01-23-2023 - CHEC BULLETIN

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SLC Morning Meetings
ALT Team Meeting 3:30 pm

PD/Record Keeping Day – No school for Students
Please see schedule in PD Section of the Bulletin

Departmental Planning Period Meetings (High School Only)
LSAT Meeting 3:30 pm

No Meetings


Principal: Maria Tukeva

JANUARY 23, 2023:

This week’s focus is on the phrase from our Mission Statement,

"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". 

The first semester ends on Tuesday, and as we prepare for the second semester, it is important to use reflecting together with our students as our most powerful tool.  We are Designers of our Learning and Experiences, together with our students.  It is not possible to design effective learning experiences for students without their input, just as we all want input into our learning experiences, so do our students.

Use a design thinking mindset in the opening sessions of the semester to reset norms, build anticipation and motivation, and listen closely to what students want to learn in the second semester.

If you are starting  a new course, (18 and 9 week courses) some possible questions are:

What excites you about this subject (name the subject)? What was the best ______ class you ever had and why?

What would you like to learn about in relation to __________ this semester?  What kinds of projects, field trips, and other activities would you like us to do?

Which of the norms are most important to you? Why? How should we make sure our class is a safe, stimulating, and interesting place for all of us?

How can I support you? How should we provide assistance and support to one another? What should our group work look like and sound like?

Have a recorder take the notes, and post them in the classroom, as a reminder of what you and your students aspire to this semester.

For courses that our continuing – full year courses – the questions could be the same, but phrased as feedback on the semester that just ended. You can share with them the Big Idea Template, and ask them what on it they feel they have learned well, and what they still need to work on.

The Second Semester is another chance to build on what we learned in the first semester.  By using empathy interviews and getting feedback and ideas from our students, we can make the Second Semester a stronger version of the First.

Thank you Team, for all you do!


Portfolio Presentations started last week, and continue through the  23rd for high school.  Thank you to all who completed portfolios last week! We had over 60 parents attend so far! Please use these presentations as a learning opportunity for you and for the students.  The level of  participation of students gives us feedback on how engaging they find the project. Parents can also give us feedback on the projects and their relevance to their lives and interests.  To get more involvement of parents and students, we will have refreshments, and a raffle of gift cards.  As you complete the process, please reflect on what you might want to adjust for the next cycle.

If we think as designers, everything we do becomes an opportunity to learn and improve. Thank you.


Thank you for all you do!


The two Innovation Teams, Interdisciplinary Projects, and Food Equity, will meet this Thursday, to further refine their prototypes. With the Design Teams and Admin and ALT team, we are planning for school wide professional development in Design Thinking, so that we can all be Designers of our Learning and Destiny.  The Design Teams and other staff members and students  will present to SLC’s on a schedule, so that all can be aware of the work completed by these teams and its relevance to our overall redesign.  The first part of the introduction will happen in this week’s Professional Development Day, and continue in four subsequent SLC meetings.

Following this professional development and developing some literacy in Design Thinking, we will be engaging in a schoolwide revision and redesign of our mission statement and norms, in order to make sure it reflects what stakeholders want and need.  

We encourage all staff members to take a free, on line course, called “Design Thinking for the Greater Good.”

The course takes about 8 to 10 hours, at your own pace, and is free and on line. Please sign up in the form below if you want to engage in this professional development opportunity.  You can do it on your own schedule!

Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector
We will offer Admin Premium to all who complete the course, and will be forming study groups of those who engage in the course. If you would like to sign up of these study groups, please fill out the form below:

Shout out to Mr. Bujan, Ms. Ishmael, Mr. Stewart, Dr. Emilius, Ms. Devargas, Ms. Ishmael and Ms. Peddyreddy who recently completed the course. They join Mr. Hearn, Dr. Brown, Ms. Lainez, Ms. Planter, and Ms. Weiss, as Design Thinking Completers! The entire Admin team has taken the course as well.   If you have identified a problem you would like help in addressing through the design thinking process, please send a description of the problem.  If you are interested in one of the innovations, please contact Maria Tukeva, Principal,  Ms. Krishunda Penn Pearson, Redesign Director, your SLC Administrator, or any member of the XQ Redesign Team.


Field Trip Office Hours for Trip Sponsor Role (Week of 1/23 and ongoing)

All field trips taking place after January 3, 2023, must be entered via the new Field Trip QuickBase app. The Field Trip QB User Guide and additional resources are available in the DCPS Way Field Trip Folder. Trip Sponsors to attend upcoming office hours for support with the new app: 

Before loading the trip onto the App, please still fill out the CHEC Internal Field Trip Form and get it signed before proceeding.

Thank you!


