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Thursday, July 3, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Class of 2015 Prepares to Rise to Senior Class Status with Pep Rally and Wins Student/Teacher Basketball Game

IDEA’s rising seniors, in their first schoolwide event, the End of the Year Hoopfest, defeated the teachers in overtime by one point, with a final score of 45-44. The Student Government Association-sponsored event provided an opportunity for IDEA to get acquainted with the new 2014-2015 class officers: President Keshawn Davis Vice President Ramatu Olagunju Secretary READ MORE »


Thursday, July 3, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

New PARCC Assessments to Replace DC-CAS Tests

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, DC students, including at IDEA PCS, will take PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments instead of the DC-CAS tests that have been given for many years. The new testing system is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which DC has adopted and which READ MORE »


Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA’s Own Royalty Models Stage First Fashion Show to Rave Reviews, Featuring Guests R.O.E. The Agency

Royalty Models’ first fashion show #WatchTheThrone was a great success. The students and their team of coaches from R.O.E. The Agency worked very hard over the past few months to ensure the success of the show. During the show, the models wore designer fashions by Ethnicity Brand, as well as their own fashions that showcased their individual READ MORE »


Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

9th Grade Academy and Summer School Began June 30

The purpose of the ninth grade academy is to provide incoming ninth graders with a strong foundation for academic and behavioral success in high school. Our goals for the academy include: Increase passing rate of ninth-grade students by 20% Reduce the number of students failing one or more courses during freshmen year Obtain baseline data READ MORE »


Friday, June 27, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Spotlight on Five Outstanding Members of Class of 2014

Shanta S. Bryant demonstrated exceptional leadership ability throughout her time at IDEA, serving as president of her sophomore, junior, and senior classes. In the community, Shanta served as Ward 7 Youth City Councilmember and has been active in the DC Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute. At school she also participated in IDEA’s Book Club and Art READ MORE »


Monday, June 9, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Class of 2014 College Acceptances

Congratulations to the IDEA Class of 2014 on their acceptances to the following colleges and universities. We know they will succeed wherever they land! -The Art Institute of Washington -College of Southern Maryland -Coppin State University -Hampton University -Lesley University -Lincoln College of Technology -Montgomery College -Morehouse College -Mount St. Mary’s University -North Carolina Central READ MORE »


Monday, June 9, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Senior Prom 2014

Our seniors celebrated their four years of accomplishments at prom aboard the Spirit of Washington while cruising down the Potomac River.


Sunday, June 1, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

ACE Mentor Program Members Share Their Renovation Plans

Members of the ACE Mentor Program presented their renovation of an existing residential building next to the school on May 15. Congratulations to Keshawn Davis, Ontasha Brawner, Clarice Daniels, Marquan Lancaster, Romeo Curley, Ramatu Olagunju, James Gross, and Yakira Jones for their hard work and enthusiasm this year in ACE.


Saturday, May 31, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Students Use Drafting, Tech Skills to Create Renovation Plans for Deanwood Homes designed by Lewis Giles Sr.

AutoCAD students are redesigning the building elevations of select homes in the Deanwood community that were built by a famous African-American architect, Lewis Giles Sr. Students are challenged with redesigning the homes so that they take on a fresh look influenced by the personality of Mr. Giles and his most common architectural style Georgian Architecture. READ MORE »


Saturday, May 31, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Three Students Earn Microsoft Certifications

Congratulations to three IDEA students in our Microsoft Academy who recently earned Microsoft certifications. Junior Angel Lucas passed the Word 2010 certification exam. Next she is working on being certified in PowerPoint 2010. Sophomore Shola Olagunju is already certified in Word 2010. He recently passed the PowerPoint 2010 exam. Now Shola, who aspires to be READ MORE »


Friday, May 23, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Artists Take the Field at IDEA Art Carnival

IDEA students enjoyed our first ever art carnival on May 21. Art students researched the life of a famous artist, analyzed their art work, and built a carnival game inspired by the work and life of their artist. The games were: Henri Matisse’s Mysterious Maze Find Kahlo balloon Pop Degas Ballerina Toss Kara Walker’s Guess READ MORE »


Thursday, May 22, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LADY TIMBERWOLVES SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS!

In Coach Johnson’s words: “The girls capped off their perfect season winning the championship yesterday. The girls defeated Washington Latin PCS 25-13 to capture the championship in just their first year. I am very proud of the girls and they surprised me with their play this season. After after the first practice I thought to READ MORE »


Friday, May 16, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Germaine Smith, Special Education and Reading

How I Teach Reading I’m a special education teacher. I help with instruction in an inclusion setting and I work with other special education teachers to implement different accommodations for grade level work. I’m also in the classroom teaching reading. I teach the rules of reading-how our words come together, how we put sounds together READ MORE »


Friday, April 25, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Come to Family Enrollment Day on April 26, 2-4pm!


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 »