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From the Principal’s Desk - April 2024


April 7, 2024


Greetings Ellington Community,


I trust this letter finds you all well, and I hope each of you had a great week.

We would like to remind everyone about the Solar Eclipse happening this Monday, April 8. If students would like to participate, they must have the proper safety glasses. These glasses can be obtained from your local library. Please try to grab a pair from your local library this weekend so that you can participate in the viewing on Monday.


As we head into the final stretch of Term 3 and prepare for Spring Break, we want to encourage our students to remain dedicated and diligent in their studies. As we early anticipate the break, let's all unite our efforts and support each other.

We are thrilled to announce an exciting event coming up: the DC Cape Go-Go Pep Rally, happening right here on the Ellington lawn on April 11 from 11:00 am to 12:25 pm. Get ready for an electrifying gathering to boost our spirits and celebrate together. Following the rally, regular school lunch will be served at 12:30 in the cafeteria.


Additionally, as we gear up for Spring Break, a gentle reminder to our 9th & 10th grade students: please remember to return your school-issued devices and chargers for DC Cape Testing preparation on April 11 & 12. Return them to Mr. Smith and Mrs. Lita in room G08 starting at 9:00 am on April 11. Should you require any exceptions, don't hesitate to contact AP Jones at lisa.jones2@k12.dc.gov.


Moreover, we are thrilled to share that our comprehensive testing plan has received approval from the Office of the State Superintendent, allowing us to proceed with DC Cape Testing. Testing for all students will take place from April 23 to May 24, with some students testing early from April 23 to April 26. Students will be notified regarding their testing schedule.


Lastly, the Cinematic Arts and Media Production Department is thrilled to announce a Casting Call for their Spring Showcase. So whether you are an actor, amateur, and someone looking for their 15 seconds of fame, we invite you to audition. Auditions will be on April 8th and 9th, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the CAMP Studio, room 245. Please prepare a 1-minute monologue or be ready for a scene reading. Rehearsals are from May 6th to 9th, with the Showcase on May 10th and 11th. Click HERE to sign up.

Please find below a list of upcoming important dates and events:

C.A.M.P Casting Call

The casting call will be on April 8 & 9 from 5 - 6:30 pm in Room 245. Click HERE to sign up.


DC Cape Go-Go Pep Rally

The DC Cape Go-Go Pep Rally will take place on April 11 from 11 to 12:25.


Visual Arts SY24 - 25 Auditions

The Visual Arts Department will hold auditions for the 2024-2025 SY on April 9 and April 11 from 10 am - 12 pm.


Theatre Departments Presents "Our Town"

The Theatre Departments presentation of "Our Town" will take place from April 10 - 13

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Visual Arts Student Show

The Visual Arts Student Show will open April 12th at 6pm and will be available for viewing until May 10th.


DC CAPE

Testing for some students will commence early from April 23 to April 26, while for all students, testing will occur between April 23 and May 24, marking the conclusion of the DC Cape Testing window.


Jazz City Performance at the Kennedy Center

Join us for Jazz City, celebrating Duke Ellington's 125th Birthday at the Kennedy Center, on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Click HERE to secure your tickets!


Senior C.A.M.P Showcase "24 Stops"

The Senior C.A.M.P Showcase '24 Stops" is set for May 2 at 7 pm.


C.A.M.P Showcase "Tony's Carry-Out"

The C.A.M.P Department presents "Tony's Carry-Out," a showcase of narrative writing set in a fictional restaurant, promising a captivating blend of drama, comedy, and poetry on May 10th at 6:30 pm and May 11th at 2 pm.

Sandi M. Logan

Principal / Head of School

April 14, 2024

Greetings Ellington Community,


I hope this message finds you all in high spirits, gearing up for a fantastic Spring Break.


First off, let's talk about the week that was! We kicked things off on Monday with a gathering on the front lawn to witness the Solar Eclipse. It was a moment of wonder and connection for our students.


Then, who could forget the electrifying energy of Thursday's Go-Go Pep Rally? TOB brought the go-go music and got everyone pumped up for the upcoming DC CAPE Testing. It was a blast! Testing for all students will take place from April 23 to May 24, with some students testing early from April 23 to April 26. Students will be notified regarding their testing schedule.



Moreover, congratulations are in order for the Visual Arts Department for a successful Student Art Show this past Friday. The talent showcased was truly remarkable, and we're proud of all the hard work and creativity put into making it a memorable event.


