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From the Principal's Desk 2/7/23

Greetings Ellington Community,

I hope all is well with you all. Our Early Dismissal was approved for 3:30 p.m. this week in order to accommodate our Audition Week! Students will be released from school at 3:30 p.m. starting Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 10. Please check the Early Dismissal bell schedule below.

IMPORTANT: No Senior off-campus lunch next week, 2/6-2/10, due to the modified


If there are any hardships or issues with child-care coverage, please email our Director of Administrative Operations, Donna Hayden at Additionally, if any parents would like to volunteer to help with audition week, please reach out to our Admissions Associate, Kayla Roach at

These past two weeks have been busy internally and externally! On January 25, I was honored to be a part of the Youth Art Walk ribbon-cutting ceremony at Reagan National Airport with Congresswoman Norton, Reps from the Links, INC, and other District school leaders. Youth Art Walk is a new exhibit at Reagan National Airport in Terminal 1 that highlights artwork from young D.C. Artists. Several DESA Visual Arts students' artworks will be on display and their artwork was ranked in the top 1-5. Check out this NBC4 story to learn more.

On Wednesday, February 1, our Vocal Music Concert Choir performed at the U.S. Department of Education for the Black Educators Excellence event. They moved the crowd with their voices and we got greeted by the U.S. Secretary of

Education, Miguel Cardona. The Jazz Combo also did an amazing job during their performance for an event at the National Museum of African American History and Culture last Thursday.

The Museum Studies Department invites you to the opening night of their exhibit Day n Night in the Ellington Gallery on February 9. On February 17 we have the Vocal Music Black History Month Celebration Concert. Join us for our Black History Month Fashion Show with Saks Fifth Avenue on February 26! Tickets are $135 and can be purchased here.

Then on March 1, we're excited for the community to join us for the Ellington Experience - an encore of the wonderful recruitment performance we did last month for prospective students.

I also just wanted to say congratulations to the Class of 2023! As of January 31, they've received over $ 2 million in College Scholarships!


  • Effective immediately, unless you are a member of the Track team, students are not permitted to enter the building until doors open at 8:00 a.m.

  • Tentative Early Dismissal at 3:30 p.m. the entire week of February 6-10, 2023 to accommodate Audition Week.

  • Wednesday, March 1 - SAT Day for Juniors

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


Sandi M. Logan

Principal / Head of School

For the full From the Principal's Desk message, please click here.


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