10-19-2020 - CHEC BULLETIN

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CHEC bulletin for Week of October 19, 2020
All Departments and SLC’s send individual notifications of their meetings

Monday, October 19, 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
ALT Team 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
9:30 am - CHEC Parent Workshop - en Espanol

Thursday, October 22, 2020
11:30 am - CHEC Parent Workshop - in English
High School and Middle School  Anet 1 ELA (1,2)

Friday, October 23, 2020

This week, our focus is on the first sentence of our Mission Statement:  “All students who graduate from our Dual Language Immersion Early College Campus will be prepared to succeed in college and civic life as leaders in the quest for social justice and anti-racism. “

As we live through the pandemic, and the ongoing fight for racial justice and equity, it is clear that the extent to which all of our students are prepared to succeed in college and civic life, is our single most important consideration.  Being prepared to succeed in college requires that our students have a clear idea of what career they want to pursue, of their career choices, and of the college that will be a match for them.  It is no longer possible to obtain a job which affords one protection and flexibility during a pandemic, without significant post secondary education after high school.  The statement which one often hears,  “College is not for everyone,” simply cannot apply to any of our students.  College must be for everyone, so that everyone has an equal chance to enter a career where they can thrive, and have protections on their job.  College can be for two years, four years, 8 years or more, it can be community college, Ivy League, and everything in between.  The key is for our students to explore their career goals, find the colleges that will be a match for those goals,  and develop a plan to reach them.

This is where our Advisory program, our Guidance Program and our College and Career Program come into play. All adults in our building are advisors. We  have the structure and  opportunity to develop a deep relationship in advisory, and have in depth conversations with students about their goals and dreams.  We can then use the information, resources and personal attention  provided by our College and Career Coordinator, DCCAP advisor, and Guidance Counselors to ensure that every single student, ALL students, are prepared to succeed in college.

This week, we will be launching a tool called the Guide to Graduation, which provides a road map for students. 12th graders will receive theirs this week, and other grades will receive them later in the year.  We are continually updating the Advisory curriculum to personalize the college and career guidance to our students.  Every Advisor plays a critical role in this journey.  Thank you for all you do!


  • Shout out to the entire CHEC Team for a great Week 7!
  • Kudos to all who helped with Hispanic and Latinx History Month – Dr. Barnett, Mr. Navas, Mr. Onley, Ms. Menendez, Mr. Jacobs, Ms. McCulloch, Ms. Shaw, Ms. DeVargas , Mr. H. Diaz, Major Wright, MSgt. DesChamps, Ms. Falkenberg, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Avila, Mr. Boone, Ms. Bowens, Mr. Mesa, Mr. Duvall, and all who supported! The assembly was amazing!
  • Shout out to all who helped distribute Metro Cards in person to students – Pankaj, Mr. Tobias, Ms. Carino, Mr. Mesa, Mr. Boone, Ms. Ameyaw, Mr. Smith, Ms. Penn, Mr. Galvan, Mr. Best, Officer Whittington and Officer Smith!!!
  • Shout out and Welcome Back to Ms. Spinks, our NAF Director!
  • Kudos to all Advisors for uploading the LTH work for our Time Capsule!!


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 our teacher padlet or 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!


Thanks to the proposal written by our fabulous Dean Team and the Development Office, our school has been granted continued whole school support through Restorative DC’s Restorative Justice Technical Assistance for the SY 2020.  This means that we will receive training, consultation, access to workshops, and support to continue our work in Restorative Justice.  If you would like to get involved with our RJ committee, please see any member of the Dean Team, or Pankaj Rayamajhi.

The IT Department would like to recognize Mr. Carlos Mesa for his tireless efforts in engaging parents and students in and out of the virtual classroom, and for dedicating several weeks of in-person support with technology distribution to families. Thank you, Mr. Mesa, for being a walking definition of going above and beyond!

Hamdel R. Tobias
Manager, IT Strategy and Logistics
For tips on how to improve participation and engagement in the virtual classroom,  please see the article below! It has great suggestions!

Living through History
Thank you to all for making the Living Through History GRASPS a true learning adventure for our students.  Thank you also for uploading the work into the Google Site. For our November Faculty Meeting, we will have a virtual Gallery Walk of the projects.

