SHMS Family Newsletter
May 21, 2023
Greetings Stuart-Hobson community,
It was great to see so many people at today's Capitol Hill Classic. Congratulations to all racers and thank you to everyone who sponsored and supported the event and the Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA!
I am excited to report that we have hit our second benchmark goal of being 75% of the way to our annual enrollment target! If 65 more students enroll by June 1st we will achieve our ambitious goal of being 90% enrolled by that date. If you still need to enroll or re-enroll, please complete your enrollment online, or contact the main office for support as soon as possible.
Term 4 progress reports are being prepared by teachers right now and we only have 22 instructional days left in the school year. The next few weeks will be busy helping students finish strong and celebrating many achievements. I am excited about the calendar ahead of us and hope everyone has a great week!
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Upcoming Dates: May 22-26
- A great instructional day!
- iReady / MAP Algebra EOY Testing
- PARCC Make-up Testing
- A great instructional day!
- PARCC Make-up Testing
- A great instructional day!
- PARCC Make-up Testing
- A great instructional day!
- PARCC Make-up Testing
- Community Discussion: Structural Racism: Historical Roots & Contemporary Impacts, 6:00-7:30 PM (SHMS)
- A great instructional day!
- Final day of PARCC Make-up Testing
- Final day to checkout books from SHMS library for SY 2022-23
May 29, Memorial Day observed, schools closed
May 30 - June 2, Reading Inventory / Phonics Inventory EOY Testing
June 1, Community Discussion: The Origins of Race and Racism, 6:00-7:30 PM (SHMS)
June 2, 8th Grade Dress Down Day
June 5-7, SAGE EOY Testing (Social Studies)
June 5-9, College & Career Week
June 6, Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony (rescheduled), 6:00 pm
June 7-9, MAP Science EOY Testing
June 8, Community Discussion: Strategies for Remediating Racism - facilitated by the Cluster Equity Team, 6:00-7:30 PM (SHMS)
June 9-11, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical"
June 13, 8th Grade Dinner Cruise & Dance
June 19, Juneteenth observed, schools closed
June 21, 8th Grade Promotion
June 22, Last day of school, students
June 23, End of Term 4, Records-Keeping and PD Day, teachers & staff
August 7-11, Panther Pride Academy (summer bridge for rising 6th graders)
All students must complete a participation packet every school year. Additionally, the medical forms must be completed within the prior 365 days. We encourage you to have your healthcare provider complete these forms before the school year and attach them to your participation packet.
Click on the link below to submit the athletic forms online.
Boys' Cross-Country: DCIAA 2nd Place
Girls Soccer: Advanced to the DCIAA Semi-Finals
Volleyball: Advanced to the DCIAA Semi-Finals
Archery: Advanced to the DCIAA Semi-Finals
Girls Basketball: Advanced to the DCIAA Semi-Finals
Boys Basketball: Advanced to the DCIAA Semi-Finals
* RESCHEDULED DATE: June 6, Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony @ SHMS 6:00 pm
*Individual participation awards
*Most valuable player award
*Most improved player
*Newcomer of the year
*Academic scholar of the year
*Student-Athlete of the year
No practice this week
Head Coach: Stanley Stancil
Monday: 3:30pm - 5:00pm (Practice)
Tuesday: 3:30pm - 5:00pm (Practice)
Thursday: Stuart-Hobson vs. Sousa @ 4:00pm Jackie Robinson Field (Game)
Head Coach: William Harrison
Outdoor Track & Field
Monday: 3:45pm - 5:00pm (Practice)
Tuesday: DCIAA MS Championship @ Spingarn HS (Meet)
Head Coach: Taurus McGhee
Head Coach: Mark Smith
Assistant Coach: Tyler Smith
Head Coach: Tomicula Williams
Athletic Coaches Vacancies
Head Boys Soccer Coach
Head Softball Coach
Updated calendars for DCPS are available at this link.
