It’s hard to believe the end of the school year is already so close at hand! While graduation is on the horizon, we are not slowing down yet. The final few weeks of school are just as important as the first few.
This month many of our scholars have completed PARCC standardized tests, with other scholars still to take them. All of our scholars will be taking MAP assessments by the end of the month, and we look forward to sharing great news about our scholars’ growth in English and Math by the end of the school year.
We still have three more Saturday school sessions available for scholars to receive extra help. Those who attend 10 Saturday school sessions by the end of the year will receive IDEA swag, and those who attend 20 sessions will be eligible for a fun trip.
We are proud of our scholars who have rededicated themselves to on-time attendance every day. Excellent attendance gives scholars the best possible chance of success, and every day of school matters. Scholars are learning from the first to last day of school, and all of us are committed to making every day count.
Our class of 2019 is almost ready to graduate! Here are some key dates for seniors:
May 20-24 | Final exams for seniors, 8:30am-noon
May 29 | Senior clearance, 9am-11am. Scholars collect staff signatures indicating they have returned all IDEA instructional materials and uniforms and paid their final dues.
May 29 | Senior cookout (scholars may attend after successful clearance)
May 29-June 4 | Senior extended school year intensive session for seniors not passing classes required for graduation
June 14 | Commencement ceremony for the class of 2019 at 10am on IDEA’s field
Key dates for 9th-11th grade scholars and families
May 28 | Parent-teacher conferences. There’s no school for scholars that day. This is an important opportunity for families of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to understand what their children have learned this year and whether they’re on track to graduate or will need a little boost to get back on track.
June 4-7 | Final exams
June 10-12 | Portfolio presentations
June 14 | Last day of school
Scholars who failed courses this school year will be asked to attend summer school from June 24 through July 26. Vice Principal Shomari Jennings will oversee summer school. Please contact him with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-399-4750.
Extended School Year
We recognize that some scholars do best when they work at their own pace, so we are offering an extended school year for scholars with learning differences. Scholars enrolled in special education who are recommended for this program have been notified, but families are welcome to contact me with any questions.
Even though we're still wrapping up this school year, we've already created the calendar for school year 2019-2020 for your convenience. You can check it out here.