Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO Weekly Newsletter
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Students who made the Honor Roll for the 2nd Term.
Important Updates

PTO Meeting Wednesday March 14 at 6pm

Picture Day is Thursday, March 15th. All students except for 8th grade are required to wear their uniforms for their pictures. 8th grade boys should wear a collared shirt with a tie. 8th grade girls should wear a dress blouse with necklace optional. Download a form here.

The Next IB Community Info meeting is 3/20 at Eastern High at 6pm. The session will focus on the IB teacher experience & the student experience. Come learn more about how to support your student and your school.

Community Project Updates: As an International Baccalaureate MYP school, all 8th graders are required to research, plan, implement, and present on a community project of their choosing. 8th graders, please continue working on your Community Projects. All 8th graders should be working on the "Action" portion of their project and documenting their progress in their Progress Journals. The service (Action) portion of the project must be complete by April 27. Please see your advisor, Ms. Johnson, or Ms. Davis if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Does your 8th grader still need community service hours? If so, there are two opportunities next week where they can hours. On Wednesday, March 7th students will make peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for Martha's Table and then on Friday, March 9th students will conduct a neighborhood clean up with Maury ES. See Ms. Davis for additional details on either projects or for community students forms. 8th grade Family meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14th at 7pm, immediately following the PTO meeting.

Panaroma Social Emotion Learning Survey (for all grade levels) -  Please be on the lookout for the survey in US postal mail or an e-mail from the Panorama Education Team The survey will be discussed during the March PTO meeting.

Period Phone Calls - Blackboard has begun making period phone calls to parents notifying them that their child was absent for each designated period.  Please have a conversation with your scholar about the importance of attending each period throughout the day and on-time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Prescott, Attendance Counselor at 202.939.5380 or via email at

Clicks for Kids: Our school has entered the WTOP Clicks for Kids contest to try to raise some money for school initiatives.  As a relatively small school, we need all of you, your friends, neighbors and families to vote on our behalf.  The contest is based purely on votes; schools with the most votes win the money that WTOP is giving away. Voting takes less than a minute - you simply select DC(PS) as the school district, find Eliot-Hine from the pull-down list, and enter your email and zip code.  Please vote daily between 3/05 and 5pm on 3/16!  Anyone age 13 or over is eligible to vote as long as they have an email address, so some of our E-H 7th graders and our 8th graders are able to vote as well.  With enough clicks, Eliot-Hine has a chance to win some funds that will be used to support robust classroom libraries.
Here's the link:  Please share with anyone who may be interested in supporting Eliot-Hine, and VOTE DAILY!

Congratulations to the Students of the Month:

6th grade: Malik Garrett & Savon Dye

7th grade: Cemaj Ray & Monet Davis

8th grade: Nathaniel McCallister & Markyla Jones

Congratulations to staff of the Month:

Ms. Cooper, Staff of the Month 

Ms. Soto, Teacher of the Month 

The DCIAA is pleased to announce that this summer we will have our inaugural middle school sports program. The DCIAA will partner with DCPS summer school on this endeavor and students will have the option to participate in summer school in the morning and the sport program in the afternoon. However, students can participate in the sports program solely.

What sports are included in the summer program? Students will be exposed to three sports: soccer, baseball/softball, and archery. Students will participate in all three sports and will be provided with the equipment associated with that sport.

The DCIAA will host this program at four sites:
Anacostia High School
Eastern High School
Columbia Heights Education Campus
Brookland Middle School

Important Information:
The sports program will begin Monday, June 25, 2018 and end Friday, July 27, 2018. The sports program will take place Monday- Friday from 1PM- 5PM (Summer school will be 8AM -12PM). Students enrolled in summer school will be provided lunch and then transition to the sports program. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a DCPS school, be a rising 6-8 grader, complete the registration link below and have a Universal Health Certificate(UHC) Form/ Parental Consent Form that does not expire prior to July 27, 2018. This program is free to all students

How to Register? Parents must register their children by using the link below. Please note that the registration process will close on March 15, 2018. We will not accept late registration forms. Forms can be found here.

For questions regarding the summer program, please contact Dwayne Foster, Deputy Director of Athletics -
Diana Parente
Executive Director, DCIAA
The Junk Art Club is starting an "eye project."  The club members are drawing each other's eyes onto pieces of Ikea bed slats that had been thrown in the trash.  This art project teaches the club members the steps involved in drawing a human eye, and it also asks them to explore what you can tell about a person from their eyes. Plans are underway to display the "eye project" at the Hill Center's Young Artists Gallery this summer.
Students and Families,
We want to inform you that a short-term replacement substitute has been assigned to provide coverage for the 6th grade Math classes. In the meantime, Mr. Freeman our Dean of Students & Academics will support by providing appropriate lesson plans for each day. These plans are created with DCPS Match curriculum that aligns with common core standards. This will ensure that the class does not fall behind and all students receive the support they need to be successful. It is important to us that our school environment remains conducive to learning and that teacher absences do not impact the academic instruction of our students. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the main office at 202-939-5380.
Yours in Education,
Eugenia Young

