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For decades, or even centuries in some cases, our religious institutions have played a critical role in defining and supporting our communities in Ward 5. Our churches and mosques are always ready to partner to do the work of our community, often times without fanfare or recognition. Today, I want to take a moment to share D.C. Council recognitions I have been able to present to a few of them.

Ceremonial Resolutions:
  • Last week, I was honored to introduce a D.C. Council Ceremonial Resolution recognizing St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish’s 125th Anniversary. Since before the first houses were being built in Brookland, the Parish has continued to be a cornerstone of the community.
  • Masjid Muhammad Mosque on 4th Street NW received a ceremonial resolution to honor their 80th anniversary earlier this year. The leaders and members of the Mosque have opened their house of worship and worked to engage residents to engender a greater understanding of the Muslim faith.
Street Designations:
  • Last week, I introduced legislation to rename the block of Saratoga Avenue, NE in front of Israel Baptist Church to honor the church’s contributions to the community under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr.
  • In 2013, we renamed the block on Rhode Island Avenue, NE that is home to Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church. The ceremonial designation was given to honor the church and all they have done to serve the community.
Additionally, we recently celebrated and recognized Father Michael Kelley’s 40 years of pastoral leadership at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, my home Parish, located in Bloomingdale.

It is a privilege to work with these institutions and recognize their contributions to Ward 5 and our city. As we enter the time of giving thanks, I hope you will join me in thanking and recognizing these longstanding institutions who continue to serve and lead in our community  

In Service,
In this issue of the Ward 5 Report:

Kenyan in the Community

Ward 5 Holiday Party - Wednesday, December 13

D.C. Public Charter School Board Releases 2017 Quality Rankings

The School Quality Report (also known as the Performance Management Framework or PMF) reviews schools on several factors, including college and workforce preparation, English and math achievement and year-to-year growth, as well as school culture as measured by attendance and re-enrollment rates. Individual school reports are available at

Some of the highlights of Public Charter Schools in Ward 5:
  • More than half of returning 3rd graders at Edgewood's Inspired Teaching Demonstration  Public Charter School (PCS) scored a 4 or 5 on this year's PARCC English Language Arts assessment, while more than two-thirds of the returning 8th graders at DC Prep's Edgewood Middle PCS scored a 4 or 5 on the PARCC Math assessment.
  • Two schools, Washington Yu Ying PCS, located on Taylor St NE, and Brookland's Elise Whitlow Stokes PCS, have the highest re-enrollment rate in the public charter school sector, at 98.6 and 98.3.
  • KIPP DC – Connect Academy PCS in Trinidad was the 4th highest performing Tier 1 DC PCS.
  • DC Prep Edgewood Middle PCS and KIPP DC - College Preparatory Academy PCS in Trinidad were recognized for having consistently earned a Tier 1 status every year since 2012.
  • Two Ward 5 High Schools were recognized for the Highest Rate of 9th Graders on Track to Graduate: Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS in Arboretum and Edgewood's Washington Leadership Academy PCS.
  • This year, Perry Street Prep PCS in Woodridge saw more than a 14 point gain in growth, on the English language arts and Math PARCC assessments. This is the largest year to year gain in the public charter school sector for growth on the PARCC assessment.
(The PARCC is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It is the District of Columbia's annual assessment of mathematics and English language arts)

Explore D.C.'s Educational Options at EdFEST 2017

Come to EdFEST and explore the city’s public school options (PK3-12) for your child. Representatives from DCPS and public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC lottery application on December 11, 2017 for the 2018-19 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections. Admission and parking are FREE.

DATE: Saturday, December 9, 2017
TIME: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
LOCATION: D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE
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