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COURTLAND COX SPEAKS ABOUT BLACK LIVES MATTER WEEK OF ACTION
   PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE    

CHEC and DCPS join the voices of sorrow, condolence and outrage in the wake of the school tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Even as we support ourselves and our young people in coping with the feelings that have arisen from one more senseless school shooting, we are also united with other school communities as a force for advocacy of more effective gun control, policies, and laws. As educators, we are literally on the front lines, and our voices must be heard in this debate. Thank you to all for engaging our students in this important conversation, and guiding them to find their own way of involvement and advocacy. Young people around the country are willing to take on the status quo, and as a school committed to social justice, we stand with them.  Your ideas and thoughts for involvement are welcomed and encouraged.

BUDGET FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2018-19

It is budget season once again, and we have just received our initial allocation for School Year 2018-19. Since we had a drop in enrollment this year, our budget for next year has been reduced significantly, by about $500,000. In addition, due to rising costs for positions, the buying power of the budget has been reduced significantly as well.  This will necessitate cuts in spending, both personnel and non personnel.

The LSAT will have a meeting on Thursday, February 22 to look at our student data, needs, and programming, and to make recommendations for what to cut, and what to maintain. We will also be administering a budget survey, in order to gather ideas and thoughts from all staff members.  Please look for the budget survey over the next day or two.

As always, our LSAT and parent association will be analyzing the funding data and per pupil allocations we have received. In previous years, we have brought to the attention of DCPS that our student allocation is not equitable when compared with other high schools with similar demographics. This has never been addressed adequately or responded to. We do not yet have comparative data, but once it is available, our LSAT, parents’ association and student government will conduct an in depth analysis to share with the entire school community.
THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE....

  • A big congratulatory shout out to AP Studio Art student Galilea Soriano who received a Silver Key Award in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
  • Kudos to Mr. Bufford, Ms. Pugh, Ms. Castro, Ms. Blanco, and Ms. Elmore for presenting on the college career team work at last week’s ALT Meeting. They did an outstanding job!
  • Shout out to Mr. Onley for an outstanding performance of the Latin Jazz Band at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival this past Saturday!!!
  • Shout out to all of the Chaperones at Friday’s Valentine Dance: Mr. Gallion, Pankaj, Mr. Galvan, Mr. Boone, Ms. Pugh, Ms. Thweatt, Mr. Molina, and Mr. Best.
  • Kudos to Dr. Barnett and Mr. Onley for bringing the Kankouran Dance group to perform for our students during Black History Month!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Exantus for coordinating a presentation by Courtland Cox last week!
  • Shout out to Ms. Kamal for organizing a Valentine’s Mini Chess tournament after school last week!!
  • Kudo to Ms. Wei, Ms. Hua and Ms. Pugh for coordinating our Chinese class presentation in celebration of Chinese New Year at Deal last week!!!
  • Kudos to Ms. Whitaker, Ms. Pugh, and Ms. Castro for representing CHEC at the Graduation Summit last week, and developing action plans to promote the achievement of all students.
  • Shout out to Mr. Hunger for organizing the Poetry Club Valentine Raffle to raise funds!!!
  • Kudos to our Basketball Coaches for a great Basketball season.


MS. PEDDYREDDY IN ACTION AT CHEC CLUSTER FAIR
  INSTRUCTION:   
It is now Week 5 of the third advisory, and all students should have completed their first GRASPS. Exemplar GRASPS should be posted in every classroom, and in the SLC hallways, so that we can celebrate students meeting the standards. Students should also have completed the entry slip for this GRASPS, and reflected upon it, so that they will be ready to present their portfolios with an authentic explanation and defense of their work. We have been focusing on aligning our daily instruction and student work products to the GRASPS, so that each day students are able to make connections to the standards of the unit as they work on their project. The essential questions of the unit, as well as other higher order questions you develop, also guide students in making connections and developing their own unique perspective on the project. Thank you to all faculty and staff for guiding all students to successfully meeting the standards through their work on GRASPS.

Progress reports for all students are due on this Friday. Please make sure to include comments on student attendance and punctuality, so that parents will be aware if students are in danger of failing.
February  19 - February  23, 2018
IN THIS ISSUE
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
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

CHEC Ski Club in Championship Round

The CHEC Ski Club would like to thank the CHEC family for buying doughnuts (even if they didn't really want to eat them) sponsoring Skiers and just your overall support.  Thanks to all of your support the Club had a great time.  Special shout outs to:

  • Ms. Hinkson because of her we now have a middle school ski club
  • Mr. Jones for working with the advanced skiers on the back side of the mountain. We now have skiers that can ski backwards and do 360's!
  • And a very special thank you to Ms. Emilius she got her family involved with the sponsor a skier fundraiser and they went above and beyond expectations.

