05-25-2020 - CHEC BULLETIN

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CHEC bulletin for Week of May 25, 2020
All Departments and SLC’s send individual notifications of their meetings

Monday, May 25, 2020
Memorial Day – No School for Students, Teachers, and Staff

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Portfolio Presentations – Selected Grades

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Senior Reflection Presentations
Portfolio Presentations -Selected Grades
Athletic Banquet High School – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Senior Reflection Presentations
Portfolio Presentations – Selected Grades
Reopen DC Focus Group – 3:00 pm Microsoft Teams
Athletic Banquet Middle School – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 29, 2020
Senior Reflection Presentations
Portfolio Presentations – Selected Grades
Last Day of School for students for SY 2019-2020

It is hard to believe, but this is the last week of School Year 19-20!   When we started last August, we had no idea how different things would look as we ended the year, yet through the change and tumult, we have created a positive educational space for our students, their families and our colleagues.  Since we are ending the school year without being able to physically see or be with our students, it is important during this last week of school to further strengthen relationships, and to build student anticipation and motivation for summer and the coming year.

With this in mind, as students are presenting their portfolio reflections this week, ask questions that will help them connect to the coming summer and school year.  Solicit their feedback and ideas on how we can build and improve our virtual learning design.  Find opportunities for students to reflect on what they feel they have learned well, and what they are going to need help with going forward.  Encourage all students to take advantage of the variety of summer school options that we will offer virtually.

To build socio-emotional learning, find ways to communicate over the summer with students, through social media, or email.  Ask students what they want to read this summer, and perhaps agree to read something together with some of your students.  It is important that students continue to feel a connection, and that they continue to develop their skills in independent learning. Endings are always difficult, especially for our students who are experiencing trauma at this time.  Let’s help students and families see this not as an ending, but as the continuation of our journey in a new kind of learning.

Thank you CHEC Team, for all you do.  


  • Shout out to all CHEC team for fantastic Parent Teacher Conference Day!
  • Shout out to Mr. Jackson for a great job coordinating the Talent Show and the Fashion Show!
  • Kudos to the Hospitality Team – Ms. Spinks, Mr. Jackson, and Ms. Lopez for a fabulous Hospitality Awards Night!!
  • Shout out to Major Wright and Master Sergeant DesChamps for an amazing NJROTC Awards Event!!1
  • Kudos AGAIN to all AP Teachers, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Talarico, Ms. Ermis, Ms. Warren, Ms. Kamal, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Magee, Mr. Alvarado, Mr. Shoenthal, Mr. Connor, Ms. Lesniewicz, Mr. Onley, Ms. McCulloch, Mr. Schutt, Mr. Hengeller, Ms. Sanchez, Ms. Marchi, Ms. Tamdem, Mr. Chavez, Ms. Garcia Carmona, Ms. Fado, Ms. Cummings, Mr. Jones and Mr. Yeboah, for preparing our students for AP Exams!!
  • Kudos to Pankaj, Ms. Nimer, Ms. Crivelli, and Ms. Carino for continuing to find a way to get the funds to our neediest families!
  • Shout out to the Dean Team and all who have participated in IG Live CHEC In!
  • Kudos to all members of the ALT team for their CONTINUED work on our needs assessment!
We are now in the fifth and last week of the Fourth Advisory.  We are preparing this week to end the year strong with portfolio presentations,  and we are working with all students to make sure they complete their assignments.  Our goal is for every student to successfully complete the school year.   Let’s closely observe and listen during the portfolio presentations this week, so we can get ideas on best practices for next school year.  

The Instructional Calendar is a living document that houses all the major curricular requirements, assessments, and schoolwide events.  The Instructional Calendar has now been updated to reflect the most recent information.

Please view the Instructional Calendar here


The Academic Leadership Team (ALT) consists of all administrators, LEAP leads, Department Chairs, and any interested faculty or staff.  Meetings are held twice a month.  The ALT team designs and monitors the Comprehensive School Plan.  All are welcome to attend, either for one meeting or for all.  

