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DC ASSOCIATION OF CHARTERED PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
 
 
 
SECOND ANNUAL  
DC CHARTER SCHOOL STARS TRIBUTE 
 
 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 
 
 
 
 
 
NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON  
FEBRUARY 24, 2012 
SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY TO redelin@dcpcsa.org  
FOR TRANSMITTAL TO JUDGES’ PANELS 
 
DC ASSOCIATION OF CHARTERED PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
SECOND ANNUAL  
DC CHARTER SCHOOL STARS TRIBUTE 
 
 
Prizes Awarded for 
 
o   Most Outstanding College Graduate (Cash Prize and Top Billing)   
       One Winner, Two Finalists  
o   Most Outstanding High School Graduate (Cash Prize)   
       One Winner, Two Finalists  
o   Most Outstanding Parent (Elementary, Middle, High, Adult)   
       One Winner in @ category   
o   Most Outstanding Principal (Elementary, Middle, High, Adult)   
           One Winner in @ category 
o   Most Valuable Administrator 
           One Winner 
o   Most Outstanding Teacher/Leader (Elementary, Middle, High, Adult) 
           One Winner in @ category 
o   Most Outstanding Student (Elementary, Middle, High, Adult)   
       Winners in @ category  
o   Charter School HOPE Award (Student for whom the Charter School Experience has 
    been the most beneficial or life changing) 
           One Winner   
o   Most Improved Student 
           One Winner   
o   Most Outstanding All‐Around Student  
           One Winner   
o   Student Scientist  
           One Winner  
o   Student Athlete  
           Two Winners: Male and Female   
o   Student Writer  
           One Winner   
o   Student Mathematician 
           One Winner   
 
 
 
    
Most Outstanding College Graduate (Cash Prize and Top Billing)   
One Winner, Two Finalists  
 
Judges are DCACPS At‐Large Board Members 
 
Nominators:  
Nominators may be Heads of Schools, Principals, Teachers and other School Administrators 
Judges will accept one application per DC Charter School. 
 
Nominees: 
 
       Nominees must have been enrolled in your school for at least two years – please provide evidence 
       of attendance such as a transcript; 
       College nominees must have at least a 3.0 GPA at their college;  
       Nominees must submit an essay detailing how their charter school experience better prepared 
       them for success and their future plans; 
       Nominees must submit their most recent transcript, and an acceptance letter to an advanced 
       degree program or to employment, as appropriate; 
       Nominees must have a Letter of Recommendation (formal nomination) from you, a Department 
       Chair or Dean, or a Teacher, that speaks to your nominee’s community or public service and 
       involvement in extracurricular and leadership activities. 
        
Winner and the Finalists will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $2,500 and $1,000, respectively.  
 
 
Most Outstanding High School Graduate (Cash Prize)   
One Winner, Two Finalists  
 
Judges are DCACPS At‐Large Board Members 
 
Nominators:  
Nominators may be Heads of Schools, Principals, Teachers and other School Administrators 
Judges will accept one application per DC Charter School. 
 
Nominees: 
 
       Nominees must be current students who have been enrolled in your school for at least two years ; 
       High school nominees must have at least a 3.0 GPA;  
       Nominees must submit an essay detailing how their charter school experience better prepared 
       them for success and their future plans; 
       Nominees must submit their most recent transcript, an acceptance letter to a college or advanced 
       degree program, as appropriate; 
       Nominees must have a Letter of Recommendation (formal nomination) from you, the Principal, or 
       a Teacher, that speaks to your nominee’s community or public service and involvement in 
       extracurricular and leadership activities. 
        
Winner and the Finalists will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $2,500 and $1,000, respectively.  
 
 
Most Outstanding Parent (Elementary, Middle, High, Adult)   
One Winner in @ category   
 
Judges are Representatives of the DC Federation of Civic Associations  
 
 
The Awards 
      There will be four awards, as follows: Elementary (Pre‐School – Grade 6); Middle School 
      (Grades 6 – 8); High School (Grades 9 – 12); and Adult Students enrolled in a DC 
      chartered public school 
 
Nominees 
      A Nominee must be a parent or extended family member of a student currently enrolled 
      in a DC chartered public school. 
 
