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Students from the Butler Global and Amos 3 campuses came face-to-face with history on February 28 when 21 alumni of the historic Armstrong School, which now houses the two campuses, attended a special Black History celebration in their honor. Alumni shared their memories of attending Armstrong, mainly in the 1940s and 1950s, giving current students a sense of being part of a living legacy to which they are contributing. Special guest speaker Frank E. Braxton, Class of ’33, urged his young audience to pursue education above all. Butler/Amos 3 has formed a partnership with the Armstrong Alumni Association through which alumni will play an active role in the school, visiting classrooms and talking directly to students.
Undeterred by snow and cold, Amos 2’s outdoor classrooms continue to take shape as the photos below illustrate. Each week volunteer members of the CAPCS staff work alongside the professionals making the classrooms come to life. Click here to see these volunteers at work.
Former Amos 1 student Abosede Onibon-Oje is a member of an all-female team from Howard University’s Middle School of Mathematics and Science that was named “Best in State” in the Innovative App Challenge, a contest created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association. The challenge is designed to encourage students to use technology to help solve local social issues. Abosede’s team was the only “Best in State” winner from the DC area. Its winning app concept was called Build Central, an architecture app that uses a mobile device as a design and construction tool. Now 14, Abosede hopes to attend Harvard and be a chemist.
The Butler Global and Amos 3 STEM campuses make their homes in the historic Armstrong School. Armstrong dates back to the early 1900s and was one of only two high schools for the District’s African-American students at that time. Many of those who attended Armstrong went on to make their marks in the world of music, government, sports, law, medicine, and city leadership. A special Black History Assembly honoring the history of the school and those who were part of its legacy and made positive contributions to our community will be held on Friday, February 28, in the Eckstine-Ellington Theatre from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Mr. Frank E. Braxton, Class of 1933, will be a special guest speaker. Flyer here
The Knights continue to score wins in league play. Even better, the level of skill among players is rising and more are competing. On February 15, the Knights swept all four games against Kent Gardens of McLean, VA, and split 2 games to 2 against Broad Acres from Silver Spring. Broad Acres is one of the top teams in the league, so a split speaks highly of our four-person team. Competing in her first tournament, Ethiopia Thomas went 1-1, boding well for future contests. The Knights are now 10-6 in the last two weeks of play and the team is climbing in the standings. Go Knights!
Amos 1 has partnered with the Urban Teacher Center to offer a real-life setting for teachers-in-training. UTC is an organization founded to create a pipeline of talented teachers for urban schools. UTC teachers are placed in urban classrooms like those at Amos 1 where they act as co-teachers. Those who complete the program and demonstrate effectiveness in teaching practice and gains in student achievement receive a master’s degree and dual certification in special education and either elementary or secondary education. It’s a win-win for Amos 1 and for those who wish to teach in urban schools. The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) featured UTC’s work at Amos 1 in its blog. Read it at
The STEM lab at Amos 3 may seem an unlikely place for students to master the art of weaving, but 4th and 5th graders from Amos 3 and Butler Global experienced the melding of science and art on February 6th and 7th as they were challenged to weave a kente cloth piece. Master weaver Kwasi Asare conducted workshops in the complex kente weaving technique. Students were fully engaged and captivated as they attempted to weave a kente piece long enough to be a bookmark or a wristband. Many students turned out to be quite skillful in the art of weaving and proudly displayed their creations. STEM Coordinator Fred Davy, who organized the event, reported that no one wanted to leave at the end of their sessions.
The soaring words of Dr. Martin Luther King, delivered with such passion and commitment that they stirred a nation, are part of his lasting legacy. Each year Butler Global holds a school-wide oratory contest to celebrate Dr. King’s life and contributions. Each grade is assigned an excerpt from one of Dr. King’s speeches. Classes discuss Dr. King’s impact on the struggle for civil rights in our own country but also on the ongoing battle for human rights worldwide. Students study the speech from which their excerpt was taken to understand its full meaning. Two contests are held, one for Early Elementary (1st and 2nd grades) and Upper Elementary (3rd – 5th). A $50 cash prize is awarded for 1st place in each contest. This year’s event was held on January 27. Students did an outstanding job in conveying the meaning of Dr. King’s words with poise and feeling. Dr. King would have been proud.
