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This week CHEC’s Diversity Inclusion Academy (DIA), which consists of all of our special needs students, their teachers, social workers, and other support staff, are celebrating the beauty of an inclusive environment.  During this week, students will identify their individual strengths and depict their strengths in a personal work of art.  They will then then merge their work with those of others to convey the message that we are stronger when we collaborate with others who are different from ourselves.  

We salute our DIA students and staff during Inclusive Schools Week!  Please take the time to reach out to students and staff to ask about their works of art.


On Friday, December 9st, Instructional Superintendent David Pinder will conduct an Instructional Walkthrough to provide feedback on the overall instructional program here at CHEC.  He will visit 15 to 20 randomly selected classes, along with his assistant, Dr. Fran McCabe.  They will be looking at the Essential Practices, particularly practices 2, 3, and 4, and will be focusing on whether the scope and sequence is being followed, strong standards aligned objectives, alignment of activities and daily assessment to the objectives, and the push for cognitive work being done by students in a student centered classroom.  Once the walk is complete, he will provide feedback to the Administrative Team, who will in turn share the feedback.  Please welcome Dr. Pinder and Dr. McCabe into your classes, and demonstrate our pride, poise and perseverance in instruction!

Submitted by Dr. Amylia Barnett
Upcoming Events for CHEC Arts
Tuesday, December 13, 10 am - 2 pm
6th - 8th grade Field Trip
Washington Ballet's presentation of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theater ​

Wednesday, December 14, 7:45 am to 1 pm
Jazz Band performs at Ward 1 Concert for Seniors at Lincoln Theater
Thursday, December 15, 9 am & 6 pm
Music Department Winter Concert
9 am - Assembly for 6th - 9th grade
6 pm - Community Concert

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 8, 6 pm
International Dinner

Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 am to 2 pm  
Jazz Band performs at Ward 1 Concert for Seniors at Lincoln Theater

Thursday, December 15, 9 am, 2 pm, & 6 pm
Music Department Winter Concert
9 am - Assembly for 6th - 9th grade
2 pm - Assembly for 10th - 12th grade
6 pm - Community Concert
December 5 - December 9, 2016

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


The middle school boys basketball team defeated Oyster Adams but lost to Cardozo.  The JV boys basketball team lost to KIPP. The varsity boys basketball team defeated KIPP but lost to Sherando and Hedgesville. The varsity girls basketball team defeated IDEA.  

Girls Basketball  0 – 0
Boys Basketball  1 – 1

Junior Varsity Basketball 0 – 1
Varsity Girls Basketball    2 – 1
Varsity Boys Basketball   2 – 2


JVB vs. Eastern at 4:00 @ Eastern
Bell Swim Scrimmage at 5:00 @ HD Woodson
VGB vs. Eastern at 6:00 @ Eastern
VBB vs. Eastern at 8:00 @ Eastern

VGB vs. Washington Latin at 6:30 @ CHEC

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

MSGB vs. West at 4:45 @ CHEC
MSBB vs. West at 6:00 @ CHEC

VBB vs. DC MET at 5:00 @ CHEC

No Games
SLC Morning Meeting

SLC Morning Meeting
Department Meeting

Department Meeting

Department Meetings
Faculty Meeting 3:30 pm

No Meetings

CHEC Bellmen Update
Submitted by Demario Hardmon Fort

THANK YOU to those who attended and helped make the staff luncheon last week a success. We hope you learned enough about the program to consider getting involved. If you or someone you know are interested in helping our Bellmen complete activities related to the 6 pillars (physical, mental, spiritual, financial. creative, and social), please send an email to DeMario "Mr. Hardmon" Hardmon-Fort, program coordinator, at dhf@pseaklight.org. You can view the list of tasks participants are challenged with at checbellmen.com. Congrats to Brandon A., Octavious B., Juan S., and DeSean L, Kendric Draper and all the Bellmen who played in the East vs. West All-Star game on Saturday, Dec. 3. The game was tied 16-16 at the buzzer, but we had Bellmen on both teams, so it was a win for us, either way!

Good morning,

CHEC put themselves on the map as a force to be reckoned with at the WUDL Holiday tournament hosted at DC Prep this Saturday. Eric Clarke and Dayonna Queen won 3rd place in the Novice division, the top-ranked team at the tournament with a 3-1 record. Eric Clarke also was named the 2nd place individual speaker, losing first place by 0.1 points to a much more experienced debater. Keep up the good work Ross! -

David Trigaux
Program Director
Washington Urban Debate League

Our dynamic Personal Growth Team will be presenting on Trauma Informed practices.

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 10th, 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! Contact Kaitlin Settle Athmer in A212 x5105 kaitlin.settle@dc.gov for more information!

Submitted by Angela Martinez and Angela Falkenberg

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/courses/32572.  Your username and password for Canvas (to view the link above) is the same as your email login information.


  • Shout out to Ms. Emilius for coordinating the financial literacy workshops!!
  • Shout out to Mr. Hardmon, Dr. Baker Morales, Ms. Whitaker, Mr. Salazar, Ms. Blair, and all members of the EMOC Committee for a wonderful luncheon to highlight the work of our young men!!! Shout outs also to the staff who attended and signed up, and of course to our bellmen!!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Castro and Ms. Brown for the senior convocation!!
  • Shout out to Ms. Pugh, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Castro, Ms. Martinez, Ms. Estrado, and Mr. Gonzalez for doing the holiday 5k with CHEC girls on the run!
  • Shout out to Mr. Winer, Ms. Pugh, Mr. Aguilar, and Ms. Ferreira for organizing the Henrietta Boggs visit!!!
  • Shout out to all departments for powerful professional development sessions!!
  • Kudos to Ms. Patterson, Ms. Kamal, and Dr. Vaglenov for hosting a winter holiday gathering for their students and their parents on last Friday at the mount pleasant library!!! This is a great way to establish relationships!!!

Mind-Body Connection
Submitted by Suzannah Weiss

As promised three Mindfulness Apps you can gift to others or treat yourself.


Omvana is a sleek, easy-to-use app that gives you access to thousands of audio tracks, ambient sounds and narrated guides. You can mix and match tracks and narrations with the Omvana mixing board to fit your mood. It is pretty straightforward to use. You get a few tracks the moment you download the app, and some bonus ones you could download as you continue using the app. All the tracks are of good quality and will give you the moments of zen you need throughout your day. Only a limited amount of content is free of charge, and the rest you have to pay for.

Stop, Breathe and Think (this one is good for kids)

A beautiful app helps you get in touch with your feelings before you start meditating, and is for the most part free and a lovely experience to use. Its paid items are also cheaper than the other apps out there, so might be worth giving it a test run.   It has a clean and intuitive UI that tailors meditations to your current mood, lots of meditations to pick from based on your feelings, as well as an activity tracker that monitors your progress.

Mindfulness Bell

Rings a beautiful Tibetan Singing Bowl at a specified interval - or random intervals - throughout the day. At the beginning of your day, you can set it up and then exit the app. The bell will ring in the background, whether the app is running or not.


The Leadership Team will continue to meet every other Friday this year, and the Academic Leadership Team (ALT) will meet every other Wednesday. The ALT met last Wednesday, November 30, and our next ALT/Leadership Team meeting will be Wednesday, December 14. At this meeting, we will continue to track progress on the comprehensive school plan, and analyze the results of the short cycles. 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!


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.
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.


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.
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