April 23, 2013 |
The District's school system has extended the academic year by one day to make up for classes missed due to inclement weather, officials said Tuesday. The school year was initially scheduled to end with a half-day of instruction on June 20. Now that will be a full day of instruction and classes will continue for a half-day on June 21. In addition, June 3 — previously scheduled as a parent-teacher conference day — will now be a regular school day. Schools will make arrangements for the parent conferences to occur at...
April 17, 2013 |
What started as a parent's request to add a bicycle rack outside Wolftrap Elementary School in Vienna has become a community-wide effort to increase the number of students walking or biking to school. "The origins were somewhat personal in that I wanted my kid to be able to lock up her bike at school," said Vienna resident Jeff Anderson, a father of three who has led the effort in town. "My oldest was a first-grader [in spring 2008], and I said, ‘Hey, can we get a bike rack, and [the principal]
April 11, 2013 |
At first blush, Julia King's middle -school classroom at D.C. Prep Public Charter School seems like any other middle school. Seventh-graders are busy reviewing math skills that they struggled with on a recent test. Walls are plastered with motivational posters: "Willpower, Improve, Never Give Up!" But look more closely. Something else is going on here — something that would have seemed more familiar to these 12- and 13-year-olds' great-grandparents. Fourth- through eighth-graders at this...
March 25, 2013 |
B y the thousands, people who thought they were uniquely clever called it March Madness, and just as many with long memories wagged their fingers with talk of some year in the past century when it snowed in April. But for most people in the Washington region, Monday's late-season snowfall was a pain in the tuchis. It felt like winter's afterthought, a belated delivery of something most people dread in the heart of the season and few were ready to entertain after three cold, dreary months bereft of ...
March 12, 2013 |
Six pedestrians, at least three of school age, were injured by vehicles in the Washington area during Tuesday morning's rain and gloom. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening. The incidents occurred on the second school day after the start of daylight saving time advanced sunrise to about 7:20 a.m. In the first incident, a woman was hit at 7:11 a.m. at 15th and L streets NW in the District, police spokesman Paul Metcalf said. The other incidents were reported by Montgomery...
March 5, 2013 |
Nine aspiring charter school operators have submitted applications to open in the District as early as fall 2014, according to proposals posted on the Web site of the D.C. Public Charter School Board. The proposals, which were due March 1, include three alternative high schools for at-risk young adults and two Montessori programs for younger children. They also include a Ward 4 middle school; an adult GED program in wards 5 and 8; a shuttered Ward 7 private school seeking to convert to public funding; and a...