Columbia Heights Educational Campus

3101 16th St, NW / Washington, DC 20010 / High School: (202) 939-7700 / Middle School: (202) 939-6680 / Maria Tukeva, Principal
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August 10, 2018

Dear CHEC Family:

It is time to welcome our wonderful students and families for School Year 2018-19!  I look forward to seeing you for our pre-school opening planning and professional development on Monday, August 13th, 2018, beginning promptly at 8:00 am in the CHEC Cafeteria.  We have a lot to celebrate, with some great accomplishments in Advanced Placement, SRI and I-Ready! We haven’t received PARCC Results yet, but we know that our teachers with IVA had great results!

I hope you have had a great summer, with plenty of time for rest, relaxation and reflection.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing many of you during summer school, at different professional development activities, and committee meetings, and just stopping by the school to check-in.  I would like to extend a special thank you to all of you!  Personally, I feel rejuvenated by the professional learning opportunities I had the chance to be a part of this summer, and am excited to begin another school year.

As we focus on planning and organizing ourselves to make a strong start with students on Day One,  I want to provide a brief preview of how we will build on our work of last year, as we  focus on the unique needs of each student.  We will build on our professional learning community and peer support through LEAP.   LEAP has been refined and adjusted this year based on teacher and leader feedback, and has a new focus on social emotional academic development.   We have also continued to build in additional time for curriculum and assessment development, through an Early Release Day, however, this year it will be once a month, the last Wednesday of the month.   Students will participate in Community Service and other enrichment activities while we have time to develop and refine curriculum and assessments, as well as review student work and data.  

Our focus on empowering our young men and women of color will continue as we continue to build our capacity and cultural competence to be truly responsive educators.  This year we will offer a new course called “Critical Conversations,” which was co-designed this summer by students and educators, and explores identity and issues of equity and empowerment.  

We have experienced great success with our Restorative Justice practices, and this year we will continue to build on them, as even more staff have been trained and will be leaders in this initiative. As a team, we will move to build relationships and a strong sense of community and responsibility.

A general schedule for the week is attached. The majority of the time has been set aside for work periods in department and SLC for the preparation and tuning of all curricular documents needed to align instruction for the year, and to begin with content on Day 1.  On Wednesday there are a variety of district based professional development activities that differ according to discipline and departments so please also consult the DCPS Professional Development Guide.  If you are unsure about which DCPS session to attend, please contact your SLC administrator or me.

You should have received your room assignment in a separate email from Pankaj Rayamajhi, as well as a survey regarding parking.

Once again, welcome back for School Year 2018-19!  Let’s make it the best ever!!

Go Griffins and Knights!

Maria Tukeva

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