03-28-2022 - CHEC BULLETIN

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WEEK OF MARCH 28, 2022

Monday, March 28, 2022

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
ALT Team Meeting 3:45

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Friday, April 1, 2022

Upcoming Events

Principal: Maria Tukeva


“   All Columbia Heights Education Campus graduates will be prepared to succeed in college, careers and civic life as leaders in the quest for social justice and anti-racism.  Our scholars are self-motivated, intellectually curious critical thinkers who value multilingualism and diversity.  ”

As we draw closer to the end of the year, there are more assessments of how our students are progressing and how close they are to achieving the vision of our mission. This week we will have the ANET assessment for grades 6-10, and AP mock exams for grades 11 and 12. Next week, we will have our more authentic assessments, the portfolio presentations.

When we return from Spring Break, we will have the first in person PARCC and AP exams in over two years.  This will require adjustment and reframing.

The way we frame assessments is the way they will be received by scholars, and in turn that will determine the level of anxiety or stress they might feel.   It is important to view assessment as an opportunity to see what has been learned and understood, and what still needs to be worked on. If we look at learning as a life long process, then assessment is just one step in the journey. Sharing assessment results with students helps them take charge of their learning.

So, as we enter this time of the year, let’s frame assessment as a constructive process, and the information we gain as a road map for our next steps, together with students.

Thank you in advance, for collaborating as a team for a positive assessment season.


The Panorama Survey is one way we get important feedback from students, parents and staff on many aspects of the educational experience, but in particular, how students are progressing from a socio emotional aspect.  Currently, we are at 48% staff completion and 49% student completion. Please be sure you have completed the staff survey, and please encourage students complete the student survey.  Please make sure your voice is heard, so that we can “continually improve our practices.”


Thank you to all for your collaboration and engagement as we make sure we are communicating clearly to all students what our norms are, and why they are important to our whole school community.  This week’s Focus will be on cycling back through all of the norms, and building them into daily actions. SLC’s are working collaboratively to develop the lessons.  Kickboard has been rolled out, so you can start giving out Norms aligned incentives!

An important part of reinforcing the norms, are incentives.  One incentive that the SGA has advocated for, is an opportunity to go off campus for lunch (chaperoned by staff).  Each week, we will select one class, nominated by a teacher, to go off campus for lunch.  Last week, three  teachers nominated their classes – Ms. Lainez, Ms. Belton and Ms. Yamashita.

According to the Picker Wheel – the winner is Ms. Belton!! Congratulations!

The process is the following:

1.Please nominate a class that you have, that has for the most part (90% of the class 90% of the time) demonstrated the first two norms – Owning their Learning, and Digital Citizenship.
2.All nominated classes will be put into a random selection process, (Plicker wheel) and only one be selected to go off campus for lunch.  Each student in the class will be provided with $6.00 to support the purchase of their lunch (they can use their own money as well).
3.If there are any students in the nominated class with less than 85% attendance, or with multiple discipline referrals, they will not be included in the lunch off campus.
5.There will be more incentives coming – please participate in our incentive survey coming up this week!


The COVID 19 SERT Team met on Wednesday, March 9, and will meet again on Wednesday, April 6, at 3:45 in the High School Library and virtually.  We will discuss the new DCPS and CDC Guidelines.

Update on Testing and Cases:

There were two new cases last week.

  • Please limit unnecessary passes and movement for students is critical to limiting transmission. The Agenda book is the only pass, and it must be signed and dated. Passes should be limited and not given for breaks or other non essential tasks such as going to the bathroom.


  • Shout  out to teachers who have started giving incentive points in Kickboard!
  • Kudos to Ms. Ferguson for coordinating our technology Empathy Walk, and to Ms. Peddyreddy, Ms. Zuccarello and Ms. Malcolm for hosting the visitors! IS Jellig was extremely impressed with what he observed!
  • Shout out to all who supported our Incentives Pizza Party on Friday!
  • Kudos to all teachers who are nominating their classes for off campus lunch incentives!
  • Shout out to all teachers and staff who have been covering classes!
  • Kudos to the Ops Team, Admin Team and Dean Team for their coordination of COVID 19 testing, contact tracing, and prevention!


Columbia Heights Education Campus’s great teachers deserve to be recognized! We’re proud to partner with Honored Schools again this year to do just that! Go to HonoredSchools.org to tell Columbia Heights Education Campus teachers how they’ve made a difference. Please share this with parents and students! Once recognized, teachers get an email with your recognition story and we’ll celebrate them! Please see below our Honored Teachers from last week, and go to the website to read the wonderful things their students say about them!


Please contact Mya Ferguson or M. Tukeva if you would like to offer Office Hours, or if there is a topic you would like to see offered in Office Hours.

