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From the Principal's Desk 1/17/23

Greetings Ellington Community,

I hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating long weekend. Yesterday, I dedicated some time to reflecting on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and I was encouraged by his legacy and the work we are doing as a school community to honor the legacy of Dr. King and the legacy of our co-founders to create a more equitable society.

Amnesty week starts today! You will not be assigned any new work during this time, so use this week to turn in any missing assignments and check in with your teachers.

On Thursday, January 19, we will be hosting several middle schools for our first

major Recruitment Show since our renovation! We will have performances from all eight art disciplines and an open house after lunch. The theme is "Welcome to the Ellington Experience." On Friday, January 20, and Saturday, January

21, 2023, everyone is invited to join us for the Department of Cinematic Arts and Media Production (CAMP), formerly known as Literary Media and Communications, Winter Showcase: Awakening: An Awareness.

Please note we are continuing our DCPS Device Check-in this week. Students should bring their devices to the IT office on Wednesday, January 18, and Friday, January 20 for a quick device scan.

Lastly, we have some amazing educational, community service, and internship opportunities for students further down in the newsletter.

Amnesty Week

January 19-January 25, 2023

End of Term 2

January 25, 2023

LSAT Monthly Meeting

January 23, 2023

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

LSAT Monthly Meeting - Virtual or in-person in the White Library

That's it for now. Thank you for your attention, stay safe, and have a great week!


Sandi M. Logan

Principal / Head of School

DCPS Device Check Drop Continues...

Cinematic Arts & Media Production Winter Showcase Awakening: An Awareness

The Department of Cinematic Arts and Media Production (CAMP), formerly known as Literary Media and Communications, enthusiastically announces our Winter Showcase: Awakening: An Awareness, January 20 and 21, 2023. Our student artists’ work includes spoken word, film, photography, animation, and writing in various literary genres. The show will include Ellington's Jazz Combo band and actors, as well as animators from Howard University’s Electronic Studio


Awakening: An Awareness addresses the emotional process of moving from one state of mind to another more informed, more realistic one, be that space better or worse than before. Join us as our student-artists bravely confront a myriad of

under-discussed topics with grace and creativity.

General Admission: $20 - Friday 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 5:00 p.m.

Student Tickets and Livestream are $10 - Friday only

Film Festival: $10 - Saturday 12:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets!

DESA Recruitment Show & Open House: January 19, 2023

We will have over 20 middle schools visiting us and we can't wait to show our prospective students the full Ellington experience! The show will be from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with acts from each of our eight art disciplines. There will also

be a lunch break in the cafeteria and an open house for each art department until 2:30 p.m.

SHADE PTO Workshop #2: Free Money for College/All Things Scholarships

January 25, 2022

SHADE PTO has partnered with Paid4College in its mission to create a village of Debt-Free Scholars and to help students and families navigate paying for postsecondary education. The workshop is open to parents, families, and students. Any questions or concerns please email

Thank you to everyone who joined the first session of the SHADE PTO and Paid4College workshop.

If you missed the first session, no worries we got you! Click the link and tune it: Welcome! You are invited to register for a recording.

Also, do forget to click here to access the documents/homework shared by presenter Tanika Mangum:

You don't want to miss Workshop #2: Free Money for College/All Things Scholarships, register today!

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 7 pm via Zoom

Click here and register: Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: SHADE PTO Workshop Series: The True Cost of College. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Ellington Fund Corner

Save the date for our Black History Month Fashion Show in collaboration with Saks 5th Avenue! More details and the final date coming soon.

Admin Reminders

Full Dress Code Policy

All cell phones and personal electronic devices must be silenced and cannot be visible during all instructional periods from 8:30 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.

Full Cell Phone Policy

Please remember to email your student's early dismissal requests to the email below by 10 a.m. to receive a permit to leave a pass for the day. if you are absent from school, to be excused parents/guardians must email; attendance@ The following reasons are classified as excused:

  • llness of the student (a doctor’s note is required for a student absent five or more cumulative days in a term);

  • Illness of a child, for parenting students (a doctor’s note for the student’s child is required when the student is absent five or more cumulative days in a term);

  • Medical or dental appointments for the student;

  • Death in the student’s immediate family;

  • Exclusion by direction of the authorities of the District of Columbia, due to quarantine, contagious disease, infection, infestation, or other condition requiring separation from other students for medical or health reasons;

  • Necessity for a student to attend a judicial or administrative proceeding, or court-ordered activity, as a party to the action or under subpoena;

  • Observance of a religious holiday. Religious event celebration outside of a religious holiday (up to five cumulative days);

  • Absences to allow students to visit their parent/guardian who is in the military, immediately before, during, or after deployment.

