03-29 -2021 - CHEC BULLETIN

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CHEC bulletin for Week of March 29, 2021

The pandemic has been challenging for all of us, and in particular for our graduating seniors.  They left the building as juniors, and have had to prepare for the transition to college and careers in a completely virtual session.  We still do not what kind of graduation, or senior celebration, we  will be able to have, and the uncertainty for our seniors is difficult.    As a result, many of our seniors are struggling, and we need to wrap our collective arms around them to support them in this all important transition.  

National data shows a sharp decline in college applications for African American and Latinx young people.  According to Wil Del Pilar,  vice president of higher education at the Education Trust, “This kind of a dip in enrollment… could widen the gap in attainment that we see nationally.” (Washington Post, February 16, 2021. Our own data from CHEC last year shows a pattern, similar pattern, with a decline of 5% in the number of 2020 graduates applying to college, and a 20% decline in the percent of males applying to college, from 53% in 2019, to 33.7 % in 2020.   As the pandemic has continued, this decline of applications is continuing, and currently, we have a total of 78 seniors who have not applied to any post-secondary options. Of these, the great majority, 70% are males.

We have a list of these seniors who do not yet have any applications in, or  do not yet have a concrete plan for transition after high school.  We know that each staff member has some special contacts with our students, so we are asking that you join us as a mentor to a senior.  We will be having College and Career Barbecue on April 7 at 1:00 pm, to assist seniors in person with their applications so please come and get matched with a senior who could use some support in this process.  We will be sending the list of seniors who need support, so please check it out and let us know if you have a relationship with any of those students and can help them on this journey.

Thank you! Together we can help the Class of 2021 achieve its dreams!


After receiving additional feedback from our Recovery Community Corps, our initial plan was submitted on March 25th. Once approved, we will develop a specific budget and spending plan.  We will start recruiting staff and students by the second week in April.  If you are interested in working in our creative and innovative Summer Acceleration plan, please reach out and apply.  The outline of our goals and programming can be seen by clicking here.


  • Shout out and Thank you to Ms. Henry as she transitions to Central Office! Thank you Ms. Henry for your three years of service to our students guiding them in their road to college!
  • Shout out to all IPL teachers and staff for supporting our In person scholars! It is truly making a difference and we are seeing motivation grow!
  • Shout out to Coach A for getting our Sports Team prepared to launch this coming week!
  • Shout out to the Equity Team for developing a one page resource for our families and students!
  • Kudos to Ms. Bruemmer, for being recognized by BrainPop for her innovative practices!!
  • Shout out to Mr. Chavez and Mr. Boone for reinstating our Empowering Young Men of Color Initiative!
  • Shout out to Mr. Diaz, Juliana Aguilar, and Cenaria Fells Watson for representing CHEC in the Town Hall with Stacy Abrams last week!
  • Shout out to Mr. Heber Diaz for presenting a professional development on Socratic Seminar and sharing all of his resources!
  • Shout out to Ms. Tamdem for a creative GRASP aligned to Women’s History and the Month of the Francophone!
  • Kudos to Ms. Spinks, Mr. Jackson, and Ms. Elmore for a great Hospitality Town Hall last week!
  • Shout out to all who attended the Recovery Community Corps Meeting on last Wednesday!
  • Kudos to Mr. Magee as lead, and the ALT Academics team for their work on planning for our next Faculty Meeting!


Columbia Heights Education Campus’s great teachers deserve to be recognized! We’re proud to partner with Honored Schools again this year to do just that! Go to HonoredSchools.org to tell Columbia Heights Education Campus teachers how they’ve made a difference. Please share this with parents and students! Once recognized, teachers get an email with your recognition story and we’ll celebrate them! Last year our very own Ms. Ramirez won the Life-Changing Teacher Award and a $5000 cash award!
All Departments and SLC’s send individual notifications of their meetings

Monday, March 29 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
ALT Team 4:00 p.m.
ANET 3 Math (1,2)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
10:00 a.m. - CHEC Parent Workshop - en Espanol and in English - Combined

Thursday, April 1, 2021
ANET 3 ELA Scoring Due

Friday, April 2, 2021
Principal/Parent Town Hall on IPL for Fourth Advisory – 5:00 pm


We are beginning the ninth week of the third advisory.   By this week, all students should be  finished with their first GRASPS.   Students should be reflecting, organizing and preparing for portfolio presentations, and finishing all outstanding assignments.

