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From the Principal’s Desk

From the Principal’s Desk

Monday, November 23, 2020

Greetings Ellington Family,

I hope all is well and everyone is staying safe.

Let me be among the first to wish you Happy Thanksgiving! Although this year’s holiday will be unlike any we’ve seen before, with many families choosing to avoid their typical gathering, we still have much to be thankful for.

As I mentioned previously, we know that these are difficult times. Ellington families in need of assistance this season can reach out for “Holiday Help.” Contact Director of SEL & Shepherding Donna Hollis at All information and communication will be kept strictly confidential.

Ellington’s box office opens Wednesday, Nov. 25. We have several upcoming shows for our winter season and the students across all Arts disciplines have been working hard. Please show them some love and support.

The DC arts community is bringing the region together for “DC Day of Reflection,” a special concert in remembrance of family and friends lost to COVID. The program airs Monday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., filled with performances and tributes from 25 arts organizations and artists including our own Ellington Jazz Combo. Other performers include Malcolm Jamal Warner, Gina Belafonte, Angela Stribling, Lesli Foster, Sunny Sumter, WPA’s Children of the Gospel Choir, The Washington Ballet, and many more. You can view the show on Facebook Live by clicking here.

In Class of 2021 news, candidates have submitted their petitions and we are ready to proceed with elections for Senior Class Officers! There will be a quick meeting on Monday, Nov. 23, at 12:20 p.m. to announce the candidates. Please check for the link on English instructor Anthony Verlich’s Canvas page. An online voting form will be available on Monday, Nov. 23, from 12:45 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Nov. 24. Students must use their DCPS email to access this form. If they have not already practiced on the sample ballot, technical assistance might be unavailable.

Despite the pandemic, we continue to provide diverse learning experiences in the virtual world. During a Master Class with actor Yahya Abdul Mateen II, students in Theatre were motivated to accept their journey on their road to success. Theatre instructor Kaia Calhoun facilitated the small-group conversation as Mr. Mateen provided great insight on script selection and character development: “I don’t think you choose a script,” he said. “A script chooses you.” Be an artist in your own power and your own personhood.

That’s it for now. Please take care of yourself, stay safe and have a great holiday!


Principal Sandi M. Logan

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne