Hearst Family Update

September 13, 2020

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Principal's Message

Good afternoon, Hearst Families,

Thank you for continued support as we work to provide your kids with an engaging, joyful, and inclusive virtual learning experience. I appreciate the grace and flexibility with which you are all operating as we all learn how to navigate this new way of learning together. As we head into our third week of school, here are a reminder of our goals for the week. Students will:

  • Continue to build connections with all classmates and feel part of a positive learning environment
  • Have opportunities to practice and polish routines & also learn new routines
  • Experience more academic choices and work on multi-day assignments or projects
  • Gain more confidence in speaking and listening skills
  • Work together to finalize the classroom Rules or Guidelines

Thank you for your partnership and support and I hope you're having a wonderful weekend,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • Wednesday, September 16 - K-5 complete iReady math online assessment (see below for more information)
  • Wednesday, September 16, 6:00-7:00pm - Back to School Night (see below for meeting information)
  • Thursday, September 17, 4:00-8:00pm - Community Dining event at Potomac Pizza to support Hearst PTA
  • Wednesday, September 23 - Grades 2-5 complete Reading Inventory (RI) online, Grades 3-5 complete iReady ELA online

Quick Updates

iReady Math Assessment Information for Wednesday

On Wednesday, May 16, we're asking all K-5 students, with the exception of those who receive testing accommodations, to complete the iReady Math assessment online. Please know that if your child is eligible to receive testing accommodations, teachers will be reaching out with more information about when and how your child will receive these accommodations for our beginning of year assessments.

Prior to starting the assessment, we need all K-5 students/guardians to complete the DCPS Virtual Assessment Honor Pledge found here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7kagKk6zM0qSt5md8rwKMrokwfOwIAhEmZryty8pQBJUNEsxUkxYWUhURUIzUDI2RExJSFExVVIwTi4u.

To ensure that the assessment process is a smooth as possible, below are resources and information about iReady, including a video overview of the assessment, which can be found here: https://www.curriculumassociates.com/teaching-learning-2020/home-assessment-family-support.

What is the iReady Assessment?

i-Ready is an online program for reading (3-5) and mathematics (K-5) that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child exactly where they are and provides data to increase your child’s learning gains. ​The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question.​ The purpose of the Diagnostic is not to give your student a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your student’s learning. Students begin the first Diagnostic with an item one grade level below their actual grade​​. As students answer correctly or incorrectly, the Diagnostic adapts to more challenging or less challenging items​​. The Diagnostic continues to adapt based on the student’s responses ​​and kids will get about 50% of items correct and 50% incorrect​​. The information the Diagnostic gathers from this process allows i-Ready to pinpoint where and why students are struggling. ​​This helps your child’s teacher provide instruction that is just right for your child.

How to Log In to the Assessment

  • Go to Clever and log in using DCPS student credentials​

  • Click on the i-Ready icon​

Preparing for the Assessment

The assessment typically takes between 45–60 minutes and can be broken into smaller 15- to 20-minute sessions. Students should take the test in a private and quiet location ideally away from any distractions. Headphones or adequate audio access are recommended for help with focus. ​Though the test is online, students will need paper and pencil to work out problems/take notes.

During the Assessment

Your child may have questions about the assessment and ask for your help. We want to know what kids know so don’t help your student answer any questions! “Help” looks like: reading the passage to a student, giving students alternative strategies for solving a problem when they’re stuck, giving them an answer, etc.​ Below are common questions kids may ask about the assessment as well as answers you can give.

Why am I taking the assessment?

You are taking the Diagnostic so your teachers know what you can already do and what skills you need!

Why is it important to do my best?

We want to make sure you get lessons that keep YOU learning and growing. We want to make sure you get lessons that aren’t too hard or boring.

What is the test like?

The test adapts, or changes, as you take it. That means some questions might be hard and some may be easier. You’ll probably get about half of the questions right—that means the test is working perfectly! Remember, you won’t be graded or get a score. Once you’re finished, your teacher will know how to help you grow!

