Bulletin-01-16-2017 - Columbia Heights Educational Campus

/ Maria Tukeva, Principal

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THE DATA CYCLE BEGINS AGAIN

We have come full circle with our data cycle, as we give our interim assessments this week. The standards assessed on these interims were used to develop a six week plan to teach and assess the standards, using short cycle assessments to check on progress weekly.  This week is very exciting, because we will see the results of our focus and alignment!

Based on the short cycle assessments, we have predicted how well students will do on each standard, and will now get the data on results. This week and next, we will grade and calibrate the results, and compare the achievement to our predictions.  We will then develop another six week plan, identifying reteach standards along with new standards aligned to the next interim, and developing new aligned short cycles assessments.  We are now 14 weeks from PARCC, and 15 weeks from Advanced Placement, so strategic use of time and focus on standards are key.

With Mastery Connect, we are now able to track and share every student’s progress, and it is critical that we involve them in their own growth by sharing their data and having them set goals together with us.  We are also able now to quickly and easily update our Data Walls with results and goals.

Thank you again for all of your hard work on our Data Driven Cycle of assessment!

PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION STARS

Thank you to all teachers and staff for great portfolio presentations last week.  We had over 230 parents attend, twice as much as first advisory!  Once again, the teacher who has the most parents attending will receive a Best Buy gift card! The SLC with the highest number of parents will also receive an incentive!

PHOTOS: PARENTS PARTICIPATE IN PORTFOLIO PRESENTATIONS






January 17 - January 19, 2017

IN THIS ISSUE
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
SPORTS UPDATE - LAST WEEK'S RESULT

 
Both middle basketball teams lost Walker Jones and the middle school boys team defeated Wheatley.  The high school boys basketball teams lost to Cardozo and Anacostia.  The high school girl’s basketball team defeated Cardozo and lost to Anacostia.    

Lincoln
Girls Basketball  0 – 2
Boys Basketball 3 – 2

Bell
Junior Varsity Basketball 0 – 8
Varsity Girls Basketball 8 – 5
Varsity Boys Basketball 3 – 8
THIS WEEK'S SPORTS
SCHEDULE  


Monday
No Games

Tuesday
JVB vs. Wilson at Wilson @ 4:00
MSGB vs. Brightwood at
Wheatley @ 4:45
MSBB vs. Brightwood at
Wheatley @ 6:00
VGB vs. Wilson at Wilson @ 6:00
VBB vs. Wilson at Wilson @ 8:00

Wednesday
No Games

Thursday
No Games

Friday
No Games

Saturday
No Games
WEEKLY CALENDAR         
 
Monday
Holiday

Tuesday
SLC Morning Meeting

Wednesday
SLC Morning Meeting
Department Meeting

Thursday
No school for Students

Teachers in district wide professional development in the morning, report to school for recordkeeping in the afternoon

Friday  
No School Teachers or Students

UPCOMING EVENTS
AND ACTIVITIES




DISTRICT WIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY AND RECORD KEEPING DAY JANUARY 19

This is a reminder that Thursday, January 19 is a District Wide Professional Development Day in the morning, and Record Keeping day in the afternoon. All teachers except for Math teachers, are required to report to District Wide Professional Development. Attendance is mandatory unless you are on previously approved leave. Please be sure you register on SCHED, and sign in, as DCPS sends the names of all who are absent to the school principal, and requires explanation for the absences. The catalog for your sessions can be viewed here and is also available on Canvas for your reference. At the end of the professional development, all teachers should return to the school by 12:30 for Records Day. This time is to be used for preparing for entering your grades by the deadline, grading and calibrating interims and finals, or curriculum and planning. Please be sure to sign in the main office when you return to school.  Any leave requested must be approved by your SLC Administrator.

POLAR PLUNGE 2017
Support Special Olympics DC!
Submitted by Kaitlin Settle Athmer

For every $50 CHEC raises, we can send a student, teacher, or staff member to jump into the ice-cold water on February 3rd, 2017! This event not only raises money for Special Olympics DC, but it also promotes the "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign, the fight against the derogatory use of the "R-Word", retarded. Please consider donating any amount to our school's fund, taking the plunge yourself, or coming along for encouragement or pure entertainment! Go to https://give.specialolympicsdc.org/fundraise/team?ftid=100863 to donate, and share the link with friends!   Contact Kaitlin Settle Athmer in A212 x5105 [link:1]kaitlin.settle@dc.gov[/link:1] for more information!


LIBRARY UPDATE
Submitted by Angela Martinez and Angela Falkenberg

"The DCPL Educator Cards are here! DCPS Library Programs and DCPL have partnered to provide DCPS educators access to digital and print resources. Highlights of this collaboration include: access to DCPL databases, check out up to 100 books (including audio and e-books) for 9 weeks, and no late fees for JUV and YA materials.  If you have any questions, contact Angela Falkenberg (MS) or Angela Martinez (HS)."

