in Math stickers, which means they solved approximately 902,946 math problems all together over Winter Break. Learn More »


Author Walter Dean Myers Visits Incarcerated Youth Program

On Thursday December 6th, highly acclaimed Young Adult Fiction author, Walter Dean Myers visited the students at the Incarcerated Youth Program. Learn More »


School Without Walls Makes Debating Team History

The School Without Walls (Walls) Debaters made debating history at Saturday's DC Urban Debate League's tournament. Learn More »


[video] Cardozo High School Students Build a House and Their Future

For more than two years, students from Cardozo High School have been working on a project Learn More »


Ballou High School's Winning Entry to the Fit for our Future Video Competition 2012

Partnership between Discovery Channel and DCPS Learn More »


McKinley Tech High School's Entry to the Fit for our Future Video Competition 2012

Partnership between Discovery Channel and DCPS Learn More »


Eastern High School's Entry to the Fit for our Future Video Competition 2012

Partnership between Discovery Channel and DCPS Learn More »

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Graduate Profile: Taylor Young, Ellington School of the Arts

June 12, 2012 - The Ellington School of the Arts senior is a top notch violinist who had the honor of performing at the White House for President Barack Obama and the first lady. Learn More »

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Graduate Profiles: Jeffery Nesbitt, Coolidge High School

Jeffery Nesbitt describes himself as the “type of guy who loves everything” connected to school. Art, poetry, writing, school newspaper, sports – you name it. Learn More »


Graduate Profile: Angel Brock, McKinley Technology High School

About eight years ago, Brock had a chance to do the weather report on a local television station. It was her first time in a news studio – but it wouldn’t be the last. Learn More »


Graduate Profile: Charles Gaines

June 5, 2012 - For a majority of his childhood, Charles Gaines was homeless. He and his family slept in cars and lived in more than 10 homeless shelters. As a result, Gaines missed an entire academic year of school. Learn More »


DCPS Citywide Arts Exhibit: A Public Display of Expression

June 4, 2012 - On Friday night, DC Public Schools unveiled the work of hundreds of students in all grade levels at the annual Citywide Visual Arts Exhibition, an event that celebrates the strength and diversity of art programs district-wide as well as the creativity of DCPS students.  Learn More »


At Lafayette, Arts Integration Takes Center Stage

May 30, 2012 - Before DCPS designated Catalyst Arts Schools, Ward 4 elementary wove the arts into lessons . Learn More »


Whittier EC Gives Students Early Exposure to a Variety of Professions

May 22, 2012 - When planting seeds, it helps to start early so that seedlings can gather strength, blossom and flourish. Education is no different. Learn More »


MacFarland MS Students Create Mural Memorial for Go-Go Legend

May 18, 2012 - On a two-story brick ‘canvas,’ young artists beautify Petworth neighborhood with Chuck Brown painting. Learn More »


Coffee, Pastries and a Visit from Secretary Duncan

May 10, 2012 - Teachers and staff at Luke C. Moore High School got a lot more than the typical coffee and pastries during their Teacher Appreciation Week breakfast Wednesday morning. Learn More »


In Song and Poetry, Luke C. Moore Students Make Their Voices Heard

May 9, 2012 - New CD provides teenagers a positive outlet to express complex, painful thoughts and emotions Learn More »


Journey to China Immerses Students in Politics, Government and Culture

May 5, 2012 - McKinley Technology HS Students to Participate in Model-APEC Forum at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies Learn More »


Tubman and Bancroft, a Relationship with the First Lady Continues to Blossom

May 7, 2012 - Ward 1 schools make annual trip to the White House to plant seeds in Obamas’ garden Learn More »


Scoring Points, Staying Active and Burning Calories through Videogames

May 4 2012 - President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition teams up with gaming industry to tout health benefits of active-play videogames Learn More »