Nominators  
      Nominators may be Principals, Teachers, Parents, and/or Students.  
      Nominators must include the signed agreement to be nominated of those whom they 
      nominate, in their submissions. 
      Nominators must include two additional references for those whom they nominate in 
      their submissions; one of the two references must come from the Principal, a teacher, 
      counselor, or other administrator at the student’s school. 
      Nominators must answer these questions in their submissions: “Why is this Parent or 
      Extended Family Member very special to this student?”  “Why should this Parent or 
      Extended Family Member receive recognition as the Most Outstanding of 2011‐2012?” 
      Provide specific examples to support the nomination. 
      Nominators are encouraged to consider such qualities as the following in making their 
      nominations:  
          ‐      Does this person instill a love of learning and inspire high academic 
                 achievement in this student? 
          ‐      Does this person participate in the life of the school, advocate for the student, 
                 attend parent conferences, and/or actively participate in the parent 
                 association? 
          ‐      Is this person civically engaged and does he or she encourage responsible 
                 behavior and social responsibility in this student? 
 
 
 
            
Most Outstanding Principal (Elementary, Middle, High, Adult)   
One Winner in @ category 
               
Judges are Distinguished Current and Retired DC Principals and  
Representatives of DC 100 Black Men

The Awards 
      There will be five awards, as follows: Early Childhood (Pre‐School – Kindergarten);  Elementary 
      School (Grades 1 – 5) Middle School (Grades 6 – 8); High School (Grades 9 – 12); and Adult  
       
Nominees 
      A Nominee must be a Principal currently employed in a DC chartered public school. 
 
Nominators  
      Nominators may be Heads of Schools, Principals, Teachers, Counselors, Coaches, or other school 
      administrators, Parents, Students, or Community Partners 
      Nominators must include additional references for those whom they nominate in their 
      submissions from the chair of the school’s Board of Directors, the School Leader, his or her 
      immediate supervisor, a member of the faculty, a parent, a community partner, and a student.  
      Nominators must answer these criteria in their submissions: Why should this Principal receive 
      recognition as the Most Outstanding Principal of 2011‐ 2012? Provide specific data and examples 
      to support the nomination. The nomination must include the following: 
       *Documentation showing increased overall academic skills in reading and mathematics for the 
       past three years ‐ (meeting AYP, reaching Safe Harbor, etc.) 
       *Documentation showing increased student attendance for the past three years 
       *Evidence of satisfactory school climate matters (number of suspensions, incidents, etc.) 
      *Significant recognition and/or awards (Students, staff, administration) 
       *Finalists may be asked to participate in an on‐site visit and/or a face‐to‐face interview with the 
       judges.   
      Nominators are encouraged to consider such qualities as the following in making their 
      nominations:  
           ‐       Do this Principal’s students excel academically? 
           ‐       Does this Principal exemplify the vision and mission of the school? 
           ‐       Does this Principal demonstrate a deep knowledge of curriculum, instruction and 
                   pedagogy; is he or she able to provide it; what feedback does he or she give to 
                   teachers with respect to it, in order to improve student outcomes? 
           ‐       Does this Principal use data and results‐oriented systems to improve curriculum, 
                   instruction and pedagogy? 
           ‐       How is professional development conducted? 
           ‐       What is this Principal’s system of accountability and evaluation? 
           ‐       Describe the school’s climate and/or culture. 
           ‐       What is this Principal’s approach to leadership; who is included in decision‐making, 
                   planning and implementation? 
           ‐       What is this Principal’s role with respect to the governance of the school? 
 
Most Valuable Administrator 
One Winner 
 
Judges are Members of the Business Community 
 
Most Valuable Administrator: 
 
This person is a leader in a charter school organization whose high ethical standards, effective 
stewardship, ability to make tough decisions, communication skills, knack for judging and developing 
talent, and adaptability have directly contributed to the organization’s success and growth over the past 
year. 
 
Nominators: Heads of School 
 
Nominators must provide letters of support for the Nominee from The Board Chair, One Faculty Member, 
One Community Partner, and One Student, in addition to the Nomination from the Head of School. 
 
Selection Criteria: 
 
    • Leadership and vision – Candidate has demonstrated ability to lead and inspire his or her 
         organization to a new level of growth, achievement, or recognition. 

    •   Demonstrable impact on organization – Candidate has directly contributed to the strong 
        financial or academic outcomes for the organization.  In this respect, degree of difficulty is also 
        important where a candidate has shown the ability to move the organization ahead despite 
        significant challenges. 

    •   Sustained performance – Candidate has directly overcome internal or external barriers to sustain 
        the organization financially and to position the organization for growth. 

    •   Employee management and engagement – Candidate has shown an ability to build a strong 
        team, develop talent, and motivate employees to support to overall mission of the organization. 

    •   Innovation – Candidate has shown the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and has used 
        creativity and innovation to create solutions to organizational challenges. 

