THE 1619 PROJECT AT CHEC
CAMPUS WIDE PRESENTATION
AND BOOK DISTRIBUTION
WEEK OF MAY 23, 2022
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2022
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022
ALT Team Meeting 3:45
XQ Proposal Writing Meeting – 3:45 pm
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022
Progress reports are due
Planning Period Focus Groups on XQ
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2022
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022
PARCC Window closes
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2022
CHEC Millennium Stage Night at Kennedy Center
Principal: Maria Tukeva
MAY 23, 2022: THIS WEEK'S FOCUS: REACH OUT TO A MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 2022 ABOUT ACHIEVING THEIR COLLEGE DREAMS
This week’s focus is on the phrase from the Mission,
“All Columbia Heights Education Campus graduates will be prepared to succeed in college, careers and civic life as leaders in the quest for social justice and anti-racism.”
As the school year draws to a close, we are focused clearly on the graduating class of 2022. As they leave us for the next chapter in their lives, it is important to reflect on their road to college. Our College BluePrint Team is doing an outstanding job of preparing our seniors, and we are always bringing in new resources to support. However, there are still some seniors who are undecided, or perhaps tentative about their plans. Please reach out to a senior this week, and engage them in a conversation about their future, to see what additional support or encouragement they may need.
SCHOOL YEAR 2022-23
Even as we draw to the end of SY 21-22 we are preparing for the new school year. If you would like to serve on our Interviewing committee, to interview new staff members for next year, please contact Pankaj Rayamajhi. We need your involvement! Also, if you are willing to serve on our ReEnrollment team, and help parents re enroll their children, please also see or email Pankaj Rayamajhi, or Billy Oliva. Thank you in advance in being part of our development for next year.
The results of the staff survey and the Parent Town Hall will be shared this week, as well as a calendar of the follow up activities and opportunities for input.
Tuesday – May 24– Follow up Planning Meeting – Open to all 3:45 pm – High School Library
Tuesday – May 24 – Students hold Input sessions at lunch time
Wednesday – May 25 Planning Period Focus Groups – Please attend a focus group, see the draft of the proposal, provide ideas and feedback!
INSIGHT SURVEY TIME
It is once again time to participate in the Insight Survey. The deadline is this Friday, May 27, and we are only at 25%. This survey provides us with important feedback on leadership, learning environment, diversity, professional development, observation and feedback, and instruction. Please share your feedback and views. The survey will be sent directly to your email with your own unique identifier. Please participate, we do review and analyze the results in order to determine how to continually improve our practices.
CLIMATE AND NORMS
Thank you to all for your collaboration and engagement as we make sure we are communicating clearly to all students what our norms are, and why they are important to our whole school community. This week’s Focus will be on delivering the lessons on Empathy and Respect, which were designed by MSB and MCA.
We are continuing to see too many students in the hallways during class time, and the implications of this are first, that students are not receiving the full instruction that they should, and second, that there are students unsupervised in a large building, which has an impact on safety. In order to remedy this situation, we must all be consistent and clear with the norms.
- All students at all times must have a pass with a valid reason, a written time and destination, in order to leave the class during the class period. Valid reasons include – going to the restroom, for water, or to the nurse. In order to see Mr. Tobias re: tech, a counselor or therapist, the student must have a written appointment pass. Reasons that are NOT valid, and a pass should not be provided – going to see a friend, going to check on their attendance, going to see Mr. Tobias without an appointment, going to see another teacher.
- "Breaks” should be taken inside the classroom, not outside. There should not be any breaks that include walking around the building. We do not have staffing or capacity to supervise the entire building at all times, and when there is a gap in supervision, things occur. Please brainstorm with your SLC, what in class breaks could look like.
- Teaching should happen bell to bell. Many students state they have “finished their work” and this is why they are getting passes to walk around the building. In a workshop model, students are revising their work to bring it to standard, and completing their GRASPS. There should be options for extension work if the GRASPS has been completed. Please discuss with your colleagues how to maximize classroom time, and find out how teachers provide extensions for students to work on projects or ideas they are passionate about. You could also engage a student in assisting you in the class.