"Did you know that all DCPS staff and students now have access to the Microsoft Office 365 and five free downloads of Microsoft Office 2016!? To learn more and for staff login information, visit https://dcps.instructure.com/courses32572. Your username and password for Canvas (to view the link above) is the same as your email login information.

Student Microsoft Office 365 login access:
ID@students.k12.dc.us
MMDDYY"


SENIOR BRANDON ANDREWS HAS RECEIVED THE POSSE SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER – FOUR YEARS FULLY FUNDED!!!






SHOUT OUTS

  • Shout out to the EMOC Committee for a great induction on Saturday!!. Special kudos to Mr. Hardmon, Dr. Baker Morales, Mr. Gallion and Ms. Yarbaugh!!!
  • Shout out to Mr. Lessek, Ms. Hinkson, and Senior Kevin Urbina for representing CHEC at a recruiting fair for Bilingual Education on Saturday!!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Nakpil for outstanding Capstone 11 presentations on Friday Night!
  • Kudos to Mr. Petree, the Arts Department and students for organizing Mr. Petree's "Last Dance!"

DISTRICT CHURCH CONTRIBUTES TO CHEC’S QUEST TO ACHIEVE ONE TO ONE COMPUTER ACCESS FOR STUDENTS

On Sunday, January 15, Pastor Aaron Graham of the District Church, CHEC’s partner in the Adopt a School Program, presented a check for $20,000 toward the purchase of more computers for our goal of having one to one access for all students. This incredible, generous contribution was made possible by all the members of the District Church.  The funds allowed us to meet a challenge grant issued by Richard England of the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation. The grant of $50,000 was to be issued when CHEC had raised $50,000 to match.  Thanks to the District Church, as well as many CHEC staff and friends, we met and exceeded the match amount!  Please express your gratitude to the members of the District Church, if you happen to see them.  

THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION THROUGH RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
Submitted by Suzannah Weiss

Get to Know Your New Students Circle

Purpose: To get acquainted with the new students in your classes.  Start Term 3 by establishing a caring classroom culture.
Click here to open the full document to follow on Day 1 of the new term!

OPPORTUNITIES AND UPDATES

The Leadership Team will continue to meet every other Wednesday this year, and the Academic Leadership Team (ALT) will meet every other Wednesday. The ALT met last Wednesday, January 4, and our next ALT/Leadership Team meeting will be Wednesday, January 18, 2017. At this meeting, we will continue to track progress on the comprehensive school plan, and analyze the results of the interims. We will also map out LEAP seminars and department meeting agendas for the next advisory. The notes and minutes from all meetings are available on the CHEC Portal. The Academic Leadership Team is a group of teachers, counselors, and administrators who meet every other week to discuss school needs, and plan for improvements. The Leadership Team designs the school’s comprehensive school plan, and helps in its implementation. Please consider joining the Leadership Team this year. It is open to all faculty and staff. We need the involvement and voices of all. Remember, Leadership team meetings are open to all who are interested in schoolwide decision-making and leadership. You can come once, or as many times as you like, but please make your voice heard!

CHEC TO START MODEL UNITED NATIONS CLUB

CHEC is going to be starting a Model United Nations Club, through our partnership with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  If you are interested in working with this Club, please see Wendy Pugh, Mila Lopez or Maria Tukeva.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH WRITING CONTEST

The Black Swan Academy is excited to announce our city wide Black History & Culture "I Have Pride" Writing Contest.   As the world reflects on the legacy of Dr. King, and prepares to celebrate Black History Month; we know that our youth have reason to celebrate their history and culture year-round. Pride, is one of three core values of The Black Swan Academy. We believe that youth should be proud about who they are and where they come from. This writing contest is meant to provide youth with the opportunity to explore the uniqueness of their own history and culture and reflect on the impact that it has had in their personal lives, as well as, the lives of others.

We are hoping you encourage your students to participate. The deadline is February 20th. Contestants will have the opportunity to win prizes, including up to a $500 and present their work at a showcase in March. The specific guidelines are in the following Link:

http://blackswanacademy.org/writingcontest/

CLIMATE

We are getting ready to start a new semester, and for most teachers, this means a new set of student. Please plan to build relationships with your new students, and to build relationships among students as well.   Please draw upon the strategies our PGT shared at our last faculty meeting, as well as the Restorative Circles we have learned about.  Remember our goal of consistency so that students experience consistent expectations and support.  Please also remember our shift to Restorative Justice.    Use CHAMPS and PBIS to support your classroom climate!  INVITE MS. CAMPBELL TO YOUR CLASS DOJO SO THAT SHE CAN HIGHLIGHT YOUR GREAT PBIS WORK. The Deans will be chairing the School Climate and Culture Team.  Please join to make your voice heard on the School Climate and Culture.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
 Please do not cover up the windows to your classroom or office doors. This should only be done in the event of an active shooter drill or event.  Other than that, it is a safety hazard to cover the windows.  Administrators will be checking on this periodically and asking maintenance to remove any windows that are covered.

NOMINATE A STUDENT OF THE WEEK!!!
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