SHMS Family Newsletter
January 15, 2023
Greetings Stuart-Hobson community,
I hope that everyone is having a peaceful holiday weekend. Our students kicked off the celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by joining other DCPS schools and students on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for recitations of important speeches from the decades of work in our country to pursue equality and justice for all people. If you are in town and looking for ways to celebrate Dr. King and lift up his spirit and work, the opportunities abound.
We have a short week ahead and only six instructional days left in the second term. A week from Wednesday will mark the halfway point in the school year and students will be busy this week wrapping up middle of year testing and other end of term tasks. We encourage everyone to closely monitor communications from teachers and grades in Aspen so that students can take advantage of all opportunities to set themselves up for a strong finish and second half of the school year.
I hope that everyone continues to find peace and opportunities to amplify Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s teaching and legacies this weekend. See you all on Tuesday and let's have a great week!
Upcoming Dates: January 16-20
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed, schools closed
- A great instructional day!
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- January 25, End of Term 2: Records-Keeping & PD Day for teachers & staff, no school for students
- January 26, 8th Grade Mock Interview/Application Night, 6:00-8:00 PM
- January 27, Pep Assembly!
- January 31, Picture Day (Make-Ups), 9:00-12:00 PM
- February 7, LSAT Meeting, 6:30-7:30 PM
- February 8, Grade Level Town Halls w/Term 2 Awards (Parents/Guardians invited)
- February 15, SHMS Open House, 6:00-7:30 PM
- February 20, Presidents Day, schools closed
- February 21-24, Winter Recess, no school for teachers or students
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.
Girls Basketball: #1 Seed East Division
Boys Basketball: #1 Seed East Division
Indoor Track & Field
No Practice this week
Head Coach: Taurus McGhee
Head Coach: Mark Smith
Tuesday Stuart-Hobson vs. McKinley Tech @ 6:00pm Stuart-Hobson (Game) 8th grade night
Wednesday: 4:30pm - 6:00pm (Practice)
Thursday: Stuart-Hobson vs. Sousa @ 6:00pm Sousa (Game)
Head Coach: Sylvester Robinson
Tuesday: Stuart-Hobson vs. McKinley Tech @ Stuart-Hobson 4:45pm (Game) *8th grade night
Wednesday: 3:30pm - 5:00pm (Practice)
Thursday: 3:30 - 5:00pm (Game)
Head Coach: Troy Henderson
Tuesday: Stuart-Hobson vs. McKinley Tech @ Stuart-Hobson (Game) *8th grade night
Wednesday: 3:30pm - 5:00pm (Practice)
Thursday: 3:30pm - 5:00pm (Practice)
Head Coach: Sheritha Dixon
Thursday: 3:30pm - 5:00pm @ HD Woodson Aquatics Center (Practice)
Head Coach: Stanley Stancil
SPRING SPORTS COMING SOON!
Head Coach: William Harrison
Outdoor Track & Field
Head Coach: Taurus McGhee
Candidates interested in coaching or volunteering. Send your resume to Richard.Strong@k12.dc.gov
Coaching Vacancies: SY 2022-23
Head Coach: Wrestling (Winter Season )
Head Coach: Co-Ed Lacrosse (Spring Season)
Interested candidates or volunteers should send a resume to Athletic Director Strong, Richard.Strong@k12.dc.gov
Shout Outs and Celebrations
Congratulations to Mr. Simmons and the SHMS Jazz Ensemble for being invited to perform at the U.S. Department of Education's Staff New Year's Party this week! Not only did our students show up and share an incredible performance but they were shouted out be U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Twitter!
Thank you to Ms. Pergerson and Ms. Kensey for maintaining an annual ritual by engaging our students in a trip and recitation at the Lincoln Memorial to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and help us jumpstart celebrations for Black History Month in February. This year, student's recited a speech from President Obama.
Thank you to the current staff and families who joined us at our virtual Open House this past week. We saw Mr. Herr, Ms. Hargrove, Ms. Tomlinson, and Mr. Broome online and engaging with prospective students and families - thank you all!
Thank you to our guidance counselors, Ms. Williams and Ms. Schimmerling, for organizing and facilitating the first of two mock interview and application events for 8th grade students and families to support them in navigating the high school application process.
You can find the latest edition of our student paper, The Panther Gazette, online for easy access anytime and on-the-go!
