02-06-2023 - CHEC BULLETIN

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SLC Morning Meetings
ALT Team Meeting 3:30 pm

Departmental Planning Period meetings

Departmental Planning Period Meetings (High School Only)

No Meetings


Principal: Maria Tukeva


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

"Socio-emotional learning, empathy and restorative practices are the foundations of our school climate and culture." 

This phrase highlights the importance of our Counselors.  This week is National School Counseling Week, and I’d like to show appreciation for our amazing counselors here at CHEC.   Please join me in saluting our counselors!

The purpose of this week is to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. The 2023 theme is School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big, and this is exactly what our Counselors do. By helping students with their academic, career and personal goals, exposing them to opportunity, and providing support and guidance, they make a difference every day.

I have a recognition!!

  • Marianella Castro
  • Luis Diaz
  • Christian Hardy
  • Evelyn Iraheta
  • Pheven Kahasay
  • Andrea Lewis
  • Chevaniece Marshall
  • Melissa Martinez
  • Hurley Odom
  • Patricia Ortez Aparicio
  • Corinne Partelow
  • Kwame Yeboah-Kankam



Thank you to all for actively engaging in the SLC follow up professional development, as we continue the Design Thinking Journey as a whole school.  Each SLC is scoping an opportunity or challenge, that they would like to apply design thinking to.  This means that over the next at least 8 weeks in SLC meetings,  we will continue to work on the identified challenges/opportunities,  following all of the phases of Design Thinking, and the steps and basic framework of Design Thinking (Liedtka model), through working on the following questions:

  • What is?  Defining the challenge, immersing ourselves in the challenge, conducting ethnographic research to determine what users (students) want and need
  • What if? Making sense of all of the information that we have collected about our challenge, aligning the many different perspectives we have, and developing design criteria
  • What Wows? Allowing ourselves to dream and visualize, and brainstorm multiple options and solutions to the design challenge
  • What Works?  Launching a prototype of what we have designed, to gain more feedback from users, and then iterate a refined version.

Some of us are novices in this process, some are intermediate, and some have much experience.  All of us have an important place at the design table, and we need to build the proficiency of all in order to transform our school.

Following this first professional development and developing some literacy in the competencies of  Design Thinking, we will once again apply what we have learned, and engaging in a schoolwide revision and redesign of our mission statement and norms with students,  in order to make sure it reflects what stakeholders want and need.

This week we will launch two new Design Sprints, Career Pathways, and Social Emotional and Mental Health Services.  If you are interested, please reach out.

The big question in the journey to Design Thinking is, how will we know when we get there?  One way we will know is by observing how well we are building our design thinking competencies.  There are actually identifiable competencies for individuals and for organizations, that we can work towards.  For example, for the first step in the design process, the What Is, or immersion stage, one of the competencies is, ‘I search for areas of opportunities, not solutions.’  As we continue the process, we will self assess for our learning and progress.

Another way to know if we are moving towards design thinking, is by celebrating small wins and prototypes.  For example - the Food Equity Design Sprint is launching a second iteration of its prototype, in collaboration with Sodexo.  On February 13th, we will launch Thrive, a new vision of our Cafeteria, with some new menus.  There will actually be some different food and new menus that have been launched by our partner Sodexo, based on their participation in our Design Sprint!

There are multiple opportunities to design your learning in relation to Design Thinking.  In addition to  the learning we are doing in SLC’s and different departments, there is the  on-line course we have offered. Of you would like to attend additional courses or professional development opportunities, please reach out to Ms. Tukeva or Ms. Penn. We will also be beginning a book study group on Experiencing Design, The Innovators Journey, by Liedtka, Hold and Eldridge.  If you want to join, please let us know, and we will purchase the book for you.  There will be Admin Premium for Book Study Participation.

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.

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 Ms. Z, Ms. Inamura, Ms. Cates Bristol, Ms. Helm and Mr. Stewart for another powerful Courageous Conversation!  We will continue in March!
  • Kudos to Coach A, Coach Tyson, Coach Duvall and all of the Coaches for a great Signing Day! 3 of our Bell Griffin Athletes have already signed college commitments!
  • Kudos to all Winter Sports Coaches for a great winter season – Coaches Ficklin, Wells, Hall, Edmonds, Alvarado and Garcia-Carmona!
  • Shout out to Mr Talarico, Mr Connor & Mr Whitney, Ms. Bryant and Ms. Scott for for coordinating Senior Portfolios and supporting, as well as to all English 4 teachers and all panelists!!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Roman and Ms. Ramirez, Mr. Reyes, Ms. Bruemmer, Ms. Ryan, Mr. Cabra,  and Ms. Ismael and Ms. Garcia-Pinilla, for welcoming visitors from McKinley Middle school to their classes on Thursday!
  • Kudos to the Culture Team for supporting a positive culture every day!

Week 3 of Semester 2 and Advisory 3

It is the third week of the Third Advisory! All GRASPS should have been launched by now! Please be sure your launch process includes opportunities for student feedback and suggestions.

