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The Parkmont Program

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Parkmont Poetry Festival

The Parkmont Poetry Festival celebrates its 33rd year of showcasing the poetry and voices of D.C. area youth on May 2nd.

Parkmont Poetry Festival

Last weekend, Parkmont School hosted its 33rd Annual Poetry Festival.

The Parkmont Poetry Festival was founded in 1982 as a way to encourage youth from all over Washington, D.C. to express themselves through the medium of poetry.  It celebrates the voices and verse of student poets from public, charter, and private schools from all eight wards of the city. Hundreds of students from the Festival’s 33 years have been positively impacted and inspired by the Festival, many becoming re-engaged in school and reading, and others becoming seasoned poets. All become published in the festival booklet, and all read their poems each year at our Poetry Festival, which this year was held on May 2nd at the Edmund Burke School. We were thrilled to hear winners from so many schools: Parkmont, Ballou H.S., Washington Latin PCS, Sidwell Friends, Hart M.S., NCS, and much more. It is a wonderful celebreation of youth and their creative spirit!

The week preceding the Poetry Festival, we held a "pre-reading" at Politics & Prose Bookstore. Past winners read aloud their works and got us geared up for the 2015 reading the following weekend. 

We are so proud of all 40 of our winners, and wish them the best in their future endeavors of all kinds!

Middle Schoolers Tackle Calleva's Ropes Course

Just before Spring Break, the middle school took one of our favorite adventure trips of the year, to the Calleva Ropes Course!  The students got outside of their comfort zones and overcame their fear of heights by completing four ropes course challenges.  Three of them were "high elements," which meants getting up to thirty feet off the ground.  The first, Bauer's Bonanza, required students to communicate with their peers on the ground in order to cross wooden beams fifteen feet off the ground.  The groups's favorite challenge, the Giant Swing, got everyone's adrenaline pumping.  Students were hoisted thirty feet in the air, and then pulled a clip to drop themselves.

Parkmont Gardeners Give Back to the Neighborhood

The afternoon gardening class has completed an exciting project for the neighborhood. Over the winter, when the grounds were too frozen to dig, students built and painted a borrowing library where students, faculty, neighbors, and passers-by can give or take books for others' enjoyment. The inventory is always changing, and it is wonderful especially for those waiting for the bus each day! The class and Cari Rudd, their creative gardening instructor, also donated and installed a park bench by the library and bus stop. The corner of Blagden and Sixteenth Street is now a much more welcoming spot than it has ever been before. Thank you to Cari and to her hard-working students!

Art at Parkmont

This session there are two art offerings during the afternoon class period. One group is taking "Independent Studio" with Rose. Rose, as many of you know, not only works at Parkmont, but is a local artist and illustrator, too. Most of the group is doing print making, or creating comic books, and one student is painting. The print making group is working on making linoleum block prints, using a super hero theme. Some of the comic book students are has also adapted this theme, making comic books about superheroes, and some even making some of their comics using linoleum block prints.    

Upper School Internships

An integral part of our education at Parkmont is the Internship program, which Upper Schoolers participate in every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Over the course of a given year, our high school students spend 180 hours at their internship sites. Most remain with one internship site for the whole year, and others switch to a second site mid-year.

In addition to getting great hands-on learning experience, building their aspirations and dreams, and acquiring working skills and confidence, our students participate in a number of projects each year.  During each of the 5 sessions at Parkmont, students write two journal entries about their experiences (for a total of ten per year). Over the course of the year, they also engage in 4 projects:

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