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Sunday, April 23, 2017

School & Community Relations

Black History Month Activities
Elementary Schools
  • Abingdon - To recognize Black History Month, students in Maria deOlazo’s second grade class at Abingdon are creating large trading cards featuring an African American they greatly admire. Students are using books, Pebble Go, and other databases through MackinVIA to conduct their research. Once the trading card is written and published, they will make a handful of copies for students to trade with each other so they can learn from their peers. They are also reading a number of books written by African American authors and other influential African Americans in our history.
  • Barcroft - On Feb. 8, Barcroft is hosting its African American Read-In. Each class will have a special visitor who will read either a Black History biography or a book chosen with an African American interest. On Fri, Feb. 12, Barcroft hosts Sharon Robinson, daughter of the first African American to play in the Major Leagues, Jackie Robinson’s o discuss her new fiction book based on her father’s life: The Hero Two Doors Down.
  • Campbell - Campbell participated in the African American Read In on Feb. 2 and also learned about some African American authors and illustrators during library time.
  • Glebe - Glebe will host an African American Read In on February 19 and students are participating in the annual Black History Door Decorating Contest - Where in Africa is Gleagle (Glebe's Mascot)?
  • Jamestown - Feb. 2-4 – Artist in Residence Kim and Reggie; Feb. 10 – Jamestown Read the Day Away will feature African American authors and illustrators; Feb. 12 - Humanities Assembly featuring Christyles Bacon – Hip Hop and Poetry Artist
  • McKinley - Each student in Maria Cardenas’ second grade class is creating a MLK Jr. presentation on ShadowPuppet (it's an app) that will be finished by this week. McKinley will have guest readers in to share books and stories about famous African Americans on Feb. 16.
  • Nottingham - Nottingham will be having Read-Aloud’s in the Library, throughout the month. There is also a school-wide Read-In on Feb. 24 that will be televised in all classrooms.
  • Oakridge - All general education teachers will be teaching the 50 year APS integration, using the APS provided resources. During Library class time, Library is teaching grades K-2 the 1967 Supreme Court Ruling Lovings vs. Virginia, about interracial marriage. Karen Bentall is teaching it as a timeline lesson using the book The Case for Loving. During Mosaic class time, Mosaic is teaching grades 3-5 the 1967 Supreme Court Ruling Lovings vs. Virginia, about interracial marriage. Dawn Amin-Arsala is teaching it as 14th Amendment/Civil Rights Act lesson where we start to think about why these laws are important to each of us.
  • Taylor - Students will perform in the African American Read-In, an annual show directed by reading teacher Dr. Sharon Gaston, on Feb. 26 at 9:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Middle Schools
  • Gunston - Feb. 17-19 - The African American Read-In will be incorporated during RIF (Reading is Fundamental); Feb. 25 - Slam Poetry & Jazz Café [evening event]; and Feb. 26 - Gunston Celebrates Black History Month Assembly, featuring Christlyez Bacon
  • Kenmore - Kenmore scholars are reading a quote from a well-known African American on the morning announcements. Feb. 26 will be the school's African-American Read-in.
High Schools
  • Career Center - All month, a brief history and a daily quote from a Black American will be included with morning announcements. Feb. 8-12: A display of Black Inventions will be featured in the Commons. The Career Center is hosting "Celebrating Afro American Culture from the Past to the Future” on Feb. 19 from 10–10:45 a.m. in the Career Center Commons.
  • Wakefield - Daryl Davies is scheduled to come speak and perform for Wakefield on February 22 as part of our African American Read-In celebration, and we would like to invite any teachers who would like to bring a class to attend. Wakefield library is sponsoring Davies
  • Washington-Lee - Washington-Lee HS is holding a Black History Month Assembly on Fri, Feb. 12.
  • Yorktown - The young ladies of Sister Circle, with the guidance of club sponsors Cassandra Daniels, Cara Abernathy and Shari Benites, wrote letters to all of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) requesting materials to use in a display. They also received t-shirts from many HBCUs and will be wearing the t-shirts each Friday in February to bring awareness to the rich history and current contributions of HBCUs.

    On Feb. 19, Yorktown students, staff and community members will be participating in the African American Read-In Day. During all three lunch periods, volunteers will read from works written by African American authors. The TV Studio students and teacher Adam Sheppard have compiled short videos celebrating African American authors, which will air throughout the month. Rachel Sadauskas and Shari Benites have organized these events.

Countywide Events

  • Feb. 18 - The Kenmore Middle School choir will sing the African American Anthem at the beginning of the School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • A Soulful Celebration on Feb. 19 at Gunston Middle School featuring the Arlington Concert Orchestra and narrated by School Board member James Lander. Begins at 7 p.m.
  • Signature in the Schools presents 295N
    A New Play by Joe Calarco and Directed by David Zobell
    February 29 and March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
    Six young Northern Virginia students find themselves thrust into a complex and violent world, a world made of poetry, reenactments, the guiding words of Frederick Douglass and the personal experiences of the students themselves. The heart of this complex world is the death of Freddie Gray, an event that forces each of these students to confront their own relationships with issues of race. As one young African American student, Jasen, finds himself compelled to seek justice, the others are forced to confront how close to home the issues of Baltimore actually are. Energetic and highly theatrical, 295N continues Signature in the Schools’ award-winning legacy of politically charged theater. Featuring a cast and crew of Arlington County Public Schools students. Tickets are free. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve seats, please contact me at 571-527-1827 or harmse@sigtheatre.org. For more information about the Signature in the Schools program visit www.sigtheatre.org/learn-and-engage/signature-in-the-schools/
  • Words Out Loud Community Celebration at Wakefield High School on March 2 from 6-8 p.m.
Last Modified on February 11, 2016