DCPS Virtual Showcase
Save the Date: The LTH Virtual Showcase will take place on October 28th, 2020 at 5pm.  Details regarding this event will be shared soon.

Portfolio Presentations
Portfolio Presentations will be occurring in two and half weeks.  Please work with your Department and SLC to plan for the presentations in a way that students can present their work to one another virtually, and get feedback. The LTH GRASPS may be one that students decide to present.


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.


As a follow up to our IMPACT orientation last week, 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.

During the month of October, we will continue to conduct calibration instructional walks. If you would like to have your class visited, or visit a class for calibration, please email your SLC Administrator or M. Tukeva.


This is a new section of our Bulletin, and within a few weeks it will be populated with a calendar of opportunities. Professional Development and learning is a priority for all of us, and we are all on a new learning curve. If you would like to get involved in either providing or receiving specific professional development, we look forward to getting your feedback to our PD Survey, which will be coming out within the next two weeks.

EdTech Newsletter
In this week's newsletter we look at office hours, a Microsoft led Class Notebook 2.0 training, and tips for portfolio presentations. CHEC EdTech Newsletter

Those that are currently using Class Notebook take advantage of the Microsoft training. It is not an introductory training. They will cover differentiating, grading student work, and cross notebook distribution. You can earn one PLU for your attendance. Use the link below to login to Whetstone and register and you will receive the link for the training. Once you login, follow the instructions below to register for the event.

-Login to Whetstone (District-DCPS)
-Go to Learn
-Filter the dates for October 20th
-The training will appear for you to register.
We are able to compensate both those who provide, and those who attend professional development outside of school hours or in lieu of planning periods.

EdTech Office Hours PD
Mr. Loria- Using Class Notebook with Canvas
Mr. Magee- Using ‘Collaborate Boards’ with Nearpod
Mr. Henggeler- Using Collaboration in Class Notebook
Ms. Ferguson- Creating groups in Canvas and using collaboration in Canvas

Summit Master PD Course:
Now that LTH is about finished, it is time to hit the ground running and support our students in passing Focus Areas. Our goal next week will be to lead a workshop for ALL students who have not yet mastered their first due FAs (first ones due in each grade!)

If you need support in creating a workshop for your students, please join for an optional 30 minute session at the beginning of your planning on Tuesday, October 13. In the session we will:
Analyze your student data to see who needs your workshop
Prepare your materials for leading your first workshop

Here are the meeting links!

Contact Ms. Ramirez or Ms. Zuccarello if you have any further questions.

In this week's CHEC EdTech Newsletter, we will cover office hours and Newsela. Did you know Newsela integrates with Canvas? Newsela tracks students' data and had PARCC aligned questions and is aligned to Common Core English standards. In addition, students' scores will sync with Canvas to make it easier for students and parents to monitor growth.


The ALT team is a team of educators charged with the design and implementation of our mission aligned Comprehensive School Plan. The Team is composed of all LEAP leaders, Department Chairs, Administrative Team Members, and any interested educator or staff member. We seek to involve all perspectives and voices.   All staff members are invited to attend any or all meetings.  Our work is in the four domains of the CSP – Shared Leadership, Engagement, Culture of Achievement, and Academics. The first Leadership Team Meeting took place on Friday, September 11.  The notes can be found in the Notebook section of the CHEC Team site.  Meetings will be held every two weeks, rotating between Friday mornings at 7:30 am, and Tuesday afternoon’s at 4:00 pm.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 22 at 4:00 pm.   Please make your voice heard, join the ALT Team!  


My name is Alex Davis, and I’m a Community Partnerships Associate with Spin, a shared electric scooter company operating in DC. At Spin, we’re dedicated to delivering alternative transportation services for DC residents, especially essential workers in the region. We’re excited to announce that our Everyday Hero Program is being extended to staff members in the education sector.

What does this mean? It means that Spin will provide unlimited free 30 minute rides for educational professionals. As the school year is starting Spin wants to provide staff members in the education sector the support they need to move safely through the city. Whether it’s running errands or a quick recreational break, we want to show our appreciation for the work you’re doing to help DC communities run smoothly. Eligibility is open to anyone in the education sector including but not limited to teachers, administrators, tutors, and janitorial staff.

To get the discount activated we ask all eligible employees to fill out the application form and provide their educational association identification or paystub and government ID.  

