WARRIOR WEEKLY October 12-16
Dear TMA Families,
Thank you! Each of you is doing a fantastic job, allowing TMA to be co-educators in your home. As a father, I know you balance multiple demands and challenges for your children and yourself as we work on distance learning from over 300 homes.
As we named earlier this week, we feel it is important to share again that TMA is not returning for direct instruction before the start of the second semester, January 21, 2021, because we do not want to interrupt your student’s learning and growth. We want to honor our students’ schedules, the health, and the safety of our entire community.
However, we need your input to support our planning as we begin to think about our future. We would greatly value your input to answer two key questions:

  • What, if any, in-person programming do we want to try to do now and after the first semester? 
  • What would direct instruction look and sound like when we reopen in-person in Quarter 3 (or later)? 

Our community's health is the most essential variable we are considering in our planning. This month, we will reach out to you to collect your input and layer it with our students and the team’s inputs. We hope to share a plan that reflects our community’s priorities - parents, students, teachers, and staff - in November. 
Thank you again for your commitment to our community! Please do not hesitate to reach out to schedule a one-on-one virtual meeting with me to share your thoughts about our decision making this fall. My team and I want to hear from as many parents who are interested in speaking with us. Use this link to schedule time with me: https://calendly.com/raymondweeden/15min-1.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me at 202.498.3621. 

Raymond A. Weeden, Jr.
Executive Director
Quote of the Week: 
"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." 
~ Carl W. Buehner
What’s Ahead:

  • October 12th: No School; Indigenous People Day
  • October 13th: Law Firm Tutoring--11th Grade
  • October 14th: College Workshop Series: Applying to HBCUs--6:7:30pm
  • October 15th & 16th: ANet Testing--9th-11th Grade
  • October 22nd/23rd: MAP Testing--9th & 10th Grade
  • October 24th: Mentor Day
  • October 26th: State Board of Education Candidate Forum @ 6:30
  • October 27th: Law Firm Tutoring--11th Grade
  • October 30th: End of 1st Quarter 

Please notify your student’s teachers, advisor and rshort@tmapchs.org when your student is going to miss any synchronous classes.
Goal Setting

Your student has now met with their Advisors to set personal academic goals. Please check in with them to see what they are! They should be able to articulate what their specific goals are for all classes. Please reach out to your student’s advisors if you have any questions. 

On October 15th and 16th our 9th, 10th, and 11th, grade students will take the Achievement Network (ANet) assessments in reading and math. These assessments are meant to test students’ proficiency on Common Core State Standards. In preparation for testing, we’re asking that all students in these grades acquire TMA chromebooks as a way for us to ensure testing security. If students are unable to acquire a chromebook, please contact Ms. Mays at mmays@tmapchs.org to discuss other test security options for the device your child will be using. Students are only able to take the ANet assessment on the following browsers and devices, as the assessment will not run through other browsers or devices. 

Supported Browser(s):
  • Google Chrome 58+
  • Mozilla Firefox 40+
  • Apple Safari 9.1+

Computer Type(s):
  • Apple iPad
  • Apple MacBook
  • Chromebook
  • Dell Laptop
  • Lenovo ThinkPad
Class Announcements

Click on your grade level to see assignments and announcements from your Dean and teachers:

Community Service Opportunities

All Warriors should be working to earn 100 hours of community service by the end of their senior year. Volunteer hours must be completed at either a 501c3 non-profit organization or government agency. Students may not receive any pay for volunteer hours. We have broken it down to make it manageable. We suggest the following:

  • By May 15th of 9th grade, students must have completed 20 hours 
  • By May 15th of 10th grade, students must have completed 40 hours 
  • By May 15th of 11th grade, students must have completed 70 hours

Students must complete one hundred (100) hours by May 15 of their graduation year

Below you will find some virtual approved community service opportunities.

Please contact Ms. Ames, zames@tmapchs.org, if you need additional assistance or have questions about community service. 
College & Counseling Updates

Please take a look at this college fair opportunity coming up in the next few weeks. I am strongly encouraging you to consider attending, especially if you are committed to attending college. Please see the flier for the VACRAO college fair and the information for the ALCANZA college fair. 

Both fairs will have over 200 colleges represented. 
The college counseling office is excited to invite you to attend our special event: An Evening with Historically Black Colleges & Universities. The evening will feature conversations and presentations from seven HBCUs (see the attached flier) from 6.00 - 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 14. 
This event is open to all TMAPCHS students, families, and staff, as well friends and family of TMA students and staff. This event will be webinar style, so please ensure that you come prepared with your questions on hand. While the conversation will lean more towards our seniors and the application process, we know this will be a great opportunity for all students to learn more about these schools and the application process. 
We are excited to offer this experience and would love your support in joining us. Please use this LINK to RSVP or you can use the flier as well.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to samitchell@tmapchs.org
Technology & Online Resources

TMA will be hosting the first Canvas training for parents and guardians on Wednesday, October 14th from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Please be on the lookout for a calendar invitation to join the training session. During this training, you will learn how to create a TMA Canvas Parent account and access your student’s courses.  

