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Here we go! CAPCS opens its doors for its 17th year and great things lie ahead. New Head of Schools Dr. Jennifer Smith has been working hard with Academy Leaders and the leadership staff in preparing for a school year filled with fresh and creative ideas. Classrooms are ready and teachers are energized. We’re ready to meet the challenges of a new school year and make significant progress in student achievement. Watch us grow!

What You Should Know for the New School Year

School leaders are putting the finishing touches on preparations for the new school year. We are looking forward to a great year where our students will be exposed to creative teaching and outside-the-classroom experiences that will promote a love of learning and academic and social growth. Each campus has prepared a packet of information for families, including a school supplies list. For welcome information, click here for Amos 1, click here for Amos 2 and click here for Butler. Links to this information also can be found in the gold box on the right hand side of each campus page.

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As of school year 2014-2015, CAPCS is participating in the Community Eligibility Program. Breakfast and lunch are free to all students, regardless of household income and size. FARM applications will no longer be collected. Students may continue to bring their lunches, if preferred.

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. Openings are still available for positions in Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education and English Language Learners for the 2014-2015 school year. We are particularly interested in teachers who have a strong early childhood background in developmentally appropriate practices and either experience in the Reggio Emilia approach to instruction or a desire to become proficient in this approach. Click here for more information on qualifications and how to submit an application.

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