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Our friends from Ghana are here!

posted May 5, 2011, 7:42 AM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎   [ updated May 6, 2011, 7:44 AM ]

A group of students (18) and faculty (5) from the Life-Link Friendship Schools of Ghana, were here at Jefferson yesterday for a visit. Life-Link Friendship Schools Ghana in line with the objectives of Life Link International continues to pioneer efforts to involve the Ghanaian child in the discussion of global issues, as well as providing information and educational materials for the NGOs, the media, and the public at large. Life-Link Ghana also hosts the African Regional Office (ARO) of Life-Link International. It has been actively involved in the work of informing and educating children and the youth in Ghana. It does this by organizing open discussions and school twinning, symposia, seminars, workshops, projects and conferences such the MUN Conference. It currently has membership of over 3500 in Ghana. Since its establishment, Life-Link Ghana has annually organized Model UN Conferences for children and the youth in Ghana. Life Link reaches out to thousands of concerned children who want their voices heard.
 
Our visitors from Ghana had many positive experiences, observing and participating in classes and talking about their country, people, culture, classes, food, and learned about their similarities and differences with a small group of 7th grade students in the library.  Before the Life Links students left, they presented beautiful gifts to everyone, including a drum, bracelets, purses, and other thoughtful tokens.  Our students are looking forward to seeing them again next spring when they come to Model UN at the State Dept, and they promised to return to Jefferson and write during the year.
 
Thank you, Ms. Monica Martinez, for bringing them here!! More photos to follow...
 
 

Jefferson MS Kid Power in action!

posted Apr 28, 2011, 8:59 PM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎

What is Kid Power?

Kid Power is a non-profit organization that provides educational programming for 325 youth from underserved communities in the District of Columbia. Students explore advanced civic concepts through academic, artistic, nutritional, and service-learning opportunities. Kid Power currently offers after-school programs at six public elementary schools, two middle schools (including Jefferson Middle School), and four neighborhood/DPR sites. Kid Power prides itself on its successful partnerships, programmatic innovation, and proven track record.
Do you want to see our Jefferson MS Kid Power students in action? Click this link: http://share.shutterfly.com/view/flashShareSlideshow.jsp?sid=0Acs2bNi1Zsmbyw

Ward 6 State of the Schools

posted Apr 28, 2011, 8:00 AM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎

Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol Street NE
 
The work of improving our schools is too hard for anyone to do it alone. Everyone has a role to play in this effort!
 
Please see the attached flier for more details.
 

A Town Hall Community Meeting on Bullying Prevention & Health Wellness Expo

posted Mar 20, 2011, 7:26 PM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎

Amidon-Bowen Elementary School presents... 

A Town Hall Community Meeting on Bullying Prevention

&

Health & Wellness Expo 

Come join us in our commitment to end bullying and create a safe and supportive learning environment

Help your kids do their best…..

Promoting Healthy Living for Children and Families 
 

Thursday, March 24, 2011 

5:30-7:00pm  

Amidon-Bowen Elementary Cafeteria 401 I Street, SW

Washington, DC 20024 

Refreshments 

Raffle 

Door Prizes 

Learn more about wellness resources available

for you and your family! 

For more information please call Amidon-Bowen Elementary School 202-724-4867 

5:30-6:15pm  Town Hall Meeting

6:15-6:45pm  Health & Wellness Expo

6:45-7:00pm  Refreshments, Raffle &  Wrap Up 

Childcare

Parent Events March 2011

posted Mar 15, 2011, 7:36 AM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎

03/01/2011 Parent Academy: Understanding Special Education

Come hear about the special education process and the important role parents/guardians play in helping their children achieve success. Participants will learn what special education is (and is not), and how it works. Learn More »

03/01/2011 Parent Academy: Raising and Nurturing Successful Families (Ward 1)

This interactive four week course provides parents/caregivers with the information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. Learn More »

03/03/2011 Parent Academy: Raising and Nurturing Successful Families (Ward 8)

This interactive four week course provides parents/caregivers with the information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. Learn More »

