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Nayamka Long Named to Principal Advisory Council

February 14, 2020

Congratulations to Nayamka Long, Creative Minds chief academic officer, on being selected for the 2020 Superintendent’s Principal Advisory Council with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. She’s joining other school leaders to share insights, suggestions, and feedback on OSSE policies and resources, with a focus on special education and literacy. Nayamka was a […]

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Letter from Chuck: Growth and a Promising 2020–21

February 13, 2020

Dear Creative Minds Community: We recently sent surveys to our teaching staff and asked them to share their thoughts on working at Creative Minds and the culture of our school. One of the survey questions asked, “Are you planning to return to Creative Minds next year?” I’m delighted to say that a majority of both […]

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Past, Present, and Future: A Celebration of Black History

February 5, 2020

At Creative Minds International Public Charter School, we’re celebrating Black History Month by continuing our year-round recognition of the diverse lives of people all around the world. This year’s Black History Month theme is “Past, Present, and Future.” We’ll learn about the the African Americans who have shaped our world and those that are doing […]

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Letter From Chuck: 8th-grade Scholars Find Strength in Their Voices

January 31, 2020

Dear Creative Minds Community: When we, as educators, encourage students to think critically and channel their ideas and opinions into plans for action we help them to discover that their voices matter. Last semester, our 8th-grade scholars embarked on a Confederate-monument action project. One of the goals of the project, Mr. Charrier says, was for […]

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Getting Ready for a Confident Transition to Middle School

January 30, 2020

Because the transition to middle school can be both exciting and daunting, we’ve put together a series of events to help our 4th-graders move with confidence into middle school at Creative Minds. Teams from the Creative Minds Lower School and Middle School programs are working in tandem to give 4th-graders, and their families, the knowledge […]

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Five Questions with Mr. Christian, Inclusion Teacher

January 18, 2020

Inclusion teacher Christian Roman is in his sixth year at Creative Minds International Public Charter School and has been working in the field of special education for more than three decades. Mr. Christian hails from Chile, where he graduated from the special education program at the Catholic University of Valparaiso. His first job in the […]

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Conscious Discipline: Our New Approach to Social-Emotional Development

January 17, 2020

At Creative Minds International Public Charter School we’re excited to announce the implementation of Conscious Discipline, our new approach to social-emotional development. What Is Conscious Discipline? Conscious Discipline was created by Dr. Becky Bailey, an internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. The Conscious Discipline approach is evidence based and trauma informed, and […]

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Geocaching with Urban Adventure Squad: Science & Technology Learning

January 15, 2020

Fifth-grade scholars at Creative Minds are partnering with Urban Adventure Squad to explore their local environment through a fun, GPS-based scavenger hunt. The Urban Adventure Squad “Geocaching DC’s Waterways” project is funded by a Stormwater Solutions Grant from the DC Department of Energy and Environment and brings together UAS educators and students from partner schools […]

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Partnership with Newman Architects: Creating a Modern Space for Learning

January 13, 2020

Creative Minds International Public Charter School is partnering with Newman Architects to develop Creative Minds’ historic building into a modern space for learning. Our school building, which boasts tall windows, high ceilings, and abundant natural light, sits on the campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC, and dates back to the mid […]

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Exploring STEM & Preparing for High School

January 6, 2020

On December 20, 2019, David Hesslink, coordinator, baseball operations, with the Seattle Mariners and an alum of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joined Creative Minds middle school boys to bring STEM topics to life. Hesslink and our students explored the STEM of food, sports, movies, and video games. They talked about the connections among these […]

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