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From the Principal's Desk: 1/28/24

Greetings Ellington Community,

I hope each of you experienced a wonderful week. Here's to a week filled with new opportunities and delightful surprises for everyone.

Regarding recent concerns about restrictions on open drinks or drinks with ice cubes on school premises, please be aware that these rules are mandated by the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), not Duke Ellington. For further clarification or concerns, please contact DCPS Senior Security Management at the Office of the Chief Operating Officer. For those who would like to join the School Home Association (SHADE) initiative to support water alternatives, contact SHADE at We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring a safe environment at Ellington.

In addition, the conclusion of Term 2 on January 26, marks a transition for students who had Semester 1 courses, including PE, Health, Go-Go, Music History, and more. We kindly ask you to update your Aspen account to explore your new Semester 2 class, beginning on Monday, January 29. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Get ready for a unique shopping experience! The Ellington Technical Design and Production (TDP) Department is hosting a late winter "Flea Market" fundraiser. We invite you to save the date and join us on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 10 AM - 3 PM. Our goal is to raise funds for TDP students to embark on an exciting trip to New York City. Donations will also be accepted onsite.

Furthermore, we want to highlight two crucial events for 11th-grade students. Firstly, an SAT Webinar is scheduled for March 1 at 6:30 pm, exclusively designed for 11th graders and their families. The session will provide valuable insights and preparation tips for the upcoming SAT. Secondly, the Digital SAT Testing Day will take place on March 16th and is exclusively for juniors. We encourage students and their families to attend the webinar for comprehensive information and to prepare for the Digital SAT.


Sandi M. Logan

Principal / Head of School


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