Weekly Update 1/14

Jackson-Reed STEM Students, Parents and Teachers,

Here's what is happening this week at Jackson-Reed:


Academy-Wide Initiatives

Middle School Academy Recruitment!
Academy leadership is currently working with our three feeder middle schools (Deal, Hardy, and Oyster) to set some dates for J-R Academy students to come speak/showcase their academies to 8th graders to increase awareness and access to the academies to new students. Our dates for Deal and Hardy are currently set and a date for Oyster Middle School is pending. Sign-ups for these opportunities will come out via Remind in the coming week or so. Please note that these recruitment events will be taking place during the school day and students who volunteer will be excused from class/will need to make up their work.
Deal Middle School: January 30, Feb 1
Hardy Middle School: February 8
ACE Structural, Civil, Architectural Engineering Mentorship Program
We are thrilled to have a new partnership come to Jackson-Reed. For any STEM students interested in civil engineering—we have a club just for you! This club will meet from 8:00am-9:00am on Thursday starting on January 18th in Dr. Sharma's room (323). If interested, please fill out this link (if you have not already done so) in order to have Ms. McClure add you to the calendar invite reminder: https://forms.office.com/r/3m62uvjFhr
Diversity Listening Session
Our monthly meeting Diversity Listening Session will take place this Thursday during lunchtime in the library. If interested, please fill out this form so we can plan accordingly! https://forms.office.com/r/jyvfQtkAQq
Upcoming Opportunities and Scholarships 
Summer Youth Employment and On Ramps to Careers Opportunities
For current freshmen, sophomores, and seniors (who already completed the CRI Internship), please consider for signing up for Summer Youth Employment for opportunities this summer. Explore this link for more information: https://summerjobs.dc.gov/page/youth
On Ramps to Careers has IT and Engineering opportunities offered through SYEP for students who aren't eligible for CRI yet. Please see this flyer for more information. 

Army Educational Outreach Program Internships and Apprenticeships
One of our internship employers for some our students (Airforce Office of Scientific Research) provided us a link of potential internship/apprenticeship opportunities for high school students. Be sure to filter for opportunities in Virginia, since most of the opportunities are on-site. Have fun exploring this resource:
Biomed: DC HAPP Internship through GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences 
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Office of Diversity and Inclusion is recruiting for the 9th DC Health and Academic Prep (DC HAPP) cohort. Here is this year's DC HAPP 2024 application. It is a great opportunity and we encourage students to apply. This year, they are moving back to an in-person summer experience. The program runs weekdays tentatively from Monday, June 24th through Thursday, July 19th, 2024. Applicants must be rising seniors (current juniors), have at least a minimum 2.0 GPA, plan to pursue a medical and/or healthcare profession, and identify as a student who is underrepresented in medicine. This counts toward the Academy's internship requirement.
DC HAPP is a pre-college program created to increase access to healthcare careers for students with identities underrepresented in medicine. They are seeking a diverse group of students who are determined to become medical professionals and will benefit most from mentoring and support on their journey.  During the 4-week summer experience, the scholars learn about various healthcare professions, learn hands-on medical skills, create and publish public health projects, participate in college prep workshops, and network with GW students, faculty & staff. Students also receive a stipend for their participation in the program!
Application deadline: Friday, February 2, 2024

Engineering: Johns Hopkins University Explore Engineering Innovation Summer Camp (will count toward Academy Internship Requirement)

This will be held at University of the District of Columbia this summer. Full-tuition scholarships are available for qualified students attending a DC Public School to attend Explore Engineering Innovation as a commuting student. You can reach out to Dr. Karen Borgsmiller karen.borgsmiller@jhu.edufrom Whiting School of Engineering, John Hopkins University if you and or other students have questions. Check out their flyer for more information.



