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UPDATE: 4-23-2021

UPDATE: 3-28-2021

Hello CHEC Parents and Families,

We are inviting all parents to a check in virtual meeting with Principal Tukeva on Friday April 2nd at 5:00 PM.  At the meeting  Ms. Tukeva will provide an update on the various student opportunities that will take place during the 4th advisory In Person Learning and Summer School.  The meeting link is below:

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Friday, April 2nd.

Hola padres y familias de CHEC,

Estamos contactando  e invitando a todos los padres a una reunión virtual con nuestra directora de CHEC, la Sra. Tukeva, el viernes 2 de abril a las 5:00 PM. En esta reunión, la Sra. Tukeva compartirá una actualización de las oportunidades de los estudiantes para el 4to Ciclo Escolar Aprendizaje en Persona y la escuela de verano. Adjunto a este mensaje le proporcionamos el enlace de la reunión o puede encontrarlo visitando nuestra página web en

Gracias y esperamos verlos en la reunión el viernes 2 de abril.



Stacey Abrams and Lauren Groh-Wargo
Mar 23, 2021

Update 3-22-2021

Dear CHEC Families:

We are opening more opportunities for In Person Learning in the 4th Advisory. We are committed to maintaining the safe and healthy environment we have created in order to keep all students and staff safe. The 4th Advisory starts on April 13. Please indicate in this survey if you would like to have your child attend an in person learning experience in the 4rh Advisory, and if so, what you would like it to be.   Also, you can visit the school web page at to get the link for the survey.

Please complete and summit this survey for 4th Advisory IPL.

María Tukeva

After months of planning, protests and false starts, D.C. students and teachers head to classes for first time in nearly a year
Precious Ogbunike waits to screen Josh Ramirez, 14, on the first day of in-person classes at Columbia Heights Education Campus in Northwest Washington. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Washington Post)
By Perry Stein, Lauren Lumpkin, Joe Heim and Laura Meckler

Feb. 2, 2021 at 5:33 p.m. EST

After months of planning — of false starts, teacher protests, arbitration, a court filing and a final snow delay — D.C. public schools opened their doors to teachers and students for in-person learning Tuesday for the first time in nearly a year. Read more...
DC teachers' union and school system still in conflict, even as students go back to class
by ABC7 Staff I Tuesday, February 2nd 2021
The principal of the Columbia Heights Education Campus gives a tour of the school before welcoming back students for in-person learning on Tuesday, February 2

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — D.C. Public Schools are welcoming back thousands of students and teachers for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday, as Term 3 begins and school buildings reopen.

However, the D.C. Teacher's Union says they still have serious safety concerns. Read more....
Thousands of DC Public Schools students return
to some classrooms

Melissa Howell
February 2, 2021, 3:15 PM
"There's a little bit of fear and apprehension coming back in a very different way, "said Noel Emilius, an English teacher at Columbia Heights Education Campus who has been vaccinated against COVID-19. "For me personally, I volunteered. I'm very excited."

WTOP/Melissa Howell
A staffer clad in personal protective gear greets students returning to Columbia Heights Education Campus in Northwest D.C. Temperatures are being taken when kids arrive, before they go to their classrooms.

WTOP/Melissa Howell
Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee looks out a classroom window before the school opens Tuesday, during a tour of the school's safety protocols.

WTOP/Melissa Howell
Tuesday marked D.C. Public Schools’ most significant return to in-person learning since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted learning nearly a year ago, with about 9,000 of the District’s 52,000 students back in a classroom. Read more...
As Thousands Of D.C. Students Start Returning To Campuses, Teachers Union Weighs Possible Strike
Debbie Truong  Tyrone Turner
The start of in-person learning at Bell Multicultural School in Washington D.C. Assistant principal for grade 9, Edilberto Galvan, welcomes 9th grader Fatou Gaye for the first day of in-person learning in the District.
Tyrone Turner / WAMU/DCist
Many public schoolchildren in the District returned to classrooms on Tuesday for the first time in nearly a year, while tension between city leaders and the Washington Teachers’ Union intensified after Mayor Muriel Bowser sought a court order that would bar the union from holding a strike. Read more...

Update: 2-2-2020

CHEC is hosting a SYEP session for families to help students complete the application.

The event is on 2/5 at 8:40 and 5:30 using the link below:

Update: 2-1-2020

Dear CHEC Families:

I hope all are well.  Due to inclement weather, DCPS is opening two hours late tomorrow.  This applies to both In Person and Virtual Learning.  If your child is scheduled for In Person Learning tomorrow, they should still come, however their entry time will be later. This is the schedule for tomorrow.  Again, this applies to both In Person and Virtual Learning. There will be no Advisory tomorrow.  Thank you CHEC families, and I look forward to seeing our In Person students tomorrow!

