25
Jun
15

Friendship says “Hola” from Costa Rica

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This trip to Costa Rica was a truly amazing experience.  Spending all this time outside of school with students in a foreign country where you are learning together is invaluable.  Two things really stood out to me.  First, our students truly were selfless in their service learning project at the local school.  They stepped up and showed me a side that we don’t get to see inside the school building.  They understood the need that was conveyed to us and dedicated hours of their time to assist in landscaping to deal with a mosquito problem and build a fence to secure the area around the school. Their attitude, their conversations, their work ethic –  all were focused on the task at hand which was to help this group of students in need.   It was special to witness the switch.  They understood this time was not about them, but a little bit of their time and hard work could mean so much more to someone in need.

The second thing that stood out was the students stepping out of their comfort zone.  They tried new foods, drinks, and even speaking in Spanish.  True growth takes place once you leave your comfort zone and that is what I saw on this trip – growth in our students.

Finally, as I sit and reflect on this and past school years along with this trip, I think it is evident that we need to continue to have high expectations for our students and provide them with opportunities to learn and grow outside of the classroom.  No lesson or text book can give them what they just experienced on this week long excursion to Costa Rica. If we want to create well rounded, self-sufficient citizens that are life long learners who can think globally and act locally to impact our communities they need experiences such as this as many others that take place out of the classroom.

Derek Gorham, Academy Director – Friendship Chamberlain

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The animals were way different from the ones I see in dc. In Costa Rica, you most likely wouldn’t see the same animals everyday. We saw the normal cows, chickens, dogs but we also encountered monkeys, crocodiles, and even a sloth. There were many bugs there. I got scared a lot because the bugs looked like poisonous insects but they don’t harm you. Outside of San Jose, most of the hotels were in the rain forest, so we got to see more animals and try different foods.

Out of this whole trip, I’m gonna miss the travelers, tourists, (some) foods, drinks, and two hotels (they had many memories and fun activities in them). It was really interesting seeing how they lived and how they basically had only what they needed.  I didn’t see things being wasted or any extravagant items.  The people we met were very nice and always made us feel welcome.  I really liked how nice the people were there.  That isn’t always the case here in DC. This was really fun and I hope we can do it again some time in the future.

Aniyah Wallace, 8th Grader

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The trip to Costa Rica was a different experience and had an impact on me. San Jose was very nice and it was city like except for it was small. We saw their national theater, their central market (It reminded me of our Eastern Market by Chamberlain) and a fancy hotel where President Kennedy stayed. The other areas we went to weren’t in the city.  We visited the rainforests and the views and scenery were like out of magazines.  The flowers and the fruit trees – The sights were amazing and we even went zip lining which was a fun experience.  We zip lined through the rainforest and over rivers and past mountains.

One of the things that stood out was that we had to help some people in need at a small school only built for 10 children grades K thru 5 with one teacher and one lunch lady. We planted trees and built a fence for the school. I think we made an impact and we even got praised for being the hardest working group there.  That made Mr. Gorham happy! And I was happy to help someone in need.  We should do more of that.

I learned some things about culture like Joe family and education are very important.  They don’t even have an army in Costa Rica – they value education over war. And I learned they don’t sped a lot of money on things we do.  I don’t think I could do that; I like my things. I would love to travel again, but probably not to Costa Rica.

Alana McClellan, 8th Grader Chamberlain

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02
Feb
15

Feb 2- Benjamin Banneker

BHM-BB          Today we celebrate the brilliant scientist and engineer Benjamin Banneker on this second day of Black History Month. Benjamin Banneker was born November 9, 1731 in Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland. Growing up he was educated by his white grandmother Molly Welsh (on his mother’s side). Banneker loved to learn but because he worked on his family farm, he was forced to leave school in order to assist full time. Banneker’s yearning for knowledge never ceased and because of it he was continuously reading books. By the age of 22, Banneker was able to design and create a wooden clock from memory only after seeing a sundial and a pocket watch. Banneker’s clock kept accurate time and continued to work until it was destroyed in a house fire on the day of his burial. Between the years of 1791 to 1802, Banneker publish six annual publications of the Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Almanac and Ephemeris (in twenty-eight editions).

Benjamin Banneker’s most famous contribution was his work in the surveying and design of the District of Columbia. Banneker’s previous work had caught the eye of Thomas Jefferson (frequent admirer and critic of Banneker) and although he was a self-taught surveyor, Jefferson recommended him to assist George Ellicott and Pierre Charles L’Enfant (who were originally hired by George Washington) in the designing of the capital. Around 1789, after L’Enfant quit halfway through the project, Banneker reproduced the complete design from memory, in two days and allowed for the project to continue as planned.

Benjamin Banneker died at the age of 74 in Boston Massachusetts on Sunday, October 9, 1806. His brilliant work helped advance science, technology, astronomy and so much more. Although the status of an African American in the 1700’s could have prevented him from all that he accomplished he strove for excellence, pushing the boundaries of social injustices and paving the way for African American’s in the sciences today.