  • Shout out Mr. Onley, Dr. Barnett, Mr. Brush, Mr. Jacobs and Ms. Menendez for a wonderful Winter Concert! Shout out to all of the teachers who attended to support their students!
  • Shout out to Ms. Gutierrez for the amazing bulletin boards on the 6th Grade Floor! Check them out!
  • Shout out to all for great portfolio presentations!
  • Kudos to Mr. Molina and Ms Lemus for organizing parent participation! We have had over 60 parents so far!
  • Shout out to Mr. Smith for hosting a parent tour of the Middle School this past week!
  • Kudos to the Culture Team for supporting a positive culture every day!

Week 11 of Advisory 2, Week 1 of Advisory 3

It is the 11th week of the Second Advisory, and the beginning of the Third Advisory! Please see above for suggestions on how to engage students and get their ideas about the kinds of projects and learning they want to do this advisory.  Incorporate this feedback into your GRASPS development.  Then, by Monday of next week, launch your first GRASPS

The Whole Child


Please take a look at the toolkit for the whole child antiracist turn around for children concepts.

You may use these items in your class to help assist you with the initiative. You may sign up for a free account to access the tool kit. Take some time today to sign up and review over the toolkit.

Ms  Planter
Whole Child Teacher Lead

To Live, To Learn, To Love!

Instructional Calendar

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, maria.tukeva@k12.dc.gov or your SLC Administrator.

Please view the 22-23  CHEC Instructional Calendar here.

Assessment Corner

As the calendar flips to February, we get into our main testing season.First up is ACCESS.  Please look out for correspondence in the coming week regarding ACCESS certification and whole staff Test Integrity training.  We will follow those trainings with details on dates and proctor assignments. Please note, we will ask ALL staff to attend the Test Integrity training and complete any certifications.  More teachers certified means less collective strain when coverage is needed.

Testing Coordinator,
Pete Magee

Love & Empathy Page

If you know of students and families in need of assistance, please send the information to our Bulletin, where we will publish opportunities to show love and empathy.   Please share these with your networks.  Please see below:

From Ms. Ramirez:

“Happy Sunday team, Suseth’s mom will be selling chicken and pork tamales tomorrow.  Suseth is a very cute, shy, mature, supportive, loving and hardworking little 6th grader from my PLT. If you wish to buy some, please text her at (202) 754-6413, she has Zelle with that number and her name is Sonia Centeno. Her tamales are sooooooo good! And they really need the support. Thanks in advance for caring and supporting ❤️”

From Ms. Nimer:

I hope you all are going well. Katherine's family is asking for financial support to help cover funeral expenses. As some of you may know, Katherine also lost her father last year and is currently staying with her uncle. If you all are able to support, please Zelle her uncle Amelo @ 2023203496.

Thank you!

For Professional Development Day/Record Keeping Day, we will have 105 minutes available for SLC’s and 90 minutes for departments.  The exception is the Dual Language Department who will be involved in a SIOP Training the whole time, and Health and PE who will be out of the building at a Rock Climbing training.  The Culture Team will also be in an all-day retreat.  The Schedule is as follows:

8:00 am – 9:45 – SLC (with the exception of those in pre-established training)
10:00 – 11:30 – Departmental Planning time – (with the exception of those in pre-established training)
11:30 – 12:30 - Lunch
12:30 – 3:30 – Recordkeeping

In SLC’s, the focus will on an introduction to Design Thinking, and its application to some real opportunities or challenges.  In Department, One priority of course is to provide time to prepare for the Second semester, through reviewing and revising GRASPS.  It is suggested that for at least part of the planning time, you use the lens of our Redesign focus on interdisciplinary, relevant projects that provide student choice and voice, as you review and revise GRASPS for the next semester.

Our Shared Leadership Subcommittee and the Instructional coaches on the ALT Team are working on developing  a PD plan for the yearBlue Engine has begun another community of practice cycle on co-teaching with our co-teaching partners. For January 25th PD day, the entire DL/BLA will have a training in SIOP, provided by the Center for Applied Linguistics.

The ALT Team met and participated in an introduction to Design Thinking, and a gallery walk of the work of the Design Sprint Teams. The next ALT team meeting will be Tuesday, January 24 at 3:30 pm. The Instructional Coaches will lead a deeper dive into our Professional Development Plan, and we will engage in empathy interview with students to get their perceptions on what the professional development needs are for teachers and staff.



Don't forget to check out the Faculty & Staff tab with some great webinars and recordings--Untying Knots: Beyond Land Acknowledgment - Accountable Action in Partnership with Native Nations, Foundations of Tech: Where Is Industry Going and What Should Students Be Learning? and a host of others!
As we know, Black History and all people's history is to be celebrated throughout the year. As we get ready for an intentional celebration of Black History, The Bell Library will have you salivating in anticipation for more great programming and events!