Scholarship Opportunities:
David M. Rubenstein/Economic Club Scholarship

The David M. Rubenstein/Economic Club of Washington, DC Scholarship Program is one of the few large-scale scholarships dedicated exclusively to students graduating from DC public and charter schools. Approximately 50 scholarships of $20,000 are awarded each year to bright, motivated students who exhibit impressive academic achievement. The application is due Wednesday, January 31, 2024. See the eligibility requirements and access the application here:

Website and Requirements


Dellums SMART Scholarship

For high school seniors, and participation in the FIRST program is included as a checkbox on their application. Includes full tuition, $30,000 annual stipend, summer internships, access to experienced mentors, book and health allowance, and Civilian Department of Defense Employment opportunities. Review the application process and see if you are eligible to apply on their website:



Cutler-Bell Scholarship: Deadline: January 19, 2024
For our IT and Engineering students. The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing is a prize designed to recognize talented high school students intending to continue their higher education in the areas of computer science or technology. The program seeks to promote and encourage computer science and empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment. The prize is made available through a $1 million endowment established by David Cutler and Gordon Bell. Dr. Cutler is a software engineer, designer, and developer of several operating systems, including Windows NT at Microsoft and RSX-11M, VMS, and VAXELN at Digital Equipment Corporation. Dr. Bell is an electrical engineer and an early employee of Digital Equipment Corporation, where he led VAX development. Up to four winners will be selected annually. Each will be awarded a $10,000 prize administered through the financial aid department at the university the student will attend. Winners will also receive an invitation to attend and present at the CSTA 2024 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more details, click here:


More Upcoming Programs

  • January 16th: Academy Diversity Listening Session (during lunch)
  • January 16,17, 18: Resume workshops for eligible CRI summer internship students (more info below)
  • January 18th: ACE Club Begins! (Engineering/Architecture club before school—more information above)
  • January 21: Ms. McClure starts her one-on-one meetings with students to discuss scheduling for next year/academy expectations
  • January 23rd: Biomed Lunch n' Learn session-Physicians Assistant Career
  • January 25th: ACE Club Begins! (Engineering/Architecture club before school—more information below)
  • January 26th: FAFSA Application Drive and Workshop (seniors only)
  • January 31: Biomed Fieldtrip: UDC School of Speech Pathology
  • January 30th: Mentorship Program Quarter 3 Mixer
  • January 30th and February 1: Deal Middle School 8th grade Academy Recruitment events (more info above)


Internship Information


Career Ready Internships

For current eligible juniors (and seniors who have not yet completed a Career-Ready Internship), the next two steps of the Career-Ready Internship Program are below—further details were sent out in an email this past Friday. If you are eligible and didn't receive the Tenacity and Resume workshop details, please reach out to Ms. McClure
Resume workshop
The following step of the summer internship process is for students to attend our annual resume workshop. This will be scheduled in the library January 16, 17,18 from 9:00-12:00. Eligible students received a sign-up link for the resume workshop—please sign up asap! Students will be assigned to a cohort based on the level of resume-support they need (starting from scratch, need major updates/edits, just need a second set of eyes on a finished resume). Students who already filled out the sign-up link, you will receive a calendar invite for your assigned day by the end of school on Monday (January 15). All final resumes due for submission are due to Ms. McClure by January 24th.


