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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK - COACH MOLINA AND THE BOYS SOCCER TEAM
UPDATES FROM: I NEW ROLES I ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP TEAM I FACULTY MEETING I PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I COLLEGE AND CAREERS  IOSSE  I LIBRARY I GrantED I TYLER MANNING - FINANCIAL CONSULTANT I ELLEVATION


NEW ROLES AT CHEC

Through budget reprogramming, and the additional SEL funding that came to CHEC due to Security Funds being restored and reprogramming of extended day, we were able to create two new positions to support our new needs in a virtual setting.

  • Mya Ferguson, currently Health and PE teacher, will move to a position as a Technology Instructional Coach, to provide support to all staff on the use of platforms and apps, as well as researching best practices for virtual teaching, and coaching others in their use. Ms. Ferguson has been at CHEC for 10 years, and has been a teacher leader on ALT, Department Chairperson and LEAP Leader, and has contributed greatly to our transition to virtual through providing office hours, support and ideas.

  • Karen Carino, currently Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator, will move to a position of Student Resource Coordinator. Ms. Carino has been at CHEC for four years, and has organized and implemented activities and events to support our young women in their leadership development, as well as served as a liaison with partners providing food and resources to our families.

Please congratulate Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Carino on their new roles!



ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP TEAM

The ALT team is a team of educators charged with the design and implementation of our mission aligned Comprehensive School Plan. The Team is composed of all LEAP leaders, Department Chairs, Administrative Team Members, and any interested educator or staff member. We seek to involve all perspectives and voices.   All staff members are invited to attend any or all meetings.  Our work is in the four domains of the CSP – Shared Leadership, Engagement, Culture of Achievement, and Academics. The first Leadership Team Meeting took place on Friday, September 11.  The notes can be found in the Notebook section of the CHEC Team site.  Meetings will be held every two weeks, rotating between Friday mornings at 7:30 am, and Tuesday afternoon’s at 4:00 pm.  The next meeting will be Friday, October 9 at 11:00 am (Parent Teacher Conference Day). At this meeting we will continue work on the CSP action steps.   




FACULTY MEETINGS
 
This year Faculty Meetings will continue to be on the first Thursday of the month, at 4:00 pm. The first meeting will be Thursday, October 1st.  The Agenda for this month’s meeting will focus on SEL engagement strategies for virtual learning.    All meetings are posted in the Instructional Calendar.
 
 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
This is a new section of our Bulletin, and within a few weeks it will be populated with a calendar of opportunities.   Professional Development and learning is a priority for all of us, and we are all on a new learning curve.  If you would like to get involved in either providing or receiving specific professional development, we look forward to getting your feedback to our PD Survey, which will be coming out within the next two weeks.  We are able to compensate both those who provide, and those who attend professional development outside of school hours or in lieu of planning periods.



CHEC OFFICE OF COLLEGE AND CAREER PROGRAMS

Thank you for your assistance in this year's POSSE nomination process. As a team, we successfully submitted 24 nominations for CHEC this year!

Last week, POSSE completed their final round of interviews, and four of our scholars were selected to move forward to the semi-finalist round.  The following students will be competing for a full-tuition scholarship to one of the POSSE DC Partner Schools:
  • Estub Kedebe (LaLa)
  • Evelin Calix-Melendres
  • Kenia Cabera
  • Ariyah Greene

If you get a chance to speak with any of these students, please send words of encouragement and best wishes as they continue through the selection process.
To learn more about the POSSE process and the DC Partnership Schools, please visit https://www.possefoundation.org/sites/dc

Best,
Symphoni Henry



AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE DC OFFICE OF THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION (OSSE)

Good Day CHEC Educators,

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is collaborating with the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) to monitor compliance with the mandatory youth behavioral health training for educators. DBH provides this youth behavioral health training at https://supportdcyouth.kognito.com District law mandates that all public and public charter school teachers and principals complete a behavioral health training once every two years (D.C. Law 14-56; DC Official Code § 7-1131.17(b)(1)).

