I hope everyone is doing well. I am having a great experience over here, even though I really miss CHEC. I've been able to visit lots of schools, work with professors on my project, and learn about the European approach to language acquisition through an interdisciplinary lens. I've also started working with refugees, which has been very powerful. I'll be traveling soon to conferences in Finland and the Netherlands. I'm looking forward to returning to CHEC and sharing my findings.
In more exciting news, Biyeshi Kumsa won the Coca Cola Scholarship! She is one of only 150 students in the entire country to win this $20,000 scholarship that she can use whenever and however she wants over the next ten years. She was the only student from DC to receive the scholarship.
CHEC’s BIYESHI KUMSA NAMED 2018 COCA-COLA SCHOLAR
Nation’s Premiere Scholarship Program Awards Washington DC Student $20,000 for College
ATLANTA, March 20, 2018 – Biyeshi Kumsa, an exceptional senior at Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Washington DC, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. As a member of the 30th class of Coca Cola Scholars, Ms. Kumsa not only exemplifies superior leadership, service, and academics – she is a change agent, positively affecting others in her community. Biyeshi was selected from a pool of nearly 140,000 initial applicants from across the country.
“Biyeshi Kumsa is part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community,” said Julie Hamilton, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Senior Vice-President, Global Customer & Commercial Leadership, The Coca-Cola Company. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Ms. Kumsa as a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar.”
On April 19, Biyeshi will join other Coca-Cola Scholars as they travel to Atlanta, the international headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, for Scholars Weekend. During this four-day weekend, the Scholars will participate in a Leadership Development Institute to further develop their leadership skills, tour local landmarks, engage with Coca-Cola Scholars Alumni, and participate in a group community service project. The 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will also be the guests of honor at the 30th annual Scholars Banquet, where they will be celebrated by representatives from the Coca-Cola system, educators, local dignitaries, and friends of the Scholars Foundation. Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx and the Sara Blakely Foundation, will serve as the featured speaker.
XXAVIER BOONE PERFORMS AT POETRY OUTLOUD
11th grader Xavier Boone gave a spectacular performance at the Poetry Outloud Finals on March 8th. Xavier recited The Paradox by Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Broken Promises by David Kirby. We are proud of Xavier and thank him for representing CHEC with superior quality. When you see Xavier give him a high-five and congratulate him on his CHEC Pride.
KOREA PEACEBUILDING INSTITUTE VISITS CHEC
Jae Young Lee, director of the Korea Peacebuilding Institute (KOPI), which supports advancing restorative justice in schools, lead a delegation of 23 South Korean educators to the U.S. on January 15-23. They visited Eastern Mennonite University and Washington, D.C. They contacted Restorative DC because they were interested in visiting 'restorative schools' and to learn from teachers and students' experiences. Restorative DC arranged for them to meet with their team and visit CHEC and WLA.
Suzannah Weiss who hosted the group at CHEC recounts, "We met in Circle in the Yoga/Dance Studio and shared stories, which made for a really quick connection with people from the other side of the world. It was with great enthusiasm that the CHEC students shared about what Circle means to them and how CHEC uses the process in different ways. Thank you to Restorative DC, our partners in Whole School RJ Implementation."
Jae reflected on the experience. "Yes, we had a great visit at your office. It was very educational and informative. Everybody felt the time should have been longer. Two schools we visited after School Talk were excellent. All school staff welcomed us and explained us details of how RJ worked in their school system. I think our participants learnt a lot from that one day."
CHEC STUDENTS ATTEND GirlsLEAD SUMMIT
On March 9th, seven CHEC students attended the GirlsLEAD Summit at UDC for a day of workshops and engagement activities with Ms. Carino and Ms. Helme. The students were provided with an itinerary of workshops and were engaged in a speed networking session with female professionals from the DMV area. Four Lincoln students attended workshops that included a creative writing session that helped students create poems about self-identity, and a STEM workshop where students actively listened to STEM field professionals. They also decorated selfies with light bulbs and participated in a confidence boosting dance workshop. Three high school students attended workshops for self-care, for identifying coping skills after a traumatic experience, and a workshop that discussed signs of an unhealthy relationships. Our tenth grade students have plans of creating support groups for other students who have been affected by this issue.
(March 15, 2018 – New York, NY) – The Columbia Heights Educational Campus reached Distinguished and Model level on NAF’s annual assessment, acknowledging the delivery of a high-quality educational experience. NAF’s (National Academy Foundation) annual assessment measures an academy’s strengths and challenges in implementing NAF’s results-driven educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. CHEC is one of only 68 such school nationwide, and one of just 38 that have reached this level more than once.
NAF President, JD Hoye, said, “Each year, NAF looks forward to spotlighting our remarkable distinguished and model academies who have gone above and beyond to uphold NAF’s educational design and ensure a quality experience for our high school students. Your hard work and dedication have earned you this honor – congratulations and thank you for all that you do.”
NAF’s annual assessment helps academies assess their progress and increase their alignment to NAF’s standards, reflecting national standards developed by researchers and members from similar career and pathway organizations.
“It is an honor and privilege to celebrate our distinguished and model academies who have exemplified NAF’s commitment to quality each and every day in our high school classrooms. We commend you on this tremendous achievement, and look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that all young people are college, career, and future ready,” said Katherine Blasik, Vice President, Research and Evaluation, at NAF.
CHEC as a Distinguished and Model academy will be recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, in Washington, DC this July.
FILM SHOOT WITH MS MCULLOCH’S CLASS ON APRIL 10TH
Lisa Luo, the Filming Specialist for the DCPS IMPACT align team, will be at CHEC on April 10th from 11:45 am to 1:10 pm to film Ms. McCulloch’s class for the creation of video resources for teachers aligned to the Essential Practices Rubric such as the Essential Practices Video Library.
A team of CHEC AP Studio Art students have created a striking and collectible 2018 calendar – this beautiful work of art is available in the Art Department (please see Mandy McCulloch) for $10 each. Here are the photographic contributions:
STAMP Window Opens
ACCESS Testing (10th Grade and 8th Grade)
FAFSA Award Letter Workshop during Advisory – Senior Females
ACCESS Testing (10th Grade and 8th Grade)
Early Release Day
ACCESS Testing (10th Grade)
Hospitality and Engineering Mock Interviews
Final Exams p1, p3, p5, p7 (for Math and ELA Classes)