Message from Principal Hedlund

Dr. Phyllis HedlundPrincipal Newsletters

Principal's Newsletter

On Monday and Tuesday, we will attend professional development, and teachers will work on second quarter grades. It is hard to believe that we are midway through the school year!

On Tuesday, teachers will attend district-wide professional development based on their grade bands or content area. Here at Shepherd on Monday we will work together as a faculty on restructuring recess and achieving equity. Carissa Harrison, our SEL (Social Emotional Learning Coordinator from Central Office) will lead the recess reboot with Mr. Garner who is working as our SEL Liaison this year. Mr. Taylor and Ms. Scott will facilitate Courageous Conversations: Got Passion? Our objective for the session is to understand the framework of Courageous Conversations and to open up as a staff to connect our personal and professional passions to racial equity work.

Ms. Morgan Williams started today as our temporary Physical Education teacher and will be with us until Mr. Langrock returns in early May from leave. She is off to a great start. This week, I selected a temporary Librarian for hire, Ms. Blake, who has extensive classroom experience as a Special Education teacher. She currently works with DC Public Libraries, and we hope to have her at Shepherd in two weeks time. Ms. Stewart, the temporary teacher for Kindergarten, spent a day with Ms. Haygood, Mr. Spriggs and the children this week. We are hoping to have her in the classroom on Wednesday. Please know that I will keep you updated on staffing as I get more information. Thank you for your patience.

Enjoy the weekend, and I will see you on Wednesday, if not before then, as Star Achievers is in operation Monday and Tuesday.

With gratitude,


Black History Month

Please respond to this email if you would like to serve on a committee to organize Shepherd’s Black History Month celebration. The event is planned for the evening of February 27th and the morning of February 28th.

Picture Day

On February 2, we will have group photographs for classes and clubs.
On April 3, we will have the second round of individual student photos.

Chess Championship

Please come see our students play on Saturday, January 25th starting at 10 am at John Eaton ES.

Register for Spring Little League Today

Registration has opened for Spring Little League! There are multiple age divisions starting at 4yrs old. It’s a great way to introduce baseball and playing on a team. If you have any questions about the league, please contact me at [email protected]. Register here:

About Capitol City Little League:

Capitol City Little League has been serving the Washington, D.C. area Since 1986 and is run completely by volunteers and parents working closely with the League to introduce and teach baseball and softball to our kids. Each season, more than 500 children participate! Capitol City Little League has Spring and Fall leagues with 7 baseball divisions with teams of co-ed Kids from 5 to 14 years old, and 4 divisions for girls softball for girls ages 6 to 14 years.

Monday, Jan 27th – Records Day (NO SCHOOL) – STAR ACHIEVERS OPEN

Tuesday, Jan 28th – Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL) – STAR ACHIEVERS OPEN

Monday, Feb 10th – Ward 3 Education Network meeting (7pm)

Wednesday, Feb 12th – LSAT and PTA meetings (4:30 pm and 6:30 pm)

Monday, Feb 17th-Fri, Feb 21st – February Break (NO SCHOOL)

Wed, Feb 19th – DCPS Oversight Hearing (DC CITY COUNCIL)

Tuesday, Feb 25th –DCPS Parent Workshop at Brookland Middle School ( 6 pm)

Thursday, Feb 27th – Black History Month event

Friday, Feb 28th – Jazz Fest (6:30-8:30 pm)

Wednesday, March 18th – LSAT and PTA meetings (4:30 om and 6:30 pm)

Friday, March 20th – Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL)

Friday, March 27th – Health/Wellness Fair

Monday, April 13-Fri, April 17th – Spring Break

Wednesday, April 22nd – LSAT and PTA meetings (4:30 om and 6:30 pm)

Saturday, April 25th – Shepherd Gala and Auction

May 4-8th – Teacher Appreciation Week

Thursday, May 21st – International Day