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Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO Weekly Newsletter
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Principal Message:

Springtime is here!  This newsletter is to highlight upcoming events as well as a preview of what is going on at Eliot-Hine Middle School.
 
 Enrollment Season is here. Enrollment is very critical to us. We use the enrollment numbers to plan for next school year. Our front office is open from 8am to 5pm daily. Our goal is to have 100% of our 6th and 7th graders enrolled by Friday April 20, 2018. Students who have turned in their enrollment forms and residency verification documents will be invited to participate in an ice cream social on Friday May 4, 2018.  
 
Parents if you have any questions about enrollment, please contact the school at 202-939-5380.
 
In pursuit of excellence
Eugenia Young
Eliot-Hine Principal
 
 
At DC Public Schools, we are committed to each and every one of our students. In order to provide instruction, students must be in school. Attending school every day and receiving instruction and targeted supports keeps students on a path to success.
 
To improve real-time communication with our families, DCPS is now providing notifications through multiple communication methods for every period when your child is not in class. Beginning this week, in addition to daily absence robocalls and email alerts at 7:00 p.m., you will receive notifications throughout the day for every class that your child is absent. These notifications will come via robocall, email, and text message, and will indicate the period that was missed.
 
Attending school every day is critical for the success of our students. If your child’s absence from any period should be excused, please send a written explanation, including any supporting documentation such as a doctor's note, to your child’s school within 5 days of the absence.
Basketball Fever Fundraiser:  
The PTO is planning a silent auction that will be held during the May 10 Basketball Fever Fundraiser.  If you have auction items you'd like to donate or know businesses to contact for donations, please contact Suzanne Wells at m.godec@att.net.
PTO Nominations:  
Serving on the PTO executive board is an important way to contribute to the Eliot-Hine school community.  The PTO has formed a nominating committee to identify candidates to serve on the PTO executive board for SY2018/2019.  Candidates are being sought for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Teacher Representatives.  

The nominating committee is made up of Mandrell Birks (mandrel.birks@dc.gov), Rasa Campbell (rasa.campbell@dc.gov), Brittney DeNeal (brittney.deneal@dc.gov), LaTasha Williams-Tolson (sunshinesmom617@gmail.com), and Suzanne Wells (m.godec@att.net).  

If you are interested in running for any of the PTO executive board positions, please contact one of the nominating committee members by April 16.

 
IMPORTANT: Plans have changed regarding Eliot-Hine's renovation. Students will the spend 2018-19 school year in the building during renovations but during the 2019-20 school year they will move to the trailers currently housing Maury Elementary School. There are three information sessions set up in order to provide more detail to parents and answer any questions.
  1. Community Meeting April 10th at Maury Elementary's multipurpose room.
    • 6pm discussion of the renovation's impact on Maury.
    • 7pm discussion of the impact on Eliot-Hine.
  2. PTO Meeting Wednesday April 11th at 6pm.
  3. Community Meeting April 18th at Eliot-Hine (time TBD).

Scholastic Book Fair: Eliot-Hine"s spring book fair preview day begins on Friday, April 6, 2018. Scholastic has provided books and other items for the book fair. Students are encouraged to bring money for their purchases no later than Friday, April 13th. Small bills are appreciated. Special thanks to the PTO and other donors for their contributions.

Wednesday April 25th Capitol Hill IB Community Night at Eastern HS at 6:00pm
 

All students must be enrolled for 2018 - 2019 school year by May 15th. Current 6th and 7th grade parents should bring their proof of residency to the EH main to complete the pre-printed enrollment documents. The main office is open from 8:00am - 5pm. On Wednesday, April 11th we will be open until 7pm for families to enroll as well as on Saturday, April 21st for Enrollment Saturday from 9am - 12pm. 8th graders should take their proof of residency to our feeder HS (Eastern SHS) The required residency verification guidelines are Attached here.
 

8th Grade IB Projects: ​​8th grade parents, please encourage your students to continue work on their IB Community Projects. Students should be completing the action portion of their project. Groups will be having a progress check with Ms. Davis and AP Lockhart on Thursday April 12.

Eliot-Hine parents: if you are interested in helping our students with their IB Community Projects, please contact Ms. Davis (bess.davis@dc.gov). We would love for parent volunteers to help with research, gathering sources, and putting together PowerPoints.

The parent research buddy dates are:

Wednesday April 11 3:45-4:45pm

Wednesday April 18 3:34-4:45pm

Wednesday May 9 3:45-4:45pm​​


PARCC testing rally will be held on for students on Thursday, April 12th at 2:15 pm 

The PARCC testing schedule is as follows:

8th grade will test April 17th - April 20th 
7th grade will test April 24th - April 26th 
6th grade will test May 1st - May 3rd 

What can you do to support your student during the upcoming assessment time? We need to make sure that everyone is in the building on time and ready to go. If you are a driver, please leave early. Students who arrive late are required to miss the current testing session and take a make-up later on. These can really add up. Every minute counts. Make sure that your bus rider or metro rider leaves on the earlier bus and train to avoid potential delays. If your child is a walker, then hurry them up and out of the house. Finally, please do not schedule appointments during the testing times.