Period 1 -10:40 – 11:45
Period 2 – 11:55- 1:00
Lunch – 1:00- 1:45
Period 3 – 1:45-2:50
Period 4 – 3:00-4:00 pm

Maria Tukeva

Update: 1-29-2020

Hello CHEC Families, 

We hope you are well. Attached, please find the Parent Compact and Consent for Covid 19 testing form for all students attending in-person learning. It is urgent, please complete, sign and return both forms to Dean Avila at The Dean team will also collect printed copies during student arrival.  Also, the forms are available if you visit the school web page at and If you have any question, please contact Dean Avila at 202-271-3578.  

Thank you

Esperamos que este usted y su familia bien.  Usted está recibiendo este mensaje por que su hijo o hija viene la próxima semana a la escuela para aprendizaje en persona. Adjunto, encontrará el formulario de consentimiento  de los padres para que se les puedan administrarles los exámenes de Covid 19 gratis a los estudiantes que asistan al aprendizaje en persona. Tambien le estamos enviando el compromiso que necesitamos que los padres lo firmen.  Complete, firme y devuelva ambos formularios a Sra. Avila al correo electrónico de El equipo del Decano también recolectará copias durante la llegada de los estudiantes.  Tambien, usted puede visitar la pagina de la escuela en y si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor de llamar a la Sra. Avila al 202-271-3578


Link to Middle Schoo Meeting/Enlace de reunion del plan de reapertura

Link to High Schoo Meeting/Enlace Secundaria de reunion del plan de reapertura
Dear Prospective Columbia Heights Education Campus parents and students –use this link if you are interested in speaking with us!


Kojo For Kids: The Election Show

Chicago artist Mac Blackout's new mural encouraging Americans to get out
and vote in the upcoming election. JENNIFER GRIFFIN / UNSPLASH

Monday, Nov 02 2020 12:32 p.m. (ET)

Kojo For Kids welcomes D.C.P.S. government and history teacher Erve Pyram to the show on Monday, November 2 at 12:30. Listen live by streaming the show on this page or by tuning in to 88.5 FM in the Washington, D.C. region. Kids can call in with questions at 800-433-8850.

How can someone get more votes than her opponent but still lose the presidential election? Why is it so hard for D.C. to become a state? How come people in jail can vote in some places but not in others?

American elections and government can be confusing!

But it’s important to understand how we elect our leaders, and how they can be held accountable. From the president to the town clerk, they make decisions that affect nearly every aspect of our lives.

As we approach an election that most voters consider one of the most important — if not the most important — of their lives, we welcome D.C.P.S. government and history teacher Erve Pyram to Kojo For Kids. He’ll help us understand how American democracy works, and why it sometimes doesn’t.

We also welcome the students of our school of the week, D.C.’s Columbia Heights Education Campus, where Mr. Pyram drops knowledge every day.

This show is part of the “Kojo For Kids” series, a Kojo Nnamdi Show segment featuring guests of special interest to young listeners. Though Kojo has been on WAMU 88.5 for 20 years, this is the first time he has had the opportunity to reach out to an audience of kids, most of whom until recently had been in school during our live broadcast. We’re excited to hear from our youngest listeners! Join us!

Produced by Lauren Markoe


Erve Pyram Government and History Teacher, Columbia Heights Education Campus, DCPS; @dcpublicschools



We're here to help...
Dedicated Email:
Dedicated Phone: 571.440.2678
Language Support: 202.203.0346 (Ms. Lora)


Principal / Maria Tukeva / 202-939-7700
Assistant Principal - Grade 9 / Edilberto Galvan/ 202-308-7290
Assistant Principal  - Grade 10 / Taylor West / 201-248-7567
Assistant Principal - Grade 11 & 12, MCA / Oliver Jones / 804-338-9957
Assistant Principal - Grade 11 & 12, MSB / Adrian Thweatt / 240-354-7387
Assistant Principal - Grade 6 & 7 / Roman Smith / 240-273-1732
Assistant Principal - Grades 7 & 8 / Joseph Lewis / 202-670-8903
Director of Operations / Pankaj Rayamajhi / 202-258-4935



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Digital Learning
For emergency school closures
Digital learning is the district's effort of continuing classroom instruction despite and during disruptions due to the COVID-19 closure.
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