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May 7 -
May 11, 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.


“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ― Henry Adams.

 The sentiment expressed by the above quote, expresses the enormity of the responsibility and impact of the teaching profession.  Every day, as teachers you come to your classrooms, with a plan and a vision for learning that must reach 25 different personalities, dispositions, and characters.  There is no other profession that requires such a complex combination of knowledge, creativity, compassion and skills.  

 Thank you for your courage, your passion, and generosity, for the long hours of planning and grading papers, teaching and re-teaching, tutoring and supporting, getting to know  parents, and above all the care and concern you show for our students.  Thank you for your leadership, your ideas, and innovation, for always thinking about how to improve our school.  You are the foundation of our school and community, and as the year draws to a close, and we look back on how far we have come, thank you for always guiding your students forward.  

 You have chosen to teach for social justice, in a school where most students do not have advantages accorded to others, and your work changes not only individual lives, but communities. The fruits of your labor will continue year after year, and for that we thank and salute CHEC Teachers!

  • Kudos to Mr. Jones, Ms. Whitaker, Ms. Pugh, Ms. Baker, Mr. Galvan, Mr. Lessek,Ms. Hinkson, and all of the teachers and other staff who have been coming on Saturdays to prepare our students for PARCC and AP! Every Saturday we have over 100 students attending Saturday Academy!!

  • Shout out to all Counselors, Test Coordinators, Test Administrators and Proctors for the outstanding job of administering PARCC and AP!!! Due to the teamwork and coordination, school is carrying on as usual, even during testing!!!!

  • Kudos to our Breakfast Club – Ms. Baker, Ms. Pugh, Ms. Whitaker, Ms. Middleton, Ms. Brea, and all who have helped make sure our scholars who are testing get a hearty breakfast and snacks!!!!

  • Kudos to the Ops Team for having all technology ready to go for testing and instruction!!!

  • Shout out to our Student Government Association, the Band, and all administrators and teachers who have helped make our Pep Rallies motivatiaonal!!

  • Shout out to our Capstone Teachers, Mr. McFadden, Mr. Beckett and Mr.Hawkins, for involving parents in their Capstone classes and presentations!

  • Shout out to Pankaj, Victor Molina, Lucy Lemus, Antonia Lora, and all members of the Admin Team, the Hospitality Academy, the band,  and teachers who assisted with our Enrollment Open houses this past month!!! Thanks to everyone’s work, we are 60.6%$ enrolled, well ahead of where we were last year for Enrollment!!

  • Kudos to the NJROTC, Captain Gantt and Chief DesChamps, for representing CHEC at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award Dinner last month!

  • Shout out to Mr. O. Lopez and Ms. Ferreira for starting up our Green Team and Farmers’ Market this Spring!

  • Shout out to Mr. Aguilar, Mr. O. Lopez, Ms. Alvarado, Ms. Iraheta, Mr. Diaz, Ms. Lora, Mr. Molina, Ms. Lemus, and all who helped with our great ELL Parent Institute this past Saturday!!!

  • Kudos to Mr. Jackson for organizing a Car Wash to raise funds for the Senior Class!!!

  • Kudos to our Librarians, Ms. Falkenberg and Mr. Stewart for organizing a fantastic Book Talk by Author Jason Reynolds!!
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