School meal menus can be found here: dcps.dc.gov/menus
Shout Outs and Celebrations
Thank you to the Capitol Hill Cluster School's PTA and our broader school community for participating in this weekend's Capitol Hill Classic races and fun run!
Congratulations to Dr. Taylor, assistant principal, on working to earn his Ph.D recently. Congratulations Doc! Also, a big shout out to Dr. Taylor for organizing a trip for 25 of our young men to the Empowering Men of Color Conference: Joy, Resistance, and Triumph at Howard University on Friday!
Grade Level Enrollment (rising grades)
New Information and Important Updates
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical
Just three weeks until SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical at Stuart Hobson. Join us at the pineapple under the sea June 9-11 for a fun show, great music, and all your favorite SpongeBob characters. "It's the best day ever!"
Friday, June 9 at 6:30pm
Saturday, June 10 at 1pm & 6:30pm
Sunday, June 11 at 3pm
Get more info and buy tickets: tinyurl.com/SHMS-Drama
Interested in an ad to celebrate a student in the performance or support a local business? Get more info and purchase ads for the SpongeBob Playbill here.
Apply to the Technology Advisory Committee (6/19)
Join the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) and shape equitable and inclusive education in DCPS classrooms through technology. Together, we'll discuss, identify, and solve challenges, revolutionizing technology integration. Your unique perspective matters and school leaders, instructional staff, tech POCs and DCPS families are encouraged to apply here by Monday, June 19, 2023to make a meaningful impact and advance digital equity.
Previous Announcements & Resources
You can find previously released newsletters and information here.
The most current version of the Student & Family Handbook is linked on our website.
**The information below is new or an updated version of something announced previously! **
Equity at the Capitol Hill Cluster School Past, Present, and Future Showcase and Dialogue Series
Thursdays, 6:00–7:30 PM @Stuart Hobson Middle School and on Teams
Childcare and dinner will be available for younger children. SHMS Eighth Grade Students are encouraged to attend with an adult caregiver.
Registration: https://bit.ly/40OCVCH Registration is recommended but not required.
Session 1. May 11. Equity at the Cluster Showcase
● How did equity drive the Cluster School formation?
● What is the Cluster’s equity agenda?
● How is our equity work related to structural racism?
Hear from the CHCS Equity Team and join an expert-led discussion with Ayo Magwood of Uprooting Inequity LLC.
Session 2. May 18. Historical and Structural Racism
75-minute presentation + Q&A. What are the historical roots of structural racism? Why didn’t civil rights legislation end racism?
Session 3: May 25. Remediating Structural Racism
75-minute presentation + Q&A. How do we remediate structural racism? How do we foster the cross-ideological solidarity needed to do so? (Session 2 is a prerequisite for this session.)
Session 4: June 1. The Origins of Race and Racism
75-minute presentation + Q&A. Why did we invent races and institutionalized racism? Why do societies invent races?
Session 4: June 8. CHCS Dialogue
90-minute dialogue. How do we use the recommended principles and frameworks to remediate structural inequities in CHCS and our communities?
Ayo Magwood (Uprooting Inequity LLC) specializes in ideologically-neutral and empirically-based education on historical and structural racism. She breaks down scholarly research, primary sources, data, and abstract concepts into engaging narratives and diagrams. Analyzing these root causes allows us to work together ‘across difference’ to remediate structural inequities and unequal access to opportunity. Ayo was recognized as a leading expert on social justice teaching in an April 2023 Harvard Educational Review journal article.
Ayo has a B.A. in economics and international relations from Brown University and a M.Sc. in applied economics from Cornell University. She is the author of “Why ‘Elite’ Independent Schools Can’t Retain Black and Brown Faculty” in Anti-Oppressive Education in “Elite” Schools (2021), co-author of “5 Ways to Teach About Structural Racism in Polarized Times” in Psychology Today (2022), and co-author of “Using Conceptual Tensions and Supreme Court Cases to Increase Critical Thinking in Government and Civics Classrooms” in Social Education (2013).
