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Principal's Message for Week of December 3 - 7, 2018

As we draw close to the holidays, we want to make sure to keep our classes motivating and rigorous, so that students will come to school and be engaged in learning all the way through Friday December 21. We also want our climate to be joyous and inviting for all students, so that CHEC feels like being “Home for the Holidays.” Our International Dinner is an annual event that brings families and school staff together to celebrate as a community.  This year’s International Dinner will be on Thursday, December 13.  In addition, as a school, we are planning a CHEC Holiday Spirit Week, December 17-21, so that for each day that week, there will be different holiday themed dress down options! Keep tuned to hear from the SGA what each day’s attire will involve!

We also want to create a real feeling of giving and holiday traditions, so on Friday December 21, we would like to offer holiday cookies to all students at lunchtime.  If you are able and willing to make some Holiday cookies, please let me know! Every little bit will help! We are looking for carolers as well.   If you have any special holiday traditions that you would like to share during our Holiday Spirit Week, please let me know!


The academic year is close to the midpoint, and it is important to keep the pulse of student achievement in all key goal areas.  Our PARCC and AP goals are some of our most critical and highly weighted goals, each week we will focus on one of those goal areas.  

Our ANET 1 ELA results show some areas of celebration, as well as some areas to continue to focus on. ELA is a significant area, because it is one which all subject areas can support by focusing on the common core standards and incorporating literacy strategies into their daily instruction.

The schoolwide average for ANET 1, was 39%, as compared to 45% for the entire DCPS network. By grade level, our results were 29% for 6th grade, 50% for 7th grade, 40% for 8th grade, 43% for 9th grade, and 37% for 10th grade.  The weakest standard for grades 6, 8, and 10 was the 6/8/10.1 standard, which is, “Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences.” Going forward, this is a standard that can be reinforced in all content areas, since all students must read and analyze text in their content areas.  The strongest standard in Grade 6 and 7 and 9 was 6/7/9.2.  “Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.” In grade 8, the strongest standard was 8. 6, Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints,” In grade 10 the strongest standard was 10.4, “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.”

We can see from these strong standards the areas where our curriculum and instruction are strong and aligned to key standards in each grade.   By further analyzing as grade level teams, we can determine how to support each other as teachers in each grade. Non ELA courses can also align practices to support these important literacy standards as they delve into content.  Our next ANET will be mid-January, and we will be excited to see how our students have progressed.


  • Kudos to all teachers and staff who came to Saturday Academy this past Saturday to prepare our scholars for success – Mr.Talarico, Mr. Pyram, Ms. Ermis, Mr. Olson, Mr. Rowe, Ms. Emilius, Mr. Schutt, Ms. Whitaker, Mr. Caceres, Mr. Jones and Ms. Henry!!!

Monday, December 3, 2018
SLC Morning Meeting
Winter Sports Banquet

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
SLC Morning Meeting
High School fair for 8th grade in auditorium - 9:43 am - 10:48 am

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Departmental Planning Period Meeting

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Departmental Planning Period Meeting
Monthly Faculty Meeting – PGT presents on SEL strategies for the Classroom

Friday, December 7, 2018
No Meetings


This Thursday, December 6, we will have our monthly faculty meeting.  The PGT will be following up on their surveys and previous professional developments, to provide a session that explores how to incorporate social emotional learning into our practices.
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