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September 18 -
September 22, 2017
TRIFILIO TANGO DAZZLES AT CHEC!!
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.
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

CHEC LAUNCHES SCHOOLWIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND ENRICHMENT AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

The CHEC Mission focuses on developing “leaders in the quest for social justice…. and contributing community members.” In alignment with our mission, all students are required to do at least 100 hours of community service before they graduate. Many students, due to work schedules and other obligations, due to not have sufficient time to complete community service. This year CHEC will provide high school students with the time and support necessary to engage in ongoing community service, through an early release day every other Wednesday.  Middle school students will have opportunities for service, as well as enrichment and exploration activities, during early release days.  

Studies have shown that students who are involved in community service, are more likely to be involved in civic life, and to participate actively in our democracy, particularly when the service is aligned to their classwork and learning. Community service builds empathy and compassion for others.

Additional benefits of community service are the development of soft skills related to the workplace, and the development of a resume for college applications.

All students in the high school have had the opportunity to select a community service site that is related to their interest in a particular social justice issue. Middle school students have been surveyed to determine what activities they wish to pursue on site during early release.

We have developed advisory lessons that can be used to support the program by involving students in reflecting, talking and writing about what they are experiencing at their community service placements.

Thank you to all staff for your support of this expansion of our community service program. We are extremely excited to provide this opportunity and support to our students and community.

THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE....

  • Shout out to Ms. Lopez-Elmore for organizing a great community service sign up fair!!  
  • Kudos to our Read 180 teachers, Ms. Nakpil and Ms. Nunez-Kitchen - they were highlighted by our central office Read 180 Supervisor for Excellent Rotations and Room Environment!!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Edwards for coordinating STEM Night - over 100 parents attended!!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Whitaker for being recognized by DCPS central office as an outstanding evening credit recovery coordinator!!!
  • Shout out to the Music Department for arranging for Tango Trifilio Trio to perform for our school!!!
  • Shout out to all facilitators at our faculty meeting and kudos to all faculty and staff for participation – Ms. Thweatt, Mr. Lessek, Mr. Talarico, Ms. Malcolm, Mr. Aguilar, Ms. Ferguson, Mr. Magee, Ms. Penn-Pearson, Mr. Alexander, Ms. Weiss, Ms. McCulloch, Mr. Onley, Ms. Stevenson, Ms. West, Mr. Connor, Mr. Hernandez, Ms. Strickland, Ms. Edwards and Ms. Hinkson!!!!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Hinkson, Mr. Jones, Mr. Aking, Mr. Lessek, Ms. Thweatt, Mr. Campbell, Ms. Edwards, Ms. West, Ms. Strickland, Ms. Weiss, and Ms. Crivelli for guiding students in the very successful DACA activities.
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