SHMS Family Newsletter
May 8, 2022
Greetings Stuart-Hobson community,
This has been an unprecedented school year, one that has tested us in ways that school has never done before. Staff and teacher appreciation week could not have arrived at a better moment this year. In addition to thanking our teachers and staff for everything they have given and done to make this year work for students, I also want to thank our students, partners, and families for working together to show our shared appreciation for those herculean efforts last week. SHMS teachers and staff, while nothing is sufficient for giving back everything you have sacrificed and given to our school community, last week was a small token of our shared appreciation for you - thank you again!
I also know that the year has meant uncharted waters for students and families as well, Most of us would not be where we are or making it through without the mother figures in our lives. I hope that you all are lifting up the maternal figures who have taken care of you and our students today. We are grateful for your high expectations and unwavering love and support, Happy Mother's Day everyone!
We were approaching 50% enrolled for next school year as Friday's benchmark arrived. Be on the lookout for raffle winnings as we will be offering gift cards, early enrollment for aftercare, and yard signs to families who were enrolled by Friday.
We are all breathing a sigh of relief after making it through the bulk of our annual PARCC testing last week. The testing window remains open through the Memorial Day weekend and we will use the coming weeks to catch students for make-up testing while focusing classroom instruction on finishing the year strong preparing and practicing for next school year's challenges.
I hope to see you all a week from today at the Capitol Hill Classic. Please stop me to say "Hi," and give me an excuse for a breather during the 10K. Have a great week everyone!
Upcoming Dates: May 9-13
'The 3-week DCPS meals menu can always be found here.
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Sunday, May 15
May 9-27, PARCC Make-Up Testing
May 18, SHMS Mission & Vision Building Family Focus Groups, 6:00-7:30
- May 20, Students vs. Staff Basketball Game (Pep Assembly Schedule)
May 23, Sky Zone field trip for reading classes!
May 27, Pep Assembly
- May 30, Memorial Day observed, no school
- June 2, Peabody-Watkins vs. SHMS Staff Basketball Game
- June 17, Pep Assembly
- June 20, Juneteenth observed, no school
- June 22, 8th Grade Promotion, 10:00 AM
- June 24, Last day of school for students
Students that are 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated or submit medical or religious exemption forms to be eligible to participate. If exemption is approved, a weekly negative COVID test must be submitted to remain eligible.
Outdoor Track & Field
Monday: Practice, 4:00-5:30
Tuesday: ( DCIAA Middle School Meet ) 1:00pm @ Spingarn HS (2500 Benning NE)
Wednesday: Practice, 4:00-5:30
Friday: Practice, 4:00-5:30
Boys Head Coach- Taurus McGhee - firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Head Coach- Mark Smith- email@example.com
Tuesday: (Game) Stuart-Hobson vs. Hart @ Kelly Miller MS (301 49th St. NE) 4:00pm
Thursday: (Game) Stuart-Hobson vs. Hardy MS @ Taft Field (1800 Perry St. NE) 4:00pm
Friday: (Game) Stuart-Hobson vs. Sousa MS @ Taft Field ( 1800 Perry St. NE) 4:00
Head Coach: Scott Campbell - Scott.Campbell@k12.dc.gov
Wednesday: (Practice) 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Head Coach - Richard Strong - Ricahrd.Strong@k12.dc.gov
Monday: (Practice) 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Wednesday: (Intramural Scrimmage) 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Thursday: (Practice) 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Head Coach- Coach Stancil - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cluster Basketball Skill Developmental Sessions( Grades 4-7)
Will resume next week.
*Students interested must sign up with Mr. Henderson (email: Troy.Henderson@k12.dc.gov)
***March 25, 2022 UPDATE***
After further consultation with the OSSE, we have determined that we have met the full threshold of required instructional days and can end the school year for our students on that Friday, June 24 barring any unplanned school closures. The last day of school for staff will be the Monday, June 27 Records/PD Day. Updated calendars are available at this link.
Shout Outs and Celebrations
Congratulations to our Debate team and their advisor, Mr. Plaisted. Challenged with defending last year's 1st place finish, all teams had eyes on SHMS debaters and we were still able to showcase enough talent for a 3rd place finish this year. We are SO PROUD of our team and this additional opportunity to showcase our students' outstanding abilities!
