CHEC hosts students from Cat Island - The Bahamas as part of the study abroad program.
CASEY TREES JOIN CHEC STUDENTS TO PLANT 20 TREES ON CAMPUS
UPDATES FROM: LEADERSHIP TEAM I BULLYING PREVENTION I COATS FOR OUR STUDENTS I HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH PERFORMANCES I DONORS CHOOSE I PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LINK I COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOPS I LIBRARY UPDATE I OFFICE DEPOT GIVE BACK I
ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP TEAM
The Academic Leadership Team (ALT) consists of all administrators, LEAP leads, Department Chairs, and any interested faculty or staff. Meetings are held twice a month, alternating between Early Release Days and morning meetings. The ALT team designs and monitors the Comprehensive School Plan. All are welcome to attend, either for one meeting or for all.
The next ALT meeting will be Wednesday, October 16 at 3:30 pm.
NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH
October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Please join the movement! Click on the following links:
For students that get involved, they will be added to a list PGT is creating and be allowed to participate in a dress down day this Thursday - they wear BLUE in honor of bullying prevention month & pay $1 at the door. IF STUDENTS ARE NOT ON OUR LIST, THEY CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THE DRESS DOWN. So please encourage your students to get involved so they can then earn a dress down!
COATS FOR OUR STUDENTS
Dear CHEC Staff,
We would love your support to keep our students warm this winter. From now through January we are taking donations for winter coats (lightly used) to share with them and their families if possible.
If you want to find out more ways to help our community please contact Ms. Nunez in room C231
THE CHEC HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH PERFORMANCES
CHEC Arts is proud to announce their upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month Performance entitled El Ritmo de las Americas. El Ritmo de las Amerias es una celebracion of Latin American, Carribbean, AfroCuban, and indigenous music and dance. La Familia de Arte de CHEC will be showcasing ritmos highlighting the cultural influences of their Spanish and African raices con mucho swing y sabor.
As a member of CHEC Familia Unida which includes teacher, students, administrators, and staff, we would like you to share sus talentos de musicales, bailes, autores, y poetas. We also would love for maestros to contribute to the celebration in regards to curriculum development so that we can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, not just during September and October but throughout the entire year.
The assemblies this year will take place on 2 pm and 6 pm on Thursday, October 24, and at 9 am and 10:30 am on Friday, October 25. Mr. Navas, Ms. Menendez, and I are so excited to collaborate with you, our wonderful familia. Please complete the following form if you are interested in participating:
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS CHEC MUSIC AND DANCE:
- October 18 Women in Jazz at the Kennedy Center
- October 18 CHEC Homecoming - CHEC Marching Band
- October 24 Hispanic Heritage Assembly, 2 pm, 6 pm
- October 25 Hispanic Heritage Assembly, 9 am, 10:30 am
- October 27 Marine Corp Marathon - CHEC Marching Band
- November 14 National Women's Democratic Club - CHEC Jazz Band
- December 12 International Night Performance & Dinner
- December 17 CHEC Music Department Winter Concert
DONORS CHOOSE 2019-2020
Donors Choose is a great resource for all teachers. You can receive a mini grant to support a special project or initiative. Please see some of our recent Donors Choose grantees! You can reach out to them for support in obtaining your own grant!
MS. EMILLIUS HAS A PROJECT FUNDED BY DONORSCHOOSE.ORG
Ms. Emilius had her classroom project "The Distance Between Us and the Latino Student Experience" recently funded. The resources for this project include:
- The Distance Between Us: A Memoir
The Distance Between Us is a book that mirrors a lot of the life experiences my students have had. The story includes a lot of cultural references as well as common Spanish folklore and phrases that highlight the culture of my students. My students light up when they read this story. It both validates and honors their culture and experiences. Without this book, I do not have the opportunity to bring many Latino authors into the classroom to support my students which, I believe, is essential in any English classroom. Learning should be fun, engaging, and relatable. A unit using The Distance Between Us would allow for all of these necessary components of a classroom.
MR. MCFADDEN HAS A PROJECT FUNDED BY DONORSCHOOSE.ORG
Mr. McFadden had her classroom project "The Distance Between Learning" recently funded. The resources for this project include:
- The Distance Between Us: A Memoir
These materials will assist with allowing my students to access novels from a Latina Author. The exposure for many of my English Language Learners will allow them to learn about a woman writer who immigrated to the United States and became successful will impact them on a higher level.
