SHMS Family Newsletter

September 19, 2021

Principal's Message

Greetings Stuart-Hobson community,

We are excited to invite everyone to join us for our Back to School Night events this Wednesday night. This will be a hybrid event so will have virtual and in-person options, depending on your preference. Teachers and staff will continue adding virtual options and links to our Back to School Night menu in advance of Wednesday night.

Additionally, After School All Stars will begin programming for students this Monday afternoon, our athletics programs will continue ramping up their competitions, clubs are launching, and we will launch an after-school academic tutoring program (by invitation only) for students in all three grade levels.

Lastly, in addition to some updates about everything above, please see below for some information and reminders about ways that you can help us keep our students and school community safe.

Have a great week everyone!

Warm regards,

Eric Fraser


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Upcoming Dates: September 20 - 24

This Week:

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


  • A great instructional day!
  • After-School All-Stars begins! 3:30 - 6:00 PM

  • A great instructional day!
  • Girls Volleyball vs. Jefferson, 4:30 PM, @ Stuart-Hobson


  • A great instructional day!
  • SHMS Back to School Night, 6:00-8:00
  • Cross Country Meet, 12:00 PM


  • A great instructional day!
  • Weekly Asymptomatic Testing, 10:45 - 11:30
  • Girls Soccer vs. Ida B. Wells, 4:30 PM, @ Randall Field
  • Girls Volleyball vs. Oyster-Adams 5:30pm @ Stuart-Hobson

  • A great instructional day!

Upcoming Dates

  • September 27 - October 1, BOY Testing in Science classes (MAP)
  • October 7, Parent-Teacher Conferences, 9:00-4:00 PM, no school for students
  • October 8, Professional Learning Day for staff, no school for students
  • October 11, Indigenous Peoples' Day observed, no school for staff or students
  • November 2, Election Day, no school for teachers or students
  • November 5, Last day of Term 1, Professional Development and Records-Keeping Day for staff, no school for students

Athletics Schedule


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

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

Head Coach- Myron Alston-


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

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

Wednesday- (Meet) Lafayette Invitational @ 12:00pm Colmar Manor Community Park

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

Head Coach- Taurus McGhee -

Head Coach- Mark Smith-

Boys Soccer

Monday- (Practice) 3:30pm- 4:00pm

Tuesday- (Game) Stuart-Hobson vs. Brookland @ Randall Field 4:30pm **(Forfeit Brookland)

Wednesday- (Practice) 3:30pm-4:30pm

Friday- Practice 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Head Coach- Richard Strong -

Girls Soccer

Monday- (Practice) 3:30pm-4:30pm

Tuesday- (Game) 3:30pm Stuart-Hobson vs. MacFarland @ Randall Field 4:30PM **(Forfeit MacFarland)

Wednesday-( Practice ) 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Thursday- (Game) Stuart-Hobson vs. Ida B. Wells 4:30pm @ Randall Field

Head Coach- Dexter Batts-


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

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

Head Coach- Antonio Jeter-


Monday- (Game) Stuart-Hobson vs. Jefferson 4:30pm @ Stuart-Hobson

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

Wednesday- (Game ) Stuart-Hobson vs. Oyster-Adams 5:30pm @ Stuart-Hobson

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

Head Coach: Michelle Rumph-



Head Coach: Joi Robins -


Click on the link below to submit athletic 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

Thank you to the Cluster LSAT (especially our parent and SHMS representatives) for kicking off our monthly meetings last week and helping us gather feedback and confirm our initial Comprehensive School Plan (CSP) strategies. Your engagement, questions, and ideas make the late-night meetings very worthwhile!

Shout out to Ms. Tomlinson and Mr. Plaisted for their early launch of clubs for students! Debate, podcasting, SLAC, and journalism are helping our school culture return to its normal, pre-pandemic business and fun with students. Thank you!

New Information and Important Updates

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

To Do List for Students & Families

  1. Bring your Ask, Ask, Look form completed every morning. Blanks can be picked up in the main office. If your student is showing any of the red flag symptoms or any 2+ of the others listed on the form, please keep them home, get them tested, and reach out with questions about returning to school.
  2. Prepare for asymptomatic testing on Thursdays by watching the overview video. As a reminder, all students are eligible unless they submit an opt-out form.
  3. Bring a refillable water bottle to school. We encourage you to put your student's name on it with tape or a marker. We have bottle fillers throughout the building for students and staff to use.

