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Parent Resources

DCPS Grading and Reporting Policy

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DCPS Calendar School Year 2017-2018

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Social Work Resources

Crystal Sylvia is the School Social Worker at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. This school year, Ellington was given a full-time social work position rather than a half time one as in years past. Ms. Sylvia is in her 17th year working for DCPS and her current role supports students, staff members and parents. She provides counseling services, crisis intervention and overall social emotional support for Ellington students. She collaborates with staff in identifying strategies to improve their students’ academic performance, attendance, behavior and social emotional development. Furthermore, Ms. Sylvia supports parents by connecting families to resources in the community and providing support in helping address student concerns and challenges.

Here are links to several articles about parenting teens:

General Topics for Parents with Social Media Concerns

Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression: Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Teens and How You Can Help

Power Struggles Part I: Are You at War with a Defiant Child?

Avoiding Power Struggles with Defiant Children: Declaring Victory is Easier than You Think

10 Damaging Myths About Learning Disabilities

Crystal Sylvia, Social Worker,

Student Environments

Check out a great resource to address different issues with a child’s educational and social environment. Common Sense Media provides answers and clips for a variety issues including:
Cyberbulling – Cyberbullying is the use of digital-communication tools (such as the Internet and cell phones) to make another person feel angry, sad, or scared, usually again and again. (Learn about the different roles kids play in a cyberbullying situation.) Examples of cyberbullying include sending hurtful texts or instant messages, posting embarrassing photos or video on social media, and spreading mean rumors online or with cell phones.
Body image – Body image refers to how you feel, act, and think about your body. Your attitude toward your body — and other people’s bodies — is shaped by your community, your family, your culture, and yourself. Television shows, movies, music, and advertising all are part of our popular culture, and what we see, hear, and experience through these forms of media has an effect on how we perceive our bodies, to greater or lesser degrees, depending on the individual.

Substance Abuse

It is important for parents to engage in regular conversations about substance abuse with their teens but for many parents it can be difficult to know what to say or how to address certain issues that arise. Below are two very helpful links that share ways parents can talk about the different topics around marijuana use.

Teens & Weed: Still A Big Deal – A Parent’s Guide to Talk With A Teenager About Marijuana

A parent’s guide to preventing underage marijuana use