Many of my students immigrated to the United States and have not read any books that are similar to their story.
My native English speaking students will be able to understand the story of someone who has a different background from them and their lives. Directly Bridging the GAP for Success!
MS. JOSEPH HAS A PROJECT FUNDED BY DONORSCHOOSE.ORG
Ms. Joseph had her classroom project "The Distance Between My Students and Relevant Literature..." recently funded. The resources for this project include:
- The Distance Between Us: A Memoir
My hope is that this project will allow me to integrate books that are relevant to my students' life experiences. Reading books and other forms of literature that reflect moments in my students' own lives can improve their attention, as well as their performance. The Distance Between Us will provide us with an opportunity to discuss a range of topics including immigration, depression, and balancing home life with academics. Students will feel validated when they read works that reinforce the value of their own knowledge. Students need to be able to see themselves in the work we are doing in order to internalize their academic growth.
MS. NUNEZ HAS A PROJECT FUNDED BY DONORSCHOOSE.ORG
Ms.Nunez had her classroom project "Snacks For Learning" recently funded. The resources for this project include:
- Del Monte No Sugar Added Variety Fruit Cups (Peaches, Pears, Pineapples), 4-Ounce (Pack of 12) x 16
- Cheetos Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks, 1 Ounce (Pack of 40) x 2
- Popchips Potato Chips Variety Pack Single Serve 0.8 oz Bags (Pack of 30), 3 flavors: 12 Sea Salt, 12 BBQ, 6 Sour Cream & Onion x 1
- PopCorners Snacks Variety Pack | Gluten Free Chips Snack Packs | Kettle Corn, White Cheddar, Sea Salt | (18 Pack, 1 oz Snack Bags) x 1
- Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels Variety 100 Calorie Pack, 22 Count (Pack of 4) x 1
- Pepperidge Farm, Goldfish, Crackers, Classic Mix, 29 oz, Variety Pack, Box, Snack Packs, Pack Of 30 x 1
- Pop-Tarts Breakfast Toaster Pastries, Frosted Strawberry Flavored, Family Pack, 58.6 oz (32 Count) x 1
- Pop-Tarts Breakfast Toaster Pastries, Flavored Variety Pack, Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Frosted Strawberry, 32 Count x 1
- Welch's Mixed Fruit Snacks, 0.9 Ounce (40 Count) x 1
- Grandma's Mini Cookies Variety Pack, 40 Count x 1
- Nabisco Cookies Sweet Treats Variety Pack Cookies - with Oreo, Chips Ahoy, & Golden Oreo - 30 Snack Pack x 3
- Kool Aid Jammers Variety Pack, 6 fl oz Pouches (Pack of 40) x 10
- DOLE FRUIT BOWLS Cherry Mixed in 100% Fruit Juice, 4 Ounce (Pack of 4) x 16
These snacks will increase their learning abilities in the classroom, throughout the day. They can also help them boost their energy level for learning. Snacks can also be a motivation to my kids when things are not going well.
By providing my kids with snacks, we can make sure that they are coming with a full tummy to the class ready to learn and to focus on what is important.
Snacks in the class are also good to build community in the classroom because we will have something in the classroom that will be for everyone in the classroom when we have a need. My kids will love it!
GREAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER LINK
Here is a link for a monthly newsletter from OSSE about PD opportunities for a bunch of subjects/areas.
Please take a look … it may have something they could use! http://eepurl.com/gBFkKw
It has ELL, SpEd, SEL, H & PE, RTI, literacy, math and more.
COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOPS
Time: Wednesday’s after-school from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Beginning October, 2019)
Length: The workshops begin first week of October and end by Christmas Break
Location: Room A204
Students: 25 to 30 students
Volunteer Duties: Volunteers will provide essay writing support – Common App Essays – helping decide structure, students have stories to share but need help capturing stories in an essay.
Additional Info: There is no need for curriculum/books, but college student volunteers will bring their applications, essays to share with students. A collection of sample Common App and supplemental essays will be provided.
Students will be working to apply to a list of 5 schools they have developed with CHEC College Counselor. Ms. Henry.
LINCOLN LIBRARY UPDATE
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 by celebrating the cultures and contributions of citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Events will take place around DC and more resources can be found here.