English Languish Arts (ELA)
6th Grade: Students will be continuing their year-long study of empowerment through texts and learning experiences in Unit 3. During the course of Unit 3 “Embracing Heritage”, students dive into the immigration experience that is foundational to the United States. Students will read fictional and true stories about immigrants whose lives are changed upon arriving in this country, and they will craft arguments about social issues that affect their communities. Students will read and write poetry about the immigrant experience while learning about poetic devices and figurative language that poets use to increase the emotional weight of their poems. The anchor text for this unit is: Inside Out and Back Again.
- Source consulted: DCPS Secondary Literacy Scope and Sequence
7th Grade: Unit 3 is the third installation in a year-long focus on human resilience. In Unit 1, students read and wrote about the evolving nature of getting older. In Unit two, they read about the warrior Melba Patillo and interviewed a real world warrior in order to determine how they are and can be warriors and positive change-makers. By the end of this third unit, students will see themselves as empowered survivors, able to thrive in the face of challenge. In Call of the Wild, Buck teaches us that survival is about being adaptable. While this sometimes means being competitive and looking out for one’s self it can also involve looking out for one’s pack. In every instance, survival requires perseverance and a refusal to accept the status quo. This unit will allow teachers and students the opportunity to make strong, deep connections between the lessons that Buck teaches the reader and the adolescent world our students inhabit.
- Source consulted: DCPS Secondary Literacy Scope and Sequence. If you would like to receive homework updates via text, please email your phone number to Ms. DeNeal ( Office hours Tuesdays: 3:30-5:00pm
Important dates:
Final Exam: 3/15 - 3/16
Vocabulary Test: 3/20
ANET: 3/21- 3/23
Spring Break: 3/24 - 4/1
Quarter Ends: 4/6
8th Grade: In Unit 3 "The Road (Not) Taken," students are encouraged to explore the ideas of individuality and conformity. Students will read a variety of fiction and non-fiction that evaluates both individuality and conformity as a right, a burden, and a responsibility. Students will be exploring the following essential questions: "How is conformity a right, a burden, and a responsibility? How is individuality both risky and rewarding for the individual and society?​" The anchor text for this unit is: To Kill A Mockingbird.
Social Studies (Mr. Evans): 

6th Grade: 6th grade students will continue their regional study of the world by investigating the physical & human geography of the various regions of Europe. After comparing & contrasting these regions, students will analyze the major economic systems that have been used throughout 20th century Europe for distributing resources. Regions & economic systems will serve as the two lenses for exploring the continent and the people that live there. The unit will conclude by considering the economic, political, and social impact the evolution of the European Union has had on uniting nations, particularly as countries like the United Kingdom start a shift away from the economic, political, and military cooperation that have characterized post-World War II Europe. Ultimately, students will research certain characteristics of countries’ unity in order to answer the question, “Is Europe more powerful together or apart?”
7th Grade: 7th grade students are focusing on how citizens should treat their government.  This is the contrast of the last unit which focused on how government should treat its citizens.  Students will identify how geography led to the emergence of city-states and then as part of the Greek Government Cornerstone they will compare the different conceptions of citizenship in the different governments of the city-states of Ancient Greece. Students will understand Alexander the Great’s achievements and assess his actions. Students will also generate a position on Alexander’s greatness and defend that position. ​


DCPS students and their families are invited to an exclusive one-night-only event at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum on Friday, March 16th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Students will have the opportunity to learn about spacesuits and meteorites, have free admission to the planetarium, go on scavenger hunts, and more! (

Registration is open for Sports On The Hill spring sports: soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, tball, boys basketball clinicand volleyball. Space is available for most sports, but don't delay - registration. For spring break camps for soccer and mixed sports, click here.  For summer camps for soccer, basketball, mixed sports, or lacrosse, click here.


For kids between the ages of 8 and 14 who love to sing (split by age between junior and senior divisions), the American Youth Chorus (AYC) is a musical education program that introduces children to DC's community of singers, musicians, dancers, and other performers, and grounds its music education in teaching historical contexts and values of social justice. AYC - which has had opportunities to perform at the White House, Kennedy Center, many assisted living facilities, and other amazing places - rehearses at CHAW (the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop) just south of Eastern Market. AYC does have a membership fee, but financial aid and full scholarships are available for those who could use it - no one is ever turned away from joining because of financial need. Check us out if you’re interested.  American Youth Chorus (AYC):
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.
DCPS Attendance Protocol and Policy: Things to Remember
Important: please provide a note for any absence as soon as possible (day of or soon after) to The note can be emailed to her or brought to her office next to the school entrance. It is also suggested that you email your child's teachers so that they can plan accordingly.
1. Students that miss two class periods will automatically be counted as being absent for the entire school day.
2. Students must submit a note from their parents to be excused from being absent from school. DCPS' list of reasons an absence can be excused are limited to:
  • Death in the family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious holiday
  • Court summons
  • School activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School visit (tours, interviews, etc.)
Notes can be provided as paper notes or as emails from the parent or guardian to our Attendance Counselor, Mrs. Prescott. If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Mrs. Prescott, at or by calling (202) 939-5380.
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, access the site through 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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