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Winter Break At-Home Activities

The Division of Academics, through the Office of Academics and Transformation, has prepared an array of engaging Winter Break Activities. These activities, available on the Division of Academics website, offer fun and educational experiences for students.

From online Reading and Math Challenges, Social Studies Trivia, and Science explorations, these activities are designed to engage and enhance student learning across various grade levels and interests.

We encourage you to explore these activities with your children. While not mandatory, they’re a great way for our students to continue learning in an enjoyable manner during the break.

Let’s make this Winter Break a time of exploration and fun learning.

Thank you for your support, and have a wonderful Winter Break ahead.

Visit the Division of Academics website for more information.

2023 Winter Break At-Home Activities Flyer

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Pop N’ Prep Homework Help Program

Pop N’ Prep is a free homework help service exclusively for M-DCPS K-12 students. Homework help is provided by certified M-DCPS teachers, which is available Monday thru Thursday from 4 p.m. through 8 p.m.

Session Registration opens at 3:00 p.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

You may register for a session up to 24 hours in advance.

  • Pop N’ Prep Free Homework Help Flyer – English (CLICK HERE)
  • Pop N’ Prep Free Homework Help Flyer – Haitian-Creole (CLICK HERE)
  • Pop N’ Prep Free Homework Help Flyer – Spanish (CLICK HERE)

Click Here To Register


Mary Karakadze – Media Specialist

Mary Karakadze is a newly certified media specialist and was hired this school year at Felix Varela High School. She immediately jumped in and began involving the M.D.P.L.S. in collaborative efforts, raising awareness of resources available in the school’s Viper Central Media Room, and involving the local library to help create a more enriching educational experience for students and build a stronger sense of community.

We asked Mary what her biggest challenge was:
“The biggest challenge I have faced as a new media specialist is meeting the diverse needs of the students and coming up with a way to increase book and resource circulation. Some things I would suggest to a new media specialist would be to create an inviting library space, offer a diverse range of books, and to organize reading challenges or competitions with rewards. Making the library a fun and interactive place has helped bring in the students. As a new Media Specialist, I feel the unwavering support from the Library Media Services Department and other fellow media specialists. This has helped me learn best practices and
overcome any challenges faced!

My goal is to create a vibrant reading culture in Felix Varela High School that will inspire a
lifelong love of reading in our students.”


Income Survey

For students who are not directly certified, households may complete an Income Survey Form to qualify for other benefits such as fee waivers or programs related to socioeconomic status.

Click HERE to access survey.

This link is also available in the Parent Portal and linked on the Food & Nutrition website