Powell Elementary School




Welcome To Powell Bilingual Elementary School

Bienvenidos a la Escuela Primaria Powell Bilingüe  
We educate, prepare, and inspire all students to reach their highest potential...

Nosotros educamos, preparamos e inspiramos a todos los estudiantes para
que alcancen su mejor potencial...

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President Obama honored us with his visit at Powell
El Presidente Obama nos honró con su visita a Powell

“We know -- and this is part of the reason why we’re here today -- that education has to start at the earliest possible ages.  So this budget expands access to the kind of high-quality preschool and other early learning programs to give all of our children the same kinds of opportunities that those wonderful children that we just saw are getting right here at Powell.” Barack Obama

President Obama visits Powell


Powell ES is a recruitment initiative school located in Northwest DC.
Powell ES es una escuela bajo la iniciativa de recrutamiento ubicada en Northwest DC.  
Powell is small, community-based and  focused on academic success and excellence for ALL.  With 407 students, class sizes ranging from 13-25 students, co-teaching, and an active parent leadership team, Powell has a growing reputation as a family friendly, community school. 

We encourage a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to reflect critically, to develop research skills, and to learn how to learn. When you come to Powell, you will see children working in small groups, independently, at centers, exploring and making discoveries.

Powell es una escuela pequeña, orientada hacia la comunidad y enfocada hacia el éxito académico de TODOS. Contamos con 407 estudiantes, el tamaño de las clases es de 13-25 estudiantes, usamos el modelo de co-enseñanza (2 maestros por salón) y un equipo activo de padres-lideres. Powell también cuenta con una creciente reputación como una escuela orientada hacia la familia y la comunidad.

Powell Recognized by Fight For
Children as a QSI School
The Quality Schools Initiative (QSI) Network, Fight For Children has designed an emblem
to recognize QSI Alumni Schools


Powell ES wins $500 Educational
Alliance Grant from Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil Station Location:  4501 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Notice of Non-Discrimination. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, District of Columbia Official Code Section 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) does not discriminate (including employment therein and admission thereto) on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an interfamily offense, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited. Discrimination in violation of the aforementioned laws will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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From the suburbs to D.C., and pleased with the public schools

By Emma Brown, Tuesday, October 22, 10:29 AM


For decades, families left the District for the suburbs in search of strong public schools. But a growing number of young parents are now choosing to stay, attracted by new energy in D.C. charter and traditional schools.

And at least one young parent has made a reverse migration, leaving the suburbs behind in favor of city life.

Jessica Hare, 31, moved from Maryland’s Charles County to Washington this summer. She was seeking a shorter commute, a walkable lifestyle and more time each day with her three children.

But she also found Powell Elementary in Petworth, where her second-grade son and pre-kindergarten daughter are thriving.

“It’s an awesome school,” Hare said. “I haven’t met anybody who isn’t completely and totally 100 percent in love with their job.”

When Powell Principal Janeece Docal arrived several years ago, she started holding weekly parent coffees, and teachers began making home visits, working to build a community of parents from widely varying backgrounds: The majority of students at Powell qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, and most speak English as a second language.

Enrollment has nearly doubled since 2009, from 219 students to more than 400, and families have organized a campaign to press local lawmakers to pay for a building renovation.

Abigail Smith, the city’s deputy mayor for education, said that the efforts underway at individual schools such as Powell — including by parent activists and principals working to create a welcoming environment — are helping to attract a growing number of families to D.C. schools.

Enrollment is up nearly 18 percent citywide over the past five years. “Some big piece of that is families with young kids who are choosing to stay, and not move out to the suburbs,” Smith said. “That’s exciting.”

Hare said she had been nervous about enrolling her children in D.C. schools, given their long-standing poor reputation. But that’s a reputation in need of an update, she said.

She said she has stronger and more positive relationships with Powell teachers than she ever had in Charles County. And she appreciates that her children are growing up in diverse classrooms, learning from kids of all different backgrounds.

“It’s an awesome school,” she said. “I really do believe in Powell, and I believe they’re doing great things for our kids.”

Hare said that some parents of her children’s classmates are poor, and others speak limited English. But at school meetings, it’s clear that all parents are bent on helping their children succeed.

“We still segregate ourselves socioeconomically and I think that’s a shame,” Hare said. “We need the diversity. … There need to be the parents who can send their kids elsewhere but choose not to, and say, ‘I believe in DCPS, in all of the kids of DCPS — not just my own kids.


October 2013
10/9 5th Grade 
10/16 5th Grade
10/23 K
10/30 K
All Field Trips for October  were postponed due to the Government Shutdown.

November 2013
11/6 4th Grade
11/13 4th Grade
11/20 3rd Grade
11/27 3rd Grade

December 2013
12/4 1st Grade
12/11 1st Grade
12/18 2nd Grade
12/25 No Expedition

January 2014
1/1 No Expedition
1/8 2nd Grade
1/15 PS/PK
1/22 PS/PK
1/29 K

February 2014
2/5 K
2/12 1st Grade
2/19 1st Grade
2/26 2nd Grade

March 2014
3/5 2nd Grade
3/12 No Expedition
3/19 No Expedition
3/26 No Expedition

April 2014
4/2 PS/PK?
4/9 PS/PK?
4/16 No Expedition
4/23 3rd Grade
4/30 3rd Grade

May 2014
5/7 4th Grade
5/14 4th Grade
5/21 5th Grade
5/28 5th Grade (Last Expedition for the School Year)

Complete Your Child’s Health Forms 

In order to complete your child’s enrollment, your child’s school must receive the following health forms for your child. Please do not leave this requirement outstanding, as we want to make sure we can fully enroll your child and meet your child’s needs for the upcoming school year. If you haven’t already, please bring the following checked health form(s), completed by your medical provider, to your school. (If you have an upcoming medical appointment where these forms will be completed, please provide written confirmation from your medical provider of this appointment.)