New Information and Important Updates
Any student who did not have an opportunity to sign up for the SHMS Spelling Bee in advisory class this week may do so by completing this form: https://tinyurl.com/SHMSBEE2023
The deadline to sign up is midnight on January 16, 2023!
More information will come to families of students who sign up early next week. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Families! Please share this information with your scholar:
Do you consider yourself to be a pretty good speller? Do you love competition? Do you enjoy spelling in front of a crowd? Not sure, but want to give it a try anyway? SHMS needs you! Sign up to participate in our schoolwide spelling bee!
The first round of our schoolwide bee will happen online during the week of 1/17. It will be multiple choice test that interested students take on their devices in the library. Students will listen to a word and select the correct spelling. Students who are interested will get more information when they sign up on the form at this website during advisory next week. (If they are too excited to wait for advisory to sign up, they can fill out the form now!)
SHMS Annual Perfect Attendance Pancake Breakfast
At SHMS we like to celebrate our students with monthly perfect attendance incentives. For the month of January, our incentive will be the Annual Perfect Attendance Pancake Celebration. This event will take place on Friday, January 27, 2023. All students who have perfect attendance from December 1 thru January 20, 2023, will be invited to participate. The time of the event is from 8:15 am to 10:1 5am. Students will be allowed to enjoy their pancakes during this window of time. In addition, we are looking for volunteer support for various roles and time slots to assist with the event.
For more information about the event or to express interest in volunteering, please reach out to Ms. Hargrove at Clara.Hargrove@k12.DC.Gov, or by phone at 202-200-4218. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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
REMINDER: End of Term Reminders
We hope that all students finish the term strong and pass all of their classes with high levels of success. As the term wraps up we want to remind everyone of some key policies and deadlines.
January 24: This is the last instructional day of the term for students.
January 25: This is the last day of the term and all work must be turned in by 11:59:59 PM to count towards current term marks.
January 25-February 1: Teachers will grade all work and finalize student marks in Aspen.
February 3-10: Report cards will be prepared and mailed home. They will also become visible in Aspen during this time period.
"WS" Marks - Any assignment with a grade of "WS" (Waiting for Submission) has not yet been turned in and graded. Students have through the end of the term to hand in any late or missing work and the highest grade that late assignments will receive is a "B".
Aspen - Aspen is the official record of student academic performance. While other platforms (Canvas, Reading Plus, Zearn, etc.) may include information about student performance and growth, Aspen houses their attendance, lists of assignments, and grades. Please remember that teachers have up 10 days from when an assignment is turned in until a grade must be posted for that assignment in Aspen.
Grade Appeals - Families and students may appeal student marks AFTER receiving their student's report card. If you believe that a term/final mark was is inaccurate because of a miscalculation or unfairly calculated you can appeal to a counselor or administrator within two weeks of receiving the report card.
Previous Announcements & Resources
**The information below is new or an updated version of something announced previously! **
Student Clubs & Extra-Curriculars
Space Camp Registration
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Space Camp interest meeting last week! If you missed it or would like to see the slides, you can find all the information in the slide deck by clicking here or you can view the whole presentation by clicking here.
Any family that is interested in registering for Space Camp can sign up via this link, or reach out to Ms. Rosera at Bethany.Rosera@k12.dc.gov for more information. Financial assistance is available on a limited basis, and registrations will be accepted until the trip is full.
Note: If you would like a version of the video with closed captions/transcript, for whatever reason the downloaded video would not save them but please reach out to Ms. Rosera and she will send the "Stream" version directly.
Extracurricular & Athletics Attendance
As the weather has cooled off, we want to remind everyone that students are not allowed inside the school building after 3:30 PM unless they are participating in supervised, school-approved activity. If students do not have practice until later in the afternoon they should not wait in the building unsupervised for practice to begin, instead, they should leave at dismissal and return for their practice. Activity sponsors are responsible for student supervision anytime students are on campus or in the building after-school and in the evenings.
Additionally, please remember that because of space and supervision constraints, students may only attend athletic events as spectators if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be responsible for them while they attend the event.
Unless in use for athletic events, students and families should plan for after-school entry and pick-up to occur at the main entrance at 410 E Street NE.
Thank you all for working with us to maintain a safe school community and after-school programming.