The last ALT meeting was Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 am.   The team continued the process of completing the Needs Assessment for our Comprehensive School Plan, by moving into Breakout Groups on TEAMS.  The agenda and minutes are posted on TEAMS.  The next ALT team meeting will be Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 am.  Our agenda will include continuing work on the Needs Assessment for the Comprehensive School Plan.


Set up your space!
All are welcome – pet, spouses, partners, kids and parents!

1. Join with audio and turn the volume up.
2. You are invited to turn your video on so that we can see you and connect as a community.
3. After class, you will be unmuted and have some time to say, "Hi" to your fellow yogis

Looking forward to practicing with you!

As you may have heard, DCPS has begun the SY 2020 -21 Enrollment Process for all students. In the last many years, CHEC has always been one few DCPS schools that consistently met the Enrollment Goals. CHEC Enrollment Team has always relied upon the help of Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Librarians, Aides and Administrative Staff to help us achieve our Enrollment Goals. Enrollment is the main driving force behind School Budgets and Staffing.

Goal for SY 2020 – 21: We have to be fully enrolled by the time school opens (date is yet to be announced). Total projection for CHEC next year is 1520.

Timeline: We have to re-enroll all our current students by May 29, earlier if possible. All students by first day of school next SY.

POC: Any questions or issues with Enrollment, please reach out to CHEC Registrar Ms. Paige at darnetta.paige@k12.dc.gov
Due to the current crisis, Enrollment process is going to look very different as safety of families, students and staff is the number one priority.

Main points below:

Enrollment is going to be online, via an online tool called Seamless Docs. DCPS has already sent parents have already been sent the information and we will keep messaging as well.
All students – current and new students have to enroll.
Parents can simply go on to Seamless Docs, create an account and upload documents. Documents can be uploaded as pictures, files, etc.

https://enrolldcps.dc.gov/ - is the link parents can access to go to the Enrollment App. They can select from the 6 language options.

Parents will need an email address to create an account.

There will be a dedicated phone number and email address for CHEC parents to contact regarding Enrollment. We are waiting to hear back from DCPS on this. For now, please contact Ms. Paige at darnetta.paige@k12.dc.gov

In the next few weeks, we will be messaging to parents via Robocalls, KiNVO and emails about enrollment. As in the past, we will also announce incentives for Students, Teachers and Grade Levels in order to get to our Enrollment Goals.

I thank you for your support in advance. Please let Ms. Paige and I know if you have any questions.

Be safe.


I hope everyone is well and safe! Please see the attached flyer regarding $50 gift cards from Office Depot for distance learning supplies.  Please note that it must be used by May 29, 2020.  The e-gift card will come from officedepotgiftcardsupport@cashstar.com.  Only WTU and select CSO members will receive this (same people that received the $200 gift card at the start of the school year).  If you do not receive your electronic gift card by May 1 to your DCPS e-mail, please contact the e-mail addresses contained within the flyer.


We hope that you're doing well. In order to best support our school partners in these uncertain times, the DC Collaborative is excited to announce the launch of our online Distance Learning Resource Database. These resources encompass curricular guides, virtual field trips, and other educational activities to enhance students' at-home learning experiences. We hope that you're able to use the resources in your distance learning efforts.

Please feel free to share this resource with other educators and parents in your community. We know this is a challenging time on many fronts and we  will support you and your students in any way that we can. Do let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or additional resources to share.

Stay safe,

Clarissa Heartsfield
Manager of School Partnerships
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8AM - 4PM
#CollectiveImpact #CollaborativeEffect #ArtsAndHumanitiesForEveryStudent
202.470.6467 ext. 1 (p)

Starting Monday, March 16th
DC Collaborative Daily ZoomChats will take place daily at 11:00am to provide arts and humanities education community updates and opportunity to chat with DC Collaborative staff in response to COVID-19: https://zoom.us/j/8531648236


Donors Choose is a great resource for all teachers. You can receive a mini grant to support a special project or initiative.  Please see some of our recent Donors Choose grantees! You can reach out to them for support in obtaining your own grant!

