Kids & Family

01/20/2017 - 11:25am
Choosing a private school is a lot like finding a mate. There are the must-haves -- a good personality match, a mutual attraction, and then there are the ideal extras. There are the things you know you want, and then there are unexpected qualities that are surprisingly appealing. The courting process is also similar. You find a potential mate, get to know each other, and hope that there’s a mutual attraction. There are even like paths toward meeting interesting prospects. There’s... >>more
01/20/2017 - 10:19am
The first half of the District of Columbia 2016-2017 public school year is over.  Traditional public schools and public charter schools have issued report cards and hosted parent-teacher conferences.  Parent-teacher conferences usually provide parents roughly 15 minutes – yes, 15 minutes -- to listen to teacher observations, review some student work, then share all their questions and concerns about their children’s academic and social development.  Did your parent-... >>more
01/14/2017 - 11:41am
Helping at a 2016 summer camp for disabled children, Eastern High School student Kaheri Gyenyame, a senior and Ward 4 resident, realized doctors and nurses make up only part of the career options in the medical field. Gyenyame traveled with hospital staff and worked with children as a part of her six-week internship through MedStar Health’s Prescription for Success partnership program with Georgetown University Hospital and Eastern High School’s Health and Medical Science’s... >>more
08/11/2016 - 11:17am
Falling rain splashes against one black and one pink umbrella. Five students in grades 9 to 12 stand in front of the black slab of granite stone, studying the nearly 60,000 etched names of Americans lost in the Vietnam War. On this overcast day in May, the memorial acts as the classroom for the students Blyth-Templeton Academy (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). The students in the Writers Craft class had just finished reading Tim O’Brien’s book “The Things They Carried,” and... >>more
08/11/2016 - 10:12am
Three and four year olds at Brent Elementary (301 North Carolina Ave. SE) dabble with watercolors and magic markers. No teacher tells them how to uncap the marker or explains the correct ratio of water to paint — they learn through their own trial and error. Across the Hill, preschoolers at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School (138 12th St. NE) sit in small groups to learn new songs and read aloud. A teacher guides them through the lesson — still allowing them to... >>more
08/11/2016 - 9:12am
Charter schools have been a part of the educational landscape of our city for two decades, educating nearly half of publicly educated students in Washington, DC today. However, many parents, especially those of young children, are uncertain of what a charter school is and whether a charter school education is right for their child. Charter schools are independently managed schools that receive public funds to educate children. In Washington, traditional public schools are run by the Chancellor... >>more
04/06/2016 - 11:12am
While the Netherlands is commonly associated with tulips, windmills, wooden shoes, and cheese, this spring two Capitol Hill students, Marshall and Miles Lloyd, who happen to be brothers plan to make their mark on its soccer fields as invitees of the FC Utrecht Academy, an international soccer academy in the Netherlands.  Miles, a sixth grader, and Marshall, a third grader, were chosen from a pool of candidates based on their performance at the FC Utrecht North American Academy National... >>more
02/13/2016 - 3:39pm
This year the Zoo is celebrating Easter Monday on Monday, March 28 (rain or shine). You are invited to join them for special family-focused activities and live entertainment. They'll have a traditional Easter Egg Hunt with prizes for the kids participating. Older children will enjoy field games. Special animal demonstrations are planned as well as visits from the Easter Panda. Be advised the Zoo enhances security during high visitation days and guests may experience bag checks at a minimum... >>more
02/12/2016 - 12:25pm
Through a partnership with DC Public Schools, the Washington Capitals will introduce hockey to more than 48,000 students across 111 schools through a multi-week street-hockey curriculum. The programming, which will become a core unit in the physical education curriculum, is part of the Capitals’ investment of more than $1.6 million toward the development of youth hockey in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, and is funded primarily by the National Hockey League’s Industry Growth... >>more