Portfolio presentations will be occurring in one and a half weeks.  All classes will be presenting an e-portfolio, either through CANVAS or Summit.  If you need assistance in preparing your students, please reach out to Ms. Ferguson or your Department Chairperson.


The Instructional Calendar is a living document that houses all the major curricular requirements, assessments, and schoolwide events. The Instructional Calendar is complete for the moment, however changes may be made and will be noted.  If you have any requests for additions to the Instructional Calendar, please contact Mr. Magee,, peter.magee@k12.dc.gov, or your SLC Administrator.


Informal observations are complete and  Cycle 1 Observations are now taking place.  The closing window for cycle 1 has been extended until March 25th. As a follow up to our IMPACT orientation, we are creating a library of practices and videos to support development on particular EP’s.  As we discussed, we are all in a learning curve with virtual instruction and will be learning from each other throughout the year.  If you would like to share a best practice and be videotaped for the video library, please let your SLC Administrator know.

EdTech/PGT Office Hours
Are you trying to find a way to have a source book like you did during in-person learning? Join Mr. Magee during his office hours to learn how to use OneNote Class Notebook as a source book. Office hours and links are below.  

Mr. Magee- Mondays 9:30-11:30 am Click this link to join. How to use OneNote Class Notebook as a source book.

Are you preparing for the combined teaching model? Do you want to talk through what this will look like and what to expect? Join Ms. Ferguson on Wednesday to begin discuss the Combined Teaching Model.

Ms. Ferguson
Wednesdays 4-5pm  Click this link to join - Combined Teching Model
Are you looking for resources for Black History Month, SEL, or other premade lessons in Nearpod? Are you looking to adapt and incorporate a premade lesson from Nearpod? Join Ms. Ferguson on Thursday 12:30-1:15 pm Click this link to join Nearpod Premade lessons

Ms. Ramirez - Office Hours
Will provide support on the following items on the listed days.  
Monday (4-5)- Support students in completing missing work from the previous advisory/term and tech support
Tuesday- (10-11:30 and 4-5) Workshop Creation and tech support.  
Wednesday (4-5)- How to help students feel that they should care and tech support
Thursday (4-5)- Resetting expectations for students who are failing and tech support.
Friday (4-5)- Tech support.

Ms. Zuccarello
Ms. Z is excited to help with aligning Summit project checkpoints and final products for third advisory and rebooting notetaking and workshop creation for PLT.  

Ms. Vialpando’s Office Hours
Ms. Vialpando is having weekly office hours to support our language learners and instructional strategies for reading. Her office hours will take place on Thursdays from 3:30-5 pm


Ms. Nimer and Ms. Carino
Tuesdays 12-1 pm Click this link to join.
This office hour/block will cover how to support students/families who are experiencing transition or who do not have stable housing. We will cover mandates, homeless liaison role, community referrals, and how CHEC/staff community can support our students who are in transition, MTSS supports, and behavior interventions.  

PGT Support w/Various members of the Personal Growth Team
Fridays 9:30-11 Click this link to join.

You can receive support with social/emotional supports, behavioral supports, mandated reporter supports, at-risk students, MTSS supports, and other concerns.

Ms. Ferguson


The Francophonie are celebrating Women’s History Month during March, and CHEC French language students created a slide on a francophone woman (of their choice) who marked history.

Erwana Tamdem
CHEC French Language Instructor


I had a great experience working with the district's Home/Hospital Instruction Program (HHIP) to support one of my students recently.  They are looking for teachers to provide academic support in the afternoons, evenings, and/or weekends for admin premium pay ($40/hour).  Please feel free to forward and share.

