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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
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July 13, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 28

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Today, on National Summer Learning Day, more than 4,000 DC Public Schools (DCPS) students are wrapping up their first extended school year. The students at our 11 DCPS extended year schools received 91,660 additional days and 595,790 additional hours of learning. All this additional time means less summer learning loss and more opportunities for students to learn, explore, and problem solve. As the year finishes up, I thank the educators, students, and families who have helped make the extended school year, both at DCPS and our DC public charter schools, a success. 

Our city's commitment to public education has been the foundation of Washington, DC's renaissance. By improving our schools, we are building stronger neighborhoods for families and brighter futures for our young people. As our city grows and prospers, we must remain committed to accelerating school reform. To do that, my Administration has been focused on tackling some of our city's most urgent and persistent education challenges. Last fall, we opened the Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, the first school of its kind in the District. Earlier this year, my Administration launched Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders, a multi-pronged initiative to support young women of color. And, of course, last year we expanded extended year to ten additional DCPS schools, primarily schools in Wards 7 and 8.  

Each day, my Administration works to give all residents - from our oldest to our youngest - a fair shot. This means spreading prosperity across the District by connecting more Washingtonians to good paying jobs, investing in education and child care, building and preserving housing for residents at every income level, and developing programs and initiatives that level the playing field for populations that have historically been left behind. Together, by staying committed to these goals, we can ensure that Washington, DC remains a diverse, vibrant city that enriches life for residents in all eight wards. 


Muriel Bowser

ICYMI: Last week, Mayor Bowser visited Garfield Elementary School where she was introduced by fifth grader Princess'Ann Brown. Watch Princess'Ann's introduction and the Mayor's remarks below. 


In This Week's Newsletter:


Study Abroad

This summer, over 400 DC Public Schools (DCPS) students are participating in fully-funded study abroad trips to more than a dozen countries through the DCPS Study Abroad program.

One student reflected on his experience in Senegal: “We visited Goree Island, the hub for African slave trade by European settlers. We arrived at the only remaining holding cells for transit of enslaved Africans. It was a very intense and emotional experience for me, but I have never felt closer to my ancestors; I have never felt closer to myself.” 

Search #DCPSGoesGlobal on Twitter to follow more stories from around the globe.

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Adopt A School

One of the ways DC Public Schools (DCPS) has become the fastest improving urban school district in the country is through fostering long-term relationships with local organizations. 

The DCPS Adopt-a-School Program, launched in 2015, provides structured pathways to partnerships between DCPS schools and community supporters. Through the program, organizations from across DC collaborate with schools to build relationships focused on student and school goals, such as college tours, food drives, and more. Partners can have a direct impact on the school community and have the opportunity to form quality relationships with one school. 

During the 2016-2017 school year, more than 40 organizations supported students and schools through the program. Now, DCPS is accepting new partner applications.

Organizations interested in adopting a school can learn more and apply HERE.

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Register Today: DC Hires Vets

DC Hires Vets

On Wednesday, July 19, the Bowser Administration, in partnership with the DC National Guard, will host a hiring event for veterans in DC. This event offers veterans and transitioning military members the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops and connect with District, state, and federal agencies as well as private-sector companies looking to hire.

Attendees must bring one of the following types of documentaion (only one is required):

  • DD-214 Discharge Form
  • Military ID
  • VA Card
  • Letter from an assisted veterans' home indicating status as a veteran.

Learn more and register HERE.

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A District Minute


This week's District Minute features stories about the groundbreaking for the new short-term family housing building in Ward 4, they Mayor's visit to Garfield Elementary School, and the groundbreaking for the Palisades Recreation Center. 

Pathways to the Middle Class: DC Public Charter School Board, Operations Assistant

Job Posting

The mission of the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB) is to provide quality public charter school options for DC students, families, and communities through a comprehensive application review process, effective oversight, meaningful support, and active engagements of its stakeholders.

DC PCSB currently has an opening for an Operations Assistant. This position is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations and functions of the office including the professional and efficient managing of calls and visitors. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement

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