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Last week, CHEC sent a team of teachers and administrators to the La Cosecha Dual Language Conference in Albuquerque.  Ms. D. Edwards, Mr. Gonzalez, Ms. Yanguas, Ms. Del Cid, Ms. Ferreira, Mr. Lopez Febres, Ms Sanches and I attended.  The conference was an amazing gathering of dual language educators from around the country.  The CHEC team went with the focus of learning more exemplary practices that can help us in meeting the needs of all our students, as they become bilingual, or even multilingual.  All of the team members will be selecting an area of focus, and they will be available to support staff members and share strategies.  They will also be conducting professional development as needed and requested.  

As a school, we have made great advances in the area of dual language and language instruction.  Here are just some of the big ideas and goals we will continue to focus on:

  • We are a Dual Language Immersion school, with the mission of “developing articulate communicators in two languages.”  ALL of us are emerging bilinguals, and ALL of us are language teachers.
  • Dual language immersion should serve to promote academic success for emerging bilinguals who are learning English, as well as emerging bilinguals who are learning Spanish or another language.
  • It is critical for all members of the staff to understand second language acquisition, and to learn strategies to support it in their classrooms.
  • Teamwork and collaboration among teachers of Spanish, English, World Languages and the content area are critical to establishing a true dual language immersion school.
  • In order to succeed in school, students must be encouraged to use all of their languages to master material, and teachers must be able to create classes where this occurs.
  • There is brain research that proves that in the process of becoming bilingual, individuals increase their overall brain and intellectual development.
  • Language and culture must be celebrated in the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, and throughout the school, in order to truly achieve a multicultural and multilingual environment where all can thrive. 

All grades were submitted on time, and the Report Cards will be sent this week.  Now, click to read more....
November 16- November 20, 2015

Focus on Instruction
Leadership Team and Other Updates
Shout Outs
Opportunities and Updates
Ambiente, creating a climate for learning
Sports - Griffins Update!
Thought for the Week
Weekly Calendar
Upcoming Events and Activities


  • The football team defeated Phelps. 
  • The soccer team will play in the state tournament this week.  

  • BSOC: 9-0-2
  • FB: 9-0

No Games

BSOC vs. Gonzaga at 2:45 @ Gonzaga 
(State quarterfinals)

No Games

BSOC State semifinals at 2:45 @ TBD 

FB vs. McKinley at 6:00pm @ McKinley

BSOC State Championship at 2:45 @ Georgetown University


  • November is Native American History Month

Charles Brooks can’t be stopped in Bell’s last-second win over Eastern
By Mark Giannotto October 16, 2015

Considering Bell’s Charles Brooks and Eastern’s Jarome Johnson traded highlights all night long, it only seemed right that the one with the ball last would strike the decisive blow. Except Brooks, the area’s leading rusher entering Friday, ended this thrilling rematch of last year’s Gravy Bowl in a way few would have expected.

The diminutive senior gave Bell a dramatic 28-26 win over Eastern with his arm, finding wide receiver Dewonn Brown on a fade route for a 12-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game, which took place at Cardozo.

The last-second heroics capped off another spectacular evening for Brooks, who rushed for 196 yards, accounted for every Bell touchdown and threw for another 180 yards as a quarterback, including a 65-yard pass to sophomore Teyonte McKenzie that kick-started the game-winning drive.

“I just threw the ball up to my man. I knew he was going to get it,” Brooks said through tears after an on-field celebration. “They think they’re going to stop me, but ain’t no way you’re going to stop me.”

Eastern could hardly believe the turn of events after mounting a second-half comeback, which featured a red-zone defensive stand on Bell’s previous possession. The Ramblers took a 26-22 lead with 3 minutes 29 seconds remaining once Johnson, the team’s senior quarterback, scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown run.

Johnson seemed up to the task of matching Brooks, using his legs to gash Bell’s defense while Eastern’s prolific passing attack struggled to connect consistently. He finished with 250 total yards and four touchdowns, helping the Ramblers climb out of a 22-12 deficit in the third quarter.

But Brooks just kept responding, beginning with the seconds immediately after Eastern put Bell (5-1, 3-0 DCIAA Stripes) in an early 12-0 hole.

On the very next play from scrimmage, Brooks threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to senior Damon Quigley. Then, held to just 36 yards on his first 12 carries of the game, he exploded on his next one for a 90-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left before halftime. 

Brooks turned the corner off a direct snap, stutter stepped through two tacklers, stiff-armed another defender and juked past two more before sprinting down the sideline. Suddenly, Bell had a 14-12 lead on Eastern (4-4, 3-1) and its hero was only getting started.

“He comes off with that energy and it just rubs off on everyone else,” Brown said. “He’s that heart and soul. [We’re] just a body and he’s the heart and we’re the rest of the pieces.”

