Capitol Hill Headliner

Friday, May 7, 2021

Message from Principal Hodges


This week we have important content in our newsletter!

  • 8th Grade Celebration Planning Meetings!
  • History Day Update!
  • Instrument Return Dates
  • PTO Updates
  • HEALTH REPORTING - Keep our Community Safe
  • COVID Testing recommendations for students
  • Office Updates: 9:15 drop-off time, attendance reporting, early dismissal, changes in dismissal plan.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at or 612-398-9579.

8th Grade Celebration Planning Meetings!

We have 4 weeks to plan an amazing celebration WITH our 8th grade Capitol Hill students! A dedicated, small but mighty group of students have been working to create a vision and plan. Let's meet and listen to the students and offer up ways to support. Also, please lock in the next four Thursdays for these planning meetings. ALL are welcome!

Topic: CH 8th Grade Celebration Planning

This will be a recurring one-hour meeting from 7-8 pm on May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27th.

Meeting ID: 262 205 9199

Questions - Sunny Kase, 651.307.0536

History Day Update!

This weekend was the State History Day competition.

Scarlett Schneider, Maddy Grove, Matilda Stremcha took 4th place for their group performance, "Navajo code talkers: How their communication helped win World War II".

Amaya Colby-Clay and Kaya Kotze took 5th place for their group exhibit, "Qiu Jin: How Communication Through Poetry, Speeches and a Magazine Sparked the Rise of Feminism in the Qing Dynasty".

Max Ulven took home a topical prize in the Labor History category for his individual website, "The Story of the Newsboys of New York City and their Historic Two-Week Strike."

Honorable Mentions

Zach Nelson for his individual documentary, "Woodstock: Communication Through Peace, Love, and Music".

Britta Anderson her individual documentary, "Mary Tyler Moore: The Woman Who Made It After All".

Analiese Schneider and Audrey King for their documentary, "From the 1700s to Today: The History and Impacts of the Electric Telegraph".

The following students competed in the History Day State competition.


Willow Hovland

Max Ulven

Nalini Carter

Kavanaugh Kim


Zach Nelson

Britta Anderson


Jawad Towns Jr. and Lydia Rosso

Analiese Schneider and Audrey King


Ethan Lee

Annabelle Chan


Scarlett Schneider, Maddy Grove, Matilda Stremcha


Amaya Colby-Clay and Kaya Kotze

Stuart Strack and Hashim Benlhabib


Erin Moore and Lila Dingmann

Please join us in congratulating all these students for their hard work!

School-Owned Band and Orchestra Instrument Return Dates

Elementary and middle school students with school-owned band and orchestra instruments who are not currently enrolled in band need to return them to Mr. Fulton's or Mr. Middleton's classrooms by Friday, May 14th. Currently enrolled band and orchestra students should plan on returning school instruments the last week of May. Virtual-learning students may drop instruments off at the Capitol Hill office Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Please be sure cases have all the equipment that came with the instrument and are cleaned of any non-essential items. Thank you!

PTO Meeting - Monday, May 24th from 7 - 8p

Please join us for the last PTO meeting of the year on Google Meet. CH staff will share info about Litmobile and GLOW. Join using this link

Silent Auction Thank you!

The Capitol Hill community raised $7300 for classroom libraries. Thank you for your participation and generosity! You can view the Auction Closing Celebration here: We will provide an update on book selection and purchase at the May PTO meeting.

Middle School Parents Discuss "How Kids Use Social Media and Technology" on Thursday, May 13th from 7 - 8:30p

E-mail Jennifer Marshall (Health Start parent educator) at to sign up for this final Capitol Hill Parent Support Group session.

HEALTH REPORTING - Keep our Capitol Hill Community Safe and Healthy.

The Capitol Hill Health Office is working hard to keep students healthy and families updated with information.

Please see this update regarding when the keep your child home from school and how we determine if a student needs to remain home from school for an extended period of time. Find the SPPS COVID Reporting Form here

If your child is ill, please contact the Capitol Hill attendance line at 651-325-2599 or If you prefer, you may also contact Dr. Veglia directly

at 651-888-7609 or

Please expect a follow up call from our nurse or nurse designees during these unique times.

COVID Testing for Students

MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.

Schools and youth organizations can send messages and resources available on COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families to families to encourage testing. Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Testing locations can be found here.

Office Updates & Procedures: Drop-off time, attendance reporting, early dismissal, changes in dismissal.

Morning Drop-off Time

We want to ensure each child is safe when arriving for school. Staff supervision begins at 9:15am. The earliest time to drop off your child for school is 9:15am. Please do not drop off your child any earlier.

Parent Drop-Off takes place along Concordia Ave. We ask that you pull as far forward as possible to drop off and remain in your car while your child exits out of the passenger side of the car. If you need additional time to drop off or assist your child please pull along Mackubin Ave. by the Green Capitol Hill doors to do so.

Attendance/late arrivals:

Please make sure to always report your child's absence or late arrivals. You can do this in two ways:

Please include your child's name, grade, the reason for their absence, your relationship to the child, and a return phone number that you can be reached at if we should have questions.

Health Related Absences: If your child is ill, please expect a follow up call from our nurse or nurse designee during these unique times. Please see current health considerations here.

Calling Your Child

When calling the school to speak to your child, the office staff will deliver your message to have your child call you back. Teachers are teaching during the day and we are trying our best to lessen the interruptions during instructional time. Thanks for understanding.


Please call the Capitol Hill office at 651-325-2500 if you are are picking up your child early or letting your child go home any other way than their normal route. Please make sure to call the office no later than 1:00 pm for grades 6-8 or 3:00pm for grades 1-5 if you have to make changes. If you call later than these times, we cannot guarantee that your child will get the message.