11-18-2019 - CHEC BULLETIN

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CHEC bulletin for Week of November 18, 2019
MS SOCCER TEAM WINS CHAMPIONSHIP!
MARIA TUKEVA’S (MT) MESSAGE:
CSP ALIGNMENT UPDATE - EQUITY

Equity is one of DCPS’ core values, and is an integral part of our school mission as we strive for equity in all of our programming, goals, and outcomes.  For the past two years, we have had a very active  Equity Committee, and as a result of our work, CHEC was nominated for the Standing Ovation Innovation in Equity Award.  As part of the selection process, a team will come to visit our school on this Friday, November 22.  They will be visiting classes, and speaking with the Equity Committee.

In addition, our Early Release Day Professional Development will focus on Equity and Courageous Conversations.  The Equity Committee has been working extremely hard in designing a day of learning that will allow for choice and focus on several critical equity issues.  We look forward to a powerful professional development experience on Wednesday.

We have specific SMART goals as part of our CSP, designed to address data points that indicate possible inequities in our practices.  Our Equity Goals in Culture of Achievement are:

  • Reduce suspensions for young men of color by 50%
  • Reduce chronic absence rate of Latino males by 25%

Our data for the first advisory shows that we have not yet closed these gaps, as suspensions have increased slightly for all groups in comparison to last year.  The chronic attendance rate for all groups is also the same as last year.  With this data in mind, we must plan for interventions in the second advisory which will address these outcomes.  Our CSP outlines strategies in the area of restorative justice, PBIS, attendance incentives, and finding mentors for students.  The involvement of all staff in implementing these strategies is critical.



SHOUT OUTS

  • Shout out to Mr. Stewart and Ms. Glascoe Evans for being accepted to  OSSE's Literacy Intervention Content Fellows Program.  This City-wide collaborative experience is designed to push our students in DC and specifically at CHEC into a new dimension of academic success through literary comprehension!!!!
  • Kudos to Dr. Vaglenov for inviting a marine biologist,  Dr. Maureen Trnka, to give a presentation to our upperclassmen on endangered species!!!!
  • Shout out to Mr. Galvan, Mr.Pinto, Ms. Sanchez and Ms. Bruggeman for presenting to the DL department on their learning from the Teaching for Biliteracy Conference!
  • Shout out to Mr. O. Lopez, Ms. Guillen, Mr. Chavez and Ms. Nunez for welcoming visitors from DC Language Immersion and the US Senate into their classrooms on Friday!!!
  • Kudos to Mr. Lopez, Ms. Joseph, Ms. Kamal, Ms. Perez, Ms. Alvarado, Ms. Samarita, Mr. Onley, Ms. Chatalian, and Mr. McFadden for welcoming educators from the Chicago School System into their classrooms on Monday!!!
  • Kudos to Eduardo Reyes, for sharing his experiences as a student and teacher at CHEC at  a Board organized dinner last week for donors!!!



COLUMBIA HEIGHTS EDUCATION CAMPUS (CHEC) BELL HIGH SCHOOL NAMED A DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND MARYLAND STATE FINALIST IN SAMSUNG'S NATIONAL STEM CONTEST

Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC) | Bell High School is a District of Columbia and Maryland State Finalist in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a $3 million* nationwide competition that encourages 6th -12th grade students to creatively use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to solve a community challenge. From a pool of more than 2,000 entries nationwide, only 300 schools have been selected as a State Finalist – and CHEC was one of them!

CHEC was chosen based on the creative proposal submitted by Mr. Christopher A. Stewart to address and end youth homelessness and poverty using STEM via an app that provides youth with endless resources.  As a District of Columbia and Maryland State Finalist, Christopher will receive a Samsung tablet for his library and has the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes.  Congratulations and Thank you to Mr. Stewart!
MEETINGS THIS WEEK:

Monday, November 18, 2019
Visitors from Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday, November 19, 2019
SLC Morning Meeting
AOHT Chat and CHEW 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Yearbook Day Pictures for 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th grades and staff
College Application Workshop – 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Early Release Day
SLC Morning Meeting
AOHT ODU and NSU College Tour
ALT Meeting 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, November 21, 2019
No Advisory
Department Planning Period Meeting


Friday, November 22, 2019
10:30 am Senior Convocation and Pinning Ceremony
9:00 am Visit from the Standing Ovation Selection Committee
INSTRUCTION:
GEORGETOWN MENTORS FOR COLLEGE BOUND CHEC SENIORS
Our Second Cluster Instructional Walk will take place on Monday, November 25, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.  This month the Instructional Walk will focus on the middle school.  The team will look for increased evidence of academic discourse among students.