Early Elementary Winners:
1st Place: Leia Maduakolom, 2nd grade , Embassy of South Korea
2nd Place: Niah Maduakolom, 1st ,Embassy of Brazil
Finalists: Brhane Gezahegne, K, Embassy of Morocco Markel Braxton, 1st, Embassy of the United Kingdom Blake Burnett, 2nd, Embassy of Senegal
Upper Elementary Winners:
1st Place: Christian Robinson, 5th, Embassy of the Philippines
2nd Place: Imania Sheikh, 4th, Embassy of Jamaica
Finalist: Jaiden Burney, 3rd, Embassy of Haiti
The Knights chess team got 2014 off to a good start with a fine showing in Elementary Team League play on January 11. The Knights’ 4-person team split 2-2 with Oyster Adams School of DC and 2-2 with the Westbriar School of Vienna, VA. The following week nine Knights competed in the Junior D.C. Open Rated Tournament, a competition that draws the most serious and experienced players in the metro area. All nine won at least one game to improve their ratings. Damien Bell and Xavier Jones led the Knights with 2-2 records. Twin brothers Christopher and Christian Robinson made their tournament debuts, and Giovanne Stovall was CAPCS’ lone representative in the competitive Under 500 division. Meanwhile, other chess club members got a taste of tournament play in the Knights of the Future Chess Tournament on December 15th. Members of the chess team acted as assistant tournament directors as they supported their future teammates. Demar Houston took 1st place, Kaiya Best took 2nd and Maxim Ndjiki-Nya took 3rd. The strong play of all participants signals a bright future for the Knights chess team.
Top three finishers in the Knights of the Future Chess tournament – Maxim Ndjiki-Nya, 3rd place; Demani Houston, 1st place; Kaiya Best, 2nd place.
Seven of the nine Knights participating in the Junior DC Open.
Here’s an opportunity for parents and students to experience a virtual classroom while conducting STEM-based activities that teach important scientific concepts. CAPCS Online is offering two free STEM webinars that engage student’s right in their own homes. Both webinars are led by Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) middle school science teacher, Roger Gluckin. Each webinar will conclude with a Q&A to answer any questions participants may have about CAPCS Online. For more information on these events and or to Register, go to www.K12.COM/DC.
The Build a Roller Coaster webinar will be available on Wednesday, January 15, at 7:00 p.m. Mr.Gluckin will present a lesson on Roller Coasters and discuss potential and kinetic energy. Kids will build their own roller coaster online and explore how the transformation of energy creates big thrills.
The Water Cycle webinar will be available on Thursday, February 6 at 7 p.m. Mr. Gluckin will lead students through a virtual lesson that explores how the Sun changes water from a liquid to a gas and back again, driving the water cycle. This cycle is critical to all living things on Earth. Without it we could not survive.
CAPCS has always viewed its parents/guardians as partners in the education of their children. With an eye towards better serving our parents and promoting greater involvement by school families, Parent Resource Centers have been established in each of our school buildings, including one at the Central Office for CAPCS Online families. Amos 3 and Butler Global will share a Center in their building. Each Center will offer a warm, welcoming environment where parents will have access to a wealth of information from the latest CAPCS news to upcoming assessment dates. Reading and math resources will provide activities and useful tips parents can use at home to help their children with homework or skill development. Other resources will aid parents in identifying their children’s academic needs and how best to communicate them to teachers. A Parental Involvement Coordinator at each campus will work with parents in exploring how they can play an active role at CAPCS and answer any questions parents may have. Flyers and information on community events or opportunities will be posted on display boards. We encourage all CAPCS parents/guardians to visit the Parent Resource Centers and take advantage of what they have to offer.
A new Arts and Humanities Program is in full swing at Amos 1 aimed at improving literacy skills to drive increased academic achievement. The first phase of the program, funded by a grant from Scholarships for Opportunities and Results (SOAR), is focusing primarily on theater, which research shows has the biggest impact on reading. Theater and performance offer creative ways to enhance literary skills such as reading comprehension, sequencing, determining an author’s intentions, and cause and effect. For example, creating tableaux at the beginning, middle and end of a story helps students master the concept of “what comes next” (sequencing), while acting out episodes from a story teaches cause and effect. Children have been reading scripts and reflecting on the story content and the playwright’s intentions. They also have compared a script to a movie or a story or novel. All these activities promote critical thinking and comprehension. The program also promotes social skills (performing with others takes a lot of cooperation), cultural awareness (studying the legends, stories and poetry of Native Americans) and self expression (telling a story with just your body or just your voice or simply improvising). Students in grades 1st – 5th participate in the program for one hour each week. They will also attend at least one play at a local theater during the school year. Click here to see more pictures and a short video of our performers.
