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Friday, December 19, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Turnaround Featured on WAMU

WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza spent time at IDEA recently and told this story of the school’s turnaround on the air! Listen or read the transcript here!  


Thursday, December 18, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Family Helps Other Families Enjoy Thanksgiving

Thanks to everyone who helped prepare Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, we were able to share healthy and delicious ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner to many local families.   


Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Check out Photo Highlights of Varsity Contact Football Team and Cheerleaders

Highlights of an successful contact varsity football season, in partnership with Cesar Chavez PCS. Our IDEA varsity football players and cheerleaders came together as one during our homecoming football game. Terrance Whiting and Thomas Simmons-Ling made the city all-star team for their great season play.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Vote for IDEA to Present Our Success Story at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Conference

Please take a moment to vote for IDEA to present at the @National Alliance for Public Charter Schools #NCSC15. This is a huge opportunity to present in front of more than 4,500 charter school professionals, and IDEA love to have your support! Voting ends 12/19. Vote here for Mr. Rydstrom’s session titled Improving Your School’s READ MORE »


Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Students and Staff Drum with Luis Garay Percussion World

At a recent town hall meeting, IDEA students and staff had the pleasure of hearing and seeing an amazing performance by Luis Garay Percussion World, and some of us even had the opportunity to participate!    


Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Positive Points for Following Guiding Principles Earned a Chance to Skate!

Students who earned positive points for following IDEA’s five guiding principles were rewarded with a fun roller skating trip last month. We’re excited to take even more students out for next quarter’s trip!


Monday, December 15, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Timberwolves Trying to Stay on The Right Track (Boys Basketball)

The Timberwolves start the season off 2-2 with wins over King George High School in Virginia and Anacostia High School in DC. The Timberwolves’ two losses came from Stafford High School in Virginia and Coolidge High School in DC. The first game of the season turned out to be a barn burner as the game READ MORE »


Monday, December 15, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Celebrating Teamwork at 9th Grade Saturday Math Academy

I was so proud of those who attended the 9th grade Saturday Math Academy last Saturday. Students were engaged with first discussing things that hinder their success and learning in class to set the tone and help mindsets for the week ahead. Then students were engaged with connecting equation, graph, and table when graphing linear READ MORE »


Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA English Team Builds Skills at National Council of Teachers of English Conference

IDEA’s English teachers were recently afforded the opportunity to attend the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) conference at National Harbor. Our entire department was able to participate in several workshops and trainings over the course of four days. Members of our science and social studies teams were able to attend as well to READ MORE »


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Congratulations to First Quarter Honor Roll Students and Those with Perfect Attendance

Congratulations to our scholars who made the honor roll for the first quarter by earning a GPA of 3.0 or above and for our scholars who had perfect attendance! Keep up the amazing work! First Quarter Honor Roll 9th grade Mercedes B, Simeon C, Lushawna H, Larry H, Aaron P, Lynea S, Eryka W, Destiny READ MORE »


Thursday, November 13, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Families Are Invited to Our Thanksgiving Dinner

IDEA welcomes students and their families to our annual Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday, November 25. Our talented kitchen staff, led by Ms. Wynn, will prepare a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Please RSVP to Ms. Reeves in the front office. Doors will open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6pm. This is also a great READ MORE »


Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Planning for After Graduation: College and Military Fair November 20 at IDEA

IDEA students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from  several colleges and universities and all branches of the US military on Thursday, November 20 from 1-3:30pm in the cafeteria. Admissions officers and recruiters will be on site from: Trinity Washington University Prince George’s Community College Northern Virginia Community College Capitol City College Montgomery College READ MORE »


Monday, November 10, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Facetious (fa seeshus)

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Treating serious issues with deliberate inappropriate humor

Derivatives: Facetiously, facetiousness

Example: She did not like when her boyfriend made facetious comments about her hair.

Synonyms: Teasing, flippant


Saturday, November 8, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Principle Prep Clubs Provide Teachers and Students with a Chance to Connect and Learn on a New Level

This school year we are working to infuse IDEA’s five guiding principles into everything we do at school. Particularly during our advisory period, scholars focus on our first principle: We are prepared to learn and do our best. Every Friday during advisory we live our fifth principle: We celebrate our individual and collective successes. On READ MORE »


Friday, November 7, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Seniors Study Connection Between Sustainable Food and Environmental Systems; Freshmen Study Engineering

Seniors recently attended Agroecology Day hosted by the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia at Muirkirk Research Farm in Beltsville, Maryland. During the day-long event, students learned about the link between sustainable food and environmental systems. They also engaged in experiential learning by visiting READ MORE »


Friday, November 7, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

A Message from the Vice Principal for School Culture

This morning we celebrated the hard work and achievements of our scholars in grade-level town hall meetings. We recognized students who demonstrated academic excellence, those who were most improved over the course of the first quarter, and each grade’s top three earners of points for following IDEA’s five guiding principles. We also commended all scholars READ MORE »


Monday, November 3, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Auspicious (au spish iss)

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Showing or suggesting that future success is likely.

Derivatives: auspiciously, auspiciousness

Example: The scholar began the school year with auspicious grades first quarter.

Synonyms: Favorable, promising


Monday, October 27, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Seniors Visit Coppin State and Morgan State Universities

     On October 3, 45 IDEA seniors visited Coppin State University and Morgan State University, both Historically Black Universities located in Baltimore. Through the schools’ on-site admissions programs, interested students were able to apply during the tour, submitting their transcripts and test scores, for admission in Fall 2015. Five IDEA students were accepted that READ MORE »


Monday, October 27, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Proclivity (pro clivv it tee)

Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: An inclination or predisposition toward something

Derivatives: proclivities

Example: Lebron’s proclivity for basketball at a young age has paid off.

Synonyms: Preference, inclination


Friday, October 24, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Creativity, Energy, and Drive Shone Brightly During Spirit Week and Homecoming

Last week was filled with excitement at IDEA, including Spirit Week featuring Twin Day, Wacky Tacky Day, and Class Colors Day, the Homecoming pep rally where our Homecoming Court was named, our Homecoming dance, and the Homecoming football game where IDEA/Cesar Chavez defeated Paul Public Charter School 22-6. For more pictures, check out our Facebook READ MORE »