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The Leadership Team will continue to meet on Wednesdays this year. Last meeting, on Wednesday October 25, the team worked on determining our progress in our CSP in the area of English Language Arts.  Team members looked at student work and ANET data in determining the progress made.   The notes from the meeting are attached in this link:

The next meeting with be on Wednesday, November 8, and the Math Department will present on the progress in Math in relation to our CSP goals.   The Leadership Team is a group of teachers, counsellors, and administrators who meet every week to discuss school needs, and plan for improvements.  The Leadership Team designs the school’s comprehensive school plan, and helps in its implementation.  Please consider joining the Leadership Team this year.   It is open to all faculty and staff.  We need the involvement and voices of all. Remember, Leadership team meetings are open to all who are interested in schoolwide decision-making and leadership.  You can come once, or as many times as you like, but please make your voice heard!

Last week, 20 young men visited Camp Horizons (Harrisonburg, VA) for a two-day, one-night camping experience. The trip was one of many made possible for CHEC Bellmen, interested members and supporters. During the trip, chaperoned by Mr. Hardmon, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Lopez, and Mr. Jackson, the men completed team building activities, high swings, high ropes, zip-lining, basketball, soccer, and shared stories around campfire. They spent significant time learning about the Stay’n Charge Challenge (checbellmen.com/Stayn-Charge), the 6 pillars of success (physical, mental, spiritual, financial, creative, and social) and ways to achieve it together. They left CHEC as strangers and returned having formed new friendships.

On Wednesday, November 15, 1:15-2:15pm, Bellmen will serve lunch to the CHEC community and share information about the Stay’n Charge Challenge. Learn more on the Bellmen website at Checbellmen.com/events.

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The EMOC committee of planners (teachers, parents, and stakeholders) will meet again on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:45–8:30am in Ms. Whitaker’s room. Please join us to participant in revisiting goals and planning more activities for CHEC EMOC. For more info, email Mr. Hardmon at dhf@speaklight.org.


The first meeting of the LSAT for 2017 took place on Wednesday, November 1, at 5:00 pm in the Cafeteria.  The LSAT is a required advisory body for all DC Public Schools, and consists of four parents, four teachers elected by their peers, one community member, and four students.  The LSAT advises the principal on the implementation of the Comprehensive School Plan. In this first meeting the team read the CSP in detail, and each member took ownership of one particular focus area they would like to work on.  The team met again on November 7, and attended the Chancellor’s Forum on DCPS Strategic Priorities and the Budget.  Our representatives presented concerns and questions about the equity of the budgeting process, and particularly how it affects CHEC.  CHEC has a lower per pupil allocation than other schools of similar demographics.

25 Books Campaign

Join your Columbia Heights Education Campus librarians, Christopher A. Stewart (Bell) and Angela Falkenberg (Lincoln), as we empower CHEC Scholars with the 25 Books Campaign initiative. Our mission is to develop students' momentum as passionate readers while continuing to maintain a high standard off engaged leaders within our culture of reading.

On Thursday, November 16, 2017 we will be presenting at the next Staff Meeting at 3:30 P.M.

For more information or accommodation, please email Angela Falkenberg (angela.falkenberg@dc.gov) or Christopher A. Stewart (christopher.stewart2@dc.gov)


Lincoln Middle School Tech Team
Tech Team Assemble! Teacher-nominated students compromise this year's Lincoln Tech Team. Soon you will be able to count on them to help with minor device issues, digital citizenship tips and practices, tech tools workshops, and more! Students will meet with Ms. Falkenberg each Monday during extended day.

Bell High School Event
CHEC/ Bell Library: Loving from Afar
Supporting our high school brother and sisters in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

As we continue to think about all who have been impacted by the devastating natural disasters over the last few months; the CHEC/ Bell Library is sending well wishes with books to high school students at Charlotte Amaile High School and Ivanna Eudora Kean High School in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and The Department of Education and Manuela Toro Morice High School in Puerto Rico.  Please come to the library and place an encouraging note in the book, letting our beloved St. Thomas and Puerto Rico know that we support them!

Books will be mailed on December 1, 2017
Home Visits Set the Stage for Success – Parental Involvement for SY 2017-18

Last year 36% of our scholars received home visits which is a 16% decrease from the previous year. Let’s continue developing strong relationships with our parents through Home Visits, and let’s top our number from last year! See Ms. Whitaker or Ms. J. Gonzalez if you need assistance with your home visits.

This IS A REMINDER ABOUT THE Student of the Week Program. Any staff member can nominate a student, for academic or mission related accomplishments.  Please send your nominations by email to M. Tukeva. PLEASE NOMINATE STUDENTS OF THE WEEK!
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