SHMS Family Newsletter

July 10, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Stuart-Hobson community,

I hope everyone is having a safe, relaxing, and engaging summer break! Thank you to everyone who joined us to walk or support the Cluster community at the Capitol Hill Community Fourth of July Parade last week.

The families of returning 7th and 8th grade students should receive their student's Term 4 report card and school year 2022-23 schedule in the mail by the end of the week. New families and rising 6th graders enrolled by July 15th should expect to receive a copy of their schedule in the mail by August 1st. If you have any questions about your student's schedule please reach out to an administrator during the summer and a school counselor once the school year begins. Please note that schedules are subject to change as we finalize staffing for the upcoming school year.

Below you will find our finalized uniform policy, sign-up information for Panther Pride Academy, a recommended supply list, some opportunities to connect with us this summer, and a few other updates to help everyone begin gearing up for next school year. If your student has not begun already, encourage them to get going with the Summer Zearn Challenge so they are eligible for rewards, recognition, and incentives when school begins next year.

We will be back in touch towards the end of the month and look forward to seeing some students around for Math programming this coming week!

Warm regards,

Eric Fraser


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Upcoming Dates: July & August

Upcoming Dates

  • July 5 - August 5, DCPS Summer School, Acceleration, and Enrichment programs
  • July 11-22, Summer Math Acceleration: Rising 6th Graders, 9 am - 11 am
  • July 11-22, Summer Math Acceleration: Rising 7th Graders,12 pm - 2 pm
  • July 25 - August 5, Summer Math Acceleration: Rising 8th Graders, 9 am - 11 am
  • July 25 - August 5, Summer Debate Institute (flyer below)
  • August 1, After-School All-Stars registration opens, 9:00 AM
  • August 9-12, Panther Pride Academy for Rising 6th Graders and New Students, 9:00-4:30 PM
  • August 9, 9:30 AM, 6th Grade Parent Orientation
  • August 19 & 22-26, Pre-Service Week for Teachers and Staff
  • August 23, School Year 2022-23 Family Orientation, 6:00-7:30 PM (virtual)
  • August 29, First Day of School for Students
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Athletics Schedule

***We are accepting athletic forms for SY2022 - 2023 and the Fall Sports listed below***

Participation Form: All students must complete a participation packet every school year. Additionally, the medical forms must be completed within the prior 365 days. We encourage you to have your healthcare provider complete these forms before the school year and attach them to your participation packet: MS/ES Participation Packet.

Click on the link below to submit the athletic forms online.


Head Coach: Myron Alston



Summer Football Camp

Session 1: July 12th - August 2nd

Tuesday: (Practice) 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Thursday: (Practice) 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Head Coach: Stanley Stancil



Head Coach: TBA

Boys' Cross-Country

Head Coach: Taurus McGhee


Girls' Cross-Country

Head Coach: Mark Smith


Girls' Soccer

Head Coach: Dexter Batts


Boys' Soccer

Head Coach: Diego Suarez


Assistant Coach: Richard Strong



Head Coach: TBA

Questions? Email our physical education teacher and Athletic Director, Mr. Strong, at

Coaching Vacancies: SY 2022-23

Head Coach: Cheerleading (Fall Season)

Head Coach: Volleyball (Fall Season)

Head Coach: Girls Bowling (Winter Season)

Head Coach: Wrestling (Winter Season )

Head Coach: Co-Ed Lacrosse (Spring Season)

Interested candidates or volunteers should send a resume to Athletic Director Strong,

DCPS Calendar

Updated calendars for DCPS are available at this link.

Shout Outs and Celebrations

Thanks to the students, families, and staff who joined us at the Barracks Row 4th of July Parade!

Use this form to shout out a staff member or team. Shout-outs will find their way into staff meetings, newsletters, and mailboxes. Thank you!

You can find the latest edition of our student paper, The Panther Gazette, online for easy access anytime and on-the-go!

New Information and Important Updates

Panther Pride Academy for New Students!

We hope that all new students and families can join us for our annual Panther Pride Academy from August 9-12, 9:00-4:30 PM. While most attendees will be rising 6th graders, we invite any new student or family member to sign-up!