Expanding Opportunities for Family Academy Involvement
As the structure of our STEM academies continues to evolve we are excited to create new, and formalize existing, opportunities for student leadership and parent involvement. In the 2019-2020 school year, beloved academy teacher Ms. Benjamin convened an ad-hoc advisory board of students and a few volunteer parents with the goal of formalizing industry partnerships and other opportunities/supports for the then Wilson STEM academies. In subsequent years, as the NAF academy model was rolled out, the role of the voluntary advisory began to evolve. In the 2022-2023 school year, an effort was made to begin formalizing student leadership opportunities and the structure of the advisory board. The current working board meets bi-weekly to share information and partner on upcoming events or initiatives (Annual Blood Drive, Engineering Expo, workshops, etc.) This year, we are excited to expand on this work and formalize opportunities for student leadership and parent involvement.
Opportunities for Student Leadership
The three J-R STEM academies present many opportunities for student involvement and leadership. Students have worked together to identify traditional and non-traditional roles where a student leader can contribute to improving the academy structure and culture. We are excited to expand student leadership opportunities for the 2024-2025 school year. In the spring, students will be invited to apply for a range of academy leadership positions. We hope many of you take the initiative and apply for a leadership position.
Opportunities for Parent Support
There are also many opportunities for parents to support our academies! The Engineering Expo, mock interview workshops, resume workshops, and other future opportunities are great ways that parents can get involved. We are also in the process of formalizing parent involvement on the advisory board for the 2024-2025 school year. Expect more information on how to apply to participate on the advisory in the spring. We would appreciate your partnership, perspective, skills, and willingness to roll up your sleeves and help with academy needs!
Current Board Members:
Director: Regina McClure
Teachers: Zachary Meyers, Romit Ghosh, Poonam Sharma, Alex Jacoby, Dylan Coster, Alex Kang, Qi Guo, Danielle Krafft, Amanda Dezenzo
IT President: Wesley Hoy, IT Vice President: Hernan Gonzalez
Engineering President: Samantha Gordon, Engineering Vice President: Meredith Janssen
Health Science President: Kinzly Gootman, Health Science Vice President: Rain Terrell
Equity Officers: Keira Martin-Willis, Simone Forbes, Anna Khabiyev, Jessica Serrano
Secretary: Lolera Tesema
Parents: Melody Molinoff, Elizabeth Mettler



The Week in Review!

Physical Therapy Bi-weekly Lunch n' Learn Series
We kicked off our second year of partnership with the PREP Program (Physical Therapy Exposure Program).  We were thrilled for Sarah Stone from MedStar Health to share her career journey and give an overview of the field of physical therapy. Next session will focus on physical therapy concentration on orthopedic and athletics!
First-level IT Students
This week Mr. Coster's first-level IT Students were working hard on programming small bot vehicles while working in pairs.
First-level Biomed Students
This past week Ms. Dezenzo's first-level biomed students were working hard on investigating and analyzing blood splatters from a fictional crime scene.
How can you support the academies?
Do you have other ideas for fieldtrip experiences for our Biomed, Engineering, and IT students? We know that our academy families are well-connected to amazing opportunities in the DMV area. If you have a connection or idea for a fieldtrip related to the world of health sciences, engineering or IT, we would love to hear form you! go to https://scimatech.org/connect/ and just click the box that says 'Lead a tour/host a fieldtrip within your field.'


Academy Expectations/Requirements for Academy Graduation
In the academies we are always working to improve and become more organized in our communication and expectations. Below is a list of our academy graduation expectations. We want to acknowledge that the expectations are brand new for our engineering and IT families we want to assure our families of seniors in these academies that this is a soft launch and are going to work with students on an individual basis to support them in reaching these expectations (if they want to). In addition to pushing into all classes before the end of December, starting in January, Ms. McClure will be pushing into classes to meet with all academy students individually to discuss individual academy expectations, academy feedback, and next year scheduling. If students don't want to wait until the new year to meet individually with Ms. McClure to see where they are at the moment they are more than welcome to reach out via Remind schedule a meeting in advance.





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Staying Connected/Communication

There are a few ways for you to stay connected within the life of the academy. We offer a lot of opportunities and do not want you to miss out! Please be sure to join all the methods of communication mentioned below:


Biomed Remind - Text 81010 this message @jrnafb

Engineering Remind - Text 81010 this message @jrnaf

IT Remind - Text 81010 this message: @jritaca

Instagram (Student Run) - @jrbiomed, @jacksonreedenginerring, @jacksonreedinfotech

Email - Academy director (Ms. McClure) regina.mcclure@k12.dc.gov

Text - Academy director (Ms. McClure) 717-586-7133