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Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO Weekly Newsletter
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Eliot-Hine's Ski Team hits the slopes at Liberty Mountain Resort. Read more about our trip on our blog. Want to participate? See Coach Harris about our next trip on February 23rd.
Principal Welcome:
Welcome to another great month at Eliot-Hine Middle School! This newsletter is to
highlight upcoming events as well as a preview of what is going on at Eliot-Hine
Middle School.

Community service is important to our school community. Our 8th graders made
valentine cards for the DC Office on Aging for DC seniors. The cards are going in the
Seniors February meal delivery. Our next community service project will involve
making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Martha’s Table. Currently Ms. Davis
is finalizing the date, we are shooting for the first week in March. This community
service event is open to any student, parent or staff in our school community. Once
we have the date confirmed we will include it in our next newsletter.

If you have any questions you may contact our main office 202-939- 5380.

Always in Service
Eugenia Young
Eliot-Hine Principal
Principal Update:
We want to inform you that short-term replacement substitutes have been assigned to provide coverage for the 6th and 8th grade English Language Arts classes. In the meantime, Ms. Davis our ELA Instructional Coach will support by providing appropriate lesson plans for each day. These plans are created with DCPS English 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.
Important Dates

Wednesday, February 14th at 5:30pm there will be a viewing of the NAACP red carpet footage of Mr. Birk's trip followed by the PTO meeting at 6pm.

The Honor Roll Assembly will be held on Thursday, February 15th at 9 am. Students on honor roll received invitations.

Friday, February 16th - Professional Development for Staff, No School for Students
 
Monday, February 19th - President's Day. No School for Students and Staff  ​​

SAVE THE DATE - Student Led Conferences will be held on Friday, March 3rd.
 
Spring Clubs have started and it is not too late for your student to join the following clubs: Junk Art, Culture Club, Dance, Yoga and Student Council. Students can still sign up by attending the clubs on their meeting days. The clubs meet on the following days and times:
  • Student Council, Mondays at 3:45pm 
  • Yoga, Tuesdays at 3:45pm 
  • Junk Art Club, Wednesdays at 3:45pm 
  • Culture Club, Thursdays at 3:45pm
Interested in Volunteering - Please see here to complete the DCPS Volunteer Clearance Process: https://dcps.dc.gov/page/volunteer-our-schools
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for parents:
  • ​6th grade Science Project & Fair
  • IB Showcase
  • Create and coordinate the Reading buddy program 
  • 8th grade Activities   

A big thank you to all parents who reviewed the grading policy and submitted the grading confirmation sheet on behalf of your scholars. If you did not, receive the confirmation sheet from you scholar, please click here or check in with the main office to obtain a copy of the grading policy document.

Have you moved? Do you have a new email or phone number?  If so, please update your information in the main office. 
7th Grade ELA Important dates:
Progress Reports: 2/7
Mid-Unit Exam: 2/15
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

7th Grade Social Studies
We will be continuing our study of Ancient China. Students will be focusing on how geographic conditions led to high population density. Students will continue their exploration into the concept of civilization by answering the inquiry arc question: “How should a government treat its people?” During this inquiry arc, students will explore how the Huang He River’s flood zone led to an advanced agricultural economy and how the abundance of natural resources and geographic barriers allowed China to operate in relative isolation for thousands of years. Students will understand the teachings of Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism and explain which philosophy they think is the most effective.  Students will collect evidence throughout the unit to construct and defend a claim.
 
Mr. Richardson's 7th grade students: 
Final Drafts of National History Day Project due Friday Feb 9th 
Students will have an opportunity to present their projects...date to be announced. The theme for this year's projects is Conflict & Compromise in History.
 

8th Grade Social Studies Updates

Students will be starting Unit 5 "We the People". Students will be engaged in the following inquiry arc: "Did the Constitution create the best government possible?" Our first topic of study will be exploring Congressional Hearings.

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.
             Feeder Family IB Night
Friends and feeder families were at Eliot-Hine on the evening of Feb. 7 to learn about the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme. Eliot-Hine's IB coordinator Bess Davis (bess.davis@dc.gov) and Eastern's Liz Braganza (elizabeth.braganza@dc.gov) explained what IB looks like in the middle years, which is whole-school and cross-content, and what it's like as an 11th and 12th grader in the college-level courses. An example of cross-content is the 7th grade's exploration of human resilience. They're reading Jack London's Call of the Wild, survival articles, and asking what it means to be a survivor -- not only in the wild, but in today's world where not everyone has access to clean water and food. This ties in with the 8th grade's community service, where students will be making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the hungry at Martha's Table. This approach to learning and fostering student connections to others in the community is what it's all about. In high school, students who opt in to IB, whether they take some IB classes based upon their interest, or do the full IB program, will benefit from the depth and rigor of these 2-year classes that focus on research, writing, and performance. The assessments are done at multiple points throughout the courses, and are in different formats (essay, creative writing, and oral), graded by professionals outside of the school, ensuring that the IB program quality is consistent. To learn more about IB, go to http://www.ibo.org/.
 
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 pamela.prescott@dc.gov. 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 pamela.prescott@dc.gov 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 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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