Selfie Health Day 2017

May 1, 2017

Dear SEED DC High School Families,

On May 26, 2017, students in grades 9 through 11 will participate in an all-day event called Selfie Health Day. The program's focus is to prepare students to become healthy teens and adults that regularly "take a selfie" of their personal health, including mental, physical, and emotional well-being. By putting sex education within this theme, we breakdown the stigma and anxiety often related to talking about sex. We bring key community partners within the medical and youth advocacy fields to provide a robust list of presentations and activities that inform students on nutrition, fitness, healthy sexual practices, mindfulness, gender identity, and honest, productive conversations with sexual partners and medical personnel. Selfie Health Day is an annually evolving program that targets our students' specific health promotion needs, personalizing the day to fit each student's individual interests and needs. We earnestly believe that the model of "taking a selfie" of their personal health teaches teens that preventative and reactive emotional well-being as well as medical care requires a constant development of self-reflection and self-advocacy; and that the programs offered on Selfie Health Day are centered around these imperative social skills. 


If you DO NOT wish your child to participate in the “Two Truths and A Lie” session, please complete copy and paste the message below and include your child's full name and grade and email to or call 202-248-7773 to leave a message with Ms. Holloway. Please note opting out of this session still permits your child to participate in the other session programming. Students in grades 9 through 11 are required to be present in school on Friday, May 26. All absences will be unexcused without proper documentation.

I am choosing to ‘opt-out’ my child, _______________________________, from participating in the “Two Truths and A Lie” session of SEED DC’s Selfie Health Day 2017. I understand that he/she will not be allowed to remain in the classroom while session is being taught, and that he/she will receive an alternate activity deemed appropriate by the school.

 *Please note that during Selfie Health Day, students may elect to participate a sexually transmitted infection screening with Whitman Walker and may do so without parental consent under DC Law.


A minor of any age may consent to health services which he or she requests for the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of the following medical situations:

(a) Pregnancy or its lawful termination;

(b) Substance abuse, including drug and alcohol abuse; and

(c) A mental or emotional condition and sexually transmitted disease.

9th and 10th Grade Parents: Visit Johns Hopkins University with us!

On Tuesday, April 18th, SEED DC and the Parent College Prep Academy will visit and tour Johns Hopkins University! Join us and bring your student as we meet with admissions officers, discuss right-fit colleges and financial aid, tour the campus, and learn from SEED graduates. The bus will leave from the SEED DC campus at 8 am and return to SEED DC at 4 pm. 

Light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and giveaways will be provided. Please RSVP below by April 8. 

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Welcome SEED Families,                                                                                February 2, 2017

The education of your child is one of the most important goals we have in life.   The SEED School of Washington, D.C. supports your interest and desire to discuss their academic and social accomplishments or difficulties.  In order to meet this goal for communication, we have created the following schedule:

Pick up your child’s report card, check your personal information for accuracy, visit your child’s teachers, and visit the resource tables. Please note, conferences should last 3-5 minutes per teacher and are on a first come/first served basis.

o   Tutoring/Intervention

§  Request tutoring services/Discuss the intervention program

 o   FACE Table

§  Purchase uniforms

§  Apply for sibling preference through My School DC

§  Purchase Love Grams for your scholar

§  Gather information on job training/adult education, discount internet programs, and offerings throughout the city.

§  Look through the lost and found for misplaced items

§  Purchase agenda books

o   Student Support Services

§  Counseling services

§  Special education

§  Sex education and pregnancy prevention

§  Section 504

§  Kickboard

  Also, please join The SEED DC community in welcoming our new faculty members and feel free to visit them to hear about the exciting things happening in class.

 o   Mr. Tarrence Hughes, 7th and 10th grade music

o   Ms. Kesha Bennaugh: 6th grade math

o   Ms. Cynthia Lee: 6th grade social studies

If you do not get all of your questions answered and would like a follow up meeting, please contact The Office of Family and Community Engagement using the contact information below.

Rashida K. Holman-Jones, MSA

Director of Family and Community Engagement | The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C.

o: 202.248.3005  c: 202.329.8961f: 202.318.6343

SEED DC Inclement Weather Policy

In the event that severe weather is anticipated in the DC metropolitan area, The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C. (“SEED DC”) Administrators will review all available information and determine if an immediate school closing is necessary. Our decision to close or remain open is not determined by guidelines used by DC Public Schools or by the Federal Government. During these times we will however take into consideration the overall safety of our students, the predicted time of the storm, any known weather conditions that could impede travel for SEED DC staff and parents, as well as the feasibility of a power outage on campus. Once a decision is reached, we will communicate with families by phone (through our automated system), email,  website posting, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Network TV. We may also use the automated phone system to communicate the process and timeline for checking students back into campus.