- Please do not allow students who are not in their classes, to come in to their classrooms. This is contributing to class cutting. Please redirect the student back to his/her class, and reach out to the teacher who the student is avoiding, or to the Assistant Principal to assist in resolving the issue.
- Students are not seeing substitutes as a viable option for instruction. Please be sure you are leaving authentic work aligned to the GRASPS for students to complete, and clear instructions for the substitute. Please also have student leaders in each period to support subs, and provide ideas and options to your students for what they should work on in the absence of the teacher. Please provide expectations to students for how they should engage in instruction with a sub, and ask the sub for feedback on how students engaged.
An important part of reinforcing the norms, are incentives. One incentive that the SGA has advocated for, is an opportunity to go off campus for lunch (chaperoned by staff). Each week, we will select one class, nominated by a teacher, to go off campus for lunch. The winner for last week was Ms. Ryan’s class
The process is the following:
1.Please nominate a class that you have, that has for the most part (90% of the class 90% of the time) demonstrated the first two norms – Owning their Learning, and Digital Citizenship.
2.All nominated classes will be put into a random selection process, (Plicker wheel) and only one be selected to go off campus for lunch. Each student in the class will be provided with $6.00 to support the purchase of their lunch (they can use their own money as well).
3.If there are any students in the nominated class with less than 85% attendance, or with multiple discipline referrals, they will not be included in the lunch off campus.
4.Please nominate a class by means of filling out this form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7kagKk6zM0qSt5md8rwKMlBbjpUnjlNBkU-GwWNM3dNUMlo2TEhBS0dNWlBUN1paSkZDM1BEWlhDNS4u
5.There will be more incentives coming – please participate in our incentive survey coming up this week!
- Shout out to Mr. Stewart for presenting copies of the 1619 Project to all of our students last week! Now we can engage in discussions and Socratic Seminars across the curriculum! Thank you Mr. Stewart!
- Kudos to Mr. Duvall for preparing our RJ students – they presented to the middle school last week!
- Shout out to the Dean Team for their focus on our Climate and Culture!
- Shout out to all who assisted PARCC and AP TESTING LAST WEEK!
- Shout out to the XQ team, for sharing their experience and engaging others in the process!
- Shout out to teachers who are giving incentive points in Kickboard!
- Kudos to all teachers who are nominating their classes for off campus lunch incentives!
- Shout out to all teachers and staff who have been covering classes!
- Kudos to the Ops Team, Admin Team and Dean Team for their coordination of COVID 19 testing, contact tracing, and prevention!
WE HAVE A RECOGNITION! HONORED TEACHERS PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES THIS YEAR!
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! Please see below our Honored Teachers from last week, and go to the website to read the wonderful things their students say about them!
Please contact Mya Ferguson or M. Tukeva if you would like to offer Office Hours, or if there is a topic you would like to see offered in Office Hours.
MR. HUNTER AND MS. FADO TEAM TEACH
12TH GRADE AP ENGLISH LITERATURE
Week 6 of Advisory 4
We are now entering the 6TH week of the fourth advisory, and Progress reports are due this week, please make sure you submit them on time. Now that we have completed our standardized assessments, classes should be focused on the instruction of the GRASPS, using the workshop model. Students in all classes should be prepared to present their portfolios the week of June 20.
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, email@example.com, or your SLC Administrator.
CHEC CELEBRATES CULTURE DAY
CHEC KENNEDY CENTER PERFORMANCE, 6PM, MAY 28
CHEC Music Department to perform at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, May 28, at 6 pm. Tickets are FREE, but you do need a reservation. Reserve tickets here:
OPEN INVITATION TO JOIN BELL SCHOLARSHIP PANEL
This week we are forming our scholarship panels to deliberate and rank this year’s student applications for the Bell Scholarship Awards. The Scholarship Awards is virtual this year and is scheduled to take place on June 22, 2022.at 6:30PM. The panel is typically comprised of CHEC faculty and staff as well as community volunteers.
If you would like to serve as panelist, please read the schedule below and be mindful of the time commitment.
