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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

Find the Free Summer Meals Site Closest To To You

 


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 »


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 »