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Passing of Ballou '81 Alumni, Clarence Irby

November 29, 2016 by Yuneek Nabinett Johnson (Register to contact)

FB Family and Friends,
Per our fellow class reunion committee member, Mildred "Yvette" Browne, "It is with a heavy heart that I have to deliver the news of one of my oldest childhood friends passing. Clarence Irby, Ballou Class of '81 passed on Monday November 21, 2016.You may already be informed. I just found out today. As many of you are aware Clarence could not make (our 35th class) reunion because he had just buried his only brother the day of the reunion."
Funeral services are as follows:
DATE: THURSDAY DECEMBER 1, 2016
PLACE: CAMP SPRINGS COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH - 8040 WOODYARD ROAD, CLINTON, MD.
VISITATION @ 10AM UNTIL TIME OF SERVICE AT 11AM

Ballou Class of '81 35th Class Reunion - 09/24/2016

September 27, 2016 by Yuneek Nabinett Johnson (Register to contact)

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****ATTENTION ALL BALLOU KNIGHTS!***

The Ballou Class of '81 35th Class Reunion Committee would like to send a special "Thank you" to each and every person that took the time to attend our 35th high school reunion at the new Ballou High School! Simply stated, WE HAD A BALL!

For everyone entering the new school for the first time, emotions ran high, some tears fell, and we all smiled with joy!

Everyone enjoyed socializing, the tour of the school, reception hour, dancing to Olde school music, our very own go-go songs, dinner buffet, dancing down the "Soul Train" line, the dessert/candy tables, the memorabilia table, and seeing how our teachers still got it! Ms. Colleen Dykema stayed on the dance floor!

We were TRULY blessed to see 9 Ballou Classes as well as several teachers, friends, and family members attend such a tremendous event! We had a combined 150+ guests attend and again, thank you for your presence!

Words cannot express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for making this reunion our very best!

Thus far, as you can see from the many pictures, again, WE HAD A BALL!

Finally, for everyone that attended the reunion, please make sure we have your email address to receive all of the group class pictures! Our reunion email address is *****@gmail.com.

Again, Thank you!

F.W. Ballou Class of '81 35th Reunion Committee!

P.S. More Pictures will be posted soon!

FWBHS Class of '81 35th Reunion Fundraiser

March 29, 2016 by Yuneek Nabinett Johnson (Register to contact)

The FWBHS Class of '81 35th Reunion committee is hosting our 2nd fundraiser - Delaware Park Casino Trip on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Bus to depart at 10am and return at 7pm to Oxon Hill Park & Ride (near Tanger Outlets). Cost is $50 per person due by April 23, 2016. $30 rebate from the Casino. All payments are to be made via cash or checks. Checks payable to Wayne Johnson c/o F.W Ballou to P.O. Box 2061 Clinton, Maryland 20735. For tickets, contact one of the following committee members: Mildred Browne, Wayne & Yuneek Johnson, Freda Duncan, Vanessa Perry-Thomas, Edith Thrash-Edmonds, Phyllis Carr, or Gilbert Davidson. Lastly, shopping is available just 10 minutes from the Casino at the Christiana Mall. We hope you can join us!

Thank you,
FWBHS Class of '81 35th Reunion Committee

1st FWBHS 35th Class Reunion Fundraiser - Paint Nite

March 14, 2016 by Yuneek Nabinett Johnson (Register to contact)

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News Alert: Tickets for the FWBHS Class of 1981 35th Class Reunion Paint Nite Fundraiser Online Now
This is a friendly news alert from the FWBHS Class of 1981 35th Class Reunion Committee. All alumni, family, and friends are cordially invited to attend the 1st FWBHS Class of 1981 35th Class Reunion Paint Nite Fundraiser on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 1pm to 3pm at the Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers 2436 18th St NW WDC 20009 202.290.2778. Tickets are $45.00* per person (Joining early is encouraged). *A portion of ticket sales goes towards the 35th high school reunion, which is slated for Saturday, September 24, 2016. Last date to purchase tickets is March 14, 2016. To purchase tickets, send an email to *****@gmail.com to received the link.