Back to School Night, Wednesday 6:00-8:00 PM

We are excited to offer a hybrid Back to School Night event for families this week! You will find links to any virtual opportunities (lobby, teacher videos, and teacher Q & A sessions) in our Back to School Night menu. Teachers and staff should have most links updated by Tuesday morning so you can begin watching teacher videos ahead of Wednesday night.

The schedule for Wednesday night will be as follows:

6:00-7:15, Virtual Q & A with teachers and Virtual Lobby with staff and partners

6:00-6:50, School Tours will depart every ten minutes at the 4th Street entrance. You do not need to sign-up ahead of time.

7:20-8:00, Teacher and Staff Meet and Greet w/families on SHMS field (weather permitting). The inclement weather plan is to continue our virtual Q & A sessions until 8:00 PM.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night!

School Culture & Student Safety

We are continuing to work with students to establish routines and a positive culture within each grade level and the school overall. With so many students who are new to the physical building, we recognize that this work will take more time and attention in the early parts of this school year. To support everyone in maintaining a safe and positive school culture, we will be launching a series of lessons for students during Study Block that aim at teaching them about digital and online safety, COVID health and safety, and strategies for maintaining healthy relationships with peers.

There are a few ways that families can help us and reinforce these efforts:

  1. Closely monitor or restrict your student's use of social media and online communications. While entertaining, TikTok, Instagram, and group text messages are full of content that negatively impact students and school culture. Pages and groups that encourage or incite conflict and other school disruptions are particularly concerning and troubling across the country. Please report anything that you hear about or observe to school staff for follow-up.
  2. Talk to your student about relationships with peers. Empathize and practice navigating challenging or uncomfortable social situations. Check to make sure they now how to find guidance or help from an adult at home or school when they feel like they are in over their head.
  3. Talk about and model COVID health and safety practices. Get vaccinated, wear masks, social distance, and maintain a clean home and school environment.
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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 ( 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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Previous Announcements & Resources

All Newsletters

You can find previously released newsletters and information here.

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Chancellor's Reopening Update for Families

September 10, 2021

Dear DCPS Community,

Across DC Public Schools, it is exciting to see students are settling into their classes and new routines, building friendships, and connecting with their teachers. The well-being of our students and staff is our priority. We recognize that with our robust health and safety measures in place, this school year feels different for most students and families. We know families have questions, and we are committed to keeping you informed about our health and safety measures.

Today’s email covers:

  1. What happens when there is a COVID-19 positive case at your child’s school.
  2. What to do if your child feels unwell or tests positive for COVID-19.

What should I do if my child doesn’t feel well?

Each day, families should follow our daily symptoms checklist (often referred to as “Ask. Ask. Look.”) to monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 before your student leaves for school. If your child is not feeling well or is showing any symptoms, they should stay home.

Your school can also provide information about the learning materials available for your student while they are unwell and can arrange for an at-home technology device to be available if you need one.

My child tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 cannot attend school in person and should isolate for at least 10 days and show improvement of symptoms, including no fever for 24 hours.

Please call your school to notify immediately if your child tests positive for COVID-19. We will need to know when your child was last in the school building so contact tracers can begin identifying anyone who may have been in close contact with your child. Your school can also provide information about the learning materials available for your student while they are quarantining and can arrange for an at-home technology device to be available if you need one.

How do I learn if someone tests positive for COVID-19 in my child’s class?

When we are notified about a positive COVID-19 case at school, trained contact tracers will determine if anyone is considered a close contact. Anyone who is identified as a close contact will be notified directly by the school.

After close contacts are identified and informed, families are notified via an email message from your school principal that someone tested positive for COVID-19 within their school and the date that the individual was last present in the building. If the person who tested positive was in your child’s classroom you will receive an additional notification from your school.

If someone at my child’s school tests positive for COVID-19, who is told to quarantine?

Contact tracers will work with the school and the individual who tested positive to identify anyone who is considered a close contact. If your student is considered a close contact, you will be contacted directly. Click here to read how DC Health defines a close contact in a school setting.

If your student is fully vaccinated, they will be notified that they are a close contact but are not required to quarantine unless they show symptoms. Fully vaccinated individuals who are in close contact with a COVID-19 individual are encouraged to get a test between 3 to 5 days of exposure.

What kind of COVID-19 testing is done at school for students?

There are two kinds of testing operations at DCPS schools.

If a child is showing symptoms of COVID-19, they will be escorted to the Health Isolation Room and administered an on-site COVID-19 test.