    •   Ethics – Candidate has demonstrated the highest standard of professionalism and ethics in the 
        course of his or her work 

    •   Community satisfaction – Candidate has demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to the 
        community in which the organization is located or which the organization serves 

    •   Reputation – Candidate has maintained and improved the stature of his or her role as school 
        administrator as well as his or her personal reputation amongst peers 

 
 
Most Outstanding Teacher/Leader (Elementary, Middle, High, Adult) 
One Winner in @ category 
 
Judges are Representatives of Teacher Development and Parent Engagement Organizations 

The Award 
        There will be four awards.  The recognition is open to Teacher/Leaders as follows: Elementary 
        (Pre‐School – Grade 5); Middle School (Grades 6 – 8); High School (Grades 9 – 12); and Adult, in a 
        DC chartered public school. 
 
Nominees 
        A Nominee must be a Teacher currently employed in a DC chartered public school.  One 
        Teacher/Leader may be nominated from each campus of the school.  Judges recommend that a 
        selection committee on the campus shall receive all nominations, and shall send forward to the 
        Judges one nominee to represent that campus.  
        A Nominee must submit his or her own Statement reflecting upon why he or she is a Most 
        Outstanding Teacher/Leader. The nominee’s statement should provide evidence to support all of 
        the award criteria. 
 
Nominators  
        Nominators may be Heads of School, Principals, Teachers, Parents, Students, and other persons 
        employed by the school. 
        Nominators must include the signed consent of the Nominee, to be nominated. 
        Nominators must include four additional references in their submissions: the Principal, another 
        Teacher, a Parent, and a Student of the school.  
        Nominators must submit a Statement answering the question: “Why should this Teacher/Leader 
        receive recognition as the Most Outstanding Teacher/Leader of 2011‐ 2012?”   Provide specific 
        data and examples to support the nomination.  
     
Criteria 
Nominators/Candidates are encouraged to consider the following qualities in composing their statements: 
 
A teacher leader . . . 

•   Is an exemplary teacher whose students demonstrate continued academic progress  
•   Leads initiatives that advance the organization and further the mission and vision of the school 
•   Uses data to identify issues and recommends and/or develops solutions to address them 
•   Leads a teacher team to positively impact student achievement across multiple classrooms 
•   Develops innovative strategies to collaborate with multiple stakeholders 
•   Models core values and exemplifies a belief that all students can achieve at high levels 
 
Most Outstanding Student (Elementary, Middle, High, Adult)   
Winners in @ category: K‐12 determined by cumulative grade point average; ties permissible (no 
Judges); Adult student determined by rubric below. 
 
Nominators:  Principals 
 
K‐12 and Adult Students: Official Transcript Required. 
 
Judges for Adult Students are adult education specialists and association representatives 
 
                                Most Outstanding Adult Student Rubric 
                      (Adapted from the National Adult Education Honor Society) 
                                                       
Instructions for Schools:  Provide a short narrative not to exceed a total of 500 words addressing the 
nominees’ qualifications according to the following criteria.   Up to two pages of supporting 
documents may be submitted as well (i.e.: attendance records). 
                                                       
1‐Attendance by attending class regularly, which means:  
    1. Arrives on time, and 
    2.     Is consistently present. 
 
                                                ATTENDANCE 
             Outstanding                          Satisfactory                      Unsatisfactory 
Arrives on time 95% or better          Arrives on time 80% of the time    Arrives late frequently 

Attends class 100%                     Attends class 80% of the time      Present in class less than 70% of 
                                                                          the time 
 
 
2‐Cooperation by working harmoniously with teachers, fellow classmates and school staff, which 
means: 
     1. Respects other’s ideas and values, 
         2. Participates actively, 
         3. Expresses ideas and speaks in turn, and 
         4. Demonstrates patience. 

 
                                               COOPERATION 
             Outstanding                          Satisfactory                      Unsatisfactory 
Always respects others ideas and       Most of the time shows respect     Criticizes and rejects differences 
opinions                               for the ideas and opinions of      of opinions and ideas 
                                     others 
Always participates in class and     Most of the time                      Does not participate in activities 
school activities 
Always expresses ideas that          Most of the time                      Promotes tension and ill will 
enhance harmony and cohesion                                               within class 


Always demonstrates value            Most of the time                      Demonstrates bias and prejudice 
toward difference and diversity                                            toward others in the school 


Always demonstrates patience       Most of the time                 Frequently impatient with the 
with the learning process and                                       learning process and with others 
with fellow students 
 
3‐Work ethic while performing education related tasks, which means: 
     1. Comes to class prepared , 
     2. Completes homework and assignments, 
     3. Sets goals and follows through, 
     4. Asks questions and seeks help, 
     5. Takes responsibility for own learning, and 
     6. Overcomes obstacles. 