I hope you are staying safe! I am sure you have a lot on your mind right now as a result of this COVID-19 chaos. I wanted to inform you that as a financial consultant with AXA Equitable, one of the approved providers of the supplemental retirement plans for DC, I am doing brief phone appointments with faculty and staff to help them get a better handle on how this market volatility affects their:
1. DC Pension
2. 403b supplemental retirement plan
3. 457b supplemental retirement plan
If you think you may benefit from this information, I have attached a PDF that provides insightful and contextual perspective to all this craziness. If there’s another way I may be of assistance, please let me know!
Kind Regards,
Tyler Manning
Financial Consultant
Equitable Advisors
3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite #250
Falls Church, VA
C: 240-688-6371

Here is a link for a monthly newsletter from OSSE about PD opportunities for a bunch of subjects/areas.
Please take a look … it may have something they could use!   http://eepurl.com/gBFkKw

It has ELL, SpEd, SEL, H & PE, RTI, literacy, math and more.


First Book & Pizza Hut Grant

CHEC Lincoln Library was awarded a mini grant this week to purchase books and resources to comfort and support students as a result of COVID-19. Materials will be purchased for the school library and giveaways when we return to the building. If you have a First Book account, check your email to see if you also were chosen for the grant. Items may be used for classroom libraries, school libraries, distance learning support, etc.

25 Books Campaign

The physical library is closed but the digital collection remains available for you and students to access. As we continue with distance learning, students (and you!) can continue to log what they're reading through Beanstack on Clever or through the app. ELA teachers have received video tutorials and book recommendations to share to encourage the use of DC Public Library and Lincoln digital resources. If you would like these videos or information, send Ms. Falkenberg an email.

Please send any photos of you reading to Ms. Falkenberg to be promoted on social media - encourage students to read by modeling your reading (teachers and admin!). Your CHEC Librarians will share out more reading events and promotions such as read alouds, PBIS incentives, bilingual read alouds, and more. Graphics will be designed and shared for promotion on your social media. If you want to design your own, fantastic! You're encouraged to use the hashtags or tags #DCPSReads #CHECReads #DCPSSchoolLibraries #DCPSatHome @dcpublicschools


Sending peace and love your way as we navigate unfamiliar personal and educational territory.  This is an unprecedented time.  Taking this time to practice constant self-love and care is essential.  Washingtonian Taraji P. Henson's, Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her father, is offering (5) COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy sessions (please review eligibility).

WTU has partnered with FOX5, its sister station, FOXPlus WDCA-TV to air lessons on television.  In celebration of National Library Week, several librarians have presented lessons.  Because its National Financial Literacy Month, I chose to present on Financial Literacy.  The lesson airs this morning at 10 AM.

I had the great pleasure of distributing sanitized text books to Ms. Lainez' amazing students...please see the attached Show and Tell video.  Bell High School Library picture album coming soon!   

As we get ready to re-introduce the 25 Books Campaign, just in time for the summer,  be on the lookout for author talks and additional programming that will be located on the Bell Library website.  Also, check out the website for updated resources and tabs!  

Steven Blackburn from District Administration has compiled an impressive list of 200 + K-12 resources, please take a look!

Come ALL! The Bell Library Virtual Book Club kicks off Thursday, April 30th at 2 PM.  Bring your favorite book and food.

Office Depot has a Give Back to Schools program that provides 5% credit from people's purchases to help schools buy supplies throughout the year. Below is more info and our school ID numbers that people can share at in-store or online check out.  The site provides graphics to share online as well.

Lincoln: 70020154
Bell: 70229484
CHEC: 70020156

'Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide your school ID at checkout and your school will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies!'



Your teachers now have free access to our entire new product suite through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. That includes Newsela ELA, Newsela Social Studies, Newsela Science, and The Newsela Social-Emotional Learning Collection. All teachers at your district will begin receiving getting started emails from Newsela within 7 days. Please get in touch with your Newsela representative or reply back to this email if you would like to pause emails from Newsela at this time.

We created this distance learning toolkit to help you activate your community for distance learning. For additional support, we invite you to join our upcoming office hours. Register for the time that works for you.

