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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Home School Association Meeting Will Be Saturday, April 26

The Home School Association will hold its next meeting on Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to noon.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

JROTC Unit Represents IDEA in Academic and Athletic Ceremonies and Competitions

On March 20 and 22, the JROTC color guard and honor guard participated in ceremonies presenting the colors and assisting Center for Student Support and the American Legion in conducting ceremonies in Washington, DC and Arlington, Virginia respectively. IDEA’s JROTC had one of three teams in Washington, DC that qualified to participate in the second READ MORE »


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

French Class Practices Language Skills at Restaurant

The French class is working on a unit about food and each student has to present a cooking show. We saw and ate a special breakfast burrito, a fruit salad, s’mores, a strawberry parfait, croissants and chickpea salad. For our end of unit project, the class wrote a script and went to practice our French READ MORE »


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Art Students Explore Painter and Printmaker Chuck Close

by Deniqua Smith Art 2 has been studying the work of print maker and painter Chuck Close. We explored alternative methods of mark making and read about the history of Close. We discovered his challenges with learning and physical disabilities and how that required him to change the way he created art. We finished our READ MORE »


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Music Students Present Keyboard and Guitar Works; IDEA Band Preparing for Graduation

The music classes presented their third quarter performances for the entire school on March 27. The students played a variety of songs on keyboard and guitar, including Minuet in D by Beethoven, Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, Amazing Grace, and some folk songs such as Itsy Bitsy spider, London Bridge, and Hot Cross Buns. Meanwhile, the READ MORE »


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Students Visit Microsoft Offices in Chevy Chase, MD

Because IDEA teaches Microsoft Academy classes and several IDEA students have already earned Microsoft certifications, IDEA participated in Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day on February 14. Students enjoyed hearing from employees about the variety of jobs available at Microsoft, exploring Microsoft products, touring Microsoft, and participating in onsite games and projects. Thanks to everyone READ MORE »


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Seniors Present Research Findings to Review Panels

The culmination of months of research, writing, and revising came this week when IDEA seniors presented their research findings to panels of teachers, parents, and community members. Students created PowerPoint presentations that included their thesis, analysis approach, review of relevant literature, opposing viewpoint, evidence, relationship of their topic to texts they read in class, and READ MORE »


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

A Message from the Principal: Re-Enroll in April and Show What You Know in the DC-CAS

A Message from the Principal: Re-Enroll in April and Show What You Know Next Week in the DC-CAS   As of yesterday, April 1, re-enrollment season began at IDEA. Current families have one month to complete their re-enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit our admissions page to learn what forms you need to fill READ MORE »


Monday, March 31, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: David Mitchell, AutoCAD and Microsoft Academy and ACE Club Sponsor

Note: AutoCAD is a software program for two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer-aided design and drafting. Why I Teach What I Teach One of the biggest motivations for being an AutoCAD teacher is being able to explain to students how they can impact their community by redesigning it. One thing that drives me is trying to get READ MORE »


Friday, March 28, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Timberwolves Success on Court Makes School History

Senior Forward TaVaughn Lopez Throughout the season I’ve expressed the importance of finishing things all the way through, and because of that the Varsity Boys Basketball Team made school history by winning the Public Charter School Athletic Association Red Division Championship. This was the goal for the team this season and they knew it would READ MORE »


Friday, March 28, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Jabari Young and RaQuan Ford Invited to Play in Hoopgroup Top 100 Camp

For some players the season may be over, but for the great players the off-season is where they get better. This is most certainly the case with sophomore forward RaQuan Ford and junior guard Jabari Young. This past weekend both where invited to compete in The Hoopgroup Top 100 Camp against some of the top READ MORE »


Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

TaVaughn Lopez and Rashaw Henry to Compete in All-Star Game Friday 3/21 at IDEA

Senior forward TaVaughn Lopez and senior guard Rashaw Henry where selected to play in the first Public Charter School Athletic Association All-Star Game, which will take place on Friday March 21, at 7pm at IDEA. This is a big accomplishment for TaVaughn and Rashaw, as it tops off the hard that work they put into READ MORE »


Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Join Us for Senior Research Presentations March 24-27

Please join us for BREAKING NEWS @ IDEA PCS ~ Class of 2014 research presentations. Includes special coverage of ~US ~World ~Politics ~Sports ~Health March 24th and 26th (1A- 8:30 AM) and March 25th and 27th (3B- 1:05 PM) Students will present their formal research in business casual attire and invite your professional critique. If READ MORE »


Friday, February 28, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Design and Building Students Get Hands-on Training as Habitat Volunteers

Five IDEA students interested in building design have started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity to help build a house in Deanwood. ACE Club sponsor and tech teacher David Mitchell and IDEA Director of Development Joe Green are accompanying students as they gain hands-on experience working on home construction. The house is located on Clay Place, READ MORE »


Thursday, February 27, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Cafeteria Serves Homemade Meals with a Side of Happiness

The vegetables that IDEA Cafeteria Manager Renea Wynn prepares each day for lunch are so fresh and flavorful that students come back for seconds. “They request the sautéed cabbage,” said Wynn, “and the green beans and broccoli.” Ms. Wynn often stir-fries or roasts the veggies she serves and is proud to report that 90% of READ MORE »


Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Boys AND Girls Win Regular Season PCSAA Red Division Titles

With league play ending on senior night, it was only right for the girls and boys to win and clinch the PCSAA Red Division regular season titles. The girls started the night off first with a convincing 44 to 23 win over Washington Math and Science. The girls finished league play with a 9 and READ MORE »


Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Timberwolves Trying to Make Some Noise

The Timberwolves have been playing well over the past two weeks as they have entered league play, defeating Washington Latin 60 to 51 and KIPP 55 to 52. As league play started, senior forward Tavaughn Lopez is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds while senior guard Rashaw Henry is averaging 16 points and 4 steals per READ MORE »


Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Juniors Tackling Weighty and Relevant Research Topics

Ms. Taylor’s 11th grade English students have spent dozens of hours in recent weeks in the library and online investigating research topics they wanted to learn more about. Some of the subjects they chose are controversial. Many are hot topics in the news every day. Research topics include:     Women in the military     Drunk READ MORE »


Monday, January 27, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Basketball Games This Week

Get your ball on this week! TODAY: Boys and Girls Basketball vs. Washington Latin PCS TOMORROW: Boys and Girls Basketball vs. Richard Wright PCS WEDNESDAY: Boys and Girls Basketball vs. Heritage Christian Academy (MD) THURSDAY: Boys and Girls Basketball vs. KIPP PCS Come out to cheer on your Timberwolves!


Monday, January 27, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Junior Jermayne Wilson Earns PowerPoint Certification; Sophomore Mynique Wheeler Earns Word Certification

The latest achievements to come out of IDEA’s Microsoft Academy are from a hardworking junior and a dedicated sophomore on track for future technology jobs. Junior Jermayne Wilson earned his PowerPoint 2010 certification. Wil  son previously received his Microsoft Word 2010 certification and is now working toward his Excel credential. Jermayne is enrolled in Microsoft READ MORE »