We would appreciate it if you share this opportunity with your members -- please see attached collateral to help spread the word.

 Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Community Partnerships Associate, Spin
alexander.davis@spin.pm  |  312.206.1978 | LinkedIn


The SEL Team would like to recognize exceptional staff members who go above & beyond for their efforts around supporting social-emotional learning, wellness & trauma-responsive practices within the CHEC community!

For the month of SEPTEMBER, we would like to recognize:

MS -Ms Veronica Zuccarello
"Ms Z has become at the forefront and spearheaded plenty of organizations at CHEC. One organization in particular is advisory/PLT. She made sure our students not only receive the academic support during that time (MS and HS) but collaborated with counselors, social workers, and therapist to ensure students receive the socio emotional support as well."

HS - Ms Suzanna Weiss
"For several years, Ms Weiss has been a leader at CHEC when it relates to restorative practices and training teachers to conduct restorative circles. Ms. Wiess also provides yoga as a practice for not only students but also staff on a weekly basis through CHEC's social media page. "

And THANK YOU to all each of you do every single day around the social emotional wellness of our students, parents & school staff!

We will continue to recognize you, too!

The SEL Team


Good Day CHEC Educators,

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is collaborating with the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) to monitor compliance with the mandatory youth behavioral health training for educators. DBH provides this youth behavioral health training at https://supportdcyouth.kognito.com District law mandates that all public and public charter school teachers and principals complete a behavioral health training once every two years (D.C. Law 14-56; DC Official Code § 7-1131.17(b)(1)).

Those who completed the trainings in calendar year 2020 do not need to retake the youth mental health trainings this fall. However, all new and returning building administrators and teachers who completed prior to January 1, 2020 must complete the 3 required modules by December 11, 2020. This calendar year will reset the compliance cycle so that all DC administrators and teachers will be required to complete on the same two-year cycle moving forward. Compliance tracking is the responsibility of building administrators.

The attached flyers for Teachers and for school Admin provide detailed information about this requirement, how to access the trainings and monthly completion status reports for your employees.

Please check out the Bell High School Library website with Student, Faculty and Staff and Hispanic Heritage Month Resources and Events!

Have a beautiful week!


Staff Digital Library Accounts
**Accounts fixed** CHEC Lincoln teachers and staff now have updated access to Follett Destiny and Destiny Discover, the school district library system. With this access, you can check out digital materials from Destiny Discover through the app or browser. While most of the collection is geared towards the student patrons, materials are also available for adults, including recent titles, professional development texts, and titles to use in class. New Lincoln staff members should be fully updated by Friday, October 16th. Use the information below and email angela.falkenberg@k12.dc.gov if you still have errors.
Username: first.last
Password: 000DistrictID (Ex. 00012345)
**Note** First three numbers might be different depending on your District ID number
Other platforms you can check out books: SORA on Clever (DCPS and DCPL collections), DC Public Library Overdrive app or website (Educator cards have been renewed for returning staff and new staff can apply here)
**Note** You will need to visit a local DCPL branch (check the website for open branches and hours) to pick up a physical Educator card.

LMS Roles Spotlight: Teacher-Librarian Collaboration Ideas
One of the roles of a Library Media Specialist is Instructional Partner. As your partner, I can help you brainstorm, develop, and co-teach content and process. Some ideas to consider:
Intro to Research lessons (all contents, singular or multi lesson)
Life / Study Skills (all contents, PLT, singular or multi lesson)
Media Literacy lessons (all contents but specifically ELA, science, or social studies)
Culture of Reading or Technology Skills (all contents, PLT, singular or multi lesson)

Lincoln Library Collection Development Input
Each year I submit a wish list to Central Office for book requests and I'd like your input! This year's focus will be on the development of the digital collection. Consider providing requests, including personal and professional development titles requests, in this form.

Digital Library Collections
Ensure your students have access to their public and school libraries by scheduling a visit to class by Ms. Falkenberg (angela.falkenberg@k12.dc.gov). There are a variety of platforms and collections - I recommend starting with SORA or Destiny Discover. If you want more control over what students are reading (track data, assign titles, etc), then Epic! is an excellent resource. All are accessible through Canvas and Clever. It's worth noting the district will monitor SORA and Destiny Discover usage data as a measure of a library program's "effectiveness".