03/03/2011 Parent Academy: Cook, Chat and Chew

This workshop provides an opportunity for parents/caregivers who are interested in learning or practicing Spanish or English to do so while working on a cooking project. No prior knowledge of English or Spanish required – just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Learn More »

03/05/2011 Parent Academy: 1st Saturday Family Education Series - Understanding Your Child's Behavior

The workshops will give you information and strategies you can use to correct problem behaviors and support positive behaviors. Child care and interpretation available. Space is limited! Learn More »

03/07/2011 City Title Game 2011 - Basketball

Come out and cheer for HD Woodson girls as they take on St. Johns and Roosevelt boys as they take on Dematha. Learn More »

03/08/2011 Parent Academy: Raising and Nurturing Successful Families - Ward 1

This interactive four week course provides parents/caregivers with the information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. Learn More »

03/08/2011 Parent Academy: Special Education Monthly Parent TeleChat - Special Education 101

The telechats are forums led by experienced parents for other parents of special education or struggling students to discuss their challenges, share what they have learned, brainstorm solutions, and find information. Learn More »

03/10/2011 Parent Academy: Cook, Chat and Chew (Ward 1)

This workshop provides an opportunity for parents/caregivers who are interested in learning or practicing Spanish or English to do so while working on a cooking project. No prior knowledge of English or Spanish required – just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Learn More »

03/10/2011 Parent Academy: Raising and Nurturing Successful Families-Ward 8

This interactive four week course provides parents/caregivers with the information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. Learn More »

03/15/2011 Parent Academy: Raising and Nurturing Successful Families-Ward 1

This interactive four week course provides parents/caregivers with the information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. Learn More »

03/15/2011 Parent Academy: Understanding ADHD-ADD

During this workshop, participants will learn information about the characteristics of ADHD/ADD, how ADHD/ADD affects children at home and school, and what parents can do to help their children find success. Learn More »

03/17/2011 Parent Academy: Raising and Nurturing Successful Families - Ward 8

This interactive four week course provides parents/caregivers with the information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. Learn More »

03/17/2011 Parent Academy: Is Your Child on Track to Graduate?

Do you know what classes your child needs to take to be ready for college? If you answered “no” or “I don’t know” to this question this workshop is for you. Learn how to use the Individual Graduation Portfolio (IGP), an on-line resource that can help you and your child understand their academic progress. Learn More »

03/17/2011 Parent Academy: Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones And Words Can Really Hurt You – The Signs and Impact of Bullying

Bullying is a real and debilitating issue that many students deal with – either as the victims of bullying or as bullies. Join us to learn about the signs of bullying, the “new ways” kids are bullied (on-line and on cell phones), and what you can do to help address the issue. Learn More »

03/22/2011 Parent Academy: Understanding Special Education Testing

Learn what you need to know about assessment and testing for learning disabilities. During this workshop, we will discuss the various types of special education assessments, interpreting test scores and how tests and assessments are used in schools to identify learning disabilities and develop programs. Learn More »

03/22/2011 Parent Academy: Special Education Monthly Parent TeleChat-High Functioning Autism-Aspergers in Elementary School

The telechats are forums led by experienced parents for other parents of special education or struggling students to discuss their challenges, share what they have learned, brainstorm solutions, and find information. Learn More »

03/22/2011 Parent Academy: Raising & Nurturing Successful Families (Ward 1)

This interactive four week course provides parents/caregivers with the information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. Learn More »

03/23/2011 Parent Academy: DC CAS for Parents

The D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) is an annual test to measure student academic proficiency of DC Content Standards. This year, the DC CAS will be given April 4-14. Join us to learn what your child will be tested on, the format of the test, and tips on ways you can help your child do his or her best. This session includes a fast-paced game of “DC CAS Jeopardy.” Learn More »

03/24/2011 Parent Academy: Raising & Nurturing Successful Families (Ward 8)

This interactive four week course provides parents/caregivers with the information and skills to foster cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. Learn More »