During Panther Pride, students will begin building community and familiarize themselves with school staff and routines. We will practice opening lockers, transitioning from classes, practicing morning entry routines, literacy and math work, and having fun! This year, students will spend the mornings, 9:00-12:30 with school staff, and have the option of joining our after-care provider, After School All Stars (ASAS) for additional programming in the afternoons and all day on Friday, August 12th. Here's an easy version of the schedule to help you plan for your student:

9:00-12:00, Panther Pride Academy with SHMS teachers & staff

12:00-1:00, Lunch and recess with SHMS & ASAS staff

1:00-4:30, Enrichment with ASAS staff

*Note that Friday's program is 9:00-4:30 with ASAS staff

**A brief orientation for new families will take place on Tuesday, August 9 from 9:30-10:30 with Principal Fraser.

All events will take place here at SHMS and we hope you can sign up! If you or your student are unable to attend, know that we will cover much of the same material, practice, and learning during subsequent orientations for grade levels and the full school.

If you have any questions you can reach out to Counselor Williams,, AP Turner,, or Principal Fraser,

After-School All-Stars Panther Pride Academy Information & Registration

Happy Summer Stuart Families! We hope your summer break has gotten off to a great start. We’re After-School All-Stars, the primary afterschool provider at Stuart Hobson, focusing on high quality youth development programs.

In partnership with Stuart Hobson’s Summer Bridge opportunity, we’ll be offering a variety of fun activities from August 9 – 12. If you’re interested and want to ensure your child doesn’t miss out on these fun activities, use the link below to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Marrett at:

We look forward to engaging your child(ren) during Summer Bridge week!

DC - 2022-2023 ASAS Registration - English (

After-School All-Stars—DC Chapter

School Supply List

The following general school supply list will support your student in a successful start to the school year.

General School Supplies

  • Black or Blue Pens
  • Pencils and Pencil Sharpener
  • 2-4 Composition Books
  • 2-4 Spiral Bound Notebooks
  • Crayons, Color Markers, and Color Pencils
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks
  • 3 ring binder(s) are recommended to help students organize for multiple classes

When planning to organize your student and their supplies, please remember that students will have 4 core classes (Math, Science, Social Studies, and ELA) and 2 electives (e.g. physical education, band, Spanish, etc.).

*Please contact school leadership or a member of the student support team for support with procuring school supplies*

Additional supplies may be required based on individual courses. These supply lists will be provided by teachers directly to their students/class.

FINAL SY 2022-23 Uniform Policy

Uniform Policy

School uniforms are required while on school property, field trips (before or after school day hours), while attending After School All Stars and school-approved activities after 3:30 PM, unless athletic, dance or other specific apparel is required by the coach/leader.

Uniforms include:

  • Long or short-sleeved solid red polo shirt/t-shirt. SHMS logo optional. Any non-SHMS logo on uniform shirts or sweatshirts must be the size of a $1 bill (1 dollar) or smaller
  • Plain black cotton sweatshirts (front zip or pullover) and knit vests. No hoods.
  • Khaki pants, skirts/shorts, worn at waist level.
  • Comfortable closed-toed shoes or sneakers covering the entire foot. No sandals, slippers, or Crocs.
  • Tops like crewneck t-shirts, sweaters, and sweatshirts (no hoods) that show school pride (e.g. SHMS or CHCS logos).

While students may wear some of the following to and from school, they are expected to avoid wearing all of the following during the school day, on trips, and in after-school activities:
  • Hoods over student's heads while inside school,
  • Outerwear like jackets, fleeces, parkas, windbreakers, etc.,
  • Metal studs on headbands and other accessories
  • Khaki-colored leggings/ tights (worn in place of Khaki pants).
  • Small purses or fanny packs

An SHMS logo is not required for any uniform attire. School uniforms may be purchased via Lands End, Target, Old Navy and other retailers. More information regarding our school uniform policy will be shared via our school handbook.

Enroll for The 2022-23 School Year Now!

Thank you for helping us move to more than 80% of our enrollment goal in the opening months of enrollment season! We aspire to enroll 100% of families for next school year by July 15th! See below for ways that you can help us hit that target!

The Stuart-Hobson Middle School team looks forward to welcoming your rising 6th, 7th and/or 8th grade student into our diverse and dynamic Capitol Hill Cluster School community. You can also learn more about our school by viewing our school's recorded Open House webinar.

Enrolling can be quick and easy for families, and we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. For your convenience, visit this website to complete your enrollment online: dcpsenrollment. Families are also invited to complete enrollment by visiting our SHMS main office between 9:00 am-3:30 pm Monday through Friday.

We welcome all parents to make the school choice that best suits their child and family needs. If your student will not be joining our SHMS community, please contact the main office and inform our team of your student's new school. We will provide you with appropriate documentation to be removed from our school roster and mailing list.

