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Sweet Reunions and Back to Work at Amos 1

The new school year got off to a flying start at Amos 1. Students in Ms. Jeske’s and Ms. Peabody’s kindergarten class got down to business on the first day of school, tackling activities that develop small motor skills and creativity. Meanwhile, two 2nd graders in Ms. Banfield’s class happily reunited with hugs after the summer and preK-4 students were proud to have moved up a grade. Everyone was excited at the adventure to come.


CAPCS Welcomes Jennifer B. Smith, Ed.D. as New Head of Schools

Jennifer B. Smith, Ed.D. has been named the new Head of Schools for the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter Schools (CAPCS), effective July 1, 2014. Most recently Dr. Smith served as Senior Director for Sustainability and Growth for the Flamboyan Foundation in Washington, D.C. Widely recognized for her expertise in educational leadership and its transformative power, she has worked in both the public and private educational arenas. Dr. Smith’s professional positions have included Chief Transformation Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education where she oversaw the development of systems to transform persistently low-performing schools, as well as the implementation of quality controls for Rhode Island’s charter schools. She brings experience and expertise in every area of education - middle school teacher, Principal of the Capitol Hill Cluster School (Washington, DC), adjunct professor at George Mason University, Executive Director of DC Public Schools’ Principal’s Leadership Institute and leadership coach for New Leaders for New Schools. Dr. Smith earned her Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Education from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from The Catholic University of America in Elementary Education.

CAPCS is pleased to have such an accomplished educational leader who shares CAPCS’ vision and commitment to excellence serve as Head of Schools.

Sharise Whitfield, M.Ed., Appointed Academy Leader at CAPCS’ Butler Campus

Sharise Whitfield, M.Ed., has been named the Academy Leader of the Butler Campus of the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter Schools (CAPCS), effective July 1, 2014. She comes to CAPCS from Center City Public Charter School’s Capital Hill Campus (Washington, DC) where she served as Principal, focusing on instructional and developmentally appropriate strategies to facilitate student success. Among the most successful initiatives were several that focused on engaging families. Through these, family engagement increased by 80%, student tardiness rates fell by 40%, and unexcused absences declined by 20%. Principal Whitfield also successfully implemented a school-wide “No-Nonsense Nurturer” program that resulted in a significant drop in discipline referrals. Mrs. Whitfield developed partnerships with local and national organizations to promote student achievement. Mrs. Whitfield has served as a classroom teacher and local school coordinator of wraparound services for students. She holds a Masters of Education from Howard University, a Bachelor of Arts from Florida A&M University and she will receive a Masters in Educational Leadership from Trinity University this fall.

CAPCS is pleased to have someone with Mrs. Whitfield’s demonstrated outstanding school leadership serve as Academy Leader at the Butler Campus.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Do you believe that every child can learn? Will you commit to seeing that every child will achieve? If so, you are the type of educator CAPCS is seeking. We are still accepting applications for Elementary, Special Education and English Language Learners and Spanish teachers for the 2014-2015 school year. There also are a limited number of Teacher’s Assistant positions available. Candidates interested in substitute positions also are welcome.  Click here for more information on qualifications and how to submit an application.


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