2022-23 SHMS Yearbook
Online orders are closed. If you would still like to preorder a yearbook, have your child bring $20 cash to Ms. Smith, either at phone collection in the morning or in room #314. Receipts will be provided and yearbooks will be distributed in June.
Lost & Found
This is a reminder that the school's Lost and Found is located in the main lobby. We will donate anything that is not claimed at the end of May and belongings continue piling up (photo above). Per our school policy, we collaborate with the PTA to donate any unclaimed clothing around the end of each term.
If your student is missing anything, or you recognize any clothing in the recent photos below, please stop by or encourage your student to check the lost and found and retrieve their belongings.
May Emergency Drills: Evacuation & Lockdown
Dear Stuart-Hobson MS Parents and Families:
The safety of our students is always a high priority for us here at Stuart-Hobson Middle School. One of the best ways to ensure a safe school environment is to practice our emergency drills and procedures. District of Columbia law requires our school conduct several drills throughout the school year, one of which is a Lockdown Drill.
A Lockdown Drill is used to secure our school building and campus during incidents that pose an immediate threat of violence in and around the school. During a lockdown, teachers and staff quickly clear hallways and lock or secure classroom doors. Additionally, no one is allowed to enter or exit the building. Parents and/or guardians will not be permitted to enter and should not come to the school during a lockdown.
While we cannot always inform parents when we conduct a drill, this message is to inform you that our school will conduct a Lockdown Drill on Friday, May 5th at 2:45 PM. This routine exercise protects our school community from potential dangers in the building or campus. Please know that every school in DCPS is required to complete two lockdown drills per year.
We are sharing the information in advance so families will not be alarmed if they hear about the drill from their child during the day or when they come home from school. We encourage you to talk to your child about the exercise and reassure them that this is being done to help keep them safe and that they should not be scared or stressed about practicing these emergency procedures. We hope there will never be a time when we must face an actual emergency. However, by practicing drills, we prepare our students and staff to remain calm and take proper action if an emergency arises.
The safety of our students is our priority, and drills like this one help our school community prepare in case of an emergency. Please call the school office with questions at 202-671-6010 or contact me via email at email@example.com
I appreciate your support.
1st Period Attendance Challenge
The attendance team has organized an attendance challenge for first period classes for the next four weeks. Each week, the 1st period class in each grade level with the highest attendance will be eligible for awards like a pizza party, gift card raffle, and a Union Station lunch trip. Please remind students that on-time arrival to school and first period is essential for setting the tone and succeeding all day long!
Please contact Ms. Lovelock or Ms. Hargrove with any questions.
Speakers Needed: College & Career Week, June 5-9
Calling all parents, SHMS alums, and family friends!
We are planning to engage students with guest speaker appearances during the week of June 5-9. We would like to expose students to stories and learning about post-secondary opportunities. If you or someone you know is attending a post-secondary institution, has recently graduated, and/or works in a field that students would be interested in learning more about please contact Ms. Lovelock to schedule a time to visit one or more of our classes. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are planning for speakers to join classes any day that week and anytime between 9:00-1:00 PM. The minimum commitment would be one hour and we can share more information and guidance once guests are registered to attend.
Thank you for considering!
Reminder: Hiring for SY 2023-24 is Underway!
Fiscal Year 2024 school budgets were recently published for all DCPS schools. Our recruitment and hiring processes are underway for the positions listed below. Some of these positions will be added to our budget this year, others reflect expected staff shifts and transitions. Please share this list of opportunities with colleagues and acquaintances who would be a great fit for our school community. In addition to applying to the DCPS pool of applicants by following the links below, interested candidates can express their interest in an opportunity by emailing our hiring team and/or Principal Fraser.
