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Kingsbury Parent Association (KPA) Meeting
Attention Parents and Guardians! You are invited to attend the first Kingsbury Parent Association (KPA) meeting of this school year on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, at 8:30 am, right after drop-off in the Kingsbury Board Room. While enjoying refreshments, we will discuss many opportunities for parent participation throughout the year and ask for your input on how to grow the school community. Dr. Clark, Interim Head of School, and Jo Boukhira, Director of Institutional Advancement, will join us. We’re looking forward to seeing you! Feel free to contact Jo with any questions/suggestions. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-440-0778.
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Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Afterschool has multiple special and exciting programs coming this year. There are limited spaces for many of the programs, and the first of the programs is Therapeutic Horseback Riding. If you are interested in signing up for this program please notify Kenella Moten at email@example.com.
The Therapeutic horseback riding program at Rock Creek Park Horse Center uses horses and equine-assisted activities in order to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport, recreation and leisure; it focuses on the therapeutic riding skills as well as the development of a relationship between horse and rider. Using a team approach, students will learn about horses and how to take care of one, and develop a personal relationship and responsibility for their own horse. It has been proven that individuals who ride not only gain knowledge of riding skills and safe riding behaviors but also experience rewarding benefits, such as improved balance; postural control and muscle strength; and improved self esteem, confidence and self discipline. Group riding lessons run on a term basis, with small classes meeting weekly. This initial session will be six (6) weeks during the winter term, with the option to continue in the spring. Although students will ride in an indoor ring, warm clothing and hard-soled shoes or boots are required to ride.
*Please Note: Students participating in this class will be transported the 15-minute ride via school vans to the Rock Creek Park Stables located in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC. immediately after school and return by 2:45 p.m. Participation in this class will also require a signed waiver provided by Rock Creek Park Stables.
Instructor: Alison Duvall, Certified Instructor, Rock Creek Stables
Students: Boys and girls, ages 7-16
Dates and Times: Wednesdays, Dates to be determined
Location: Rock Creek Park Stables, Washington, DC.
Cost: $45 per session (number of sessions to be determined with a
minimum of 6 sessions per semester)
Meet Dr. Charles F. Clark, Interim CEO & Head of School
The Kingsbury Center’s Interim Head of School & CEO, Dr. Charles (Charlie) F. Clark, is on board and has already seized the opportunity to start regular meetings with Kingsbury’s Leadership Team. He looks forward to getting to know all members of the school community when the 2016-2017 School Year begins in August.
“My first few weeks at The Kingsbury Center have confirmed the wisdom of my decision to serve this magnificent, 78-year-old institution, if only for a year. It is clear that Kingsbury Day School has established the very best educational program for students who need an individualized learning plan to help them reach their full potential in life,” Charlie said.
“The warm welcome I have received in this short time demonstrates how well Kingsbury embraces students of various learning abilities and varied backgrounds. It is a privilege and honor to serve where children are happy and teachers and staff members are so dedicated to providing transformative educational experiences,” he added.
In his letter to the school community this past spring, Mr. Louis E. Bladell, III, President of the Board of Trustees, introduced Charlie as “a highly qualified leader who brings 46 years of independent school experience to The Kingsbury Center. His interactive and collaborative leadership style will support the needs of our teachers and students in the Day School and he will provide strong management for the Center.”
Charlie has served as the Head of School at a range of education institutions, all across the country, from startups to established, traditional to progressive, small to large, and elementary to high school boarding schools. Most recently he was Interim Head of School at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana. He has a proven track record of success in annual fundraising, capital campaigns, growing student bodies, creating strategic plans and developing thriving school communities.
Charlie is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he earned his BA and M.ED, and of the University of Delaware, where he received his Doctor of Education. He is married to Gail Clark, also a lifelong educator. They have three grown children and 10 grandchildren.
Charlie said he will work closely with faculty, staff, therapeutic service providers and tutors to provide what is needed to help them achieve the goals for each Day School student and Center client. “The Kingsbury Center has a distinguished past and a very bright future. Our unique ability to provide individualized learning and therapeutic plans for our students and clients will continue to be a top priority.”
“In the coming weeks, please feel free to reach out to me via phone (202.722.5555, ext.2439) or email. If we aren’t able to meet prior to the start of the school year, I am sure to see you at Orientation on August 22nd!” Charlie said.
