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Principal's Message for Week of December 2 - December 6, 2019
MEETINGS THIS WEEK:

Monday, December 2, 2019
OCC Scholars Internship Program Outreach
Model UN 1:45 p.m. - 40 Juniors

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
SLC Morning Meeting
College Application Workshop
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
SLC Morning Meeting

Nutcracker Warner Theater;  
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
34 tickets Middle School

ASVAB Testing at CHEC JROTC Classroom
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

College Bound Taste of College Night
5:30-9:00 p.m.  Student Center at UDC
4200 Connecticut Ave NW WDC 20008

DCPS ELA Leap Leaders meet at CHEC and
visit classes – 8:30-12:30 pm

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Faculty Meeting 3:30 p.m.

OSSE/DC-TAG Student and
Staff Presentation Senior Townhall
Auditorium - 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

DCPS Math Leap Leaders meet at CHEC
and visit classes – 8:30-12:30 pm

Friday, December 6, 2019
ALT Meeting 7:30 am
TUESDAY DECEMBER 3RD IS GIVING TUESDAY. COUNTING ON YOUR SUPPORT.
CSP UPDATE - ADVISORY 1 PERFORMANCE ON GRADES

CULTURE OF ACHIEVEMENT GOALS

  • Increase student satisfaction index by 2 percentage points to 83% by focusing on responding to students feeling of perseverance, self-efficacy, and self-management.
  • Increase daily attendance rate to 90%
  • Decrease chronic absence rate to 36%
  • Decrease suspensions by 40%

Key Data from Student Survey SY 2018-2019

Perseverance-perceptions of ability to persevere-59% - Up 3% but still in need of improvement
Self-Efficacy – belief they can achieve goals – 51% - up 2% but still in need of improvement
Self-Management – managing emotions and behaviors -63% - Up 1% but still in need of improvement

As we continue to focus on achieving our mission of “preparing 100% of our students to succeed in college and careers,” we are at a critical junction in the school year.  The first advisory is over, we have developed relationships with our students, we are aware of their strengths and areas of growth, and we have are continuously receiving feedback on our practices through quantitative and qualitative data.  Our quantitative data includes results from our interim assessments and portfolio presentations, and our qualitative feedback includes observations from cluster staff, as well as walk throughs by our ALT team and other faculty members. One key piece of quantitative data is the grade point average attained in the first advisory, and in particular the number of F’s and failure rate of our students.

Data shows that an F in middle school has a lasting impact into high school, and as students go up in years, failing grades are correlated with dropping out of school.  In the first Advisory of this school year, 360 students, or 24% of the student body in grades 6 through 12, received one or more failing grade.  76 students, or 5% of the student body, received 2 or more failing grades.  With this trajectory, we know that 24% of our students are in danger of not completing high school on time, or not completing high school with the academic and social skills that are needed for success.

“Failure is not an option,” is a quote attributed to Gene Kranz, the flight director of the Apollo 13 Space Shuttle flight.  The importance of that mission was such that the idea of failure was not entertained, and all other options were explored.  In thinking about the importance of education for all of our students, we need to hold the same belief, and our  students need to believe it as well.  According to educational research Alan Blankstein, schools that achieve success with all of their students operate professional learning communities and can be described in the following ways:

  1. Establishing a common mission, vision, set of values and goals
  2. Ensuring achievement for all students by setting up systems for prevention and intervention and building on student strengths
  3. Engaging in collaborative teaming that is focused on teaching for learning
  4. Using data based decision-making for continuous improvement
  5. Actively engaging families and the community
  6. Building sustainable leadership capacity

Our school strives to embody all of these attributes, and we are achieving success with many of our students. At this juncture of the school year, we now know the names and grades of 360 students who have failed one or more classes, and who are not succeeding as they need to.  Now is the time to focus intently on the second factor above –‘ ensuring achievement for all students by setting up systems for prevention and intervention, and building on students’ strengths.’

In order to intervene with all students who need assistance,  it is important for all members of the community to understand what each of us can do individually, what resources are available, how our colleagues can support and collaborate, and what tools we have both internally and externally to intervene.  As we progress through Advisory 2, we will be working more intentionally as a CHEC Team to have a more visible and more systematic system of interventions for our students who are struggling.



SHOUT OUTS

  • Shout out to all teachers who hosted our Cluster Walk through team – Ms. Ramirez, Ms. Garcia-Carmona, Mr. Shroeder, Mr. Rahman, Ms. Nunez, Ms. Zuccarello, Ms. Ryan, Mr. Reyes, Mr. Navas, Ms. DeVargas, Ms. Velasquez, Ms. Nunez, Ms. Chatalian, Ms. Guillen, Mr. Edmonds!  Thank you also to Mr. Smith, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Strickland, Ms. Chiu, Ms. Chatalian and Ms. Abbondanza for helping to facilitate the discussion!
  • Kudos to Mr. Molina and all who assisted in gathering Thanksgiving Baskets for our students’ families!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ferguson for coordinating and organizing our 3R’s training and implementation!



DECEMBER’S FACULTY MEETING

This month’s faculty meeting will take place on Thursday, December 5, at 3:30 pm in the Cafeteria.  The agenda will focus on the Culture of Achievement domain of our CSP, as we analyze in depth the STAR Rating data from last year, and explore how we can establish more intentional teamwork and systematic interventions for failing students.  A full agenda will be forthcoming.
REMINDER ON 3R’S TRAINING AND IMPLEMENTATION

 Please see the emails and communication from Ms. Ferguson about the training for the 3R’s Curriculum and the dates for implementing the classes.

GRADE LEVEL
LESSON
DATE FOR LESSON DELIVERY
6TH
"Understanding Boundaries"
12/5/19
7TH
"Choose your words Carefully"
12/5/19
8TH
"Healthy or Unhealthy Relationships"
12/5/19
            
8TH"Warning Signs"
12/12/19
9TH
"It   Isn't My Fault"
TBD*
10TH
"Rights,   Respect, Responsibility: Don't have Sex Without Them"
            
12/5/19
11TH"My Boundaries"
12/5/19
12TH"Is it Abuse if"
12/5/19
12TH"Sexual Rights Who Decides"
12/12/19
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