Upcoming Local Events
Look Both Ways - Jason Reynolds in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott - October 15th @ 7:00 pm
Politics and Prose
1270 5th St NE
Info and pre-order his new book here
"Same God" Film Screening - October 17th @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The film explores issues of Islamophobia, religious freedom, academic freedom, race, theology, white evangelicalism and politics.
Documentary Theater, Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
DCPL Educator Cards
Last week DC Public Library renewed or issued Educator Cards to use throughout the school year.
If you did not receive a card or unsure of your Educator Card number, please contact Angela Falkenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HS staff can contact Christopher Stewart (email@example.com).
Educator Card Benefits:
- Access DCPL databases (perfect for research, professional journals, content videos, etc)
- Go to www.dclibrary.org/research/databases. User # is card #, PIN is the last 4 digits of card #.
- Check out up to 100 books & materials for nine weeks from any DCPL location
- Borrow with no overdue fines for JUV or YA material
Databases to Try:
Breaks down information by grade and age level; this one will be the most user friendly for students first getting start in using the databases:
Online is entirely in Spanish and is designed for ages 6-12:
GALE Research in Context
Provides research tools and materials specifically for grades 6-8:
Offers homework help for children and teens. You have to make an account but there is a portal for teachers, students, and parents with a multitude of subjects and grade levels:
NoveList Plus K-8
Includes fiction and nonfiction titles that teachers can use in the classroom, and the learning center shows teachers how to best use this resource:
Provides videos, lesson plans, quizzes, and a few other tools under the Teacher Resources tabs, and it has videos and homework help for students on a lot of different science topics:
Library of Congress Primary Sources
We are fortunate to have so many resources around us, including the Library of Congress. They have a portal for educators with lesson plans, access to primary sources, professional development opportunities, and more. Some materials are also available in Spanish. Contact Ms. Falkenberg if you would like help incorporating primary sources into your curriculum.
BELL LIBRARY UPDATE
Check out the Bell High School Library LGBTQIA Resources for Educators and Staff, Students and Parents!
Exciting Books and Articles are located in the Bell Library!
The CHEC/ Bell High School Library would love to invite teachers and staff to reserve library space (check out the pictures) via our reservation 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. The first space is the main library and the second space is Peace & Love Room/ Makerspace.
We have some amazing things planned for the 2019-2020 school year! Please check out the Bell Library Website with new programming, resources for students and parents and new faculty webinars.
In our Nations Capital and all over the world we have literary deserts that have prevented many from exploring the beauty of equitable literacy. I had the pleasure of being a part of a Summer Curriculum Development Institute at CHEC taught by Mr. Darry Strickland. Each participant developed a UbD (Understanding by Design), a framework used to improve student achievement. Because of the amazing feedback from all involved in the institute and students as well as new teachers, Bell Library's finished project is Building Through Community Relationships: Providing Opportunities to Literary Deserts. We have developed a new partnership with Christ House, a medical facility with "comprehensive and compassionate health care to sick, homeless persons in the District of Columbia, and to assist them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness." (christhouse.org)
The Bell Library along with students and educators will replenish their living room library and create a library in their 52-bed residence known as Kairos. "The Kairos Program participants are capable of living independently, but due to chronic illness, are unable to hold full-time employment. Volunteer service is a key element of the program and each member serves based on his gifts and abilities. They escort Christ House patients to medical appointments, staff the clothing room, work in the kitchen, and assist with mailings and other administrative activities. Some participants also work part-time jobs at Christ House or in the neighborhood." (https://christhouse.org/services-2/kairos-program/) Students will complete empathetic interviews and create a collection that will be sure to rival University of Michigan's- Cook Research Library. If you are interested in helping expand and create a library, please reach out to me!
DCPL Educator Cards will be in within the next few weeks. For new educators or educators who would like a new card, please email me.
I look forward to seeing you soon for a library tour and, serving you well. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call, email or drop by the library- A205!
OFFICE DEPOT GIVE BACK
Office Depot has a Give Back to Schools program that provides 5% credit from people's purchases to help schools buy supplies throughout the year. Below is more info and our school ID numbers that people can share at in-store or online check out. The site provides graphics to share online as well.
'Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide your school ID at checkout and your school will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies!'