This is the third  week of the Second Advisory!  By the end of this week, all classes should have launched the GRASPS, and have had students interact with the GRASPS, rubric and exemplar.  The GRASPS should have been broken down into component parts to teach, and there should be initial work on the first part of the GRASPS, with students having completed a portion of the GRASPS. By this week’s SLC and department meetings, student work should be available for tuning and reflection.

INSTRUCTIONAL CALENDAR
The Instructional Calendar is a living document that houses all of the major curricular requirements, assessments, and schoolwide events.  Please check it weekly, as it changes as events are added or moved. Please note some additions - the specific dates for each interim have been added, so please check out the calendar! The calendar is curated by members of the Admin team, and Mr. Magee, Science LEAP lead, curates and adds events or items that are submitted by Department Chairs.  If you have an event or item that you think should be added to the Instructional Calendar, please submit it to your Department Chairperson first, and then your Department Chair will submit for inclusion if appropriate.


FIELD TRIP PROTOCOL REMINDERS AND UPDATES

Field Trips are valuable and important ways to engage and excite students about the content of their classes, as well as to draw cross-curricular connections.  However, field trips can also result in a shortage of teachers and difficulty in covering all classes.  In order to make sure we are balancing field trip approval with instructional needs, please be sure to follow the field trip protocol:

  • All requests for field trips must be submitted two weeks prior to the anticipated trip, and must be approved in writing before further plans are made for the field trip.
  • There must be a clearly described purpose and curricular alignment for the trip on the field trip request form.
  • Please keep the number of chaperones to a minimum, as it is extremely difficult to obtain substitutes.
  • Students must have the permission slip signed by their parents AND the teachers of their other classes, indicating that they are in good standing to attend the trip.
  • NEW – All approved field trips will be shown on a google calendar linked to the bulletin, and any field trip that is not on this calendar will not be authorized.  The google calendar is under construction, and will be launched by the end of the week.
OPPORTUNITIES:
UPDATES FROM:  ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP TEAM I COATS FOR OUR STUDENTS I CHEC MUSIC AND DANCE I JEREMY CROSS I COLLEGE AND CAREER PROGRAMS I PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LINK I LIBRARY UPDATE I OFFICE DEPOT GIVE BACK I


MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Marilyn Chica
Kadiatu Mansaray
Larry Mayo
Darcy Rodriguez
Gloria Flores
Meryem Yucel
Juliana Franco
Chaneity Morel Feliz



ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP TEAM

The Academic Leadership Team (ALT) consists of all administrators, LEAP leads, Department Chairs, and any interested faculty or staff.  Meetings are held twice a month, alternating between Early Release Days and morning meetings.  The ALT team designs and monitors the Comprehensive School Plan.  All are welcome to attend, either for one meeting or for all.  At last week’s meeting, the ALT team completed  Walk through Look-for’s for our own internal walk-throughs, and scheduled initial dates for walk throughs in the areas of Shared Leadership, Academics, Equity, Engagement, and Culture of Achievement.  Starting this week, we will schedule our own internal walk-throughs to give each feedback on our progress towards the goals in the CSP.

The next ALT meeting will be Wednesday, November 20, at 3:30 pm.

In the attached link, you can find the entire year schedule of ALT team meetings and proposed meeting focus here



COATS FOR OUR STUDENTS

Dear CHEC Staff,

We would love your support to keep our students warm this winter. From now through January we are taking donations for winter coats (lightly used) to share with them and their families if possible.
If you want to find out more ways to help our community please contact Ms. Nunez in room C231



UPCOMING EVENTS CHEC MUSIC AND DANCE:

  • December 12 International Night Performance & Dinner
  • December 17 CHEC Music Department Winter Concert



FOLLOW IN THE STEPS OF JEREMY CROSS - THE GLOBE TROTTER TRAVEL ABROAD, BUILD GLOBAL FRIENDSHIPS & EXPERIENCE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES


The Jeremy Cross Foundation was created in September of 2019 after the sudden and tragic passing of Jeremy Cross on August 29, 2019 from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. Jeremy was 22 years old at the time of his passing, but had managed to visit 15 countries on 4 continents and study abroad in Spain, Costa Rica and Italy. Jeremy’s passion for traveling came from his mom, Dr. Sheila Mosee who introduced him to traveling with an organization called CISV at the tender age of 11; the same age she traveled to Japan with CISV when she was a child.  

The purpose of the Jeremey Cross Foundation is to keep Jeremy’s legacy alive by giving the opportunity to travel aboard, build global friendships and experience international studies to young boys (ages 11 -15) who wouldn’t normally have that opportunity.  

