Hearst Weekly Update

March 1, 2020

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Principal's Message

Hello, Owls!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Black History Month Celebration and visited the Inventors Museum on Friday. Each year, the performances get better and better and I can't wait to see what's in store during future celebrations, including our upcoming Arts Night. Thanks also to all the staff who made the events on Friday a success. I appreciate the time and energy you give to ensure our kids' creativity can shine! I hope that everyone has had a wonderfully relaxing weekend and look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

In partnership,


What I'm reading this week: Leading Change Together by Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano

PS - The background photo is another photo that was taken by one of our 5th grade students. Thanks to Ms. Dittamo for sharing and for pushing our students to explore their artistic talents in new ways!

News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • 3/2-3/4 - Read Across America Activities, Library
  • 3/4 - PTA Executive Board Meeting, 4:30, Conference Room; PTA Budget Development Meeting, 6:00-7:30, Library
  • 3/6 - ACCESS Testing Completed
  • 3/7 - DCPS Honors Chorus Performance (Hearst students will participate) 4:00-5:30, Duke Ellington HS
  • 3/8 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • 3/11 - Deal Night at Hearst, 5:00-6:00pm, Library; PTA Meeting, 6:00-7:30pm, Library
  • 3/17 - Hearst Arts Night, 6:00-7:30
  • 3/18 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30
  • 3/20 - PD Day - no school for students
  • 3/28 - Hearst Auction, 6:30pm

Please check the Bloomz calendar for other important dates.

News and Announcements from DCPS

School Year 2020-2023 Calendars

Final DCPS SY2020-23 calendars are now available on the DCPS website. Please click the links to view the calendars and to reference the Frequently Asked Questions document, which clarifies how DCPS finalized the three-year calendar.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Reminder: Invitation to Nominate Outstanding Teachers for DC Teacher of the Year

Every day, you work alongside great teachers in your building—teachers who inspire and accelerate growth for ALL students, teachers who build strong partnerships with families and communities, and teachers who go the extra mile or two each day. OSSE invites you to nominate these outstanding teachers for one (or more) of these state-level teacher recognition and award opportunities:

2021 DC Teacher of the Year

  • Who is eligible? Any teacher (pre-K to grade 12) serving in a public or public charter school in DC, with five years or more teaching experience.
  • Prize: $7,500 award and the opportunity to represent DC in the 2021 National Teacher of the Year competition.
  • Nomination Form: bit.ly/2021DCTOY
  • Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

2020 DC History Teacher of the Year

  • Who is eligible? Any full-time educator of grades K–12 who teaches American history (including state and local history, or as part of social studies or ELA), with three years or more teaching experience.
  • Prize: $3,500 award and the opportunity to represent DC in the National History Teacher of the Year competition.
  • Nomination Form: bit.ly/DCHistoryTOY
  • Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

  • Who is eligible? Teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science at the K-6 grade level* in public, charter, or private school, with five years or more teaching experience. (*Grade 7-12 teachers will be eligible during the 2021 cycle.)
  • Prize: $10,000 award presented at the White House.
  • Nomination Form: www.PAEMST.org
  • Nomination Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020

Each nomination form is very brief, and only takes a few minutes to complete. Once nominated, teachers will receive information about how to formally submit a full application for the award.

Colleagues and other school staff, parents, students, and community members are also able to submit nominations. Attached you will find a flyer with additional information.

Thank you for your partnership in elevating the voices of our outstanding DC teachers.

Announcement: New DME Edsight about Student Commute Distances to 4 and 5 STAR Rated Schools

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) released a new Edsight that examines the changes in commute distance to 4 and 5 STAR rated schools by student ward and grade level (elementary, middle, and high school). The overall median commute to 4 and 5 STAR rated schools dropped 0.2 miles to 1.4 miles in SY18-19, driven by decreases for elementary and middle grade students.

Check out the latest Edsight [here]. Read other Edsight briefs here. Learn more about the DC School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework here.