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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: 202-399-4750
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March Message from Principal McCrae

Spring is in the air! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather as much as we are. With Spring on its way, that also means that we have just over a quarter of the school year left and we aim to finish strong!

This is the beginning of testing season, where our scholars have the opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve been learning all year long. Our English language learners just completed Access testing to show their improvement in English proficiency. Schoolwide exams to wrap up quarter three will take place the last week of March. Our juniors took the SAT this month to help them prepare for early college admissions. Our DC Science PARCC testing is coming soon. All of our scholars are brushing up on their test-taking strategies, and we encourage families to help scholars get rejuvenated to showcase their best efforts on the exams.

Yesterday, we celebrated Pi Day (3.14 are the first three digits of the number Pi) with exciting activities throughout the school. Scholars recited dozens of digits of Pi--which required impressive memorization--played games, made art, and more to engage their math skills.

Additionally, we are proud to announce that 100% of our seniors have been accepted to at least one college for next year! Acceptance letters and scholarship offers are still coming in, and we are excited to see where the futures of our hardworking seniors will take them. Let’s keep our seniors motivated to walk that final lap in Quarter 4.

Attendance has improved at all grade levels thanks to attendance incentives and diligence from our scholars and families. However, we are still asking for more support from families to ensure that every scholar is at school every day unless they are seriously sick or injured. To make sure scholars are learning everything they need to know to master subjects and pass their classes, they need to be in school consistently. If you have concerns about your scholar’s attendance and would like help from the school, please contact me or your child’s dean. Our key priorities for the fourth quarter are scholar growth in attendance and academics.

While we are still focusing on daily lessons in the classroom, we are also beginning to plan for this summer and fall. Scholars who will need to attend summer school should have received letters in the mail. We will provide more details about summer school in April. Ninth-, tenth-, and eleventh-grade scholars have selected their courses for the 2019-2020 school year, in consultation with administrators, to determine the next steps on their educational paths.

We have made a lot of progress this school year, but there is always room for improvement, and our team is working diligently to support and encourage all of our scholars to succeed. We rely on our families and community to join us in these efforts. For this reason, we encourage you to attend our next Parent Booster gathering on Thursday, April 4 at 5:30pm. Hope to see you there!

As always, if you have any questions, my door is always open.


Nicole McCrae

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