Hearst Weekly Update

May 25, 2020

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Principal's Message

Good evening, Owls, happy Memorial Day, and happy last week of school! In case you missed it, Mayor Bowser announced on Friday that:

  • Summer School will be June 22-July 24 and will include a K-8 enrichment program, as well as programming for English language learners and students with disabilities
  • If DC enters Phase 2 of reopening, there will be a voluntary, two-week, in-person summer bridge program for grades 3, 6, and 9 beginning in August
  • The 2020-2021 school year will begin, either in-person or at home, on August 31, 2020
  • The DC Deputy Mayor for Education will launch a family engagement survey to gather feedback on what returning to school should look like

While detailed information about scheduled summer programs and summer school is still forthcoming, the DCPS Office of Teaching and Learning compiled resources to support continued learning and enrichment for ALL DCPS students over the summer. Resources include:

  1. LEARN Bingo: Each grade band will have a Bingo board with activities and learning resources for both online and offline engagement. Each board will have a mix of skills practice, physical challenges, resources for enrichment and creative expression from our partners, virtual community service options, and free-choice reading resources.
  2. DCPL Summer Reading: DCPS will promote participation in DCPL Summer Challenge that runs from June 1 to August 1. Students (and adults) can register through Beanstack at dclibrary.beanstack.org. Starting June 1, participants are encouraged to read 20 minutes a day every day to win prizes (all prizes will be virtual gift cards this year instead of physical prizes).
  3. Blended Learning Recommendations: While there are lots of blended tools available to families, we will make a clear and concise recommendation of 1-2 blended learning programs and their dosage per grade band.

Families and educators will find the Summer Learning For All resources on the DCPS Canvas site here prior to the end of the school year. As always, please reach out to let us know how we can continue to support you and your family in this final week of school and into the summer months. Also, please look for a Bloomz post with details regarding a community meeting on Thursday of this week.

In partnership,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Quick Updates

  • Reminder - DCPS revised the at home learning dates and Week 9 is 5/21-5/29.

  • Reminder - In order to access the content from our special subject/Inner Core teachers, visit the individual content channels on each homeroom Teams page. It may be helpful to unhide all these channels for ease of access. You can do that by hitting the three dots next to the Team name --> Manage Team --> top tab "Channels" then click the checkbox under the column "Show for me."
  • Reminder - This year, in place of Hearst’s typical International Festival, the ELL team has organized a virtual International Celebration. Languages from Hearst will be celebrated in the morning announcements from May 4-May 28. We are so lucky to be a part of such a diverse and unique community! This is something we always want to celebrate. Tune in to the morning announcements each day and feel free to leave your comments in the post.

Upcoming Key Dates

  • Tuesday, May 26 - LSAT Meeting, 4:30-5:30
  • Friday, May 29 - Last Day of School for Students

Hearst's Distance Learning Plan

Week Nine (now through 5/29)

We will continue to modify the ELA and math work in the DCPS packets to address where our students are in their learning. We'll also be doing a modified version of the writer's workshop that kids experienced when we were learning at school. All teachers will also be recording and posting at least one video this week that students can access when convenient to your families. This video will focus on teaching new content to students. Staff will also continue to focus on live/synchronous individual or small group Teams meetings with all students. They will check in with kids (and you!) and answer questions related to work packets or materials that have been posted in Teams. Staff may record additional videos that students can access when convenient to your families. These videos may be used to: host Morning Meeting, present content to supplement or clarify information in the work packets, make announcements, organize student groups, and facilitate online asynchronous discussion forums. As a reminder, we are not yet engaging in synchronous/live whole or large group meetings or instruction at this time and will likely not do so this school year as we still face many implementation barriers to engaging all learners at the same time. However, should you be looking for supplemental materials for your kids, students continue to have access via Clever to a variety of blended learning programs such as iReady, Lexia, Edulastic, Typing Agent, and Newsela. We ask that all 3rd-5th grade students complete the Typing Agent end of year assessment to give us a sense of their typing/keyboarding skills going into next year. Please reach out to your child's teacher with questions about this.

Reminder: Hearst Modifications to the DCPS Term 4 Grading Guidance

Three weeks ago, DCPS shared Term 4 grading, promotion, and graduation guidance (Click here to read more). Knowing that families continue to experience barriers to at home learning, we have refined the grading guidance for Hearst and will be using the following guidance for Term 4 grading:

  • If students engage in any one Inner Core subject once per week, they will receive a P in all Inner Core subjects (K-5). This means that, for example, a student can choose to engage in art once per week and will receive a P in Art, Music, Spanish, and PE.
  • If students engage twice per week in ELA, Math, Science, or Social Studies, they will receive a P in all subjects (Grades K-2).
  • If students engage once in ELA and once in Math per week, they will receive a P in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies (Grades 3-5).
  • K-5 students will be assigned a “NM” (no mark) if they were unable to engage in at home learning assignments and activities.
  • PK: For the Spring Checkpoint, teachers will share narrative comments about children’s growth and development rather than the GOLD Development and Learning report.
  • Engagement at Hearst is defined as but not limited to: completing assignments, responding to prompts/messages posted in Teams, asking questions on Teams, engaging in small group instruction, and posting a photo of completed work

News and Announcements from DCPS

FY21 Submitted School Budgets Posted

Budgets submitted by schools are posted to the DCPS Data Center along with interactive dashboards that compare budgets across schools and a comparison of each school’s initial to submitted budgets.

Reminder: Enrollment for SY20-21

DCPS is excited to open enrollment for School Year 2020-2021 to our families and welcome new students to our community. This year, we are launching an electronic submission process for SY20-21 enrollment, and the enrollment packet can be found here. My School DC has also extended the deadline for families to claim their matched seat until Monday, June 15 at 5:00 pm.

For more detailed information on changes in enrollment, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. As always, we are ready and eager to support you with any enrollment questions you may have, especially if you need help with the new electronic submission process. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Hinchey (manik.hinchey@k12.dc.gov) or the DCPS Enrollment Team at enroll@k12.dc.gov or (202) 478-5738.

Reminder: FREE Student Tutoring Services Available

A team of seniors from School Without Walls High School has started a free online tutoring service called, “Washingtutors,” to help DCPS families support their students with learning at home, and they have also partnered with GWU to add service capacity. Tutoring is available for all grade levels and subjects include Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Computer Science, as well as Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Hindi. Clusters 1, 2, and 9 encouraged to share with their students.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Next W3EdNet Meeting w/ Council Chair Phil Mendelson on Monday, June 8

We are very happy to host Council Chair Phil Mendelson on Monday, June 8 at 7pm via Zoom. He will talk about the City's ReOpen work and the budget, as well as take audience questions.

Join Zoom Meeting https://jh.zoom.us/j/95411334210?pwd=ZGdKbHpTK0M4amJJRXpJRjR6QU9JQT09

Meeting ID: 954 1133 4210

Password: 765710


Brian and Melody


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.