Bulletin-11-13-2017 - CHEC BULLETIN

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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!!!
November 13 - November 17, 2017
Focus on Instruction
Leadership Team and Other Updates
Shout Outs
Opportunities and Updates
Ambiente, creating a climate for learning
Sports Update!
Weekly Calendar
Upcoming Events and Activities
The Middle School Boys Soccer team defeated Hardy in the semifinals of the Middle School Boys Soccer playoffs.  In the championship game on Monday, November 13, the Middle School Boys Soccer team defeated Deal 6-0!

The High School Volleyball team lost to Model in the quarterfinals of the DCSAA playoffs.  The High School Boys Soccer team lost to Gonzaga in the quarterfinals of the DCSAA playoffs.  The High School Girls Soccer team lost to Georgetown Day in the quarterfinals of the DCSAA playoffs.  The Football team defeated McKinley in the semifinals of the DCIAA playoffs.  The championship will be on Saturday!  

Go Knights!  Go Griffins!  

Archery 4 - 4
Girls Soccer - 3 - 3
Boys Soccer - 10 - 0
Volleyball - 5 - 7

Girls Soccer - 10 - 5
Boys Soccer - 9 - 5 -1
Football - 8 - 3
Volleyball - 10 - 6
Middle School Boys Soccer Championship vs. Deal at Spingarn @ 5:30

No Games

No Games

No Games

No Games

High School Football Championship vs. Roosevelt at Dunbar @ 12:00
Chinese Jin Opera 10:30-11:30am

Senior Convocation
from 10:00–11:00am

Early Release Day

Faculty Meeting

Middle School Incentive
Game of the Month – Soccer
(and PBIS dress-down opportunity)

November 28 - Giving Tuesday
December 7 - International Dinner

Thank you to all for your collaboration in our work on refining our standards based student work bulletin boards.  Making student work with feedback the centerpiece of instruction, reinforces students’ understanding of how to produce quality work, and how to demonstrate their mastery of standards. The ultimate goal is for students to take ownership of their work, revise it until it meets standards, and create  motivation and celebration by having it posted in our classrooms and hallways.   

The discussion today generated great suggestions on how to make this process even more powerful, and we will be providing the necessary materials and time to make this an ongoing process of sharing.  Visiting each other’s classrooms to make connections across disciplines, and identify standards we can collaborate on, will help students and us make interdisciplinary connections.  


CHEC has received licenses for another on line resource that can support our interventions for students. Achieve 3000 delivers daily differentiated instruction for nonfiction reading and writing that are precisely tailored to each student’s Lexile® reading level, in English and in Spanish. Many CHEC staff members attended the introductory professional development that was offered this week. CHEC can have as many licenses for students as needed, so if you would like to use this reading program in your class, please contact Ms. Strickland.

The Leadership Team will continue to meet on Wednesdays this year. Last meeting, on Wednesday October 25, the team worked on determining our progress in our CSP in the area of English Language Arts.  Team members looked at student work and ANET data in determining the progress made.   The notes from the meeting are attached in this link:

The next meeting with be on Wednesday, November 8, and the Math Department will present on the progress in Math in relation to our CSP goals.   The Leadership Team is a group of teachers, counsellors, and administrators who meet every week to discuss school needs, and plan for improvements.  The Leadership Team designs the school’s comprehensive school plan, and helps in its implementation.  Please consider joining the Leadership Team this year.   It is open to all faculty and staff.  We need the involvement and voices of all. Remember, Leadership team meetings are open to all who are interested in schoolwide decision-making and leadership.  You can come once, or as many times as you like, but please make your voice heard!

Last week, 20 young men visited Camp Horizons (Harrisonburg, VA) for a two-day, one-night camping experience. The trip was one of many made possible for CHEC Bellmen, interested members and supporters. During the trip, chaperoned by Mr. Hardmon, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Lopez, and Mr. Jackson, the men completed team building activities, high swings, high ropes, zip-lining, basketball, soccer, and shared stories around campfire. They spent significant time learning about the Stay’n Charge Challenge (checbellmen.com/Stayn-Charge), the 6 pillars of success (physical, mental, spiritual, financial, creative, and social) and ways to achieve it together. They left CHEC as strangers and returned having formed new friendships.

On Wednesday, November 15, 1:15-2:15pm, Bellmen will serve lunch to the CHEC community and share information about the Stay’n Charge Challenge. Learn more on the Bellmen website at Checbellmen.com/events.

Follow us on Instagram @checbellmen.

The EMOC committee of planners (teachers, parents, and stakeholders) will meet again on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:45–8:30am in Ms. Whitaker’s room. Please join us to participant in revisiting goals and planning more activities for CHEC EMOC. For more info, email Mr. Hardmon at dhf@speaklight.org.