A Surprise for Ballou Bandleader and Students

April 24, 2012 - Darrell Watson, bandleader for Ballou Senior High School, had an opportunity to meet Ellen DeGeneres and appear on her show for a second time. Learn More »

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Newsworthy Notables - April 2012

The artwork of Breonna Bailey, 13, a seventh-grader at MacFarland Middle School, was featured on the cover of the program for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Learn More »

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For Wilson HS Robotics, a Historic FIRST-time Victory

April 9. 2012 - The Wilson High School Tiger Pride robotics team made high-tech history at the DC Regional FIRST Robotics Competition last month, becoming the only DCPS robotics team ever to win the event – proving that in a battle of robots, it takes a tiger to take down the competition Learn More »


DCPS Students Take Top Prizes in a Challenging DC STEM Fair

March 24, 2012 - Aspiring scientists showcase their research skills in 16 categories covering everything from microbiology to astronomy. Learn More »


School Without Walls Student Activists March for Justice in Trayvon Martin Death

More than 300 students lead March 27 demonstration to the White House Learn More »


For Coolidge Boys, HD Woodson Girls a Basketball Whirlwind

March 20, 2012 - In the next 10 days, the Coolidge High School Colts and the HD Woodson High School Lady Warriors will play two high-profile basketball games in front of local and national audiences. Learn More »


DCPS Students Win at 30th Annual Citywide Spelling Bee

The 30th Annual Citywide Spelling Bee was held Saturday, March 10, 2012, at NBC4’s studio in Washington, DC.  The event brought together the area’s best and brightest, as students show off their range of vocabulary and spelling skills. Learn More »


Walls Alumna Crowned America’s Miss DC

Sarah Hillware, a 2011 graduate of School Without Walls, was crowned America’s Miss District of Columbia 2012 on Jan. 14. Learn More »


Architecture Project Builds on Students’ Curiosity of the World around Them

Kindergartners at School-Within-School @ Peabody Explore Urban Design and Construction Details of Their Neighborhood. Learn More »


Physical education: It’s as much of a sprint as a marathon

Last Wednesday, students at two DCPS schools got a chance to blow off some steam with some celebrity athletes cheering them on. Learn More »


Building a House and Skills to Last a Lifetime

Students in Cardozo High School’s Academy of Construction and Design broke ground in the fall of 2010 at a home construction site on 13th Street Northwest. A year-and-a-half later, the first-ever student-built house in the District is nearing completion. Learn More »


At Ballou Read-In, Noted Authors Foster a Love of Literature

Author Kwame Alexander, winner of a 2012 NAACP Image Award, reads from his book “Crush: Love Poems” at Ballou High School on Feb. 14, 2012, as part of the school’s African American Read-In. Learn More »


Air Force Association Names McKinley Tech Juniors STEM Students of the Year

The Air Force Association- National Capitol Chapter (AFA-NCC) recently honored McKinley Technology High School students Christian Wright and Arnasha Jones with AFA-NCC STEM Student Awards for their accomplishments in the classroom. Learn More »


Stuart Hobson Students Know ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ is Just Part of the Process

Students at Stuart-Hobson Middle School’s science fair held Jan. 23, 2012, hope to advance to the DC STEM Fair on March 24, 2012, at Wilson High School. Learn More »


Sharing a Screen, if Not a Classroom

Jan. 24, 2012 - Newly designed software allows tutors to tackle the achievement gap by meeting with beginning readers online wherever they are. Learn More »


World Bank Leader Gives Ballou Students a Global Perspective

Jan. 20, 2012 - Ian Solomon, United States executive director of the World Bank, speaks to Ballou Senior High School students about Martin Luther King’s legacy during a Jan. 18 visit to the Southeast DC school. Learn More »


Colin Powell Visits MacFarland MS to Talk to Students in Leadership Club

Jan. 17, 2012 - Retired Gen. Colin Powell visits students in MacFarland Middle School’s Colin Powell Leadership Club, which has run continuously at the Ward 4 school since 1998. Learn More »


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