Thank you to our partners and the Cluster PTA for supporting the different events and resources that we shared with teachers and staff during Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week last week! We appreciate your partnership and support!
May 9-134 is Partner Appreciation Week! We are grateful for our bedrock partnerships with City Year, Communities In Schools Nations Capital, Department of Behavioral Health, One Common Unity, and After-School All-Stars! Thank you all for everything that you do to support our students' academic and social-emotional well-being, you help us thrive!
Use this form to shout out a staff member or team. Shout-outs will find their way into staff meetings, newsletters, and mailboxes. Thank you!
New Information and Important Updates
DCPS & SHMS Summer Math Acceleration
SHMS Summer Opportunities for Math Acceleration
We are excited to share some emerging plans for summer learning and support at SHMS. Please see below for some in-person offerings that we have planned for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in Math. Please note that these are not mandatory and are aimed at supporting students in getting a jump start with content that they will encounter during SY 2022-23.
Session 1 (w/Mr. Broome): 2 weeks, 7/11-7/22
- Math 7 Readiness (9am-11am)
- For rising 7th graders and rising 6th graders interested in taking Math 7
- Math 6 Readiness (12pm-2pm)
- For rising 6th graders
Session 2 (w/Ms. Rosera): 2 weeks, 7/25-8/5
- Math 8 Readiness (9am-11am)
- For rising 8th graders and rising 7th graders interested in taking Math 8
- Equations Boot Camp (12pm-2pm)
- For Algebra 1 students
Please note that students must be enrolled for SY 2022-23 to participate in these opportunities. Please complete this interest survey so our team can begin planning for these sessions. Lastly, should we have any capacity challenges we will use date of enrollment / re-enrollment to prioritize students for participation.
If you have any questions about SHMS Summer Math, please reach out to Ms. Rosera at Bethany.Rosera@k12.dc.gov .
DCPS Summer Pre-Algebra Opportunities
If you're interested in a more intensive experience, here is a summer math option for students provided at the district level who are interested in pre-algebra topics. Successful students will be more prepared to tackle grade level math content and continue towards an accelerated path to build a strong foundation that will better prepare them for Algebra I by the end of their 8th grade year.
The course will run from July 5th to August 5th at Jefferson Academy. If parents or anyone would like to sign students up for the course, the link is here. Space is limited for this opportunity, so please sign up ASAP if you are interested.
LSAT Elections for SY 2022-23 Positions!
Three seats for LSAT positions are open for nomination:
1) Parent rep from Peabody (2-year term)
2) Parent rep from Watkins (2-year term)
3) Parent rep from Stuart Hobson (2-year term)
Please consider this opportunity to serve our school community and let your voice be heard. Nominations will be accepted from May 6th - to May 15th. Voting will take place beginning May 17th through May 26th. We will introduce the newly elected parent representatives during our next LSAT meeting scheduled for June 7th.
The Cluster PTA Board is made up of approximately 30 people who aim to make Peabody, Watkins, and Stuart-Hobson stronger through building community, fundraising, communication and advocacy. We are looking for parents and caregivers to join our diverse and dynamic team for SY 2022-2023! Please see our two attachments for more information, including full descriptions of the open positions next year.
The deadline for PTA Board nominations is Friday, May 27, 2022. This year’s PTA elections will be held electronically the first week of June.
PTA Board Recruitment
DCPS Middle School Math Competition - Mathematicians wanted!
Any student is welcome to sign up for the DCPS Middle School Math competition on Saturday May 14! The Stuart-Hobson team will practice Fridays after school each week prior to the competition from 3:30-4:30: April 29, May 6, and May 13.
For more details, see Ms. Rosera in room 207 or email email@example.com
Enroll for The 2022-23 School Year Now!
Thank you for helping us move to almost 50% of our enrollment goal in the opening month of enrollment season! We aspire to enroll 70% of families for next school year by the end of next week! See below for ways that you can help us hit that target!
