Many Washington parents pull their children from the D.C. public school system after the fifth grade in search of a better education, leading to something of a brain drain in the District. But under Principal Abdullah Zaki, Kelly Miller Middle School has led efforts in helping students succeed.f
Feb. 12, 2014Students file through the hallways of Kelly Miller Middle School in the District. After the 2011-12 school year, 11 percent of the city school system’s fourth-graders did not continue on to fifth grade in a traditional D.C. public school, according to city data. From fifth grade to sixth grade — the city’s usual transition point from elementary to middle school — the system’s enrollment that same year plummeted by 24 percent.Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.