Those who completed the trainings in calendar year 2020 do not need to retake the youth mental health trainings this fall. However, all new and returning building administrators and teachers who completed prior to January 1, 2020 must complete the 3 required modules by December 11, 2020. This calendar year will reset the compliance cycle so that all DC administrators and teachers will be required to complete on the same two-year cycle moving forward. Compliance tracking is the responsibility of building administrators.

The attached flyers for Teachers and for school Admin provide detailed information about this requirement, how to access the trainings and monthly completion status reports for your employees.



LINCOLN LIBRARY UPDATE: HISPANIC & LATINX HERITAGE MONTH RESOURCES

As we continue our celebration and recognition of Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month, middle school staff can find lessons, influential figures graphics, author visits, speakers & organizations, digital collection videos, and more here. Other website links can be found here. Contact your librarian for collaboration ideas or to help schedule virtual visitors.

Digital Library Collections
September is Library Card Sign Up Month! Ensure your students have access to their public and school libraries by scheduling a visit to class by Ms. Falkenberg or a Mt. Pleasant librarian. Video tutorials for the multiple digital library platforms can be found here.

Digital Citizenship
September 23rd concluded the required digital citizenship lessons - Lincoln teachers, make sure you fill out this form for district tracking purposes once you've completed implementing the 3 lessons.  Digital citizenship is an important element of online learning and communication. Common Sense Media offers additional lessons, resources, and tips to further media literacy skills and habits. Need help integrating media literacy into your research and content lessons? Contact Ms. Falkenberg to partner. Checkology is another free resource to teach media literacy. Both sites would be helpful tools in class, enrichment support, or weekly tips for success.

Articles and Events:
National Book Festival **this weekend** Register for events
AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) Conference will be virtual this year from October 23rd - 25th! Learn from other educators and speakers about remote learning or other middle grades appropriate teaching. I will be presenting with another DCPS Library Media Specialist October 25th entitled "You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Building a Collaborative Relationship with Your Library Media Specialist". This session is geared towards teachers, counselors, admin, and other leadership. I hope you'll join us!


GrantED OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHEC CLASSROOM MINI-GRANTS WILL BE CONTINUING

CHEC teachers, GrantEd will still be here to serve teachers for the 2020-2021 school year - CHEC will remain a partner school!

Last school year, GrantEd received 22 grant requests from CHEC and awarded 20 of them, for a total of $7,223.81 and they would love to continue supporting us.  Grant Ed has already started accepting applications and granting funds for the upcoming school year.

Please don't hesitate to contact Julia at GrantEd if you have any questions.

Best,
Julia Bozzolo
GrantEd Foundation, Co-Founder



MESSAGE FROM TYLER MANNING - FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Donors Choose is a great resource for all teachers. You can receive a mini grant to support a special project or initiative.  Please see some of our recent Donors Choose grantees! You can reach out to them for support in obtaining your own grant!

I hope you are staying safe! I am sure you have a lot on your mind right now as a result of this COVID-19 chaos. I wanted to inform you that as a financial consultant with AXA Equitable, one of the approved providers of the supplemental retirement plans for DC, I am doing brief phone appointments with faculty and staff to help them get a better handle on how this market volatility affects their:
1. DC Pension
2. 403b supplemental retirement plan
3. 457b supplemental retirement plan
 
If you think you may benefit from this information, I have attached a PDF that provides insightful and contextual perspective to all this craziness. If there’s another way I may be of assistance, please let me know!
 
Kind Regards,
 
Tyler Manning
Financial Consultant
Equitable Advisors
3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite #250
Falls Church, VA
C: 240-688-6371




ACCESS for ELL’s, ELLEVATION, and English Language Learners

Last year’s ACCESS testing for ELL’s was interrupted by the COVID 19 shut down, however some students were able to finish all or part of the assessment.  As of September 29, these results will be on Ellevation.  Please check ELLEVATION for your students, and you will find personalized activities aligned to their language needs, by domain.

As distance learning becomes the new norm for students across the country, a lot of families are playing an increased role in the day-to-day education of their child(ren).
The home-school connections added to the Ellevation Distance Learning activities allow educators to engage family members to share in the learning process.



Check out this just released instructional activity that allows multilingual learners to benefit from educational opportunities at home.

Sincerely,
Your Ellevation Team
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