                                               WORK ETHIC 

          Outstanding                           Satisfactory                         Unsatisfactory 

Always comes to class prepared       Most of the time                      Rarely comes to class ready 
and ready to work 
Completes all homework and           Attempts to complete all              Shows no interest in completion 
assignments all the time             homework                              of homework and assignments 

Sets realistic goals for him/herself  Sets goals, but does not             Does not set goals 
and works towards those               consistently follow through 


Ask questions and seeks help         Hesitates to ask for clarification    Rarely seeks clarification or help 
consistently                         or help 


Always takes responsibility for      Sometimes takes responsibility        Does not accept responsibility for 
own learning                         for own learning                      own learning 


Exemplary determination in           Overcomes obstacles                   Does not overcome obstacles 
overcoming obstacles                                                       effectively 

 
 
4‐Civic and school involvement in learning opportunities outside the classroom, which means: 
     1. Interaction with school community initiatives, 
    2. Volunteerism, and 
    3. Demonstrates leadership. 
 
 
 
                                CIVIC AND SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT 
          Outstanding                        Satisfactory                     Unsatisfactory 

Always shows support for           Sometimes supports community      Not interested in community 
community initiatives              activities                        activities 


Volunteers in various school       Occasionally supports school      Rarely expresses support of 
activities                         activities and programs           school activities 


Demonstrates exemplary             Some leadership demonstrated      Limited leadership demonstrated 
leadership in the 
school/community 
 
 
 
Charter School HOPE Award  
One Winner  
 
Judges are Chiefs‐of‐Staff of DC Council Members 
 
Objective 
 
To recognize a student for whom the Charter School experience has been most beneficial and/or life 
changing    
 
Eligibility  
    • A student enrolled in DC charter school student ( pre‐school through adult)  
    • Students with special needs 
    • English language learners and newcomers to DC and the United States  
  
Criteria / Evaluations 
    • Academic Performance/Improvement                              20 points 
    • School/Community Citizenship                                  20 points 
    • Personal Growth/Overcoming Hardships                          10 points 
    • Teacher/Faculty Recommendations                               25 points 
    • Student’s Personal Statement                                  25 points 
 
Instructions 
    • Applications should include the student’s: 
        Name 
        Age 
        Ward in which they reside 
        School 
        Current Grade 
        Grade point average 
         
    • Either a teacher or School Administrator should nominate a single student from their school to be 
        considered for the Charter School “HOPE” Award 
         
    • Teacher and/or School Administrator should submit a recommendation to accompany the 
        student’s application that speaks to the student’s academic performance, School/Community 
        Citizenship, and student’s Personal Growth/Overcoming Hardships 
         
    • A parent and/or member of the school community may submit a statement of no more than 250 
        words detailing the student’s School/Community Citizenship and Personal Growth/Overcoming 
        Hardships 
         
    • Students should submit a Hope Award application along with a 250 word essay on the topic 
        “What the Charter School experience has meant to me.” 
        (In situations where it is not possible for a student to submit a written statement, an audio and/or 
        video statement of no more than 2 minutes may be substituted.)  
 
 
               
Most Improved Student 
One Winner   
 
Judges are area Pan‐Hellenic Organization Leaders  
 
The Awards 
      There will be one award.  The recognition is open to students as follows: Elementary 
      (Grade 3 – Grade 5); Middle School (Grades 6 – 8); High School (Grades 9 – 12); and 
      Adult Students enrolled in a DC chartered public school. 
 
Nominees 
      A Nominee must be a student currently enrolled in a DC chartered public school. 
 
Nominators  
      Nominators may be Principals, Teachers, Counselors, Coaches, or other school 
      administrators. 
      Nominators must include three additional references for those whom they nominate, in 
      their submissions.  
      Nominators must answer these criteria in their submissions: “1) Please describe this 
      student’s marked academic improvement over the course of his or her tenure at this 
      charter school.  2) Please describe this student’s marked social improvement over the 
      course of his or her tenure at this charter school. 3) Why should this student receive 
      recognition as the Most Improved Student of 2011‐ 2012? Provide specific data and 
      examples to support the nomination.”  There is a 250‐word limit for each of the three 
      parts of the criteria. 
      Nominators are encouraged to consider such qualities as the following in making their 
      nominations:  
          ‐       Does this student now excel academically? 
          ‐       Does this student participate in the life of the school, including extra‐
                  curricular activities; demonstrate leadership; and/or engage in civic life? 
          ‐       What obstacles or hardships has this student overcome, in order to improve 
                  his or her academic and social standing at the school? 
          ‐       Is this student well‐rounded, helpful to others, and an asset to this school 
                  community? 
 
