WEEK OF AUGUST 30, 2021
MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021
First Day of School
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021
WELCOME TO SY '21-'22
A YEAR OF CHALLENGE AND LEARNING
(ABOVE) MS. BRUGGEMAN PRESENTS DURING STAFF PD
Principal: Maria Tukeva
WELCOME TO SCHOOL YEAR 21-22 – A YEAR OF CHALLENGE AND LEARNING
Thank you to the entire CHEC team, for your amazing resilience and commitment, as we prepare for an extraordinary school year, under extraordinary conditions. As we reopen as a new school in a whole new context, we are experiencing a need to focus on a whole new set of protocols related to health and safety. The health and safety protocols, are critical to our wellbeing. They require additional time and energy, and must be continuously reinforced. At the same time, our mission calls for developing intellectual curiosity, and preparing our students for college and career. These seemingly competing priorities, means we are constantly in a balancing act. It is difficult to plan and implement a creative and engaging learning environment in the best of circumstances, it is even more difficult to do so when in the back of our minds we are attending to details of health and safety, and when conditions are constantly changing.
Understanding this challenge, means that we must give ourselves and our students the utmost compassion and patience, and build a school community based on trust, support and collaboration. Please know that this will be the focus of our work this year, and that as a school leader I will make it my personal goal and priority, to align all actions and decisions so that we can say with sincerity - “We trust one another…”
Thank you team, for all you do, and I am so excited to start this school year with you, with all of its challenges and changes. It is an honor to work with the CHEC team, and I know that we will experience and learn so much this year, from one another, and from our students and families. Knights and Griffins are powerful beyond measure!!
- Shout out to the entire CHEC Team for preparing for a successful school opening!
- Shout out to the Ops team for preparing all logistics!
- Shout out to our Enrollment Team – Pankaj, Ms. Paige, Mr. Oliva, Ms. Lemus, Ms. D. Lemus, Ms. Lora, Ms. Doctor, Ms. Hernandez, Mr. Oliva, Mr. Mesa, Mr. Duvall, Mr. Molina, Mr. Mendez, Ms. Carino and all who are assisting! We are 90% to our target!
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!
PICTURES BELOW: STAFF PD
AND SLCs DAY BEFORE SCHOOL
CHEC NEW TEACHERS FOR SY 2021-22
Week 1 of Advisory 1
As we begin this new school year, we are going slow to go fast. The first week of the school year is dedicated to building community, getting to know our students, and letting our students get to know us. This can be done in a way that is aligned to content as well. By introducing our first GRASPS of the year, and getting student feedback on what they find interesting about it, and what they find challenging about it, and what they want to learn about it, we can tailor our approach to teaching the project while getting to know our students. Please be sure to introduce your first GRASPS this week, in a way that generates intellectual curiosity and student
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 ALUM MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ DELAWARE STATE GRADUATION
CHEC ALUM MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ GRADUATES AVIATION PROGRAM
Recently, Major Wright attended Michael Rodriguez's aviation program graduation at Delaware State University. He received his wings, certificate of completion, and his civilian pilot's license. Major Wright was also able to present him with his diploma and brought his mom up on stage so she could have the honor of moving his tassel to the graduate side of the cap. Michael is among the first group of Navy JROTC cadets to go through this course. The Navy funded a small number of qualified minority cadets this year to begin addressing the diversity gap in the aviation field. The guest speaker for the event was NASA astronaut Navy Commander Victor Glover Jr, who returned from 168 days in space on SpaceX 1 .
One of Michael's graduation requirements was flying 100 miles out, landing at 2 different airports, and flying 100 miles back ...solo.
One of CHEC's finest.
CHEC STUDENT JULIANA LOPEZ SELECTED AS STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO DC SCHOOL BOARD!
I am pleased to inform you that CHEC student Juliana Lopez has been selected as a Student Representative on the DC State Board of Education for School Year 2021-2022! We look forward to welcoming her voice to the State Board. The board next meets on Wednesday, August 18 at 5:30pm - virtually. The topic of the meeting will be the reopening of schools and the public is invited to come and provide testimony about reopening.
DC State Board of Education
Marion S. Barry, Jr. Building
441 4th Street, NW Suites 530S & 723N
Washington, DC 20001
DC CONGRESSWOMAN ELEANOR HOLMES NORT RECOGNIZES CHEC STUDENTS FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE 39TH ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION
CHEC art students David Guerra, Janaiya Ward, and Bleriot Abanda were all recognized last week for their participation on the 39th Annual Congressional Art Competition. Shout out to these students and their Art teachers!
NEW PROJECTS FUNDED
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! 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.
These materials will provide our students with a safe start to the new school year. After spending an entire year learning virtually, I would like our students to feel at ease, knowing that all the materials they have at school are sanitized daily and are safe for them to use. With these materials, all a student would need to worry about is attending class. I would like for every student to feel welcomed and not anxious about forgetting their masks or materials at home. Please consider bringing peace and safety to our students!
MR. AGUILAR'S FUNDED CLASSROOM PROJECT IS: “IPAD TO ENRICH ESL/ENGLISH INSTRUCTION DURING HYBRID LEARNING”
My students are a wonderful group of High school kids, many who have immigrated from countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, Ethiopia, Laos, and the Dominican Republic amongst other. 90% of 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.
My students are some of the most resilient people I have ever met. Many of them have fled their home country because of violence, political corruption, and poverty. All my students are English language learners and some have experienced interrupted education. However, they do not let their current or past struggles get in the way of pursuing a better future for themselves and their families. My students invest time in their education. They stay after school, on Saturdays, and even come in the summer just so they can catch up to the rest of their peers
NEW PROJECTS CREATED
MS. ALVARADO’S NEW CLASSROOM PROJECT IS: “STURDY CHAIRS FOR COMFORTABLE LEARNING”
My students are some of the most resilient people I have ever met. Many of them have fled their home country because of violence, political corruption, and poverty. All my students are English language learners and some have experienced interrupted education. However, they do not let their current or past struggles get in the way of pursuing a better future for themselves and their families. My students invest time in their education. They stay after school, come to school on Saturdays, and even come in the summer just so they can catch up to the rest of their peers. Their passion and perseverance is truly inspiring.
I am requesting classroom chairs that create a safe and comfortable classroom. After a year and a half of virtual learning, my students are coming back to the classroom, and they deserve to be safe and comfortable! Our classroom furniture is over 15 years old. Unfortunately, the chairs are in very bad condition. Many of the seats are terribly stained or ripped. The handles have broken off over the years, so they are stuck in the position that they are, and some of the backs are loose or broken.
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.