11-14-2022 - CHEC BULLETIN

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SLC Morning Meetings
ALT Team Meeting 3:30 pm

SLC Morning Meeting
Departmental Planning Period Meeting

Departmental Planning Period Meeting

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Principal: Maria Tukeva

NOVEMBER 14, 2022:

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

We foster a growth mindset and find joy and purpose in learning and collaborating.  We value student choice and voice, and a rich learning environment that includes sports, the arts, and extracurriculars.

As we begin this second advisory, complete our first cycle of grading, and reflect on what worked and what we need to adjust, it is important to think about how three key values interact – empathy, growth mind set, and feedback.

A growth mind set requires a stance that failure is a part of learning, and not something to be ashamed of or avoid. People with a growth mind set take risks and at times fail, but always learn in the process.
Empathy requires that we listen and observe carefully how our students are experiencing learning, and find out what their mind set is and how we can shift it to a growth mind set.  Empathy also requires that we always frame feedback as a way to encourage growth, not to judge every performance.
In this second advisory, let’s approach our students with frequent, clear feedback that celebrates their effort, with empathy and listening to what choices they want to make in their learning, and with a growth mind set and belief that all of us can learn by taking the chance to fail and try again.
Thank you CHEC Team, for all you do!


Shout out to all Redesign Team and Innovation Team  members!  Last week, we continued the work of our two Innovation Teams – Food Equity and Interdisciplinary Projects/International Travel.  The teams are at the stage of researching “what is” using both secondary and primary research.  During this week, you will see members of the team conducting empathy interviews, with students and staff, as well as direct observations of classes.  The two innovations we are exploring, Interdisciplinary Projects and Food Equity require that we get extensive and thoughtful ideas from stakeholders on what they would like to experience.  Ms. Penn and Ms. Tukeva will also be conducting an “Inspiration Visit,” to Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, to learn more about their Project Based Learning approach.  There will be opportunities for additional staff members to attend Inspiration Visits throughout this school year.  Please put December 20th on your Calendar for our Innovation Gallery Walk.

Our focus during this year of cultivation, will be on truly building out the idea of Students as Designers of their Learning.  In order to do this, all of us must learn how to think as designers, so this will be one of the fucuses of our professional development.

If you are already implementing something in your practice or curriculum this  year, that you think reflects the  two big ideas, we would like to highlight them.  Please send a description of your innovation or shift, and we will highlight it in the bulletin.  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.  Please join the Redesign Team, and please reach out to interested students or parents!

For attendance at Focus Groups or with Innovation Team  meetings held after school we will offer Admin Premium, and up to 20 students who participate in the Innovation Teams will receive a $200 stipend and Community Service hours.  Please speak with your students, and find students who would like to become involved in the design of one or more of the innovations.

"From the desk of Lincoln Knights Growth Academy Program:

Dear colleagues, please check out the link below if you are interested in supporting small groups of Middle School students after school. WTU members will be compensated $40 per hour, non WTU members will be paid according to their hourly rate. To join our team, make sure to complete and submit the form: https://forms.office.com/r/ugEtz18MAr

If you would like to learn more or have any questions, please contact Ms. Ramirez at gabriela.ramirez@k12.dc.gov. Thanks in advance for considering supporting our Knights!"


  • Shout out to Mr. Magee, Mr. Smith, Ms. Avila, Ms. Lewis, and the entire Middle School Counseling Team for a successful ANET ELA testing!
  • Shout out to Ops and all who supported!
  • Shout out to Ms. Pugh for representing us at our TEALS Event and building our partnership!
  • Shout out to the Culture Team for beginning “Attention” meetings for our chronically late arrivers.
  • Shout out to Mr. Duvall for the morning and afternoon announcements!
  • Kudos to all members of the XQ Team for working on our two Innovation Teams!
  • Shout out to AP Boone for leading the Culture Team!

The grading window for Term 1 is now open! Now is our time to be audacious in how we approach teaching, learning, and grading. We must move forward with empathetic and trusting partnerships. How will our students remember their learning experiences? Will students want to continue to be lifelong learners and leaders in the quest for social justice? Or, will students seek to bail on a system that clearly isn’t moving forward with them in mind?