High school students, like everyone else, are cooped up at home. So The New York Times came up with a smart plan to help those students kill time, stay informed and maybe drum up some more readers. Through a deal with Verizon, the Times will offer students and teachers in U.S. high schools free digital access to NYTimes.com. The deal is from now through July 6. (Here are the details to sign up.)
It's from the Poynter news media daily update.


As distance learning becomes the new norm for students across the country, a lot of families are playing an increased role in the day-to-day education of their child(ren).
The home-school connections added to the Ellevation Distance Learning activities allow educators to engage family members to share in the learning process.

Check out this just released instructional activity that allows multilingual learners to benefit from educational opportunities at home.

Your Ellevation Team

Hello CHEC Team,

I hope you and the educators at Columbia Heights EC are safe and well at this time! We know that your virtual classroom environments are essential to the future success of your students, so we have some new resources to share with you. Please pass these along to your team:

Take care and stay safe,

Sarah McGull
Success Manager

Hi Team,
I hope all is well with you and your family. Attached are the infographics for next week's extracurricular activities.

CHEC Counselors Weekly

Please find the CHEC Counselor’s Weekly news at this link (English), and this link Spanish.

Hi CHEC Family! The Culture team will highlight Positive OutLook and Celebrations this week. We have held a POSITIVE outlook on learning from home! At home, we have adjusted to learning virtually and collaborated with our colleagues and student via Zoom, Teams, FaceTime, Instagram, etc. We have PERSEVERED to learn what we do not know; we reflected and requested assistance when needed. We have won many short races and will continue to win.  Let us continue to run this marathon and build self- confidence, persist with perseverance, and support the students and staff along the way! Celebrate yourselves and your students all week.

We are still actively hosting RJ circles each day between 12p and 1p w/ the culture team for both MS and HS students. We are also offering Staff Support Circles on Wednesdays at @3pm and Fridays at 8 am on TEAMS. We are pushing to have 100% of students, and staff members receive SEL resources to enhance relationships, build community, and support their emotional health. Please join us as we offer our support to staff during this challenging time and encourage our students to participate in our RJ check-ins. As Griffins and Knights, we stand together!

Last but not least, follow us on IG checdc


Even though sports have officially ended for the 2019 - 2020 school year, the work behind the scenes in preparation for the next season hasn't ceased.  In celebration of all the work that our coaches and student athletes do, we will honor a coach or student athlete every week. in our bulletin moving forward.

This week we honor one of our senior student athletes, Jessica Valencia.  

Jessica Valencia came to the United States in 2015 from El Salvador, where she joined the CHEC family, attending Lincoln Middle school.  Life at CHEC initially was very difficult for Jessica as she struggled academically due to her limited English proficiency.  But Jessica was able to preserve with the help of friends and teachers.  Per Jessica words, "Since I didn’t know the language I felt alone and unmotivated but thanks to Mr. Galvan that at that time he was teaching English as a second language I was able to learn English faster than what I thought!"  By the time, Jessica reached high school, her attitude towards school changed and she became a much better student as she got involved in several extracurricular activities.  Jessica began to excel academically, earning honor roll and student of the week several times and currently has a 3.81 cumulative GPA.  Jessica has not only excelled in the classroom, but she has excelled on the field of play.  Her sports career started with soccer, where she started for four years., but it did not end there.  Jessica has also bowled, golfed, ran cross country, and has been one of our best softball players for the past three years.  According to Jessica, playing sports allowed her to do more than just have fun, it allowed her to feel as she was a part of a family.  Jessica stated, "being a part of a team is like binge part of a family because everyone is looking for one goal and everyone support each other!"  As a result of her stellar academic performance and plethora of extracurricular activity, Jessica has received the DCSAA scholarship for being one of the most outstanding senior athletes in the city.  She also has been awarded the DC CAP STEM scholarship.  Jessica will use both of these scholarships while she attends Marymount University in the fall.  Jessica, your CHEC family salutes you!  We can't wait to see all the wonderful things you will accomplish!

If you are interested in joining the CHEC athletic department, as a student-athlete, coach, and/or supporter, please contact athletic director, Desmond Alexander at desmond.alexander@k12.dc.gov!

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