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As we draw to the close of the first advisory, it is time to start planning for students to exhibit their knowledge to their parents and community through the portfolio presentations. This is a very important culminating event, one that can be a powerful way for learning to not only transfer, but to be engraved in the student’s mind. It is a powerful tool for developing intellectually curious scholars.

A key way to help student synthesize their learning so that they can “speak authentically without scaffolds”, is to continually cycle through higher order questions that require synthesis. Ask students to think about each of their GRASPS this first advisory, in each of their subjects. Have a brainstorming session in your class in which students try to connect all of the four GRASPS they have produced to their grade level theme. This will be an amazing and creative discussion! Pick the most intriguing responses, and use this in your letter to parents, so that they will be curious to find out more about how their child is making sense of his or her world. A sure way to make sure parents are interested and excited to attend the portfolios, is to give them a preview of coming attractions and what they will learn if they come to portfolio presentations.


Thanks to the hard work of our Leadership Team, CHEC has received approval to have professional development day on site, to focus on our UbD’s and curriculum development. All academic departments are authorized to stay here, counselors, social workers, and other specialized staff will attend city wide professional development. 

Department Chairs will develop an agenda, format and schedule for the use of the time to look at student work, and use this information to refine upcoming GRASPS and curricular documents. It would be beneficial to have one volunteer from each department to attend the city wide session to bring back any information, so please let your Department Chair know if you would like to be that volunteer. 

October 5 - October 9, 2015



The MS VB team defeated Sousa. The HS BSOC team defeated Banneker and SWW. The HS GSOC team defeated McKinley but lost to Wilson. The HS VB team defeated Roosevelt and Anacostia. The HS FB team defeated Cardozo.

HS BSOC vs. Phelps at 4:00pm @ Spingarn
HS GSOC vs. Roosevelt at 4:00pm @ Roosevelt
MS VB vs, Oyster Adams at 5:00pm @ Jefferson
HS VB vs, HD Woodson at 5:30 @ CHEC

MS VB vs. McKinley MS at 5:00pm @ Hardy
HS VB vs. Coolidge at 4:30pm @ Phelps

BSOC vs. SWW at 4:00pm @ Riggs LaSalle
GSOC vs. Cardozo at 4:00pm @ Cardozo

MS VB vs Deal at 5:00pm @ Johnson
HS VB vs. Dunbar at 4:30pm @ McKinley

FB vs. McKinley at 6:00pm @ McKinley

No games


  • Hispanice Heritage Month
  • October is College Awareness Month

D.C. friends win Gates scholarships, will have college costs covered
By Michael Alison Chandler
May 1 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 (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 (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)


March 12, 2015 

Dear DC Public Schools Community:

We are excited to share our budget and plan for the upcoming school year with you and are grateful to everyone who took the time to provide suggestions and feedback. Many ideas, including expanded elective offerings in every high school and our 500 for 500 literacy mentorship program, came (Click to read 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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