1) Read and score nine scholarship applications between May 17th and May 20th (score sheet will be provided)
2) Participate in a total of nine in-person student interviews during the late afternoon hours (3:30 - 5:30 pm) on May 22nd and May 23rd. Each interview will take about 10-15 minutes. Any rescheduled interviews will occur May 30th and May 31st.
3) Participate in a 1 hour conference call on Thursday, May 26th (or other date tbd, sometime before June 3rd) to discuss the final recipients and possible scholarship amounts.
Please contact Katie Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org if your would like to serve as a panelist.
CHEC YOUNG WOMEN'S PROJECT LAUNCHES STUDENT SUPPORT CENTER
In Celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month - We are sending out an S.O.S! Click here to view the CHEC Student Online Support center. Created for youth by youth – S.O.S is a virtual wellness center designed by students to help them connect to counselors and clinicians if they need support – and – learn more about the impact of stress and trauma and what they can do about it. Students can also learn about resilience building, brain science, emotional health, physical health, and more. I was one of the CHEC students who developed this site through my role as a youth advocate with the Young Women’s Project.
YWP youth advocates will be sharing the S.O.S. centers via their Linktrees, social media posts, email, text message, and in classroom presentations. We have created S.O.S centers sites for the following schools: Bard, Banneker, BASIS, CHEC, Coolidge, Duke Ellington, Eastern, McKinley, Ron Brown, Roosevelt, School Without Walls, Thurgood Marshall Academy Wilson, and HD Woodson.
CHEC SUBMITS BINATIONAL PRESENTATION TO VIRTUAL GLOBAL STEM EXHIBIT
This Spring, middle and high school students from the D.C. Metro Area and across Ghana collaborated virtually on binational teams to craft sustainable STEM solutions to community challenges using the human-centered design thinking process.
CHEC’s presentation: TEAM 2
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Mentor: Angenette Planter
Students: Dewayne, Zariyah, Jala, Aaliyah Kayla, Marissa
Honorable Mention: Victoria, Ladasia
Nkoranza Technical Institute
Mentor: Alex Boadu
Students: Raphael, Ricky, Abigail, Fasutina, Mariam, Janet, Abdul Hekeem
GLOBAL KIDS OPPORTUNITIES
Saturday, May 21st- GK-DC Conference from 10am-3pm, 99 M St SE, 4th Fl, Youth learn from other youth on this year's topic, climate change. Lunch, snacks and community service hours provided. Registration is here.
GK-DC Summer Institute- June 27-August 5th @ Catholic University- We are seeking interested youth for our 6-week institute focused on global issues and community organizing. Our institute features field trips, guest speakers, interactive workshops and amazing people! If youth are SYEP participants, they can sign up for Global Kids to be their job site OR they can earn community service hours for participation. Please encourage young people to sign up https://tinyurl.com/gkdcsummer22 or use the same link to nominate students.
PD OPPORTUNITY WITH DC AREA WRITING PROJECT @ HOWARD UNIVERSITY
The DC Area Writing Project (DCAWP) at Howard University is excited to announce its Summer Institute, Culturally Sustaining and Anti-Racist Practices to Cultivate Equity in Writing Instruction, from Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15!
The DCAWP 2022 Summer Institute is a week-long professional development opportunity that will focus on strengthening teachers’ capacity to enact culturally sustaining and anti-racist writing instruction. We will also provide sustained support throughout Fall 2022 with monthly Saturday sessions.
We invite you to share the attached flyer and application with your staff members that may be interested in applying. Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2022. For additional information, please contact our DCAWP Director, Dr. Altheria Caldera, at email@example.com
LINCOLN LIBRARY NEWS!
CHEC Lincoln Library Canvas Page
Check your email (called Lincoln Library Canvas Buttons; sent 1/13) for Canvas buttons and links to add to your class Canvas pages. As you update your Canvas pages, include access to the library for independent reading, research resources, and technology support. As a reminder, our digital library collections are accessible through Clever under the Library Resources section. Need help? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule assistance.
Schedule Library Visits and Collaborations
Email email@example.com or call extension 4018 to schedule Library Visits and/or lesson collaborations. These collaborations include co-teaching, resource curations, reading promotions, GRASP assistance, etc.
Columbia Heights EC - Lincoln MS
School Librarian, M.Ed
THE DEAN TEAM
Greetings CHEC Family!
