04-25-2022 - CHEC BULLETIN

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WEEK OF APRIL 25, 2022

Monday, April 25, 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
PARCC HS ELA (9th/10th)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
PARCC HS ELA (9th/10th)

Thursday, April 28, 2022
PARCC HS ELA (9th/10th)

Friday, April 29, 2022
Japanese Class Field Trip to
Culture Center Downtown DC

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…. We foster a growth mindset and find joy and purpose in learning and collaborating. ”

This week  we officially enter Assessment Time!  Our mission statement speaks to “preparation to succeed in college, careers and civic life, as well as fostering a growth mind set.” Over the next four weeks, these two parts of the mission will be extremely important as students in grades 6 through 10 will take the PARCC exam in ELA, Math and Science (grades 8 and 9) and students in grades 8-12 will take Advanced Placement Exams, which cover a wide variety of disciplines.  While standardized tests are just one indicator of student learning, they are the indicators utilized by external entities such as DCPS, OSSE, and the Department of Education, to determine how well our students are progressing towards national standards.  In order to be prepared, and to find joy and purpose in learning, together with our students we must take a growth mind set approach to the assessments.  This means celebrating what we have learned, and our growth on the assessments, identifying areas of need, and working on those areas for future assessments.

We have all worked extremely hard this year, returning in person, re-engaging students, and working to overcome the gaps in learning caused by the year and a half in virtual instruction.  We know that this first administration of PARCC and AP, will be challenging, so it is important to provide ourselves, our students, and our families, with the sense of confidence and positivity that accompanies a growth mind set.
This can be as simple as personalized, positive messages to your students, such as our three key messages:

This is important!
We can do this!
We won’t give up on each other!

Thank you team for all you do, and as we enter the assessment season, please view it as an opportunity  to see progress, as well as areas for growth.  A growth mind set does not see difficulties or gaps as failure, just as something that can be worked on.
Stay calm, and we’ll do our best on PARCC and AP!

This week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we will test High School English Language Arts for grades 9 and 10.  The full PARCC and AP Calendar is on the Instructional Calendar.

To build our positivity, we will have a Spirit Week this week, with Spirit Week Attire – stay tuned!


Even as we draw to the end of SY 21-22 we are preparing for the new school year.  If you would like to serve on our Interviewing committee, to interview new staff members for next year, please contact Pankaj Rayamajhi.  We need your involvement! Also, if you are willing to serve on our ReEnrollment team, and help parents re enroll their children, please also see or email Pankaj Rayamajhi, or Billy Oliva.  Thank you in advance in being part of our development for next year.


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. This week we will focus on Empathy and Respect. SLC’s are working collaboratively to develop the lessons.  

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. For last week, the winner is Mr. Salazar!


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!


Please refer to the memo sent earlier to all staff for the new mandates on masking.
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 all who assisted with reentry on Tuesday!
  • Kudos to our XQ Design Team – Ms. Athmer,  student Isaac Fuentes, parents, Ahmad Nurridin, and Angela Salazar, for attending our third design session on Monday!
  • Shout  out to teachers who are giving incentive points in Kickboard!
  • Shout out to Ms. Spinks, Ms. Bryant, Ms.Penn ,Ms. Lewis, Ms. Castro and all who assisted with Career Exposure Week!!!
  • Kudos to the Admin Team, and all who facilitated Socratic Seminars on the 1619 project!
  • Shout out to all for a successful Fire Drill on Friday!!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Nunez and the Middle School SGA and Admin Team for a successful Focus Area Field Day on Friday!!
  • Kudos to Mr. Heber Diaz, Mr. Kervin Smith and Mr. Talarico for coordinating our National  Honor Society Induction ceremony!!
  • Kudos to , Mr. Galvan, Mr. Swinton, Mr. Oliva, Ms. L. Lemus, Andrea Guerra, Ms. Brea, Mr. Best, and all who supported Enrollment Saturday. We have enrolled 35 more  students for next year!
  • 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 11 of Advisory 3
We are now entering the 11th  week of the third advisory, and we are kicking off assessments! Please make sure you have taught the routines, rituals, and protocols for assessments, and are aware of the proctoring or other responsibilities, so that all students can be successful and that it is a powerful learning experience. By maintaining routines, structure and calmness, we can ensure that all students are as successful as possible!
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.