03/24/2011 Parent Academy: DC CAS for Parents

The D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) is an annual test to measure student academic proficiency of DC Content Standards. This year, the DC CAS will be given April 4-14. Join us to learn what your child will be tested on, the format of the test, and tips on ways you can help your child do his or her best. This session includes a fast-paced game of “DC CAS Jeopardy.” Learn More »

03/28/2011 DCPS Office Hours for March 2011

Join us for March Office Hours to discuss Safe, Welcoming, and Respectful Schools. Learn More »

04/01/2011 District of Columbia Science and Engineering Fair and STEM Expo

Join us on April 1, 2011 at the Verizon Center for DC’s largest and longest running science and engineering competition. Learn More »

School Report Card

posted Mar 14, 2011, 7:25 AM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎   [ updated Mar 14, 2011, 7:28 AM ]

Dear DCPS Parent or Guardian,

Both the US Department of Education and DC Public Schools are committed to providing parents and family members with important information about your child’s school. The law requires us to do so, but we go further than the law requires because we believe so strongly that parents and families should have solid data on schools, and that this data should be easy for you to access. An example of this is the school profiles recently posted by DCPS on our website. These profiles include all kinds of information on every DCPS school; you can find them at http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/ .

Another useful tool for parents and guardians is the "school report cards" that have been posted by The Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires states and LEAs to create and distribute:

an annual state report card that includes data points on proficiency, participation in assessments, graduation rates, teacher qualifications, and schools that make adequate yearly progress; and annual LEA and school report cards that include a variety of data points

These report cards are very important because they make this useful data available to you and to other members of the public. The idea behind all of this is that access to information helps parents and guardians better contribute to the continued improvement of public education.

Please take the time to review the school report card for your child’s school, as well as those of any other DCPS school, the school district and the State. All of these school report cards can be found at http://www.greatschools.org , and are also available in hard copy in your school’s main office.

If you have questions regarding school report cards, you can direct them to OSSE’s Office of Assessment and Accountability at osse.assessment@dc.gov or (202) 741-5311.

Thank you,

Kaya Henderson
Interim Chancellor, DCPS

January Workshops for Educators, Families and Communities

posted Jan 14, 2011, 5:58 PM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎

Is Your Child On Track to Graduate?
Do you know what classes your child needs to take to be ready for college? If you answered “no” or “I don’t know” to either of these questions this workshop is for you. Learn how to use the Individual Graduation Portfolio (IGP), an on-line resource that can help you and your child understand their academic progress. Many features in the IGP can help your child make smart choices and do well in school. You will have the opportunity to use the IGP during this session. Please note: All DCPS 6-12 graders have an IGP.

  • Date: January 12
  • Time: 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Location: Parent and Family Resource Center (PFRC) Ward 8 (inside M.C. Terrell ES, 3301 Wheeler Rd, SE)
  • Contact: Octavia Shaw, 202-423-0351


Joys and Stresses of Raising Children: Parenting Support Group
Join us to discuss and learn strategies to help you strengthen your parenting “toolkit.” Topics to be discussed include child development, understanding and controlling anger, resolving conflicts in a positive way, effective discipline and boundary-setting tips, and how to counter media influence. This 3-session workshop is facilitated by Silvia Diaz, Columbia Heights/Shaw Collaborative. For more information call 202-391-1887.

  • Dates: January 6, 13, and 20
  • Time: 9-10 a.m.
  • Location: PFRC Ward 1 (inside Harriet Tubman ES, 3101 13th St., NW)


Raising and Nurturing Successful Families
This interactive four week course provides parents/caregivers with the information and skills to foster in their children cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem. We'll work on important child rearing skills including: communicating effectively with your children; preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; using discipline to teach responsibility; encouraging the development of self esteem and character; redirecting misbehavior; sidestepping power struggles; and exploring and encouraging nonviolent conflict resolution inside the home and in the community.

  • Dates: January 13, 20, and 27
  • Time: 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Location: PFRC Ward 8 (inside M.C. Terrell ES, 3301 Wheeler Rd, SE)
  • Contact: Octavia Shaw, 202-423-0351



 

 

Understanding Special Education
Come hear about the special education process and the important role parents/guardians play. Participants will learn what special education is (and is not), and how it works.