Please continue to monitor local news and our website for updates on weather conditions, school closures and delays.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.  We are aiming to limit the number of cancelled school days in order to maximize instruction and learning. Thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to your child’s educational experience.

 Be safe!

NAEP Testing Information: 8th Grade Families


Mathematics and reading assessments

The SEED School of Washington, D.C. 

Our mission is to provide an outstanding, intensive educational program that prepares children, both academically and socially, for success in college and beyond.

January 3, 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The SEED Public Charter School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 9, 2017. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child will take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit to review sample questions.

The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

·       Your child’s grades will not be affected.

·       Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

·       While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by Friday, January 13.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at Contact Ms. Mahon at you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that SEED’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.




Ms. Z. Mahon, School Principal

Important Information for SEED Families

December 26, 16

Re: Important Reminders for SEED DC Students and Families

Dear SEED Families:

The SEED DC community continues to make academic strides as we move into 2017. Our staff is returning prepared to support all students in developing their unique potential. The information below outlines our priorities to enhance school culture and continue to support the mission of preparing students for college and beyond.

Student Code of Conduct

Scholars should be prepared for learning every day by adhering to behavioral expectations, being in a full SEED uniform, and having all the appropriate items to be successful. At SEED, we use the Boys Town model for teaching appropriate social skills. Each week our scholars have a skill of the week such as waiting your turn, using appropriate language, and complying with reasonable requests. Scholars receive feedback via Kickboard and families are encouraged to check their scholar’s Kickboard account daily. If you need your scholar’s Kickboard account login information, please contact Ms. Holloway at 202-249-7773 or Ms. Pearl at 202-248-3015.

SEED DC has recently collaborated with Restorative DC through OSSE with the goal of incorporating more restorative practices into resolving conflicts and matters of negative student behaviors.  We are working diligently to reduce the numbers of student suspensions by utilizing mediation, structured dialogue, and guided resolution If you have further questions about updates to the Code of Conduct or would like to learn more about restorative practices, please contact the Student Life Dean of Students, Ms. Ochsendorf, at 202-249-1907 or 

Dress Code

Per our student handbook, all scholars should be in a full uniform which includes a polo or oxford shirt that bears the SEED DC logo, tan khaki pants, solid black or brown belt, and solid black or brown shoes. High school scholars are permitted to wear a shoe of choice and they are permitted to dress down on Fridays. Students may only wear SEED uniform sweaters, sweatshirts, or jackets, as sold in the school store. They may not wear non-SEED outwear to class or public spaces during the academic day.  The Office of Family and Community Engagement will continue to offer extended hours from 7:30 am - 7:00 pm Monday-Thursday to support families in purchasing uniform items. If you are interested in online ordering, please visit our website under resources for parents.


In order to be successful each day, scholars should have all of their materials to be prepared each day, which includes: book bag, pens/pencils, notebooks/binders, calculator, and a charged chrome book (SEED issued) for instructional purposes. If you are having difficulty obtaining supplies for your child, please contact Mrs. Holman-Jones at or send a text message to 202.329.8961.

Agenda Books

Additionally, each student received an agenda book to record assignments and reminders for each class. Dorm staff uses the agenda book along with a digital teacher-managed log to support the completion of homework. Parents interested in receiving the weekend homework email can contact Ms. Holloway at or202-249-7773 or Ms. Pearl at 202-248-3015 or

 Sunday Evening Check-In 

Middle school students check in between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and students must be checked in by a parent/guardian.  High school students check in between 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm, and may check in at 7 pm if they have a middle school sibling.  The expectation is that all students check in on Sundays to prepare for the week ahead, be present for house meetings, and organize uniforms and school materials for the week.

Parents who are unable to arrive during these times must notify SEED DC staff by emailing or leave a message at(202) 248-7773 ext. 5127.  If a student does not check in on Sunday, the next available check-in time is on Monday morning between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Students must arrive with their belongings and MUST be dressed in proper academic uniform and prepared for the academic day.  Families arriving after 7:30 a.m. must check in at the lobby, not the dorm. Please note regular attendance throughout the year is important for the success of our students. Students in excess of 10, 15, and 20 unexcused days must have an attendance meeting and can be reported to the local child welfare bureau. Parents may also receive an automated attendance phone call on Monday morning if your child is marked absent during first period.

Check-in will resume Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 6:00 am-7:30 am.  Shuttle service will be available from the Benning Road metro from 6:30am-7:15 am. This holiday season; continue to make education a priority and we want to thank you for your continued support of your children and The SEED School of Washington, D.C.

Applications Now Being Accepted!

Also, do not forget SEED DC is accepting applications for 6th grade, 7th grade (waiting list), 8th grade (waiting list), and 9th grade (waiting list ) through My School DC.  Help us spread the word and do not forget to submit your sibling preference applications before the application deadline of February 1, 2017 (HS) and March 1, 2017 (MS).