Teachers can apply here:

Fill | HHIP - Admin Premium Teaching Support
The Home/Hospital Instruction Program (HHIP) provides academic instruction to students who are medically confined to the home and/or hospital for 2 weeks or more. Please respond to the questions below if you are interested in providing academic support in the afternoons, evenings, and/or weekends for admin premium pay ($40/hour). Please note - this is not a full-time position. (You must be a licensed DCPS teacher.)


CHEC 11th grader Christell Miranda Lopez was a featured guest on the Kojo Nnamdi show on Tuesday, March 23rd at 12pm on WAMU 88.5
She represented CHEC well! Here is the link to the program recording:
Ms. DeVargas


As part of the welcoming of spring, the CHEC Garden is now open and will be featured in progress each week in the Bulletin.  This week the transformation of the garden, from the ravages of a harsh winter into an amazing spring place of rejuvenation and growth, has begun.  Dr. Vernon Baker and David Alarcon and Company have taken the first steps to bring the garden back.  The old raised beds have been removed, making way for the soon-to-be construction of new ones, the soil and additives have been blended into the growth areas, and the grounds have been cleared to make way for the new wood beds. If you happen to drop by this week you will hear a lot of nearby birds as they begin nesting in trees around the garden as the weather turns warmer.  Ask your students – “Are there vegetables that you would like to grow in the garden?” Send all requests to robin.winer@k12.dc.gov

The Excavation Crew has staked out the locations for the new raised beds

This year there will be five additional raised garden beds for student crops

The soil has been reconditioned and enriched with rain last week


Schedule Brainstorming Session with Your School Librarian
Join Ms. Falkenberg weekly (Tuesdays, 4:00 PM) starting March 30th to collaborate on research projects, request information resources, plan virtual author visits and events, explore the digital reading platforms, build your digital design skills (Canva, Adobe Spark), or find out more about advocating for school libraries. Find the link in EdTech Teams page to join. Can't make it? No problem - email angela.falkenberg@k12.dc.gov to schedule another meeting time.

Junior League of Washington: Poetry Contest
The Junior League of Washington's 22nd Annual Poetry Contest is open for applications from 4th - 8th graders. The deadline has now been extended to March 31st. More information is available here: https://www.jlw.org/students/

April is National School Library Month
Each April, American Association of School Librarians and organizations recognize and celebrate school librarians and school libraries. Stay tuned for more activities - but in the meantime, please support your school library by filling out this survey to be featured in our social media campaign during School Library Month. You're also encouraged to share your experiences on social media tagging @dcpublicschools, @DCPSChancellor, @dcpslibrary, @DCLA_SLS, and @CHECDC. DCPS School Librarians use the hashtags #DCPSLibrariansChampionLiteracy and #DCPSLibraries.

Angela Falkenberg


Women's History Month!

As we continue to celebrate, each day, each month, women who have, are, and will pave the way for young men and women to change the world, please check out the Women's History tab and Faculty/ Staff tab of the Bell High School Library website with new and exciting resources, events, and content.  Don't forget to pull resources from the Exceptional Student tab! Please pass the word on to parents and guardians to meet with the Bell Library for our Educator conference on today!
Some great articles, videos, and events:

Hello CHEC Family!

We hope you all are well. The Dean Team would like to share a few shout-outs and PD opportunities.

Teacher Resource:

Coaching and Skill- Building Sessions
Tuesday, March 30th 4:00pm- 5:30pm

Restorative DC will support participants in a highly customized Coaching and Skill-Building session. These sessions are designed to support individuals or small groups representing various learning communities focusing on primary elements of Restorative Justice including: Family Engagement, Student Engagement, Staff Engagement, Behavior and Discipline Approach, and Content Delivery. Our highly trained staff will coach participants in mindset, facilitation and intervention skills as well as practice “Pro-Tips” for practical implementation and training others in your schools.

