SHMS Family Newsletter

March 6, 2022

Principal's Message



Greetings Stuart-Hobson community,


Thank you everyone for your efforts to support a safe return to school last week. By the middle of the week we had received test-to-return data from more than 95% of our students and staff and welcomed them back to the building safely.


As February gave way to March, we wrapped up our Black History Month celebrations and began focusing on Women's History and National Social Work Month. In addition to celebrating our social workers, Ms. Jessica Thompkins, Ms. Molly Smith, and Ms. Kimberly Harrington, I would also like to make sure we recognize our school counselors, Ms. Tomicula Williams and Ms. Jessica Schimmerling. Together, this team supports students, staff, and families and we have relied on them this past year more than ever before. This year's theme is especially apt, "The time is right for social work!" Please find some time to thank these members of our community for their contributions to our well-being and health.


Students have a short week this week and we are excited to wrap up progress reports on Wednesday before parent-teacher conferences on Thursday and professional learning on Friday.


Have a great week everyone!


Warm regards,


Eric Fraser

Principal

Calendars

Upcoming Dates: March 7 - 11


This Week:

'The 3-week DCPS meals menu can always be found here.


Monday

  • Welcome back! A great instructional day!


Tuesday

  • A great instructional day!


Wednesday

  • A great instructional day!


Thursday

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (virtual or in-person), No School for Students, 9:00-4:00 PM


Friday

  • Professional Development Day, No School for Students


Upcoming Dates

  • March 18, 8th Grade Dress Down Day (Cluster Auction Winner!)
  • March 28-April 8, DCPS Student Device blackout for PARCC prep

  • March 30, April 27, & May 18, SHMS Mission & Vision Family Meetings, 6:00-7:30

  • March 30, SHMS Mission & Vision Building Family Focus Groups, 6:00-7:30

  • April 19-May 13, PARCC Testing (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays)

  • April 27, SHMS Mission & Vision Building Family Focus Groups, 6:00-7:30

  • May 18, SHMS Mission & Vision Building Family Focus Groups, 6:00-7:30

Athletics Schedule

Students that are 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated or submit medical or religious exemption forms to be eligible to participate. If exemption is approved, a weekly negative COVID test must be submitted to remain eligible.


Cheerleading

Monday: ( Practice) 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Tuesday: ( Practice) 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Wednesday: (Practice) 4:00pm - 6:00m

Thursday: ( Practice ) 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Friday: (Practice) 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Head Coach: Joi Robins- joi.robins16@yahoo.com


Outdoor Track & Field

Monday: (Practice) 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Wednesday: (Practice) 4:00pm - 5:30pm


Boys Head Coach- Taurus McGhee - taurus.mcghee@dc.gov

Girls Head Coach- Mark Smith- mark.smith3@k12.dc.gov


Baseball

Tuesday: (Practice ) 3:30pm - 5:30pm


Head Coach -Scott Campbell - Scott.campbell@k12.dc.gov

Assistant Coach - Michael Schwengel - mschwengel@eab.com


Golf

TBA


Lacrosse

Tuesday: (Practice)3:30pm - 5:00pm


Head Coach - Richard Strong - Ricahrd.Strong@k12.dc.gov


Football

Monday: (Practice) 3:30pm - 5:00pm


Head Coach- Coach Stancil - sstancil1@gmail.com


Intramural Soccer

TBA


If you have any questions regarding student eligibility, medical clearance, or interested in supporting Stuart- Hobson athletics. Please contact Richard Strong (Health/PE Teacher / Athletic Director ) at Richard.Strong@k12.dc.gov.


Click on the link below to submit athletic forms online.


https://www.thedciaa.com/participation-forms

DCPS Calendar

DCPS has released the academic calendar for School Year 2021-2022. For SY21-22, the first day of school for students is Monday, August 30, 2021 and the last day of school for students is Wednesday, June 22, 2022 and Thursday, June 23 for teachers.

Shout Outs and Celebrations

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!


Shout out to Ms. Hargrove for organizing trips to Ben's Chili Bowl for students who recently maintained perfect attendance!

New Information and Important Updates

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

CORRECTION: Parent-Teacher Conferences, March 10th

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 10th from 9:00 - 4:00 PM. Parents can sign up for appointment times via our scheduling website which opened on Wednesday, March 2nd at 10:00 AM. Due to the limited number of appointments, we encourage families to schedule a conference if a meeting is needed to address student grades or academic concerns. Parents are welcome to reach out to teachers directly should they wish to have a brief check-in outside of parent-teacher conferences. You can also reach your child's guidance counselor for support:


Grade 6 and 8th grade Last Names A-J - Ms. Schimmerling - jessica.schimmerling@k12.dc.gov

Grade 7 and 8th grade Last Names K-Z - Ms. Williams - tomicula.williams@k12.dc.gov


Parents/guardians can choose to attend in-person or virtually. A link to the virtual meeting should be shared with your confirmation invitation in advance of the conference. If you attend in-person please be prepared to follow all current COVID safety protocols (masking, social distancing, etc.)