Digital collections will benefit all contents so explore the videos below and reach out to collaborate.
Video tutorials for the multiple digital library platforms can be found here.

Anti-Bullying Month Resources
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Below are some resources to consider bringing into your lessons or sharing on your virtual platforms.


CHEC teachers, GrantEd will still be here to serve teachers for the 2020-2021 school year - CHEC will remain a partner school!

Last school year, GrantEd received 22 grant requests from CHEC and awarded 20 of them, for a total of $7,223.81 and they would love to continue supporting us.  Grant Ed has already started accepting applications and granting funds for the upcoming school year.

Please don't hesitate to contact Julia at GrantEd if you have any questions.

Julia Bozzolo
GrantEd Foundation, Co-Founder


Donors Choose is a great resource for all teachers. You can receive a mini grant to support a special project or initiative.  Please see some of our recent Donors Choose grantees! You can reach out to them for support in obtaining your own grant!


Donors Choose is a great resource for all teachers. You can receive a mini grant to support a special project or initiative.  Please see some of our recent Donors Choose grantees! You can reach out to them for support in obtaining your own grant!

I hope you are staying safe! I am sure you have a lot on your mind right now as a result of this COVID-19 chaos. I wanted to inform you that as a financial consultant with AXA Equitable, one of the approved providers of the supplemental retirement plans for DC, I am doing brief phone appointments with faculty and staff to help them get a better handle on how this market volatility affects their:
1. DC Pension
2. 403b supplemental retirement plan
3. 457b supplemental retirement plan
If you think you may benefit from this information, I have attached a PDF that provides insightful and contextual perspective to all this craziness. If there’s another way I may be of assistance, please let me know!
Kind Regards,
Tyler Manning
Financial Consultant
Equitable Advisors
3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite #250
Falls Church, VA
C: 240-688-6371

ACCESS for ELL’s, ELLEVATION, and English Language Learners

Last year’s ACCESS testing for ELL’s was interrupted by the COVID 19 shut down, however some students were able to finish all or part of the assessment.  As of September 29, these results will be on Ellevation.  Please check ELLEVATION for your students, and you will find personalized activities aligned to their language needs, by domain.

As distance learning becomes the new norm for students across the country, a lot of families are playing an increased role in the day-to-day education of their child(ren).
The home-school connections added to the Ellevation Distance Learning activities allow educators to engage family members to share in the learning process.

Check out this just released instructional activity that allows multilingual learners to benefit from educational opportunities at home.

Your Ellevation Team
Hello CHEC Family!

We hope you all are well. The Dean Team would like to share a few shout outs and friendly reminders.

RJ Circle Survey:
A few reminders before you headed to your classes. Please log the community-building circles facilitated during PLT/Advisory and any other circles you have completed throughout the week. This information is necessary for data tracking and proactive intervention purposes. Use the link below to complete the form: Chec DC Circle Tracker.

Student Support Forms:
Also, we have created a padlet which has the student support form and the behavior referral form. Please bookmark this padlet for future reference: CHEC Student Support Guide. Feel free to connect with the Dean Team if you have any questions.
Student Name                 
Dixon Guillen Juarez
Jose Casarrubias
Ana Menjivar-Hernandez
Karla Flores Contreras
Taylor Harvey
Angela Cojulun
Ingrid Arqueta-Cabrera
Please celebrate these students for their high earnings of PRIDE points!
Please celebrate these students for their high earnings of PRIDE points!

Peace & Love,
The Dean Team

Winter Season is quickly approaching.  Official practice begins on December 14th.  Additionally, off season in person workouts/conditioning may begin on November 1st.  To participate, student-athletes must complete participation forms online and upload current physicals for this school year.  Participations forms are available via https://www.thedciaa.com/participation-forms.  Currently, there are no DCIAA physical days scheduled, so it is imperative that potential student-athletes schedule a physical with their own doctor.  Physicals must be signed by a nurse practitioner (NP) or medical doctor (MD.  )Parents should click on the link corresponding to the appropriate level, whether middle or high school.  Online forms are also available in Spanish.  Additionally, please see the updated current team meet up times during virtual learning!  This list will continue to grow!  Also, our list of head coaches is below.  Reach out to the coaches directly if you are a student-athlete, teacher, or parent for team meet up login information or if you have any other questions. If you haven’t done so yet, follow us on Instagram @checsports.    