Week 9 of Advisory 3
We are now entering the ninth week of the third advisory, and we have one full weeks until portfolio presentations. We also have ANET testing in some grades, and AP mock testing as well.  Please make sure during work period time in class, that students are working on producing, evaluating and revising their products for presentations.   The dates for Portfolio Presentations and Exams for the third advisory have been added to the Instructional Calendar.
Instructional Calendar

The Instructional Calendar is a living document that houses all the major curricular requirements, assessments, and schoolwide events. The Instructional Calendar is complete for the moment, however changes may be made and will be noted. If you have any requests for additions to the Instructional Calendar, please contact Mr. Magee, peter.magee@k12.dc.gov, or your SLC Administrator.



My Students
My students are a wonderful group of 8th graders, many of whom have immigrated from countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, Ethiopia, Laos, and the Dominican Republic. All 8th grade students at my school are language learners whether that is learning Spanish for the first time or learning English. We are a dual language community that works together to learn about societal issues, poetry, theatre, and short stories all in Spanish! The majority of my students come from low-income backgrounds and are striving to pursue their education to make a difference in their community. My students work together to break language barriers and communicate with each other. I have seen students who speak only Spanish work with students who only speak English to collaborate and help each other succeed.

My Project
Providing care to our incredible students means that we pull out all the stops to ensure their safety and ability to thrive during some of the most challenging times during our lifetime. It is not good enough that educators have KN95 masks, I want each student to have the ability to have masks that keep them safe and anxiety-free. With an increase of students who are experiencing higher levels of poverty, and hunger, providing healthy snacks is a right that every child should have. Adding these healthy treats will not only encourage our leaders but, it will continue to let them know that we will never let them down! Kellogg's Breakfast Cereal, Brother's Natural Fruit Crisps, GoGo squeeZ Fruit on the go, Bare Baked Crunchy Fruit Pack, and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers will make all the difference between my students being able to pay attention while during their classwork and having something to fill their tummies, while at home completing their homework.


CHEC’s first in-person Career Fair in three years will take place on Thursday, April 7th during Career Exposure Week (April 4th - 8th). Please reach out to your personal contacts to request that they participate in the Career Fair .  We're excited to have a few organizations already sign-up through partnerships from our NAF Academies as well as our MCIP board members. HUGE shout-outs to Ms. Castro, Ms. Freshley, Ms. Cates-Bristol and Ms. Ward for helping to secure participants!

As a reminder, the two staff members who support in securing the most professionals for our fair will each earn a $50 target gift card! Our goal is to have at least 15 MCA related fields and at least 15 MSB related fields represented.

Please feel free to spread the word and share this CF Participant Form with those who may be interested. Participants can sign-up for at least one or all of our two hour timeframes.

Cluster/Program of Study Fair

The Cluster Fair will be held during 8 - 12 grade lunches in the cafeteria Monday 4/4 - Wednesday 4/6, via the following schedule that week:

  • Monday, April 4th -- MCA programs
  • Tuesday, April 5th -- MSB programs
  • Wednesday, April 6th -- Advanced Placement Courses

If you have any questions about the Cluster Fair, please contact @Lewis, Andrea (DCPS) and @Nwaolu Bryant, Keyona (DCPS) for the Career Fair.

Thank you,

College & Career Team

CHEC Lincoln Library Canvas Page
Check your email (called Lincoln Library Canvas Buttons; sent 1/13) for Canvas buttons and links to add to your class Canvas pages. As you update your Canvas pages, include access to the library for independent reading, research resources, and technology support. As a reminder, our digital library collections are accessible through Clever under the Library Resources section. Need help? Email angela.falkenberg@k12.dc.gov to schedule assistance.

Schedule Library Visits and Collaborations
Email angela.falkenberg@k12.dc.gov or call extension 4018 to schedule Library Visits and/or lesson collaborations. These collaborations include co-teaching, resource curations, reading promotions, GRASP assistance, etc.

Angela Falkenberg
Columbia Heights EC - Lincoln MS
School Librarian, M.Ed
Greetings CHEC Family!
Welcome to the last week of March! During this week in history:

March 27, 1912
The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, are planted in Washington, D.C.

March 29, 1961
The 23rd amendment, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote for president, is ratified.

April 1
April Fools’ Day!



Thank you to all staff that participated in giving points over the last two weeks.
We were able to celebrate students that had reached the 150 point benchmark, as of Thursday March 24th, 2022.

Caption: Middle-schoolers pose while eating Pizza at last week’s Incentive Pizza Party
For our next incentive event, we will have a Ice Cream Social and outdoor games the week of April 4th -8th.

The Culture Team is asking that you focus on rewarding the specific behavior of students that are arriving early to class. We are encouraging all positive behaviors and norms, but want to especially push for this behavior in our announcements.

Please Note:
Some Teachers are using Kickboard for Classroom Incentives. Please feel free to do this but please don’t cash students out. We are recommending that you keep a separate spreadsheet.