For the summer of 2020, the Jeremy Cross Foundation will select 1 male applicant, and cover 100% of the program expenses to travel with the CISV – Washington, DC chapter. Program locations, dates and details will be provided on the CISV DC website after October 27, 2019. If you know of a male student age 11 – 15 years old who you believe would benefit from an opportunity like this please encourage them to applyusing the CISV Youth Delegate Application (attached here) and submit for consideration by November 15, 2019.  

Delegate Application (Village, Interchange, Youth Meeting, Step Up & Fortnight)
Supplemental Form (Required for all Village Applicants)
Delegate Reference Form (2 Required for all delegate applicants)

*Applicants who have traveled with CISV in the past should get one of their references from a former leader or staff).

Important Dates:
  • 11/15/19: Applications due for the Jeremy Cross Foundation (email completed application to Jennifer@cisvdc.org)
  • 12/6/19 – 12/8/19: Selected finalist are invited to participate in a weekend Mini-Camp (simulated summer program experience). Expenses paid for all finalists.
  • 1/2020: Selected finalists interviews
  • 2/2020: Announcement of Jeremy Cross 2020 Fellow to travel with a CISV International Summer Program.

For more information contact CISV – Washington, DC representative: Jennifer Drew  – cisvdc.org  - Jennifer@cisvdc.org

Program Locations and Dates are:

VILLAGE - AGE 11
Cairo, Egypt
July 2, 2020 – July 29, 2020
(4 delegates + 1 leader 21+)

Vitoria, Brazil
July 4, 2020 – July 31, 2020
(4 delegates + 1 leader 21+)
Seoul, Korea
July 17, 2020 – August 13, 2020
(4 delegates + 1 leader 21+)
INTERCHANGE - AGE 12/13

Cairo, Egypt
(6-8 delegates + 1 leader 21+)
Mid July-Mid August *Exact dates TBD* This is a 4 week program. 2 weeks hosting and 2 weeks in Egypt.
If interested in interchange, you should apply immediately. Home visits/interviews will begin in Mid-November.

YOUTH MEETING DELEGATION - AGE 12/13
Nuuk, Greenland
June 27, 2020 – July 4, 2020
(6 delegates + 1 leader 21+)

STEP UP - AGE 14
Bogota, Colombia
June 20, 2020 – July 12, 2020
(4 delegates + 1 leader 21+)

STEP UP - AGE 15
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
June 19, 2020 – July 11, 2020
(4 delegates + 1 leader 21+)

JUNIOR COUNSELOR - AGE 16/17
Mexico City, Mexico
July 3, 2020 – July 30, 2020
(1 male)
Lüneburg, Germany
July 24, 2020 – Aug 20, 2020
(1 male)

*There is a chance we will pick up additional JC invitations in round 2. If you are interested, you should still apply or send us an email to let us know you're interested.

FORTNIGHT - AGE 16/18
Washington, D.C.
July 6, 2020 – July 19, 2020
(1 male or female)

SEMINAR CAMP - AGE 17/18
All seminar applications are due by December 1st to CISV USA. Please use the link below to apply.  Once you have submitted your application to CISV USA, please notify the DC Chapter at washingtondc@cisvusa.org.
Please click here for the application and location details.

INDIVIDUAL YOUTH MEETING - AGE 16-18 *SPRING*
Koln, Germany
April 6, 2020 – April 13, 2020
(1 male or female)


CHEC COLLEGE AND CAREER PROGRAMS - MARYMOUNT VISIT
 
On Tuesday, November 12th, Marymount University visited CHEC to conduct an on-site admissions. Through the support of DC CAP Coordinator Ms. Blanco, 13 students received acceptance letters and scholarship offers.  All together, 618,000 worth of scholarships were awarded to students. Please see attached photos and details below:
 
  • Erin Sanchez- Dean Scholarship, 14,500 a year
  • Meryem Yucel- Presidental Scholarship, 16,000 a year
  • Darcy Rodriguez- Success Scholarship, 13,500 a year
  • Jesse Smith- Opportunity Scholarship, 10,000 a year
  • Larry Mayo- Presidental Scholarship, 16,000 a year
  • Chaneiry Morel-Feliz- Dean Scholarship, 14,500 a year
  • Francesco Baes- Presidental Scholarship, 16,000 a year
  • Marilyn Chica- Dean Scholarship, 14,5000 a year
  • Noeila Aguilar- Dean Scholarship, 14,500 a year
  • Kadiatu Mansaray- Dean Scholarship, 14,500 a year
  • Gloria Flores- Achievement Scholarship, 12,500 a year
  • Juliana Franco- Achievement Scholarship, 12,500 a year                       

When you see Ms. Blanco, please send a huge thank you and job well done for her support and leadership on this event.

