05-09-2022 - CHEC BULLETIN

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WEEK OF MAY 9, 2022

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2022
AP Calculus AB 8am
AP Computer Science Principles 12pm
AP Italian Language 12pm
PARCC HS Math (Alg 1/Geometry)

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2022
PARCC HS Math (Alg 1/Geometry)
AP English Language 8am

AP Spanish Language 8am  
AP Biology 12pm
ALT Team Meeting 3:45 pm

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2022
PARCC DC Science (8th grade, Biology)
AP French 8am
AP Physics 12pm  
Faculty Meeting 3:45 PM

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022
PARCC DC Science (8th grade, Biology)
AP Music Theory 8am’


Principal: Maria Tukeva


This week’s focus is on the phrase from the Mission,

“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.”

The month of May is National Asian-Pacific Islander Month.  This nationally designated cultural heritage month provides us with another learning opportunity, an opportunity to educate ourselves and our students about the cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands.  The term Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. This is an incredibly rich and diverse array of cultures and languages, and during this month we strive to highlight and explore them more deeply.

Our librarians have curated and shared many resources that you can utilize in  your classes, or to expand your own horizons and knowledge.  Take this opportunity to engage in discussions with students and colleagues.  Please also check out these sites:

We would like to engage students and staff in celebrating this month, and expressing their pride and joy.  There will be a meeting on Tuesday, May 10th at 3:30 pm in the Auditorium, for all students and staff  who are interested in participating in our school wide celebration activities.  Please come and encourage students to come as well!


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.

As part of developing our Redesign Proposal for XQ, members of our team visited XQ schools in Memphis and Grand Rapids Michigan.  We will incorporate our observations of practices into our design proposal. The next design meeting is Tuesday May 10, and the team, inclusive of student members will be meeting off site to work on the proposal.


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. We are continuing to see too many students in the hallways during class time, and the implications of this are first, that students are not receiving the full instruction that they should, and second, that there are students unsupervised in a large building, which has an impact on safety.  In order to remedy this situation, we must all be consistent and clear with the norms.

  • All students at all times must have a pass with a valid reason, a written time and destination, in order to leave the class during the class period.  Valid reasons include – going to the restroom, for water, or to the nurse.  In order to see Mr. Tobias re: tech, a counselor or therapist, the student must have a written appointment pass.  Reasons that are NOT valid, and a pass should not be provided – going to see a friend, going to check on their attendance, going to see Mr. Tobias without an appointment, going to see another teacher.

  • "Breaks” should be taken inside the classroom, not outside.  There should not be any breaks that include walking around the building. We do not have staffing or capacity to supervise the entire building at all times, and when there is a gap in supervision, things occur. Please brainstorm with your SLC, what in class breaks could look like.

  • Teaching should happen bell to bell.  Many students state they have “finished their work” and this is why they are getting passes to walk around the building.  In a workshop model, students are revising their work to bring it to standard, and completing their GRASPS.  There should be options for extension work if the GRASPS has been completed.  Please discuss with your colleagues how to maximize classroom time, and find out how teachers provide extensions for students to work on projects or ideas they are passionate about.  You could also engage a student in assisting you in the class.

  • Please do not allow students who are not in their classes, to come in to their classrooms.   This is contributing to class cutting. Please redirect the student back to his/her class, and reach out to the teacher who the student is avoiding, or to the Assistant Principal to assist in resolving the issue.

  • Students are not seeing substitutes as a viable option for instruction. Please be sure you are leaving authentic work aligned to the GRASPS for students to complete, and clear instructions for the substitute.  Please also have student leaders in each period to support subs, and provide ideas and options to your students for what they should work on in the absence of the teacher.  Please provide expectations to students for how they should engage in instruction with a sub, and ask the sub for  feedback on how students engaged.

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 Ms. Garcia-Pinilla’s 4th period Spanish Class!