SHMS Participation in the Scripps Spelling Bee
Please see the linked study lists for 6th , 7th, and 8th grade spelling words to help your scholar prepare for our first round spelling bees which will occur during Advisory the week of January 9th. Please e-mail email@example.com if you would like access to more comprehensive spelling word lists. More information is coming soon!
National History Day Information Session Recording
Thank you again to the SHMS Social Studies team for hosting an NHD Information Session for families recently. You can find a recording of that event here. Please reach out to your student's Social Studies teacher or the department chair, Mr. Frail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or requests for support.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Updates
Current NJHS students were invited to meet during their designated lunch periods on December 1, 2022 to discuss upcoming membership season, service projects, etc.
We are excited to kick-off the SY 22-23 recruitment period. Students who have earned a 3.75 GPA or better in all core courses for Term 1 are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 during their designated lunch periods. During this meeting students will view a presentation outlining the requirements for membership. Each student will be allowed 48 business hours to discuss this information with parents and either accept or decline the invitation for membership.
7th grade students who decline the invitation will be eligible to receive an invitation next school year.
8th grade students who decline the invitation are encouraged to seek out the National Honor Society at the high school of their choice.
We look forward to working with your scholar this school year.
D’Ambra Taylor (email@example.com)
Tomicula Williams-Leary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Sponsors, SHMS NJHS
Join Stuart Hobson’s new Mock Trial Program!
This is a great program for any student - introverts, extroverts, wanna-be lawyers, actors, writers, free thinkers, good-at-arguing-with-siblings, and everyone in between.
Over the course of the year, students will prepare to conduct a mock criminal trial, with students taking on roles as lawyers and witnesses. The program culminates in June 2023 with a full mock trial before a real judge in a real courtroom (and before an audience of family and friends).
During class, students will learn the nuts and bolts of trials and effective trial advocacy skills. We will also discuss the legal system, some current events that pertain to the law and careers in the law. The majority of class time will be spent preparing for the mock trial. Students will work in teams (the defense team or the prosecution team) to get their “case” ready for trial. Depending on their role, the students will write opening and closing arguments, as well as questions for direct and cross examinations of witnesses.
This class is taught by Kate Weisburd, a Stuart Hobson parent. She has taught this class before, most recently for 5th graders at Ludlow Taylor. By day, Ms. Weisburd is a professor at George Washington Law School and previously worked as a trial attorney for many years. She has taught this class several times and is excited to bring it to Stuart Hobson. Some GW Law students may also provide additional coaching via zoom and/or join occasionally as guest speakers.
You can watch a video of the Ludlow Taylor mock trial here (on zoom because of COVID).
Questions? Feel free to reach out to Ms. Weisburd at email@example.com
Ready to join?
Interested students (or their guardians) should complete this form so that Ms. Weisburd can communicate directly with you.
Does my child have to have an interest in the law?
Absolutely not. It's great if they do, but it's equally great if they don't. This program is designed to expose students to what it's like to be a lawyer, but it's also a great chance to practice written and oral advocacy. Mock trial is also a great fit for students who like to perform and who might enjoy playing a witness.
What happens during class time?
Each class will be structured with a set lesson plan that includes lots of opportunity to practice advocacy skills. Over the course of the year, the students will work towards preparing for a final mock trial.
What is required of the students?
The most important requirement is that students attend class each week between mid-November and the trial. Missing class every now and then is inevitable and fine. But this is a full year commitment. There will also be very short and low-key homework assignments. In the spring, students will work on writing witness questions, as well as opening and closing statements.
Is there a min or max number of students?
The ideal class size is 12-15 students but we may be able to accommodate more students.
REMINDER: Space Camp Returns!
It brings us great pride to announce that one of our school’s signature programs will be returning. Because of the hiatus that the pandemic put on this tradition, we are collaborating with the PTA to offer students in all grade levels the opportunity to participate in Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama in 2023. Typically, we take our incoming 6th grade class, but we want to accommodate students who missed this great opportunity during the past two years. Below is some information for interested families so you can begin planning for your students participation:
Space Camp Dates:
- April 10 to 12, 2023 6th Grade
- May 22 to 24, 2023; 7th and 8th Grades
How can I participate?