  • Date: January 18
  • Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Location: PFRC Ward 7 (inside Shadd ES, 5601 E. Capitol St., SE)
  • Contact: Karla Reid-Witt, 202-724-7621


Special Education Parent Monthly Telechat
This monthly teleconference is a forum for parents of special education and struggling students to discuss their issues, share what they have learned, brainstorm solutions, and find information. For information on how to join the conversation contact Karla Reid-Witt by phone at 202-724-7621 or by e-mail at Karla.Reid-Witt@dc.gov.

  • Date: January 18
  • Time: 8 – 9 p.m.
  • Location: N/A. Call 202-724-7621 for the conference call number.
  • Contact: Karla Reid-Witt, 202-724-7621


Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones And Words Can Really Hurt You – The Signs and Impact of Bullying
Bullying is a real and debilitating issue that many students deal with – either as the victims of bullying or as bullies. Over the past several months, national attention has been focused on the potentially tragic impact of bullying. Join us to learn about the signs of bullying, the “new ways” kids are bullied (on-line and on cell phones), and what you can do to help address the issue.

  • Date: January 19
  • Time: 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Location: PFRC Ward 8 (inside M.C. Terrell ES, 3301 Wheeler Rd, SE)
  • Contact: Octavia Shaw, 202-423-0351


Understanding ADHD
Did you know Terry Bradshaw (the athlete), Woody Harrelson (the actor), and Paul Orfalea (the founder of Kinko's) were all diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Children with ADHD/ADD can be successful. During this workshop, participants will learn information about the characteristics of ADHD/ADD, how ADHD/ADD affects children at home and school, and what parents can do to help their children find success.

  • Date: January 27
  • Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Location: PFRC Ward 7 (inside Shadd ES, 5601 E. Capitol St., SE)
Contact: Karla Reid-Witt, 202-724-7621

JMS Local Advisory Board 1.4.2011

posted Jan 6, 2011, 11:29 AM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎   [ updated Jan 6, 2011, 11:49 AM ]

Starting with the SY2011/2012, the Jefferson Academy will be a school within a school. The Jefferson Academy will have an IB Program, Jefferson MS will continue as a Full Service Model School for grades seven and eight. Both programs will keep the Trojan colors and symbols. Differences will be in the curriculum and the use of technology. Some staff may be shared (i.e. attendance, main office, custodians, cafeteria workers, teachers).The After School Program is likely to continue. Both programs will have separate budgets. The two principals will work together on the overall school budget. (Please see the attached document for more of the meeting notes)

Jefferson MS students send books to the Philippines

posted Dec 19, 2010, 10:21 PM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎   [ updated Dec 20, 2010, 12:39 AM ]

A feeling of generosity and charity filled the students of Ms. Angala and Mr. Jou as we worked hard last Friday, December 17, for our "A Box of Books" project. About 15 small boxes of storybooks and other resources were donated by the Jefferson MS students to the children of the Philippines to start a library in a small barrio in Camarines Norte, Philippines. With this intercultural outreach project, it is hoped that our students and community participants will acquire the skills needed to be active, informed citizens who value diversity and promote cultural understanding by working collaboratively to address challenges that are inherent in living in an interconnected world. Principal Pride has been very supportive of this community service project and has communicated with several community members for our "Spring Cleaning Book Drive".
 
Many thanks to our reliable students, to Ms. Compton for coordinating the books, Mr. Levi-Goerlich for some great ideas, and to all who sponsored our boxes. Indeed we can do more when we all work together! Happy Holidays!
 
For more information about our "A Box of Books" outreach project, click on Get Involved at http://teachersol.blogspot.com .

JMS Local School Advisory Board 12.7.2010

posted Dec 12, 2010, 8:13 AM by Maria Angala ‎(OSE)‎   [ updated Dec 12, 2010, 8:31 AM ]

The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school. The team (formerly the Local School Restructuring Teams) consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff, a community member, and in some cases students, to advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students.

The meeting notes for 12.7.2010 can be found in the Files section or by clicking this link.

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