We look forward to supporting our families through this enrollment season and welcome you to contact AP Turner with questions.

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Previous Announcements & Resources

**The information below is new or an updated version of something announced previously! **

All Newsletters

You can find previously released newsletters and information here.

The most current version of the Student & Family Handbook is linked on our website.

Policies & Daily Operations

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SHMS Summer Math Acceleration

Summer Math at SHMS

Want to boost your math skills or keep your mental math fresh this summer? Consider one of our summer math sessions!

  • Rising 6th Graders: July 11-22, 9 am - 11am
  • Rising 7th Graders: July 11-22, 12 pm - 2 pm
  • Rising 8th Graders: July 25-Aug 5, 9 am - 11 am

Limited spaces are still available in each of the summer math sessions, but sign-ups will close Wednesday, July 6.

Please reach out to Ms. Rosera at to sign up!

Zearn Challenge- Rising 7th and 8th Graders

For our current students, the summer Zearn challenge starts July 1st (see flyer below). Lessons will be loaded into student accounts on Monday, June 29th, and all Zearn lessons must be completed by August 1st. Students who complete 20 lessons in July will be eligible for incentives when we return in the fall!

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Stay Connected At Stuart-Hobson!

There are many ways that you can stay connected with the PTA and other families at SHMS. Here are a few popular spaces in our community:


Families can sign up for individual campus listservs (Peabody, Watkins and/or Stuart-Hobson) through our school website. Our listservs are designed to be open forums for Cluster parents to connect with other Cluster families and stay updated on school-related issues.


The Cluster School website has general school information, school news including weekly newsletters and the school calendar with events for all three campuses.


INSTAGRAM: @capitolhillclusterschoolpta
Follow us on Instagram! Photos of our Cluster community including Peabody, Watkins and Stuart-Hobson events.


Follow us on Twitter! The best way to see frequent posts and reminders of upcoming school events at all three campuses.

FACEBOOK: Capitol Hill Cluster School

Follow us on Facebook! General information and photos of recent and upcoming school events.

LINKEDIN: Capitol Hill Cluster School Parents Group

Join us on Linkedin! Network with other Peabody, Watkins and Stuart-Hobson parents. Lend your professional expertise to help the Cluster!

DCPS Summer Meals Start July 5th

Starting July 5, 2022, DC youth 18 years and younger or parents or guardians on their behalf, are eligible to receive meals from any of the in-person summer school sites. More information will be posted here in the coming days.
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Check Grades in the Aspen Family Portal

Returning families should be able to access their account using their username and password from last school year. New families will receive an email from Aspen Family Portal when their family portal account is available to use (check your junk and spam folders for the invitation), likely in late August or early September.

The Portal allows you to keep up with progress in school - including grades, assignments, attendance, and more. The goal of DCPS' new digital portal is to create an open line of communication between home and school.

To Access the Portal:
1. Visit
2. Make sure pop-up blocking is disabled for your browser
3. Your user name will be provided via email
4. Your temporary password will be provided via email
NOTE: Both user name and password are case sensitive
5. Click Log On to access the system. You will be prompted to fill out some information to change your password so that in the future you can click "I forgot my password" to receive a new password.

How to Navigate the Portal:
This flyer gives you the Parent Portal basics:

Also, we recommend that families download the Grade Corner app to their smartphones or other devices. This app was created by an SHMS parent, requires an Aspen login, and allows you to see all of your student's grades in one place. In addition to seeing report cards, it is a quick and easy tool for keeping tabs on your student's progress.

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Panther Pride School Store: Additional SHMS Clothing & Gear!

Check out the clothing and gear that are available at our new school store!

Families, staff, and students will be able to buy customizable Stuart-Hobson Panther gear. You can find the latest name brands on your custom SHMS gear.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Howard,

Supports for Students & Families

Mental Health Supports

While some students regularly receive scheduled counseling and support from the many members of our mental health team, we want to remind everyone that all students are eligible to check-in with a social worker or counselor on an as needed basis too. If at any point in the school year you think that your student would benefit from the opportunity to meet or speak with a member of our team, please reach out to them directly or connect with a grade level administrator. We often help students navigate hardships like loss, grief, and change individually and in groups. Please reach out to a member of the team at any time if you would like to learn more!

Molly Smith, Social Worker,

Jessica Thompkins, Social Worker,

Kimberly Harrington, DBH Social Worker,

Montrice Williams, CIS Social Worker,

Jessica Schimmerling, Guidance Counselor,

Tomicula Willams, Guidance Counselor,

Kristin Dezen,

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