Thu, Nov 27th - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday
Fri, Nov 28th - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday
Thu, Dec 4th, 6:15 - 8PM PTO Meeting
Fri, Dec 5th - NO SCHOOL, Professional Dev Day
From the Principal's Desk|
Dear Takoma EC Families:
Welcome to a wonderful new school year. We are looking forward to many wonderful days filled with lots of learning and even a little fun. We are opening this year with more students than we have in over seven years. Because of our new expansion, we are welcoming many new staff members to our school this year, including:
Ms. Shante Freeman. Our new Assistant Principal responsible for our special education and ELL programs
Ms. Dimilgri Mercedes,office clerk
Ms. Donna Edwards, school counselor
Check out these links to the full list of faculty with noted new staff, as well as our administrative staff. Faculty/Staff photo gallery here.
Although some of the faces are new, our mission is not. We will continue to provide a rigorous, college- prep program that challenges our students yet honor their academic diversity. We will accomplish this through quality instruction that is supported by opportunities to learn with and through the arts.
As always, please contact me directly if you have any questions.
With Falcon Pride,
Rikki Hunt Taylor
Feel free to email me if you require any personal assistance. You may use the "Contact Us" email form on this website. If you would like to talk more with me about our programs, feel free to call the school and schedule an appointment.
Takoma EC has also joined the world of social media! Please follow us on Twitter for up to the minute information and photos @TakomaEC. In addition, please join us on Facebook at Takoma EC. We will be sure to provide the most current information that you will need to know.
School Day Start/ Breakfast
Just a reminder that school doors open at 8:30 AM. The official school day begins at 8:45 AM. After 8:45 am, students are considered tardy.
Breakfast is available for all students starting at 8:30 AM. For students in grades PK - 5, breakfast is served until 8:55 AM, and classes begin at 8:55AM. For students in grades 6 -8, breakfast is served at until 8:45 AM, and classes begin promptly at 8:45 AM.
Note: All students in grades 4 through 8, starting Wed, September 10th, must swipe their ID cards upon arrival into the gymnasium every morning.
Parents: Please note drop-off policy
Parents are welcomed to escort their students to class and greet the teacher. In order to ensure that instruction begins immediately after breakfast, and to ensure that our teachers are focused on the children, all parents are asked to leave the classrooms by 9:00 am unless they have an appointment with the teacher or are volunteering. Any parent who brings in their child after 9 AM should sign in at the security desk and a Takoma staff member will escort their child to class.
Register for Kids Ride Free on Bus program.
Students who want to ride DC buses for FREE during weekdays only between 5:30 am to 9:00 am & 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm are required to register their DC One card. To board the bus for FREE, just FLASH your student DC One Card to the Metrobus bus driver.
Upcoming Changes: Starting January 2015, DC students must “tap” their registered DC One Card on the farebox card reader each time. DC students can now prepare for this requirement by registering their DC One Card and confirming their eligibility in the Transit Subsidy Program on the DC One Card website (www.dconecard.dc.gov). WMATA will download the electronic DC Kids Ride Free on Bus pass onto the students’ DC One Card.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete this process by Friday, December 19, 2014, to avoid delay in obtaining their electronic bus passes by the first day of school in January 2015. Students should continue to flash their DC One Card until the last day of school in December 2014.
In January and for the rest of the 2015 school year, WMATA and DC Circulator will no longer allow students to flash their student DC One Cards to board the bus for free under the DC Kids Ride Free on Bus program because of the availability of the electronic bus passes. The change is intended to improve financial tracking of the program and to mitigate fare evasion by ineligible riders. See DDOT website for complete information.
Electronic Device Policy
During the regular school time and afterschool hours on Takoma’s campus, students are not permitted to engage in personal use of electronic devices, including, but not limited to cellular telephones, MP# players, and handheld devices. Students are required to hand in all electronic devices to their first period or homeroom teacher. All items will be returned with the student exits the building for the day. Parents who must contact a student during the course of the school day should call the main office to have a message delivered; students whose situations warrant calling home may ask permission to use phone at the security desk.
DCPS Local Wellness Policy
DCPS contributes to prevention efforts to reduce childhood obesity by: (1) promoting health education and healthy behaviors; (2) offering healthy food to students; and (3) increasing physical activity of students before, during and after the school day. The DCPS Local Wellness Policy (LWP) articulates how DCPS schools implement nutrition and physical activity programming towards these three goals.
Arts Integration News
Takoma EC is an arts integration themed school. What is Arts Integration? Arts Integration facilitates learning by students with diverse learning styles, and challenges them to think deeply and view the world and academic content through the additional, multiple lenses of visual art, dance, music, and drama. Click on these introductory videos to learn more:
Teaching through the Prism of Arts Integration
A MAPA Moment: Arts Integration in Education
In our new modernized school with 'smart' boards, and specialized spaces for art, music, dance, and drama and a renovated auditorium, we can truly realize an arts integration curriculum.
