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CINDY GUEVARA AND ONIGIRI ACTION
UPDATES FROM: LEADERSHIP TEAM I EDUCATION JUSTICE WEBINAR I DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH I CHEC ROTC CADETS I BULLYING PREVENTION I COATS FOR OUR STUDENTS I HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH PERFORMANCES I DONORS CHOOSE I PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LINK I COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOPS 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. During the last ALT meeting, the team reviewed recommendations and comments from the Faculty Deep Dive into the CSP, and incorporated them into the CSP.  The Equity team reported out on the Equity Audit they have been conducting.  The next ALT meeting will be Wednesday, October 23 at 3:30 pm.



EDUCATION JUSTICE WEBINAR: HOW EDUCATORS CAN BEST SUPPORT UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS



Join our Education Justice team for a free webinar for educators to get an update with latest on DACA and how they can best support their undocumented students. Listen in, ask questions, and bring back the information to your school.

The webinar will be held live on October 21, 2019 at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.

RSVP to receive your unique link to join

Raquel Ortiz
Coordinator, Community Action Team

Office of the Chief of Staff
Office of Communications and Engagement
District of Columbia Public Schools


OCTOBER IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH
 
October is Disability Awareness Month and the American Psychological Association (APA) is offering two free webinars to help you to better work with young people with disabilities.
 
On October 29 (12:00-1:00 pm, ET), please join us for “Building Culturally Responsive Systems with Refugee and Immigrant Youth with Disabilities” with Dr. Aydin Bal (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Dr. Bal will present a collective problem-solving and design process, Learning Lab, to build culturally responsive prevention and intervention systems in schools and other organizations for refugees and immigrants with disabilities. Register Today!
On October 31 (3:00-4:00 pm, ET), please join us for “Expanding Pathways to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Careers for Students with Disabilities” with Dr. Dolores Cimini (University of Albany). Dr. Cimini will discuss the adverse effects of excluding students with disabilities in STEM education. She will also review best practices for inclusive curricula design and resources for educators and stakeholders in k-12 and higher education settings. Register Today!
Sign Language Interpreting and Real-time captioning will be provided for both webinars.

Please share this information with your networks!

Best,
Maggie K. Butler, PhD, CRC
Director, Office on Disability Issues in Psychology  
Public Interest Directorate
American Psychological Association


CHEC ROTC CADETS MEET CONGRESSWOMAN LIZZY FLETCHER (D-TX 7TH DISTRICT)
 

On October 17th three CHEC Navy JROTC cadets, Tania Hernandez, Michael Rodriguez, Alejandra Gibbs had a personal meeting in the office of Congresswoman Lizzy Fletcher at the Senate Building.  The cadets engaged with Congresswoman Fletcher and asked her questions about her experience thus far as a member of Congress, the challenges she has experienced as woman in Congress, and issues concerning motivating and leading others.  
They also received a personal tour of the US Capital afterwards.
 
 
Major Wright


NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH
October is National Bullying Prevention Month!   Please join the movement! Click on the following links:

  1. The Bullying Prevention Month Calendar (in English & Spanish) -- please post and encourage your students to get involved!
  2. A tip-sheet for teachers focused on prevention (by the DC-OHR) Also, you can check out a great resource:  https://www.stopbullying.gov/

For students that get involved, they will be added to a list PGT is creating and be allowed to participate in a dress down day this Thursday - they wear BLUE in honor of bullying prevention month & pay $1 at the door.    IF STUDENTS ARE NOT ON OUR LIST, THEY CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THE DRESS DOWN.   So please encourage your students to get involved so they can then earn a dress down!

Thank you!
PGT Team


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


THE CHEC HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH PERFORMANCES

CHEC Arts is proud to announce their upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month Performance entitled El Ritmo de las Americas.  El Ritmo de las Amerias es una celebracion of Latin American, Carribbean, AfroCuban, and indigenous music and dance.  La Familia de Arte de CHEC will be showcasing ritmos highlighting the cultural influences of their Spanish and African raices con mucho swing y sabor.

As a member of CHEC Familia Unida which includes teacher, students, administrators, and staff, we would like you to share sus talentos de musicales, bailes, autores, y poetas.  We also would love for maestros to contribute to the celebration in regards to curriculum development so that we can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, not just during September and October but throughout the entire year.

The assemblies this year will take place on 2 pm and 6 pm on Thursday, October 24, and at 9 am and 10:30 am on Friday, October 25.  Mr. Navas, Ms. Menendez, and I are so excited to collaborate with you, our wonderful familia.  Please complete the following form if you are interested in participating:


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS CHEC MUSIC AND DANCE:

  • October 24 Hispanic Heritage Assembly, 2 pm, 6 pm
  • October 25 Hispanic Heritage Assembly, 9 am, 10:30 am
  • October 27 Marine Corp Marathon - CHEC Marching Band
  • November 14 National Women's Democratic Club - CHEC Jazz Band
  • December 12 International Night Performance & Dinner
  • December 17 CHEC Music Department Winter Concert


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.  Please see some of our recent Donors Choose grantees! You can reach out to them for support in obtaining your own grant!

MS. MALCOLM HAS A PROJECT FUNDED BY DONORSCHOOSE.ORG
Ms. Malcolm had her classroom project "Crossing Borders and Building Empathy" funded by Donors Choose.  The resources for this project include:

  • The Distance Between Us: A Memoir x 30

MY PROJECT
When we are studying a text as a class, it is essential that each student has their own copy of the book. With the additional copies, my students will be able to have their own copy to take home and read each evening. This also allows them to continue the conversation about the text long after the last school bell rings.

In particular, this book is important for my students because it offers a first-hand narrative of the immigrant experience.
 

Many of my students can connect with the author's struggles, while others are able to build empathy for their peers by reading the story.
 
In our current moment, it is tremendously important that students are able to engage with current issues in the English classroom. Therefore, it is critical that we have contemporary stories, like "The Distance Between Us" as a part of our curriculum.



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

Book Fair Update
Thank you for your support in this year's Book Fair! Lincoln Library raised three times its sales as the fair at the end of last school year. With these funds, the middle school library will add makerspace and STEM materials to build student curiosity and creativity.

Portfolio Presentations: Beanstack Help
As portfolio presentations near, one of the rubric points includes the 25 Books Campaign. Beanstack is an online book logging system connected through Clever. Students can explain their progress in their reading goals as part of the portfolio presentations. Contact your MS Librarian (angela.falkenberg@k12.dc.gov) or HS Librarian (christopher.stewart2@k12.dc.gov) for assistance prior to presentations.
 
Improve Literacy Growth for ELLs and Dual Language Learners Using Shared Reading webinar: October 24

"Shared reading is an opportunity to support your language learners with all they need to become proficient readers. Research shows that students who are learning a new language need content and language instruction to be integrated and meaningful.

During this edWebinar, you’ll explore the ways you can support phonics, vocabulary, and language while at the same time supporting your students’ literacy growth. Introduce your students to a variety of genres and forms with the support they will need and also teach your students the strategies to read a variety of genres.
 
This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of all levels. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation."
 
Register here


BELL LIBRARY UPDATE

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!'
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