6th Grade Students Travel to Iceland
6th Grade Students to Travel to Iceland!
Kingsbury Day School’s 6th grade students, who studied Iceland for the Cultural Arts Fair in December, will have the opportunity to visit Iceland in May, thanks to the generosity of a Middle School family. Kingsbury administrators and faculty members will accompany the students and are planning the itinerary.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience, first-hand, what they learned from their research about Iceland – its culture, food, language, government, geographical features, etc.,” said Ms. Lindsay Davis, Middle School Counselor. “We’re very grateful for the generous donation that will fund our trip.”
Kingsbury Seeks Upper School History Teacher
Kingsbury is one of the oldest nonprofit educational institutions in the Washington area that addresses the special needs of young children, adolescents and adults who experience learning difficulties. The Kingsbury Day School is seeking an Upper School History Teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and education.
Kingsbury's teachers use a variety of techniques in the classroom and are comfortable integrating technology into the curriculum. The school expects candidates to proficiently differentiate instruction. Kingsbury seeks experienced classroom teachers who have a background in curricular and pedagogical innovation. Responsibilities for this position also include collaboration and full participation in a school-wide department to ensure excellent scope and sequence.
The successful candidate will also demonstrate that he/she successfully:
Contributes to the development of his/her students' IEPs.
Maintains ongoing data collection and monitors progress of each student's IEP objectives, as needed.
Attends annual reviews and IEP meetings scheduled with local educational agency personnel for students in his/her advisory.
Participates in team meetings for the purpose of case review and planning for students, in staff meetings, and in-service training programs.
Kingsbury expects that all candidates hold a Bachelor's Degree (Master's preferred) and are certified or eligible for certification in Special Education and/or content area. Special Education experience is preferred.
For information on how to apply, visit the Employment section of our website.
SGA Leaders Attend Jeopardy! Taping
Jeopardy!, one of America’s favorite quiz shows, recently came to Washington, D.C. and Kingsbury Student Government Association (SGA) members were right in the middle of the action.
Tiffany Bell, Sam Bladel, Khaled Mohamed and Mr. Blackley attended the live taping of the finals of Jeopardy’s Teen Tournament, which was held at the DAR Constitution Hall. The Kingsbury group had the unique opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes of the popular TV game show while brushing up on important subject matter.
In a special reversal of roles, our students were given the opportunity to ask the host, Alex Trebek, questions during the commercial breaks.
The episodes will air on Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th, 2016. Tune in to see if you can spot Kingsbury’s student leaders in the audience!
Kingsbury Therapists to Present at OSSE Institute
OSSE’s Division of Early Learning and Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education will host an Institute for education professionals on May 20, 2016. Entitled “It Takes a City: DC Does it Best!” the Institute will offer participants an opportunity to reflect on high quality and innovative evidence- and research-based practices in education and learn new strategies for success in improving outcomes for students in DC.
The Institute will feature a presentation by Kingsbury therapists entitled “Promoting Executive Functions in Middle and High School.” Students who have issues with executive functioning often struggle with emotional regulation and Metacognition. These difficulties are common problems for children with a range of learning challenges, including ADHD, autism and specific learning disabilities and may be mistaken for behavior problems. Left unaddressed, executive dysfunction can contribute to an achievement gap, and also lead to difficulty making friends, poor self-esteem, and the inability to handle frustration with everyday school demands.
Kingsbury’s Marissa Analouei, Director of Speech & Language; Kara Covington, psychologist; Cheryl Farley, Director of Physical Therapy; and Melissa Hulton, Director of Occupational Therapy will share information on recognizing executive skills challenges and implementing strategies with the goal of improving success and independence within the classroom setting.
Follow the event on social media: #DCITAC
HOPE Innovations Fair a Success
On April 8, 2016, students in Kingsbury's HOPE program participated in the first HOPE Innovations Fair. Students selected from household and common objects to innovate a new product. The objects included a cardboard box top, flower pot, paper straws, Styrofoam, clothespin and darts.
Winners from the first Innovation Fair were: 1st Place, Breonna Walker, Jewelry Organizer; 2nd Place, Shaqques Johnson, Filtration System; 3rd Place, Deon Walker, Toy Boat.
The judges were clearly impressed with the students’ creativity and innovation, as demonstrated by their remarks:
“Very cool and innovative ideas. This would be good to use for a variety of tasks.”
“Very well thought out and cute design!”
