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Principal's Message for Week of June 14, 2021 - June 18, 2021
All Departments and SLC’s send individual notifications of their meetings

Monday, June 14 2021
Portfolio Presentations

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
EOY Math I-ready End testing
Portfolio Presentations
Senior Clearance Day 1 - A-K

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Senior Clearance Day 2 - 10am-12pm
Senior Field Day - 10am - MS
College trip Marymount 11-3

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Graduation Rehearsal - 10am - 12pm
Term 4 Aspen RC Gradebook Opened
Portfolio Presentations

Friday, June 18, 2021
ALT 7:30 am
Portfolio Presentations
8th grade promotion
Senior Celebration in Gym 7:00-11pm


As we look ahead to School Year 21-22, we know that the process of reopening will bring challenges along with the excitement of being back in person.  As we prepare to re-open in person for all students,  it is almost as if we are opening a new school.  It is reminiscent of when we moved into this new building, in 2006.  We prepared for the move by analyzing and revisiting our mission, and many of our practices. We engaged in  brainstorming  with students and parents how to move into our new building with a new mind set and commitments. Our goal for this new school year, returning after a year and a half of challenges, difficulties, trauma, new learning,  and triumphs, is to reopen in a way that takes into account the needs of students, families and staff members, and provides a safe and healing environment.  Social emotional needs will take priority, and as such, we need to revisit our mission statement, re-envision what our norms are, and engage all stakeholders in the process of renewing our mission and developing norms that reflect their needs and ideas.

We have already begun the process of reaching out to students and parents through the SGA and Parent Town Halls, on some of our key norms, such as uniforms and cell phone usage.  We will be conducting surveys of parents, students and staff, to gather feedback and ideas.  Students and parents are our partners in this process.   At last week’s Parent Town Hall, a group of parents agreed to serve on a Parent Committee to discuss the norms related to school uniforms.  The Student Government is also engaged in discussions of norms and how to create norms that will be conducive to a supportive and positive school environment, one where students thrive and feel loved and appreciated.  This engagement will continue throughout the summer, with our Student-Parent-Staff Curriculum Development Institute.

This week and next, in our end of year meetings, we will discuss as a faculty and small learning communities, what we aspire to be and how we aspire to learn together as a “new” school, with a renewed mission, and renewed norms and practices,  in School Year 2021-2022.


On June 22, at 4:00 pm 180 seniors will walk across a stage for an in-person graduation, at Audi Field. After a year and half of ceremonies and gatherings being cancelled, this is truly a momentous occasion.  The event will be held with social distancing and health protocols, to ensure the safety of all.  In order to maintain the social distancing, we only have space for 20 faculty members to attend.  We now have been authorized to issue 95 tickets for staff, so we should be able to accommodate all staff who wish to attend.  If you wish to attend the graduation, please follow the following process:

Receiving Staff Tickets:
  • Our Grad POCs, Ms. Thweatt, will receive all faculty/staff tickets and distribute
  • Tickets will all be electronic and distributed via e-mail through Ticketmaster
  • Grad POCs will need to use or create a Ticketmaster Account, as well as all faculty/staff attending
  • You will need to use a smartphone to enter the stadium or pick up tickets at Will Call

On June 18, at 10:00 am, our 8th graders will take the state in our CHEC auditorium, to be promoted to the 9th grade.  We will still have a lottery for staff attendance, in order to maintain social distancing.


During June we celebrate LGBTQ+ history as well as explore current social justice issues within our curriculum.  As a school committed to anti-racism and equity, we celebrate the richness of our community holds in gender identity, race, culture, faiths, language and national origin.  Ms. Ermis has sent communication and resources that all of us should use.  Please reach out to with ideas for whole school activities during this month.


Please help us reach our enrollment target of 1,500 students for SY 21-22.  To date, we have fully enrolled 1013 students, or 68% of our goal.  Please make re-enrollment announcements part of your daily announcements or updates.  We are offering incentives to the teachers, counselors and support staff who help us enroll or re-enroll the most students, as well as administrative premium for reaching out outside of normal school hours. This week during SLC, we will provide time for all SLC members to reach out to students in the grade level who have not yet re-enrolled.


We have now submitted our budget spending plan for Summer Acceleration, and are extremely excited about what we will be able to offer this summer!  We have already started recruiting staff and students. If you are interested in working in our creative and innovative Summer Acceleration plan, please reach out and apply. Within the next two weeks, we will begin to work on the spending plan for the Acceleration and Recovery Activities to be held in during the school year. The outline of our goals and programming can be seen by clicking here.


  • Shout out to the ALT Team for completing our CSP Evaluation on Friday! Special shout out to Mr. Hunter who formatted the document to ensure consistency!
  • 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 making progress!!
  • Kudos to Ms. Thweatt for being our Graduation POC, and coordinating all of our Graduation related activities!
  • Shout out to Mr. Jones, Mr. Galvan, Ms. Thweatt, Ms. Strickland, Ms. West, Mr. Smith, Ms. Lewis and Ms. Avila for attending the Parent Town Hall on Friday!!1


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 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! Last year our very own Ms. Ramirez won the Life-Changing Teacher Award and a $5000 cash award!
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