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November 13 -
November 17, 2017
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
3101 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

CHEC MISSION 2017-2018
(Updated August 14, 2017)

All students who graduate from our Dual Language Immersion Early College Campus will be prepared to succeed in college and civic life as leaders in the quest for social justice. We develop intellectually curious scholars who are articulate communicators in two languages, critical thinkers and consumers, cultural ambassadors, and contributing community members. We focus on socio-emotional learning as a key part of the instructional program, and our students demonstrate perseverance, ethics and character in the pursuit of excellence. Restorative practices are the foundation of our school climate, as we enhance relationships and build community. As lifelong learners in the pursuit of excellence and innovation, we foster a growth mindset through which teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members all collaborate to achieve goals. We trust one another to continually improve our practice.
American Education Week
November 13-17

Help celebrate education and honor individuals who are making a difference in children's lives.

In recognition of American Education week, we are celebrating progress in achieving our Mission.    CHEC as a school has been nominated for two Standing Ovation Awards, the School Innovation Award, and the Family Engagement Award.  In addition, two CHEC teachers have reached the Finalist Stage for Teacher of the Year, Joseph Talarico, and New Teacher of the Year, Christopher Broad.  Another one of our wonderful faculty members, Thomas Schutt, will be videotaped by the Impact Team for a collection of videos that features excellent instruction in DCPS classrooms.  These recognitions are a result of our focus as a school community, and whether or not we receive the awards, the nomination and reaching finalist stage is recognition in itself of our work.

The CHEC mission states,  

As lifelong learners in the pursuit of excellence and innovation, we foster a growth mindset through which  teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members all collaborate to achieve goals.  We trust one another to continually improve our practices.”  

As a team and as a community, we are living up to this aspect of the mission every day.
Thank you to all for being a part of this important work.


  • Shout out to Mr. Tobias, Ms. Stevenson for having CHEC students support the Capital Clubhouse fundraiser!!!!

  • Kudos to all who welcomed the site visitors for the  Innovation School Award into their classes and activities – Ms. Abbondanza, Ms. Chatalian, Mr. Lessek, Ms. West, Mr. Hernandez, Ms. Ferreira, Mr. AbuSabha, Ms. Whitaker, Ms. Weiss, Mr. Boone, Mr. Duvall, Mr. Molina, Ms. Lemus!!!!

  • Shout out to LSAT members Ms.McCulloch, Ms. Thorpe, Mr. Pough, Mr. Moorefield, for representing CHEC at the Chancellor’s budget Forum!!

  • Kudos to Mr. Schutt, Ms. Penn, Mr. Allen, Ms. Docena, Mr. Broad and Mr. Cabone for presenting an outstanding analysis protocol at the Leadership Team Meeting, and for diving into data on math and vertical alignment with AP!!!

  • Shout out to Mr. Hardmon Fort, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Jackson and Mr. AbuSabha for taking a group of young men to Camp Horizons last week as a part of the Empowering Men of Color program!!!! They worked on team building and community!

  • Shout out to Ms. Strickland for coordinating our Achieve 3000 training this week!!!

  • Kudos to all teachers and administrators who attended: Mr. Arabian, Mr. Aguilar, Ms. Ermis, Ms. Exantus, Mr. Khafra, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Salas, Ms. Pugh, Mr. Diaz, Ms. Benjamin, Ms. Whitaker, Dr. Vaglenov, Mr. Alvarado, Ms. Ngacha, Ms. Ibarra, Ms. Kush, Mr. Jones, Ms. Thweatt, Mr. Lessek, Ms. Hinkson, and Ms. West!!!!

  • Kudos to Ms. Wei, Dr. Barnett, and Ms. Pough for organizing the performance of the Jin Opera for our arts and elective classes on Monday!!!!

  • Shout Out to Ms. Thweatt, Mr. Jones, Ms. Castro, and the 12th Grade Team for the Senior Convocation!!!

  • Kudos to Ms. Edwards and Mr. Odom for representing CHEC at multiple High School Fairs over the past three weeks!!!
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