As a parent, you can sign up as an observer in Canvas. Observers can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course. To sign up for a TMA Canvas Parent Account and gain access to observe your student's courses, follow the steps below.

Programs Updates

After school activities started this week! To view our virtual Club Fair, follow this link. To sign your student up for a club, have them fill out this form!

If you are interested in enrolling your student in Homework Help, email Ms. Schwarz at cschwarz@tmapchs.org. If you want to sign your student up for the Mentor Program, email Ms. Jean at pjean@tmapchs.org

Please take some time to download, copy, fill out, and email this form to Christina Schwarz (cschwarz@tmapchs.org) if your student participates in after school programs at TMA. This form allows for your student to participate in focus groups that help shape and guide our programming for the school year. We will also be sending this form out through your student’s club or athletic advisor.
Are You Interested In Joining TMA's Board of Trustees?

Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Board of Trustees is seeking two parents or guardians for board membership. TMA’s Board of Trustees is tasked with making sure the school lives up to its mission of preparing students to succeed in college and to actively engage in our democratic society. It regularly reviews the academic progress of all students and sets high standards for student success and achievement. It also oversees the school’s finances so that it raises and uses resources wisely, ensures exceptional school leadership, acts strategically and develops long-range plans for the school, and maintains district and state legal and regulatory compliance.

TMA’s board believes families play a vital leadership role on the board, giving insight into the school’s daily life and its program from their perspectives and contributing their considerable talents to the school’s work in support of the school. Board members are expected to attend meetings at least quarterly, participate in an annual retreat and new member training, and serve on at least one of our board committees : Governance, Finance, Development, and Academics. Most meetings occur at TMA (once we are through the pandemic) or via a Zoom or conference call. 

If you are interested in being considered for board membership, please complete the form here: Inquiry Form. As part of the review process, you will have the opportunity to meet with other board members. The Board hopes to have this position filled by November 2020. The deadline for applying is October 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Weeden, rweeden@tmapchs.org.
Resources and Support Information

School Safety Omnibus Act of 2018 Policies 
In compliance with the DC School Safety Omnibus Act of 2018 and in order to enhance safety for students, Thurgood Marshall Academy has published the policies listed below on our website. If you have questions or need to file a complaint, please contact Executive Director Raymond Weeden, rweeden@tmapchs.org or 202-563-6862.

General Resources
If your family needs any resources (like food, clothing, school supplies, etc.) or support during this time of distance learning, please reach out to Ms. Moore at: nmoore@tmapchs.org

Free Meals for DC Students
DC Public Schools are now offering no-cost meals to all DC youth ages 18 and under at 47 schools across Washington, DC. This program began on September 24. During this period, youth are not required to be enrolled in DC Public Schools to receive meals. Youth and/or parents/guardians on their behalf may receive up to 3 breakfast and 3 lunch meals daily. The meal sites will operate through December 31, 2020. DCPS meal sites can be found here.
Also, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is currently offering free grab-and-go afternoon meals for DC youth 18 and younger at 10 sites. These meals are available for any child that visits a site. DPR meal sites can be found here.
Internet Resources

If you received an email regarding free Internet services from the District of Columbia. You should receive a text message, phone call, and/or email from the DC Government soon asking if you want to opt-in to free Internet from DC—please respond “yes” (even if you have enrolled in Comcast via Thurgood Marshall Academy). The attached flyer provides additional details regarding the Internet Services Program: DC Government Free Internet

In general, if you have technology needs reach out to Mr. Schlossman, dschlossman@tmapchs.org
Faculty & Staff Directory:

If you need to contact a TMA Faculty or Staff member, you can find their email address listed HERE: Faculty & Staff Directory  
Other Items

  • State Board of Education Candidate Forum- 10.26.20 @ 6:30: You are cordially requested to Save the Date for a virtual At-large and Ward 8 State Board of Education candidates forum that will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The forum will be co-hosted by the Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) and the students of the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School. This will be a student organized and implemented forum will be the evening before in-person early voting begins and efforts will be made to have the media cover the forum. More information to come next month!
  • Concussion Awareness Program: Parents & Guardians, please review the Concussion Awareness Program that applies to all athletic activities.
  • State Board of Education's Social Studies Standard Advisory along with DCSBOE and OSSEDC are working to update the DC Social Studies Standards and need your help! We want you to be engaged in the standards revision process and ask that you complete this 3-question survey Deadline is 10/6.
  • Our partners at PAVE want to hear from you! 
  • Complete the Parent Back To School Survey to share your family’s experience with distance learning! 
**Every family that participates will receive a school supply kit as a thank you for taking the time to share your story.**
  • Complete the 2020 Census! There is less than ONE MONTH to take action and make sure EVERYBODY in your household is counted!
  • Spend just a few minutes now to complete the Census and have an impact on your family’s future for years to come!