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Kids Ride Free Card Requests

Click here for the Smart Trip Card Request Form.

Student must request a card before it is issued. Only assign and provide cards to students who request to participate in Kids Ride Free for the purpose of traveling to and from school or school related activities.

When new cards are issued as replacements, the old cards are automatically shut off. For any questions about this program, contact the DDOT School Transit Office at 202-673-1740 or

Jennifer Turner |

Pride in DCPS

Attention LGBTQ+ Students and Allies,

We are taking a poll to gauge total interest in the below program. Please complete the Google form here: We will be in touch with you with updates once we determine total interest and whether or not we can move forward with DESA’s participation in this project. Please submit your response by Wednesday, February 6.

“The Future Perfect Project is an ongoing series of workshops, designed to provide LGBTQ high school students and student allies with songwriting & storytelling techniques and the opportunity to express their unique vision to their community. The workshops take place at various schools and community centers across the U.S. and are facilitated by performance artists James Lecesne & Ryan Amador.

The workshop succeeds in creating pathways for self-discovery, not only within the individual students, but also within the larger system in which the individual functions. By creating safe spaces for young LGBTQ students to speak out, we extend the limits of those safe spaces until they include the entire school and community. It is only by telling our stories that we come to accept one another for who we are, understand who we might become, and realize that we are one.”

In addition, please check out the SMYAL Youth Leadership Awards opportunity here and upcoming National Trans Visibility march here from the DCPS Office of Equity.

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ – The Fats Waller Musical Show – January 23 – March 10

Step into Harlem for a swinging, dancing celebration of the songs of Fats Waller when some of the area’s best vocalists and acclaimed jazz pianist Mark G. Meadows (Ellington faculty) are joined on stage by a 6 piece jazz band.

This Tony award-winning musical revue features thirty of Waller’s beloved tunes including “This Joint is Jumpin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “A Handful of Keys,” “Lounging at the Waldorf,” and more.Mark G. Meadows is joined by vocalists Iyona Blake, Kevin McAllister, Solomon Parker III, Nova Y. Payton and Korinn Walfall. Live jazz band with Carroll “CV” Dashiell III, Michael Bowie, Ed Walters, Grant Langford, Kieron Irvine (Ellington faculty/alum) and Christopher Steele. To purchase tickets, click here.

Sophisticated Ladies Take Austria June 2019

The Sophisticated Ladies of Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ Vocal Music Department have been extended a tremendous learning and performance opportunity: a performance tour in Austria!

The Sophisticated Ladies is a 30-voice female ensemble comprised of vocal music majors in grades 9 through 12 under the direction of Sylvia V.C. Twine. The ensemble performs a repertoire of traditional choral literature that encompasses spirituals, musical theater, classical and jazz. The Sophisticated Ladies’ Edelweiss Tour is scheduled for June 16, 2019 and will include music history tours and performances in Vienna, Melk and Salzburg, Austria.The Sophisticated Ladies will visit and perform in venues such as St. Peter’s Church in Vienna, Schonbrun Palace Basilica St. Michael in Mondsee as well as friendship concerts with Viennese schools. As musical ambassadors, these young singers will experience a cultural exchange that is certain to enlighten and inspire their dreams.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has a hefty price tag and many of the girls’ families cannot afford the full cost on their own. The total cost of the trip per student is estimated at $3,500. Our goal is to “leave no girl behind” and make it financially possible for all members of the ensemble to travel. To give today, click here.

Sylvia Twine |