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WELCOME

Welcome to SY 21-22! We look forward to another exciting year of learning.
HEALTH PROTOCOLS

We implement current CDC protocols. Masks are worn by all students and staff.
STUDENT HANDBOOK

This resource describes all school policies and procedures, academics and conduct.
SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE

The School Day is 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Students will have 40 minutes for lunch.
WEEKLY PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
VIRTUAL MEETING EVERY WEDNESDAY @10AM

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MISSION STATEMENT

"All students who graduate from our Dual Language Immersion Early College Campus will be prepared to succeed in college and civic life as leaders in the quest for social justice and anti-racism. We develop intellectually curious, self-motivated scholars who are articulate communicators in two languages, critical thinkers and consumers, cultural ambassadors, and contributing community members. We focus on socio-emotional learning as a key part of our program for students and staff. We demonstrate perseverance, ethics and character in the pursuit of excellence. Restorative practices are the foundation of our school climate, as we enhance relationships and build community. As lifelong learners in the pursuit of excellence and innovation, we foster a growth mindset through which  teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members all collaborate to achieve goals and overcome obstacles. We utilize technology responsibly to personalize learning and support the learning process across distance. We trust one another to continually improve our practices."

ADMINISTRATION

UPCOMING EVENTS / INSTRUCTIONAL CALENDAR


MISSION AWARD RECIPIENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2021

RODRICUS FICKLIN
OFFICER TIERRA JORDAN
AKASH REZA
LEALA BOWENS
ANGELA NAJAM
PRIOR MONTHS
SHARAE BELTON - OCTOBER
LANCE SWINTON - OCTOBER
ERIC WASHINGTON - OCTOBER
HURLEY ODOM - SEPTEMBER
JORDAN STOUCH - OCTOBER
CHEVANIECE MARSHALL- SEPTEMBER
TELAVIV DEGOLACION - SEPTEMBER

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHEC UNITY DRESS CODE FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2021-22
 
 

RECENT PRESS
Senior John Stoddard is the heart and soul for Bell, which enters the playoffs with an 8-1 record. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The multi-purpose field where Bell Multicultural High’s football team practices, is just 80 yards long and full of commotion. Located in busy Columbia Heights, neighborhood kids are often seen playing soccer on it as the Griffins train.
Still, one voice pierces through the noise. Turn me up fam. Run that [expletive] rock, three. Go get that fool, go get that.

It belongs to linebacker John Stoddard, whose mouth, and motor, are always running as he has helped guide Bell (8-1) to a standout season that continues Friday against McKinley Tech in the Stripes division of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs.

“Initially, you almost want to harness him, but then you see how he plays and the impact that he has on his teammates and you can’t help but embrace it,” Coach Daniel Tyson said. “He’s our energy guy, the heartbeat of our program, and his overt passion for the game of football propels us forward as a team.”

Despite his relatively slender build at 6 feet, 170 pounds, Stoddard is a heat-seeking tackler and a willing blocker from his hybrid H-back/tight end position on offense. He’s a constant presence on the field — and in opponents’ ears.

“I’ve just always loved the game of football, and when you really love it, you just got to play it the way you know how to play it,” Stoddard said. “Where I grew up, only rules was playing hard and talking [trash], so that’s what I do.”

Stoddard’s mother, Lizzie Stoddard-Hughes, and stepfather, James Hughes, say a scary moment is what prompted their kid’s free-flowing confidence. When Stoddard was 9 years old he was struck by a car while playing pickup football in the street. While everyone panicked, Stoddard smiled at his mother and said: “I’m fine, ma. Remember, I am Superman.”

The Bell Griffins captured their first DCIAA title since 2015. (Michael Errigo/TWP)

As his teammates lined up to get their championship medals, Bell senior midfielder Guillermo Villalta took a moment to himself. He walked off into a largely empty area of the turf field at Dunbar High, removed his shin guards and started to cry.

As he did so, teammate Dennis Escobar saw Villalta standing by himself and called to him.

“You told us, man,” Escobar said. “You told us we were going to win this. That this was the year.”

Villalta put the hard plastic shin guards in his mouth and bit down hard, hoping to stop more tears from coming.

The night had been overwhelming. Villalta’s team had just captured its first D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title since 2015 in the most dramatic fashion, scoring a last-second goal to topple Wilson, 2-1.

“It’s emotional, man,” Villalta said. “We wanted this bad. We lost our first three games of the season, and everybody doubted us. But we never doubted ourselves.”


SOCIAL MEDIA HUB

At CHEC, there is power in student voice, and it isn't a voice that teachers can give. We don't give voices here. We make space for students interested in learning how to fight for their lives, our lives, and their nation. From discussion about the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 in communities of color, to immigration reform, housing descrimination, mass incarceration, police brutality our students are ready, willing and able to engage in courageous conversations.
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