Inspired Teaching Fellows are a vital part of our community at Capital City Public Charter School. The Inspired Teacher Certification Program is looking for interested individuals to join the early childhood track for the 2014 school year. Through a 24-month residency program, each Inspired Teaching Fellow is prepared for a successful and sustainable career as a teacher and changemaker in Washington, DC while earning a DC teaching license and a Master of Arts in Teaching.
Do you know someone that would make a great early childhood teacher? Encourage them to apply to this great program! For more information, visit http://certification.
History came alive again for Capital City on March 7, 2014 during the National History Day (NHD) competition.
National History Day is a year-long academic program that focuses on historical research for students 6th-12th grade. This is the fourth year Capital City has competed in this competition. "The students did an amazing job,” says Julian Hipkins, 11th Grade History Teacher. “They demonstrated a high level of scholarship through extensive annotated bibliographies comprised of mostly primary sources."
Through the competition, students developed a research topic and then engaged in primary and secondary research, including interviewing experts and probing through archival materials. More than 5 million students nation-wide participate in this annual competition.
During the NHD competition, students presented their research projects to 45 judges, who represented such organizations, universities, and government bodies as DC Government, EverFi, Ford’s Theatre, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, National Archives, Qatar Foundation International, Smithsonian Institution, Teach Plus, and the Wilson Center.
"The exhibit about the Atomic Bomb,” notes Mr. Hipkins, “was very powerful! Students compiled a number of primary sources that included photographs from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. One photograph in particular inspired students to paint the background of their exhibit to portray the city of Hiroshima immediately following the detonation of the atomic bomb."
Capital City Middle School students know one thing is always true about Spanish. You always have to conjugate! Conjugation can often be a difficult concept for students to understand and retain, but Ms. Allyson Griffith, Middle School Spanish teacher, found a way that helped students to grasp this concept and have fun in the process.
“I sometimes use songs in instruction,” says Ms. Griffith, “because kids like to listen to music and it’s effective.” But, how, she wondered, could she use the tool of music to engage students in conjugating verbs? In traditional structures, students learn to conjugate developing a chart with six boxes, placing the verb endings in the appropriate section, and practicing that format over and over.
However, this method doesn’t always work for every student. “If students aren’t understanding something, I feel like I need to attack it from a different angle,” says Ms. Griffith. So, she got to work and found a rap about conjugating verbs created by students of Mr. Pereira’s Spanish 2 class from the B.E.S.T. Academy High School in Atlanta, Georgia. “I thought it would be a good one-day activity, but I had no idea how great it [the rap] could be.” says Ms. Griffith.
Once Ms. Griffith introduced the conjugation rap to students, their level of excitement drove her planning, “I let their excitement dictate what we would do with it,” says Ms. Griffith. “They got excited about it, and thus, I got excited about it.” As 7th grader Ethan notes, “I think of the song and I remember what to do when I’m working.”
Our Black History Month Celebration will now be held this Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 6-7:30pm.
The event will feature music and performances from all three campuses. Food will be served promptly at 6. We will not serve food during the performances. Families are encourage, but not required, to bring a dish to share. Reminder: No nuts or blueberries.
Our next Open House will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 9-10:30am.
The event will start promptly at 9AM. Hear directly from teachers, staff, and current students about the quality education program that Capital City provides to students in grades PreK through 12th grade.