Symphoni Henry
 
CHEC Coordinator, College and Career Programs
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COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOPS

Time: Wednesday’s after-school from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Beginning October, 2019)
Length: The workshops begin first week of October and end by Christmas Break
Location: Room A204
Students: 25 to 30 students - ALL WELCOME!

Volunteer Duties: Volunteers will provide essay writing support – Common App Essays – helping decide structure, students have stories to share but need help capturing stories in an essay.

Additional Info: There is no need for curriculum/books, but college student volunteers will bring their applications, essays to share with students. A collection of sample Common App and supplemental essays will be provided.

Students will be working to apply to a list of 5 schools they have developed with CHEC College Counselor. Ms. Henry.




DONORS CHOOSE 2019-2020
Donors Choose is a great resource for all teachers. You can receive a mini grant to support a special project or initiative.




GREAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER LINK
Here is a link for a monthly newsletter from OSSE about PD opportunities for a bunch of subjects/areas.
Please take a look … it may have something they could use!   http://eepurl.com/gBFkKw

It has ELL, SpEd, SEL, H & PE, RTI, literacy, math and more.


LINCOLN LIBRARY UPDATE

STAFF MEETING FOLLOW UP
Thank you again for your enthusiasm and questions yesterday during our break out session. I hope you were able to find a tool or two that will help you with your next GRASP or lesson - I'd highly suggest you bookmark the PPT to reference the links throughout the year. Contact me for collaborations, planning assistance, department meeting / planning, wild ideas, etc.

Lincoln staff, if you haven't already, please fill out this survey. It will help me see who to reach out to for additional support and aid me as I continually adjust my practices to best serve you and students.



BELL LIBRARY UPDATE

Happy Native American Heritage Month!  Check out the Bell High School Library website with programs, Native American Heritage Teaching Resources, Content Specific Resources and Faculty/ Staff webinars.

Please tell students about the Bell High School Brand Ambassador Application! 40 + students have already picked up applications.  
Position: Bell High School Library Brand Ambassador
Application Closing Date: Friday, November 8, 2019

Hiring Start Date: Monday, January 6, 2020
 
Overview: The Bell High School Library is seeking 2/ two driven, jovial, creative, excited- to-serve students to be Bell School Library Brand Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 school year (January- June 2020). With many internal and external library programs, Ambassadors will be able to lead programming, be a major part of the 25 Books Campaign design team, complete data and collection management, help to technologically advance the library while, continuing to create a Culture of Reading and Peace & Love within DCPS, the community at-large and specifically, CHEC.
 
Stipend: $20.00/ hour. 25% of the stipend will go towards a scholarship to attend college/ vocational school or continued education courses once graduating from high school. Another 25% will be set aside for a down payment on their first property| home.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018, there were approximately 191,500 librarians; 6.8 percent of librarians identified as Black or African American, with less than 2 percent being black males, 8.6 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 4.6 percent as Asian-American or Pacific Islander.  The goal in creating these Brand Ambassador positions, is to encourage students to learn more about library science and create additional economical opportunities for higher education funding (i.e. scholarships) and home ownership.

Check out these articles from the Urban Institute!

 

​If you have any questions and/ or would like to schedule a class visit, please email, call or stop by the library | A205.
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Check out the Bell High School Library LGBTQIA Resources for Educators and Staff, Students and Parents!

Exciting Books and Articles are located in the Bell Library!

The CHEC/ Bell High School Library would love to invite teachers and staff to reserve library space (check out the pictures) via our reservation platform, Skedda (https://reservechecbelllibrary.skedda.com/booking). Once booking your first reservation you will be prompted to create a quick login.  Users will be able to see when space is available and when space is unavailable.  This will allow for transparency and comfort in knowing that the time that you have requested, is available.  There is also a space for *notes.  If you would like to request AV material (i.e. projector) I can have that available and set-up for you.   The first space is the main library and the second space is Peace & Love Room/ Makerspace.

We have some amazing things planned for the 2019-2020 school year! Please check out the Bell Library Website with new programming, resources for students and parents and new faculty webinars.  