 
Most Outstanding All‐Around Student  
One Winner 
 
Judges are Representatives of Area Colleges and Universities 
 
The Award 
       There will be one award.  The recognition is open to students as follows: Elementary 
       (Grade 4 – Grade 5); Middle School (Grades 6 – 8); High School (Grades 9 – 12); and 
       Adult Students enrolled in a DC chartered public school. 
 
Nominees 
       A Nominee must be a student currently enrolled in a DC chartered public school. 
 
Nominators  
       Nominator must be the self‐selected Student himself or herself. 
       Nominators/Candidates must include three additional references in their submissions, at 
       least one of which is from an official of his or her school.  
       Nominators/Candidates must submit a one‐page Personal Statement answering the 
       question: “Why should this student receive recognition as the Most Outstanding All‐
       Around Student of 2011‐ 2012?”   Provide specific data and examples to support the 
       nomination.”   
       Nominators/Candidates are encouraged to consider such qualities as the following in 
       composing their Personal Statements:  
           ‐       Does this student now excel academically? 
           ‐       Does this student participate in the life of the school, including extra‐
                   curricular activities such as athletics, band, safety patrol, clubs, etc; 
                   demonstrate leadership; and/or engage in civic life? 
           ‐       Is this student engaged in service activities at school and/or in the 
                   community? 
           ‐   Is this student well‐rounded, helpful to others, and an asset to this school 
                   community? 
       Nominators/Candidates must write an essay on the following topic: “If you have one 
       half‐hour with President Barack Obama to discuss either alleviating poverty or 
       excellence in education, what would you say to him?” 
       Nominators/Candidates must be prepared to be interviewed by the Judge’s Panel if they 
       are selected as one of the three Finalists for this recognition. 
 
   
Most Outstanding Student Scientist  
One Winner (or Team) 
 
Judges are affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 
All nominations deemed eligible will be judged by members and staff of the American Association for the 
Advancement of Science (AAAS).  AAAS is a partner with the DC Association of Chartered Public 
Schools in efforts to encourage more of our students to explore their science and engineering interests. 

 
 
The Awards 
        There will be one award for the Most Outstanding Student Scientist (or Team) 
 
Nominees 
        A Nominee must be a student currently enrolled in sixth through eighth grade in a DC 
        chartered public school. 
 
Nominators  
        Nominators may be Principals, Teachers, Parents, and/or Students.  
        Nominators must include the signed agreement to be nominated from those whom they 
        nominate, in their submissions. 
        Nominators must include one additional reference for those whom they nominate in 
        their submissions, from the Principal, a teacher, counselor, or other administrator at the 
        student’s school. 
 
Criteria 
        A Nominee must have been a Finalist (first, second or third place winner) in the District’s 
        City‐wide Science Fair. 
        The entry must be an original idea that was researched by the Nominee who credits 
        scientists, parents, grandparents, other relatives, or friends who mentored the nominee. 
        The Nominee must provide a statement as to why the entry is important to him or her, 
        and to his or her family, community, and society. 
        Nominees will present their projects to the Judges in April for judging. 
 
Most Outstanding Student Athlete  
Two Winners 
 
Judges are DC College and University Coaches and Athletic Directors 
 
Description: The DCPCS Student‐Athlete of the Year Award honors and recognizes the top male and 
female high school student‐athlete of all DCPCS with varsity athletic sports programming. Senior male 
and female student‐athletes in each of the DCPCS are eligible to receive the award, across all sports.  
 
Nominators: Only the high school principals or the Head Coach of each particular sport may nominate 
the student candidates, no outside nominations will be accepted.  
 
Criteria: 
1. Good Academic Standing 
a. Student must be a senior in high school graduating in the year the award is being given 
b. Must be enrolled in a DC Public Charter School 
c. Must have a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher 
d. *Will be determined based upon students submission of a certified academic transcript must be 
(SEALED) 
2. Athletic Achievement 
a. Student must compete on a varsity sport program at his/her high school 
b. Must be a player who has performed consistently as a regular member of the team for at least the last 
two (2) academic years 
c. *Will be determined based upon Head Coach’s assessment and recommendation* 
3. Community Involvement 
a. Must demonstrate significant contributions to the community through service opportunities 
b. *Will be determined based upon letter of recommendation highlighting the student‐athlete’s volunteer 
activity/community involvement* 
4. Extra‐Curricular Activity Involvement 
a. Student must be involved in at least two (2) school‐sponsored extra‐curricular activities 
b. *Will be determined based upon Principal’s assessment* 
5. Demonstrated Sportsmanship  
a. Demonstrates excellent sportsmanship both on and off the field/court  
b. *Will be determined based upon Head Coach’s assessment of student‐athlete* 
 
Nominees: 
 
Nominations packages must include letters of recommendation from: 1) the school’s principal, 2) the 
head coach of the nominee’s sport, 3) a community service representative. 
 