“Kids would love it; great job!”
“Very clever use of the plunger!”
Upper School Career Day a Success
Students had the opportunity to learn about various careers at Kingsbury’s Annual Career Day on April 6th. Guest speakers described the education and preparation needed for their professions and fielded follow-up questions from our students. Participants included:
Michael Pope – Reporter from WAMU
Katie Myers – Volunteer EMT for Fairfax County
Lisa Sessions and Tanesha Simmons – Occupational Therapists from Kingsbury Day School
Cheryl Farley – Physical Therapist from Kingsbury Day School
Zachariah - Mechanical Engineer from Tesla of Rockville
James Perry – IT Specialist
Thank you to Kingsbury parents, therapists and outside guests who shared information about their careers with our students.
At Kingsbury, kaleidoscope serves as a metaphor for the rich, "colorful" array of talents, strengths, skill and personalities that you will find among our students. Kaleidoscope also serves as a metaphor for the transformative academic and social experiences we provide here at Kingsbury. The Kingsbury Center is like a kaleidoscope that is always on rotation. Our students and clients are constantly changing, making progress and building on their strengths, in new and exciting ways, adding color and pattern to the world.
In this spirit, The Kingsbury Center has launched a bi-annual magazine, Kaleidoscope. As you review our new publication, it is our hope that you agree: Kaleidoscope offers a colorful view of our transformative mission!
Issue 1, Summer 2015, offers news about our students; what's happening in the classroom; our annual fundraising events; the Kingsbury Transforms blog; presentations by educational leaders; our annual educational and cultural exchange program with The Niilo Maki Institute in Finland; and our championship JV and Varsity Boys Basketball teams.
the strengths of students of every age and learning style. Read about our occupational therapy services; physical therapy services; speech and language pathologists; and psychologist, diagnostic and admissions testing services.
Captone Scholars Meet with Mentors
Capstone Scholars Host Mentors Breakfast
On Friday, March 4th, our seniors enthusiastically participated in Kingsbury’s First Annual Capstone Scholars and Mentors Breakfast. The breakfast provided an opportunity for seniors to interview experts in the field that they are researching for their Capstone presentations. Guest Speaker, Jason Richardson, owner of J1Studios in Philadelphia, PA, talked about how he founded and built his business and encouraged students to pursue their personal interests.
“Art and geeky stuff is awesome! I pursued arts, gaming and graphic design, because that’s what interested me. At first, when I was younger, I was scared of opportunity, but now I jump at every opportunity,” Mr. Richardson told our Capstone Scholars.
A huge thank you to those who are serving as Capstone mentors for our Class of 2016:
Lieutenant Michael A. Alston – District of Columbia Public Schools
Claudia Booker – Certified Professional Midwife, Birthing Hands DC
Lamar Butler – Former George Mason Basketball Player, Played in 2006 Final Four
Mary Houlihan – Sales Director, Trunk Club
Earl Jackson – Pro Basketball Player Overseas, Basketball Trainer, and Author
Nick Kitchel – Senior Advocacy Associate for Generation Progress, Center for American Progress
Major Robert Leese – Secretary of the Air Force, Public Affairs
Tilla McAntony - International Monetary Fund
Jason L. Richardson – Founder, President of J1Studios
Mayu Takeda – Senior Advocacy Associate for Generation Progress, Center for American Progress
Carl Woog – Senior Advisor to Secretary of Defense
Aqeel Yassen – Yoga Teacher, Yoga District, Dharma DC Yoga
Kingsbury's JV Team Wins the Championship!
Kingsbury's JV Basketball team won the ISSAC championship for the 2nd straight year!
The Eagles defeated Barrie School, 56-44, in the finals.
De'Quan Johnson was the finals MVP and league runner-up MVP.
Also, congratulations to the All-Conference team members: De'Quan Johnson (1st team), Joshua Bishop (2nd team) and William Montgomery (2nd team)!
AP US Government Class Meets Justice Sotomayor
Ms. Legg, AP U.S. Government teacher, accompanied seniors in her class on a recent field trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.
They toured the Court and joined a select group of area high school students to meet Justice Sonia Sotomayor, our nation's first Latina Supreme Court Justice.
Justice Sotomayor shared her advice on preparing for college and careers; discussed the challenges of applying Constitutional law to everyday life; and noted that it's not uncommon for the justices to disagree on major court decisions.