Because of your support the following skiers made it to the championship on March 1st:

High School - Meryem Yucel, Jacquelin Argueta, Lesley Paz, Kevin Torres, Cesar Cifuentes, Reina Brawell Lopez, Emily Castillo, Duban Amaya, ​Pedro Ramierz  and Jonathan Telfora

Middle School - ​Maricel Carino, Kevin Elberry, Mauricio Amaya Ramirez, Cindy Izaguirre-Lopez, Kaylin Guandique, Elias Sharpe, Semai Tewelde, George Tefora, David Guerra-Elvir, Mohamed Konkobo, Elimane Samb and  Brenda Umana.

CHEC Special Olympics Athletes Take Home Gold and Silver

Bell Special Olympics Athletes took home some hardware at the Winter Classic on February 21st.  In individual bowling competition, Gabriel Siaw, Brenda Flores, Kevin Cruz, and Jolien Curtis took home silver medals, and Jennifer Garcia, Jahad Shaw, Samuel Payne, Nelson Contreras and Jose Villatoro took home gold medals! Athletes were placed on the podium based on their total score from three games.  Of special note, Jose Villatoro surpassed his competitors with a total of 375, including 5 strikes in a row during his second game -- that's called a "five-bagger"! Congratulate these awesome athletes on a great winter sports season!
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LINCOLN
Girls Basketball – 10 - 5
Boys Basketball – 5 - 9

BELL
Junior Varsity Basketball –  8 - 6
Varsity Girls Basketball  – 15 - 7
Varsity Boys Basketball – 6 - 12
THIS WEEK'S SPORTS  SCHEDULE  
Monday
No Games

​Tuesday
No Games

Wednesday
No Games

Thursday
CHEC Ski Club Championship Round

Friday
No Games

​Saturday
No Games
WEEKLY CALENDAR         
Monday
College Visits – Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University

Tuesday
9th Grade College Visits – Johns Hopkins and Morgan State University

Wednesday
Black History Month Assemblies 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence Visit – 1:30 p.m. – HS Library

Thursday
11th Grade College Visits – Catholic University and Howard University
Black History Month Movie Night – Malcolm X

Friday  
Parent Conferences – No School for Students
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

  OPPORTUNITIES:   
UPDATES FROM: LEADERSHIP BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES MS & HS LIBRARIES

LEADERSHIP TEAM
The Leadership Team will continue to meet on Wednesdays this year. Last meeting, the team worked on determining our progress in our CSP in the area of Dual Language, and College and Career Readiness.  Team members looked at GRASPS, student work, and assessments, in order to provide feedback on alignment to AP.

The next meeting with be on Wednesday, March 7, and the College and Career team will lead us in developing a plan and template for incorporating college and career readiness curricula into our advisory program.    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!


BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES
Together We Create

Honoring Unity, Ingenuity, Innovation, and Creativity in Black America
National Theme: African Americans in Time of War

Link with information updated daily:

ACTIVITIES
“Together We Create” Essay Writing Contest - Mr. Stewart
Door Decoration Contest - Ms. Exantus
Daily Announcements featuring famous Black Americans - Mr. Galvan
SGA Middle School Hallway Decoration - Ms. Gonzalez
Black History Month Movie Nights   - Mr. Galvan
February 15 - 5 pm, Hidden Figures
February 23 - 4 pm, Lean on Me

PERFORMANCES
February 13
Kankouran Dance Company, 9 am for 6th to 9th grade, 10:30 am for 10th to 12th grade Auditorium
February 21
CHEC Wind Ensemble Elementary Outreach Program, All Day
February 28
Black History Month Assembly, 9 am for 6th to 9th grade, 2 pm for 10th to 12th grade, Auditorium

LECTURES AND PANELS
February 20 - Greek Life for Blacks and Latinos - Advisory
TBD - Captain Gantt - Speaking on the theme of “African Americans in Times of War”