Nominees must write a personal statement (statement of goals and values, contact information, and list of 
awards, honors, campus involvement, and community service activities) 
 
The student‐athlete must also complete a one (1) page essay five hundred words or less on the challenges 
of being a Student Athlete.  
   
  
High School Writer of the Year 
One Winner 
 
Judges are Journalists and Media Personalities 

Award:  High School Writer of the Year 
 
Eligibility Requirements: 
 
‐ Must be Public Charter School Student 
‐ Students must be at the 9‐12 grade level 
 
Instructions: 
 Students must submit one writing sample from each of the following categories.  Submissions must not 
exceed 500 words. 
 
Journalism (non‐fiction writing including sports and online journalism) 
Please include a written clip from one of the following categories. This piece doesn’t have to be published and you are 
allowed to create it for this award.  
 
‐Hard News 
A hard news story focuses on the facts of a topic imply offering the who, what, where etc… 
 
‐Feature or Human Interest 
Features stories offer the reader a chance to learn more about a person or event 
 
‐Editorial/Op‐Ed (on a current event) 
News editorials are opinion pieces, op‐eds and columns 
 
‐Broadcast News Package Script (TV/Radio) 
Radio or TV news scripts (do not include audio or video components)  
 
Creative Writing 
 
‐Blog 
‐Poetry 
‐Memoir 
‐Short Story 
 
Essay/Personal Statement 
Please answer the following question: 
 
When does free speech go too far?  In March 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case against a 
small Kansas church that gained nationwide attention for protesting loudly at funerals of U.S. service 
members. 
 
The court is deliberating a case involving the father of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq, who wants to keep 
members of the Topeka‐based Westboro Baptist Church from demonstrating near funerals of troops. 
 
Members of the church have traveled the country, shouting at grieving family members at funerals and 
displaying such signs as ʺThank God for Dead Soldiersʺ and ʺGod Blew Up the Troops.ʺ 
 




                                                                                                   
                                               Photo from CNN.com 
                                                             
At issue is a balancing test between the privacy rights of grieving families and the free speech rights of 
demonstrators, however disturbing and provocative their message. 
 
Please answer the following question as it relates to free speech: 
 
Did the churchʹs actions go beyond the boundaries of free speech?  Why or why not?  (Please feel free to 
use other examples of free speech issues to help support your position) 
 
(The first Amendment gives Americans the right to free speech. 
What does that mean in today’s society? 
 
Should there be a line between privacy and free speech?  If so, where do you think the line should be drawn? If not, 
why not? 
 
When does free speech go too far?  
 
http://articles.cnn.com/2010‐03‐08/politics/homosexuality.protest_1_topeka‐based‐westboro‐baptist‐
church‐funerals‐protests?_s=PM:POLITICS
   
Most Outstanding Student Mathematician 
One Winner  
 
Judges are representatives of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and 
Gateway Algebra Program (GAP) 
 
 
The Awards 
       There will be one award.  
 
Nominators  
       Nominators may be Principals, Teachers, Counselors, and the Student himself or herself. 
       Nominators must include the signed consent of those whom they nominate, in their 
       submissions.  
       Nominators must include verification of the nominee’s enrollment in grades 6‐12, in a 
       DC chartered public school. 
 
Nominees 
       A Nominee must be a student currently enrolled in grades 6‐12, in a DC chartered public 
       school. 
       The Nominee must provide his or her “Mathography” – a biography of his or her 
       journey in mathematics, to include such topics as the start of the nominee’s interest in 
       mathematics, who influenced and/or inspired his or her deep interest in mathematics, 
       and when; particular aspects of mathematics that intrigue the nominee; turning points in 
       the development of his or her mathematical expertise; and accomplishments. 
       Nominees will sit for a test of their mathematical skills, analytical, and problem‐solving 
       mathematical ability in March, at the University of the District of Columbia. 
Dear Dr. Edelin,

_____________________________________ (insert name of school) would like
to submit the following nominations for consideration for the STARS Tribute
2012. Our official school contact is listed below.

