Weekly Update Nov. 5th – 12th

Jackson-Reed STEM Students, Parents and Teachers,

Here's what is happening this week at Jackson-Reed:


Upcoming events and programs

Fieldtrip to FBI Headquarters on November 13th:

Spots are currently filled for this fieldtrip, but we are so excited to take our first-level biomedical students to tour the headquarters of the FBI building here in Washington DC-students will learn about forensics, cybersecurity, casework, and the variety of jobs within the FBI.

Our monthly Academy Diversity Listening Session:

This Tuesday, November 13, is the monthly session where we facilitate discussion towards the betterment of the academies. Every month we have a theme, this months theme is Family. From there, we have activities to go along with the theme. This session is nothing but hearing your opinions. Let your voice be heard, so change can be made. Additionally, your equity officers are asking for help planning by registering on this link:

GWU Urban Health Program Bi-weekly Series:

For our biomed students, our partnership with George Washington University's Urban Health Projects is back! This is open to biomed students and counts toward the work-based learning requirements to graduate the academy.  Please come to the college and career center during lunch on Wednesday, October 18th! They  mission is to promote public health education. Their sessions include snacks and are highly engaging and interactive and run by graduate students.  For more information about this series, please check out their webpage

Save the date! 

Annual Engineering Expo Extravaganza

Come see our engineering students showcase on December 6th from 6:00-8:00 as they displaytheir current class projects in this evening event where we welcome judges and community partners in the field of engineering to come judge and give feedback to our young engineers. For the second half of the evening, our judges and students trade places and our judges present their latest projects, research, and 'day in the life' and our students have the opportunity to network.

Calling all Engineers in your network! 

We are always looking for more judges to support this Expo especially since the size our engineering academy has blossomed and we want to make sure all of our students get feedback. If you or anyone in your network would be willing to serve as a judge, please fill out and/or share this landing page link with more detailed information about the event as well the sign-up link. Ms. McClure will follow up with those who sign up to schedule a judges virtual call in advance of the event to ensure clarity (and excitement!)

Architecture Fieldtrip to Morgan State University

On November 15th a fieldtrip to the first and second level engineering students to meet with an architecture firm who designed Tyler Hall- the new state-of-the-art building on Morgan State Universities' campus. Students will also get to tour the engineering and architectural college at Morgan State University and learn about what a major in this field looks like. 45 slots are available, fieldtrip forms are available with Ms. McClure, Mr. Meyers and Dr. Sharma.

Engineering Scholarship 

First Robotics Scholarships Women in STEM : ($1K to $3K) are available for eligible candidates.

  • The application closes on November 29, 2023 at 5:00PM. If you need special accommodations to complete this form or for the interview process (if selected as a finalist), please notify Shelly Stoddard at sstoddard@firstchesapeake.org.
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for those who identify as women who are currently high school juniors and seniors and currently registered with a FIRST team in the FIRST Chesapeake District (FTC or FRC in DC, Maryland, and Virginia).
  • Application Link

Apprenticeship Fieldtrip

On Friday, 11/17, students will be taking a field trip to the Apprenticeships Open House in Lanham, MD. Students will leave JR at 9 am and be back around 5 pm. It will feature a multi-trade event with earn-while-you-learn construction apprenticeships from around our region. Additionally, Tours, exhibits, demonstrations, food and drink will be there. This opportunity is great for those interested in Apprenticeships and will hear and learn from Bricklayers, Plumbers, Ironworkers, Insulators, Electricians, Operating Engineers, Sheet Metal, Steamfitters, Carpenters, Finishing Trades. If interested, please see Ms. Levenson in the College and Career Center for 108A for a fieldtrip form.

Information Technology and Engineering Scholarship

Amazing opportunity for IT and engineering seniors; Students can use this link to apply to a 40,000 Amazon scholarship. Seniors, please review the eligibility requirements and get to it!

How can you support the academies?

Do you have other ideas for fieldtrip experiences for our Biomed, Engineering, and IT students? We know that our academy families are well-connected to amazing opportunities in the DMV area. If you have a connection or idea for a fieldtrip related to the world of health sciences, we would love to hear form you! go to https://scimatech.org/connect/ and just click the box that says 'Lead a tour/host a fieldtrip within your field.'

More Upcoming Work-Based Learning

  • November 13: FBI HQ Fieldtrip for Biomed
  • November 14: Monthly Academy Diversity Listening Session during lunch in the library
  • November 15: Architecture fieldtrip to Morgan State University for Engineering (levels 1-2)
  • November 15: GWU Urban Health Program Bi-weekly series
  • November 20: Mentor/Mentee Mixer during lunch in the library
  • November 30: Aerospace Engineering Fieldtrip to College Park Airport
  • November 30: GWU Urban Health Program Bi-weekly series


Internship Information:

Career Ready Internships:


For current eligible juniors (and seniors who have not yet completed a Career-Ready Internship), an email with the application link and all of the steps for the CRI paid summer internship opportunity through the academy was sent out two weeks ago. If you believe you are eligible, but have not received an email with this important information, please check your spam.  If it is not there, please let Ms. McClure know so she can check into it...it went to whichever email is in aspen and I know sometimes there are changes there. Once you have applied (deadline January 5th), the next step is to complete the Tenacity course that will appear on your Canvas in the next couple of weeks-we are just waiting for Central to load it-more detailed instructions will come from Ms. McClure once loaded.   Ms. McClure will be reaching out this week if you have not applied yet and are eligible-don't limit your options, at least apply.


Advanced Internship Program: 

Our school-year Advanced Internship Program Students are off to a great start. Check out these adorable pictures of Khalia, Maelle, and Lolera at their placement with the Humane Rescue Alliance!





Shout Outs!

Blood Drive:

A major thank-you to all of the students and family members who donated blood at this past Thursday's Inova Blood Drive. Together we were able to save 147 lives based on the number of pints we were able to collect! We'd love to give a special shout-out to our Blood Drive student organizers Safya Biswal, Angela Rios, and Kinzly Gootman who took the lead in organizing a flawless event-our contacts from Inova gave us the feedback that we are the most effective high school partnership they have. Great job, leaders!