The Stuart-Hobson Middle School team looks forward to welcoming your rising 6th, 7th and/or 8th grade student into our diverse and dynamic Capitol Hill Cluster School community. You can also learn more about our school by viewing our school's recorded Open House webinar.
Enrolling can be quick and easy for families, and we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. For your convenience, visit this website to complete your enrollment online: dcpsenrollment. Families are also invited to complete enrollment by visiting our SHMS main office between 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday. See above for extended Friday night hours.
Our signature enrollment events will be our Special Saturdays. We are excited to invite interested Watkins, JO Wilson Ludlow-Taylor and in-boundary students with a completed DCIAA medical waiver to join us for our Cluster Basketball Clinics on Saturdays. Bring your children for engaging athletic practice and skill building while family members are invited to complete enrollment in our school main office. See the graphic below for details. Contact Athletic Director Mr. Strong or Basketball Coach Troy Henderson for more information
We welcome all parents to make the school choice that best suits their child and family needs. If your student will not be joining our SHMS community, please contact the main office informing our team of your student's new school. We will provide you with appropriate documentation to be removed from our school roster and mailing list.
We look forward to supporting our families through this enrollment season and welcome you to contact AP Turner with questions.
Previous Announcements & Resources
**The information below is new or an updated version of something announced previously! **
The Panther Gazette is Now Online!
Advisory Lesson Content
We have been incorporating opportunities for students to learn about appropriate language into our daily advisory lessons. We expect that these lessons will help students learn about ways that their communication and exploration of new subjects can be done safely. We encourage all adults in our school community to support students in learning and using language that is free from any harmful -isms, e.g. racism, sexism, ableism, genderism, etc. Attached to this newsletter you should find two brochures that outline DCPS' approaches and policies for supporting our LGBTQ+ community. We will continue this work throughout our time with students and thank everyone for supporting us outside of the school day too!
As a reminder, Mr. Thrift facilitates our Panther PRIDE group and is our school point of contact for LGBTQ+ programming and questions. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer CTE Programs w/DCPS
This summer, DCPS CTE is offering a new and exciting summer enrichment program for middle school students. Students will have a chance to explore four types of tech including Apple coding, Raspberry Pi, Robotics, and graphic arts at three different middle schools across the district. We look forward to hosting your young scholars this summer and are excited to give them this opportunity! Please see the flyer below for more information as well as course descriptions.
Updated English Learner (EL) Exit Criteria
As OSSE announced in on Jan. 28, 2022, the English Learner (EL) exit criteria will change from a proficiency level of 5.0 on ACCESS to a proficiency level of 4.5 for students in grades 1-12, beginning with the 2021-22 ACCESS assessment (to affect EL statuses beginning in the 2022-23 school year). The exit criteria for students in kindergarten remains the same at 5.0, as the kindergarten assessment did not significantly change. This policy change will not be retroactive.
The full announcement can be found on our English Learner Exit Criteria page.
SHMS Mission & Vision Building Family Series
Because of the generous donation of an anonymous member of our school community, we will be able to engage with parents and families with a specific focus on how race and equity show up and influence our work with students. Using the affinity group format, we will have three facilitated discussions where we will discuss how our mission and vision building, with race and equity in mind, can improve all students' sense of belonging and well-being at SHMS. We are so excited to begin this work and hope you will save these dates so you can join us:
March 30, 6:00-7:30
April 27, 6:00-7:30
May 18, 6:00-7:30
We are so excited to begin this work and are grateful to the PTA, our anonymous donor, and the Race & Equity Committee for supporting us here. We will share more details in upcoming newsletters.
PTA Spring Updates
Peabody, Watkins and Stuart-Hobson Families,
Two of our biggest and most amazing PTA community events are coming back this spring and we need your help!
