Bulletin-02-06-2017 - Columbia Heights Educational Campus

/ Maria Tukeva, Principal

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CHEC CELEBRATES AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

February is African American History Month, and although we are committed to social justice and cultural proficiency throughout the year as part of our mission, during this month we place a special focus on deepening our knowledge of African American History.  

Our culminating performance will be our Assembly, “Mama”, on February 23 and 24th.  Across the curriculum, teachers are fusing African American History into their units.  If you would like access to resources and ideas for your class, please see Wendy Pugh, World Cultures Coordinator.

CHEC SALUTES COUNSELORS DURING NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK

This week is National School Counseling Week sponsored by the American School Counselors Association and supported by DCSCA.  We hope that you are taking a moment this week to recognize all that our school counselors do for our school.

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE WEEK IS FEBRUARY 21st-24th!
Submitted by Karen Carino

This week, CHEC is uniting to take a visible stand against Teen dating violence

  • Orange Ribbon is designed to be an awareness campaign which gets information to the general public about the dangers of teen dating violence.
  • Orange Ribbon is designed to inform students in a larger MASS in order to reduce destructive social norms/behaviors and promote positive social norms/behaviors.
  • Orange Ribbon is designed to be positive and fun— two things necessary to maintain good mental health.

Please Inform your students:

We will have an Orange Ribbon Table during all lunches on Thursday with information and an opportunity for games!

Please share 2 myth vs facts statements with your class each day this week!

The events that we have planned for teen dating violence awareness week are an advisory lesson, orange ribbon day to bring awareness, facts/myths, and an event to take place during all three lunch periods. More information in the near future.

NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
Submitted by Angela Falkenberg and Angela Martinez

On Thursday, Feb. 2nd, CHEC librarians, Ms. Whittaker, and Ms. Mester from DCPS Library Programs took a group of middle and high school students to the Library of Congress for a Black History Month Q&A with Dr. Carla Hayden, the first female and African-American Librarian of Congress.

The dawning of a new semester is a great time to start thinking about how to make your students’ end of semester portfolio presentations authentic and impactful!  Your school library is here to help you in this endeavor.  Here are some useful tools

Canvas (https://dcps.instructure.com) – Organize your class content, manage and grade student work submissions, host discussions amongst students, etc. Students can also upload and organize their work onto digital portfolios using Canvas. Since students will always have access to their Canvas accounts this is a great way for students to save work from year to year.

NoodleTools (www.noodletools.com) – Website students can use to organize research and create citations.  It’s a very user-friendly website and will help our students become more prepared for college and career level research. Organized research + quality bibliographies = Awesome presentations!

25 Book Campaign Info Page (https://dcps.instructure.com/courses/31610/pages/25-book-campaign) – Information, tutorials, and resources lists created in hopes of making the 25 Book Campaign more accessible and feasibly to all students and teachers.

As always, if you ever have any questions about any of these websites please let your school librarian know (angela.falkenberg@dc.gov or angela.martinez@dc.gov).  We’re also happy to help if you are looking for new or additional resources to teach your class content.
 
REMINDERS:
Students MUST have passes when visiting the middle or high school libraries or they will not be allowed to stay.

NOTICE:
The CHEC Libraries will be closed the week of Feb. 13th so the librarians can attend the Digital Promise VILS conference.
February  6 - February 10, 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

The middle school boy’s basketball team defeated Raymond, Whittier, and Truesdell. The boys are the 6th seed in the playoffs which begin on Monday. The JV basketball team defeated McKinley but lost to Ron Brown. The varsity boy’s basketball team defeated Luke C. Moore but lost to McKinley. The varsity girl’s basketball team defeated Luke C. Moore, Capitol Christian Academy, and McKinley.