Assistant Principal, 6th Grade Academy
Coordinator, Special Education (shared with Peabody-Watkins ES)
Social Worker (shared with Peabody-Watkins ES)
Teacher, Special Education - Inclusion
Thanks everyone for spreading the word about these opportunities!
Enrollment for School Year 2023-2024 is now open!
I am so excited to report that 55% of families have already enrolled for the upcoming school year! If your student is joining us next year, please complete your enrollment online or by contacting the main office for support as soon as possible. Again, we hope to have at least 75% of our students enrolled for next year by the end of this week!
Currently, grade level progress to enrollment stands as follows:
Rising 6th grade: 45%
Rising 7th grade: 61%
Rising 8th grade: 53%
Thank you for being a part of DCPS this school year, and we look forward to welcoming your family again next year. If you haven’t already, be sure to first learn about your in-boundary school and feeder school. If you received a lottery match – congratulations! To secure your seat at your matched school, you must complete enrollment by Monday, May 1.
Enrollment can be completed in the following three steps:
Submit your completed enrollment packet to your DCPS school.
We want to support you with enrollment, so if you need assistance, please contact your school or the DCPS Enrollment Team at email@example.com.
Community Discussion Events: Equity in The Cluster
The Cluster is partnering with expert Ayo Magwood on a series examining structural racism in the US. The first of these events will highlight the Cluster's equity journey and feature a discussion with Ayo on structural racism.
These hybrid sessions will be hosted in person at Stuart-Hobson MS and virtually on Teams. SHMS eighth graders are encouraged to attend with an adult caregiver. Childcare and dinner will be available for younger children. All sessions from 6:00-7:30 pm. You can register here.
Thurs, May 11 - Equity at the Cluster: Past, Present, and Future - Featuring Ayo Magwood of Uprooting Inequity
Thurs, May 18 - Structural Racism: Historical Roots & Contemporary Impacts
Thurs, May 25 - Remediating Structural Racism
Thurs, June 1 - The Origins of Race and Racism
Thurs, June 8 - Strategies for Remediating Racism -Facilitated by the Cluster Equity Team
DCPS Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Board SY 2023-24 Application
Applications are now open for the DCPS Chancellor Ferebee’s Parent Advisory Board for the 2023 - 2024 school year. Applications are available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese and Amharic (see attached flyers). For more information, visit: bit.ly/dcpschancellorparentboard.
DCPS Calendar Updates for SY 2023-24 & 2024-25
Dear DCPS Community,
I am writing to share updates to the DC Public Schools (DCPS) calendar for the upcoming 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years, including an adjustment to the first day of school.
At DCPS, we work to develop a calendar that reflects the needs and preferences of families and staff, honors agreements with our labor partners, and adheres to the requirements of local regulations. To learn about our community’s calendar preferences, we engaged over 1,300 community members representing every DCPS school to provide feedback on the calendars that were released last spring.
Thank you to those who participated!
The recently passed Elections Modernization Amendment Act of 2021 necessitates a shift in the upcoming school year calendars as it requires DCPS to close on DC’s primary election day in June. As we explored options for this adjustment, we prioritized the feedback from the initial development of a calendar that included ending school prior to the Juneteenth holiday and minimizing the number of partial weeks.
Please note the following adjustments:
School Year 2023-2024
School will start on Monday, August 28, 2023, instead of Tuesday, August 29.
Tuesday, January 2, 2024, will be a professional development day for staff. There are no changes to the announced student schedule for winter break; classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.
Schools will be closed for teachers and students on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, for DC’s primary election day.
School Year 2024-2025
School will start on Monday, August 26, 2024, instead of Tuesday, August 27.
Friday, January 17, 2025, will be a professional development day. School will be closed for students.
There is no DC primary election day in June 2025.
We also anticipate adjustments to the School Year 2025-2026 calendar, and we are working with city leadership to finalize those updates. It is our hope that sharing this information supports your planning for the years ahead with DCPS. You can review updated school calendars at dcps.dc.gov/page/dcps-calendars.
