Kids & Family

Kids & Family

09/10/2014 - 12:00am
The studio was chilly but bright, and the poles were waiting. There was a quiet nervousness in the air as each of the seven women sidled up to a pole and waited for further instruction. Our slender, sculpted instructor suggested we wipe them down... >>more
09/04/2014 - 12:37pm
What do you do when you know someone you care for is going to die soon? Michael Staley gets on a bike and rides cross-country in an effort to prevent that from happening. This summer Staley put on hold his job as chief of staff for Congressman... >>more
09/04/2014 - 11:31am
It’s 8:30 p.m. on a cool summer Monday, and women are trickling onto the turf at Watkins Field at 13th and D streets SE. They’re here for a weekly all-women’s pickup soccer game. It’s not exactly the World Cup. A number of... >>more
09/04/2014 - 10:44am
Parents are surprised when I recommend high school freshman take the October SAT college entrance exam. The first response I get is usually, “But freshmen can’t take SATs, right?” Actually freshman can and do take the high school... >>more
09/04/2014 - 9:51am
“Did anybody do their homework?” Mike Showalter asks the group of parents and toddlers seated in a circle on the floor of a studio in the Atlas Theater on H Street, Northeast. “Yeah, I did!” squeals a blonde toddler. She... >>more
08/26/2014 - 7:50pm
Why Change The System? There many extremely valid reasons for the school boundary changes authorized by Mayor Gray this past Thursday. School boundaries haven’t been comprehensively altered in over 40 years. School closings and reorganizations... >>more
08/03/2014 - 12:21pm
All Admissions Directors have the stories. The parents who buy test prep books or hire tutors -- for their three-year olds. It is against the rules, of course, and if the tester suspects something she will write it in the report, but that doesn... >>more
08/03/2014 - 11:25am
A lottery should be fun, at least the dream of winning big, but betting on what school your child will attend next year is no fun at all. Previous to this year, families applied to public schools and charter schools separately, with different... >>more
08/03/2014 - 10:15am
Summer is in full swing, but the beginning of the new school year is only days away. In between barbeques and trips to the pool, it’s time to reflect and look forward to what the next school year brings.  There will be lots of changes.... >>more
08/03/2014 - 9:12am
Since becoming Chairman of the Council’s Committee on Education in January of 2013, I have seen the remarkable promise that exists in our public schools. After engaging in in-depth conversations with educators across our city and visiting 144... >>more
07/02/2014 - 10:09am
Every two years, a lucky group of Cluster students has the unique opportunity to “blast off” for a week-long visit to space camp in Huntsville, Alabama. This year, the 5th and 6th graders who attended the camp came back to school filled... >>more
06/12/2014 - 2:27pm
Cluster 1 Instructional Superintendent Harry Hughes opened the June 11th meeting by praising outgoing Ludlow-Taylor Principal Carolyn Cobbs. Cobbs has taken a position as a superintendent in Colorado. Stating that he has known Cobbs for six years,... >>more
05/29/2014 - 3:39pm
I have a confession to make. When I first starting hearing about charter schools, I thought it was a simply dreadful idea. As a graduate of public schools, including DCPS’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts (albeit a magnet school, but still... >>more
05/09/2014 - 6:39am
The Capitol Hill Day School (CHDS) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Head of School Jason Gray will continue as Head for the next five years. The long term appointment, unusual for an independent school, recognizes Gray’s work in... >>more
05/05/2014 - 2:22pm
The redrawing of the elementary school boundaries for DCPS schools across the city is certain. Due to closing and merging schools over the past several years, some of these changes are already in effect. Others adjust for under or over-enrolled... >>more