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Support The Master Facilities Plan – Modernize Banneker HS and Shaw MS Campuses on Separate Sites


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2019 
     Contact: Alexandra Simbana
   Save Shaw Middle School Coalition
   202-907-5518
Save Shaw MS Coalition Opposes Mayor Bowser’s Proposal
to Build Two Schools on Shaw Site
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a closed-door meeting yesterday with ANC 6E Commissioner Alex Padro, the Mayor proposed a plan to build both Shaw Middle School and Banneker High School on the Shaw JHS site.

The Save Shaw Middle School Coalition strongly opposes this plan. “This proposal is a profound disservice to both the Shaw Middle School and the Banneker High School communities”, declared Alex Padro, ANC 6E Commissioner.
The Council has consistently voted for the modernization of Banneker at Euclid Street and has supported the rebuilding of Shaw at Shaw.  These decisions are consistent with the educational facility master plans, the approved capital budgets, and the recommendations on feeder patterns and student assignment that then Mayor Gray accepted and the Council approved in 2014 and should not be delayed.

A high school with a middle school like the one designed and built in Ward 4 to include Roosevelt High School and MacFarland Middle School involves about 17.5 acres for a middle and high school with total capacity for 1800 students.

Source_ Google Earth_ both juxtaposed pictures taken at 965m
Another public school campus is the Columbia Heights Education Campus, built in 2006 with a 1400 student capacity for both an application high school and a neighborhood middle school sites on a tight 8 acres. The Columbia Heights Education building is 325,248 gross square feet, a building that is larger than is permitted to be built on the Shaw site. In addition, the Columbia Heights Education Campus schools were constructed and opened at the same time, which was the only way to fit on their small site.

Maggie Koziol, parent at Seaton Elementary DCPS said “Building two schools on this small site would deprive children and community critical access to outdoor and athletic facilities. I don’t understand why Banneker would want to make this move to the Shaw site.  We have no tennis courts, no track, no baseball or softball fields.  There are only 6.1 acres for the Shaw school and recreation areas, but there are 13.1 acres of school and athletic areas at the historic Banneker site.”

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About the Save Shaw Middle School Coalition:
The Save Shaw Middle School Coalition (https://twitter.com/saveshawms) was born in response to the Mayor’s decision in October 2018 to build Banneker High School on the site of the Shaw Junior High which had been promised to the community since the school was closed in 2008. We believe all children – at Banneker and in the schools that feed into Shaw Middle School – were promised modernized schools and deserve a thoughtful long-term solution that meets their needs.
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W6PSPO Meets Tuesday, May 21 @ Brent

Dear Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization members,

W6PSPO will meet on Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 pm at Brent Elementary School (301 North Carolina Ave., SE). We will be joined by Councilmember Charles Allen and LaJoy Johnson-Law with Advocates for Justice & Education to discuss issues dealing with transparency in public schools, and the Public School Transparency Act that was introduced by Councilmember Allen.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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Transparency in Public Schools with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen on May 21 – 6:30pm at Brent ES

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Please join our May 21 meeting, 6:30pm at Brent Elementary.

Councilmember Charles Allen,  LaJoy Johnson-Law (with Advocates for Justice & Education http://www.aje-dc.org) will discuss the Public School Transparency Amendment Act of 2019 that was introduced by Councilmember Allen.

Come early to hear from CM Allen and stay for and open discussion on how we can achieve much needed transparency across our all our publicly funded schools.

This event is co-hosted by EmpowerEd https://www.weareempowered.org/.

Please register to help us ensure adequate space: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transparency-in-public-schools-with-ward-6-councilmember-charles-allen-tickets-61506856664

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NE Library Garden Concert Series

The Garden Concert Series at the Northeast Library is starting up again this year.  The Garden Concert Series features a local musical group or performer each month during the summer and fall, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Northeast Library. Bring a chair, sit back, and enjoy the concert in the library’s outdoor garden area. (In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside the library.) Mark the following dates on your calendar:

Sunday, May 19, 2 – 3:30 p.m.:  The Gliders

Sunday, June 16, 2 – 3:30 p.m.:  Vim and Vigor

Sunday, July 21, 2 – 3:30 p.m.:  Full Power Blues

Sunday, October 13, 2 – 3:30 p.m.:  Karen Collins and The Backroads Band

The August and September concerts will be announced later. Information on the bands is below:

The Gliders

A long-time fixture within the Capitol Hill neighborhood, The Gliders are an acoustic four-piece band featuring roots music from blues to rockabilly to soul to country. Two of the musicians, Janet and Willy Gilmore, are Capitol Hill residents.. Janet is well known around the Hill as a music educator both from a private piano studio and as the first music teacher at Two Rivers PCS.  Details at https://www.facebook.com/The-Gliders-937557902944149/

Vim and Vigor

Vim & Vigor is an ensemble indie pop-folk band based in Washington, DC. With influences ranging from Amy Winehouse to to Fleetwood Mac, Vim & Vigor produces a sound that is unique and earnest, with rich harmonies and layers of instrumentation. More details are at https://vimandvigormusic.com/

Full Power Blues

Full Power Blues (formerly known as “The D.C. Blues Society Band”) was formed in 2009. The Band has played many yearly Festivals in the Washington Metropolitan area such the Silver Spring Blues Festival, the College Park Blues Festival and most notably the Annual D.C. Blues Society Festival at Federal facility Carter-Baron Amphitheater.  The band was honored in December 2014 to play on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  Details at https://www.fullpowerblues.com/

Karen Collins and The Backroads Band

One of the Washington area’s top honky tonk bands, The Backroads Band plays classic country music like it was played back then. In no time at all, they’ll have you out on the dance floor doing a boot scootin’ two step or snuggling up close for a buckle polishing slow tune. Their sound is vintage country from the 1940s-1970s plus original roots songs written in that early country style. Details at http://users.rcn.com/fredfeinstein/karen/backroadsband.html

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“Decoding Dyslexia DC” Kick Off Meeting

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Southeast Neighborhood Library ,403 7th Street Southeast 
RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/decoding-dyslexia-dc-kick-off-meeting-tickets-60384476595?fbclid=IwAR1m2ZakMHbw0jWA3K1UWo6YMq4W4eMKBElZBn2q1yO1a-TGIzRJIX2_iyY

Does your child struggle with reading, writing, or spelling? Are you a teacher and want to know more about specific learning disability (dyslexia), other reasons why far too many students have trouble learning to read, and what can be done about it? Join us on Sunday, May 19th at Southeast Library (near Eastern Market) at 2 PM to meet concerned parents of struggling readers and like-minded educators. Learn why so many DC school children read below grade level, what resources are available, and how Decoding Dyslexia DC is advocating for changes in education policy.

The topic of this meeting will be: Understanding Dyslexia and Essential Elements of an Effective Intervention.
Laurie Moloney, Certified Academic Language Therapist and President of the DC Capital Area Branch of the International DyslexiaAssociation, will give a brief talk on the reading crisis and how to solve it.

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About Decoding Dyslexia DC:

Decoding Dyslexia – DC  is a grassroots movement driven by DC families concerned about the limited access to educational interventions for students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties within our schools. We aim to raise awareness and empower families to support their children. We also want to inform policy-makers on best practices for screening, identifying, remediating, and supporting students with dyslexia and reading difficulties in DC.

For more information visit our website: www.DecodingDyslexiaDC.org

All are welcome!