Coaching and Skill Building; Restorative Practices in Action
March 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In these highly experiential coaching sessions, you are invited to bring your unique challenges and questions and get on-the-spot coaching and group-peer support. These sessions may take us on pedagogical, behavioral, ethical, personal and cultural reflections and insights on how restorative practices can support individuals and our sense of community. You will leave with both new or reinforced skills integrating the restorative approach and hands-on practical strategies for your unique situation. We will invite the wisdom in our circle and peer-to-peer support.

Any questions and situations are welcomed, here are some examples:
  • I want to run more circles but I am having anxiety in this re-entry moment
  • My students are not engaging, not participating and I don’t know what else to do …
  • There are specific behaviors I just can’t see with a restorative lens ….
  • What can I do next if a student repeats the behavior after a restorative circle?
  • I want to take a more restorative approach but don’t know where to start
  • I’m exhausted and burnt out, I don’t have patience or energy to be present with the kids

All professional development sessions use a trauma-informed approach and teach skills and practices that you can implement immediately. We highly encourage participants to join our weekly coaching sessions for a deeper dive into the challenges of implementation and practice. All 2021-2022 sessions will be held virtually on Zoom.

RJ Fundamentals in a Changing World
April 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Target Audience: Administrators, School Staff, Students, Teachers

Join us as we introduce restorative concepts and explore the continuum of restorative practices. Strategies include using proactive circles for strengthening relationships and social-emotional skills and implementing restorative circles to shift school culture and climate and address systems of power and oppression. Participants will be able to use these practices in both virtual and in-person environments. This session is an introduction to restorative justice and is not intended to equip participants to facilitate any particular restorative process.

All professional development sessions use a trauma-informed approach and teach skills and practices that you can implement immediately. We highly encourage participants to join our weekly coaching sessions for a deeper dive into the challenges of implementation and practice. All 2021-2022 sessions will be held virtually on Zoom.


There were no nominations this week! Please take time weekly to nominate students that have shown consistency, ideal conduct, classroom citizenship and academic progress.
Use the following forms:

Student Support Forms:

Peace & Love,
The Dean Team

Athletics are an integral part of the educational program and a means to accomplish the goals of education. Our athletic program exists for the welfare of students and the contributions it makes to their educational experience.  Athletic participation builds self-esteem and confidence and provides the necessary tools for success. The interaction between individuals on the fields of sport teaches students the value of teamwork, while developing the proper competitive spirit, combined with a sense of fairness.


The HS baseball team lost to Phelps and Model.  The softball games from this past week were postponed due to inclement weather.  

BB: 0 - 3
Flag FB: 0 - 0
SB: 4 - 0
Tennis: 0 - 2
BB: 0 - 0
SB: 0 - 0

HS BB vs. Eastern at Eliot-Hine @ 4:00pm
HS Tennis vs. Anacostia at Turkey Thicket @ 4:00pm

No Games

HS BB vs. HD Woodson at Kelly Miller @ 4:00pm
HS Tennis vs. McKinley Tech at Taft @ 4:00pm

HS SB vs. Dunbar at New York Avenue Recreation Center @ 4:00pm

HS BB vs. DCI at Maury Wills @ 2:00pm

HS SB vs. Banneker at Banneker @ 10:00am
To participate in sports, including tryouts, students must complete participation paperwork and upload their physical via https://www.thedciaa.com/participation-forms.  Additionally, all student-athletes, who are 12 and older than must be vaccinated to participate in sports or have an approved medical or religious exemption and test weekly.   Anyone with questions, should contact the CHEC athletic director, Coach A in room D236, or via email at desmond.alexander@k12.dc.gov. Spring sports practice has begun.

Spring sports include:

Middle School
Baseball - Coach Mesa (carlos.mesa@k12.dc.gov)
Golf - Jordan Stouch (jordan.stouch@k12.dc.gov)
Softball - TBD
Outdoor Track - TBD

High School
Baseball - Coach Allen (reiss.allen@k12.dc.gov)
Flag Football - Coach Duvall (ryan.duvall@k12.dc.gov)
Golf - Coach Duvall (ryan.duvall@k12.dc.gov)
Softball - Coach Zinzarella (christopher.Zinzarel1@k12.dc.gov)
Stunt - Coach Wright (dioonewright02@gmail.com)
Outdoor Track - Coach Pinto or Coach Robinson (miguel.pinto@k12.dc.gov or markblaytonrobinson@gmail.com)
Tennis - Claire Riesenberg (claire.riesenberg@k12.dc.gov)
Wrestling - Kenrry Alvarado (kenrry.alvarado@k12.dc.gov)

Desmond Alexander, CAA
Athletic Directo.  
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Bell/Lincoln Multicultural Schools

(202)939-7700 Ext: 5207 (office)
(202)576-9147 (fax)

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