What if I don’t know the answer?

Try your best! Remember some questions are going to be hard and it’s okay if you don’t know the answer! Select the answer you think is best and keep on moving!

Can I take a break?

If your student seems tired or is getting frustrated, let them take a break! The test will remember where they left off.

Additional Resources




Back to School Night Meeting Info

Please see below for log in information for our Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00-7:00. In the event that you are unable to make it to the virtual meeting, a recording of the meeting will be shared afterward. Please reach out to your child's teacher with any questions.


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Hearst PTA Family Survey

Dear Hearst Community,

We hope you are all finding ways to stay healthy and help your family cope as we dive into the 2020-21 school year--a year unlike any other!

The PTA is trying to figure out how to pivot and best support families, students, teachers, and staff. We would benefit from better understanding families’ needs and capacities. This short survey will help us to organize communication channels, allocate resources to teachers and families, and continue building our community as we start the year virtually.

The survey should require less than five minutes to complete. One response per household.

Click here to answer the questions.

Thank you in advance for your help.


Hearst PTA Executive Board

Kerry Schwed and Julia Krahe, co-presidents

Romesh Ratnesar, vice president

Kristine Inchausti and Adam Frost, co-treasurers

Christina Burnett, secretary

Eulynn Shiu, room parent coordinator

Vaccination Reminder

Help your kids #StayOnTrack and ready for school-entry with on-time vaccinations.

School has started, remember to send your child's immunization records to manik.hinchey@k12.dc.gov.Make appointments with your health care providers and provide the proper documentation before the start of in-person school (tentatively beginning on November 6, 2020). See here for a list of required immunizations. Even though classes are virtual, we will be reaching out to all students who are missing immunizations certification over the coming weeks.

Por favor ayuden a sus hijos a mantenerse vacunados y listos para el regreso a la escuela.
La escuela ha comenzado, recuerde enviar los registros de vacunación de su hijo/a a manik.hinchey@k12.dc.gov. Haga citas con sus proveedores de atención médica y proporcione la documentación adecuada antes del inicio de clases en persona (tentativamente a partir del 6 de noviembre de 2020). Consulte aquí para obtener una lista de las vacunas requeridas. A pesar de que estamos comenzando en forma remota, nos comunicaremos con todos los alumnos a los que les falta el certificado de vacunas.

News and Announcements from DCPS

FY22 Budget Engagement Virtual Town Hall (9/14)

Review survey results with DCPS Leadership and learn more about FY22 Key Budget Priorities. Please encourage parents and community members to attend the virtual FY22 Budget Town Hall on Monday, September 14 at 5:30pm. Register at https://bit.ly/dcpsbudget.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

First W3EdNet Meeting of Year: Sept 21 at 7pm on Zoom

Welcome back to a new and very unusual school year! We hope that everyone is healthy and surviving the challenging conditions of remote schooling.

The first meeting of the Ward 3 - Wilson Feeder Education Network (W3EdNet) will be Monday, September 21 at 7pm on Zoom. The meeting will focus on Challenges with School in the Remote Environment. What technology challenges are your family or school facing? How is your school organizing for remote learning? What is working well, and we could learn from? What is proving a challenge? Is your school experiencing enrollment problems?

We will moderate an open forum for everyone to share their experiences and to learn from one another.

Topic: W3EdNet Meeting -- September 2020
Time: Sep 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Brian Doyle

Melody Molinoff

Karin Perkins

W3EdNet Co-Chairs

Get our future meetings on your calendar:

Monday, October 5 at 7pm

Monday, November 9

Monday, December 14

Monday, January 11

Monday, February 8

Monday, March 8

Monday, April 5

Monday, May 10

Monday, June 7 (tentative)

All meetings through the end of the year will be Zoom. We will reassess at that time.


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.