The purpose of norming our grading practices is to positively promote learning by addressing the inconsistencies and inequities found in our gradebooks. Three essential questions should be asked and reflected upon when creating, implementing, and promoting grading practices:

  • What are the possible impacts of a failing grade on a student?
  • What equity challenges exist in a grading system?
  • How can we establish grading policies and practices that promote learning for all students?

Week 2 of Advisory 2

It is the second week of the Second Advisory, and a full week leading into another short week.   During this week, it is important to continue to reset norms, and to launch the first GRASPS.  Launching the GRASPS should involve activities designed to gain student interest and motivation, and to provide students with choice in how they approach the project.

Please reach out to SLC Administrators and Coaches for support and assistance.

The Whole Child


Here is the link to the Whole Child Antiracist shared leadership and ownership grid. Use this grid to help understand what the Whole child antiracist initiative is about. https://turnaroundusa.org/toolbox/corepractices/


Angenette Planter
Environmental Science Teacher

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

This week saw our first ANET administration on the Middle School.  While there were some bumps, teacher feedback on the process, as well as engagement has been positive.  Please stay tuned for shoutouts once that data becomes available.  In the meantime, we’ll run it back on Thursday of this week for the MS Math ANET 1.

High school teachers, please be advised, HS ANET 1 is slated to be 11/30 & 12/1 – the week that we return from Thanksgiving.

Testing Coordinator,
Pete Magee

Professional Development

Our Shared Leadership Subcommittee and the Instructional coaches on the ALT Team will be surveying staff and helping to develop a PD plan for the year.

The Insight Survey opened on Monday November 7 and runs through November 18. Please fill out this survey as it helps us to improve our practices!

The ALT Team will meet next week to follow up on our Professional Development Survey and to focus on MTSS.


Spread the word. Apply Now!!! The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Application is open for community college students looking to transfer to a 4-year university next fall.

This life-changing scholarship program awards community college students who are transferring to a four-year college in fall 2023 up to $55,000 per year to complete their bachelor’s degree, as well as personalized advising, career counseling, and more. The application deadline is January 12, 2023.  



Mosaic's third annual High School Playwriting Contest is underway! Students in grades 9-12 at public and charter schools in the Washington, DC metro area including, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Northern Virginia, are eligible to submit their play for the chance to receive a cash prize and have their plays read and directed by professional theater artists!

Winning plays will be read during a live presentation at the Petworth Branch of the DC Public Library on Saturday, January 21 at 2PM.

Submit your play by November 28 for consideration.


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

  - Henry Ford

Please check out the National Awareness for November:

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • American Diabetes Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Movember (Men's Health Awareness)
  • Epilepsy Awareness Month
  • National Adoption Month
  • National Alzheimer's Disease Month
  • Military Family Month
  • Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Month


  • Our norm focus this month is We are digital citizens., please be sure to discuss with students our norm focus and reward them with Kickboard points for responsible use of technology:

    • Using technology responsibly during class by accessing only academic platforms
    • Proper care of devices with a protective case
    • Utilizing technology to enhance their learning and mastery of the content
    • Helping peers and staff members with technology-related issues

  • Thank you to all who supported the two-day trial run of “Attention Meetings”.  The Culture Team will continue Attention Meetings for all students arriving after 9:00 am through the next couple of weeks. Your grade level APs will share the data and next steps with you all.
      • To minimize the amount of time it takes to complete the Empathy/Attention conferences with students, the Culture Team is requesting additional support with HS meetings, especially from Counseling and MHT members.  If you do not have a first period or meeting, please contact Dean Henderson and come down to the auditorium at 8:50 am.  (You will need your computer to complete conference notes.)

  • The Dean Team will begin making updates to Kickboard and prepare a best practices PD for teachers during SLC and for teachers not using Kickboard.

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

  • Our next incentive will be November 18th (Cell Phone Pass)
  • Please look out for a special announcement for an attendance incentive.   

PBIS Reminders and Celebrations

Teacher All-Stars (200 Interactions or Higher from 11/7 - 11/13)

  • Omar Abusabha
  • Shuk-ken Chiu
  • Dwight Simon
  • Kenrry Alvarado
  • Latrice Quickley
  • Jorge Linero
  • Elizabeth Nutting
  • Tevin Simard
  • Nicole Hallerman

Please stop by the Bell Main entrance for a special  ”Thank You” treat from Dean Henderson for supporting our PBIS Culture by implementing Kickboard in your classroom culture.   