TRIPS
February 15, 22 - African American History Museum Trip for Library Interns

Assembly - Wednesday, February 28, 9 am and 2 pm
If you know any students who would like to perform or if you have an idea for a performance that you think would fit our theme for Black History Month, please reach out to Dr. Barnett at amylia.barnett@dc.gov

Rehearsals will be from 3:30 to 4:40 pm on Tuesday, February 6, Tuesday, February 13, Thursday, February 15, Tuesday, February 20, Thursday, February 22, and Monday, February 26

Dress Rehearsal - 3:30 pm to 5 pm Tuesday, February 27

ASSEMBLY
9 am for 6th grade to 9th grade
2 pm for 10th to 12th grade

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST INFORMATION - Mr. Stewart
Lincoln Middle School
Question: What does inequality and social injustice against blacks look like?  There are the Garifuna in Honduras, Belize and Guatemala, blacks in India, China, Africa, America and, all over the world. Write about blacks in any part of the world and then discuss how they are treated.  How can you make things better?

Essay deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Essay presentation/ speaking rehearsal:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 3:20 PM
AND/ OR
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:20 PM
Essay rehearsal in auditorium:
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:30 PM

Black History Month Assembly:
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bell High School

Question: Are we living in a post-racial society? How have your experiences shaped your understanding of this belief and, how can unified entities, creative partners and bold agitators confront the topic of race in White America?

Essay deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Essay presentation/ speaking rehearsal:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 3:20 PM
AND/ OR
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:20 PM
Essay rehearsal in auditorium:
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:30 PM
Black History Month Assembly:
Wednesday, February 28, 2018


DOOR DECORATION INFORMATION
Columbia Heights Education Campus
Black History Month 2018
Door Decorating Contest

Teachers and Students you are invited to participate in our door decorating contest.
Deadline is: Friday, February 23, 2018

Grade level/SLC 1st place prize: OFF CAMPUS LUNCH


CHEC LIBRARIES

MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY

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25 Books Campaign Prizes
The first round of Out of Uniform passes took place January 24th. Over 70 middle school students were able to participate. The next Out of Uniform Day will be February 21st.  Students will receive emails to claim their prize.

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Lincoln Tech Team
Lincoln Tech Team will continue weekly meetings on Mondays during extended day. Contact Ms. Falkenberg if there is a consistent technology issue you believe the tech team should address in meetings.

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Black History Month Lincoln Middle School ESSAY CONTEST

Question: What does inequality and social injustice against blacks look like?  There are the Garifuna in Honduras, Belize and Guatemala, blacks in India, China, Africa, America and, all over the world. Write about blacks in any part of the world and, discuss how they are treated.  How can you make things better?

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Important Dates

Essay deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018
*e-mailed to Mr. Stewart, Bell Librarian, Christopher.stewart2@dc.gov

Essay presentation/ speaking rehearsal:  Tuesday, February 20, 2018 3:20 PM AND/ OR Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:20 PM
Essay rehearsal in auditorium: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:30 PM
*1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to students for the most creative, thoughtful and intellectually stimulating essays.


HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY

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Bell Library Reservations

The CHEC Bell High School Library would love to invite teachers and staff to reserve library space via our new platform, Skedda (https://reservechecbelllibrary.skedda.com/booking). Once booking your first reservation you will be prompted to create a quick login.  Users will be able to see when space is available and when space is unavailable.  This will allow for transparency and comfort in knowing that the time that you have requested, is available.  There is also a space for *notes.  If you would like to request AV material (i.e. projector) I can have that available and set-up for you.

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Bell Library Winter 2018 Technology Survey
Please take the CHEC Bell High School Library Technology Survey https://tinyurl.com/yav5bk73.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Christopher A. Stewart, (Bell) Librarian via email: christopher.stewart2@dc.gov.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Field Trip and Article
On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Bell Library Interns will be visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Students will engage in a seminar and collectively write an article on their experiences.

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Bell High School Library Book Club
The Bell Book Club will challenge participants to think outside of the book and confront preconceived notions by having deep discussions and building relationships.  Creating discourse that transcends generations, neighborhoods and households, makes us strong, courageous and intelligent.

Book: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM *Early Dismissal
Location: CHEC/ Bell High School Library

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The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
(provided by the publisher)

  • Mr. Stewart, Bell Librarian, will have books available in the library beginning, Friday, February 10, 2018. Please let me know if books in alternate formats need to be ordered (i.e. LP, audio)
  • Light refreshments will be available.

