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Principal's Message for Week of September 28, 2020 - October 2, 2020
All Departments and SLC’s send individual notifications of their meetings

Monday,  September 28, 2020
No meetings

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
No meetings

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
SLC Meeting
Department Meetings for Indicated Departments
What’s Up Meeting
Optional Reopen Focus Group – 3:00 pm

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Faculty Meeting 4:00 pm – SEL Focus

Friday, October 2, 2020
No meetings

Progress Reports Due – Oct. 6
Parent Teacher Conference Day – Oct. 9

Thank you to all for signing up to provide support or enrichment for What’s Up Wednesday, starting this Wednesday, September 30.  As a reminder, What’s Up Wednesday programming is designed to personalize our instruction according to student need and interest, and has the following goals:

  • Provide time and opportunity for students to get the support they want and need in any of their academic classes.
  • Provide time and opportunity for students to engage in an enrichment activity, club, or other area of interest
  • Provide time and opportunity for students to receive SEL support, counseling and guidance curriculum, and college and career orientation
  • Provide additional time for all students to connect to adults, particularly in an informal environment

It is directly related to our CSP goals and strategies, particularly:

Culture of Achievement
  • By June, we will increase the student satisfaction – Index from 80.4% to 85%.
  • Sub-Goal 1: Increase the percentage of students who feel loved from 49% to 59% by June.
  • Sub-Goal 2: Increase the percentage of students who feel prepared from 59% to 69% by June.
  • Sub-Goal 3: Increase the percentage of students who feel connected to at least one teacher and to school

  • Stakeholders will be able to increase ALL students’ academic performance (ELA/MATH) by 5% as measured by various instructional assessments by June 2021.
  • Stakeholders will be able to increase ELL Students’ level of academic performance (ELA/MATH) by 7% as measured by various instructional assessments by June 2021. This will decrease the achievement gap between ELLs and Mainstream.
  • Stakeholders will be able to increase SPED Students’ level of academic performance (ELA/MATH) by 7% as measured by various instructional assessments by June 2021. This will decrease the achievement gap between SPED and Mainstream.
  • Stakeholders will be able to increase our Graduation rate to 82% by August 2021 from 79% in SY 19-20

WUW sessions are different from the regular scheduled classes in that:

  • There are no grades, no assessments, no homework for students
  • While we will take attendance to determine what level of services are being provided, and what level of engagement there is,  attendance will not “count” against students
  • A lesson plan or curriculum  is not required for the sessions on Wednesday, the support/intervention session is supposed to be set it up as support, for students to come in, ask questions, get their work looked at, work on assignments with their teachers and classmates, and even engage in one on one conversations with the teachers.  This could be done in a break out room if desired.
  • For the enrichment sessions  a lesson plan is not required, it is a time to engage in a fun activity that you enjoy and want to share with students, as if you were engaging in that activity outside of school hours.
  • If it is a counseling or therapeutic activity, it would follow normal guidelines for these activities.
  • If it is a sports related activity, it would look like an informal coaching clinic, meeting with team members, or discussion or review of key sports skills, or review of games and strategy on video.
  • The sessions on Wednesday are not formally observed, but the admin team would love to visit when possible.  We will be engaged as well, as many  of us are offering enrichment/support classes as well as an opportunity to engage further and deepen relationships with students.
  • There will be opportunity for flexibility if a students’ needs change.   If there is a student that you need to work with and they are assigned to go to another educator’s  class, you can request  that student to come work with you. You would just share the link with the student to get to your class. The only thing we ask is that you communicate with  the teacher who they are supposed to be with and communicate that they are working with you during that particular Wednesday.

Thank you again to all for your creativity and commitment to our students overall development.  We also invite our parents to visit and join us during What’s Up Wednesday!


We are still awaiting further specific guidance on the timetable for hybrid in-person/virtual learning.  While we are waiting this guidance, it is important to plan for the logistics and design of the hybrid in person model, whether it happens in November, or later in the year.   As mentioned in last week’s bulletin, CHEC will serve as one of five simulation sites, where classrooms and hallways will be set up by DCPS operations as models for what to expect when we move to hybrid instruction.  These models will be visited by school leaders and staff from around the district.

In addition, it is important to remember the learning gaps and socio emotional trauma that that are occurring due to students being out of school.  Our most vulnerable students, whether they are ELL, special needs, in transition, or living in difficult situations where there is limited adult supervision, are those who have the least opportunity to benefit from virtual instruction.  DCPS is providing for funded opportunities for schools to innovate and pilot limited and specific in person opportunities for students, with teachers who are willing and able to engage. Each school will be creating a proposal for this transitions.  Some examples are:

  • Outdoor learning on the soccer field or basketball court – sports or physical  activities socially distanced
  • Outdoor learning on the field with  a teacher  or counselor – reading club, science investigation/lab, demonstration
  • Outdoor teambuilding, counseling,  or “ropes course” activities with a teacher, counselor, or other staff member
  • Socially distanced counseling sessions
  • Socially distanced field trips to the National Zoo, museums that are open, or other community sites
  • Socially distanced community service
  • Socially distanced Art or Music projects – an outdoor performance or outdoor mural
  • Socially distanced Photo excursions
  • Other ideas or options!

At our Reopen Focus Group on Wednesday at 3:00 pm, we will engage in brainstorming and suggestions on what to include in our proposal.  Please join on TEAMS! An invitation will be sent to all!


Here are some new tech tips regarding Microsoft Teams.  Please also our daily CHEC TECH TIPS, and contribute new tools as you find them!

Great news – Microsoft has just rolled out 7x7 so you can see up to 49 students in Teams.  Here is the link to the document on how to access the new meeting features in Teams.


  • Shout out to the entire CHEC Team for a great Week 4!
  • Shout out to the Dean Team for pulling together the schedule for What’s Up Wednesday, trouble shooting and adjusting!
  • Kudos to the Admin Team for coordinating two successful Back to School Night Sessions! Shout out to all teachers who attended to shout out their students!
  • Shout out to Ms. Henry and Ms. Rosa for coordinating two successful Financial Aid Workshops, one for seniors, one for Parents!
  • Kudos to Ms. Ameyaw, Ms.Freshley, Ms. Cummings, and all of the Special Education Teachers for the DIA Parent Night this past week!
  • Shout out to Mr. Allen for developing a report for CANVAS badges!
  • Kudos to the Ops team for continuing to distribute technology and troubleshooting technology issues!
  • Shout out to Ms. Zuccarello for helping to arrange a partnership with the Israeli Embassy!
  • Kudos to Ms. Joseph for helping to arrange a partnership with a local law firm!
  • Shout out to Ms. Penn and Mr. Smith for developing our Appian partnership with the 6th grade!


Columbia Heights Education Campus’s great teachers deserve to be recognized! We’re proud to partner with Honored Schools again this year to do just that! Go to to tell Columbia Heights Education Campus teachers how they’ve made a difference. Please share this with parents and students! Once recognized, teachers  get an email with your recognition story and we’ll celebrate them! Last year our very own Ms. Ramirez won the Life-Changing Teacher Award and a $5000 cash award!


Thanks to the proposal written by our fabulous Dean Team and the Development Office, our school has been granted continued whole school support through Restorative DC’s Restorative Justice Technical Assistance for the SY 2020.  This means that we will receive training, consultation, access to workshops, and support to continue our work in Restorative Justice.  If you would like to get involved with our RJ committee, please see any member of the Dean Team, or Pankaj Rayamajhi.

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