Kickboard norms reminder

Currently, we have about 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 are this week’s “Student of the Week” Recognitions!

Student Nominee
Nataly Gutierrez-Portillo  - 10th Grade
Somia Powell  - 10th Grade


DCPS Fall Listening Sessions: https://dcpsstrong.com/strategic-plan/

If you are interested in learning more about restorative practices and strategies, here is the November calendar for PD opportunities with Restorative DC. https://restorativedc.org/events/

Student Support Forms:
Reminder: Please bookmark this link for future behavioral referrals:

Use the following forms for future submissions:


  • Principal Tukeva, Ms. Nimer, Ms. Thweatt, Ms. West, Mr. Odom, Mr. Jones and Ms. Jessie for supporting the Culture Team with HS “Attention Meetings” to address students arriving late to school.
  • Pankaj for always ensuring that our school operates efficiently and cohesively.
  • Mr. Swinton for helping with lighting in the auditorium during Attention Meetings.  
  • Ms. Doctor for arranging substitutes and classroom coverage.
  • Shout out to Mr. Williams for holding down multiple dean responsibilities while team members were out.  
  • Shout out to Mr. Duvall for leading a field trip with our RJ students for Restorative DC.  
  • Shout out to Ms. Burnett for supporting multiple athletic events.  
  • Shout out to Mr. Layne for a successful season with the soccer team.  
  • Shout out to Ms. Carino for leading the volleyball team to the post season.


This week the Culture Team would like to shine the spotlight on Mr. Dewayne Boone, AP of Intervention. AP Boone leads and supports the Culture Team with fidelity and unwavering empathy. He is constantly on the ground level supporting students and staff with culture and behavior challenges. His flexibility and willingness to take the grunt of the work shows true leadership as he always puts the needs of our students and staff first. Leading by example with great integrity, AP Boones is dependable, supportive and makes data-driven decisions that are culturally competent.  Not to mention very down to earth, humorous and genuine with an infectious smile that makes him approachable and amicable.
The Deans and Culture Team would like to thank AP Boone for all that he does to support CHEC! You are our MVP, Mr. Boone!

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.
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.
The HS volleyball team defeated DCI but lost to Jackson Reed in the state playoffs.  The middle school volleyball team defeated Oyster Adams but lost to Johnson in the playoffs.  Congratulations to both our middle and high school volleyball teams on great seasons.  HS FB defeated Anacostia in the DCIAA semifinals and will play Coolidge in the Gravy Bowl (championship) this upcoming Saturday.  

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DCIAA Archery Championship at CHEC @ 4:00

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HS FB vs. Coolidge at Roosevelt @ 12:00pm

BSOC: 2 – 3 – 2
GSOC: 1 – 5
VB: 8 – 6

BSOC: 6 – 6 – 2
FB: 10 – 1
GSOC: 6 – 4
VB: 14 – 6
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.

Fall sports include:

Middle School
Boys Basketball: Coach Schroeder (michael.schroeder@k12.dc.gov)
Girls Basketball: Coach Constance Hanlon (constance.hanlon@k12.dc.gov)
Indoor Track: Coach Burnett (helena.burnett@k12.dc.gov)
Wrestling: Coach Alvarado (kenrry.alvarado@k12.dc.gov)

High School
Bowling: Coach Ferguson (mya.ferguson@k12.dc.gov)
Cheerleading: Coach Dionne Wright (dionnewright02@gmail.com)
Boys Indoor Track: Coach Robinson (markblaytonrobinson@gmail.com)
Girls Indoor Track: Coach Pinto (miguel.pinto@k12.dc.gov)
JV Boys Basketball: Coach Joyner (jason.joyner@k12.dc.gov)
Varsity Boys Basketball: Coach Edmonds (lionel.edmonds@k12.dc.gov)
Varsity Girls Basketball: Coach Ficklin (rodricus.ficklin2@k12.dc.gov)
Swimming: Coach Allen: (reiss.allen@k12.dc.gov)
Wrestling: Coach Alvarado (kenrry.alvarado@k12.dc.gov)

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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