Our 2022 Spring Auction will be in April! The auction planning team is actively planning the event, including a final date and outdoor location. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey we sent out last week -- the feedback was amazing! If you are interested in volunteering, please email our 2022 Auction Chairs, Kristi Lowe and Laura Odato. There is a place for everyone on the team! (ClusterAuctionChair@chcspta.org, email@example.com)
The Capitol Hill Classic is BACK -- please mark your calendars for Sunday, May 15th! The CHC is truly one of the best community events on Capitol Hill but it takes a huge amount of work to put together. If you would like to join the Capitol Hill Classic Team, please email Race Director Jason Levine or Lona Valmoro. (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)
PTA Dates This Spring:
Monday, March 7th -- PTA March General Meeting on Zoom (8:00pm)
Sunday, March 20th -- Kickball Tournament on the field at Stuart-Hobson (Price of admission -- canned/non-perishable item for our Cluster Food Drive!)
April Tbd -- 2022 Spring Auction!
Sunday, May 15th -- 41st Annual Capitol Hill Classic!
Monday, May 23rd -- PTA May General Meeting on Zoom (8:00pm)
Updated DCPS Meal Sites
DCPS Assessments Guide for Families!
Launching the New Assessment Guide for Families!
The DCPS Assessment Guide for Families is a resource to assist families with understanding their student’s assessment results. This guide provides an overview of the uses of diagnostic and curriculum-based assessments.
Check Grades in the Aspen Family Portal
Aspen Family Portal accounts have been available since the week of August 23rd. 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 (check your junk and spam folders for the invitation).
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:
Also, we recommend that families download the Grade Corner app to their smartphones or other devices. This app was created by an SHMS parent, requires an Aspen login, and allows you to see all of your student's grades in one place. In addition to seeing report cards, it is a quick and easy tool for keeping tabs on your student's progress.
1. Teacher, Science
2. Teacher, Special Education (CES)
3. Aide, Special Education
4. Teacher, Substitute - Apply here!
Thank you all again for your help, feedback, and patience while we have navigated the different staffing challenges this school year!
Panther Pride School Store: Additional SHMS Clothing & Gear!
Social distancing doesn't mean fashion gets thrown to the wind. Show your Panther pride during your next class, meeting, or virtual friend meet-up. Check out the clothing and gear that are available at our new school store!
Families, staff, and students will be able to buy custom Stuart-Hobson Panther gear. You can find the latest name brands on your custom SHMS gear.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Howard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Policies & Daily Operations
Welcome to the Attendance Information Corner for Stuart-Hobson Middle School. My name is Ms. Hargrove and I will be providing attendance updates to families in this corner. Parents, it is crucial that you get your child to school on-time and attending all classes. Please take a moment and read the 80/20 rule below. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me and I will be able to discuss it with you.
80/20 Attendance Rule:
This rule states that a student must not miss more than 20% of their day to be marked present. If a student misses 2 classes in a day, that student has missed 20% of the day and will be marked absent without a valid excuse. Please do your best to have your student present and on-time for school. If your student has a valid excuse for being late, please provide documentation to Ms. Hargrove by email:Clara.Hargrove@k12.DC.Gov, by text: 202-494-9747 or by calling the main office at 202-671-6010. If you need additional information on DCPS Attendance Policies, please go to the see the attached website: https://dcps.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dcps/publication/attachments/Attendance-and-Truancy-Policy-SY%202021-22.pdf.
At Stuart-Hobson Middle School, we like to celebrate our students’ achievements for attendance. We will host a monthly attendance celebration for perfect and improved attendance by our students. Perfect attendance is described as no tardies or absences from classes for the month. I want to thank the students that had perfect attendance and participated in the Jeans & Jersey Day on November 1, 2021. Our next attendance incentive will be our Annual Perfect Attendance Pancake Celebration on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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
Craft & Chat Club!
Craft and Chat started in Spring 2020 during distance learning and continued strong last school year. We are ready to start in-person and are excited for any and all students to join us! No art or craft experience necessary! Students are welcome to bring their own project but we will have art supplies available. This is an opportunity to slow down after the school day, be creative, and have community with others at Stuart-Hobson MS.
Craft and Chat will meet on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:30pm in classroom #G03 (Ms. Kensey’s room) starting Tuesday, 9/21/2021.
Any questions? Contact DBH Social Worker Kimberly Harrington (firstname.lastname@example.org). See flyer above for more information.
Students can drop in as they can and we look forward to growing a joyful and creative community of students as the school year continues.