- All grade levels are invited for this year’s Space Camp Trip
- The 6th grade trip has a capacity of 90 students
- The 7th and 8th grade trip has a capacity of 90 students (45 per grade level)
- Chaperones: Please reach out to Ms. Lovelock or Mr. Howard if you are interested in chaperoning this trip. All chaperones, must be DCPS employees and/or have passed the clearance process for school-based volunteers
Criteria for Attending Space Camp:
- Students shall not have accrued 9 or more unexcused absences from start of school until November 2022
- Students shall have not received 4 or more behavioral referrals
- Students shall meet general criteria for field trip eligibility
Space Camp Payment Schedule and Process:
- Payments must be made as money orders, payable to "Stuart-Hobson Middle School"
- Families will receive a receipt after each payment.
- Funding will go towards transportation, food, and admission to Space Camp
- Our goal is to fundraise as much as possible to help offset costs for trip participants
- Payments can be received by Ms. Lovelock before school from 8:30 am to 9:30 am and evenings 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday
1st Payment of $250 due Nov. 14th
2nd payment of 250 due Dec. 2nd
3rd and final payment $205 Jan 6th
Spots will be reserved on a first paid basis and failure to meet subsequent payment deadlines may result in the loss of a student's spot on the trip roster.
- 8 scholarships will be available for both trips
- 4 scholarships for 6th grade
- 4 scholarships for 7th and 8th grade (2 per grade level)
- Scholarships are available to families that demonstrate an economic hardship/need and whose student qualifies otherwise
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, office #221)
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, email@example.com
Policies & Daily Operations
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.
Lost & Found
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.
Immunization Compliance Reminder
If you have any questions you can reach out to our school nurse or AP Turner.
DCPS Impact Aid Survey Opens November 1st
This SY22-23 Impact Aid Survey is available starting November 1, 2022. Each year, DCPS asks all families to complete the Impact Aid survey to generate additional federal funds for DCPS. This year, the surveys will be fully electronic using the Seamless platform. All eligible applications received by December 22 will be submitted as part of the initial application due on January 31, 2023. Using the surveys linked below, all DCPS families should complete one survey per child, not household, in their preferred language. While December 22 is our initial deadline, families will have until April 30, 2023 to complete the survey. All additional eligible surveys will be included in our application amendment due June 30, 2023. Please refer to this FAQ document for additional guidance.
If you have questions, please contact us at DCPSImpactAid@k12.dc.gov.
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.
Title I Scholar-Family-School Compact Feedback
As mentioned in Title I family meeting sessions, the draft of our annual Scholar-Family-School Compact is up for review. If you have any recommendations for revisions or additions to this document we encourage you to share them here. We will review any recommendations and publish a final version of these year's compact by the first parent-teacher conference event on October 6. Thanks in advance for your feedback!
Student Device Updates
Lost/Stolen DCPS Technology
If your student's DCPS laptop is lost or stolen, email Ms. Tomlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. Notification of lost or stolen technology must be provided to the school in writing. Phone calls or a conversation with a teacher or other staff member does not count as official notification of a lost or stolen item.
For stolen devices, you must file a police report and send a copy to email@example.com. After the police report is received, DCPS will activate location tracking on the stolen device.
For lost devices, there is a waiting period before the school issue a replacement. Starting from the date the school receives written notification that a device is missing, the waiting period is 10 business days for a replacement laptop and 5 business days for a replacement charger or keyboard. During the waiting period, the student must diligently search the school each day, including in classrooms and common spaces like the gym and cafeteria. Most missing laptops turn up after a proper search. If the missing items have not been located after the waiting period, the student's parent or guardian must out to Ms. Tomlinson to schedule an appointment to sign the paperwork for a replacement.
Most accidental damage is covered under warranty. If a student's laptop is damaged, they should see Ms. Tomlinson in the library during first period or after school.
Technology Support at School
Ms. Tomlinson is available for technology support during first period (9:00 am - 10:10 am) and after school from 3:30 - 3:45 pm. Students must obtain a pass from their teacher in order to visit the library for tech support.
Technology Support at Home
Students and parents may call the DCPS Help Desk at 202-442-5715 for assistance outside school hours.
Spanish - We have selected a candidate and expect them to begin reporting in the next 1.5-3 weeks after finishing the onboarding process.
CES (self-contained Special Education) - We have selected a candidate for hire and are waiting for them to complete the onboarding process.
6th & 8th grade Social Studies - We are still seeking a candidate for this position.
Substitutes - We are seeking substitute teachers to report and cover teachers on leave and/or to assist with daily coverage needs.