BHM

Today’s information is provided by:

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/colonial/jb_colonial_subj.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p84.html

http://www.progress.org/banneker/bb.html

http://www.bnl.gov/bera/activities/globe/banneker.htm

01
Feb
15

Black History Month Educational Resources

Museums and Memorials  

Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial

1964 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20024

Website: http://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm

Newseum (“1965: Civil Rights at 50” Exhibit)

555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Website: http://www.newseum.org/exhibits/current/civil-rights-at-50/

DC Public Library

Blank Space Art Exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (all month)

See your local Library for information on other events

Website: http://dclibrary.org/

African American Civil War Memorial and Museum

1925 Vermont Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Webstite: http://www.afroamcivilwar.org/

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20020

Website: http://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm

National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20004

Website: http://nmaahc.si.edu/

Anacostia Community Museum 

1901 Fort Place SE Washington, DC 20020

website: http://anacostia.si.edu/ 

Online Educational Resources

01
Feb
15

Feb 1 – Black History Month Introduction

Hello Friendship Family!

Today starts the beginning of “Black History Month”. During this month, we highlight the achievements and contributions of African Americans to the United States. Black History Month first began in 1915 with the founding of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) by Carter G. Woodson and A.L. Jackson on September 9th. In 1924, the ASNLH, along with other black historians and literary scholars, decided to name the second week in February “Negro History and Literature Week”, which was later renamed “Negro Achievement Week”..  In 1926 “Negro Achievement Week” was expanded to the entire month of February, which led to what we now call “Black History Month”. This month, Friendship PCS will continue the ASNLH legacy by highlighting the achievements of African Americans both past and present.  We will also provide resources and information about “Black History Month” events in our schools and in the District of Columbia. You will find daily “Black History Month” posts here and we hope that by the end of this month you will have learned something new!

BHM

Today’s information is provided by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (as it is now known) website. To find out more about the ASALH or Black History Month visit their website www.asalh100.org

10
Oct
14

Friendship Blow Pierce Takes Part in World Day of Bullying Prevention

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This past Monday was World Day of Bullying Prevention and while some showed solidarity by wearing blue, a group of Blow Pierce students along with principal Dr. Jeffrey Grant participated in Centene, Cenpatico, Children’s National Health System, and Howard University’s No Bully Zone Program close out event. The No Bullying Zone Program aimed to celebrate the first of a three-year national initiative to prevent bullying among school-aged children. The event took place at the Newseum and featured guests such as: Jeremy Riddle, Vice President Clinical Operations for Cenpatico, Dr. Mary Mason, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for Centene, Dr.  Joseph Wright, Howard University and Children’s Hospital, Colleen Duewel, National Director of Education for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Author Michelle Bain, Singer/Songwriter Marcus Canty, and Friendship’s own Dr. Jeffrey Grant, Principal of Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy. Some of the activities that students enjoyed included a writing and art panel discussion, a book reading, a musical performance and the unveiling of the Graffiti Wall which traveled to 19 schools across the country. This event however is only one part of a larger awareness campaign during the month of October which is National Bullying Prevention Month. In a press release written by Centene Corporation they state,

“Bullying has reached epidemic proportions in our schools – more than 3.2 million students across America have been impacted by physical, verbal and cyber bullying. As part of its outreach, this national joint initiative, launched during National Anti-bullying Awareness Month in October 2013, has provided education and resources to almost 5,000 students as well as their teachers and parents on how to prevent, identify and appropriately intervene when bullying threatens school-aged children.” (Centene Corporation)

Many organizations such as Stomp Out Bullying and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center also help parents and teachers talk to kids about how to recognize when they or someone else is being bullied, how to step in when they see someone being bullied, and how to become comfortable talking about bullying with adults. They offer stories and plenty of resources for both children and adults and list a host of events happening this month including the opportunity to support Unity Day on October 22nd by wearing orange.

Friendship Blow Pierce, we thank you for taking a stand against bullying!

03
Oct
14

Welcome to the new Friendship Blog!

For those who are new to this blog WELCOME and take a look around! For those returning WELCOME BACK! You will notice that we changed the face of our blog but here you will still find articles about what’s going on in our schools, tips on how to excite your kids, and much much more! If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on this blog please comment below!

03
Oct
14

Friendship Tech Prep Opens A New Building!

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Wednesday September 24, 2013 marked the grand opening of the new Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy (Tech Prep). This project, which is in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8, is hoped to advance the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program and allow for its students to benefit from all this facility has to offer. Some of the new features of the building include robotics labs, SMART Labs, chemistry labs, biology labs, a rooftop greenhouse, and a green roof. The construction of this new building gives students in the community a chance to learn the skills necessary to compete in fields that are becoming more important to the sustainability of the American way of life.  Wednesday’s  ceremony was hosted by Deborah Simmons of the Washington Times and included many guests such as The Honorable Marion Barry, Councilmember, Ward 8; The Honorable David Catania, Councilmember At-Large; and Bishop Cheryl McBride Brown, Founding Member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and CEO, High School of Excellence in Milwaukee, WI.  All gave powerful words of encouragement praising Chairman Donald L. Hense and his staff on their efforts to break down the walls of injustice that are thrust upon today’s black youth and their continued commitment to providing quality education for tomorrow’s leaders.  There were amazing performances by Chamberlain High School Drum Corps, Collegiate Academy’s Leadership Team and Marching Band, The Howard University’s Gospel Choir, and a special performance by Ayanna Gregory.  Following the ceremony, guests were invited to tour the building lead by Tech Prep Ambassadors. The festivities were a positive example of what good leadership and determination can do for a community. In June 2015, Tech Prep will graduate its first senior class scholars.




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