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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 »


Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Ninth Graders Build Community, Trust, Understanding

Ninth graders have been focusing on building trust and becoming a team. In recent town hall meetings, freshmen have worked on speaking positively to each other, practicing giving shout outs of appreciation and celebration to their peers and to adults. Freshmen also made posters about how to earn points for exemplifying the five guiding principles, READ MORE »


Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

JROTC Cadets Demonstrate Skills at Local Events

IDEA’s JROTC unit has been busy this spring leading and participating in events all over the city, demonstrating their skills and lending precision, leadership, and dignity to official events. Their recent schedule has included Service learning at Armed Services Retirement Home Raider Competition and Academic Competition March Madness JROTC Basketball Tournament Scottish Rite (DC Chapter READ MORE »


Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA and Houston Elementary Drumline Drummers and Dancers March in DC Emancipation Day Parade 

On Saturday, April 16, the IDEA PCS Drumline Drummers and Dancers participated in Washington, DC’s Emacipation Day Parade in conjunction with Houston Elementary School Drumline Dancers, Drummers and Cheerleaders. This is the first of many collaborations between the schools, coordinated by IDEA’s Maj. Terrence Lewis and Sendy Brown and Houston Elementary’s Brandon Wood. The schools marched READ MORE »


Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Architecture Students Find Inspiration at Marriott International Underground Design Lab

Seven students in David Mitchell’s architecture classes enjoyed the opportunity to explore the Innovation Lab in the basement of Marriott International’s corporate headquarters. The 10,000-square-foot space includes a variety of rooms one might find in a Marriott hotel so designers can experiment with how to improve their look and feel. Scholars also participated in a READ MORE »


Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Scholars Write, Share, Speak, Slam, and Praise Poetry for April’s National Poetry Month

The English Department recently hosted Elements of Poetry, a program for students and staff to participate in various poetic activities in celebration of National Poetry Month. Events included spoken word performances by students and staff, a poetry puzzle in which students worked in teams to put together poems before time ran out, and poetry contest voting. Students READ MORE »


Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Scholars Help Police Clean Up Trash in Ward 7

MPD Officer Jason Medina praised the contributions of IDEA scholars and staff to a massive Ward 7 clean-up: “At our community clean-up on April 12, we had over 30 students from IDEA Public Charter School assist with their Vice Principal Mr. Sturdivant (who was our own personal HERCULES), along with several DPW Environmental Crimes investigators, and READ MORE »


Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Student Spotlight: Leo Ivey

While IDEA freshman Leo Ivey was recently honored for his poem “The Artist That Can Really See,” his true passion is math, and he is excited about the opportunity to multiply his math skills this summer by taking college-level math classes at the University of the District of Columbia. Ivey is the first ninth-grader from READ MORE »


Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Meet the Future Luncheon Honors Visionaries and Scholars in Construction and Design Field 

The DC Students Construction Trades Foundation honored industry leaders and rising stars in its annual Meet the Future luncheon, held at the Hamilton Hotel on May 13. IDEA scholars who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their architecture, construction, and design classes were recognized with awards and prizes. Freshman Kyeon Ford received the Marshall Janifer Outstanding READ MORE »


Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Scholars Celebrate Future at DC College Signing Day

Fourteen IDEA seniors participated in OSSE’s DC College Signing Day at George Washington University on April 29, joining hundreds of soon-to-be high school graduates celebrating their post-graduate prospects. College signing day was created in 2014 by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Reach Higher Initiative “to encourage and recognize those heading to college.” President Obama’s goal READ MORE »


Thursday, May 12, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Volunteer to Man the Block at IDEA on Monday, May 16

With the support of schools across the city, as well as government agencies and community leaders, IDEA has joined forces with Richard Wright Public Charter School who launched a citywide initiative to support the safety of our neighborhoods and our families, through Man the Block initiative. Man the Block is providing a model to galvanize READ MORE »


Thursday, May 5, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

IDEAs of Men Hosts Community Breakfast to Show Appreciation for Men and Boys in their Lives

Last Saturday 80-100 men of all ages came together at IDEA PCS for the first IDEAs of Men community breakfast. “It was an opportunity for IDEA students to bring friends or family members—little brothers, big brothers, or fathers—who have had an influence on their lives,” said IDEA Vice Principal for Culture Mark Sturdivant, who coordinated READ MORE »


Thursday, May 5, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Transition Students Pack Groceries for Food & Friends DC

Transition students packed groceries for delivery this week at Food & Friends DC. Food & Friends was founded in 1988 by a small group of volunteers, and volunteers remain at the heart of the operation. They depend on thousands of volunteers to carry out their mission of delivering specialized, nutritious meals and groceries along with READ MORE »


Friday, March 25, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Juniors Explore Types of Poetry to Express Themselves

Ms. Maravilla’s 11th-grade English students have been learning how to express their deepest desires through poetry.


Friday, March 18, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

ACAD Students Begin Greenhouse Build Inside

Ms. Boone’s Intro to ACAD students begin building greenhouse structure to house plants and gardening material for the upcoming Youth Farmers Market. Students apply learned basic safety skills from the classroom to workshops held in the lab under the direction of visiting instructor Larry Morris of the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation. Mr. Morris worked READ MORE »


Thursday, March 3, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Black History Month Celebration Educates and Inspires Scholars

Thank you to the distinguished guests, faculty members, students, and community members who contributed to our recent outstanding Black History Month celebration. Check out some highlights and the program here.


Friday, February 26, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Black Professionals Day Brings Guest Speakers to Inspire Scholars

Thanks so much to all of the generous and talented Black professionals who shared their career stories with our scholars this week for Black Professionals Day. We heard from architects, police officers, CEOs, social workers, educators, entrepreneurs, and repres entatives from a variety of other fields. Our scholars have more ideas about what opportunities lie READ MORE »