DCPS also has an opt-out, no-symptom (asymptomatic) testing program. This means we work to randomly test 10-20 percent of our students each week. This is a non-invasive saliva-based test.

All DCPS school-based testing is free for students.

Have more questions?

You can find the answers to more questions about how we inform a school community about COVID-19 public health notices at

We know there is nothing more important to you than the well-being of your child. We will continue to update you on our health and safety protocols and the steps we are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.


Lewis D. Ferebee, Ed.D.


Take the Shot, DC!

The science is clear: the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. DCPS highly encourages all eligible students and community members to get vaccinated. Go to vaccinate.dc.govto find information on the vaccination clinics happening across the city. DC students can get AirPods or a $51 gift card if they get their first shot at the Johnson, Sousa, or Brookland Middle School locations between now and September 30. Youth giveaway sites are open Tuesday – Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Routine Immunizations

Students must be in compliance with routine childhood immunization requirements by their 20th school day to attend in-person learning. To see a list of required immunizations, visit, and you can schedule an appointment at

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,

Policies & Daily Operations

Aspen Family Portal Login

Aspen Family Portal accounts will be available 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
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:

Asymptomatic Testing

We are excited to offer weekly asymptomatic testing to our students on Thursday mornings. This is an important health and safety procedure for our school community. Every week we will test around 100 randomly selected students. Additionally, you can click here to view the student video. Please feel free, and encouraged, to show this video to students prior to their testing day. You may also share with parents who are interested in seeing the process.
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Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARM) Application

Although breakfast, lunch, and after-school snacks and supper are free for all students throughout DCPS this year, families are still encouraged to complete the Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARM) application, especially if your student or family might qualify for benefits beyond school meals.

You can find an online application here. Additionally, you can download the paper application to return to the school at that site. Please note that we will also send the paper version home with students and have them available in the main office for pick-up.

SHMS School Uniforms

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 3:15 pm, unless athletic, dance or other specific apparel is required by the coach/leader.

Uniforms include:

  • School swag including Cluster gear, SHMS t-shirts/sweatshirts or other Stuart-Hobson apparel
  • Long or short-sleeved solid red polo shirt/t-shirt
  • Plain black cotton sweatshirts (front zip or pullover) and knit vests
  • Khaki pants, skirts/shorts worn at waist level
  • Comfortable closed-toed shoes or sneakers covering the entire foot
  • Any non-SHMS logo on uniform shirts or sweatshirts must be the size of a $1 bill (1 dollar) or smaller
  • Small purses or fanny packs

Please avoid wearing:
  • Hoods over student heads while inside school
  • Metal studs on headbands and other accessories
  • Outerwear (vests or jackets made of fleece or other coat-like materials) in the building
  • Khaki colored leggings/ tights (worn in place of Khaki pants).

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.

Cell Phone and Personal Technology Policy

Please remind your student to leave their cell phone and other personal technology/devices at home or in their locker for the duration of the school day - this includes meals and recess. We do not currently rely on students to use these at any point during the school day and not having access to them helps us to maintain a safe school environment that is focused on learning.

If you must send your student to school with a device, please know that we are very limited in our abilities to investigate loss, theft, or damage to those devices. This is another primary reason why we discourage students from having them at school.

Thanks for your support here!

Kids Ride Free Cards

Here are a few reminders about KRF Cards and public transit:

  • SY20-21 cards will remain valid through September 30th
  • Face coverings are required at school and on all modes of public transit
  • Tap the KRF card, always
  • Don’t leave home without the KRF card
  • DC Student Ride Guide is available online with safe rider tips
  • There is no fee for replacement cards

Questions? Students, families, and school staff can visit or call (202) 673-1740.

If any SHMS students or families need a card or have questions, please reach out to Ms. Hargrove,

Supports for Students & Families

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Mental Health Services for Stuart-Hobson Students

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) School Mental Health Program is hosted by Stuart-Hobson Middle School to support students’ mental and emotional well-being. Reach out to Ms. Harrington if you feel your student would benefit from support such as, individual therapy or group grief therapy.

These services are provided via telehealth during partial and full distance learning.

DBH's services are a public health model. Services are provided to families at no charge regardless of insurance. For more information or to enroll, please reach out to Ms. Harrington using the email or phone number below.

Kimberly Harrington, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker

School Mental Health Program, Department of Behavioral Health, 202-557-6404

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