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March  19-
March 23, 2018
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.

Spring break always comes just in time!  Even though winter is taking it’s time to leave, we are looking forward to the warmth and green of spring.  I hope everyone has time for rest, relaxation rejuvenation over this break, as we build our strength and stamina for the testing season and the fourth advisory.  Have a wonderful spring break!!


Upon our return from Spring Break, three weeks remain until PARCC Assessments begin, and four weeks remain until AP Exams are administered.  Thank you to all teachers, counselors and administrators for your focus and dedication over the year in preparing our students for their upcoming assessments.  Since the beginning of the year, we have been creating rigorous learning experiences aligned to the standards students need to demonstrate mastery of.

Now, we must start to remove scaffolds, and make a shift so that students see the assessments as something that they are empowered to take and succeed in.  Success is measured by constant progress on an upward trajectory.  A key part of success is the level of engagement and sense of empowerment of the students themselves.  It is important that all students have not only access to their data, but an understanding of what it means in terms of strengths and weaknesses.

By the time they leave for Spring Break, students should have a completed POP sheet, which includes an action plan for how they will improve in their areas of growth.  As we saw in the Data Driven Instruction rubric, we are striving for exemplary implementation:

  • Any student you speak to knows their specific performance levels on the interims
  • Students know where they are strong and weak, and they can articulate the specific actions they are taking to improve their performance in specific areas
  • Students know what mastery looks like
  • Students know that the interims provide them with feedback they desire on their performance, and therefore engage in the taking of interims fully
  • Students participate in the creation of their own action plan and tracking their performance

In order to support students in using the POP sheets as a tool for learning, over the next three weeks and up until the exams, all members of the Admin team will be visiting classes, and meeting with individual students to discuss their progress, and to offer additional coaching and support.  We see this as a way to provide an additional adult to support and coach students, especially now that we are differentiating and working in stations.   Please keep the following expectations of all classes in mind:

  • 100% of students in all classes will have a POP sheet with their data,  and will be able to discuss their levels, their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their plan to improve
  • The POP sheet should be used as a tool to assign or prepare Spring Break Packages.  Instead of every student getting one packet, students should select from packets or on line resources that will meet their specific needs.  Students should sign up, identify the resources or goals, and commit to completing them.  Samples of choice Spring packets will be provided before the break.
  • Upon return from Spring break, continue to use the POP sheets as a way to create stations and differentiate.

Thank you to all!  We are striving for a 10% increase in the number of students scoring proficient in ELA and Math on PARCC, and a 10% increase in the number of students scoring a 3 or above on AP! We are Griffins and Knights, and we can do this!!


  • Shout out to Mr. Jones, Dr. Barnett, Mr. Onley, Mr. Jacobs, Mr. Navas, Mr. Jackson, Ms. Farrackan, Mr. Williams, Ms. Bernard, Ms. Ramirez, Ms. Shaw, Ms. McCulloch, and all the students and performers who contributed to an outstanding Black History Month assembly!  Kudos to the entire Black History Month Cultural Committee for organizing an inspiring series of events and activities over the month – Mr. Stewart, Ms. Whitaker, Mr. Bufford, Ms. Exantus, Mr. Galvan, Ms. Gonzalez, and Captain Gantt!!!

  • Shout out to Ms. Spinks, Ms. Elmore, Mr. Jackson and all who have supported the CHEC NAF Hospitality Academy! We have achieved Distinguished and Model status for the third year!

  • Kudos to Ms. Carino and Ms. Helene for taking students to the Women’s Leadership Conference!!!

  • Shout out to all LEAP Chairs and teachers who facilitated sessions during our Choice Professional Development Day – Ms. Malcolm, Mr. Connor, Ms. Penn, Mr. Schutt, Mr. Magee, Mr. Hernandez, Ms. McCulloch, Dr. Barnett, Mr. Aguilar, Ms. Ferguson, Mr. Duvall, Mr. Jones, and Ms. Hinkson!!!

  • Kudos to all teachers and staff who facilitated Open Space Technology at our Faculty Meeting focused on Data: Ms. Exantus, Ms. Penn Pearson & Mr. Morden-Snipper, Ms. Abbondanza, Ms. Chiu, Ms. Ryan, Ms. Chatalian, Ms. Athmer, Ms. Farrackan, Ms. Emilius, Mr. Cohen, and Ms. Malcolm!!!!

  • Kudos to our LSAT Team for participating in Budget Planning Meetings over the past two months!

  • Kudos to Mr. Hunter for reviving our Poetry Out Loud partnership, and coaching Xavier Boone’s participation in the DC Competition of Poetry Out Loud!!!

  • Shout out to Mr. M. Hernandez for organizing a luncheon for the 50 students who will receive the Seal of Biliteracy, and for promoting our participation in this wonderful opportunity to acknowledge our bilingual and biliterate students!!

  • Shout out to the chaperones who took 100 students on an overnight college trip last week – Ms. Spinks Ms. Pugh, Coach A, Ms. Castro, Ms. Elmore and Mr. Jackson!!!!

  • Shout out to all who supported on Parkland Memorial Event on March 14 – Captain Gantt and Master Sergeant DesChamps and the ROTC, Dr. Barnett, Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Onley and the band, the SGA, and the Social Studies Department!!!

  • Kudos to Mr. Hardmon-Fort for organizing our EMOC Induction Event!!!

  • Shout out to Ms. Peddyreddy for bringing professionals from Audi to speak with our young women about STEM Careers!

  • Kudos to Ms. Lopez-Elmore for bringing professionals from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to speak about the multiple careers available in the government!!!

  • Shout out to Ms. Athmer for coordinating our successful Special Olympics Team!!!

  • Kudos to Ms. Hartwill, Mr. Jones, Ms. Ramirez, Ms. Ryan and Ms. Hinkson for chaperoning our Ski Team!!!

  • Kudos to our Assistant Principals – Mr. Lessek, Ms. Hinkson, Mr. Jones, Ms. Thweatt, Ms. Edwards and Ms. West for their relentless focus on analyzing data for their entire grade levels through data trackers!!!!

  • Kudos to all teachers for their data analysis, POP sheets, and action plans designed to empower students to take charge of their learning!!!

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