12-16-2019 - CHEC BULLETIN

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CHEC bulletin for Week of December 16, 2019
STUDENTS HANNAH NGUYEN AND ANDREA BONILLA AT TASTE OF COLLEGE AT UDC
MARIA TUKEVA’S (MT) MESSAGE:
MEETINGS THIS WEEK:

Monday, December 16, 2019
My School DC Lottery Application Opens


Tuesday, December 17, 2019
SLC Morning Meeting
Morgan State University On-Site Admissions
Bell Library 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
CHEC Music Department Winter Concert 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019
SLC Morning Meeting
Department Planning Period Meetings
LEAP Leaders/Department Chairpersons Meeting 3:30 PM.


Thursday, December 19, 2019
Department Planning Period Meetings
STAFF Party 4:00 pm


Friday, December 20, 2019
No meetings
HAPPY HOLIDAYS

To the entire CHEC family and community, happy holidays, and wishes for a wonderful new year! As we end this calendar year, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to each of you, for choosing the field of education, and choosing CHEC as your school.  The relationships you have built with our students and their families, create an environment where all students believe they can reach their dreams.  Please enjoy this well- deserved rest and relaxation with your families, friends and loved ones.

CSP UPDATE:
HOW DOES OUR CSP ALIGN TO OUR ANALYSIS OF OUR STAR RATING DATA?

Thank you to all members of our faculty and staff for your thoughtful participation in the deep dive analysis of our STAR rating data. As we look at some of the thoughts, questions and ideas shared on our google doc, it is important to reflect on our CSP goals and strategies, and whether any of these need to be shifted for the second semester. We will focus on one content area each week, in order to determine which best practices to ensure we are replicating! All comments can be found on the following link

LET'S CELEBRATE IN HIGH SCHOOL MATH!
Data Points to Celebrate and Showcase
High School English Language Learner Proficiencies grew between school years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 between 20.77% proficiency in Math to 22.34% proficiency in Math.

Students with disabilities grew from 20 to 25% between 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.
Additional Data Needed to Fully AnalyzeWe need more explicit breakdown of the performance of students in Bell Multicultural High School who attended Lincoln Middle School verses student performance in Bell who did not attend Lincoln.
Best Practice to Highlight for All Star Tour Providing Extra Support for high-needs English Language Learners in our Math Fluency Classes.
LET'S CELEBRATE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH!
Data Points to Celebrate and Showcase
African American students: Median growth percentile for middle school math 9.7 out of 10.
Additional Data Needed to Fully AnalyzeAfrican American SPED data
Female vs. Male
Grade level breakdown
Teacher breakdown

Best Practice to Highlight for All Star Tour
Differentiated work for students (stations using POP data)



SHOUT OUTS

  • Kudos to all who participated, organized and helped with the International Dinner last Thursday! Shout out to Mr. Molina and Ms. L. Lemus for organizing the parents and the food, to Dr. Barnett, Mr. Onley, Mr. Jacobs, Ms. Menendez and Mr. Navas for coordinating the mustic! Kudos to Ms. Ramirez for her dance group, Mr. Lewis for his martial arts performance, Major Wright and Master Sergeant Deschamps for the NJROTC performance, Mr. Jackson for coordinating the stage and production!
  • Shout out to all Department Chairs and LEAP Leads, as well as AP’s, for facilitating our Faculty Meeting Star Framework Data Dive!
  • Shout out to Ms. Falkenberg and the Library!  CHEC was chosen as one of the schools to receive materials from a donor for the MS Battle of the Books that takes place in March.
  • Shout out again to Ms. Ferguson for all of the coordination of the  3R’s lessons across the curriculum!
  • Shout out to Ms. Marchi for hosting two visits from the Italian Embassy!
  • Kudos to Mr. Pyram for having three students enter the DC Courthouse 14th Amendment Essay Contest! Francesco Baes won third place in the contest. He received a trophy and $250 at the ceremony presented  by U.S District Judge,  Emmet Sullivan. Larissa Dunn and Jada Phillips also submitted honorable mention essays!!
  • Shout out to Mr. Connor for having his class taped for NPR on the Impeachment issue! Check it out on WAMU!
  • Kudos to the entire Music Department for an outstanding Winter Concert! Special shout out to Mr. Onley and Dr. Barnett for their ensembles’ performances!
  • Kudos to Ms. Henry for organizing the Trinity On -Site Admissions! 11 students were accepted on site!!
INSTRUCTION:
HIEEAA FINANCIAL AID BOOTCAMP
This is the seventh week of the Second Advisory!  Before and after break, it is important to maintain a sense of purpose and focus to classes, so that students find value in attending.  We must be delivering full lessons every day, every period, and communicating this to students.  This will ensure that our attendance stays high, and that students continue to learn.  Please make your lessons for the last few days before the break, and the two days when we return, some of your most compelling and interesting lessons! When we return from break it will be time to complete and revise the current GRASPS, and begin to prepare students for portfolio presentations and exams.

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.
OPPORTUNITIES:
DECEMBER IS GRATITUDE MONTH - SEE THE GRATITUDE WALL OUTSIDE THE CAFETERIA
UPDATES FROM: ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP TEAM I DCPS MANDATORY TRAINING I GRATITUDE AWARENESS I COATS FOR OUR STUDENTS I CHEC MUSIC AND DANCE I PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LINK I COLLEGE AND CAREER I LIBRARY UPDATE I OFFICE DEPOT GIVE BACK I

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 the December 13 meeting, the ALT team reviewed the data collected from our internal walk-throughs, and planned next steps and feedback.

The next ALT meeting will be Friday, January 10 at 7:30 am. During this meeting we will review the Star Framework Deep Dive and each subgroup will report out on their walk through data.