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, May 4, 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 three 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 PARCC TESTING LAST WEEK!
  • Shout  out to Sharae Belton, Ruben Sabastian Brown, Jhor Chavez,Ross Cohen,Ghassan Haddad,Elaina Jaffe,Bree-Anna Joseph,Isabel Lainez.Sarah Mintz,Cristina Velasquez, Michael Hunter, Christopher Stewart, Dunia Kamal, Jovanda Warren, Mien Patterson and all others who participated in the Schusterman Family Foundation Focus Group! Kudos to those whose classes were visited, Ms. Velasquez, Ms. Perez, Mr. Rahman, Ms. Shaw, Ms. Kamal, Mr. Icso, Mr. Diaz, Mr. Lopez, Ms. Joseph, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Belton and Ms. Ramirez!
  • Shout  out to teachers who are giving incentive points in Kickboard!
  • Kudos to Pankaj , Mr. Galvan, Mr. Swinton, Mr. Oliva, Ms. L. Lemus, Andrea Guerra, Ms. Brea, Mr. Best, and all who supported Enrollment Saturday. We have enrolled  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 3 of Advisory 4
We are now entering the 3rd  week of the fourth advisory, and we are continuing with 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! When not in assessments, classes should be focused on the instruction of the GRASPS, using the workshop model.
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.


We are excited to announce, scholar Treasure Brown is the high school winner for the April 2022 contest. Treasure has demonstrated the highest usage and completion of sessions in the READ 180/System 44 programs. We would like to deliver the winning movie tickets to Treasure Brown on Tuesday (morning), May 10, 2022.  In an effort to limit the number of interruptions to teaching and learning as well as PARCC assessment administration we can leave the prize in the main office to be delivered to the our winning scholar at the end of the day. We are so proud of Columbia Heights Education Campus scholar Treasure Brown!



Saturday, May 21st- GK-DC Conference from 10am-3pm, 99 M St SE, 4th Fl, Youth learn from other youth on this year's topic, climate change. Lunch, snacks and community service hours provided. Registration is here.  

GK-DC Summer Institute- June 27-August 5th @ Catholic University- We are seeking interested youth for our 6-week institute focused on global issues and community organizing. Our institute features field trips, guest speakers, interactive workshops and amazing people! If youth are SYEP participants, they can sign up for Global Kids to be their job site OR they can earn community service hours for participation.  Please encourage young people to sign up https://tinyurl.com/gkdcsummer22 or use the same link to nominate students.  



The DC Area Writing Project (DCAWP) at Howard University is excited to announce its Summer Institute, Culturally Sustaining and Anti-Racist Practices to Cultivate Equity in Writing Instruction, from Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15!
The DCAWP 2022 Summer Institute is a week-long professional development opportunity that will focus on strengthening teachers’ capacity to enact culturally sustaining and anti-racist writing instruction. We will also provide sustained support throughout Fall 2022 with monthly Saturday sessions.
We invite you to share the attached flyer and application with your staff members that may be interested in applying. Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2022. For additional information, please contact our DCAWP Director, Dr. Altheria Caldera, at altheria.caldera@howard.edu



Ms. Garcia-Pinilla, a certified Spanish-English translator will host a conference on May 11, 2022 at the Colombian Consulate in Washington, D.C.  The conference is for Colombians and Hispanics in general about how to do the credential evaluation of their professional degrees to make it valid in the US.

Please use this link to register https://forms.gle/H2UcmeiTzXyvoeWD9


My Project
Standardized testing is a continuous struggle for students across the country - and if you are at all engaged with K-12 education, you know there is a ton of controversy around the discrimination and unfairness of these exams. As a Title 1 DC public school, our students are already walking in to their testing rooms with a ton of these hurdles. However - there are some things we can control with your help! To make it through the next 3 weeks of testing season, we are hoping to give them as much motivation and support as we possibly can. While they cannot even be comfortable and with their ACTUAL teacher during the test - Sarah, Kenny and I CAN provide them ~goodie bags~ each day with a letter from us, a coloring page to use after the test when they must stay seated and silent, and a snack - especially for morning testing when so many of our students don't have breakfast before arriving. These few things we CAN control gives them a small advantage. Please consider donating a small amount to help us purchase these snacks and crayons for our kiddos :) We appreciate you!!!


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

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.
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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