ROE V. WADE PASSIONATELY DEBATED
IN MR. PYRAM'S US HISTORY CLASS
WEEK OF MAY 16, 2022
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2022
PARCC MS ELA
ALT Team Meeting 3:45
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2022
PARCC MS ELA
XQ Follow up Meeting – 3:45 pm
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2022
PARCC MS ELA
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2022
Principal: Maria Tukeva
MAY 16, 2022: THIS WEEK'S FOCUS: IN MEMORY OF THE LIVES LOST IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK
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.”
As we struggle to understand and process the terrible, racist attack in Buffalo on Saturday, our work as a school committed to anti-racism once again comes into clear focus. We can support one another during this difficult time, as well as provide a forum for our students to process their thoughts and feelings. Our Personal Growth Team will be providing space and time for staff and students.
SCHOOL YEAR 2022-23
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.
The results of the staff survey will be shared this week, as well as a calendar of the follow up activities and opportunities for input.
Wednesday – May 18 – Follow up Planning Meeting – Open to all 3:45 pm – High School Library
Thursday – May 19 – Parent Town Hall/Focus Group – 5:30 pm – TEAMS
INSIGHT SURVEY TIME
It is once again time to participate in the Insight Survey. This survey provides us with important feedback on leadership, learning environment, diversity, professional development, observation and feedback, and instruction. Please share your feedback and views. The survey will be sent directly to your email with your own unique identifier. Please participate, we do review and analyze the results in order to determine how to continually improve our practices.
CLIMATE AND NORMS
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. The winner for last week was Ms. Ramirez’s 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.
4.Please nominate a class by means of filling out this form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7kagKk6zM0qSt5md8rwKMlBbjpUnjlNBkU-GwWNM3dNUMlo2TEhBS0dNWlBUN1paSkZDM1BEWlhDNS4u
5.There will be more incentives coming – please participate in our incentive survey coming up this week!
- Shout out to all who assisted PARCC TESTING LAST WEEK!
- Shout out to Ms. Peddyreddy, Mr. Henggeler, Mr. Cohen, and Ms. Lainez for welcoming Deputy Chancellor Melissa Kim and Instructional Superintendent Jerry Jellig into their classes on Friday. Both visitors commented on the commitment and engagement of our faculty and students!
- Shout out to the XQ team, for sharing their experience and engaging others in the process!
- 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!
WE HAVE A RECOGNITION! HONORED TEACHERS PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES THIS YEAR!
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.
MR. STEWART PREPS AND TAKES HIS STUDENTS
TO THE AFRICAN ART MUSEUM
Week 5 of Advisory 4
We are now entering the 5th week of the fourth advisory, and we are continuing with assessments! Progress reports are due this week, please make sure you submit them on time. 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or your SLC Administrator.
CHEC MS LIBRARY RECEIVES SPECIAL 5K GRANT FROM
LAURA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR AMERICA'S LIBRARIES
Today, May 15, 2022, CHEC was one of 300 schools from 44 states across the country to receive a $5,000 grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. This year, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries awarded $1.5 million in library grants this year. Many of the libraries will use the funds to update and diversify their collections.
“I am thrilled that children from 300 schools will soon have access to an updated library collection,” Mrs. Laura Bush said. “Students across the country turn to books to discover the world around them, and we know that opening a new book opens the door to new opportunities and learning.”
“This grant and what it represents to the CHEC community cannot be overstated. We use the grant to continue to build a library that responds to the needs of diverse community of learners. More graphic novels with a focus on manga, titles to complement and enhance our ELL and dual language programs, and high interest, low level titles that reflect our diverse student body.” CHEC's middle school librarian Angela Falkenberg stated.
Read press release here
HAYSHLIN VALENZUELA AND BILLY GARCIA RECEIVE GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY WALSH SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE'S FUTURE GLOBAL LEADERS FELLOWSHIP
We are excited to announce that two CHEC bilingual education academy students, Hayshlin Valenzuela and Billy Garcia, have just been accepted into the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service's Future Global Leaders Fellowship. Congratulations, Hayshlin and Billy!!
CHEC YOUNG WOMEN'S PROJECT LAUNCHES STUDENT SUPPORT CENTER
In Celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month - We are sending out an S.O.S! Click here to view the CHEC Student Online Support center. Created for youth by youth – S.O.S is a virtual wellness center designed by students to help them connect to counselors and clinicians if they need support – and – learn more about the impact of stress and trauma and what they can do about it. Students can also learn about resilience building, brain science, emotional health, physical health, and more. I was one of the CHEC students who developed this site through my role as a youth advocate with the Young Women’s Project.
YWP youth advocates will be sharing the S.O.S. centers via their Linktrees, social media posts, email, text message, and in classroom presentations. We have created S.O.S centers sites for the following schools: Bard, Banneker, BASIS, CHEC, Coolidge, Duke Ellington, Eastern, McKinley, Ron Brown, Roosevelt, School Without Walls, Thurgood Marshall Academy Wilson, and HD Woodson.
CHEC SUBMITS BINATIONAL PRESENTATION TO VIRTUAL GLOBAL STEM EXHIBIT
This Spring, middle and high school students from the D.C. Metro Area and across Ghana collaborated virtually on binational teams to craft sustainable STEM solutions to community challenges using the human-centered design thinking process.