The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has just awarded CHEC alum, Pedro Ramirez, the Fulbright award to Columbia for academic year 2002-2023. The Fulbright Program is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright is the world's largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. The honor is a reflection of Pedro's leadership and contributions to society. Congratratulations, Pedro!!!

CHEC seniors Anura Sharma and Bitaneya Chirotow Altaye are the new recipients of the 2022 David Rubenstein/ Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Scholarship These prestigious scholarships totaling $20,000 each, along with associated programming, are meant to help them complete college and transition to the workforce.  This spring, the Economic Club is planning a virtual celebration to honor  Anura and Bitaneya.  Congratulations to you both!



My Project
Before sending my seniors out into the world, I am exposing them to a novel rich with history and creativity. The footnotes in the novel brings the rich history of the Dominican Republic to life. While the mixture of Spanish and English brings together their experience at our multicultural school, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao will seal so much of their education and allow students to expand their exposure to the human spectrum through literature. Seeing themselves in the works covered in class invites students to reach beyond their everyday environments and dreams.


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!

5 days till Spring Break!  How will you spend this time?

If unsure, and looking for a few good ideas, check out Local Events Next Week.


Families can complete the SY22-23 enrollment form for students starting today.

This Friday, April 8th,  our Kickboard Incentive will be an Ice Cream Social and outdoor games. 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.
Points: Students that earn 150 points between the March 28th – April 7th, will be eligible to participate.


Monthly Equity & Antiracism Newsletter
Check out the April edition of the DCPS Monthly Equity & Antiracism Newsletter (linked) to help you learn and grow in your own journey, as well as resources you can use in your classroom. See past issues here.
Thank you for engaging in this work. As always, reach out to us if you have questions or need anything from our team! - Equity Strategy and Programming

April 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
RJ and Student Engagement; In Classrooms, Common Spaces & Community
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.

April 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Coaching and Skill Building; Restorative Practices in Action
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.


There were no nominations for SOW this week! Please take time weekly to nominate students that have shown consistency, ideal conduct, classroom citizenship and academic progress.

Student of the Week
Weekly teachers nominate students who have excelled in their class during that week. These nomination includes academic and/or behavioral acceleration. In addition, these nominees upheld CHEC's PRIDE:  Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence! Please be sure to complete by 5pm every Thursday.

Students of the Month
At the end of the Month each teacher will nominate one student who demonstrates exemplary personal character and commitment to service throughout the month. This student has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service to other through character, collaboration and citizenship in their curricular and co-curricular endeavors. This student also upheld CHEC PRIDE: Professionalism, Respect,
Integrity, Diversity and Excellence

Maydelin Cerrato-Ramos - 6th Grade
Hailey Mejia-Flores - 7th Grade
Keiyne Settles Jr - 7th Grade
Diego Mendez Loayes - 8th Grade
Ana Amaya Sosa - 8th Grade

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 MS softball team lost to Hardy and Eliot-Hine.  The HS baseball team lost to St. Anselm and SWW.  The HS softball team defeated Roosevelt.

SB: 1 - 2
BB: 5 - 7
Flag FB: 0 - 2
SB: 8 - 1
Tennis: 2 - 4

HS BB vs. McKinley Tech at Maury Wills @ 4:00pm
HS Tennis vs. Dunbar at Ft. Lincoln Park @ 4:00pm
MS SB vs. Hart at Simon @ 4:00pm
HS Flag FB vs. Coolidge at Coolidge @ 5:00pm

HS Track Meet at Spingarn @ 1:00pm

HS BB vs. Wilson at Turkey Thicket @ 4:00pm
HS Tennis vs. Banneker at Fort Lincoln @ 4:00pm

MS & HS Golf at Potomac Golf Course @ 2:00pm
HS SB vs. Wilson at Guy Mason @ 4:00pm

MS SB vs. Jefferson at CHEC @ 4:00pm

HS BB vs. Coolidge at Turkey Thicket @ 2:00pm
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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