Arts Integration at Work
Last spring our students were inspired in music class by the Dovetail Ensemble. The students were very excited by the Ensemble, a trio provided music with easy rhythms and call and response lyrics. A tapper also performed with the group.
A group of Pakistani artists also visited with the sixth graders in November. The artist have their work on display at the Phillips Collection, and were invited to discuss the role that art plays in social change in Pakistan. The students then painted scenes of social injustice in their own community. Not only was the artwork sensational, it sparked insightful conversations.
Part of our vision for Takoma EC is to foster caring, compassionate young adults who are concerned about their community and their world. This year, we will be conducting a series of service projects for participation by our students. For our first project, our seventh and eighth grade students volunteer at Food and Friends, a nonprofit program that provides nutritious meals to thousands of sick neighbors every day. Recently, they participated in preparing and packaging the food for distribution.
If you have an idea or suggestion for a service project, please contact Ms. Taylor or Dr. Johnson.
[Oct, 2014] Principal Taylor Featured on DCPS webpage. Ms Taylor is one of four Principals featured on the new DCPS webpage, "When
Principals become Students".
She is a recent graduate of the Executive Master’s in Leadership program -- a program led by Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and District of Columbia Public Schools. She is also is inches away from completing her doctorate in education at University of Pennsylvania.
[Jun, 2014] New PTO Officers Elected
[April, 2014] DC CAS Testing Takoma EC students were "Happy" to take DC CAS. See video here.
NASA weather scientist Elaine Grow visited the young scholars in second grade during their recent study of the weather.
Takoma's Principal Taylor Honored by DC Council
At the Ward 4 Holiday Party (12/14), Councilmember Bowser, accompanied by CM Bonds and Chair Phil Mendelson, presented TEC Principal Rikki Taylor with a DC Council Resolution in recognition of her remarkable educational leadership of our neighborhood school. The Resolution cites her distinguished service to the children and parents of DC schools, her excellence in educational and community leadership, and proven track record of success in improving DC schools. Ms. Taylor had no clue this well-deserved award was coming and her look of shock was priceless!
[Oct, 2013] Two embassies choose Takoma EC for SY2013-14 Programs
The Embassy Adoption Program, unique to DC, is an academic program for 5th and 6th graders that enables them to explore globally-themed lesson units, meet heads of state and high officials, sample new and exotic foods, learn and perform traditional dances and plays, and truly experience the global offerings of DC. Not all schools have been adopted by an embassy – teachers have to apply and typically no school is adopted by more than one country. Takoma EC has successfully applied and been chosen since 2008, and last year three! classes were selected by embassies – S. Korea(gr 5), the Bahamas(gr 5) and Luxembourg (gr 6). This year students will work with the embassies of Singapore and Croatia. Read more . . .
6th Grade Class - Tops in Eastern Time Zone in Math Contest!
Takoma's 6th grade class taught by Mary Chatmon was recognized for their great work on Think Through Math - one of the top two best classes in the Eastern Time Zone! Think Through Math is a research-based learning system that uses a blend of web-based, adaptive instruction with certified teachers to transform the way students think about– and think through– mathematics. The goal: readiness for college and career for all. The class participated in the online contest for charity and won a pizza party and enough points to receive $7,000 for charities.
Family Reading Feast
Takoma students and parents combined the joys of cooking and reading into a great night of fun. Student in the different grades prepared foods suggested in their books- A Feast for Ten (early childhood); Pancakes, Pancakes; Thunder Cake; and The Giant Jam Sandwich - and then feasted with their parents and teachers.
8th graders Continue Participation in City Vision for SY2013
Several Takoma's students again were among those chosen to participate in this semester-long outreach program of the National Building Museum. The program focuses on group projects using urban planning and design to solve community challenges. TEC students work on planning issues in all four quadrants of the city and present their work to a panel of architects at the museum.
Takoma EC Adopts Tools of the Mind Curriculum for Early Childhood
This year Takoma continues as one of 28 DCPS schools to adopt Tools of the Mind, a research-based curriculum that uses carefully guided play to stimulate what neuroscientists call “executive function”: a combination of memory, impulse control, persistence and flexibility. Takoma's early childhood teachers have received extensive training and are excited about the program. Children get the usual reading, phonics and math instruction, but lessons and play are designed to build the capacity to “self-regulate. ” And the children's play still incorporates the Reggio Emilia use of natural materials, much art and creative expression, etc.
How To Help (see details . . .)
If you want to help students, teachers and the educational programs at Takoma EC, there are several opportunities
-- Donate funds, either by check, credit card or PayPal for materials and supplies
-- Volunteer to assist teachers through mentoring and other activities
-- Join the Recycling/Conservation Initiative
-- Earn grant fund points for Takoma EC by shopping at Giant
-- Parents: Be a Classroom Mum or Dad
Its been 3 years since Takoma students have been able to return to their newly renovated building after the devastating fire in Dec 2010 (see Events - SY2010-11 and Events - 2011-2012). A video by the architects, Fanning Howey, is now available describing those events and the return. Click here.