School Closed March 16–April 24

March 13, 2020

UPDATED March 20, 2020: Today, Mayor Bowser ordered DC public schools to remain closed through Friday, April 24, to prevent the spread of COVID-19; Creative Minds will be closed too. The projected reopening date is Monday, April 27. Please visit our coronavirus webpage for more information about the school closure and resources for families. If […]

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Letter from Chuck: Promoting Reading and Writing Skills and Celebrating Literacy

February 27, 2020

As we prepare for what promises to be a very fun Literacy Night, on March 5, I’ve been thinking about how we promote literacy learning among Creative Minds students of all ages. When we talk about literacy, we’re talking about the many skills involved in reading and writing. But how do we nurture a lifelong […]

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Kindergarten Teacher Liz Rosenberg Coauthors Article on Thinking Routines

February 25, 2020

We’re #CMIProud of Creative Minds kindergarten teacher Liz Rosenberg for coauthoring “Teaching Kindergarteners Critical Thinking Skills,” an article from Next Generation Learning Challenges. Ms. Rosenberg recently participated in the Deeper Learning Cohort at Two Rivers Public Charter School, where she and other educators from across Washington, DC, explored critical thinking and problem solving and learned […]

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Literacy Night Spells Fun for Our Community

February 22, 2020

At Creative Minds International Public Charter School, we’re gearing up for Literacy Night and all the fun it spells for our community. This evening of literacy learning, on March 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is for students of every age and their families. We’ll feature traditional word games, such as crossword puzzles and […]

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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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