National Assessment of Educational Progress Dates


Dear Parent or Guardian:

Imagine Hope Tolson students in grades 4 and 8 will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 28, 2017. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child will take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit to review sample questions.

The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

  • Your child’s grades will not be affected.
  • Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.
  • While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by January 27, 2017.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at Contact Erika Lovette at 202-832-7370 or at if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Imagine Hope Tolson’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.



Camille Darden, School Principal

Tolson DC SCORES Wins Poetry Slam


Congratulations to the Tolson DC SCORES team for winning the “Poetry Slam Spirit Award: Eastside” award for their great performance at the DC SCORES Poetry Slam! Check out the whole performance by clicking the link below:

Special recognition needs to be given to the program’s coaches and volunteers for their tremendous work and dedication in preparing the team for the Poetry Slam.
Karen Burton (Poetry Coach)
Neerali Patel (Poetry Volunteer)
Ebony Smith (Poetry Volunteer)
Jerome Clemons (Head Coach)
Cyriacus Igiwlo (Assistant Coach)
Great job DC SCORES!

Fall Festival!

Please Join Us!

We are excited to announce that our school will be hosting a Fall Festival on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. All students and families are encouraged to attend. This will be an event that you do not want to miss!

We will have our first ever, Spooky Walk located on our first floor, along with several hands on crafts in the cafeteria for our Fall celebration. These are some of the things that you can look forward to:

  • Spider Ring Toss Game
  • Fall Face Painting Station
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Fall Candied Apple Station
  • Spooky Hallway Walk (separate from cafeteria activities and optional)
  • Games, Prizes, and more…

Admission Prices:

$4 per child/adult for Fall festivities inside of the cafeteria ONLY
$4 per child and $6 per adult for the Spooky Walk ONLY
$5 per child and $7 per adult for combo ticket which includes BOTH the Spooky Walk and Cafeteria Fall Festival activities.          
Please note, all children MUST be accompanied by an adult!
Proceeds will be going toward our future gymnasium fund!

Thank you for your support and we hope that you can join us.

Student Technology Incentive


Imagine Hope Tolson Technology Incentive

Scholars at Imagine Hope Tolson have access to some of the top academic technology programs.  This year we are implementing a technology incentive program for all students.  In an effort to encourage the use of these programs both in school and at home, we will be tracking students’ progress each week.  At the end of the month we will plan an exciting activity for the top 5 students in each program.  Please see below for the specific requirements for each program.

Reading Eggs


Student performance is based on the number of episodes completed and the amount of ‘eggs’ they accumulate based on the successful completion of each lesson.

Head Sprout


Student performance is based on the number of episodes they complete and the amount of stars they earn for successfully completing each episode.



Student performance is based on the number feet the student has traveled as well as the amount of time they spent on the program.



Student performance is based on the accumulation of golden eggs for all activities completed.


Examples of incentives received at the end of each month include:

  • Movie & Popcorn
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Field Trip
  • Prize Give Away
  • Game Day- Board Games & Video Games
  • Pizza Party





Stay connected with mySchoolApp!

Announcing our new school app!


We are pleased to announce the launch of our new school app. It is FREE for you to download and is part of our commitment to communicate with parents, delivering the school’s latest news, events, push notifications and much, much more.

mySchoolApp – user set up
When you have downloaded mySchoolApp to your device (phone or tablet) there are just a few things you need to do, to ensure you can get the most from the app.

Once you have selected your school you will be requested to enter your details. This is a once only form and enables the app to identify you to the school. The school app administrator will be able to see your name, email and phone number. We also request you create a PIN, which is private. This will be used if you submit an absence notification via the app, ensuring only you can use this feature.

From the app menu, select Settings.
In this area you can
• update your details
• add additional schools (which use mySchoolApp)
• subscribe to Notification Groups
• choose which language you would prefer to read the app content*

*only visible if the school has taken the languages option

Push Notifications
Push notifications enable the school to notify you of new messages or events without the need for you to actually open the app. It is recommended that you choose to accept push notifications from mySchoolApp, to ensure that you receive important communications, such as a school closure due to snow, early dismissal, etc.

If your school has created notification groups you will see these in settings. Simply opt in, to receive notifications from the groups which are of interest to you. This function enables the school to send messages to specific academies, for example.

logoClick on the images below to download your app today!



Important Tolson Update


Important Imagine Hope Update

September 1, 2016


Dear Parents,

As your partner in education, I am writing to make you aware of a situation yesterday involving one of our students. We are thankful the student is reported to be fine, however we want you to have factually accurate information.

To provide our students and campus with a school nurse, Imagine Hope Tolson contracts with an outside health care staffing service. Yesterday, their employee inadvertently administered the wrong medication to a student who had come to the nurse’s office for treatment. We immediately took action to ensure the well being of our student, involving both emergency medical providers and local authorities.

We have followed up with the student’s parent/guardian to express our continuing good wishes for a full recovery and are encouraged by the reports we are hearing. We also continue to cooperate fully with local authorities as they lead a thorough investigation. Additionally, we have ensured the nurse in question will no longer be on our campus.

Due to privacy and legal concerns, we are not able to offer further information, other than to assure you the safety and health of our students is our highest priority. We will be reviewing the health care protocols already in place and look for any further action that can be taken to strengthen them.

As always, thank you for the privilege of partnering with you to educate your child at Imagine Hope Tolson. I encourage you to speak with me directly should you have additional questions or concerns.




Camille Darden