Lewis D. Ferebee, Ed.D.
2022-23 SHMS Yearbook - Order Now!
After a COVID hiatus, the Stuart-Hobson Yearbook is back! See below to order yours today. Select your student's first period teacher when completing the order form. Reach out to Molly Smith firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Registration Open for DCPS Summer Programs
Every summer, DC Public Schools (DCPS) offers summer learning opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school students. Students who take part in summer programming can form new friendships, strengthen academic skills, and prepare for the year ahead. There is no cost to attend a DCPS summer program!
From acceleration academies for elementary students, career exploration for middle schoolers, or credit courses for high school students—there is something for every DCPS student this summer.
Most programs will take place on weekdays between July 3 to August 4 for full or half-days and include breakfast and lunch.
There is also a focused English Learner Summer Academic Program for students learning English, an Extended School Year opportunity for students named by Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams, and credit accelerators and credit recovery for high school students. Students eligible for these summer programs will hear directly from their school.
Additionally, rising 6th and 9th graders will have the opportunity to attend a “summer bridge” week at their new middle or high school this August. Please take time to check out the DCPS Family Guide for Summer Learning and explore the options available to you.
Registration for students currently in PK4 to 8th Grade is now open.
Click the registration button at dcpsstrong.com/summer, and you can complete the sign-up form on a phone, tablet, or computer.
Summer 2023: Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC
Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC is a free bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Campers enjoy a full day of traditional camp activities and grief-focused workshops to help them explore a variety of ways to express themselves while developing skills in a safe, supportive environment. All the activities are specially designed to help campers express themselves and develop bonds with others. The Wendt Center believes that grief impacts the entire family system, therefore a portion of each session is dedicated to intentionally integrating caregivers and family members.
Attention Medicaid Beneficiaries!
Did you know all District residents who access healthcare services via DC Medicaid, Alliance, or the Immigrant Children’s Program must start renewing their health coverage again? Don’t miss out on important information- take time today to update your address, phone number, and email at districtdirect.dc.gov so the Department of Health Care Finance knows where to send your Medicaid renewal letter. If you need help, please call the Public Benefits Call Center at (202) 727-5355.
Student Clubs & Extra-Curriculars
Craft and Chat Club Returns!
Join us to craft (or just doodle!), chat, and have community with each other! Crafts provided!
When: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm
Where: Office #117
Why: To have fun, relax, and craft!
Who: YOU! ALL students are welcome!
Questions? See Ms. Harrington (email@example.com, office #221)
We The Girls Club
Contact Ms. Rouse or Ms. Bonner with questions or requests for more information.
Stuart Hobson Debate Team Tournament Schedule 2022-2023
Tournaments start at 8:30 am and end (roughly) by 5:30 pm
Breakfast and lunch are provided
Participants are responsible for transportation to and from host sites. Should a last-minute change in location occur, every effort will be made to spread the information.
Questions? Contact Mr. Plaisted, firstname.lastname@example.org
Policies & Daily Operations
School Mental Health Supports
Field Trip Eligibility
- Passing ALL classes
- In-seat Attendance (ISA) is 90%+
- Fewer than 5 tardies (late arrival) to class per month
- Zero Tier 3-5 behavior infractions
- Fewer than 3 behavior referrals in term (or previous month)
- Mandatory testing (e.g. iReady, RI, etc.) complete
Administrators and teacher teams will review student eligibility prior to any scheduled trips. Please reach out to a grade-level administrator or field trip organizer with any questions about your student's participation or eligibility.
