SHMS Family Newsletter
July 16, 2023
Greetings Stuart-Hobson community,
Registration for the school year after-school programming with After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is open. As always, the limited spots are filled on a first come first served basis and enrollment is completely managed by ASAS and separate from the summer bridge programming mentioned previously and below. This year, ASAS is reserving approximately 40 spots for 6th graders and 20 spots each for 7th and 8th grade in after-school programming.
This is a friendly reminder that families of rising 6th graders are invited to register for our annual Panther Pride Academy (Summer Bridge program) which is scheduled to take place the week of August 7-11. Please note that additional registration information will go out for families interested in afternoon and Friday programming with After-School All-Stars (ASAS) that week.
Thank you to the more than 200 students, families, and staff who responded to our survey about the school's uniform policy. We closed the form yesterday and will be reviewing results to finalize our initial plans for next school year which we will communicate in the next newsletter.
I hope everyone continues to have a fun-filled and energizing summer break!
Upcoming Dates: July & August
- July 17-20 & 24-27, Math 6 Readiness Camp, 9:00-11:00
August 1, National Night Out
August 8, New Family Orientation (in-person), 9:30 AM
August 8, New Family Orientation (virtual), 6:00 PM
August 28, First day of school!
September 5, LSAT Meeting, time TBD
September 7, Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30 PM
September 29-30, Annual Cluster Scavenger Hunt
All students must complete a participation packet every school year. Additionally, the medical forms must be completed within the prior 365 days. We encourage you to have your healthcare provider complete these forms before the school year and attach them to your participation packet.
Click on the link below to submit the athletic forms online.
Athletic Coaches Vacancies
Head Coach Boys Soccer
Head Coach Softball
Head Coach Swimming
Shout Outs and Celebrations
Thank you to AP Turner, Ms. Rouse, Ms. Lee, Dr. Boroughs, and Ms. Rosera for organizing a summer school prevention series the week after school let out. We were able to help 10 students finish strong and avoid summer school!
Thank you to the students, staff, and families who braved the heat and joined us to march at the annual Capitol Hill Community 4th of July Parade on Barracks Row!
Thank you to Mr. Simmons for organizing the first annual Cluster Band Camp. About 20 students joined us to build community and become familiar with our music program and students last week!
Have a great summer everyone!
New Information and Important Updates
After-School All-Stars Registration Open for SY 2023-24
Registration for after-school programming with our partner After-School All-Stars is open for the upcoming school year. We expect programming to run daily from 3:30-6:00. Spots are filled on a first-come, first served basis and ASAS is reserving 40 seats for 6th graders and 20 each for 7th and 8th grade. ASAS also manages any waitlists and requests for technical support. Please reach out to Mr. Evroy Marrett with any questions or requests at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention Medicaid Beneficiaries!
Did you know all District residents who access healthcare services via DC Medicaid, Alliance, or the Immigrant Children’s Program must start renewing their health coverage again? Don’t miss out on important information- take time today to update your address, phone number, and email at districtdirect.dc.gov so the Department of Health Care Finance knows where to send your Medicaid renewal letter. If you need help, please call the Public Benefits Call Center at 202-727-5355.
Spread the Word: Jobs at SHMS!
Our recruitment and hiring processes are underway for the positions listed below. Please share this list of opportunities with colleagues and acquaintances who would be a great fit for our school community. In addition to applying to the DCPS pool of applicants by following the links below, interested candidates can express their interest in an opportunity by emailing our hiring team and/or Principal Fraser.
Thanks everyone for spreading the word about these opportunities!
Previous Announcements & Resources
**The information below is new or an updated version of something announced previously! **
Math 6 Readiness for Rising 6th Graders
Math 6 Readiness is an in-person course for rising 6th graders attending Stuart Hobson next school year. Students will revisit essential skills in preparation for Math 6 in the fall and get an early introduction to math class expectations at Stuart Hobson.
The course runs from Monday, July 17 - Thursday, July 20 and Monday, July 24 - Thursday, July 27, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. Students meet at Stuart Hobson and are expected to attend each day.
Please register here. Registration closes on Friday, June 23 at 5:00 PM.
Final details will be emailed to families in early July.
Please email Ms. Latagan at email@example.com with any questions.
DCPS Strategic Plan Community Update
We are excited to share a community update on the 2023-2028 DCPS Strategic Plan. Your input has been instrumental in shaping the direction of our strategic plan and ensuring that it aligns with the needs of our community, and we want to make sure we hear from your school on how this plan will be implemented. Please take and share this survey with your contacts in our school community. To review the “What We Heard” report summarizing our community engagement last fall, visit dcpsstrong.com/strategic-plan.
Enrollment for School Year 2023-2024 is now open!
I am so excited to report that 93% of families have already enrolled for the upcoming school year! If your student is joining us next year, please complete your enrollment online or by contacting the main office for support as soon as possible.
Thank you for being a part of DCPS this school year, and we look forward to welcoming your family again next year. If you haven’t already, be sure to first learn about your in-boundary school and feeder school.
Enrollment can be completed in the following three steps:
Submit your completed enrollment packet to your DCPS school.
DCPS Calendar Updates for SY 2023-24 & 2024-25
Dear DCPS Community,
I am writing to share updates to the DC Public Schools (DCPS) calendar for the upcoming 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years, including an adjustment to the first day of school.
At DCPS, we work to develop a calendar that reflects the needs and preferences of families and staff, honors agreements with our labor partners, and adheres to the requirements of local regulations. To learn about our community’s calendar preferences, we engaged over 1,300 community members representing every DCPS school to provide feedback on the calendars that were released last spring.
Thank you to those who participated!
The recently passed Elections Modernization Amendment Act of 2021 necessitates a shift in the upcoming school year calendars as it requires DCPS to close on DC’s primary election day in June. As we explored options for this adjustment, we prioritized the feedback from the initial development of a calendar that included ending school prior to the Juneteenth holiday and minimizing the number of partial weeks.
Please note the following adjustments:
School Year 2023-2024
School will start on Monday, August 28, 2023, instead of Tuesday, August 29.
Tuesday, January 2, 2024, will be a professional development day for staff. There are no changes to the announced student schedule for winter break; classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.
Schools will be closed for teachers and students on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, for DC’s primary election day.
School Year 2024-2025
School will start on Monday, August 26, 2024, instead of Tuesday, August 27.
Friday, January 17, 2025, will be a professional development day. School will be closed for students.
There is no DC primary election day in June 2025.
We also anticipate adjustments to the School Year 2025-2026 calendar, and we are working with city leadership to finalize those updates. It is our hope that sharing this information supports your planning for the years ahead with DCPS. You can review updated school calendars at dcps.dc.gov/page/dcps-calendars.
Lewis D. Ferebee, Ed.D.
Attention Medicaid Beneficiaries!
Did you know all District residents who access healthcare services via DC Medicaid, Alliance, or the Immigrant Children’s Program must start renewing their health coverage again? Don’t miss out on important information- take time today to update your address, phone number, and email at districtdirect.dc.gov so the Department of Health Care Finance knows where to send your Medicaid renewal letter. If you need help, please call the Public Benefits Call Center at (202) 727-5355.