      Nominee Name                     Award Category
1.________________________        _______________________
2.________________________        _______________________
3.________________________        _______________________
4.________________________        _______________________
5.________________________        _______________________
6.________________________        _______________________
7.________________________        _______________________
8.________________________        _______________________
9.________________________        _______________________
10._______________________        _______________________
11._______________________        _______________________
12._______________________        _______________________
13._______________________        _______________________
14._______________________        _______________________
15._______________________        _______________________

School Contact _________________________________________
Phone and Email________________________________________
              Most Outstanding College Graduate Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)_________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________

Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
        ____Evidence that nominee was enrolled at nominating charter school for 2 or more years
        ____Nominee’s GPA is 3.0 or higher
        ____Essay by Nominee detailing how charter school experience better prepared him or
her for success and future plans
        ____Most recent transcript, an acceptance letter to a college or advance degree program.
Reference on leadership, community or public service and extracurricular activities from
one of the following:
        _____ Reference from department head or Dean
        _____ Reference from teacher
        _____Reference from nominator
I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award of Most Outstanding College Graduate.

______________________________________             ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                  Date
           Most Outstanding High School Graduate Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)_________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________

Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
        ____Nominee currently enrolled in charter school for 2 or more years
        ____Nominee’s GPA is 3.0 or higher
        ____Essay by Nominee detailing how charter school experience better prepared him or
her for success and future plans
        ____Most recent transcript, an acceptance letter to a college or advance degree program.
Reference on leadership, community or public service and extracurricular activities from
one of the following:
        _____ Reference from department head or Dean
        _____ Reference from teacher
        _____Reference from nominator

I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award of Most Outstanding High School Graduate.

______________________________________              ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if Minor)                   Date
                    Most Outstanding Principal Nomination Form
Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Nominee’s School___________________________________________________________
Category (circle one): Elementary Middle High School Adult
Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s School and Position______________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
       ____Nominator’s Statement answering the following questions:
             • “Why should Principal receive recognition as the Most Outstanding of
               2011-12? Provide specific data and examples.
             • Documentation of overall increase in academic skills in reading and
               math over 3 years (AYP, Safe Harbor, etc)
             • Documentation of increased attendance over 3 years
             • Documentation of satisfactory school climate matters (suspension,
               incidents, etc)
             • Significant recognition and/or awards (Students, staff, administration)
References from ALL of the following:
        _____ Reference from Chair of Board of Directors
        _____ Reference from School Leader
        _____Reference from immediate supervisor
        _____Reference from faculty
        _____ Reference from parent
        _____Reference from student
I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DCACPS STARS Tribute for
the award of Most Outstanding Principal. This includes participating in on-site visit and/or face-
to-face interview with judges.
______________________________________             ___________________
Nominee Signature                                          Date
                 Most Valuable Administrator Nomination Form
Nominee Name and Position_________________________________________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Nominee’s School/
Organization______________________________________________________

Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s School and Position______________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
       ____Nominator’s should provide evidence of the following:
             • Leadership and vision
             • Demonstrable impact on organization
             • Sustained performance
             • Employee management and engagement
             • Innovation
             • Ethics
             • Community satisfaction
             • Reputation


I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award of Most Valuable Administrator.

______________________________________           ___________________
Student Name                                     Date
              Most Outstanding Teacher/ Leader Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Subject(s)/ Grade(s)________________________________________________
Nominee’s School___________________________________________________________
Category (circle one): Elementary Middle High School Adult
Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s School and Position______________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
       ____Nominator’s Statement answering the following questions:
             • “Why should Teacher/ Leader receive recognition as the Most
               Outstanding of 2011-12? Provide specific data and examples.
      ____Nominee’s statement reflecting why they should receive award for Most Outstanding
      Teacher/ Leader
References from ALL of the following:
      _____ Reference from principal
      _____ Reference from teacher
      _____Reference from parent
      _____Reference from student

I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award of Most Outstanding Teacher/ Leader.

______________________________________          ___________________
Student Name                                    Date
                    Most Outstanding Student Nomination Form
                    (Elementary, Middle and High School Only)

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee School____________________________ Nominee Grade__________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)__________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________
Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
       ____Nominee’s official transcript.


I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award for Most Outstanding Student.
______________________________________           ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                 Date
                   Most Outstanding Student Nomination Form
                                 (Adult Only)

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee School____________________________ Nominee Grade__________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)__________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________
Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
       ____Nominee’s official transcript.
       ____Narrative not to exceed 500 words. Up to two pages of supporting documentation
can be attached. Narrative must include discussion on the following:
               • Attendance
               • Cooperation
               • Work ethic
               • School and civic involvement




I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award for Most Outstanding Student.
______________________________________           ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                 Date
                 Charter School HOPE Award Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee School____________________________ Nominee Grade__________
Nominee’s Email____________________________ Ward of Nominee________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)__________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________


Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________


Requirements
        ____Nominee’s statement on “What the Charter School experience has meant to me.” If
written, not to exceed 250 words, or If audio or video, not to exceed 2 minutes.
        ____ Nominating statement from Nominator
        ____Recommendation from teacher or school administrator which addresses
school/community, citizenship and the student’s personal growth/overcoming hardships.



