Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Sophomore Earns First Place in Kung Fu Tournament

Leo Ivey has been participating in the Jow Ga Martial Science Club, sponsored by math teacher Sharif Talib, since he first started at IDEA. Recently he competed in his first kung fu tournament and was excited and surprised to come home with a first place medal. “I did not go into the tournament thinking of READ MORE »

Thursday, October 13, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Jason Saltmarsh

Any history teacher could tell you that even something that happened 14 centuries ago is relevant today. Jason Saltmarsh, new to IDEA’s social studies department his year, knows this well. “I’m explaining our society by going back,” he said. “We look at the foundations of the modern world—politically, geographically, and culturally—starting with the spread of READ MORE »

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Andrew Fenner

From day one, Algebra I teacher Andrew Fenner is straight with his students. “I’m very clear with students that this information is going to be difficult at first and definitely at a level higher than what they’re used to,” he explained. “I also tell them that the best indicator of how well they will perform READ MORE »

Friday, October 7, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Ian Milne

Every summer during college, Ian Milne built houses, working with and learning from a professional builder. “We built houses from the ground up,” Milne recalled. “This guy taught me everything—I learned a ton and it was the most fun job I ever had.” Although he went on to teach social studies, Milne has always enjoyed READ MORE »

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Ms. Sutherland Creates Reading Nook Thanks to Donors

When freshman English teacher Rebecca Sutherland discovered that many of her students were never read to at home when they were younger, and are often reluctant to read independently, she decided to create a comfortable reading space in her classroom. Sutherland started a project on Donors Choose, a website that invites prospective donors from all READ MORE »

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Green Club Grows Tomatoes, Watermelon, and Berries for School and Community

IDEA junior James Gross loves “getting down and dirty” when he works with IDEA’s Green Club, sponsored by Head of School Mr. Rydstrom. So far the club has planted tomatoes, watermelons, blackberries, and blueberries. The homegrown tomatoes were even served in IDEA’s cafeteria. The school cafeteria also contributes food scraps to the compost pile, which then READ MORE »

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Welcome New Teachers and Staff

IDEA is proud to welcome several new teachers and staff members to our team this year. We will be introducing them to you in our newsletter, on our website, and on social media throughout the year. Meanwhile, when you’re at IDEA, please take the time to say hello. Arianna Ashton, English Ashley Coleman, Operations Associate READ MORE »

Monday, September 26, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

ACAD Students Building Composting System and Cistern for School

My construction 1 class is building compost bins out of scrap lumber for a composting system that will be used to reduce IDEA waste and eventually produce soil for various IDEA gardens. The construction 2 class is building a model of our cistern base before we make the real thing to become familiar with center READ MORE »

Monday, September 26, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Seniors Receive New Chromebook Laptops

To deliver a world-class education to our scholars and prepare them for success in college and career when they graduate, IDEA has distributed Chromebook laptops to all seniors to use this year and take with them after high school. Having individual laptops will help seniors develop the technological expertise to navigate online and interactive platforms, use READ MORE »

Monday, September 26, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Staff Spotlight: Amber Owens, Ninth Grade Dean

During a recent lunch period, an IDEA scholar suggested the nickname “The Enforcer” for Ninth Grade Dean Amber Owens. “I can live with that,” Owens said. “I don’t really compromise. A rule is a rule. I let students know if they fail to follow the rules then they are accepting the established consequences. But I treat READ MORE »

Thursday, September 22, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Cross Country Runners Finish Strong in First Meet of Season

Congratulations to IDEA’s cross country team for a great first meet on September 21 at Fort Dupont Park. Sophomore Te’von Wilson came in fourth place overall with a time of 27:09. Senior Tinaya Lawrence-Hinson was the first female Timberwolf to finish the 5K event, coming in at 34:07. Runners competing included Kaylah, Angel, Samya, Leo, Tinaya, Teara, Khayla, READ MORE »

Thursday, June 23, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Kids and Teens Eat Free through DC Free Summer Meals Program

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Summer Bridge Program Welcomes 18 Rising Freshmen

This past Saturday the Summer Bridge Team hosted a successful orientation program. We had a phenomenal 18 prospective students (and their parents) attend our morning welcome. Ms. Smith provided a detailed overview of the structure and purpose of Summer Bridge, while Ms. Thompson, Ms. Burke, and I hosted engaging team building activities where both parent READ MORE »

Monday, June 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

2016 Graduate Spotlights

Victor Settles, Valedictorian During his time at IDEA Victor distinguished himself as a visible leader among his peers With his personable nature and his hunger for learning, Victor has excelled in Advanced Placement Biology, taken classes at the University of the District of Columbia while enrolled at IDEA, and completed summer internships at the National READ MORE »

Thursday, June 9, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Geometry Students Think Outside the Cube, and the Triangle, and the Sphere

On May 17, all geometry students went on a field trip to the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. While at the Library of Congress the students completed a scavenger hunt of Geometry terms and took pictures to show that they actually found Geometry terms throughout the library. While in class the students built READ MORE »

Thursday, May 26, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Earns Gold Standard of Excellence from OSSE for Second Consecutive Year

IDEA is proud to be recognized by OSSE for the second consecutive year as a Gold Ribbon School for dramatic growth in student achievement. We were among the top 5% in the city in terms of student improvement. Thank you to our scholars, families, faculty, and staff for their hard work! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Ms. McCrae and Mr. Brooks Share Strategies at OSSE Conference

Our own Nicole McCrae, English teacher and instructional coach, and Marco Brooks, English teacher, had the privilege of sharing their strategies for excellent teaching at a recent OSSE conference for DC educators, held at the Walter Washington Convention Center. Ms. McCrae’s presentation was called A Teacher’s Literacy Toolbox: Student Centered, Standards-based Approach for Accessing the CCSS READ MORE »

Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Summer Bridge Program Open to Rising Ninth Graders, Summer School Available for Credit Recovery

Rising freshmen will be welcomed to IDEA this summer with a four-week summer bridge program to help them acclimate to the culture and expectations of high school. Students will work on projects each week and demonstrate what they’ve learned and accomplished at the end of the week. They will also visit different local colleges each Friday to READ MORE »

Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Take Care of Yourself for Strong Emotional and Mental Health

In response to recent violence in the Deanwood community, IDEA Clinical Counselor Melody Washington reminds scholars, families, and staff to promote their own emotional and mental health through self-care. “I encourage everyone to take some time out every day, if possible, to do something they enjoy such as making a phone call to a loved READ MORE »