The first meeting of the LSAT for 2017 took place on Wednesday, November 1, at 5:00 pm in the Cafeteria.  The LSAT is a required advisory body for all DC Public Schools, and consists of four parents, four teachers elected by their peers, one community member, and four students.  The LSAT advises the principal on the implementation of the Comprehensive School Plan. In this first meeting the team read the CSP in detail, and each member took ownership of one particular focus area they would like to work on.  The team met again on November 7, and attended the Chancellor’s Forum on DCPS Strategic Priorities and the Budget.  Our representatives presented concerns and questions about the equity of the budgeting process, and particularly how it affects CHEC.  CHEC has a lower per pupil allocation than other schools of similar demographics.

25 Books Campaign

Join your Columbia Heights Education Campus librarians, Christopher A. Stewart (Bell) and Angela Falkenberg (Lincoln), as we empower CHEC Scholars with the 25 Books Campaign initiative. Our mission is to develop students' momentum as passionate readers while continuing to maintain a high standard off engaged leaders within our culture of reading.

On Thursday, November 16, 2017 we will be presenting at the next Staff Meeting at 3:30 P.M.

For more information or accommodation, please email Angela Falkenberg (angela.falkenberg@dc.gov) or Christopher A. Stewart (christopher.stewart2@dc.gov)


Lincoln Middle School Tech Team
Tech Team Assemble! Teacher-nominated students compromise this year's Lincoln Tech Team. Soon you will be able to count on them to help with minor device issues, digital citizenship tips and practices, tech tools workshops, and more! Students will meet with Ms. Falkenberg each Monday during extended day.

Bell High School Event
CHEC/ Bell Library: Loving from Afar
Supporting our high school brother and sisters in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

As we continue to think about all who have been impacted by the devastating natural disasters over the last few months; the CHEC/ Bell Library is sending well wishes with books to high school students at Charlotte Amaile High School and Ivanna Eudora Kean High School in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and The Department of Education and Manuela Toro Morice High School in Puerto Rico.  Please come to the library and place an encouraging note in the book, letting our beloved St. Thomas and Puerto Rico know that we support them!

Books will be mailed on December 1, 2017

Giving PBIS points is our primary way of giving feedback to our students for the behaviors we want to reinforce. What systems are you all using in your classroom to reinforce positive behavior? Use this week to check in individually with your students to review this data feedback.  How will you challenge them?  

Nice work with the fire drill today. Overall, students knew what their expectations were and followed those closely. Shout Outs go to all the staff for holding students accountable and ensuring student safety.

Areas of Emphasis this Week

Detention: We still have students skipping detention in the afternoons. Detention is a first intervention we have for students to check and correct their behavior in your classrooms. Students being informed of this consequence is vital to the effectiveness of the consequence.  Remember to use our 5 step process with fidelity so that our students will not earn a greater consequence of ISS and thus lose valuable class time.

Uniforms: We’ve done a nice job keeping high standards with our uniforms this year, but let’s not let that slip. Students should be in full uniform throughout the day. Let’s continue to support one another by checking all students throughout day.
Hallways: Scholars are expected to walk, to stay to the right, to be in full uniform, use Level 1 voices and to move with a purpose in our hallways. Adults should support these expectations by reiterating expectations frequently, with strong presence in the hallways, by addressing behavior in the hallways, by actively monitoring with teacher-voices and watchful eyes throughout transitions.  

Dismissal: We always need more support at dismissal from 3:15pm until 3:35pm (High School), 4:15pm until 4:35pm (Middle School). Please follow students all the way out to the front of the building. Students should be encouraged to move on toward their bus stops/metro quickly. Teachers and staff that can make themselves available to stay out front will be greatly appreciated.
How are your Circles going?
For the teachers/staff who might be leery of doing circles, here is a very basic circle outline.  If you just want to do this outline every week that is ok until you feel comfortable doing more in-depth circles. This might not take up the whole time we have in Advisory, but it is a quick Circle to do in your regular classes.  Or see the suggestions at the end for more questions you can use to start Rounds.

Notes for Teacher:
The Check-In circle is a generic circle you can use anytime and over and over again.  It is a simple outline to check in how everyone’s week has been going, what goals they might have for the coming week, how are they doing, etc.  If you are new to circles this would be a great one to start with and keep doing until you feel comfortable enough moving on to more in-depth questions.

  • Materials needed: Talking piece
  • Display values your class created during the values circle and use them as your centerpiece;
  • Make sure to have the guidelines your class developed the previous week posted somewhere or written on the white board clearly visible;
  • I have not included opening and closing quotes on this outline.  Once you feel ready please feel free to add your own or offer students to share something.  Other ideas for opening/closing ceremonies: mindfulness moment, listen to a song, quote, poem, excerpt from a story.