SY 2022-23 Uniform & Dress Code 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 3:30 PM, unless athletic, dance or other specific apparel is required by the coach/leader.
o Long or short-sleeved solid red polo shirt/t-shirt. SHMS logo optional. Any non-SHMS logo on uniform shirts or sweatshirts must be the size of a $1 bill (1 dollar) or smaller
o Plain black cotton sweatshirts (front zip or pullover) and knit vests. No hoods.
o Khaki pants, skirts/shorts, worn at waist level.
o Comfortable closed-toed shoes or sneakers covering the entire foot. No sandals, slippers, or Crocs.
o Tops like crewneck t-shirts, sweaters, and sweatshirts (no hoods) that show school pride (e.g. SHMS or CHCS logos).
While students may wear some of the following to and from school, they are expected to avoid wearing all of the following during the school day, on trips, and in after-school activities:
• Hoods over student's heads while inside school,
• Outerwear like jackets, fleeces, parkas, windbreakers, etc.,
• Metal studs on headbands and other accessories
• Khaki-colored leggings/ tights (worn in place of Khaki pants).
• Small purses or fanny packs
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.
Uniform Non-Compliance PolicyStudents should comply with the uniform policy daily. Uniform policy violations can be documented in Live School. Some uniform deficiencies can be remedied by the support team but the loss of instructional time should be avoided when supporting students in complying with the policy. If for some reason a student is out of compliance in your classroom you may reach out to a grade-level administrator or dean for support or remedy. Patterns of infractions should be handled like other Tier 1 and 2 infractions outlined above in the “Disciplinary Policy” section.
Reminder: Uniform & Personal Belongings Policies
Teachers, staff, and administrators will be monitoring adherence to the following policies as students return from the Winter Recess:
1. Crewneck / V-Neck sweaters and sweatshirts: Students may wear crewneck / V-neck sweaters or sweatshirts that are solid RED, BLACK, or WHITE. Sweaters and sweatshirts in those colors with a logo smaller than a dollar bill are also acceptable.
2. School gear: Students may wear sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts (long / short sleeved), and polos that display the school logo. The dollar-bill size logo is waived for clothing showing school / Cluster pride.
3. Not Allowed: There is no change to the policy on other colors, outerwear, or hoodies. Outerwear, hoodies, and shirts that are not red/black/white are NOT ALLOWED to be worn during the school day.
4. Lockers: Students are expected to visit their lockers four times a day - before school, before lunch, after lunch, and at the dismissal bell. Outerwear (may be retrieved for outdoor recess before lunch and returned after lunch) and backpacks should remain in lockers throughout the day.
Failure to adhere to the above policies will result in redirections, student conferences, parent conferences, and the temporary confiscation of belongings that are out of compliance with the policy.
Aspen Family Portal Access
Aspen Family Portal
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.
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:
- What you need to know about the Parent Portal
- Lo que necesita saber sobre el Portal de Padres
We strongly recommend that families using iOS devices also download the "Grade Corner" app, which allows you to login to Aspen and monitor your student's grades and attendance in a streamlined app. The app was actually developed by an SHMS parent a few years ago.
Additionally, we will discuss student schedules during the family information sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday and hope you can join us for one of those virtual meetings!
Supports for Students & Families
LGBTQ+ Resources & Supports
DCPS is an inclusive school community and makes every effort to support all students. Below and attached are resources for LGBTQ+ youth, their families, and allies. We are grateful that Mr. Thrift is our liaison for this work at SHMS. Our Panther Pride club has resumed their meetings and you should expect more information in upcoming newsletters.
Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Thrift (contact information below) to support a student in building a relationship with this support network.
Office Hours: Mondays – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Schedule a Conference with Mr. Thrift @ https://calendly.com/john-thrift2/30min
Mental Health Supports
Molly Smith, Social Worker, email@example.com
Jessica Thompkins, Social Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Harrington, DBH Social Worker, email@example.com
Montrice Williams, CIS Social Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Schimmerling, Guidance Counselor, email@example.com
Tomicula Willams, Guidance Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Dezen, email@example.com
Stuart-Hobson Middle School
Location: 410 E Street Northeast, Washington, DC, USA