Please connect any interested candidates directly with Principal Fraser (firstname.lastname@example.org) or an assistant principal.
Free Meals for Students at SHMS!
We are delighted to remind everyone that school meals are free for all students at SHMS again this year! School menus can be found here: dcps.dc.gov/menus.
If your student needs any dietary accommodations, please complete the Dietary Accommodation Forms. Any student that requires a different meal than what is being served (due to medical, food allergy, or philosophical reason) must complete the appropriate form and submit it to email@example.com or to the cafeteria lead. Please note that a new form is no longer required each year; only when the student requires a new accommodation or a change to their accommodation. Dietary accommodations from SY 19-20 and later will carry forward.
Adults, including teachers, school staff, and parents can purchase meals by creating an Adult Meal Account.
Follow us on social media to stay tuned with our latest events on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using @DCPSEats.
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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.
Student Schedules Live This Week!
Student schedules have been posted in Aspen and should be visible to anyone with an Aspen account. Students or families without an account should soon receive an invitation to set one up by email. We will provide students with copies of their schedule during the first week of school as well.
Aspen Family Portal
Aspen Family Portal accounts will be available the week of August 22nd. 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:
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!
IEPs, 504 Plans, and Language Acquisition
If your student is an English language learner (ELL), has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan, or you are interested in learning about these different supports, please know that our team is ready to connect with you to answer questions and connect you with supports.
Please see the points of contact for each type of inquiry below:
Tamara Lovelock (firstname.lastname@example.org): Special Education and IEPs
Molly Smith (email@example.com): 504 Plans
AP Rennie Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org): English language learners, IEPs, or 504s
Back-To-School Vaccination Checklist
DC Public Schools works closely with DC Health to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. District law and regulations require all schools to ensure students are fully immunized to attend school, and we know that childhood immunizations are critical to keeping our community safe. Now is the time for families to schedule an annual wellness visit with your child’s doctor or attend a neighborhood or school-based vaccine clinic.
New for the 2022-2023 School Year, all students ages 12 and older are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, visit your local COVID Center.
Where to Obtain a Vaccine
The best place for DC families to access childhood immunizations is at their primary medical provider. If a family does not have a health care provider for their child or has difficulty securing an appointment before the first day of school, they can select one from a list of pediatric locations, located in every ward. There are DCPS School Based Health Centers to consider on that list, and mobile units that will visit schools through August and September.
- DC Health – Religious Exemption Seeking Process
- OSSE – COVID-19 Compliance Steps
- OSSE – Best Practices for School Leaders
For more information on obtaining immunizations by the first day of school, visit dcpsreopenstrong.com/vaccines.
SY 2022-23 Kids Ride Free Program
The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator while traveling within the District. The SY22-23 KRF cards will be delivered to schools starting 8/9 through 8/16 and will be activated as soon as they are assigned to a student. Please note that:
- SY22-23 KRF cards will be assigned to students without KRF cards first
- SY21-22 KRF cards will remain valid through September 30th
- Always tap the KRF card before rides
- Don’t leave home without the KRF card
- There is no fee for replacement cards
- For more information, visit KidsRideFree.dc.gov or call (202) 673-1740.
Please reach out to our Attendance Counselor, Ms. Clara Hargrove, with any questions or requests for support.
Stay Connected At Stuart-Hobson!
There are many ways that you can stay connected with the PTA and other families at SHMS. Here are a few popular spaces in our community:
Families can sign up for individual campus listservs (Peabody, Watkins and/or Stuart-Hobson) through our school website. Our listservs are designed to be open forums for Cluster parents to connect with other Cluster families and stay updated on school-related issues.
CAPITOL HILL CLUSTER SCHOOL WEBSITE
The Cluster School website has general school information, school news including weekly newsletters and the school calendar with events for all three campuses.
Follow us on Instagram! Photos of our Cluster community including Peabody, Watkins and Stuart-Hobson events.
Follow us on Twitter! The best way to see frequent posts and reminders of upcoming school events at all three campuses.
FACEBOOK: Capitol Hill Cluster School
Follow us on Facebook! General information and photos of recent and upcoming school events.
LINKEDIN: Capitol Hill Cluster School Parents Group
Join us on Linkedin! Network with other Peabody, Watkins and Stuart-Hobson parents. Lend your professional expertise to help the Cluster!
Supports for Students & Families
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