Ward 4 School Fair – Learn what our schools have to offer

Bronze Bust of Teddy Roosevelt
The 26th President

By Christopher Alexander

The Ward 4 Education Alliance (www.ward4ed.org) held its first Ward 4 school fair on Thursday evening in the beautiful atrium of Roosevelt High School. The majority of DC Public elementary, intermediate and high schools located in the Ward were present, including Takoma Education Campus (EC), West EC, Raymond EC, Roosevelt HS, Coolidge HS, MacFarland MS and more.  School representatives had the opportunity to explain their programs and options to dozens of interested parents.  The MySchoolDC folks were also there to answer any questions from parents about the upcoming lottery deadline.

Schools share their information with interested parents at the school fair
Schools share their information with interested parents.

I spoke with Mr. Brunson, a math teacher and administrator at Takoma EC’s table and he told me about some of the exciting STEM activities their students are involved in, including Project Lead The Way Launch and Gateway projects. This program empowers students to adopt a “design-thinking” mindset through compelling project-based activities related to computer science, engineering and biomedical science.

Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd stopped by the school fair to speak with many of the school representatives and parents in attendance. This was a very successful event and it was great to see the Ward 4 public schools working together to improve academic options for our neighborhood students.  Thanks to Cathy Reilly of the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators (S.H.A.P.P.E) for spearheading this project and all of the Ward 4 Ed alliance members who volunteered and supported the effort.

As a reminder, MySchoolDC lottery applications for grades 9-12 are due on February 1, 2017 and applications for grades PK3-8 and due on March 1st.

WPA Mural inside Roosevelt HS
A Recovered Depression-Era Work Projects Administration Painting in the Roosevelt HS lobby. I LOVE taking pictures of these paintings.

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