The Open Goal Project would like to announce its first NCAA Division 1 student athlete … a 5’3” freshman from Bell Multicultural High School in DC ... #22 for James Madison University’s women’s soccer, Ariana Reyes!

When the Open Goal Project was created five years ago, they worked to integrate players from DC into the youth travel soccer landscape. One of those players was the supremely talented Ariana Reyes, and the Open Goal Project wanted her to have every possible opportunity to grow with the beautiful game.

Working with Ariana and others to give them the opportunities they deserved, the Project began to understand the obstacles that were preventing players with such great potential from participating in the first place. Realizing the lack of opportunity was so widespread, we knew a program was necessary to affect positive change for talented player like Ariana who had been overlooked and left on the sidelines. Heartful congratulations to Ms. Reyes!
The James Madison University Women’s Soccer Team  - Bell Alum Ariana Reye – Row 2 Second from the Right

Middle School
Baseball: Wed. via MS Teams on WUW (1st Block)
Cheer: Mon, Wed, Fri at 4:00 via Zoom
Girls Basketball/Volleyball: Wed via MS Teams on WUW (2nd Block)

High School
Baseball: Wed via MS Teams on WUW (1st Block)
Basketball: Wed via MS Teams at 4:00
Cheer:  Mon, Wed, Fri at 4:00 via Zoom
Girls Basketball: Wed at 4:00 via MS Teams
Football: Tue, Thurs at 7:00 via Zoom
Softball: Wed via MS Teams on WUW (2nd Block)
Girls XC & Track: Tue, Thurs at 5:00 via Zoom & W via WUW (1st Block)

Archery – HC TBD (reach out to coach A desmond.alexander@k12.dc.gov
Baseball – Carlos Mesa carlos.mesa@k12.dc.gov
Boys Basketball – Lionel Edmonds lionel.edmonds@k12.dc.gov
Girls Basketball – Constance Hanlon constance.hanlon@k12.dc.gov
Cheerleading – Aaliyah Wright aaliyahwright88@gmail.com
Cross Country/Outdoor Track – Lionel Edmonds lionel.edmonds@k12.dc.gov
Golf – Marie Erickson marie.erickson@k12.dc.gov
Boys Soccer – Rhina Merino rnmerino123@gmail.com
Girls Soccer – Andrea Lewis andrea.lewis2@k12.dc.gov
Softball – Yanerca Marte yanerca.marte@k12.dc.gov
Swimming – Samuel Burmester samuel.burmester@k12.dc.gov
Wrestling – Eduardo Reyes eduardo.reyes@k12.dc.gov

Baseball – Reiss Allen reiss.allen@k12.dc.gov
Bowling – Mya Ferguson mya.ferguson@k12.dc.gov
Boys Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track – Mark Robinson markblaytonrobinson@gmail.com
Girls Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track – Donzella Hartwill donzella.hartwill@k12.dc.gov  
Varsity Boys Basketball – Rodney Cook rodney.cook@k12.dc.gov
JV Boys Basketball – Mathieu Seichon mathieu.seichon@gmail.com
Varsity Girls Basketball – Rodricus Ficklin rodricus.ficklin2@k12.dc.gov
Cheerleading/Stunt – Dionne Wright dionnewright02@gmail.com
Flag Football – Ryan Duvall ryan.duvall@k12.dc.gov
Football – Daniel Tyson dnltysn@gmail.com
Golf – Ryan Duvall ryan.duvall@k12.dc.gov
Boys Rugby – Brian Mihelic brian.mihelic@gmail.com
Girls Rugby – Katherine Hanson katherinehanson17@gmail.com
Boys and Girls Soccer – Victor Molina victor.molina@k12.dc.gov  
Softball – Thomas Spoth thomas.spoth@k12.dc.gov
Swimming – Reiss Allen reiss.allen@k12.dc.gov
Tennis – Lindsey Benjamin lindsey.benjamin@k12.dc.gov
Volleyball – Mafope Alao mafope.alao@k12.dc.gov
Wrestling – Kenrry Alvarado kenrry.alavardo@k12.dc.gov

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