To come...
A Raisin in the Sun | Movie Night! Popcorn, Pizza & Wings, Friday, February 10  &

What's better than food or books? Uhhmmm, Cookbooks! Join us on February 13 after school for an intimate and exciting cooking demonstration with Bold Fork Books! Just a 5-minute walk from CHEC! Participants will make delicious meals from selected cookbooks, and we'll break bread together! More Details To Come!

So much more, including a writing competition for students and educators!
Absolute Peace, Love and Light

School Librarian
Library Corps | Cluster 9 Support Lead
Columbia Heights Education Campus | Bell High School
3101 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20010
202 | 939-7700 ext. 5118


Did someone say that we are just two days away from the end of the semester?!  We definitely have something to celebrate 🎉.

As we prepare to begin the second half of the school year, remember to sweat the small stuff, build relationships and make learning relevant for optimal engagement. Remember we are DESIGN THINKERS, and everything is possible with teamwork and creativity.

School Culture Updates, Events and Shoutouts

  • Spelling Bee - Friday, January 27th
  • Senior Portfolio Presentations January 31- April 2
  • If there are any teachers who would like to sponsor any student club/org you can do so by sending an email to Mr. Whitney (devin.whitney@k12.dc.gov). There is a stipend available for student activities!
  • The Culture Team will be conducting RANDOM hall sweeps daily. Teachers, please lock your doors after the bell and redirect students to see a Culture Team member or AP for a pass. Please be sure to document their attendance and contact parents.
  • SHOUTOUT to all teachers who ensure students have a pass when leaving the classroom.  Remember, any students without passes will be sent back to classes immediately.


(Please note that this schedule is tentative and is subject to change at the discretion of Culture Team Leaders.)


PBIS Reminders and Celebrations

Teacher All-Stars (500 + Highest Interactions from 01/16/22)

  • Dwight Simon (772)
  • Kenrry Alvarado (696)
  • Sandra Garcia Panilla (646)

Kickboard norms reminder
Currently, we have less than 50% participation in staff rewarding students with Kickboard points. Remember, Kickboard helps to build positive classroom culture and should be integrated in your classroom incentives, norms and strategies to manage your classroom.  
  • 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)  


  • DC Coach and Skill Building- January 24, 4:00-5:30 pm
Are you struggling with a particular restorative practice? Is there a restorative justice plan or project you want some help with? Just wondering where to start. Join this informal session to receive customized coaching from our restorative justice experts! We designed these sessions to support individuals or small groups from a variety of learning communities. REGISTRATION LINK

  • Here is the presentation from the Culture Reset PD led by Deans last week Culture Reset _Winter 2023.pptx Please send any questions to any member of the Dean Team. (Henderson/Bellido-HS and Williams/Iglesias-MS)

Student Support Forms:

Reminder: Please bookmark this link for future behavioral referrals:  

Use this form to recognize students for Student of the Week and Month:


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.

BB: 6 4
GB: 1 9

JVBB: 4 – 6
VGB:  3 – 9
VBB:  1 – 11
The middle school boys and girls basketball teams lost to Deal. Congratulations to both of our middle school basketball teams on a great season. The middle school wrestling team took 3rd place at its last match. The HS wrestling team defeated Dunbar in its last match. The JV boys basketball team lost to Dunbar and Eastern. The varsity girls basketball team defeated Eastern and lost to Dunbar. The varsity boys basketball team lost to Dunbar and Eastern.

JVB vs. HD Woodson at HD Woodson @ 4:00
VGB vs. HD Woodson at HD Woodson @ 5:30
VBB vs. HD Woodson at HD Woodson @ 7:30

JVB vs. Coolidge at Anacostia @ 4:00
HS Wrestling at Cardozo @ 4:00
MS Wrestling at Hardy @ 4:00

HS Bowling at Bolling AFB @ 4:00

HS Indoor Track Championships at PG Sports and Learning Complex @ 2:00

JVB vs. McKinley Tech at McKinley Tech @ 4:00
VGB vs. McKinley Tech at McKinley Tech @ 5:30
VBB vs. McKinley Tech at McKinley Tech @ 7:30

No Games
To participate in sports, including tryouts, students must complete participation paperwork and upload their physical via https://www.thedciaa.com/participation-forms.  Anyone with questions, should contact the CHEC athletic director, Coach A in room D236, or via email at desmond.alexander@k12.dc.gov. It is too late to join fall sports. Spring sports practice begins February 15th

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

(202)939-7700 Ext: 5207 (office)
(202)576-9147 (fax)

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