EH/Maury ES/Eastern HS Clean up Day on Friday, April 20th (Earth Month). Students will meet at the front steps of Eliot-Hine at 3:30pm.

April 5, 2018
Dear Eliot-Hine Community,

Yesterday, DCPS Facilities met with the School Improvement Team (SIT) to discuss new updates to the modernization plan. The updates presented new information regarding the overall design of the modernized building and the swing plans for School Years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
A feasibility study was conducted last year to determine the best path forward for modernizing Eliot-Hine. The study concluded that the building footprint could remain as is, and construction would only consist of full interior renovation of the building. This plan referenced an internal “swing” at Eliot-Hine, meaning that part of the building will be under construction while the school occupies another part of the building that is not being disturbed by construction. The feasibility study is used as a launching point to inform the project architect’s modernization design.

This year, the modernization design team picked up where the feasibility study left off and determined that the current layout presents several inefficiencies—only renovating the building will not address circulation, connectivity, and functionality challenges. The current modernization design, presented yesterday to the SIT, addresses circulation and all programmatic needs by ensuring that students have multiple paths to the core building space and enhanced program spaces. This will be accomplished by demolishing the back two buildings, and constructing an addition that connects all of the Eliot-Hine spaces along the north side, while preserving the historical features of the campus. We believe that this is the best solution for the Eliot-Hine modernization.

As a result of this improved plan, Eliot-Hine will now swing internally for SY 2018-2019, and swing in the adjacent trailers during SY 2019-2020, when Maury vacates them. Again, the new design will demolish the two back Eliot-Hine buildings, one of which houses the current Maury swing space multipurpose room. As a result of this change, DCPS will install a kitchen trailer and multipurpose tent onsite at Maury swing space (when?). After Maury leaves their trailers, the kitchen trailer and multipurpose tent will be used by Eliot-Hine. The use of Maury’s trailers will also allow for new construction and historic preservation to occur in the building without direct disruption and impact to student learning during SY 2019-2020. Swinging in trailers for the second year also grants the architects more design flexibility to produce the most efficient building possible.

During SY 2018-2019, a “buffer zone” between active construction and learning has been accounted for to separate students and staff from the construction as much as possible. However, internal swing presents its own challenges. Construction, can be disruptive and has potential to create disturbances throughout the day. Moving the program further away from active construction in the second year of will positively impact Eliot-Hine’s students in the interim. It is our goal to have major abatement and demolition (a very loud process) to begin Summer 2018 and be completed by the return of students in the August 2018. Once again, we believe that this is an improvement to the Eliot-Hine modernization.

The Project timeline has not changed and we are still on target for a modernization completion in August 2020. The SIT presentation slides are posted to the Eliot-Hine modernization website with meeting notes to be posted shortly. We are currently coordinating a Eliot-Hine Community meeting inthe upcoming weeks to further elaborate the changes of swing plans for Eliot-Hine. If you have further questions, please contact Oni Hinton, oni.hinton@dc.gov.
Registration began March 12th. Download more info and registration details here.
ELA UPDATES


ELA 7th Grade:

On Monday, we will be starting our next unit: "My Hero Self". Students will be exploring the concept of heroism from multiple vantage points. The anchor text for this unit is: The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm. Parents, please encourage students to turn in their Call of the Wild ​books. 

 

6th Grade ELA:

Please submit Spring Break Packets by Monday April 9th. We will be starting our new novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry next week. We are accepting donations of pillows for our reading corner. Please donate pillows to Ms. Eubanks's classroom.​

staff luncheon- a great way to connect and build relationships. Lunch provided by a very generous parent!!
Box Tops
Now's the time to send these little guys in. Tell grandma and friends and neighbors to clip and save -- each one is worth 10 cents cash! There's a collection can in the office.
Fundraisers to Support Eliot-Hine

French Toast - uniforms; enter code for our school to get donation back 

Lands' End - uniforms; enter Preferred School number 900183518 (you can look it up, too) to get donation back

Amazon Smile - if you shop at Amazon.com, access the site through smile.amazon.com and select Eliot-Hine PTO as your charity.  Amazon donates .5% to your charity of choice for eligible items, which doesn't sound like much, but we earn over $100/year with this program.  Getting out-of-town family to sign up is easy, too.

Boxtops - if you see a pink Boxtop symbol on your cereal or snackbars or ziploc bags, cut it out and turn it in to the Main Office.  We get $0.10 for every Boxtop when we turn them in twice a year.
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