Below are some additional resources to support students' academic and social success. For technical support related to scheduling Parent Teacher Conferences, please contact AP Turner at katherine.turner@k12.dc.gov


Resources for Families:


Previous Announcements & Resources

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.

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SHMS Mission & Vision Building Family Series

We will be reviewing our school's mission and vision statements this Spring and summer and are planning opportunities for all members of our school community to participate in that work. Students will do this work during the school day and staff will have opportunities during our professional learning time.


Because of the generous donation of an anonymous member of our school community, we will be able to engage with parents and families with a specific focus on how race and equity show up and influence our work with students. Using the affinity group format, we will have three facilitated discussions where we will discuss how our mission and vision building, with race and equity in mind, can improve all students' sense of belonging and well-being at SHMS. We are so excited to begin this work and hope you will save these dates so you can join us:


March 30, 6:00-7:30

April 27, 6:00-7:30

May 18, 6:00-7:30


We are so excited to begin this work and are grateful to the PTA, our anonymous donor, and the Race & Equity Committee for supporting us here. We will share more details in upcoming newsletters.

PTA Spring Updates

Peabody, Watkins and Stuart-Hobson Families,


Two of our biggest and most amazing PTA community events are coming back this spring and we need your help!


Our 2022 Spring Auction will be in April! The auction planning team is actively planning the event, including a final date and outdoor location. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey we sent out last week -- the feedback was amazing! If you are interested in volunteering, please email our 2022 Auction Chairs, Kristi Lowe and Laura Odato. There is a place for everyone on the team! (ClusterAuctionChair@chcspta.org, laura.odato@gmail.com)


The Capitol Hill Classic is BACK -- please mark your calendars for Sunday, May 15th! The CHC is truly one of the best community events on Capitol Hill but it takes a huge amount of work to put together. If you would like to join the Capitol Hill Classic Team, please email Race Director Jason Levine or Lona Valmoro. (jason@queso.com, lvalmoro@yahoo.com)


PTA Dates This Spring:

Monday, March 7th -- PTA March General Meeting on Zoom (8:00pm)

Sunday, March 20th -- Kickball Tournament on the field at Stuart-Hobson (Price of admission -- canned/non-perishable item for our Cluster Food Drive!)

April Tbd -- 2022 Spring Auction!

Sunday, May 15th -- 41st Annual Capitol Hill Classic!

Monday, May 23rd -- PTA May General Meeting on Zoom (8:00pm)

Updated DCPS Meal Sites

Starting Monday, February 7, 2022, DC youth 18 years and younger or parents or guardians on their behalf, are eligible to receive multiple-day meal kits from one of 10 DCPS open meal site locations every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Challenging Conversations

Please find below some resources that can support educators, parents, and other adults when teaching young people and helping them navigate conversations about topics that can be challenging, unfamiliar, and important to them. Facing History and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are both rich with materials and supports for educators and families. Below you will find links to comprehensive websites to support you in conversations about any number of topics.


Embrace Race Resources for Families

Resources for Families from ADL
Facing History
DCPS recommended readings and resources about Race


See below for a specific opportunity, brought to us by the Cluster PTA, to engage your student with learning about the Holocaust:


Three Generations of Survivors:

Stories of the Holocaust (on Zoom)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 8:00-9:15 pm


How does the Holocaust continue to affect its survivors and frame our thinking today? Join Hill Havurah members Peter Stein (a survivor of the Holocaust), Kim Fellner and Laurie Solnik (the children of survivors), and Dan Rogger (the grandchild of a survivor) for an evening of memory, reflection, and looking forward.


These speakers will share their perspectives and help us explore. We'll have a chance to hear from each of our speakers and ask them questions. We heartily welcome all teens and adults to attend.


The Capitol Hill Cluster PTA and Race, Class, and Equity Group, which include Watkins Elementary School, are co-sponsoring this event with Hill Havurah.


If you'd like to join us for this special program, you can register here.

DCPS Assessments Guide for Families!

Launching the New Assessment Guide for Families!


The DCPS Assessment Guide for Families is a resource to assist families with understanding their student’s assessment results. This guide provides an overview of the uses of diagnostic and curriculum-based assessments.

Spring Athletic Coaching Vacancies

We are still seeking candidates for teams that will compete in Spring athletics. For more information about the opportunities below, or to express your interest in either, please reach out to our Athletic Director, Mr. Richard Strong (richard.strong@k12.dc.gov).


Boys Lacrosse Head Coach - $950 stipend

Girls Lacrosse Head Coach - $950 stipend
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Check Grades in the Aspen Family Portal

Aspen Family Portal accounts have been available since the week of August 23rd. 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).


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 https://aspen.dcps.dc.gov
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.

