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Peter Sturtevant, director of the School Counseling Group, shares what it takes to turn a maybe into a yes. By Carol Ross Joynt

Photograph courtesy of the School Counseling Group.

Peter Sturtevant Jr. is director of the School Counseling Group, one of the Washington area's leading school placement consultant firms. With offices located on MacArthur Boulevard in DC, SCG has several counselors who advise on all schools, ages, and grades including special needs. The group was founded in 1979, and Sturtevant became director in 2000. He is a former private school administrator--he worked at the Gunston School in Centreville, Maryland--and taught for a decade at the Maret School in Northwest. He's also a Washington native who attended the Potomac School and Landon before college at Middlebury in Vermont.

For individuals in Sturtevant's line of work this is the busiest time of year, when schools are sending out thin letters or fat packets announcing acceptance, rejection, or the waitlist. It's equally tense for parents and students.

We checked in with Sturtevant to find out who lands on the waitlist, how to get off it, and the craziest things parents do for their children.

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Posted at 02:35 PM/ET, 03/22/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Five DC Public Schools initiatives Vincent Gray should keep, expand, or validate after Michelle Rhee’s departure By Harry Jaffe, Alyssa Rosenberg

“We cannot and will not revert to the days of incrementalism in our schools,” presumptive mayor Vincent Gray said at the Mayflower Hotel this morning as he and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced she’ll step down at the end of October. Mayor Adrian Fenty has appointed Rhee’s deputy, Kaya Henderson, as interim chancellor, and Gray said other senior Public Schools staff have agreed to say on board to “minimize any disruption for our students.” That’s one important goal. But if Gray is to strengthen confidence in long-term education reform in DC, here are five things he can do to extend and improve upon Rhee’s efforts.

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Posted at 12:08 PM/ET, 10/13/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
This weekend, a pricey piece from a silver mine in Mexico goes on the auction block at Sloan's & Kenyon auction house in Chevy Chase.

By Emily Halonen

Nineteenth-century DC governor Alexander Shepherd always thought big. Sometimes his ideas brought him trouble, but when it came to a silver mine in Mexico, his idea paid off in a big way. This weekend, a pricey piece of that legacy—an inscribed silver flask—goes on the auction block at Sloans & Kenyon auction house in Chevy Chase.

Assuming office after the Civil War, Shepherd enacted many public-works projects that breathed new life into the war-weary city. Unfortunately, his large-scale projects racked up a large deficit, which forced him out of office and eventually out of the country.

Shepherd moved his family to Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico, where this time his big idea brought him riches. He purchased a silver mine, which yielded loads of the metal. Wealthy beyond his imagination, Shepherd later returned to DC and commissioned Gorham, the silver and crystal company, to create 15 sterling-silver flasks as promotional gifts for various Mexican and American officials.

The flask Sloan & Kenyon is auctioning off this Saturday—which features a reverse-etched portrait of Shepherd—was a gift for Shepherd’s brother-in-law, Andrew C. Bradley, a judge on the District Supreme Court and is inscribed with the words “Alex Shepherd to Andrew C. Bradley 1888.” The flask came to Sloans & Kenyon from the Bradley family in Chevy Chase, who originally owned the land around modern-day Bradley Boulevard.

As Stephanie A. Kenyon of Sloans & Kenyon says, the flask is “one of our more interesting items—certainly the most exciting silver item.”

The flask will be auctioned this Saturday, September 15, as part of a larger auction running September 14 through 17. Like to place a bid? Prepare to cash out the children’s college fund. Sloans & Kenyon estimates it will to sell for $20,000 to $30,000.


Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers

7034 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase


Posted at 12:42 PM/ET, 09/14/2007 | Permalink | Comments ()