Lincoln
Girls Basketball  0 – 5
Boys Basketball 8 – 4

Bell
Junior Varsity Basketball 2 – 12
Varsity Girls Basketball 14 – 6
Varsity Boys Basketball 4 – 13

THIS WEEK'S SPORTS
SCHEDULE  


Monday
Bowling vs. Roosevelt at Bolling AFB @4:00
MSBB vs. Wheatley at Browne (playoffs) @6:00

Tuesday
JVB vs. Phelps at Phelps @ 4:00
VGB vs. Phelps at Phelps @ 6:00
VBB vs. Phelps at Phelps @ 8:00

Wednesday
Bowling vs. SWW at Bolling AFB @ 4:00
Swim Meet at Ballou @ 5:00
MSBB playoffs at Cardozo @ 6:00
VGB vs. National Christian Academy at National Christian Academy @ 6:30

Thursday
No Games

Friday
No Games

Saturday
MSBB Championships at Roosevelt @ 12:00
WEEKLY CALENDAR         
 
Monday
SLC Morning Meeting

Tuesday
SLC Morning Meeting

Wednesday
Department Meeting

Thursday
Department Meeting
Faculty Meeting

Friday  
No Meetings

UPCOMING EVENTS
AND ACTIVITIES




EMOC UPDATE
Submitted by Demario Hardmon Fort

In the third advisory, CHEC Bellmen were able to enroll in a course entitled "Building Communities." For 18 weeks, students in this fourth period class will study the African, Latin, and Indigenous diaspora, learning about themselves, their peers, and implications for a future of diversity and understanding. The course instructor, Mr. Reggie Williams, helped the boys to explore the diaspora by challenging them to interview Afro-Latinos from our very own CHEC community. They learned of the presence of African cultural influence in the Caribbean islands and many Spanish-speaking countries. Learning these realities is helping them to grow as mental and social beings. They are learning that their history is rich and deep, and that they are not so "foreign" as peers after all.





FEBRUARY’S FACULTY MEETING WILL BE THIS WEEK, ON FEBRUARY 9

The PGT will be continuing their series on Trauma Informed educational practices.


LIBRARY UPDATE
Submitted by Angela Martinez and Angela Falkenberg

News from the Library

The dawning of a new semester is a great time to start thinking about how to make your students’ end of semester portfolio presentations authentic and impactful!  Your school library is here to help you in this endeavor.  Here are some useful tools:
Canvas (https://dcps.instructure.com) – Organize your class content, manage and grade student work submissions, host discussions amongst students, etc. Students can also upload and organize their work onto digital portfolios using Canvas.  Since students will always have access to their Canvas accounts this is a great way for students to save work from year to year.

NoodleTools (www.noodletools.com) – Website students can use to organize research and create citations.  It’s a very user-friendly website and will help our students become more prepared for college and career level research. Organized research + quality bibliographies = Awesome presentations!

25 Book Campaign Info Page (https://dcps.instructure.com/courses/31610/pages/25-book-campaign) – Information, tutorials, and resources lists created in hopes of making the 25 Book Campaign more accessible and feasibly to all students and teachers.

As always, if you ever have any questions about any of these websites please let your school librarian know angela.falkenberg@dc.gov or angela.martinez@dc.gov). We’re also happy to help if you are looking for new or additional resources to teach your class content.
Canvas Spotlight

Mr. Magee uses Canvas to have his students submit assignments. Mr. Magee set up assignments with all the GRASP details, exemplars, and necessary documents, which cuts down the amount of papers he needs to copy for class while also ensuring that students can access the materials easily when they need them.  After students submit their work on Canvas Mr. Magee is able to use the Speed Grader feature to provide specific feedback and comments to student's work and return it to them with the click of a button. Students can then resubmit their assignments as needed. This allows for his students to engage in the revision cycle seamlessly.  It also allows for students and teachers to look back through the revision cycle, which is especially helpful during portfolio presentations when students want to show the progression of their work.

If you would like to set up assignments in your own classes, please talk to your school librarian for more information.




SHOUT OUTS

Shout out to Ms. West, the counselors, and all teachers who participated in the cluster fair!!!
  • Kudos to all counselors for national school counseling week!!
  • Shout out to the librarians for their great library displays!!
  • Kudos to the ELA and Math teams for their data analysis and data talks!!!!

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, February 1, 2017. The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 15. 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!
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
Submitted by Suzannah Weiss



 
Please join the PE Department for



This week; DANCE AEROBICS!

Classes start at 9am, 12pm and 2pm
Dress to Dance... Sweat... Move... Transform...

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:
CLIMATE

We have started  the  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!!!

This IS A REMINDER ABOUT THE Student of the Week Program. Any staff member can nominate a student, for academic or mission related accomplishments. Please send your nominations by email to M. Tukeva.

PLEASE NOMINATE STUDENTS OF THE WEEK!
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