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.


Today’s information is provided by:






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


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!


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


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!


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!


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.


Shop smart for back to school essentials


GreatSchools.org shared some great tips for smart back to school shopping, including to inventory and reuse supplies!!!!! Here are the top five:

Make a list and get your child involved.

Use the recommended or required supplies from your child’s school or teacher as a starting point. Sit down with your child and go over your list together. You’ll be teaching her how to get organized, a skill that applies to more than shopping.

Separate wants from needs.

Most school supplies don’t go out of style, and your child will happily use the unused pencils his older sister didn’t use BUT beware the power of trends. Try setting a budget for supplies as it will help your child set priorities & learn how to manage money.

Take inventory.

Sort through last year’s supplies to see what is left over or can be reused. (Having trouble finding last year’s stuff? Resolve to set up a place to keep your school supplies together this year.)

Start early and look for bargains throughout the summer.

The best bargains are often available at back-to-school sales. Keeping your supply list in your car or purse or on your mobile device will help you shop for supplies as you do your other errands.

Buy basics in bulk.

You know you’ll need paper, pencils, glue sticks and notebooks. Dollar stores, warehouse and online vendors are great sources for buying these and other basics in bulk.

For the full list, head over to http://www.greatschools.org/back-to-school/supplies/292-10-tips-for-smart-shopping.gs

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