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



IMPORTANT REMINDER OF MANDATORY TRAINING FOR ALL DCPS EMPLOYEES
Please complete your mandatory DCPS Cybersecurity training before you leave for break!  This training is required for all DC Government employees and contractors and is due by December 31, 2019. The training should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.   

As of today, CHEC’s compliance rate is 20%.  To complete this training, please follow this link: https://sauth.dc.gov/training.  If you have any questions, please contact Pankaj Rayamajhi.



CHEC GRATITUDE AWARENESS

CHEC students & staff are sharing what they are THANKFUL FOR during November & December, through an array of GRATITUDE AWARENESS activities!

This week, students & staff created a GRATITUDE WALL during all three lunches, sharing what they are grateful for (see pic below).  The top responses included "life", "family" & "food!"

Next week, students & staff will have the opportunity to write GRATITUDE CARDS and share why that person is expressing their thanks to them!
Remember.... there are opportunities for staff to incorporate GRATITUDE ACTIVITIES into the classroom - here is the link for teachers to access materials

Remember...
Giving Thanks.  Showing Appreciation.  Recognizing one another.  

Why GRATITUDE???

Because POSITIVELY RECOGNIZING SOMEONE FOR THEIR BEHAVIOR MAKES THAT PERSON FEEL SEEN & APPRECIATED!
Because its a STRONG WAY TO TEACH POSITIVE BEHAVIORS AS THEY OCCUR!
Because it has a POSITIVE EFFECT ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT & SOCIAL INTEGRATION!


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 17 CHEC Music Department Winter Concert


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.


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.


LINCOLN LIBRARY UPDATE

Math + Library Collaboration Ideas

Collaboration opportunities include soft skills (locating resources, how to solve life problems), math review via school scavenger hunt (bonus: students will learn what services and support are available to them), math inquiry mini-project (build those research skills!), library renovation project, and more. Browse through the Slides here and let's collaborate creatively to connect math to life! Books about math concepts and careers are readily available in Lincoln Library - check out these resources today.

We Need Diverse Books Giveaway

We Need Diverse Books is offering classroom sets (up to 20) of the 2019 Walter Award winners The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo or Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Both are excellent books - Poet X is prose through the eyes of 15-year-old Xiomara as she deals with her family conflicts. Ghost Boys is written from the POV of a boy killed by police and he meets other well-known boys with similar experiences. A class set could be a great way to build your classroom libraries, start a small book club (Ms. Falkenberg would be happy to help on the MS side), IR choices, or any other ideas floating in your creative minds.

Look at the form below (includes info about using the texts, permission slips, etc) and fill out if you're interested. You have until December 15th to enter.


Staff Technology Lessons

Do you want to implement more technology in your projects or with your departments but are unsure what to use? Are you wondering how to create or navigate using the tools shared by your school librarians? Contact Ms. Falkenberg (angela.falkenberg@k12.dc.gov) or pop by the library to schedule technology lessons. Lesson ideas include Office 365 apps, PPT alternative tools, book talks, video creations, podcasts, DC Library databases, and more. Library media specialists are both your instructional partners and technology navigators, engineers, and cheerleaders. When you are more confident using tech, students will be as well.



BELL LIBRARY UPDATE

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. 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:
STUDENTS AT THE VIRGINIA OUTWIN BOOCHEVER COMPETITION
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
The Middle School Boys Basketball Team defeated Browne but lost to Brightwood.  The Middle School Girls Basketball Team defeated Brightwood and Browne.  The Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team defeated SWW and Eastern but lost to Anacostia.  The Varsity Girls Basketball Team lost to SWW, Anacostia, and Eastern.  The Varsity Boys Basketball Team defeated SWW, Anacostia, and Eastern.  In the 2nd DCIAA meet of the year, the Boys Track Team placed 7th out of 14 teams, while the Girls Track Team finished 9th out of 14 teams.  A few highlights from the meet were Stephane Mankemi finished 3rd in the 300M, Ariyah Green finished 3rd in the 500M, and Mihret Wondimagegn finished 3rd in the 3200M.  
LINCOLN
Boys Basketball: 1 – 3
Girls Basketball: 3 – 0
Wrestling: 0 - 0
BELL
Bowling:
Junior Varsity Basketball: 3 – 2
Varsity Boys Basketball: 4 – 0
Varsity Girls Basketball: 1 – 3
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Monday, December 16, 2019
Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Ron Brown at Ron Brown @ 5:00 p.m.
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Ron Brown at Ron Brown @ 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Georgetown Day at Georgetown Day @ 4:30 p.m.
Middle School Girls Basketball vs. Ida B. Wells at CHEC @ 4:45 p.m.
High School Swim Meet #1 at HD Woodson @ 5:30 p.m.
Middle School Boys Basketball vs. Ida B. Wells at CHEC @ 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Middle School Girls Basketball vs. Deal at Deal @ 4:45 p.m.
Varsity School Girls Basketball vs. Banneker at CHEC @ 5:30 p.m.
Middle School Boys Basketball vs. Deal at Deal @ 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Banneker at CHEC @ 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, December 19, 2019
Middle School Wrestling at DCIAA Meet #1 at Johnson @ 4:00 p.m.
Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Washington Latin at CHEC @ 5:00 p.m.
Middle School Swim Meet #1 at Dunbar @ 5:30 p.m.
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Washington Latin at CHEC @ 7:00 p.m.


Friday, December 20, 2019
Junior Varsity Basketball vs. McKinley Tech at McKinley Tech @ 4:00 p.m.
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. McKinley Tech at McKinley Tech @ 5:30 p.m.
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. McKinley Tech at McKinley Tech @ 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, December 21, 2019
No Games
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