1. APS Launches Home Address Confirmation Process (HACP)
APS is launching the Home Address Confirmation Process (HACP) to verify the home address of fifth and eighth-grade students in preparation for the 2023-24 school year that requires families of current fifth and eighth-grade students to resubmit or update the home address documents they initially provided during registration. This new process allows APS to maintain accurate student records and to comply with Virginia law and our admissions policy. The deadline to submit these documents is March 15, 2023. If documents are not received by March 15, 2023, or if there are complexities for which additional support is needed, APS will work with those families to help and resolve issues. Learn more online and watch this brief video overview.
2. Innovation Students Collaborate with Bayou Bakery on Mardi Gras-Based Project
David Guas of Bayou Bakery taught Innovation fifth-graders, about the culture of Mardi Gras while connecting to his own childhood growing up in New Orleans. Mr. Guas sponsored and challenged students to a Shoe Box float-building competition. Third and fourth graders toured the final floats and digitally submitted votes for their top three favorite floats. The winners talked to NBC Washington about their design process and the project itself. The winner’s parents joined us for the big reveal. The students, their classmates, and their families will share in the traditional King Cake as a reward!
3. VIDEO: Every Student Counts – Project-Based Learning at Langston
This episode of Every Student Counts features an interdisciplinary and collaborative project at the Langston Program. The school offers students an alternative pathway to earn a high school diploma. The program is small by design to allow for flexibility and individualized instruction to address diverse learning styles and needs. This video spotlights a project combining Environmental Sciences and Accounting. Students developed and produced a sustainable product and created a real-world business plan for marketing, distribution, inventory, sales, and profits.
4. Feel Good Friday: Arlington Students Celebrate The Great 8!
On Jan. 13, the Washington Capitals invited 800 elementary students and staff to surprise and celebrate Alex Ovechkin for scoring 802 career goals. Students and staff from Barcroft, Glebe, Discovery, Long Branch, Escuela Key, and bus drivers attended the Capitals morning skate session and then took group photos with the Ovechkin. The Capitals have had a longstanding partnership with APS providing PE curriculum, hockey equipment and training to schools. Watch the celebration here.
5. Mark Your Calendar for the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Showcase
Join APS for the CTE Showcase on Tue, Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m., to learn more about middle and high school CTE programs across APS, including course pathways, post-secondary benefits and career paths for students. Families can visit a variety of booths to speak with teachers, gather information, and view interactive demonstrations and coursework samples. This event is open to all families and students, Kindergarten through 12th grade. Interpretation and food will be provided. Register here.
Other News & Notes
Registration is Open for the 2023-24 School Year
Save the Date: Upcoming Webinar on Building Momentum for Youth Biking: Bike Buses, Bike Trains, and Bike & Roll to School Day Wed, March 8
Nominate an Honored Citizen Today
School Board Member Mary Kadera to Host virtual Open Office Hours on Wed, Feb. 22
Elementary Report Cards are now available in ParentVUE
“Show Your Voice” Reflections Contest Airing Tonight
Reminder: Mon, Feb. 20 is Presidents Day, No School