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Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO Weekly Newsletter
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Principal's Message
Springtime is here!  This newsletter highlights upcoming events and previews what is going on at Eliot-Hine Middle School.
 
Springtime in DCPS means testing, testing, testing. The most significant assessment of the year for our students is here, PARCC. Parents, please ensure that your child gets enough rest during April and May. Also, ensure that students have a hearty breakfast at home or arrive at school early to have breakfast in the cafeteria.  We want our students to be focused and ready for this long month of testing.  We will test our students by grade level for the PARCC assessment.

Please see the schedule below:
 
April 17-20th 8th-grade PARCC testing
April 24-26th 7th grade PARCC testing
May 1-3rd 6th-grade PARCC testing
May 7-18th Make-up testing for all grades. 
 
As we end PARCC testing, we will begin our district-wide assessments of RI(reading inventory), IREADY (math assessment), Stamp (Only 8th grade) and DC Health P.E. test. All of these windows open during the last couple of weeks of PARCC testing and remain open until the middle of May.  As a school community, we will have some fun activities for our students throughout the days to maintain student morale.
 
Parents if you have any questions about testing, please contact the school at 202-939-5380.
 
In pursuit of excellence,
Eugenia Young
Eliot-Hine Principal

 
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.
Important Updates

Spring Break! No school March 26-30th.

PTO Meeting Wednesday April 11th at 6pm
 
8th Grade Information: Thank you to all those that attended the 8th grade parent meeting. Please see attached 8th grade parent letter and 8th grade EOY trip.  Please note that the 1st deposit is due on Friday, April 30th. 

Re-Enrollment for SY 18 - 19 will begin on Monday, April 2nd. The full enrollment packet can be found online at https://enrolldcps.dc.gov/node/71​ Re-enrolling your child early helps us plan and prepare for the upcoming 2018 - 19 school year.

It's Science Fair Project time! Please review your student's progress and see this letter from the science teacher for details.

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.

Beginning April 2nd, parents of secondary students will receive notifications by text for periods their student has been marked absent. These text messages will link to the DCPS Attendance webpage

7th and 8th grade parents please read the attached letter regarding long-term substitute for P.E.

Coming soon!: PBIS outing to see Black Panther, $30 Eagle bucks

April 7 & 8 - USA Science & Engineering Festival is at the Washington Convention Center with lots of great hands-on activities for kids and adults.

The Office of the Student Advocate will be hosting a Special Education Workshop session on Monday, April 9, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Northeast Library (330 7th St., NE).  Whether you feel your student needs special education services or you have questions/concerns about existing services, come learn what supports are available. This session will answer your questions about navigating special education services, and provide additional information about you and your student’s rights. Not only will you be able to gather information and resources, but you will also have the opportunity to connect with special education experts throughout the District regarding your student’s specific needs.RSVP for this session at http://bit.ly/2G4BeJU.
Registration began March 12th. Download more info and registration details here.

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.

 

Math Updates

All grade levels will be taking a mock PARCC assessment the week of April 9th - April 13th.

​6th grade Math: The module 4 Edcite Assessment should be completed by April 4th. When students return from spring break they will be working on finalizing the assessments. 

Algebra 1:  3 Edcite Assessment should be completed by April 2nd. When students return they will be finalizing the assessments.

Science Updates

At this point, all students should have identified a topic for their 2018 science fair project. All projects are due on Friday, April 6th. During spring break students should be collecting data and conducting their procedures. Please see attached science fair parent letter. Please contact your child's science teacher Ms. Harrington at lakesia.harrington@dc.gov or Mr. Peterson at titus.peterson@dc.gov

7th Grade ELA Updates
- March 19th: Plot and Vocabulary Review (Jeopardy) 
- March 20th: Socratic Seminar
- March 21st: Vocabulary Test
- March 22nd: Final Exam
- March 23rd: Final Exam (Finish/ Make-up)​
- April 2nd- 5th: Writing workshops (Working on body paragraphs and conclusions)


Social Studies Updates
 

6th Grade: Students 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 analyze the major economic systems that have been used throughout 20th century Europe for distributing resources. Regions & economic systems serve as the two lenses for exploring the continent and the people that live there. The unit concludes 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.
 

7th Grade: Students will continue their study of ancient civilizations by learning about Ancient Greece. Students will explore the concept of citizenship by completing the inquiry arc question – How should people treat their government? 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 generate a position on Alexander’s greatness and defend that position orally. Students will display their understanding of their knowledge of Ancient Greece by taking a series of assessments; including formative assessments, quizzes, and exit tickets.

 

 

Network on the red carpet representing for the African American Excellence in Public Education
Letter from the Chancellor

March, 2018
Dear Parents and Families,

Each spring, DC Public Schools (DCPS) students take part in an annual assessment to help us learn more about student and school progress. This assessment is called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).

In a few weeks, students in grades 3 through 8 and students enrolled in Geometry, Algebra, English I, or English II courses will take the PARCC to show what they have learned this year. Your child will participate in the test for three to six days between April 10 and May 23.

As an educator, I share your desire for our children to have rich experiences in school, while also gaining the knowledge they need to be prepared for the next grade, college, or a career. There are many ways to measure students’ learning, including tests. The PARCC is specifically built to measure the skills that students will need to be successful in the future, and along with student grades and teacher reports, will give a full picture of your child’s abilities.

At the school level, we use PARCC results to improve supports for your child. At the district level, the data is used to inform educator training and budget priorities. You can use your child’s results at home as an objective measure of their progress. Please join me and your child’s teachers in encouraging your child to do their best. The results impact local schools and all children in DCPS.

I invite you to visit dcps.dc.gov/parcc to find PARCC resources for parents, including a video that explains scoring and sample test questions. Also, please do not hesitate to reach out to your principal if you have any questions.

As we strive to become a district of both excellence and equity, the PARCC will be an important tool to help us provide every student with unique supports to help them succeed. Thank you for being partners in your child’s education!

With appreciation,
Dr. Amanda Alexander
Interim Chancellor, DC Public Schools
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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