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Scholars and Staff of the Month

February Scholars of the Month

 

12th grade | Anthony McGill

 

Anthony McGill is a member of IDEA's men's varsity basketball team. He has been accepted to both Prince George's Community College, Allegany College of Maryland, and Virginia Union University. He has grown over the years in his maturity and academically. Anthony wants to attend college and continue to play basketball. He is excited about his academic success and the road ahead.

 

11th grade | Abrianna Holmes,

 

Abrianna Holmes, while a soft-spoken scholar, is a force to be reckoned with in the classroom. She is fierce, flawless, and fearless during instructional time. She is a student you never have to ask for anything twice and is always willing to assist when needed. Ms. Holmes is truly deserving of this award.

 

10th grade | Delonte Cunningham

 

Delonte Cunningham is an energetic, high-spirited scholar who is super motivated to be great. He was a co-captain on the flag football team, has represented IDEA at the Speak Truth seminar at Dunbar High School, is a Model UN member, and plays on the IDEA men's baseball team. He does all of this while maintaining a 3.2 GPA. Delonte is always willing to help and to try new things. It is an honor to recognize Delonte as the 10th grade scholar of the month. 

 

9th Grade | Yuanise Hill 

 

The 9th grade team has had the pleasure of watching Yuanise grow into a mature young lady. She works hard in the classroom and on the court. In addition, to being a model student, she is always willing to assist her peers and be a team player. 

January Scholars of the Month
 
12th Grade | Malaysia Johnson
 
The 12th grade team is excited to celebrate Malyaysia Johnson as our Scholar of the Month for January 2019! She is consistently prepared, respectful, responsible, and works well with other others, specifically as Battalion Commander of the JROTC and a member of our National Honor Society. She celebrates with others and has received more than eight college letters of acceptance.
 
11th Grade | Lahyniah Phillips
 
Lahyniah is an enthusiastic learner and a great role model for her peers. She is well prepared to tackle classroom assignments, tasks, and group work in an organized manner every day. The 11th grade team is proud to celebrate Lahyniah Phillips as our Scholar of the Month!
 
10th Grade | Jalen Gross
 
Jalen Gross is truly a pleasure to teach, one of my top students. Jalen helps tutor other students after school, and sits in class next to students who might need help. Jalen is an amazing, mature, and extremely hardworking student. He is a true pleasure to have as a member of the IDEA Family. Jalen fully embodies IDEA's Five Guiding Principles.
 
9th Grade | Malik Jackson
 
Malik has shown much improvement within the second quarter. He has been open and willing to participate in community talks. He is beginning to accept accountability for his actions and trying to improve his behaviors. Malik is actively working on passing for the remaining quarters of the year and attending all classes throughout the day.  
December Scholars of the Month
 
Jacob Harrison--12th grade
 
Jacob enjoys being challenged in ways that cause him to think outside the box. Jacob is academically sound, earning a 3.54 GPA after the first two quarters in school. He very excited to have made this grade increase and wants to maintain this for the remainder of the year. Jacob is college bound, having been accepted to both Prince George's Community College and Montgomery College. He is actively pursuing other schools also. After graduation, he plans to join the military and become a special units officer.  
 
Dezaray Walters--11th grade
 
Dezaray Walters is an extraordinary student whose leadership skills have shown through this year. She always comes to class with a smile on her face which brightens the entire room. She comes to class willing and ready to learn. Not only does she takes time to make sure she understands the work she can often be found helping her peers. She's one of those students that executes all five of our guiding principles.  Anytime a teacher needs some assistance, she's willing offers to help in any way she can. She is an outstanding student with a bright future ahead of her.
 
Brandon Griggs--10th grade
 
Brandon is a self-motivated young man who is interested in being more and getting more out of life. Brandon has found new inspiration this year and is interested in seeing how well he can do in his classes.
 
Harold Beard--9th grade
 
Harold Beard has shown tremendous growth in the second quarter. His attendance has improved and he has assumed responsibility and leadership roles in his classes. Harold demonstrates a genuine concern for learning and approaches given tasks with a sincere desire to succeed.
November Scholars of the Month
 

Aireana Pimble-12th grade

Aireana has grown by leaps and bounds over this school year. Her level of motivation has hit the stars. She is applying to colleges, having thought-provoking conversations in classrooms, and getting serious about her future aspiration to own her own hair salon and spa.

Tyanna Jones-11th grade

Ty Jones is an enthusiastic student whose engagement not only helps her learn more in the classroom, but pushes others to learn more as well. Ty is appreciated by students and teachers alike because her enthusiasm is contagious. For example, in US History she is earning a 94% and was one of the first students to finish the upcoming project, "Does Abraham Lincoln deserve the title Great Emancipator?" In class she has led by example and the entire class benefits from her ability to work with, encourage, and lead others.

Trejure McLean-10th grade

Trejure is a selfless, quiet academic powerhouse who maintains a 3.2 GPA and earned a 4 on the English portion of the PARCC exam last year. Trejure passed the Accuplacer exam at the University of the District of Columbia, demonstrating eligibility to take college classes while still in high school. She is always prepared and ready to help others.