CAPCS, like all DCPS schools and most DC charter schools, will be participating in a new online enrollment system called My School DC beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. It provides a common application and lottery for all participating schools. My School DC will streamline the enrollment process for families and make it easier for schools to track applications through the entire enrollment process. Families fill out one application and may select 10-15 participating schools in order of preference. A common lottery will be held and those who do not receive a place in their preferred school will be placed on a waitlist at that school. The My School DC application will be available as of December 16, 2013 at www.myschooldc.org or through the CAPCS website (CAPCS). CAPCS may not accept any application for next year until that date. The deadline for submitting an application is March 3, 2014, for PreK3 – 8th grade. Parents will be notified of the results of the lottery by March 31st and must accept a seat in a school by May 1st. Those currently enrolled at CAPCS and intend to return next year need not submit an application. For more information about My School DC visit www.myschooldc.org.
Building on the success of last year, students at Amos 3 and Butler are mastering the intricacies of chess and are ably representing CAPCS in chess in local tournaments. In addition to the 11-member Knights chess team, more than 20 students participate in a beginners chess club. Both groups are coached by Amos 3 Second Grade teacher Alexander Frawley. Seven Knights team members competed in the Washington International School Chess Tournament on Saturday, November 2. Que-Shon Neal-Clark , Damien Bell, Giovannne Stovall, and Xavier Jones competed in the highly competitive Under 1100 division, while Tai-Shun Neal-Clark, Nia Brinkley, and Rashad Adderly made their tournament debuts in the Under 300 division. All players won at least one of their games. Tai-Shun Neal-Clark took 3rd Place among a field of 25 competitors with a 2-0-2 record. They are looking forward to the start of the Elementary Chess Team League in mid-November followed by the Elementary Team Charity Tournament on November 23rd at the US Chess Center in downtown DC.
The beginners club meets every Friday after school to learn the rules of the game and practice their moves under Mr. Frawley’s guidance. Team members act as assistant coaches and look forward to the beginners soon joining the team and competing. The Knights meet each Wednesday. There is a great deal of excitement among Amos 3 and Butler families about chess and the opportunities it’s offering to students. All of CAPCS is proud of their efforts and their success.
There is a lot going on with STEM education at Amos 3. Now in phase two of the development of a robust STEM Education program for all of its students, we opened a dedicated space within the building to give students an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities with a project- or problem-based approach to learning. This new area is affectionately called the "STEM Lab" by staff and students. The formal name of the area is the F.C. Young Pre-engineering Laboratory, named in honor of Frederick C. Young who provided funding and the inspiration for the lab. Mr. Young received the equivalent of a STEM education at the original Armstrong Vocational High School (now home to Amos 3) in 1933. Our new training lab is equipped with an abundance of scientific hardware, materials, supplies, and current technology to engage students in learning the engineering design process and scientific inquiry to solve problems.
Amos 3 is an official Project Lead the Way (PLTW) School. PLTW is the major partner under which an exciting new elementary STEM pilot curriculum is being field tested this year. Community Academy is the only elementary school in this region to pilot this new STEM curriculum in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Another important partner in our STEM education is Let's GO Boys and Girls Inc. which offers the LET'S GO WeDo Lego® Robotics and Robotics Academy programs. Amos 3 2nd and 3rd graders use software to design and build a working model of a robot while developing STEM skills, as well as language and literacy skills. In the LET'S GO Robotics Academy 5th graders solve problems through a series of self-paced sequential robotic activities. In weekly, in-school sessions students learn how to build and program a robot.
The third tier of STEM education is the Engineering Is Elementary (EiE) curriculum which integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. The STEM lab has 20 units that integrate an elementary school science topic with a specific field of engineering. Each unit begins with a short story about a young main character from a variety of world cultures and backgrounds who introduces students to an engineering problem. Students are then challenged to solve that problem along with the main character.
To learn more about what CAPCS students will experience in STEM please visit www.pltw.org and to learn more about Engineering is Elementary visit www.eie.org. A special section has been established on the Amos 3 campus page where regular updates on STEM activities will be posted. Click here to see what's new and be sure to visit often.
The Eckstine and Ellington Theatre (learn more)