  • Last game:  Away McKinley   Oct. 13
  • Upcoming game: Away McKinley  Oct. 13, 6:00 pm

Team Schedule
  • 9-4    @ Ballou (L) 38-18
  • 9-11  @ Paul Public Charter (W) 44-6
  • 9-18  @ Anacostia (W) 18-14
  • 9-25  @ Theodore Roosevelt (W) 50-20
  • 10-2  @ Cardozo (W) 50-8
  • 10-13 @ McKinley at 6pm
  • 10-16 @ Eastern (W) 28 - 26
  • 10-23 @ Theodore Roosevelt at 6pm
  • 10-30 @ Cardozo at 6pm
  • 11-6   @ Phelps at 6pm 


Eastern braces for Bell and RB Charles Brooks
By Mark Giannotto October 15, 2015

Eastern defensive back John Johnson finished practice Wednesday night and only had one player from the Bell football team on his mind.  The Griffins’ running back, senior Charles Brooks, is on a 2,000-yard pace again, aided by a 353-yard, six-touchdown effort against Cardozo.. (click for more)

D.C. friends win Gates scholarships, 
will have college costs covered
By Michael Alison Chandler May 1, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Fernando Umanzor and Abreham Gebre have lived parallel lives. Both came to the United States when they were 4, one from El Salvador, the other from Ethi­o­pia. They grew up attending D.C. public schools, striving to learn English (click for more)

In a City Desperate for Good Middle Schools, One May Be Hiding in Plain Sight

Sam Chaltain

Like a lot of cities, Washington, D.C., frets about its middle schools -- or lack thereof.

Just over a year ago, then-Councilwoman Muriel Bowser introduced a resolution calling on the city to improve its middle schools or risk continuing to lose its schoolchildren to the suburbs, private schools, or the rapidly growing charter sector. Earlier this year, in her inauguration speech as D.C.'s newest mayor, she reiterated the point: "If you stay united with me," she promised, "we'll transform our middle schools."

Bowser is right to place the (click for more)

At D.C. School, 1,300 Students Stopped to Discuss Ferguson

By: Martin Austermuhle, WAMU
September 11, 2014

On any normal Friday, students in Joe Talarico's AP English Literature at the Columbia Heights Education Campus could expect to discuss Antigone or The Great Gatsby. But on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend, they were asked to reflect on something different: the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. 

And it wasn't just them: over 1,300 students across the campus, which encompasses a middle and high school, were asked to do the same. Whether in (click for more)

CHEC Receives Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC) Planning Grant

April 28, 2014 –
CityBridge Foundation, in partnership with Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), announced that Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) was among an exclusive group of schools to receive a Breakthrough Schools: D.C. planning grant. Breakthrough Schools: D.C. is part of a national initiative called "NGLC Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools." The Breakthrough Schools: D.C. competition was first announced in fall 2013 to encourage (click for more)

D.C.’s Hospitality High to convert from charter to traditional school
By Emma Brown, Published: April 28

Leaders of Hospitality High, a D.C. charter school backed by some of the Washington area’s largest hotel companies, have decided to relinquish their charter to join the city’s traditional school system.  The unusual move - it is the first time a D.C. charter school has converted into a traditional school — allows Hospitality to avoid potential closure by the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which is responsible for approving new charters and closing those that underperform. "Our choice to merge with D.C. Public Schools was in the best interest of our students and the commitment that we’ve made to the District of Columbia to expose them to the wonderful industry that is hospitality (click for more)

CHEC is the #1 non-select school in the DMV
Overall CHEC is #3 in DC and #34 in the region.

Washington, DC, April 8, 2014:
Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC), home to Bell Multicultural High and Lincoln Multicultural Middle Schools, is once again one of DC’s most academically challenging institutions according to The Washington Post's annual rankings.  CHEC is #3 overall in the District and #34 in the metro area when compared to other public schools and public charter schools.  

CHEC has held the position of 34, which is in the top 19% on the index, for the past 3 years.  CHEC is ranked 291 out of 2025 of the top high schools nationally, which is in the top 14% of this exclusive grouping of schools. What is even (click for more)

Principal Maria Tukeva receives
2014 In Her Honor Award

March 25, 2014,
in a ceremony at Howard University, CHEC’s very own Maria Tukeva was a distinguished recipient of the
2014 In Her Honor award from The Emergence Community Arts Collective. The award recognized Maria for making history through an enduring legacy of activism and excellence in the field of education. This grassroots award celebrates significant contributions to (click for more)

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to CHEC to tell students: 'My story can be your story'



By Idit Knaan

When 37-year-old Raquis Petree walks into the Columbia Heights Education Center on a recent Monday, he is the man of the hour. Fellow teachers and staff holler “Great job” and offer warm handshakes. Everyone he runs into seem to be in agreement: Friday’s show, the
(click for more)

Krishunda Pennn is selected to share teacher insights on

June 6, 2013 - BetterLesson selects 8th grade Math instructor,  Ms. Krishunda Penn, as one of 14 new Master Teachers in thecountry who will share their teaching insights and experiences through the BetterLesson site.
The Master Teachers were selected for their exceptional mathematical knowledge, unique ability to illuminate math for their students, as well as leadership in their schools and community. They are an inspiring, dedicated group who are eager to help teachers around the country make the leap to the Common Core.

I’m thrilled to collaborate with teachers across the country to create and share lessons that will help students meet the Common Core Standards!” - Ms. Penn (click for more)

Congratulations to Chris Best,
Rubenstein Award Winner!!

The Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Faculty is one of the District of Columbia Public School’s top honors, and the selection process is very competitive. Chris Best, the Custodial Foreman at Columbia Heights Educational Campus received a Rubenstein Award for 2013-2014 and this well-deserved recognition reflects his lasting impact on our school. Mr. Best is one of only two support staff city-wide to receive this honor - it was said by the DCPS nominating committee that "he stood out among the many candidates as an outstanding asset to DCPS." (click for more)


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