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Bell High School Writing Center

The goal of the Writing Center is to enhance the preexisting gifts and talents that all students possess. Students will share their drafts (at least 48 hours) in advance and, receive feedback within 48 hours.
The library will assist students with:

  • Interpreting a writing assignment
  • Creating ideas
  • Locating and sharpening a thesis statement
  • Organizing ideas and research
  • Developing a logical argument
  • Identifying recurrent errors and strategies for revising

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 8 AM- 8:50 AM & Lunch Periods
Location: CHEC/ Bell High School Library

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Tech Talk and Makerspace Tuesday

Join the Bell Library as we discuss new and innovative technologies and create some of our own.
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: Lunch Periods
Location: CHEC/ Bell High School Library

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Black History Month Bell High School ESSAY CONTEST
Question:  Are we living in a post-racial society? How have your experiences shaped your understanding of this belief and, how can unified entities, creative partners and, bold agitators confront the topic of race in White America?

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Important Dates

Essay deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018
*e-mailed to Mr. Stewart, CHEC/ Bell Librarian, Christopher.stewart2@dc.gov
Essay presentation/ speaking rehearsal: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 3:20 PM AND/ OR Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:20 PM
Essay rehearsal in auditorium: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:30 PM
*1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to students for the most creative, thoughtful and intellectually stimulating essays.

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  CLIMATE:   
STUDENT COLLEGE VISIT TO LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
CULTURE UPDATES

Lift every voice and sing / Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, / high as the list'ning skies,
let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, / let us march on till victory is won.

– The Black American National Anthem, a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1899, set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1900

As we continue celebrating Black History month, consider these options to support students, to build character, and to reinforce positive behavior in our hallways and classrooms. Also, let’s continue to encourage students to be in school every day and promote perfect attendance!

  • Kindness gramsEncourage students to share with one another things that they respect about one another. Let this be a route to shout out those that we might not normally shout out.

  • Sweat the Small Stuff remember to address relational behavior before it escalates, before a full-blown referral/consequence is deserved. Greet students at your classroom doors and conduct pulse checks to ensure they are ready to learn before they enter your classrooms.

  • PBIS pointsOffer publicly PBIS points to students that make great improvements in their grades or behavior at the end of each week during February, even if they aren’t perfect.

  • PLT Shout-outsAllow students to shout one another out in PLT by having them draw names out of a hat and share one thing that they respect about that person.

Reminders

Students that are Out-of-Area  
  • We have noticed a number of middle and high school students that are wandering into the wrong school. Middle School students should not be in the High School at all, and certainly not without a pass. High School students should only be in the Middle School on the Lincoln 3rd floor. The route for High School students to the 3rd floor Lincoln is through the Bell 2nd floor and on to Lincoln 2nd floor landing and up the stairs to the 3rd floor.  They should not use the 1st or 2nd floor Lincoln to get to the 3rd floor Lincoln. Students that are not complying should be written a referral, so they can earn a consequence.

Detention
  • 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

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.

Cafeteria Support
  • All lunches have their ups and their downs. We always appreciate additional supports in the cafeteria on days that teachers are available. Check-ins with students build relationships and adult presence supports our daily procedures in lunch.

  RESTORATIVE JUSTICE    
CIRCLE PROCESS ON THE FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING

PURPOSE
To create a space for acknowledging the impact of this community trauma and for expressing emotions; to access the healing effects of connecting with others to cope with the trauma.

MATERIALS
Talking piece, one piece of (if possible colorful) cardstock for each person in the Circle, including yourself, markers.

PREPARATION
Arrange everyone in a circle of chairs with no other furniture. Welcome to the space of the Circle.

MINDFULNESS MOMENT
Invite students to a minute of silence and to think of all the victims, their families and their communities.

OPENING
Read the following quote



INTRODUCE “ROUNDS” AND TALKING PIECE
Announce that for this Circle, we will be using a Talking Piece around the Circle.  The keeper poses a question and, as a participant, usually answers first and then passes the talking piece to the person to their left or to their right. On the first round, participants are invited to say their name as well as respond to the question. Remember, it is always okay for a participant to pass. Pass the talking piece for a follow-up round on a question if that question feels unfinished.

CHECK-IN ROUND
What personal character strength do you tap into yourself when facing a hard time and that you can share to the Circle today?  Mark it in LARGE CAPS on the piece of paper and we’ll send the talking piece around. Introduce your name and the character strength and put the card in the middle of our circle after passing the talking piece to your right.

