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Special events, updates, and opportunities.
UPDATES FROM: LEADERSHIP FLAMBOYAN LIBRARIES PGT

LEADERSHIP TEAM
The Leadership Team will continue to meet on Wednesdays this year. Last meeting, the team worked on the design of the course request format for next year’s master schedule, and gave input into the course offerings.  In addition, the team analyzed the year-long progress of selected students, and discussed ways to increase student ownership of their data.  The notes from the meeting are attached in this link:

The next meeting with be on Wednesday, April 4, and will focus on data analysis of the last interims, as well as preparation for PARCC testing.  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!

FLAMBOYAN UPDATE
To date, we have 401 home visits! Great job CHEC team!!! Congrats to the 9th grade team for keeping the lead!!! 9th grade has visited 93 students which is 50% of the class of 2021 and is an increase of 2% from last week!!! Kudos to 7th grade for leading on the middle school side with 44!!!! The school as a whole has completed 12 visits in past week! Kudos to all! I know it is cold but please let’s continue to push for home visits!! It is the start of the third term a perfect time to reach out to families!!!

Please remember that our SLC goal for this year is to visit 100% of the families in our PLTs, and the sooner we can accomplish this the better results we'll see in our classrooms.

 *Helpful Hints*

Often times the school has tickets that are available free of charge for concerts and sporting events! Look for these opportunities to take students and their families for free! Engage them in conversation about their child's hopes and dreams and that will certainly count for a home visit!!

If you know your student has a sibling in another grade at CHEC please partner up with teachers who teach the student. This will offer a richer engagement. You CAN NOT do a home visit for a sibling if you do not teach them! Please give that opportunity for a teacher who teaches that child and partner up with them for a fruitful experience!

Also...

Teachers! Have you been thinking about taking a World Language Class to better communicate and serve our students, families, and community all while earning CSC points!?!?!?! Sign up for a class on Edgenuity! All teachers should already have an account! Visit edgenuity.com, your username should be your email address and your password is teacher. If you have trouble, Contact the Edgenuity Support Team by phone at (877) 202-0338 ext. 3. Currently, they offer the following languages; Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish

CHEC LIBRARIES

DCPS & CHEC Reading Campaigns
Continue to encourage students, parents, and staff to read throughout the school year. You can track your progress through chec.beanstack.org. The DCPS district-wide reading challenge is currently at 2.6 million minutes - the goal is 3 million minutes by April 30th! We have read nearly 6,000 minutes. At CHEC, 6th grade currently leads the 25 Books Campaign with 737 logged books. Contact your librarians for any help or questions.

April is School Library Month
Annually, school libraries around the country celebrate School Library Month during April. Sponsored by American Association of School Librarians, the event celebrates the school libraries' mission to be equitable, approachable, and develop a personalized learning environment to best meet students' (and staff's) needs. Your CHEC librarians are thrilled to announce we've been chosen to host School Library Month spokesperson Jason Reynolds at the end of April. More details to come.

Middle School News
NEW E-books and Audio Books in MS Library Collection!
Recently purchase e-books and audio books are available for patron access and check out through the Destiny Discover website (http://www.destinydiscover.com) or app. Students can log in with Username / MMDDYY credentials and staff can log in with first.last / 000DistrictID credentials. New titles include the Dork Diaries series, A Tale Dark and Grim, Miles Morales, and more.

NEW Book Shipment Has Arrived!
In addition to new online resources, 400+ physical books have joined the Lincoln Library collection. Due to student demand, more graphic novels and further completion of popular book series are here. Other award-winning novels, nonfiction titles, and career information are available for check out. Schedule a class library visit or send students with a pass. Reading is not only an enjoyable activity but it will help students prepare for PARCC as they build their vocabulary skills, reading stamina, and comprehension of text.

Tips to Improve Reading Habits
Tip of the Week: Model reading for students. Students observe us each day and one of the best ways to get them reading is for them to see and know that you are reading too. Share an interesting passage with them, spend time on a book talk, actually read during the designated reading period.

Bell High School News

New Library Books and Resources Have Arrived!
Students asked and so, it is. The Bell Library is EXCITED to announce that we have received 200 + books and, over 800 are on the way. These online resources, audio books, videos and kits include: fiction, non-fiction, career and reference materials, foreign languages and graphic novels. Please come check out materials and bring your classes!  As a community of scholars and geniuses, we are bucking the trend and setting the precedent. Climb with US!

Bell Library Reservations
The CHEC Bell High School Library would love to invite teachers and staff to reserve library space via our new platform, Skedda. 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.

Bell Library Winter 2018 Technology Survey
Please take the CHEC Bell High School Library Technology Survey https://tinyurl.com/yav5bk73.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Christopher A. Stewart, (Bell) Librarian via email:christopher.stewart2@dc.gov.
 

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Margot Sanchez is paying off her debts by working in her family's South Bronx grocery store, but she must make the right choices about her friends, her family, and Moises, the good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood.
  • Mr. Stewart, Bell Librarian, will have books available in the library beginning, Friday, March 9, 2018. Please let me know if books in alternate formats need to be ordered (i.e. LP, audio)
  • Light refreshments will be available.

Bell High School Writing Center
The goal of the Writing Center is to enhance the preexisting gifts and talents that all students possess. Students will share their drafts (at least 48 hours) in advance and, receive feedback within 48 hours.

The library will assist students with:
  • Interpreting a writing assignment
  • Creating ideas
  • Locating and sharpening a thesis statement
  • Organizing ideas and research
  • Developing a logical argument
  • Identifying recurrent errors and strategies for revising

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 8 AM- 8:50 AM & Lunch Periods
Location: CHEC/ Bell High School Library

PERSONAL GROWTH TEAM
Supports during testing time

STRESSING about the upcoming testing season?
Don’t Worry!   PGT has got you covered!!!
Here are a list of activities we are planning to host to make sure STAFF & STUDENTS are CHILLAXED:

Morning Meditation
@8-8:30am on testing days

Zen Room
@ lunch-time

Lunchtime “Bubble Buddies”  
@ lunch-time

“Beat Your Feet” Group Walk
@ 3:30pm on Fridays (for staff only)

Zumba!
@ TBD

MS Game Room
@ TBD

“Coping Posters”
@ all classrooms & office
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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