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

The SEED DC Leadership Team  

High School Midterm Information: December 2016

Greetings SEED Families,                                                                             December 16, 2016

This week our high school scholars have been reviewing for their mid-term exams, which are scheduled for next week. Mid-term exams can be a stressful time for scholars so encourage them to do their best and to review the study guides that were provided by their teachers. Please make sure your scholar is here for check-in on Sunday evening and they have everything they need to be successful next week. Scholars will be permitted to dress down for the week as long as the follow the dress down day guidelines (shared with student life and scholars). They will be able to check-out on Wednesday at noon. Scholars who need to complete a make-up test session have been notified via emailed along with their teachers. Those students will be able to check-out at 2:15pm. A copy of the mid-term schedule is below for your reference. If you have any questions, you can email me at or the high school assistant principal, Ms. Hatoum, at 

Important Uniform Reminder

SEED has a mandatory uniform policy and families should be aware all non- SEED attire worn during the academic day will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of each academic day until 4:15pm.  It is the students responsibility to come and pick up their coats and sweaters from Ms. Harrod or Ms. Tyson. The SEED Store will be open extended hours this week for parents or students attempting to purchase items from 7:30am -7:00pm (Monday-Thursday).

The policy is as follows:

Students must wear SEED logo sweaters and blazers with their uniforms.

SEED DC jackets (earned or purchased) may be worn as a part of the SEED DC dress ensemble (This does not include coats worn outside).

All sweaters, jackets and blazers must be worn over SEED DC polo shirts or Oxford shirts.

Students may ONLY wear SEED uniform sweaters, fleeces, or jackets, as sold in the School Store.

If you have any additional questions  please contact Ms. Holloway at the front desk. 

Academic Academies Start Monday, December 12, 2016

Greetings Families,

The SEED School of Washington, DC is committed to the overall academic success of our scholars through the use of specialized programming.  SEED believes that educators should have high expectations for all children and that it is our responsibility to help students achieve their individual potential and academic goals of performing at or above grade level in all subject areas.  Children come to school at different stages of development and do not all learn at the same rate or with the same methods of teaching. Because of their differences, most children learn best when they are in small groups and have access to materials and/or activities adjusted to their learning style.

Beginning Monday, December 12, 2016 all students in grades 6th-8th will participate in the Academic Academies during their advisory period.  This programming addresses the academic challenges identified by our 4 Point system which includes grades, formative and summative assessments, and reading levels.

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017 during the evening study zone period, selected 6th-10th grade students will receive additional assistance in the areas of reading comprehension, reading fluency, writing and math. Parents will receive additional information including a letter identifying your student assignment, the student’s most recent ANET and ACT Aspire scores, and grade report.   An informational session providing detail information and resources for the Academic Academies will take place during the next Parent Teacher Association meeting on January 24, 2017.

Should you need additional information or have questions, please feel free to contact Ms. C. Harrod, Intervention Coordinator at 202) 302-5110 or


Join Us for Upcoming Parent Meetings!

Join us to learn more about our goals for the 2016-2017 school year, important policy updates, supply lists, and to meet and greet our staff. All students are welcome! Refreshments will be served. Uniform sales will also take place 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after grade level parent meetings:

  • 6th Grade | July 28, 2016: 6pm-7:30pm
  • New Student Family Celebration | August 12, 3pm-4pm
  • 7th Grade | August 23, 2016: 5pm-6pm
  • 8th Grade | August 24, 2016: 5pm-6pm
  • 9th Grade | August 24, 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • 10th-12th Grade | August 22, 4pm-5pm
  • Family Day (All Grades) | September 2, 12-3pm
  • Back to School Night (All Grades) | September 8, 5-6:30pm

Register for all meetings here:

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SEED DC Shoots and Scores with New Soccer Pitch!

On Tuesday, June 28, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Soccer Shots, and D.C. United helped SEED DC unveil our new Safe Places to Play mini-soccer pitch. SEED DC students broke in the brand-new, state-of the-art mini pitch as they scrimmaged with D.C. United players, including Head Coach Ben Olsen. During one of the highlights of the day, SEED DC students tested D.C. United goalie Travis Warra's skills as they all pelted him with soccer balls! 

D.C. United and U.S. Soccer Foundation partner to unveil new mini-pitch at SEED School of Washington

SEED DC Celebrates 13th Commencement!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 for graduating on Saturday, June 11. The ceremony featured powerful remarks from class valedictorian Myiah and salutatorian Bijion, as well as insights from author and American University professor Kyle Dargan. Although we will miss seeing them around the halls of SEED DC every day, we can't wait to see what these talented and hardworking scholars will accomplish in college and beyond! Check out our full photo album on The SEED Foundation's Flickr page.