Restorative Justice and Grieving, the Small and the Big
Wednesday, March 31st 10:00am- 12:00pm

Restorative Justice is more than a process to repair relationships between people after a harm. It is a way of living and relating that focuses on “how we care about each other.” It is a healing-centered approach drawn from ancient indigenous cultures that supports widening tolerance and welcoming what is also painful: the losses, the disappointments, the hurts. It brings people together to remember how to be healers and helpers to each other. In this workshop, we will learn how restorative practices can increase a culture of care towards those who may be grieving. We will explore how to widen our capacity to confront sadness and disappointment and learn about the turnaround journey of resilience inviting people back to hope. Objectives of this workshop are: 1) examine the five stages of grief and introduce the concept of ambiguous grief; 2) practice how to address these feelings in others and ourselves; and 3) demonstrate how to build community and resilience.

Teacher Spotlight:

Today the spotlight shines on Justin Jacobs and Sarah Mintz!

Mr. Jacobs is a part of our Music Department, teaching general music/ back to Rap. He is also impacting the lives of many students at CHEC. When asked how students earn badges in class, Mr. Jacobs responded saying, ”Students earn badges by showing up and STAYING in virtual classes. They also must participate/respond to check-ins for understanding.  Students can also earn badges by completing Canvas assignments or logging that they have been practicing in the Smart music App” Mr. Jacobs shared the following when asked how has using restorative practices in your class helped you during virtual learning, “I have been using Ms. Ferguson's First Five form to access students' readiness and anxieties. We schedule breakout room talks and message in the chat box that are directed towards them only. Everyone is given the opportunity for make-up missing assignments without penalty.” Thank you, Mr. Jacobs, for your commitment to your students and team.

Ms. Mintz is our 6th grade ELA teacher. She has impacted the lives of many students within her two years of service at CHEC. When asked how students earn badges in class, Ms. Mintz responded saying, ”Students earn badges for showing their face on camera and actively participating in their small groups during our class group time.” Ms. Mintz shared the following when asked how has using restorative practices in your class helped you during virtual learning, “Restorative Circles have been an amazing tool to talk about some of the more challenging events of this year such as the attack on the Capitol and recent shootings. Students have really opened up during these discussions and we have grown closer as a class community as a result.” Thank you, Ms. Mintz, for your commitment to your students and team.

Everyone, please shine your light on Mr. Jacobs and Ms. Mintz this week!
Student Name                 
Isla Nash
Santos Amaya Heizel
Layla Patterson
Angel Primitivo
Edlawit Deneke
Noel Mendoza-Umana
Fatima Ventura Ramirez
Please celebrate these students for their high earnings of PRIDE points!

Student Support Forms:
Also, we have created a platform that has the student support form and the behavior referral form.. Please bookmark this link for future reference: CHEC Student Support Guide. Feel free to connect with the Dean Team if you have any questions.

Peace & Love,
The Dean Team
Congratulations to our student-athletes of the week.  These athletes are being recognized for their outstanding commitment in the classroom and to their teams.  

Almera Carter
Mamadou Diabate
Tyler Green
Miracle Fortune
Damyen Lowe
Maria Tapia

CHEC Student-Athlete of the month
Tenielle Parker

Tenielle is a senior on the Varsity Girls Basketball Team, Flag Football and Rugby teams.  Tenielle has been accepted into numerous colleges and universities as well as being awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships, including full tuition and Presidential Scholarships.  Tenielle's list of college acceptances include: Alderson Broaddus University, Clark Atlanta University, Delaware State University, George Mason University, Georgia State University, Goucher College, Hampton University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Old Dominion University, Pace University and Spelman College.  And the list continues to grow.
Tenielle also earned a 4.4 GPA during Term 2.   Congratulations Tenielle, job well done!  

