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Students at 10 Capitol Hill-area Elementary and Middle schools scored above the District average in math and English according to test results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers released today.

Students across the District took the PARCC tests to determine how well schools are preparing students for college and careers. Earlier today, Mayor Muriel Bowser released the results of test scores for grades 3-8. On average, 25 percent of students between grades 3 and 8 scored at “On track for college and career readiness” in math and 24 percent were on track in English.

However, multiple elementary and middle schools in the Capitol Hill area scored above the District average. Brent Elementary led area schools in both math and English, with 57 percent of students considered on track in math and 68 percent in English.

The other local schools that exceeded the District average in both math and English are:

  • School Within School
  • Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
  • Maury Elementary School
  • Watkins Elementary School
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School

The following schools scored above average in math only:

  • Tyler Elementary School
  • J.O. Wilson Elementary School
  • Chamberlain Middle School (Friendship PCS)

Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan scored above average in English but not math.

Catharine Bellinger, the Director of the D.C. chapter of Democrats for Education Reform touted Ludlow-Taylor and Tyler elementary schools as schools that performed well despite having a high number of economically disadvantaged students in a statement about the scores.

Bellinger said that students at these schools are “beating the odds” and said DFER “commend the teachers and leaders working every day in these schools to prepare their students to succeed, not just on tests, but as life-long learners and critical thinkers.”


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Man Shot Near Nationals Park in October Has Died — Daniel Brown, a 19-year-old man who was shot near Nationals Park on Oct. 23, died from his injuries at a hospital on Thursday. [Washington Post]

Man Who Flew Gyrocopter Onto U.S. Capitol Lawn Plans to Plead Guilty — A man who landed a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol in April plans to plead guilty to operating the gyrocopter without a license, according to his lawyer. [WUSA 9]

Taste of H Set to Raise Funds for Wilson Elementary School on Sunday — Residents will get a chance to sample food and drinks from 15 H Street NE restaurants while raising money for a Capitol Hill school at Taste of H on Sunday. [Hill Now]

H Street Gallery to Host Live Music and Gallery Opening Reception Tonight — Gallery O on H at 1354 H St. NE will hold a reception from 7-10 p.m. tonight for the opening of new exhibit Trouble Makers: The Struggle featuring visual artist Lusi Peralta Del Valle and musician W. Ellington Felton. [Frozen Tropics]


Taste of H (Photo via Taste of H)Residents will get a chance to sample food and drinks from 15 H Street NE restaurants while raising money for a Capitol Hill school at Taste of H on Sunday.

The fundraiser will be held at Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H St. NE from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The annual festival raises money for J.O. Wilson Elementary School at 660 K St. NE with silent and live auctions. The event is hosted by Friends of J.O. Wilson, a group that raises money for the school in which three quarters of students qualify for free meals.

In the past, money raised at Taste of H has gone into teacher training, field trips and extra-curricular activities and new technology, according to a press release from Friends of J.O. Wilson.

This year’s festival will include food from 15 restaurants along the H Street corridor, including Ben’s Chili Bowl, The Queen Vic, Addis Ethiopian Restaurant, DC Harvest and Dangerously Delicious Pies. There will also be an extensive silent auction and live auction featuring everything from jewelry to a week-long beach vacation.

Tickets to the event range in price from $45 to $75 and can be purchased online.

Photo via Taste of H


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J.O. Wilson Elementary Receives $175,000 Grant for Extra Services — Mayor Muriel Bowser announced at a press conference at J.O. Wilson Elementary School on Capitol Hill that the school will receive a $175,000 community schools grant to provide health care, extra learning, mental-health services and counseling for families of students. [Washington Post]

Center for Teens, Preteens Opens at D.C. General — A youth center inside D.C. General homeless shelter designed by the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project for teens and preteens opened yesterday. [NBC Washington]

Ten 01 Restaurant and Bar Opens Above Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street NE — Ten 01, the bar and restaurant on the second floor of Ben’s Chili Bowl at 1001 H St. NE opened yesterday with a refined menu that includes a half-smoke-infused Manhattan and a prickly pear margarita. [Washington City Paper]

NoMa Parks Foundation Buys Its First Property — The NoMa Parks Foundation, a group responsible for bringing more parks to NoMa purchased their first property last week. The lot at 3rd and L streets NE is just over 5,000 square feet and cost the foundation $3.2 million. [Washington Business Journal]


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Parents at Near Northeast School Concerned About Potential Protesters at Nearby Planned Parenthood — Parents of children at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Near Northeast are concerned that a future Planned Parenthood near the school will draw unruly crowds of protesters. [Washington Post]

Near Northeast Residents Complain of Prostitution On Elementary School Property — Residents near J.O. Wilson Elementary School at 660 K St. NE complained to police that the school property is being used for illicit sex. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Student Art to Adorn Fence at Hine Development Near Eastern Market — On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the fence around the Hine School development project beside Eastern Market will be adorned with artwork from students at 26 Capitol Hill schools. [Hill Rag]

Pope’s Visit Leads to Spike in Airbnb Reservations on Capitol Hill and H Street Corridor — Listings for rooms on the popular room rental site have increased on and around Capitol Hill in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit on Sept. 22. [Curbed]


Beat the Streets logo (Image via Facebook/Beat the Streets)The Metro Police Department is bringing live music, free food and games to the H Street corridor area this afternoon.

MPD’s second installment of its citywide “Beat the Streets” summer outreach program for youth will take place on the 1000 block of 7th Street NE, near J.O. Wilson Elementary School.

The event is from 2 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

In addition to music, food and games, Beat the Streets will feature a rock climbing wall and street art. Organizers also will give out groceries, gift cards and bicycles, among other giveaways.

Arthur Douglas, school resource officer at MPD, said the event aims to build trust within the community and “encourage young people to trust law enforcement and come to police with problems before situations escalate into acts that can lead to arrest.”

Beat the Streets will continue its outreach in other parts of D.C. throughout the summer.

Photo via Facebook/Beat the Streets


J.O. Wilson Elementary School flea market (Photo via J.O. Wilson Elementary School)A flea market, artisan fair and moon bounce are slated to come to J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Near Northeast this weekend.

The school at 660 K St. NE is scheduled to have its third annual “Spring Community Carnival & Flea Market” Saturday, with as many as 50 vendors. The event will feature artists, a “jumbo yard sale” and “tons” of children’s activities, along with food and live music, according to a flyer.

The Spring Community Carnival & Flea Market will take over J.O. Wilson’s soccer field from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

If it rains, the event will happen May 9.

Photo via J.O. Wilson Elementary School


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