We hope to see you there!
Thank you,
FWBHS Class of 1981 35th Class Reunion Committee

Tickets for the FWBHS Class of 1981 35th Class Reunion Paint Nite Fundraiser

February 17, 2016 by Yuneek Nabinett Johnson (Register to contact)

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News Alert: Tickets for the FWBHS Class of 1981 35th Class Reunion Paint Nite Fundraiser Online Now
This is a friendly news alert from the FWBHS Class of 1981 35th Class Reunion Committee. All alumni, family, and friends are cordially invited to attend the 1st FWBHS Class of 1981 35th Class Reunion Paint Nite Fundraiser on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 1pm to 3pm at the Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers 2436 18th St NW WDC 20009 202.290.2778. Tickets are $45.00* per person (Joining early is encouraged). *A portion of ticket sales goes towards the 35th high school reunion, which is slated for Saturday, September 24, 2016. Last date to purchase tickets is March 11, 2016. To purchase tickets, send an email to *****@gmail.com to received the link.

We hope to see you there!
Thank you,
FWBHS Class of 1981 35th Class Reunion Committee

Support the FIGHT AGAINST CHANGING FW BALLOU's NAME

February 14, 2016 by Theresa Thompson (Register to contact)

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JOIN THE BALLOU ALUMNI IN OPPOSITION TO RE-NAMING BALLOU---
OFFICIAL LETTER SENT TO -- DC CITY COUNCIL
We need EVERYONE to sign NOW ...
?? Say NO to renaming F.W. BALLOU to MARION S. BARRY HIGH SCHOOL.

?? Say YES , to honoring him (BARRY) in a different way (such as naming the Stadium, Good Hope Road, or the New All Boys High School after him).
We need EVERYONE to sign NOW ...
https://http://www.*****/****



January 6, 2016


The Honorable Phil Mendelson
Chairman
Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 504
Washington, DC 20004

RE: Renaming Frank W. Ballou High School

Dear Chairman Mendelson:

Warm greetings to you from the Frank W. Ballou Senior High School Alumni Association ("BAA") Board of Directors; we are contacting you in reference to the recommendation that was presented to you that Frank W. Ballou High School be renamed to honor the former Mayor, Marian S. Barry. No one contacted the BAA regarding this issue; therefore, we were unaware that renaming of our Alma Mater was even an option for consideration.
We have the utmost respect for former Mayor, Marion Barry, and all of his contributions to support the city as Mayor, and then to the Ward 8 community as Councilmember; however, we DO NOT agree with renaming Frank W. Ballou Senior High School. The school has a long, positive, and rich history with over 21,000 proud Alumni that continue to hold strong bonds and memories to Ballou.
As the District's longest serving Mayor, we agree that Mr. Barry should be honored for his service. While he was Mayor, he worked tirelessly for the citizens of the District and his memorial should be reflective of his service and should be a focal point in the city, not just in Ward 8; not by disrupting the student's and alumni's connection to Frank W. Ballou Senior High School, our Alma Mater where education has excelled, friendships have thrived, dreams and relationships developed that continue to flourish 50 years later. We respectfully ask that you leave the legacy of the school intact and NOT rename Ballou, but as an alternative option, honor Mr. Barry in Ward 8 by naming an entity in Ballou, such as, the new media center, theater or the football stadium at Ballou High School after him, in addition to other memorials located elsewhere in the city.
We appreciate your consideration of our request.
Sincerely,


Theresa Thompson
President
Frank W. Ballou High School Alumni Association
Executive Board of Directors

FWBHS Class of '81 Paint Nite Fundraiser - 032616

January 28, 2016 by Yuneek Nabinett Johnson (Register to contact)

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Calling all Ballou Knights!

