Capital City Community News - January 2017
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As our nation says farewell to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, our nearly 1,000 diverse students in grades PreK - 12 expressed their appreciation for the President and First Lady. Watch this heartfelt thank you from our students. 
 
Capital City has been lucky to welcome the Obamas on multiple occasions. In 2009, in his first visit to a school as President, Barack Obama remarked that Capital City is “an example of how all schools should be.” In 2014, the First Lady, as part of her Reach Higher initiative, joined our Senior College March to the Mailbox and shared with our students, “With the education you’re getting here at Capital City, you have everything you need to follow every last one of your dreams."

We will continue to be a school where students of all ages and all backgrounds receive the education they need and deserve. Through a focus on deeper learningstudent character, and community engagement, we graduate young people who are prepared for success in college and careers and empowered to make the world a better place. 

Check out these recent happenings to see the Capital City difference in action.

Lower School Showcases Its Learning

On Dec. 15, all Lower School classes showcased their learning for families, friends, and students. These celebrations of learning, an important component of our curriculum and EL Education model, provide students the time and space to reflect on and share their learning with a wider, authentic audience. From DC neighborhoods to the earth’s core, our K-4th graders demonstrated how much they have grown since the first day of school.

Kindergarteners, who spent the fall learning about birds, demonstrated their early leadership and advocacy skills when they delivered seeds to staff and community members and thoroughly presented how we should care for our bird friends during the cold months. Deeper learning skills were on display when 2nd graders shared work from their “DC: Our Diverse City” expedition, which included written reflections of how needs are met in various neighborhoods in the District. Their observations demonstrated a depth of comprehension and high-level thinking while also aligning with writing standards for their grade level. At Capital City, students learn by doing, as evidenced by 4th graders and their stop-motion films explaining the layers of the earth, weathering and erosion, and how mountains and volcanoes are formed.

Our 5th - 12th graders will showcase their learning later this winter. Join us on Jan. 25th for the High School and Feb. 24th from 1-3pm for the Middle School. RSVP to development@ccpcs.org to attend one or both of these showcases and to learn from our student leaders.  

Building Character By Taking Action

From recycling to social inequality, our students are using their skills and voices to solve some of the world’s toughest issues. As part of Think It Up Live: DC and the LearnServe Fellows program, our students are designing projects (and winning funding for their initiatives!) to better our school and community.

At Think It Up Live: DC, Middle School teachers Monika Copelmayer and Lapeta Solomon accompanied a team of students to present a proposal to end bullying. High School teacher Jose Cuevas helped his students share a green idea to turn plastic waste into usable materials. Both groups won $1,000 to jumpstart their initiatives.

High School teacher Binni Chadda encouraged 10th graders Jovanni and Jhoana to become LearnServe Fellows, a year-long program where students design projects to benefit their communities. Jovanni is collaborating with a student in MD on Color My World, an initiative to reduce waste and inspire creativity by repurposing the 100+ million crayons that are thrown out every year. Jhoana is focused on gender equality and closing the wage gap. “LearnServe is helping expand my knowledge of world issues,” says Jhoana “[and] actually make a change.” This spring, they will pitch their ideas to a panel of business and community leaders with the opportunity to receive funding to kickstart their projects.  

Celebrating the Arts and Our Community

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the former Rabaut Junior High School building, Capital City's current location. During this milestone year, we took on a significant renovation to provide our students and community an exceptional learning and gathering space. We designed and constructed a multi-functional theater to educate students, host performances, attract arts professionals, and bring our community together. On February 3rd from 6-8pm, Capital City will officially celebrate the grand opening of our new, state-of-the-art theater!

When we renovated and moved into the former Rabaut Junior High School building in 2012, we prioritized the renovation of classroom spaces. However, there was an opportunity on our first floor - an unused 9,200 square foot space - to support our thriving arts program (dance, drama, music and visual arts!) and engage our community. We have transformed this space into a brand-new theater with sloped seating, a large stage with an Act Curtain, and a fully equipped sound and light system. 

Want to see how we’ve transformed this space into a full theater? Join us for our grand opening event! This special night will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and showcase the artistic talents of our students, staff and families. For more information and to RSVP click here.  
Our mission is to enable a diverse group of students to meet high expectations, develop creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, achieve a deep understanding of complex subjects, acquire a love of learning, along with a strong sense of community and character. We will graduate young adults who are self-directed, intellectually engaged and committed to personal and civic responsibility.
 
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