    Universal Health Certificate: This documents your child’s immunizations, TB screening, lead testing (if applicable) and physical performed within 365 days from the start of school. This form is required each year for all DCPS students in all grades.

  • Oral Health Assessment: This documents your child’s most recent visit to the dentist, and identifies any need your child may have for additional oral health services. This form is required for all DCPS students in PS, PK 3, PK 4, K, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

These health forms can be downloaded in the enrollment forms section. If you need help getting health insurance, please visit dhcf.dc.gov/service/dc-healthy-families.

Important Documents

Important Documents

  • District of Columbia Public Schools_Powell Elementary School_2014HSAHealthForm_2-19-2014.pdf   1403k - Feb 20, 2014, 7:11 AM by Juan Carlos Plaza (v1)
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Powell ES 2013

2013-2014 School Calendar
September 2013
9/2 Labor Day
9/10 Back To School Night 5:30-7:30pm
9/27 Term 1 Progress Reports

October 2013
10/4 College Awareness Day
10/10 Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ 4:50pm - 5:50pm
10/14 Columbus Day-No School
10/18 Professional Development Day-No School
10/21 APTT 1 9am & Parent Teacher Conference-No School
10/22 School Census Audit (100% Student Attendance is Required)
10/23 Pantherville City Council speeches and voting
10/25 Pantherville Convocation & Swearing In Ceremony, Awards
10/30 Picture Day @ 9am 

November 2013
11/1 Records Day 12:15pm Dismissal
11/11 Veterans Day-No School
11/15 Term 1 Report Cards Mailed
11/27 Awards Assembly 
11/28-11/29 Thanksgiving Holiday-No School

December 2013
12/6 Term 2 Progress Reports
12/10-12/11 ANET Testing
12/16-12/20 Portfolio Presentation
12/19 Winter Concert
12/20 Awards Assembly
12/23-1/3 Winter Break-No School

January 2014
1/1-1/3 Winter Break-No School
1/6 Professional Development Day-No School
1/20 MLK Day-No School
1/24 Records Day 12:15pm Dismissal
1/31 Awards Assembly

February 2014
2/7 Term 2 Report Cards Mailed
2/14 Professional Development Day-No School
2/17 President's Day-No School
2/20 Family International Literacy/Numeracy Night
2/21 Saturday Academy 9am
2/24 APTT 2 9am & Parent Teacher Conference-No School
2/28 Term 3 Progress Reports
       Science Fair 

March 2014
3/1 Saturday Academy 9am
3/8 Saturday Academy 9am
3/15 Saturday Academy 9am
3/20 Health Family Night
3/22 Saturday Academy 9am
3/28 DCCAS PEP Rally & Awards Assembly
3/31-4/11 DCCAS Administration

April 2014
3/31-4/11 DCCAS Administration
4/11 Term 3 Report Cards Mailed
4/14-4/21 Spring Break-No School

May 2014
5/2 Professional Development Day-No School
5/6-5/8 Portfolio Presentations
5/9 Awards Assembly
5/14 Term 4 Progress Reports
5/22 Spring Concert
5/26 Memorial Day-No School

June 2014
6/4-6/5 ANET 4 Testing
6/10-6/18 Museums & Portfolio Presentations
6/17 Parent & Partner Awards
       PS/PK Transition Ceremony @ 9:30am
       K Transition Ceremony
6/18 5th Grade Transition Ceremony @ 10am
       1st-4th Grade Awards Assembly @ 2pm
       Afterschool Program Ends 
6/19 Field Day and Talent Show
6/20 Last Day of School
6/26 Term 4 Report Cards Mailed

Free symphony performances at the GALAan American Symphony Orchestra concert has changed venues and will now be at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Columbia Heights and is free for all.  This means, obviously, that we will not be receiving free tickets J.  Here is the information about the free concert in case you would like to encourage students to attend.  http://www.panamsymphony.org/gpage17.html.

Martha's Table - Martha's Market at Powell

Martha's Market is a FREE of charge, choice based, temporary market in which all students enrolled at Powell, and their families, are eligible to participate on a monthly basis.  Martha's Market will also include activities focused on healthy eating, such as cooking demonstrations and nutrition education.  Unlike a typical pantry, participants will be able to choose the food they want from a selection of non-perishable items and fresh fruit and vegetables.  If there are items you will not use, you do not have to take them; this reduce food waste. Monthly distribution will be held at Powell during the 4th Friday of each month.  The market will open for 2 hours (5/5:30pm) following the end of the school day.  See the Martha's Market at Powell dates below.

  • October 25, 2013
  • November 22, 2013
  • December 20, 2013
  • January 31, 2014
  • February 28, 2014
  • March 21, 2014
  • April 25, 2014
  • May 23, 2014
  • June 13, 2013