CHEC’s presentation: TEAM 2
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Mentor: Angenette Planter
Students: Dewayne, Zariyah, Jala, Aaliyah Kayla, Marissa
Honorable Mention: Victoria, Ladasia
Nkoranza Technical Institute
Mentor: Alex Boadu
Students: Raphael, Ricky, Abigail, Fasutina, Mariam, Janet, Abdul Hekeem
GLOBAL KIDS OPPORTUNITIES
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.
PD OPPORTUNITY WITH DC AREA WRITING PROJECT @ HOWARD UNIVERSITY
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 email@example.com
NEW PROJECTS CREATED
MR. ABU SABHA LOPEZ'S NEW CLASSROOM PROJECT IS: “THE SEEDS NEEDED TO EDUCATE TOMORROW’S SCIENTISTS”
Interculturality is one of the goals of our school. That is why we receive students from different countries who belong to very different cultures every year. Most of the teenagers who take my class are students who have just arrived in the country from Central America (El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala). Students who are beginning to get in touch with the standards of our school district, with English, and with a new society.Many of them grew up exposed to interrupted education or had to deal with social circumstances that prevented them from developing their cognitive skills to succeed in their science classes. In short, too many factors that hinder their learning and that require additional support to allow them to be successful in their education.
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!!!
LINCOLN LIBRARY NEWS!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule assistance.
Schedule Library Visits and Collaborations
Email email@example.com or call extension 4018 to schedule Library Visits and/or lesson collaborations. These collaborations include co-teaching, resource curations, reading promotions, GRASP assistance, etc.
Columbia Heights EC - Lincoln MS
School Librarian, M.Ed
THE DEAN TEAM
Greetings CHEC Family!
Innovation has been a large part our adjustment prior to, and during, (In-Person Learning) IPL.
Check out this article: The top five educational trends to look out for in 2021
Despite being a year of global upheaval, 2020 brought about a number of major developments in digital solutions in education, such as the widespread switch to online schooling, the rise in the use of apps and hybrid learning. It’s likely that teaching will continue to make use of digital technology for the foreseeable future. With this comes new challenges and developments. Read more here.
Hey CHEC Family! PARCC testing continues next week and we are excited to see how are students are performing in comparison to their peers across the district. Please look out for details, via email, by your grade level Admin.
Last week’s pizza and additional recess incentive was a real ‘crowd-pleaser.’ A special thanks to all teachers that joined us outside to help in the distribution of food, and with the supervision of students.
As always, we are encouraging all teachers to give extra points for exceptional behaviors. This week we are focusing on the norm: Showing Respect and Empathy. Let’s encourage our students by giving points when they arrive on-time with devices ready, respectfully use devices in and out of class, and conduct themselves appropriately in class. NOTE: Students that have successfully meet PARCC testing requirements should receive an additional 50 Points each day.
Incentive Norm Amount required Dates to qualify for incentive
5/27 (Phone Passes) Show Respect and Empathy $600 5.16-5.26
6/10 (Student vs Faculty) Dependable $300 5.30-6.9
6/24 (Field Day/Rita's/Chik Fila All norms $1000 6.13-6.23
- 15 interactions per class and 45 interactions per day
- DO NOT deduct student dollars
- Do not attempt to inflate the day of the incentive
- Use the first 15 and last 15 of class to give dollars
- Create in-class incentives (Do not deduct dollars)
May 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Target Audience: Teachers, Youth Workers, Other Professionals Are you interested in building community and facilitating circles at your school or in the community? Participants will learn the underlying assumptions, primary features, and fundamental processes of community-building circles through direct experience and reflection.
May 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
More information regarding location and registration coming soon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Restorative DC is excited to connect with current and new restorative practitioners, coordinators, and school support staff, educational support and community-based organizations throughout the District of Columbia as part of our Community of Practice (CoP) series for School Year 2021-22
May 18 @ 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.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK/ MONTH
NO NOMINATIONS AGAIN 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
Use the following forms:
Student Support Forms:
Reminder: Please bookmark this link for future reference:https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7kagKk6zM0qSt5md8rwKMlnJSbOnQ0xKsY-f39IrJ4ZUNTBDOE9aUDVXRkNNSUJLUjVUVTVSN09DWS4u
Peace & Love,
The Dean Team
WEEKLY SPORTS UPDATE
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 email@example.com. Spring sports practice has begun.
Spring sports include:
Baseball - Coach Mesa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Golf - Jordan Stouch (email@example.com)
Softball - TBD
Outdoor Track - TBD
Baseball - Coach Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Flag Football - Coach Duvall (email@example.com)
Golf - Coach Duvall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Softball - Coach Zinzarella (christopher.Zinzarel1@k12.dc.gov)
Stunt - Coach Wright (email@example.com)
Outdoor Track - Coach Pinto or Coach Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
Tennis - Claire Riesenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wrestling - Kenrry Alvarado (email@example.com)
Desmond Alexander, CAA
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Bell/Lincoln Multicultural Schools
(202)939-7700 Ext: 5207 (office)