Hearst Weekly Update

January 20, 2020

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Principal's Message

Hello, Owls!

As we near the end of the term, it's time to check in on our progress toward meeting our Comprehensive School goals. To that end, I'm asking that you complete a quick, two-question survey to let us know how well we are communicating about your child's progress. We're also going to be updating the website and want your input on what to include on it. Please share your feedback by noon on January 28 using this link. Thanks!

I hope you've had a great long weekend and MLK Day,


What I'm reading this week: The Instructional Change Agent by Adam Drummond

News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • 1/20 - MLK Holiday - no school
  • 1/22 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30
  • 1/27 - Term 2 Ends, Half Day PD, Half Day Record Keeping - no school for students
  • 1/28 - DCPS PD Day - no school for students
  • 2/5 - Term 2 Report Cards and MOY data reports go home
  • 2/7 - Community Meeting; Open House
  • 2/17-2/21 - February Break

Please check the Bloomz calendar for other important dates.

Budget Priority Survey

As the DCPS budget planning season approaches, the Hearst LSAT is seeking feedback from families to inform the budgeting decisions for next school year. Please take a moment to have your voice heard by completing this survey. All answers are confidential and will be used to guide the LSAT in making recommendations for staffing and spending. The survey is only open for one week and closes on January 22. We appreciate your time.


Say Hello, Part 2

Please join me in welcoming Rachel Wiggins to our staff as our 5th grade math and science teacher and see below for a note from her:

A Note From Rachel:

I am looking forward to joining Hearst Elementary as the new 5th grade Math teacher. I have always been passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. As a college soccer player, I worked with children by coaching youth soccer and tutoring in Math and ELA. And I graduated with a Masters in Social Work, hoping to positively impact families’ lives as a clinical social worker in DC’s foster care system.
Besides sports and working with children, I’ve always enjoyed reading and traveling. I’ve been fortunate to live abroad as a nanny in Australia and to teach 5th and 6th grade in Thailand. Returning to DC, I enrolled in graduate school to earn a Masters in Education, and I have since enjoyed teaching Math and ELA. Becoming a parent during this time has also given me a new appreciation and perspective for the cares and concerns of parents when it comes to their children’s welfare.
Joining Hearst and working with your child will offer an excellent and effective means to make a positive difference in the life of your child. I strongly believe an educational setting is one of the most effective avenues to make a lasting and positive difference in youth's lives.

News and Announcements from DCPS

Impact Aid Surveys (Due 1/24)

Each year, DCPS asks families to complete Impact Aid surveys so DCPS can provide data to the U.S. Department of Education to receive funds from the Impact Aid program. We are sending survey copies for each student to your school. Families should complete and return the surveys by Friday, January 24. The Operations team will collect the surveys on Monday, January 27. Please click here for frequently asked questions and further guidance or contact Divya Brown.

Multilingual Education Fair (1/25)

DCPS is excited to host the 2020 Multilingual Education Fair of DC at Roosevelt High School on Saturday, January 25 from 10am – 3pm. This event is organized by the DC Language Immersion Project and is a free event for families, students, and educators. The fair will include more than 150 exhibitors in over 18 languages and a fun program of performances, workshops, and panel discussions. This week, you will receive a box of cards about the fair to be distributed to students. Please be on the lookout for these cards and send them home with students by Tuesday, January 21! Please contact Elizabeth Sauler with any questions.

Reminder: My School DC Lottery Now Open

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2020-2021 is now open. My School DC is the city’s common application and public school lottery for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12).

Families must use the My School DC lottery application to apply to:

  • DCPS PK3 / PK4 programs (including programs at in-boundary DCPS schools);
  • DCPS citywide and out-of-boundary schools (PK3-12);
  • DCPS selective high schools (9-12); and
  • all participating public charter schools (PK3-12)

The application deadlines are February 3, 2020 for grades 9-12 and March 2, 2020 for grades PK3-8.

Have questions or need help with your application? Call the My School DC hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email info.myschooldc@dc.gov.

For more information and to apply, go to www.myschooldc.org.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Join Us: 2020 Lunar New Year Parade

Join Mayor Bowser on Sunday, January 26 at the 2020 Lunar New Year Parade as we celebrate the Year of the Rat! The event features traditional and colorful performances and is capped off with an exciting firecracker finale.

Learn more and RSVP HERE.

New DME Edsight about Improvements in STAR Ratings Resulting in More Highly-Rated Schools

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) recently launched Edsight, a series of briefs that each highlight a key piece of information about Washington, DC’s public schools and public school students. Below is a link to the eighth brief in the series, Improvements in STAR Ratings Results in More Highly-Rated Schools, that looks at the change between SY17-18 and SY18-19 in the number of public schools rated as 4 or 5 STARs based on the DC School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework, as well as the associated increase in the number of students attending 4 and 5 STAR schools. The brief shows that compared to SY17-18, 20 more schools in SY18-19 were rated as either a 4 or 5 STAR school, translating into nearly 8,500 more audited public school students attending a 4 or 5 STAR rated school across all eight wards.

Check out the latest Edsight here. Read other Edsight briefs here.

Spread the news! Check out the DME’s post on Twitter here and Instagram post here.

If you would like to receive notice of future Edsight briefs, please email us to be added to the distribution list at edsight.dme@dc.gov.