Attend Feeder Fest at Eastern HS Saturday

All Elementary, Middle Schools in Pattern On Hand to Display Programs, Offerings

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Chancellor Ferebee visits with students at Eastern High School Jan. 30th. “ Clearly he listened to us,” said one. Image: Courtesy DCPS

In a few months, it will be time to fill out the applications for the My School DC school lotteries, and there’s a chance to learn more about the schools this weekend!

Everyone is invited to the Second Annual Eastern High School Feeder Fest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Eastern High School (1700 East Capitol St. NE). All in-boundary, feeder, currently-attending students and families and community members are especially invited.

The festival is an opportunity to learn about all of the schools in the school’s feeder pattern. Faculty, staff and students from every school will be on hand to answer questions about the school and its programs.

Schools that ‘feed in’ to Eastern High School include Amidon Bowen ES, Brent ES, Brown Education Campus, Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan, Eliot0Hine MS, Jefferson MS, J.O. Wilson ES, Kelly Miller MS, Ludlow Taylor ES, Maury ES, Miner ES, Payne ES, Peabody ES, Stuart Hobson ME, School Within A School @ Goding ES, Tyler ES, Van Ness ES and Watkins ES.

While the event is primarily a tabling event, gathering the schools together to facilitate information exchange, Eastern Principal Sah Brown said it will also have a ‘festive atmosphere’. There will be student performances, popcorn and cotton candy, face-painting, a live DJ and an area for the youngest attendees to play.

There will also be an opportunity to tour Eastern, the Pride of Capitol Hill, with a tour through the building that was first built in in 1923 in the Collegiate Gothic Style and last modernized in 2010.

The Eastern High School Blue and White Marching Band Lady Gems lead the way to school after Walk-to-School Day 2017. Photo: Kristine Jones/CHPSPO

Brown said the goal of the event is to give families aware of what each school in the feeder pattern have to offer. He said that many families haven’t had a chance to explore these, and the festival will present them all in one place.

“Each particular school has something great that they have to offer to families,” he said. “The goal of the event is to make families fully aware of what schools within their feeder pattern have to offer.”

He said the event gives Eastern faculty a chance to talk with students and introduce them to Eastern, as well as to introduce elementary-aged students and families to the middle schools, and the community to their local elementary. “Ultimately, our goal is to stay with the Eastern High School Feeder Pattern. That first starts with elementary,” he said.

He said that at last year’s event, many Eastern students re-connected with teachers from the previous schools. “It’s a chance to build relationships,” he said, “and also to reconnect with the individuals and elementary schools that got them to Eastern.”

Brown said the Feeder Festival is part of a wider drive to interact with feeder schools. Eastern students participated in the Payne Fall Fest, and Miner Elementary School students came for a trick or treat event at the school. Students from Kelly Miller MS came to participate in shadow days as well. “We have amazing students, amazing academic programs and we want to support the community and its needs,” Brown said.

Students from the Eastern Academy of Health Sciences serve chili to a family at the 2019 Payne Fall Fest.

Eastern will feature their own programs such as their band, choir, neighborhood growing garden, the rapidly expanding International Baccalaureate program, the Academy of Health Sciences as well as technical education. There will be performances from Eastern as well as elementary and middle schools.

“Our intention here at Eastern High School is to be thee first choice for all of our feeder families,” said Brown.

The event takes place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. RSVP by visiting easternfest.eventbrite.com.  Direct questions about the Feeder Fest or the My School DC lottery in general, the DCPS Enrollment Team is ready to assist via enroll@k12.dc.gov or (202) 478-5738. Learn more about Eastern High School by visiting http://easternhighschooldc.org/