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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 »


Friday, February 12, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Welcome New Science Teacher Paul Saunders

IDEA is pleased to welcome our new ninth-grade science teacher Paul Saunders, who started teaching at the beginning of February. Mr. Saunders comes to us most recently from Buffalo, New York where he was tutoring students in math and science. He has worked as a science teacher in Virginia and New York in middle schools READ MORE »


Friday, February 12, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Scholars Celebrate Hard Work and Excellent Behavior with Field Trip

Each grade’s top 20 earners of guiding five principle enjoyed an outing to XP Laser Sports in Owings Mills, Maryland this week. They had a great time and are ready to continue to follow the guiding five principles of the school. GUIDE WITH FIVE! Special congratulations to the top three guiding principle points earners from each grade, who received READ MORE »


Friday, February 5, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

ACE Mentorship Program Scholars Visit Embassy and Student Center Under Construction

On February 4, Mr. Mitchell and volunteer mentors from the ACE Mentorship Program took students on a field trip to the Embassy of Morocco and the University of the District of Columbia student center, both in different stages of construction, to see firsthand how the process works of taking a building from the design phase READ MORE »


Friday, February 5, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Scholars Complete College-Level Classes at University of the District of Columbia Community College

Congratulations to IDEA scholars Anyé, Brianna, Dimitri, Endajia, Gloria, Jermonie, Niya, Royalty, Tykerra, and Victor who completed their first college classes while still in high school. Thanks to our dual degree program with the University of the District of Columbia Community College, 10 students took classes last semester, including English Composition I, First-Year Seminar, and Intermediate Algebra. READ MORE »


Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Girls Basketball Crushes EL Haynes 50-15 with Daesha Smith Setting Points Record

Congratulations to the Lady Timberwolves who defeated EL Haynes 50-15 last night, and especially to Daesha Smith, who scored 42 of those 50 points, setting the record for most points scored during a single basketball game by any IDEA PCS student! 


Monday, January 4, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Construction Students Deliver New Donations of Legos to Child Care Center

Before winter break our Intro to Construction students and Academy of Construction and Design director Shelly Karriem, delivered a donation of 1,650 LEGOs for kids in the Healthy Start Center at Martha’s Table. An anonymous donor asked the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation to use their monetary gift to establish a fund to purchase building READ MORE »


Friday, December 18, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Sonya Williams, Special Education

Every day Special Education Teacher Sonya Williams asks her eight students to do a quick write about a different topic. They spend five minutes writing about whatever she suggests. One day recently, she gave them 10 minutes and the question “Why do Black lives matter?” “One of my students was so excited. He said, ‘Finally, READ MORE »


Friday, December 18, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Student Spotlight: Senior Victor Settles

On stage last month at the Newseum, IDEA senior Victor Settles served as a panelist at the Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity, offering his perspective on discrimination and disparities in education before an audience of more than 350 philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden, and receiving thunderous applause for his READ MORE »


Monday, November 9, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Seniors Set Goals, Get Fit at Retreat

At the senior retreat, the theme was “Fit for Life.” Scholars participated in sessions that addressed physical fitness, mental fitness, development of goals, and just good plain fun. Scholars attended sessions on team building, did a physical fitness session, dance session, leadership, and class spirit sessions.  Scholars were able to enjoy a bonfire session in READ MORE »


Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with Opening of Academy of Construction and Design

On November 4 the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES), Office of Apprenticeship, Training and Information and the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation (DCSCTF) celebrated the grand opening of the DC Apprenticeship Academy and the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School. We were honored to hear from DCSCTF Chief Operating Officer Carol READ MORE »


Friday, October 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Rebecca Sutherland, Social Studies

Ninth grade world history teacher Rebecca Sutherland was in school a lot growing up. When her own classes were over, she would head to her mom’s elementary school classroom. While she was inspired by her mom to become a teacher, she decided that many little kids would be too much to handle, so she decided READ MORE »


Friday, October 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Construction and Design Students Visit Micro House

Last week students in our Academy of Construction and Design visited the tiny house built by previous ACAD students when the program was housed at Cardozo High School. According to the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, which sponsors ACAD, the 160-square-foot house “includes solar panels to power appliances, dormer windows above a full-size sleeping loft, propane READ MORE »


Friday, October 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Architecture Scholars Focus on HD Woodson’s Work

We are focusing on studying the architecture of HD Woodson in architectural design this school year. The Architectural Design 3 class is creating a survey to pass out to DC citizens at Gallery Place and students at H.D. Woodson High School to evaluate their awareness of the significance of structures in the District of Columbia. The READ MORE »


Friday, October 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Anneka Wiersma, Chemistry

IDEA scholars enrolled in Annika Wiersma’s chemistry class learned on the first day of school that you can use some metal and a piece of fruit to make a battery. Wiersma is IDEA’s new chemistry teacher, but she was almost a concert violinist. As a high school student, she played violin in several orchestras and READ MORE »


Friday, October 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

New African-American History Class Connects Students to their Roots and Celebrates Achievements

This year for the first time IDEA scholars in 11th and 12th grades have the opportunity to study African-American history, thanks to new social studies teacher Melissa Simpson. “It’s imperative that students know where they came from,” explained Simpson. “We discuss the strengths of the ancient kings of Mali and Songhai and how they relate READ MORE »


Friday, October 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Wilderness Leadership and Learning Helps Scholars Unlock Greatness Within

When he spoke to the group of IDEA scholars considering applying to Wilderness Leadership and Learning (WILL), founder and president Steve Abraham told them this: “You have greatness in you. At the end of the WILL year, one of our goals is for you to understand that, if you’re willing to go there, you can achieve anything.” READ MORE »