MAIN ACTIVITY
Reflecting on the Florida high school mass shooting.
Facts (feel free to share or not  - so far):

  • 15 dead on the scene and 2 more at the hospital. Three people remain in a critical condition and three others are in stable condition, health officials said. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43066226)

  • Gunman is a 19 year old former student who was expelled (not yet known reasons). His adoptive mother died in November. His adoptive father died when he was younger. He had a few school notices for discipline. (https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/14/585908507/what-we-know-about-the-florida-school-shooting-suspect).

  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It is among the largest in a Broward County system that has 35 high schools. It serves about 3,000 students from grades nine through twelve and has 129 teachers. (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/fl-sb-stoneman-marjory-douglas-high-school-facts-20180214-story.html)

EXPLAIN

We are going to use the Circle to give us all a chance to talk about how we feel about by this event and to help each other as we try and make sense of it in our lives.

ROUND
What are your feelings and thoughts about what happened?

ROUND
What do you think are some of the root causes of violence that leads to a mass shooting?  Think about personal, cultural, systemic?

ROUND
Some people are talking of adding more arms in schools for protection...  Some people are talking of adding more control to arms purchase/accessibility... Some people are talking of adding more mental healthcare support… What are your thoughts of what would be some larger systemic remedy / preventative measure that would bring more safety and wellbeing for all at your own school?

ROUND
If given the opportunity to write to the families of the victims in Florida what would you say? Or if you had an opportunity to speak to the Congressional member in DC what actions would you ask them to take?

CHECK-OUT ROUND
In times like this, what we mostly need is to be held in our shocks and fears – how will you support yourself and/or another one today around this news as you leave our Circle?

CLOSING
 
“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others? Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King
      
Thank everyone for participating in the Circle today!
VISITORS TO CHEC THIS WEEK: VERIZON STEM BUS
A team of CHEC AP Studio Art students have created a striking and collectible 2018 calendar – this beautiful work of art is available in the Art Department (please see Mandy McCulloch) for $10 each.  Here is this month's page:
WILSON FEBRUARY
For CHEC Faculty and Staff - a final reminder for this week's information meetings:

Discounted Tuition Master's & Certification Programs beginning this fall.
Information Meetings:
Elizabeth Seton High School
5715 Emerson Street, Bladensburg
Wednesday, 2/28/2018 at 4:30 PM or 5:30 PM - Library

- OR -

Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville
Thursday, 3/1/2018 at 4:30 PM or 5:30 PM

To RSVP visit our Information Meeting Page. If you have any questions or are unable to attend the meeting, please contact me at (855) 296-7049 or email at amanor@graduateprogram.org to discuss your program of interest.
Alison Manor
Coordinator, Off-Campus Programs
Loyola University Maryland
K-12 Teachers Alliance
CHEC TAKES THE PLUNGE!
​On February 2nd, nine students and two staff braved the freezing temperatures and high winds to jump into ice cold water for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge! Jessica Amaya, Jocelyn Cruz, Jose Villatoro, Noelia Aguilar, Jahad Shaw, Omar Mendoza, Chen Ye, Meryem Yucel and Elvir Berisha were up to the challenge. Thank you to all the teachers and staff members who donated directly or indirectly through the Special Olympics Unified Club's snack sale. Our fundraising efforts paid off--we were neck and neck with Woodson until the end, but CHEC came out on top for the fundraising challenge! All funds raised go to Special Olympics providing Athletes with sports and social activities that promote healthy lifestyles and inclusive friendships.

 
Special Olympics Hill Day

Jennifer Garcia was chosen to represent DC for Special Olympics Hill Day, a day where Special Olympics delegations from across the country come to the District to speak to their representatives about the importance of Special Olympics and what Congress's funding means for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities--access to not only sports, but to social inclusion and healthcare. Along with SODC President/CEO Nicole Preston and Athlete Ambassador Novie Craven, Jennifer met with Eleanor Holmes Norton's staffer for health and education issues. In that meeting, Jennifer shared how Special Olympics has encouraged her to exercise by playing five different sports and helped her to make new friends through Unified activities at school and on the bocce court. After the meeting on the Hill, we headed to the Capitol Hill Club for lunch with Timothy Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, and Darrell Green, legendary cornerback for the Redskins. Jennifer got to try on his Super Bowl and Hall of Fame rings--they were so heavy!
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