Staffing Support

As most of you are aware, we have been challenged by some staffing situations throughout the school year. While some of these are short-term or isolated challenges, we do have some needs that are more long-term. While we have plans in place to address these challenges and fill gaps with our staff, there are ways that we could bolster the staffing situation. If you know of anyone who would be interested in any of the following positions, or regular substitute work, please encourage them to reach out to Principal Fraser directly. Here's where we could make use of hep in the mid to long-term with what remains of this school year:


1. Teacher, Science

2. Teacher, Special Education (CES)

3. Aide, Special Education

4. Teacher, Substitute - Apply here!


Thank you all again for your help, feedback, and patience while we have navigated the different staffing challenges this school year!

Panther Pride School Store: Additional SHMS Clothing & Gear!

Social distancing doesn't mean fashion gets thrown to the wind. Show your Panther pride during your next class, meeting, or virtual friend meet-up. Check out the clothing and gear that are available at our new school store!


Families, staff, and students will be able to buy custom 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, devin.howard2@k12.dc.gov

Policies & Daily Operations

DCPS Attendance Policy Updates

This is a reminder about updates to DC Public Schools’ policy regarding unexcused absences related to COVID-19 and Virtual Learning Program for school year 2021-22. If your student has unexcused absences related to COVID-19 or Virtual Learning Program this school year, please review the information below to determine whether your student's absences are eligible to be excused. If you believe your student to be eligible, you must submit a note to your school’s Attendance Point of Contact (Ms. Hargrove) for absences to be excused.


COVID-19 Close Contact: You may now submit a note for an excused absence if your student was absent from school because the student, or a member of the student’s household, was determined to be a close contact of a person who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Students whose absences were not previously eligible for excusal for this reason can now have those absences excused.


Virtual Learning Program Expansion: If your student is approved for virtual learning under new requirements set by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), their previous absences related to COVID-19 can also be excused.


Please complete and submit the excuse note provided below if your child has been absent from school this school year due to one of the following reasons:


1. Your child or a member of your household was determined to be a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19; or

2. Your child has recently been approved for the Virtual Learning Program and has had COVID-related absences between the start of school and November 30, 2021.


Notes must be submitted via email, text, or hand-delivery to your child’s school on or before December 17, 2021, so that your child’s absence can be recorded as excused. For the rest of this school year, please submit excuse notes to your school within five days of your child’s return to school from an absence.


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school’s attendance Point of Contact, Ms. Hargrove.

Attendance Corner

Attendance Corner:

Welcome to the Attendance Information Corner for Stuart-Hobson Middle School. My name is Ms. Hargrove and I will be providing attendance updates to families in this corner. Parents, it is crucial that you get your child to school on-time and attending all classes. Please take a moment and read the 80/20 rule below. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me and I will be able to discuss it with you.


80/20 Attendance Rule:

This rule states that a student must not miss more than 20% of their day to be marked present. If a student misses 2 classes in a day, that student has missed 20% of the day and will be marked absent without a valid excuse. Please do your best to have your student present and on-time for school. If your student has a valid excuse for being late, please provide documentation to Ms. Hargrove by email:Clara.Hargrove@k12.DC.Gov, by text: 202-494-9747 or by calling the main office at 202-671-6010. If you need additional information on DCPS Attendance Policies, please go to the see the attached website: https://dcps.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dcps/publication/attachments/Attendance-and-Truancy-Policy-SY%202021-22.pdf.


Attendance Celebration:

At Stuart-Hobson Middle School, we like to celebrate our students’ achievements for attendance. We will host a monthly attendance celebration for perfect and improved attendance by our students. Perfect attendance is described as no tardies or absences from classes for the month. I want to thank the students that had perfect attendance and participated in the Jeans & Jersey Day on November 1, 2021. Our next attendance incentive will be our Annual Perfect Attendance Pancake Celebration on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Supports for Students & Families

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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, molly.smith@k12.dc.gov

Jessica Thompkins, Social Worker, jessica.thompkins@k12.dc.gov

Kimberly Harrington, DBH Social Worker, kimberly.harrington@dc.gov

Montrice Williams, CIS Social Worker, mwilliams@cisnationscapital.org

Jessica Schimmerling, Guidance Counselor, jessica.schimmerling@k12.dc.gov

Tomicula Willams, Guidance Counselor, tomicula.williams@k12.dc.gov

Kristin Dezen, kristin.dezen@k12.dc.gov

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Craft & Chat Club!

Craft and Chat started in Spring 2020 during distance learning and continued strong last school year. We are ready to start in-person and are excited for any and all students to join us! No art or craft experience necessary! Students are welcome to bring their own project but we will have art supplies available. This is an opportunity to slow down after the school day, be creative, and have community with others at Stuart-Hobson MS.


Craft and Chat will meet on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:30pm in classroom #G03 (Ms. Kensey’s room) starting Tuesday, 9/21/2021.


Any questions? Contact DBH Social Worker Kimberly Harrington (kimberly.harrington@dc.gov). See flyer above for more information.


Students can drop in as they can and we look forward to growing a joyful and creative community of students as the school year continues.

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