Sunday, May 5, 2013
Public art will be displayed outside the Russell Road elementary school through May 15.
Maury Elementary School fifth-graders painted more than 50 panels now on display along Russell Road and W. Masonic View Avenue inspired by the quilts of the Underground Railroad. The public art display is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The work honors the courage of slaves who risked their lives to escape to freedom. Students studied the Underground Railroad quilt codes in Bettye Stroud’s “The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom.” Students learned the meaning of different patterns—which offered warnings and hints along the way—before selecting a pattern that was meaningful to them. The paintings will hang through May 15. The paint used was purchased through a grant from the Maury PTA.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Actor Mark Wahlberg visited Alexandria on Wednesday.
Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg visited Alexandria's T.C. Williams High School Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by nonprofit Get Schooled aimed at encouraging students to graduate. • See: Mark Wahlberg Visits T.C. Williams High School The 41-year-old Boston native answered questions from moderator Sway Calloway from MTV News and several students during the event. The video above includes a few of his responses, including what he considers his favorite movie. Wahlberg was scheduled to visit the White House with a student and college counselor later Wednesday to speak with a presidential adviser about the importance of improving graduation rates, according to The Washington Post. For the quickest updates, "like" Del …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Actor Mark Wahlberg talks to T.C. Williams students about the importance of hard work and finding a passion in life.
Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. Slouched in a chair wearing a Los Angeles Clippers T-shirt and blue jeans, Wahlberg, whose new film “Pain and Gain” hits theaters on Friday, talked to students about how he turned his life around, the importance of working hard in school and pursuing passions. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it. It’s through hard work that I’ve been able to achieve this kind of success.” A high school dropout, …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The event is part of a cultural exchange program with Yew Chung International School.
Alexandria City Public Schools is hosting 32 7th-grade students from across China. The students are visiting from three of the Yew Chung International School campuses as part of a 10-day visit in the Washington, DC area. On Monday, the students will visit Francis Hammond Middle School and George Washington Middle School. • For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. During the visit, ACPS and YCIS students will take part in a language exchange, create art and eat lunch together. Middle school students who are currently studying Mandarin Chinese will have the opportunity to test their language skills. Alexandria nonprofit Get Out and Give Back arranged the event through a partnership with …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The budget represents a 2.4 percent increase over the prior budget.
The School Board for Alexandria City Public Schools has adopted a fiscal year 2014 combined funds budget of $245 million, a 2.4 percent increase over the prior budget. The newly adopted budget of $244,960,261 includes a 3.3 percent increase in appropriations from the city compared to the last budget cycle. The FY14 approved operating budget is $226 million, a 3.9 percent increase over the FY13 final operating budget. The city’s public school system continues on an upward trajectory in enrollment, which in 2014 is expected to top 13,700 students – an increase of 593 students over current enrollment. The combined budget includes the operating budget along with $11.4 million in grants and special projects and approximately $7 million for …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In annual Washington Post Challenge Index that ranks difficulty of high schools locally and nationally, Alexandria's high school is in the top half.
T.C. Williams High School is ranked 74th among 176 Washington-area high schools on an annual "Challenge Index," according to Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews. Alexandria's public high school ranked higher in Virginia than it did among regional counterparts: T.C. Williams was ranked 44th when compared to 100 other high schools in Virginia. On the national list, T.C. Williams was ranked 634 out of 1,925 ranked high schools. To see the full list, click here. Since 1998, Mathews has ranked Washington-area public high schools using the Challenge Index, his measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college. The formula: Divide the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Gregory Hutchings has accepted a job as superintendent of Shaker Heights Schools.
Alexandria City Public Schools official Gregory Hutchings has taken a superintendent job in Ohio. Hutchings, director of pre K-12 programs for ACPS, will be the next superintendent for Shaker Heights Schools in Shaker Heights, Ohio. "It is truly an honor and privelege to be selected as a superintendent of the Shaker Heights school district," Hutchings said in a statement. "I value the time and experiences I have had in Alexandria City Public Schools and look forward to utilizing much of that in my new role." In his position at ACPS, Hutchings had oversight of middle schools, the division's candidacy for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, the talented and gifted program and adult education. For the quickest updates, "…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Traditional schools to start Sept. 3 while modified calendar schools will start Aug. 1.
Alexandria City Public Schools has released its calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. For traditional calendar schools, the year begins Tuesday, Sept. 3—the day after the Labor Day holiday. The kindergarten prep program for rising kindergartners will be held Aug. 12-16. The school year is slated for students to attend 183 days, with the last day June 20, a half-day. Modified calendar schools—Mount Vernon Community School and Samuel Tucker Elementary—begin their school year Aug. 1 and end June 20. See the calendars (PDFs) attached to this article for the full schedule, including teacher work days and student breaks. For the quickest updates, "like" Del Ray Patch on Facebook and follow @delraypatch on Twitter. Interested in getting Del Ray…
Friday, March 29, 2013
St. Elmo's Coffee Pub is hosting the book signing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The authors of “Mighty Titans,” a compilation of stories conveying students’ challenges and successes in the classroom at T.C. Williams High School in the mid-2000s, will be signing copies of the book at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Del Ray from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Roderic Brame, who taught Earth Science at T.C. Williams from 2003 to 2006, wrote and compiled the book with his wife, Rachel. While working at T.C. Williams, Brame called his students “Mighty Titans.” The book is a personal narration about programs designed to improve learning and teaching in a diverse, urban setting. Along with his narration, the book contains testimonies from 21 former T.C. Williams students. Brame discusses the importance of teachers and …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Gov. Bob McDonnell signs legislation creating the Opportunity Educational Institution designed to aid the state's chronically failing schools.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell officially will allow the state to intervene in its chronically failing schools, such as Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria. Virginia will establish a statewide Opportunity Educational Institution Board on July 1. Starting in the 2014-15 school year, the board will begin supervising the turnaround of schools that have been denied accreditation. “This game-changing legislation will ensure all students have the best opportunity to learn,” said a statement from the governor’s office. “If a school is chronically failing the institution will provide much needed intervention.” The legislation, which the governor amended before signing, follows a blueprint that he said has been successful in Tennessee and “clearly …