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DCPS Students Showcase Community’s Resilience with 2021-2022 School Year Calendar Artwork

Monday, November 1, 2021

Enrique Gutierrez (DCPS) – (202) 709-2608; [email protected]

(Washington, DC) DC Public Schools (DCPS) is thrilled to announce the 2021-2022 School Year calendar, titled “DCPS Resilience,” in honor of the students, families, and staff perseverance during the COVID-19 pandemic. What makes this DCPS calendar special is the artwork of three incredible student artists whose passion and talent were represented the spirit of their community.

“Rosie 2.0” by Eliot-Hine Middle School’s Riley Mitchell (8th Grade) is an art piece, inspired by the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter, that showcases women empowerment with a contemporary look. In her work’s message, Riley wanted to convey women can do anything. Designed during the height of the pandemic, Riley believed this image would serve as a symbol not only for young girls but as inspiration for everyone to persevere through the challenges and to never give up.

“DC Statehood Now: Fifty-First & Finest” by McKinley Technology High School’s Erykah Howell (12th Grade) and Wilson High School’s Aaliyah Hatten (11th Grade) is an art piece created to show support for the movement to provide District residents with voting representation in Congress and with full control over their local affairs. Artistic collaborative limitations arose during the last year of virtual learning, so Erykah and Aaliyah opted for a digital format where many students could put forth ideas and give feedback on the overall design. The result is a phenomenal display of talent and a testament to the students’ perseverance.  

“DCPS talent is on full display with the work of these three incredible artists,” said Chancellor Lewis Ferebee. “In the face of a year like no other, Riley, Erykah, and Aaliyah captured the community’s resiliency and inspire us overcome challenges with strength and resolve. We’re proud to feature their work in this year’s calendar and honor the teachers who helped inspire their artistic expression.”

DCPS families interested in obtaining a copy of the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar can do so at their school. For those interested in downloading a PDF of the printed calendar, visit You can also add an electronic version for mobile devices and calendar apps at

To enable future planning and for the convenience of students, staff and families, preparations are already underway for the 2023-2026 school year calendars. DCPS community members can provide valuable feedback by submitting a prepared survey at