Christian Douglass—9th grade

Christian Douglas is an excellent student and peer. He is very responsible, motivated, and passionate student. He comes to school every day with a smile, an excitement for learning and the dedication for going above and beyond.

October Scholars of the Month
 
Here’s what IDEA teachers and staff had to say about our October scholars of the month:

Mekhi McKinney--12th grade

 

Mekhi is a leader on the varsity basketball team and was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. He is a member of the Student Government Association and a team player in every respect. He has already been accepted to several colleges and universities including Harrisburg University, Cheney University, Coppin State, Norfolk State University, and the University of the District of Columbia Community College.

Isaiah Scott—11th grade

 

Isaiah has shown much growth this year.  He is well on his way to becoming an outstanding leader in our IDEA community. Isaiah is a perfect example of a student that abides by our Guiding Five. He comes to class prepared to learn and to do his best. Isaiah is a leader in the classroom, often assisting the teacher with various tasks. He respects himself and others. There are times Isaiah will correct his peers and encourage them to do the right thing. He takes responsibility for his actions, and when he finds himself in the wrong, he apologizes and redirects himself.

Aviyanna Green—10th grade

 

Aviyanna is a self-motivated young lady who has achieved excellence since she arrived at IDEA. She emerged as a student leader the summer before her 9th grade year. She has taken a major interest in JROTC and is constantly a top performer in every class. She has received awards for math and English. In the first quarter she earned a GPA of a 3.5 or higher, which made her eligible for the Principal's Honor Roll.

Kendi Trejos—9th grade

 

Kendi is a hard-working student. She displays the Guiding 5 Principles by coming to school ready to learn and prepared for classes. She successfully transitioned from moving to the US and previously speaking only Spanish and become a fluent English speaker. She is always pleasant and well received by all of her peers.

September Scholars of the Month

Here’s what IDEA teachers and staff had to say about our September scholars of the month:

Caya Flythe—12th grade

“Caya was selected for being a consummate scholar. She is on time, dependable, and hungry and thirsty for knowledge. Caya has her eyes on meeting all her short-range goals and a plan to get there.She currently volunteers with the Metropolitan Police Department Fifth District as an event planner for senior citizens and youth.”

Jada Freeman--11th grade
 
"Diligent is defined as having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties or being industrious and hard-working. Another way to define it would be Jada Freeman. She exemplifies this and many other qualities that are part of IDEA's Guiding Five Principles, like showing respect, being prepared, and being a team player. She is outstanding person and student who continues to grow."
Justin Davis--10th grade
 
"Justin demonstrates maturity in his behavior and has shown significant growth throughout his time at IDEA. He loves participating in JROTC and is committed to the JROTC ideals. Justin is very focused and works to change his environment for the better."

DeNay Barnes—9th grade

“DeNay is a wonderful student to have in class. She participates with thoughtful things to say and works hard at everything she does. DeNay works great with everyone in the class and is a diligent worker. She is a creative student and an outstanding role model for her classmates with her positive attitude and great work ethic. She is truly a joy to have in class!”

October Staff Members of the Month
 
Chosen by their peers, these individuals embody IDEA's five guiding principles and are role models for staff and scholars alike.

Teacher of the Month Arianna Ashton, English Teacher

 

Ms. Ashton has created tools around writing and assessing on timed writing tasks. She celebrates her scholars, creates a strong classroom culture that responds to her, and works with both 9th and 10th grade English teams meeting and exceeding expectations.

Administrator of the Month: Lori Briscoe, 12th Grade Dean
 

Ms. Briscoe has worked tirelessly collaborating with instructors and other leaders to ensure that our scholars are career and college ready. To date she has tracked to push us past our benchmark for Quarter 2 with 38 college acceptances for our seniors.

Operations Team Member of the Month: Kester Gregorio, Facilities Manager

 

For your endless and fearless dedication to the team, the work, and the students, we appreciate and salute you. Kester manages a team of six and provides facilities, janitorial, and IT support wherever needed.

September Staff Members of the Month
 
Chosen by their peers, these individuals embody IDEA's five guiding principles and are role models for staff and scholars alike.
Teacher of the Month: Natalie Hinds
 
Here's what IDEA staff members had to say about Ms. Hinds:
 
  • "She has extraordinarily high expectations for herself and for her students."
  • "Her preparation and reflection around data are unparalleled."
  • "Her leadership in preparing for and teaching the Hamilton curriculum, helping scholars with their performances, and leading scholars and staff on the field trip to the Kennedy Center was outstanding."
 
Congratulations Ms. Hinds and thank you for your dedication to IDEA!
Administrator of the Month: Morrell Miles
 
Here's what IDEA staff members had to say about Mr. Miles:
 
  • "Mr. Miles is a model for positive contributions to school culture."
  • "He redirects students with emphasis and heart."
  • "He always checks to make sure classes are going well and helps keep the ninth and tenth grade hall clear during transitions."
 
Congratulations Mr. Miles and thank you for your dedication to IDEA!
Operations Team Member of the Month: Trina Sweet
 
Here's what IDEA staff members had to say about Ms. Sweet:
 
  • "She takes great initiative to get the job done."
  • "She always smiles!"
  • "She collaborates with the team!"
 
Congratulations Ms. Sweet and thank you for your dedication to IDEA!