Amaya Zulu

Amaya is an 8th grade student-athlete who works hard and plays basketball even harder!  She is a great student and has excellent attendance. She is kind and helpful to her teachers and classmates. However, as an athlete, don't get in her way.  She will make a power move to the hoop or hit a mean serve in volleyball.  She has great work ethic on and off the court.  She is often the first to show up and the last to leave practice.   She is often heard either on the court or in the hallways encouraging her teammates to do better and this is what I call a leader!  Congratulations Amaya, job well done!
Congratulations also goes out to all our student athletes with perfect attendance last week:
Fatou Gaye
Nardos Getachew
Ariyah Green
Tyler Green
Perla Guzman Martinez
Jamar Hale
Natavis Harley
Te-Aurjay Harrison
Tania Hernandez Martinez
Tiffany Hernandez Martinez
Gavon Hudgens
Cinthia Izaguirre-Lopez
Riley Jackson
Samatha Jimenez
David Johnson Jr.
Kayla Jones
Aaliyah Joyner
Leeming Kedkanya
Ejaaz Kerem
Clariza Lazo
Alcides Lopez
Damyen Lowe
Sinthia Madrid Romero
Quan'darius Manniken
Asia McGill
Jeremiah Mikell
Ethan Mise
Layla Patterson
Aniyah Payne
Aaron Perkins
Carlos Peterson
Zyon Pierce  
Michell Ramos-Canas
Jose Reding
Jamia Reed
Chinyere Reid
Damaris Rios Velasquez
Weston Robert
Dajuan Samuel
Kenneth Scott Jr.
Dillon Skehan
Demiko Suggs Jr.
Zion Suggs
Taniya Summers
Lachae Taylor
Dailyn Torrez
Ericka Valencia
Luis Velarde Vargas
Oswaldo Velasquez
Jaylin Wade
Kayla Watson
Johnae White
Anthony Whitten Jr.
Khalil Wilkins
Kamia Williams
Mekedes Wondimagegn
Mihret Wondimagegn
Amaya Zulu
Anaya Zulu

Ashley Alexander
Ingrid Argueta-Cabrera
Tsaga Asmeron
Jayden Barnes
Tybias Barton
Kyri Beamon
Kidist Bizuneh
Dontaivion Blount
Dymond Brown
Treasure Brown
Donte Burnette
Kenia Cabrera
Gabriel Calderon Camilo
Rodolfo Calzadillas
Dallis Carr
Almera Carter
Amber Carter
Zion Caudle
Bennett Chinn IV
Melissa Cruz-Zuniga
Evelin Delgado Ayala
Edlawit Deneke
Jaylyn Derricott
Josslyn Derricott
Emmanuel Dodson
Angela Duong
Syrus Edwards
Angela Flores
Miracle Fortune
Sarahi Garcia
If you are interested in participating in spring sports and/or working out with your fall/winter sports team, you must have completed your online participation forms, which includes uploading your up to date physical.  Forms are available at https://www.thedciaa.com/participation-forms.  If you have any questions, please contact Coach A at desmond.alexander@k12.dc.gov.   Follow us on Instagram @checsports for the latest updates on team interest meetings.  Or email your spring sports coach for more information!

Spring Sports

Baseball - Calros Mesa (carlos.mesa@k12.dc.gov)
Golf: Marie Erickson (marie.erickson@k12.dc.gov)
Softball: Constance Hanlon (constance.hanlon@k12.dc.gov)
Outdoor Track: TBD

Baseball - Reiss Allen (reiss.allen@k12.dc.gov)
Flag Football (Girls) - Ryan Duvall (ryan.duvall@k12.dc.gov)
Golf -  Ryan Duvall (ryan.duvall@k12.dc.gov)
Outdoor Track - Donzella Hartwill and Mark Robinson (donzella.hartwill@k12.dc.gov & markblaytonrobinson@gmail.com)
Rugby (Not Currently Approved)
Softball - Thomas Spoth (thomas.spoth@k12.dc.gov)
Tennis- Lindsey Benjamin (lindsey.benjamin@k12.dc.gov)

Desmond Alexander, CAA
Athletic Director
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Bell/Lincoln Multicultural Schools
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