The Whole Child

This month for the Whole Child Antiracist initiative we will be highlighting Black History educators who support the Whole child.  This week we will highlight Mary McLeod Bethune — Known for Bethune-Cookman University, which she founded as a girls’ school in 1904, Bethune was an educational leader all her life. She founded one of the first nursing schools for Black women, established the United Negro College Fund, and advised multiple presidents on education and civil rights


Angenette Planter
Whole Child Teacher Lead
Environmental Science Teacher

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

A big shout out to the middle school team for a successful A2!  This week saw our MS Math ANET as well as ELA administrations.  Thank you to Ms. Zuccarello, Mr. Tamayo, Ms. Eslava and Ms. Chatalian for proctoring ELA make-ups!

In addition to HS Math ANET 2, this week will see preparation for the 9th Grade ACCESS exam (week of February 13th).  Please stay tuned to your email for updates & trainings!!  If there are any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

The Test Integrity training is required for all staff to complete each year.  One more big thanks to those of you who attended the training in the auditorium Friday, January 27th.  For those who missed the training, we will be hosting two make-ups sessions this week: Tuesday 8:00 – 8:30a and Wednesday 3:45p-4:15p; both of which will take place in the auditorium.

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.

Professional Develoment / Record Keeping Day

Last Friday, BLA and DL departments had coaching office hours with Lisa Tabaku of the Center for Applied Linguistics, and were able to explore questions or ideas from the Professional Development on January 25th.

The Blue Engine Co-teaching professional development is still going on.

In SLC’s, the focus will on an introduction to Design Thinking, and its application to some real opportunities or challenges.  In Department, 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

Our Shared Leadership Subcommittee and the Instructional coaches will dig into the data from our Empathy Interviews in ALT team, to further refine the professional development plan.

The ALT Team met and participated in Empathy Interviews with over 40 students at the last meeting. The Team will meet on Tuesday, February 7th at 3:30 pm to immerse themselves in the responses and use them to further develop our professional development plan. All are invited to the ALT Team meetings!



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



Marvin Gaye's protest anthem 'What's Going On' was a powerful and groundbreaking song at the time of its release in 1971, but fast forward 50 years later and it is sadly still just as relevant for the world today.

With the huge spark of protests in the US and around the world against racism following the death of George Floyd two years ago, the subject of police brutality and racial injustice is being discussed as much today as it was back then.
Marvin Gaye co-wrote 'What's Going On' about the issues of the time, but little did he know that over 30 years after his death, tragically it still sounds as if it could have been written yesterday.

Happy Black History Month!!!!

This week we challenge everyone to share or create dialogue around the positive contributions to history from the African/Black American Culture. How have these contributions impacted your life or way of thinking?

School Culture Updates, Events and Shoutouts

  • Black History Program February 15th (Middle School) & February 16th (High School)
  • 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.
  • Remember, any students without passes will be sent back to classes immediately. PLEASE PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH PASSES. There should not be any passes given during the FIRST 15 AND LAST 15 MINUTES OF CLASS.
  • Passes should NO longer be provided during Advisory. (Emergencies Only). We have seen excessive hall walking during this period. To maximize the opportunity in Advisory students would benefit more in class.
  • If you are hosting students in your classrooms/offices during lunch, you must escort them from the cafeteria to your designated space. Please ensure they are not eating in the hallways or leaving food trash on the floor. Students cannot be left unsupervised.
Congratulations to our CHEC Spelling Bee Winners!

  • CHAMPION: Charles Boykin  
  • Runner Up: Gedion Erkalo
  • 3rd Place: Justin McLean
  • Alternate: Zoe Martinez

Please congratulate our Knights!   They will participate in the Cluster Bee on February 9th at 12:30 pm at THE ARC in Southeast DC.  Thank you PLT teachers!”

Shoutout to Mr. Whitney for collaborating with The Collegiate 100 of Howard University to visit our frequent hall walkers for biweekly mentorship sessions.

Big Shoutout to Coach Ismenia Garcia and the Lincoln Wrestling Team.  They won 2nd Place in the DCIAA Wrestling Championships last week!!!!


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

FEBRUARY 10th – MOVIE Students must have $350 in Kickboard

PBIS Reminders and Celebrations

Teacher All-Stars (500 + Highest Interactions from 01/30-02/05)

  • Sandra Garcia Panilla (1,605)
  • Dwight Simon (916)
  • Omar Abusabha (696)
  • Tevin Simard (654)
  • Erika Harris (543)
  • Angela Falkenberg (525)

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)  


  • 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: 6 – 10
VGB:  3 – 12
VBB:  2 – 15
Congratulations to all of our basketball teams and coaches on making it through a tough season.  The JV boys basketball team defeated Phelps and Ron Brown but lost to Roosevelt.  The varsity girls basketball team lost to Roosevelt.  The varsity boys basketball team lost to Phelps, Ron Brown, and Roosevelt.  Congratulations to Kiori Hampton who bowled a PR last week.  The HS wrestling team defeated Roosevelt and Ballou in its last match.

No Games

No Games

HS Bowling Match # 5 at AFB @ 4:00
HS Swim at DCIAA Championships at Takoma @ 5:00

HS Wrestling vs. HD Woodson & Jackson Reed at Deal @ 4:00

No Games

DCIAA Cheer Regionals at Coolidge @ 11:00
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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