You are cordially invited to a
Frank W. Ballou High School Class Of 1981
35th High School Class Reunion Fundraiser
having fun painting with Fellow Ballou Alumni at a Paint Nite.
***Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers****
2436 18th St NW WDC 20009 - 202.290.2778.
Meeting Time: 12 Noon| Lesson begins at 1:00 PM
Drinks & Food will be at your own cost.
Tickets are $45.00 per person*
Ticket sales end on Friday, March 11, 2016
For more information, contact a reunion committee member;
Denise Edith Thrash, Freda Duncan, Phyllis Carr, Mildred "Yvette" Browne, Gilbert "Gill" Davidson, Vanessa Perry-Thomas, Wanda Franklin-Ayala,
Wayne Johnson, or Yuneek Nabinett-Johnson at:
*****@gmail.com
*A portion of ticket sales will go towards
the Ballou Class of 1981 35th High School Class Reunion!

THANK YOU!

SAVE THE DATE FUNDRAISER

January 27, 2016 by Yuneek Nabinett Johnson (Register to contact)

*** SAVE THE DATE ***
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016


FWBHS CLASS OF 1981
35TH HIGH SCHOOL CLASS REUNION


**** PAINT NITE FUNDRAISER ****
MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS


MORE INFORMATION TO COME!


PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

FWBHS Class of 1981 Upcoming Fundraisers

January 19, 2016 by Yuneek Nabinett Johnson (Register to contact)

****Attention all Ballou Knights!*****

The FWBHS (Frank W. Ballou High School) Class of 1981 is gearing up for several fundraisers beginning in March through July, 2016 for our upcoming 35th Class Reunion on September 24, 2016 and We need your support. Please stay tuned for several fundraisers to show your support.

Thank you,

Yuneek Nabinett-Johnson
Class of 1981 Reunion Committee Member

Seeking Class of 1981 Classmates contact information for 35th Class Reunion

January 3, 2016 by Yuneek Nabinett Johnson (Register to contact)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FWBHS family,

For our upcoming 35th Class Reunion classmates and others wishing to be kept abreast of our upcoming reunion, please send your current mailing address and email address to *****@gmail.com.

Also, if you have any questions and/or suggestions for the class reunion, please send them to *****@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Yuneek Nabinett-Johnson

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Ballou HS report: Teachers were pressured to pass students  WTOP

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DC Teen Denied Bond in Murder of Ballou High School Student  NBC4 Washington

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D.C. plans probe of Ballou High School following report questioning standards  The Washington Post

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Ballou High School graduates students through difficult year  WJLA

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Ballou High School Student Shot and Killed  Afro American

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A homeless DC student with an offer to play college football is banned from his high school team over residency rules  Business Insider

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Once a national model, now D.C. public schools target of FBI investigation  The Washington Post

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The ABCs of Failure  Townhall

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D.C. graduation fraud? Not in the charter schools.  The Washington Post

Emily Langhorne, a former high school English teacher, is a policy analyst for the Reinventing America's Schools project at The Progressive Policy Institute.



'This was a murder' | Family of dead Ballou HS student demands answers  W*USA 9

The family of a teenager who died 19 days after he was attacked at Ballou High School said he had been bullied for years.



A Failing Grade for the Capital's Public School - Georgetown Public Policy Review  Georgetown Public Policy Review

Washington, D.C. was once again in the national spotlight recently, though this time the dysfunction and chaos stemmed not from Congress, but city government.



Washington, D.C.’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale  The Durango Herald

WASHINGTON – As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation's capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban...



Teen charged with shooting Ballou High student walking home from school  Washington Post

D.C. police on Tuesday arrested a man and charged him with shooting and critically wounding a 17-year-old student as he walked home from Ballou High ...



Recruit given home to play football  Temple News

A Temple University verbal commit, who was homeless, will play his first high school football game in two years on Friday due to a Washington, D.C. athletic ...