Friendly Reminders:
  • Remember this is supposed to be a safe space/ judgment free zone.  If a student shares something a little ridiculous or a vision that they might be sharing as a joke, they are testing the waters, trust the process and keep the circle moving;
  • Please feel free to modify the circle questions or opening/closing quotations as you see fit;
  • Participate! This is not just for the students to get to know each other, but to build relationship with you.  Answer the questions draw the pictures, etc.
  • If your class is mixed with Spanish and English speakers consider having a English speaking facilitator and a Spanish speaking facilitator they can repeat after each other to meet the needs of all students in the class.   
  • The bold text is what is supposed to read out loud, the regular text are just instructions for the reader.
Opening Ceremony (pick one student):
When the facilitator calls on you, ask everyone to “close your eyes and take three deep breaths.”
Cuando el facilitador te llame, pídele a todos que "cierren los ojos y tomen tres respiraciones profundas".
Closing Ceremony (pick one student):
When the facilitator calls on you, ask everyone to “close your eyes and take three deep breaths.”

Then say, “The circle is complete, see you next week!”
Cuando el facilitador te llame, pídele a todos que "cierren los ojos y tomen tres respiraciones profundas".
Ahora diga "¡ el círculo está completo, nos vemos la próxima semana!"

Co-Keeper 1 (pick one student):
You will be co-facilitating a circle this morning following these steps.
1. Opening Ceremony: Ask the person who has the “Opening Ceremony” to start the circle.
2. Introduce the Talking Piece and Guidelines Developed in Previous Circle:
“Good morning I’m going to review the guidelines: (read guidelines). I want to emphasize that you can’t talk unless you have the talking piece and if you don’t want to share you have the right to pass.
3. Opening Round:
“What’s on your mind right now”
4. Main Activity:
“Tell us about a low point and a high point since we last had a check-in.”

Esta mañana estará cofacilitando un círculo siguiendo estos pasos.

1. Ceremonia de inauguración: Pregunte a la persona que tiene la "ceremonia de inauguración" para comenzar el círculo.
2. Introduzca la pieza parlante y las pautas desarrolladas en el círculo anterior:"Buenos días voy a revisar las pautas que inrepretamos la semana pasada: (Pídale a la maestra la copia de las pautas)." "por último quiero enfatizar la pieza parlante por favor no hables a menos que tengas esto en tu mano y recuerdes que tienes el derecho de pasar si no quieres contestar."
3. Ronda de apertura: " ¿Que esta en tu mente en este momento?"
4. Actividad principal: ""Cuéntanos sobre un punto bajo y un punto alto desde la última vez que tuvimos un check-in."

Co-Keeper 2 (pick one student):
You will co-facilitate the following steps of the circle after Co-keeper 1 finishes.

Storytelling Rounds Round 1: Starting with yourself, share your answer to the following question. Then pass the talking piece to the person next to you so that others can begin sharing. “What is a goal you have this week it could be about school or about life outside of school?”

Round 2: Starting with yourself, share your answer to the following question. Then pass the talking piece to the person next to you so that others can begin sharing. “What are you looking forward to this weekend?”  

Round 3 (Time permitting): Starting with yourself, share your answer to the following question. Then pass the talking piece to the person next to you so that others can begin sharing. “In one word say how you feel leaving the circle.”
Closing Ceremony: Ask the person who the "Closing Ceremony" to read the quote aloud.
Usted cofacilitará los siguientes pasos del círculo después de que el co-Keeper 1 termine.

Ronda de cuentacuentos ronda 1: comenzando por usted mismo, comparta su respuesta a la siguiente pregunta. Luego pasa la pieza que habla a la persona a tu lado para que otros puedan empezar a compartir. "¿Que objetivo tienes esta semana? Podría ser sobre la escuela o sobre la vida fuera de la escuela."

Round 2: comenzando por usted mismo, comparta su respuesta a la siguiente pregunta. Luego pasa la pieza que habla a la persona a tu lado para que otros puedan empezar a compartir. "¿Que te tiene emocionado para este fin de semana?"

Ronda 3 (tiempo que permite): comenzando por usted mismo, comparta su respuesta a la siguiente pregunta. Luego pasa la pieza que habla a la persona a tu lado para que otros puedan empezar a compartir. "en una palabra decir cómo te sientes dejando el círculo."