This week, we continue to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage.
Rather than highlight one individual this week, here’s a link to 175+ Famous Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders [A List of Actors, Athletes, Authors, Activists, Musicians, & More!] Additionally, we would like to highlight what a number of local organizations are doing to celebrate Asian art. Follow this link for more details: https://asianpacificheritage.gov/. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.
Teachers Needed for Summer Session:
Over the summer the CHEC site will provide Credit Recovery for high school level students and ELSAP for both middle and high school. Learn more about offerings and how to apply here. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are considering joining us for the Summer Session.
Congratulations on a successful week of PARCC testing.
Incentive Norm Amount required Dates to qualify for incentive
5/27 (Phone Passes) Show Respect and Empathy $600 5.16-5.26
6/10 (Student vs Faculty) Dependable $300 5.30-6.9
6/24 (Field Day/Rita's/Chik Fila All norms $1000 6.13-6.23
- 15 interactions per class and 45 interactions per day
- DO NOT deduct student dollars
- Do not attempt to inflate the day of the incentive
- Use the first 15 and last 15 of class to give dollars
- Create in-class incentives (Do not deduct dollars)
May 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In these highly experiential coaching sessions, you are invited to bring your unique challenges and questions and get on-the-spot coaching and group-peer support. These sessions may take us on pedagogical, behavioral, ethical, personal and cultural reflections and insights on how restorative practices can support individuals and our sense of community.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK/ MONTH
MSB - Dante Keys
MCA - Tabitha Valesquez Reyes
7th Grade Natalie Velasco-Martinez
10th Grade Juan Velasquez Gonzalez
MSB - Anthony Bingham
MCA Cindy Izaguirre Lopez
8th Grade Henry Cornejo-Aguirre
MCA Katerin Ayala
Student of the Week
Weekly teachers nominate students who have excelled in their class during that week. These nomination includes academic and/or behavioral acceleration. In addition, these nominees upheld CHEC's PRIDE: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence! Please be sure to complete by 5pm every Thursday.
Students of the Month
At the end of the Month each teacher will nominate one student who demonstrates exemplary personal character and commitment to service throughout the month. This student has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service to other through character, collaboration and citizenship in their curricular and co-curricular endeavors. This student also upheld CHEC PRIDE: Professionalism, Respect,
Integrity, Diversity and Excellence
Use the following forms:
Student Support Forms:
Reminder: Please bookmark this link for future reference:https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7kagKk6zM0qSt5md8rwKMlnJSbOnQ0xKsY-f39IrJ4ZUNTBDOE9aUDVXRkNNSUJLUjVUVTVSN09DWS4u
Peace & Love,
The Dean Team
WEEKLY SPORTS UPDATE
Athletics are an integral part of the educational program and a means to accomplish the goals of education. Our athletic program exists for the welfare of students and the contributions it makes to their educational experience. Athletic participation builds self-esteem and confidence and provides the necessary tools for success. The interaction between individuals on the fields of sport teaches students the value of teamwork, while developing the proper competitive spirit, combined with a sense of fairness.
To participate in sports, including tryouts, students must complete participation paperwork and upload their physical via https://www.thedciaa.com/participation-forms. Additionally, all student-athletes, who are 12 and older than must be vaccinated to participate in sports or have an approved medical or religious exemption and test weekly. Anyone with questions, should contact the CHEC athletic director, Coach A in room D236, or via email at email@example.com. Spring sports practice has begun.
Spring sports include:
Baseball - Coach Mesa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Golf - Jordan Stouch (email@example.com)
Softball - TBD
Outdoor Track - TBD
Baseball - Coach Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Flag Football - Coach Duvall (email@example.com)
Golf - Coach Duvall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Softball - Coach Zinzarella (christopher.Zinzarel1@k12.dc.gov)
Stunt - Coach Wright (email@example.com)
Outdoor Track - Coach Pinto or Coach Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
Tennis - Claire Riesenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wrestling - Kenrry Alvarado (email@example.com)
Desmond Alexander, CAA
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Bell/Lincoln Multicultural Schools
(202)939-7700 Ext: 5207 (office)