Happy holidays from our entire IDEA family! We hope you find time to enjoy this special season. We know our scholars are excited for winter break (as are our teachers and staff!) but we are still teaching and learning all day every day. Attendance always matters. We strive for 95% attendance each day to ensure that scholars have as much time as possible to master their academic challenges. Remember that scholars should have no more than two absences per quarter, and seniors must demonstrate good attendance in order to graduate.
Families will receive scholars’ progress reports, PARCC exam scores, and PSAT results in the mail soon. Please review these with your scholars so you and they understand where they are succeeding and what areas need more attention. We’ve found some great tips for reading and understanding PARCC results online at http://understandthescore.org/score-report-guide/.
We are particularly proud of our scholars in Mr. Nicholas Daney-Cuffie’s READ 180 class. Between their first assessment in October and their most recent December assessment, nearly half of scholars significantly improved their reading levels. We are proud of these scholars for working hard and demonstrating growth in their abilities!
Just like our scholars receive report cards, so does IDEA! We are proud to announce that IDEA was named the most improved high school in the District of Columbia on the city’s 2019 School Report Card, released recently by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). IDEA gained over 15 points on the DC School Report Card, which collects and analyzes hundreds of data points about every DC school, earning the school our first three-star rating on OSSE’s School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework.
This month IDEA has hosted several exciting activities for scholars. Our seniors have been matched with staff mentors who will help guide them along the path to graduation. Seniors are also participating in a networking mixer with local professionals to help them practice the skills they will need to succeed beyond high school. Our child development associate scholars attended the District of Columbia’s Early Childhood Summit: Brighter Futures Start Here to learn about best practices in early childhood education and meet professionals in the field. And our green entrepreneurship scholars worked with our partners at Cultivate the City to sponsor a plant sale to share some of what they’ve grown with the community.
When IDEA re-opens after winter break, there will only be two weeks before quarter two exams. We will host two Saturday School sessions in January to provide scholars with a great opportunity to refocus and prepare for exams and portfolios. As we approach the end of the first semester of the school year, we will provide letters of understanding to all scholars that show how many high school credits they have earned and how many they still need in order to graduate on time. If you have concerns about your scholars’ progress, please contact Academic Counselor Sara Sharpe at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting to develop a plan of action.
Wondering what to do over winter break? In addition to spending time with family and friends, encourage your scholars to study and find opportunities for community service. Contact Ms. Gabrielle Ciarcia at email@example.com for ideas for volunteer projects.
Please mark your calendars with these important upcoming dates!
- December 14 | Saturday School
- December 19 | National Honor Society inductions
- December 23-January 1| Winter break
- January 4 | Saturday School
- January 11 | Saturday School
- January 17 | Parent-teacher conferences (no school for scholars)
- January 20 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day (school closed)
- January 27 & 28 | Professional development for staff (no school for scholars)
Wishing you a bright and joyful season.