Ceremonia de clausura: pídale a la persona que la "ceremonia de clausura" que lea la cita
Sample Prompting Questions/Topics for Circles

  • Share a happy childhood memory.
  • Share a funny story from your work (or life).
  • If you could be a superhero, what super powers would you choose and why?
  • What do you appreciate about your work or main activity?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • What would you not want to change about your life?
  • If you could talk to someone from your family who is no longer alive, who would it be and why?
  • If you had an unexpected free day, what would you like to do?
  • If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
  • Name two things or people who always make you laugh.
  • I like to collect . . .
  • Name one male and one female who is a good role model for young people.
  • When was the last time you said “yes” and would have liked to say “no?” Why did you say, “yes?”
  • If you could have a face-to-face conversation with someone alive today or someone who has passed on, who would it be and why?
  • Describe your ideal job.
  • Describe your favorite vacation.
  • If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
  • What is one skill or talent you have?
  • What are three “gifts” (attributes of yourself) that you bring to the Circle?
  • If you were a reporter, what kind of stories would you like to write about?
  • Who are some of your heroes? Why are they your heroes?
  • What do you think other people see as your best quality? Why?
  • What is the silliest thing that ever happened to you?
  • What is the best thing that happened to you this past week? What was the most difficult or challenging thing that happened to you this week?
First Team Offense

Bell - #1 – Ronnell St. John

Wide Receiver
Cardozo - #5 – Jose Quinteros
Bell - #6 – Kendall Brooks  

Offensive Line
McKinley Tech - #57 – Trenton Starwood
Roosevelt - #71 – Lydell Jones
Roosevelt - #75 – Kareem Williams
Bell - #77 - Daniel Funes   
Cardozo - #50 –  Eric Aull  

Tight End
McKinley Tech - #8 – Tyren Blackman

Running Back
McKinley Tech - #2 – Tyre Allen
Roosevelt - #2 – Alonzo Beverly

McKinley Tech - #18 – Seyi Anifowose

Cardozo - #26 – Yobal Rodriguez
Second Team Offense

Cardozo - #11 – Marc Rondon

Wide Receiver
Roosevelt - #8 – Darius Buchanan
Bell -  #8 – Andrae Green  

Offensive Line
McKinley Tech - #58 – Malik Malloy
Bell - #52 – Alex Perkins
McKinley Tech - #70 – Javan King  
Cardozo - #60 – Keith Williams
Roosevelt - #56 – Tyree Carroll

Tight End
Bell - #17 – Brenden Edwards

Running Back
Bell - #3 – Teyonte McKenzie
Phelps – #21 – Javino Matthews

Phelps - #10 – Arno Landry

Roosevelt - #7 – Ruquan Brown
Roosevelt – Chris Harden
First Team Defense

Defensive Line
Bell - #72 – Daniel Graham
Roosevelt - #57 – Charles Caudle
McKinley Tech - #52–Everette Mcilwain
Cardozo - #31 – Tayron Banks

Defensive Back
Roosevelt - #6 – Kamau Stith
Bell - #7 – Jerrell Peevy
McKinley Tech - #9 – Steve Hilliard
Cardozo - #9 – Antwoine Johnson

Bell - #4 – Omari Singletary
McKinley Tech - #3 – Baylon Baffer
Roosevelt - #4 – Jesus Robinson

Roosevelt - #19 – Junior Bonilla
Second Team Defense

Defensive Line
McKinley Tech - #5 –  Jamal Thomas
Cardozo - #71 – Ricky Green  
Bell - #11 – Khavon Mallory
Bell - #33 – Isaac Awosika

Defensive Back
Cardozo - #13 – Javate  Joseph
McKinley Tech - #14 – Jamir Grayton
McKinley Tech - #20 – Messiah Douglas
Roosevelt - #11 – Derien Ross

McKinley Tech #1– Jaylen Stover
Bell - #2 – Rashaad Harris
Cardozo- #8 – Rahman Guy
Roosevelt - #2 – Alonzo Beverly
From Paula Crivelli – PGT

Field Trip- Green Team Community Service Project: Hurricane Relief (Phase 1)

On Nov 15th, 10 CHEC students participated in a Green Team Community Service Project - to plant seedlings to be sent to the US Virgin Islands as part of a hurricane relief project following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, as Phase 1 of the project.  Phase 2 takes place in 4-5 weeks when the students return to pack up the 3-4 inch seedlings of Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Asian Greens & Kale and ship them to the islands to be distributed to local farmers.  This project is made possible through UDC!  Stay tuned for an update on Phase 2!
Dear Team,

Thank you for providing the opportunity for students to attend the Opera Alcina.  The students studied the original Libretto by Handel, written in Italian language, in preparation for the performance.  The students loved it – for many of them it was a singular experience because it was their first time at the Kennedy Center.  They are currently using the experience as a resources to complete their GRASP “Un Giro Nella Città.”

Grazie Mille,
Ms. Cabral
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