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The Amos 1 cheerleading squad is in high spirits. Our cheerleaders have been working hard preparing for the Spirit Unlimited Cheerleading Competition that will be held on Sunday, April 27, at Six Flags, 13710 Central Avenue in Bowie, MD. The competition will bring together cheerleaders from the surrounding area. The Amos 1 team is scheduled to perform at 1:41 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.sixflags.com/america/store/tickets. Online tickets are discounted at $39.95, a $20 savings from the gate price of $59.95. Supporting our cheerleading team is a great way to spend Sunday afternoon. Come out and join us.
Months of digging, chopping, hauling, nailing and constructing are coming to fruition in a series of mini-classrooms where students will explore, discover and build knowledge and skills through contact with the natural world. On April 22, the ribbon will be cut in the Grand Opening ceremony which will be attended by CAPCS Founder Kent Amos, Miss DC 2014, and other distinguished DC notables, as well as parents, staff and friends of Amos 2. The unique outdoor classrooms are all part of the Reggio Emilia-inspired program at Amos 2 that promotes learning through experiences in touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing. It gives children a sense of exerting some control over their learning and offers countless ways for them to express themselves. Amos 2 teamed with volunteers from our central office and the non-profit Nature Explore organization nature in designing and constructing the mini-classrooms that include Building, Nature Art, Music and Movement, Garden, Water, Messy Materials, Dirt Digging, Sand Digging, and Climbing and Crawling. Click here to see all the hard work that went into this exciting project.
On March 29, 22 members of the Knights chess team in grades 2nd through 5th competed in the Rated Beginners Open at the U.S. Chess Center. The tournament featured 117 chess players from across the DC metropolitan area and was a rated tournament, counting toward a player’s official chess rating as well as their local and national rankings. This marked the first tournament play for 14 members of the CAPCS team, an amazing feat for students who knew nothing about chess at the beginning of the year. Members of the original chess team have served as assistant teachers to chess club leader Mr. Frawley and were incredibly excited to welcome their new teammates into tournament play. JiQuari Green, an Amos 3 2nd grader, led the Knights with a 3-1 record in his first ever tournament. All the players enjoyed the experience and improved their chess skills. As always, parents and guardians provided support and assistance. Upcoming is the D.C. Girls tournament on May 3. The Knights are working hard to prepare for the D.C. Schools championships on May 24.
CAPCS namesake Dr. Dorothy I. Height would have loved it. The famed civil rights leader was also an elegant lady known for her magnificent millinery. Her hats became her trademark. Butler Global celebrated the 2014 Dorothy I. Height Day on March 27 with a Mother-Daughter Tea that honored all the grandmothers, mothers and aunts who are the foundation of our families. Tea and sandwiches were served by Student Council boys, poems were read by students, and music teacher Kevin Johnson offered a musical selection. Guests were asked to wear hats and the highlight of the tea was a best hat & lookalike contest with winners from grades PK3/ PK4, K-2, and 3-5. It was a great tribute to a great lady.
The Amos 1 campus went all out to raise money for this year’s Pennies for Patients drive of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In three weeks’ time they raised $1,300 to benefit those who are battling these diseases. Their efforts drew the attention of ABC’s Good Morning Washington show which taped a message from Academy Leader Masi Preston and students Ezinne Anyanwu, Esther Nnaji, and Shaniya Freeman encouraging others to contribute. The message was broadcast on the mornings of March 24th and 25th. Congratulations to the entire Amos 1 campus for their outstanding success.
Amos 2 kindergardener Yenci Hernandez-Sanchez and Amos 1 4th grader Maulana Jenkins were named 3rd place winners in the annual Youth Arts Contest, part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This marks the second consecutive year that CAPCS students have submitted winning entries. Artists captured how they would “Step into Spring”. All the winning artwork is on display until April 24th, Tuesday through Friday from 12 – 4 p.m. at PEPCO Edison Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW as part of the Community Art Show. The public is invited to vote on an overall winner both at the gallery and on Facebook (facebook.com/CherryBlossom Festival). Congratulations to Yenci and Maulana and to all the CAPCS artists who submitted their creations.
The CAPCS Knights chess team wrapped up its participation in the Elementary Team League at the U.S. Chess Center on March 22. The league includes schools from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. The league’s friendly competitive matches featured four players from each school competing for game and match points for their school. Sixteen students took turns representing the Knights over the course of the year, including Paula and Maxim Ndjiki-Nya, and Demari Houston, who participated in their first ever chess competition on the 22nd. At the beginning of Saturday’s matches, CAPCS was tied for 5th place in the 20-team league and maintained the second highest point total among DC schools.
The Knights will compete in a rated tournament at the Chess Center on Saturday, March 29. The Knights expect to send between 20 and 27 players, including 11 players who will be making their tournament debuts. This will mark the first tournament in which all members of the program, including the original 5-member chess team and the beginner's chess club, will together represent CAPCS in competition. Go Knights!
Amos 1 families had a night of togetherness and fun at the first Family Movie Night on March 14. The event was organized by the Amos 1 PTO and featured “Despicable Me, Part 2”. In addition to laughter, the families enjoyed popcorn, hotdogs and other snacks. The PTO is planning for more exciting family nights in the months to come.
The Amos1 staff took center stage in the Amos 3 Eckstine and Ellington theater at the March 22 Saturday Academy, putting into practice theatrical concepts such as tableaux, milling, Smithsonian, home base, and mountain pose learned through a partnership with Arena Stage. The morning began with singing and dancing led by 1st grade teacher Yamina Pinnock. The partnership aims to help teachers integrate the arts into the classroom. Click here for more photos of the Amos 1 staff in action.
Amos 1 PreK-3 teacher Sana Kifafi has co-authored an article entitled “A Deeper Look into Education from the USA to Amman, Jordan” which appeared in the International Journal of Organizational Innovation. Her co-author is Dr. Sergey Ivanov, Associate Professor of Management at the University of the District of Columbia. Ms. Kifafi, a long time member of the CAPCS teaching staff, obtained her Masters in Early Childhood Education from UDC and intends to enroll in a doctoral program in the near future.
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.
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.
The Eckstine and Ellington Theatre (learn more)