September 2016
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Back to School!

Dear Friends of Center City,

On Monday, August 22 our six campuses opened their doors to over 1400 students in grades Pre-K through 8, including a new class of three-year old students at our Brightwood, Congress Heights and Petworth campuses. We have had a terrific start and our teachers and students are already hard at work diving into the curriculum.

We have a number of exciting developments for the 2016-17 school year. We have added additional staff to support co-teaching and small group instruction so we can better meet the needs of every child. We are also increasing our investments in enrichment for students both during and after the school day, including opportunities to participate in art, music, dance, STEM, and drama. Finally, we are continuing to build character in our students through Morning Meetings and schoolwide gatherings that develop our core values of character, excellence, and service in our students. 

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What's New with Us

Professional Development 
We kicked off the 2016-17 school year with two weeks of professional development focused on school culture, instructional strategies, and the curriculum. This year, we were fortunate to have a guest speaker, Dr. Steve Perry, who inspired our staff to "change reality for our students."

Shaw Students Visit The White House
Several Shaw students had the honor of attending a private screening at The White House of Disney's new film "Queen of Katwe" staring Lupita Nyong'o. The film depicts the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy from Uganda, who pulls herself out of poverty to become a world champion. What an amazing experience for our young scholars!  

Partnership with Washington Trinity University
We were excited to launch our partnership with Washington Trinity University on August 29th. Trinity will be providing free courses to Center City PCS educators thanks to a grant from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Participants include Instructional Assistants and Associate Teachers who are working to complete degrees and become lead teachers.

For the 2016-17 school year, we have increased enrichment opportunities for all students. Each campus now has two enrichment classes and P.E. Our campuses are using this opportunity to expand enrichment programming both during and after school, including offering a school band, instrumental music lessons, dance, and drama clubs.

Family Engagement 
 At Center City we believe families are critical partners in students' academic success. At the beginning of every school year teachers conduct home visits to get to know parents and open lines of communication. Our teachers have already begun visiting families and building relationships. Our campuses have also held back-to-school nights, community parties, and other family events.

Pre-K 3 At Center City
Center City has a Pre-K program for three-year old students at our Brightwood, Petworth, and Congress Heights campuses for the first time this school year. We launched our three-year old program to better meet the needs of our families and to give our students a strong foundation for learning. We are working with our three-year olds to develop their social-emotional skills as well as literacy, writing and number concepts.

Spotlight on Character, Excellence and Service at Center City PCS!
Character Update

For the 2016-17 school year, Center City launched a more intentional scope and sequence for Morning Meetings that emphasizes character education. Students will be engaging in activities that foster communication, team building, and conflict resolution skills.

Excellence:  Student Growth at Center City

Our schools made significant growth according to the PARCC assessment. Center City schools increased the percent of students who are approaching and meeting grade-level expectations by 5.3 percentage points in Mathematics and 6.2 percentage points in English/Language Arts compared to a .7 percentage point increase in Mathematics and a 2.3 percentage point increase in English/Language Arts for the District as a whole.

Service:  Brightwood Garden 

The Brightwood Campus is partnering with REAL School Gardens to build a garden and outdoor classroom at the Brightwood Campus.  Students, educators, and community members are invited to join in the installation on September 24th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.  

Service:  Districtwide Service Project 

Center City staff will be participating in a #HashtagLunchbag event on October 12th. Staff will be making sandwiches and assembling lunch bags and then heading out to designated areas to distribute them.

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