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Back To School And Family Community Day

The Children’s Guild District of Columbia Public Charter School will hold a Back to School and Family Community Day event on Saturday, Aug. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. at the school at 2146 24th Place NE in the District of Columbia off Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue.

Open to the public, prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet the staff. In addition, there will be a community flea market, free cook-out, a moon bounce, face painting, a photo booth, giveaways and games and activities for children.

The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School is open to students living in the District of Columbia entering kindergarten through eighth grade, and there are still openings for fall 2019. Bus transportation is provided.

Student Comic Book Sells Out

High-school student Jarold Leishear and his teacher Jay Gregario were featured on Laurel Community TV for a comic book Jarold created about cyber bullying. Jarold wrote the comic book as part of a project-based learning (PBL) activity led by Mr. Gregario, who then helped Jarold self-publish the book. The first 50 copies sold out in two days.

Seventeen-year-old Jarold has high-functioning autism and attends The Children’s Guild School of Prince George’s County. Although he has never directly experienced cyber bullying, Jarold has faced his own challenges, and his passion for comic books has provided a world of solace. Jarold has written more than 27 comic books, but this is the first one to be published and receive so much attention. “I have a future that [sic] I will make more stories,” says Jarold.

Mr. Gregario has been Jarold’s teacher for more than three years, and he is thrilled with Jarold’s success. “There has been a significant change in the way he presents himself,” says Mr. Gregario.

Monarch Academy Annapolis Names Rachel Amstutz Principal

Monarch Academy Annapolis, a public contract school with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, named Rachel Amstutz principal. Amstutz brings more than 18 years of experience in school administration and education.

“I am excited to join the team at Monarch Annapolis to carry on the great work that has taken place in the last two years to launch the school.  With the talented, energetic, and amazing team that is in place, I am confident that our students and school will continue to do great things,” Amstutz said.

Amstutz has held numerous positions with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, including nine years as a school principal, and most recently served as principal of Manor View Elementary School. Previously, she was principal of Bodkin and South Shore elementary schools. Amstutz brings experience administering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme curriculum also found at Monarch Academy Annapolis.

A former math teacher, Amstutz has taught staff how to use and effectively incorporate new technology in the classroom. She has also implemented strategies such as weekly collaborative planning and regular data analysis to drive school improvement. In addition, Amstutz was a Discovery Educator Network field manager for Discovery Communications, where she built a community of educators to help them expand their use of instructional technology.

Amstutz is pursuing a doctorate in education administration and policy studies from The George Washington University. She holds a master’s degree in education and certificates in administration and supervision and technology leadership from Johns Hopkins University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University.

She has administrator I and II certifications, National Board Certification in early adolescent mathematics and a Maryland State Department of Education advanced professional teaching certificate for first through eighth grades. Amstutz is a native of Pasadena.

“Ms. Amstutz is a highly skilled and extremely experienced educational leader. We are thrilled she has chosen to lead Monarch Academy Annapolis and achieve its mission to prepare students for citizenship by developing critical thinking skills, creative problem-solving, self-discipline and a commitment of service to others in the community in which they live,” said Kathy Lane, chief of educational services for The Children’s Guild Alliance, which operates Monarch Academy Annapolis.

Monarch Academy charter and contract schools are affiliate members of The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, The Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, Transformation Education Institute, National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN), Conference Center at The Children’s Guild Alliance and The National Children’s Guild Fund. (