Additionally, we're thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to our Theater Department for an outstanding week of performances! Their captivating rendition of "Our Town" truly showcased the immense talent within our school community. From the opening night to the final curtain call, the dedication and passion of our students were unmistakable.


Lastly, a friendly reminder: the deadline for submission for Arts as Activism is May 1. Starting right after break, students will use advisory to work on their projects with their advisors. Don't miss this opportunity to make your voice heard!


As we head into Spring Break, remember to stay safe, have fun, and recharge those batteries. We've had an incredible week, and there's plenty more excitement on the horizon.

Please find below a list of upcoming important dates and events:

DC CAPE

Testing for some students will commence early from April 23 to April 26, while for all students, testing will occur between April 23 and May 24, marking the conclusion of the DC Cape Testing window.


Jazz City Performance at the Kennedy Center

Join us for Jazz City, celebrating Duke Ellington's 125th Birthday at the Kennedy Center, on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Click HERE to secure your tickets!


Senior C.A.M.P Showcase "24 Stops"

The Senior C.A.M.P Showcase '24 Stops" is set for May 2 at 7 pm.


C.A.M.P Showcase "Tony's Carry-Out"

The C.A.M.P Department presents "Tony's Carry-Out," a showcase of narrative writing set in a fictional restaurant, promising a captivating blend of drama, comedy, and poetry on May 10th at 6:30 pm and May 11th at 2 pm.

Sandi M. Logan

Principal / Head of School

April 28, 2024

Greetings Ellington Community,


I trust this message finds each of you in good spirits, having enjoyed a wonderful first week back from Spring Break.


Firstly, Monday, April 29 marks the 125th Birthday of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, a legendary figure whose influence resonates deeply within our school community. As we celebrate this milestone, we reflect on the profound impact Duke Ellington has had on music, culture, and the world. His legacy continues to inspire creativity, innovation, and excellence among our school community. Let's all join together in wishing wish Duke Ellington a Happy Birthday!


Additionally, we extend congratulations to our remarkable Ellington Students who graced the stage at the Jazz City event held at the Kennedy Center in celebration of the 125th Birthday of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. Their performance was nothing short of exquisite, and it was truly an enriching experience for all involved. We extend gratitude to our dedicated staff and faculty whose contributions were instrumental in orchestrating this unforgettable event.


Moreover, we have an important update to share with you all. Due to a scanner issue, there's a temporary change in the morning entry procedures: 9th & 10th graders are kindly requested to use the side door on R St for entry. 11th & 12th graders should continue to use the main entrance as usual. Your cooperation during this time is greatly appreciated.


As we move forward, it's imperative to remind our community that DC CAPE Testing for all 9th and 10th grade students begins on April 30th.


Furthermore, we thank everyone who attended Enrollment Saturday. It was a great opportunity to address any questions you may have had and ensure a smooth enrollment process for your student. Special thanks to our staff and faculty who were present and assisted with student enrollment for the upcoming year.


Lastly, we would like to draw attention to the approaching deadline for Arts as Activism submissions, which is May 10th. Students are encouraged to engage with their advisors during advisory sessions and refer to the Student Handbook for guidance.

Please find below a list of upcoming important dates and events:

DC CAPE

Testing all students will occur between April 30 and May 24, marking the conclusion of the DC Cape Testing window.


Senior C.A.M.P Showcase "24 Stops"

The Senior C.A.M.P Showcase '24 Stops" is set for May 2 at 7 pm.


Arts As Activism Submission Deadline

We want to remind everyone that the submission deadline is May 10th. Click here to view the Student Handbook.


C.A.M.P Showcase "Tony's Carry-Out"

The C.A.M.P Department presents "Tony's Carry-Out," a showcase of narrative writing set in a fictional restaurant, promising a captivating blend of drama, comedy, and poetry on May 10th at 6:30 pm and May 11th at 2 pm.


Spring Dance Concert

The Dance Department presents the annual Spring Dance Concert. The dates are May 18 at 7:30pm & May 19 at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $25, please click HERE to purchase.


Dance Department Parent Meetings

The Dance Department Parent Meeting is scheduled for the second Tuesday of every month. Kindly stay tuned for further details regarding the meeting link.

Sandi M. Logan

Principal / Head of School


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