  • College visits for students in grades 9-12 (up to three cumulative days);

  • School visits for students in kindergarten through 8th grade (one day);

  • Absences of expectant or parenting students for a time period specified by their doctor and any accommodations mandated by law;

  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day; and

  • An emergency or other circumstance approved by DCPS.

Ellington Spotlight!

Congratulations to Theatre Department senior Moyo Ifafore who recently won 1st place in the Mosaic Highschool Playwriting Contest! Her play will be receiving a staged reading on Saturday, January 21, 2023! It's a free event being

held at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011.

See Ellington in the news or want to share your story? Email

Scholarships and Educational Opportunities for Students

Apply for Keegan Theatre Summer Internship before January 30, 2023

Keegan Theatre (Mr. Nearing is a Keegan artist and member of the Board of Directors) is now accepting summer internship applications in stage management, education, and administration. The application window closes on January 30, 2023. To learn more visit:

Keegan's next production, THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT opens January 28. Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about

the suicide of a teenage boy — an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head to head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth. Performances January 28-February 25. Thursday-Saturdays at 8:00 pm. Free student, staff & faculty previews on January 26 and 27 at 8:00 pm. Learn more at:

SMYAL Educational Opportunities

SMYAL is a non-profit serving LGBTQ+ youth in the DMV area, located in SE DC in the Eastern Market area.They recently created a Youth Program Portal where youth can view all future programming and register for upcoming events. Check it out here:

D.C. Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) will be held on February 25, 2023 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. JSHS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize high school students (grades 9-12) conducting research in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

To participate, students must submit an abstract and research paper by January 21, 2023. There is no cost to register or participate. Selected students will have the opportunity to present their research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of peers to win undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships up to $2,000. The top five finalists will be invited to advance to the National JSHS for additional


Applications are open for our 2023 Bringing The Lessons Home program. Through a 14-week course, DC-area youth are introduced to Holocaust history and are trained to become Ambassadors for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Through BTLH, we have developed long-term partnerships with more than 125 high schools, enabling over 900 students to complete internships at the Museum and serve as docents for their peers.

Trainees in the BTLH program will:

  • Study the Holocaust in Saturday classes

  • Learn to serve as tour guides for the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition Earn up to 50 hours of community service.

  • Become eligible to participate in the Stephen Tyrone Johns Summer Youth Leadership Program

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, January 27, 2023. If you have questions, please get in touch with Program Coordinator Jamil Miller at (202) 230-6107 or and Jolomi Mode at (202) 230-6448 or

Click here to learn more and apply!

EXTENDED Application deadline: January 22, 2023

Program runs June 26–July 24, 2023

SMI is a four-week, pre-professional intensive for dedicated high school and college student instrumentalists interested in pursuing a career as a 21st-century professional musician.

This program provides performance opportunities, high-caliber technical training, practical tools, and rich experiences aimed at empowering students as leaders and thinkers in their chosen fields. Each student accepted into the program attends tuition-free, which includes all activity, instruction, housing, and

local transportation.

Updates From the School Librarian....

The Wellness Team!

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Student Referral for Mental Health and Counseling Support at Ellington Parents, teachers/staff members, and students can also complete a referral form to connect students with mental health and counseling support at the school. There is a student self-referral form and a student referral form for parents/staff to complete.

Once referral forms are received the team will connect the student to appropriate


Staff members providing mental health and counseling support

Additional Student Support Center Staff Members

Academic counselors:

Student Resources for Reporting Title IX Issues and Concerns

It's important that all of us say something if we see something. Please remember that you can report any Title IX Sexual Misconduct or Bullying/Harassment incident by name or anonymously through our school app. You can also report directly to our Title IX Director, Mr. Hawkins at, or our Title IX Coordinators, Director Hayden at, and Dean Sims at, 

On-Campus Supports


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