Entire senior class at D.C.'s Ballou High School applies to college for first time  WJLA

The entire senior class at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington has applied for college for the first time.AVID's the name of the college prep classes at ...



D.C.’s Graduation Crisis: What’s Next for Students?  WAMU 88.5

Last year, WAMU and NPR released a joint report that revealed systematic and widespread violations of the attendance and graduation policies at Ballou.



17-year-old shot near Ballou High School in DC  WTOP

A 17-year-old boy was shot near the D.C. school he attends Thursday afternoon. The shooting suspects are at large.



Are DC public schools cooking the books?  The Washington Post

In last week's column on the attendance and graduation scandal at Ballou High School, I suggested that D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson might have a ...



7 On Your Side: Ballou High School football players under investigation  WJLA

Records obtained by ABC7 News show 10 Ballou High School Football players allegedly played football on days they had unexcused absences from class, ...



Investigation claims Ballou's 2017 graduating class may not have meet graduation requirements  FOX 5 DC

An investigation by WAMU / NPR claims many students in Ballou High School's 2017 graduating class should have been held back.



Large sinkhole reported in Southeast Washington  Washington Post

Updated at 10:17 a.m.. Officials said crews are working to repair a large sinkhole in the 3500 block of Sixth Street SE. The sinkhole was created after a break in ...



DC teacher union claims widespread grade, attendance problems  WTOP

WASHINGTON — The head of D.C.'s teachers union said grade and attendance irregularities at Ballou High School are not an isolated case. “The problems that ...



Ballou High School student killed in shooting at Southeast DC apartment complex  FOX 5 DC

A 16-year-old Ballou High School student was gunned down at an apartment complex in Southeast D.C. Sunday night.



15-Year-Old Jaylyn Wheeler Was Fatally Shot Outside of a High School in Washington, D.C.  TeenVogue.com

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Senior DCPS official placed on administrative leave amid alleged Ballou HS grade fixing  WJLA

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Homeless D.C. high school football player eclipses GoFundMe goal  Washington Times

Jamal Speaks, a homeless high school senior in Washington, has raised more than $20000 in donations.



Following Graduation Scandal, Numerous Changes Coming in Next School Year  Afro American

By Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFRO. District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) seeks public feedback on its newly released draft of regulations and ...



Investigation finds D.C. schools fostered a culture of passing students  Washington Post

Each year, students would enter Rob Barnett's 12th-grade math class at Eastern High School struggling with fractions and basic division. The students worked ...



Ballou High School to be reconstituted for the second time in five years  Washington Post

Teachers and staff at Ballou High School in Ward 8 must reapply for their jobs after D.C. school officials announced that the school will be “reconstituted” next ...



Principal Removed, Probes Launched Following Ballou HS Scandal  Afro American

Following a news report that unearthed a graduation scandal at Ballou Senior High School, the D.C. Public schools chancellor removed its principal on Dec.



School resource officer provides special sendoff for Ballou seniors for 10th year  WJLA

Most high school seniors dream of glitz and glam on their big day, but for a few Ballou High School seniors there was something a little extra special about prom.



DC Teachers Say Pressure To Pass Students Is Systemwide  WAMU 88.5

The decision to pass or fail a chronically absent or unprepared student is often placed in the hands of teachers. As a recent WAMU and NPR investigation at ...



100% of Ballou High School's graduating senior class accepted into college  WJLA

There have been dozens of graduations at Frank W. Ballou Senior High School over the years, but this one is historic.I have four brothers and sisters, none of ...



Problems with absenteeism in DC schools 'deeply troubling'  WTOP

This is proof, yet again, that the problem in DCPS is not limited to one or two high schools,” D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh said about an investigation that ...



Uptick in DC teen violence is a ‘deeper problem’  WTOP

WASHINGTON — DC police say the number of teens losing their lives on the streets of the city is not a trend, but a deeper problem. Ten kids have lost their lives ...



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