I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award of Charter School HOPE Award.
______________________________________           ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                Date
                     Most Improved Student Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee School____________________________ Nominee Grade__________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)__________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________

Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Category (circle one): Elementary Middle High School Adult
Requirements
       ____Nominator’s statement must addresses the following:
           • Student’s marked academic improvement
           • Student’s marked social improvement
           • Why student should receive “Most Improved Student” award for 2011-
               2012?
      ____Three (3) references. Please list name and relationship of reference to nominee.
         1. ______________________________________________

          2. ______________________________________________

          3. ______________________________________________



I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award for Most Improved Student.
______________________________________          ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                Date
             Most Outstanding All-Around Student Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee School____________________________ Nominee Grade__________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)__________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________
Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________
Category (circle one): Elementary Middle High School Adult
Requirements
        ____Nominator’s statement must state that student was selected by Nominator and
address “Why student should receive Most Improved Student” award for 2011-2012?
        ____ Nominee’s personal statement (see Call to Nominations for suggested topics)
        ____Nominee’s essay on “If you have ½ hour with President Barack Obama to discuss
alleviating poverty or excellence in education, what would you say to him?”
        ____Three (3) references, one must be from an official at the Nominee’s school. Please
        list name and relationship of reference to nominee.
             4. ______________________________________________

           5. ______________________________________________

           6. ______________________________________________


       I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of
Chartered School STARS Tribute for the award for Most Outstanding All-Around Student and to
be available for interview by Judge’s panel.
______________________________________           ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                Date
               Most Outstanding Student Scientist Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee School____________________________ Nominee Grade__________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)__________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________
Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
       ____Student currently enrolled in public charter school middle or high school
       ____Nominee’s statement addressing why entry is important to him or her and to his or
her family, community and society.
       ____Entry is an original idea that was researched by nominee who credits scientists,
parents, grandparents, other relatives, or friends who mentored the nominee.
One of the following:
       _____ Reference from principal
       _____ Reference from teacher
       _____Reference from counselor
       _____Reference from other administrator

I, ________________________, was a finalist in the District-wide Science Fair. I consent to
being nominated for DC Association of Chartered School STARS Tribute for the award of
Student Scientist. Finally, I agree to present my project to the judges in April.
______________________________________                ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                       Date
               Most Outstanding Student Athlete Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee School____________________________ Nominee Grade__________
Nominee’s Email____________________________ Male____ or Female _____
Parent of Nominee (if minor)__________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________
Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
        ____Certified academic transcript
        ____Nominee’s personal statement
        ____One (1) page essay written by nominee
All of the following:
        _____ Reference from principal
        _____ Reference from head coach of nominee’s sport
        _____Reference from community service representative


I, ________________________, have been a part of ______________(name of sport) for two or
more years and am currently playing at varsity level. I consent to being nominated for DC
Association of Chartered School STARS Tribute for the award of Student Athlete.
______________________________________               ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                      Date
                Most Outstanding Student Writer Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee School____________________________ Nominee Grade__________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)__________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________
Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
       ____Student currently enrolled in public charter school high school

Three (3) writing submissions, each not to exceed 500 words, as follows:
       _____ Journalism submission
       _____ Creative writing submission
       _____Essay/ Personal Statement – When does free speech go too far?


I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award of Student Writer and grant permission for submission to be
used and re-printed by DCACPS.

______________________________________             ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                  Date
           Most Outstanding Student Mathematician Nomination Form

Nominee Name____________________________________________________
Nominee School____________________________ Nominee Grade__________
Nominee’s Email___________________________________________________
Parent of Nominee (if minor)__________________________________________
Email and Phone of Parent___________________________________________
Nominator’s Name_________________________________________________
Nominator’s Position________________________________________________
Nominator’s Phone and Email________________________________________

Requirements
       ____Student currently enrolled in public charter school middle or high school
       ____Nominee’s “Mathography” – a biography of nominee’s journey in mathematics.


I, ________________________, consent to being nominated for DC Association of Chartered
School STARS Tribute for the award of Student Scientist. Finally, I agree to sit for test of my
mathematical skills, analytical and problem-solving mathematical ability in March 2012.
______________________________________              ___________________
Nominee Signature (or Parent, if minor)                   Date
 

				
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