Happy Spring! We hope you are enjoying the blooming flowers, the warmer weather, and the increasing availability of COVID vaccines as much as we are. While we are still in the throes of the pandemic, it’s a little easier to bear when the sun is shining.
While IDEA has been operating some in-person learning since October, now that many of our staff members are vaccinated, we are able to increase our in-person support. Beginning this week, any scholar who wishes to participate in virtual learning in our school building may do so. Scholars will be assisted by IDEA staff members or educators from Enrich. Scholars may attend school in person from 10am to 3pm Tuesdays and Thursdays with scheduled breaks. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Scholars must register a week in advance to secure their in-person spot for the following week.
As DC Health and the CDC continue to revise their guidelines for school safety during the pandemic, IDEA is committed to adhering to all recommendations and practicing safe protocols for scholars and staff. Please let us know if you have any questions about our in-person programming.
Therapeutic Art Opportunity
Art teacher Teri Greene will be leading monthly therapeutic art sessions for scholars to explore their creativity, emotions and self-awareness beginning March 29, from 2pm to 4pm, in the IDEA building. This opportunity is open to all scholars, whether or not they are currently enrolled in art classes at IDEA. The limit for each session is 10 scholars. Sign up here.
Quarter three exams begin the week of March 22. Scholars will have time during their asynchronous learning blocks to work on their exams.
District of Columbia Public Schools has applied for a waiver to suspend the PARCC standardized test for this academic school year. While eliminating the PARCC assessment will take some pressure off our scholars, it is still critical that all IDEA scholars complete a NWEA MAP assessment. IDEA uses the normative MAP testing to determine scholars’ proficiency and growth targets in English and math. This assessment will support instructors with identifying specific skill levels that can be used to determine intervention courses that are needed for loss learning time due to the pandemic.
All scholars who are new to IDEA must take the MAP test to establish a baseline of English and math proficiency. The results of this test are key for IDEA staff to provide tailored instruction to our scholars.
Scholars may opt to take MAP tests in person by signing up here.
Any scholars who have fallen behind in their schoolwork are invited to participate in credit recovery support during spring break. Details will be announced to scholars and families soon
April 9 | Staff professional development (no school for scholars)
April 12-16 | Spring break
Congratulations to Two Outstanding Seniors
We are immensely proud of two of our senior scholars who recently received prestigious college scholarships. Francisco San Roman Alvarez is the first IDEA scholar to earn the Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship, a comprehensive four-year scholarship to the George Washington University. Francisco has already begun his college career while still in high school. Through IDEA’s dual enrollment program, Francisco has taken classes at the University of the District of Columbia, Marymount University, Bard College, and Trinity Washington University.
Trejore McLean is the recipient of a $20,000 David M. Rubenstein Scholarship from the Economic Club of Washington. Along with college funding, Trejore will be matched with a professional mentor from the Economic Club of Washington who will help Trejore throughout college and support her in pursuing her career goals.
Scholars who are pursuing scholarship opportunities are encouraged to visit our new web page.
IDEA Is Hiring!
We are planning to recruit additional members of our dedicated and talented team for the 2021-2022 school year. Positions are posted on our website. If you are or you know energetic educators, check it out!
Re-enrollment Is Open
Even though we’re still deep into this school year, we are planning ahead for next year and you should be too! IDEA is currently accepting re-enrollment applications from scholars. Re-enroll now to secure your seat for next school year. While we cannot know for sure when the pandemic will end, we are currently planning to offer hybrid instruction options so scholars may choose in-person or virtual instruction. All paperwork should be ready for parents to pick up or receive next week. For details about required documentation, click here.
As always, we recognize that we wouldn’t be such a vibrant school community without your support. Thank you for sticking with us during this tumultuous time.