Hearst Weekly Update

February 2, 2020

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Principal's Message

Hello, Owls!

It's another busy week at Hearst and our first full week of school in several weeks. We're looking forward to seeing everyone in the morning and if you're a football fan, I hope that you enjoy the Super Bowl this evening and if you haven't done so, please complete the DCPS Panorama Survey linked below.

Thanks for your continued support and Happy #PalindromeDay,


What I'm reading this week: The Instructional Change Agent by Adam Drummond

News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • 2/3 - Hearst Autism Fund Meeting, 3:30-4:30, Room 214; Girls Basketball @ Lafayette, 4:00
  • 2/5 - Term 2 Report Cards and MOY data reports go home
  • 2/6 - Boys Basketball @ Hearst, 4:00; LSAT Meeting, 5:00-6:00
  • 2/7 - Community Meeting; Open House
  • 2/12 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30, Conference Room; PTA Meeting, 6:00-7:30, Library
  • 2/17-2/21 - February Break
  • 2/24-25 - Musical auditions; 3:30 -6:00 PM

  • 2/26 – Musical call backs; 3:30-5:30 PM

  • 2/28 – Black History Month Celebration, 9:00-9:30, Gym; Musical cast list posted

Please check the Bloomz calendar for other important dates.

Information About Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences

Why is Hearst doing conferences in February instead of on the DCPS conference day?

We have historically seen low attendance at Parent Teacher Conference Days prior to Monday holidays and unfortunately, the DCPS calendar reflected this scheduling for the January conference day. The DCPS conference day was also scheduled just two weeks after winter break and in the middle of the mid-year Benchmark testing window. Report cards will be sent home this week on February 5th and will include mid-year data reports as well. We will be holding conferences the week after we send home these reports so that you can review this information prior meeting with teachers for conferences. Our hope is to make the conferences more meaningful for all.

Does my child still have school in February when their homeroom teacher has conferences?
Yes! There will be a sub in the classroom and students will have school as usual.

What day is my child’s teacher holding conferences?

  • Monday, 2/10 - Clark, Marber, Loughead
  • Tuesday, 2/11 - Boyle, Prince, Dilley
  • Wednesday, 2/12 - Schiers, Haith, Levin
  • Thursday, 2/13 - Burleigh, Dawkins, Diaz, Stacey, Wiggins
  • Friday, 2/14 - Moss, Shea, Duvall

Where can I sign up for conferences?

Your child’s teacher will be creating a Bloomz sign up. Please reach out to your child's teacher with any scheduling questions.

Can I schedule a conference with an Inner Core teacher?
Yes! Inner Core teachers will be holding conferences. See below for days and times.


Ms. Cantillo-Show

Monday 2/10 from 8:45-10:45 am

Please see the sign up on Bloomz to schedule your conference.

Physical Education:

Mr. Coleman

Monday 2/10 from 12-12:45 pm

Tuesday 2/11 from 12-12:45 pm


Mr. Munz

Tuesday 2/11 from 8:45-10:45 am

Open hours; come on by!


Ms. Baker

Thursday 2/13 from 8:45-10:45 am


Mrs. Dittamo

Thursday 2/13 from 8:45-10:45 am

How can I give feedback after my parent teacher conference?
A survey will be sent out both digitally and offered in paper form. Please plan to complete a survey after your conference and before you leave the building!

News and Announcements from DCPS

2020 Panorama Family Survey Now Open

The Panorama Family Survey is now open! The survey window is from Monday, January 13 – Friday, February 14. Log in to Panorama's website panoramaed.com to monitor your school's responses, and email panoramasurvey@k12.dc.gov with questions.

Reminder: My School DC Lottery Now Open

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2020-2021 is now open. My School DC is the city’s common application and public school lottery for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12).

Families must use the My School DC lottery application to apply to:

  • DCPS PK3 / PK4 programs (including programs at in-boundary DCPS schools);
  • DCPS citywide and out-of-boundary schools (PK3-12);
  • DCPS selective high schools (9-12); and
  • all participating public charter schools (PK3-12)

The application deadlines are February 3, 2020 for grades 9-12 and March 2, 2020 for grades PK3-8.

Have questions or need help with your application? Call the My School DC hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email info.myschooldc@dc.gov.

For more information and to apply, go to www.myschooldc.org.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Registration for DPR Spring Programming Opens Monday, Feb. 3

Registration for the Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) spring programming will open on Monday, February 3. From sports programs to leisure activities to senior fitness classes, we have something for everyone.

To register for a program:

  • visit DPR’s Registration Portal;
  • select an age group;
  • browse location and program type; and
  • select a program, add to cart, and proceed to checkout.

For more information on DPR spring programming, go todpr.dc.gov.

Next W3EdNet Meeting on February 10 at 7pm at Tenley-Friendship Library

Our next Ward 3 - Wilson High School Feeder Pattern Education Network (W3EdNet) meeting is on Monday, February 10 at 7pm in the large meeting room of the Tenley-Friendship Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave NW). We will be hosting Amy Maisterra (https://dcps.dc.gov/biography/dr-amy-maisterra), Deputy Chancellor for DC Public Schools, to talk about DCPS budgets and answer questions. This would be a particularly good meeting for members of LSATs to attend.

We hope to see you there!

March's meeting will be on Monday, March 9 at 7pm, also at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Our topics will include hearing from Judith Ingram on the campaign to change the name of Wilson High School.

Brian and Melody

Co-Chairs, W3EdNet


The Ward 3 - Wilson High School Feeder Pattern Education Network (W3EdNet) is a group made up of PTO Board and LSAT members as well as other interested community members. We aim to work together to support schools in the Wilson feeder pattern, host community events of common interest, and advocate for better schools across the city.

Greater Washington Urban League Scholarships ( High School Seniors & Undergraduates)- Applications Now Available

Dear School and College Administrators and Community Partners,

The Greater Washington Urban League( GWUL) 2020 Scholarship Applications are Now Available! Please disseminate the attached applications to alleligible students in your network. Please note that applications should be submitted through our online portal. The submission portal is not available at this time, however, we would like students to begin working on their applications and essays. You will be notified when the submission portal is open. You can find the scholarship portal on the GWUL website once it is available. If you have any questions about the applications please contact the Scholarship Administrator at : scholarship@thursdaynetwork.org.

Scholarships At a Glance:

1. There is a high school senior application

2. There is an undergraduate student application( e.g., rising sophomores, juniors , and seniors)NEW!!

Scholarship Information Session at Greater Washington Urban League

  • February 11, 7:00-8:00pm-Scholarship Information Session at GWUL- (HS and College Applicants)
Application Submission Sessions

The application submission sessions are for applicants in need of computer and WIFI access to submit their applications. We recommend applicants bring their application materials (e.g. essays and financial information) on a flash drive or saved to a cloud server or in their email. The submission sessions are not for applicants to work on writing their essays and no essay writing assistance will be provided.

  • February 15, 11:30am-2:30pm-Application Submission Session at GWUL

  • February 16, 11:30am-2:30pm-Application Submission Session at GWUL

For Scholarship Questions Contact: scholarship@thursdaynetwork.org

Yours in the Movement,

Maggie K. Butler, PhD

Chair, Community Service Programs

Thursday Network | 2017 & 2018 Eastern Region Chapter of Excellence

Greater Washington Urban League Young Professionals

E: csprograms@thursdaynetwork.org