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February Message from Principal McCrae

While DC public and public charter schools observe the new February break next week, IDEA will be offering a special three-day intensive opportunity for selected scholars to strengthen their understanding and capabilities in the core subjects of English, math, science, and social studies. From Tuesday, February 19 through Thursday, February 21, from 9am-noon, participating 9th and 10th grade scholars will engage in rigorous, targeted instruction. Scholars will receive catered breakfast and a snack each day, and those who demonstrate IDEA’s Five Guiding Principles each day will earn $20 at the end of the last session.

Proficiency in core subjects, particularly reading and math, is essential for success not only in high school but is absolutely necessary to prepare scholars for college and career and truthfully for life. In the short-term, however, fundamental abilities in reading and math are critical for ninth-graders to advance to 10th grade and stay on track for graduation. All of us at IDEA want to give our scholars every possible chance for success, and this program is our newest example of that.

For all other scholars, we encourage you to take advantage of the time off school to do community service activities. https://www.ideapcs.org/apps/pages/communityservice. You can look for volunteer opportunities on one of these sites:

https://www.volunteermatch.org

http://redtri.com/dc/places-where-you-can-volunteer-with-your-kids-dc/

https://serve.dc.gov/service/neighborgood

Recently we celebrated our scholars who demonstrated growth and excellence in the second quarter. Our quarter two awards assembly recognized honor roll and principal’s honor roll scholars, scholars who have consistently attended Saturday School, scholars of the quarter in each grade, scholars who had perfect attendance, and those with high Lexile and IXL scores. Lexile and IXL scores are part of our Achieve 3000 online program that enables scholars to continually improve their reading and math skills. Every time a scholar reads three articles in Achieve 3000 and correctly answers questions about them, their Lexile score improves. Parents should note that scholars’ Lexile scores are included on their report cards, so it’s easy to see how a scholar’s performance measures up. Click here to find out more: https://lexile.com/parents-students/measuring-growth-lexile-measures/evaluating-performance-by-grade/

Finally, our 11th and 12th grade scholars took an SAT practice test this week in preparation for the SAT test for juniors on March 6 and for seniors on March 9. Results from the practice test will enable scholars to focus on shoring up their weak areas before the test, with the assistance of IDEA teachers and staff and the SAT instructors from IDEA partner Transcend, who work with our scholars each week to help them ace the SATs.

Although we’re still in the middle of this school year, we’re already looking forward to our next class of incoming scholars. Our next open house will be Saturday, March 2 at 9am. Please tell your family, friends, and neighbors about IDEA and invite them to visit us in person then!

Yours,
Nicole McCrae
Principal

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