In our Nations Capital and all over the world we have literary deserts that have prevented many from exploring the beauty of equitable literacy.  I had the pleasure of being a part of a Summer Curriculum Development Institute at CHEC taught by Mr. Darry Strickland.  Each participant developed a UbD (Understanding by Design), a framework used to improve student achievement.  Because of the amazing feedback from all involved in the institute and students as well as new teachers, Bell Library's finished project is Building Through Community Relationships: Providing Opportunities to Literary Deserts.  We have developed a new partnership with Christ House, a medical facility with "comprehensive and compassionate health care to sick, homeless persons in the District of Columbia, and to assist them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness." (christhouse.org)

The Bell Library along with students and educators will replenish their living room library and create a library in their 52-bed residence known as Kairos.  "The Kairos Program participants are capable of living independently, but due to chronic illness, are unable to hold full-time employment. Volunteer service is a key element of the program and each member serves based on his gifts and abilities. They escort Christ House patients to medical appointments, staff the clothing room, work in the kitchen, and assist with mailings and other administrative activities. Some participants also work part-time jobs at Christ House or in the neighborhood." (https://christhouse.org/services-2/kairos-program/)  Students will complete empathetic interviews and create a collection that will be sure to rival University of Michigan's- Cook Research Library.  If you are interested in helping expand and create a library, please reach out to me!

DCPL Educator Cards will be in within the next few weeks.  For new educators or educators who would like a new card, please email me.

I look forward to seeing you soon for a library tour and, serving you well.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call, email or drop by the library- A205!


OFFICE DEPOT GIVE BACK
Office Depot has a Give Back to Schools program that provides 5% credit from people's purchases to help schools buy supplies throughout the year. Below is more info and our school ID numbers that people can share at in-store or online check out.  The site provides graphics to share online as well.

Lincoln: 70020154
Bell: 70229484
CHEC: 70020156


'Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide your school ID at checkout and your school will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies!'
CLIMATE:
DRUMMER KOJO RONEY PERFORMS FOR CHEC MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDIENCE. AWESOME!
BEHAVIOR REFERRAL LINK
Below is the Google Survey/Referral link that the entire CHEC school community will be using to send behavior referrals. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your appropriate Dean directly.

High School - Dean Boone - dewayne.boone@k12.dc.gov
Middle School - Dean Avila - kathrine.avila@k12.dc.gov

Student Culture Intervention Form - Behavior Referral: Please use this link to send any behavior concerns after using the 5-step discipline process and any care system you have in place to support your student's social-emotional learning. You may also use this link to bring to the Dean's attention the need for a restorative circle and/or when students are tardy to your class more than three times. The Dean Team will actively monitor this live document to support all teachers.


REMINDERS

Students that are Out-of-Area  
During the past school year, we noticed a pattern of middle and high school students wandering into the wrong school. For this new year, please be mindful that Middle School students should not be in the High School at all, and certainly not without a pass. High School students should only be in the Middle School on the Lincoln 3rd floor. The route for High School students to the 3rd floor Lincoln is through the Bell 2nd floor and on to Lincoln 2nd floor landing and up the stairs to the 3rd floor.  They should not use the 1st or 2nd floor Lincoln to get to the 3rd floor Lincoln. Students that are not complying should be written a referral, so they can earn a consequence.

Detention
Detention is a first intervention we have for students to check and correct their behavior in your classrooms. Students being informed of this consequence is vital to the effectiveness of the consequence.  Remember to use our 5 step process with fidelity so that our students will not earn a greater consequence of ISS and thus lose valuable class time

Dismissal
We always need more support at dismissal from 3:15pm until 3:35pm (High School), 4:15pm until 4:35pm (Middle School). Please follow students all the way out to the front of the building. Students should be encouraged to move on toward their bus stops/metro quickly. Teachers and staff that can make themselves available to stay out front will be greatly appreciated.

Cafeteria Support
All lunches have their ups and their downs. We always appreciate additional supports in the cafeteria on days that teachers are available. Check-ins with students build relationships and adult presence supports our daily procedures in lunch.

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.
LINCOLN MS BOYS SOCCER TEAM SY 2019-20
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Congratulations goes out to our Coach Rhina Merino and our Lincoln Boys Soccer Team who defeated Deal on November 14th in the DCIAA Championship 1 – 0!  If you see any of the players please acknowledge them for all of their hard work.  Fall season has officially ended and winter sports have begun.  Official games will begin the 1st week of December.
BELL
Bowling:
Junior Varsity Bowling – 0 – 0
Varsity Boys Bowling – 0 – 0
Varsity Girls Bowling – 0 - 0
LINCOLN
Boys Basketball – 0 – 0
Girls Basketball – 0 – 0
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Monday, November 18, 2019
No Games

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
MS Archery vs. Wheatley at Wheatley @ 4:00

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
JVB Scrimmage vs. Washington International at CHEC @ 4:00
VBB Scrimmage vs. Washington International at CHEC @ 5:30

Thursday, November 21, 2019
No Games

Friday, November 22, 2019
No Games

Saturday, November 23, 2019
No Games
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