Weekly Update November 1, 2013

Another great week at Hearst!

2011RaceRibbons-NoLines-2.jpgThis week we donned our pinkest clothing and did our own Hearst Walk For the Cure! Leaving from the field, about 250 students and staff walked down 37th street, around Quebec and up through the park chanting, “We are the Owls!” the entire way.  It was our “little” way of making sure we recognize a very “big” cause. Then, on Thursday, we traded pink for story book character costumes and visited our friends at The Washington Home. It is great fun to share our Hearst energy with our neighbors. 


New Staff Highlight

Hunter_Coleman.jpgHunter Coleman comes to Hearst with one year of teaching experience at a DCPS middle school. After his school closed, however, he was determined to work in an elementary setting. Mr. Coleman has PE in his blood, as his father is a PE Veteran! Mr. Coleman has known he wanted to be a PE teacher.. We are very excited he’s (literally) a Hearst Owl! 

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Weekly Update October 25th, 2013

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What a great week it has been!

Students have been busy between continued work on reading and math and trips to The Kennedy Center, Pumpkin Patch and Peter and the Wolf in Glen Echo Park. Whew!

And, of course, we held our first ever APTT meetings. The initial feedback from these sessions has been wonderful. We look forward to improving the overall process and continuing to bring parents into the academic loop here at Hearst. 


New Staff Highlight

Yvette_Gilmore.jpgYvette Gilmore is a new Kindergarten Aide at Hearst this year. She works with Ms Anderson and has become part of the Hearst family quickly! Ms Gilmore has a 10 year old daughter, so she understands what parents face on a daily basis. 

 

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Weekly Update October 18th, 2013

fall_leaves.gifIt was a short week, but it was still busy here at Hearst! Our PK students were discovering why leaves change color. They even learned the word chlorophyll! Ms Boyle’s 1st graders were discovering the differences between American and Japanese coins. They asked questions and then tested their theories. In 5th grade social studies, Mr. Garfield led his students through the Westward Expansion and had students thinking about why folks would have wanted to move to a land they knew nothing about. Interesting!

Lots of exciting things going on at Hearst! Enjoy the beautiful weekend weather! 

 


New Staff Highlight

Kirby_Shultz.jpgKirby Shultz is one of our Pre-School Aides in the Autism PS classroom. Ms Schultz comes to us in her final year of study at George Mason University. She is studying to become an early childhood teacher. Ms Shultz brings her sunny personality, kind nature and enormous patience with her to work every day! She is a wonderful addition to the Hearst family. 


 IMPORTANT!

This year we are working with Flamboyan to increase our family engagement in academic areas. Part of this work includes holding APTT style conferences instead of the typical 15 minutes conferences on conference day. Most teachers will NOT have typical conferences on 10/21. Instead, on 10/24 there will be two choice sessions. One at 4:00 and one at 6:00. These sessions will enable teachers to give parents more comprehensive information regarding their students’ achievement and how they can work with their kids at home. 

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Weekly Update October 11th, 2013

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This week was very busy for our 2nd – 5th grade students. They took their first round of Paced Interim Assessments (PIAs) in math and reading. The assessments were given with hardly a blink. Students worked hard and teachers were prepared to proctor. Our 4th and 5th graders got to pilot the new online assessments in reading. On day one we had  some technical issues, but they were fixed quickly and we took both assessments with no problems.

Thanks to Ms Walker and Mr. Coleman for their hard work coordinating the PIAs. It was a very smooth process!


New Staff Highlight

William_Boone.jpgWilliam Boone has been with DCPS for a few years and came to Hearst ready to help us keep our building shiny and tidy! If you’ve met Mr. Boone you know he’s a mild mannered guy who is easy to talk to. He interacts with our students in a positive way. Perhaps his experience coaching football and mentoring students comes in handy here at Hearst!


 IMPORTANT!

This year we are working with Flamboyan to increase our family engagement in academic areas. Part of this work includes holding APTT style conferences instead of the typical 15 minutes conferences on conference day. Most teachers will NOT have typical conferences on 10/21. Instead, on 10/24 there will be two choice sessions. One at 4:00 and one at 6:00. These sessions will enable teachers to give parents more comprehensive information regarding their students’ achievement and how they can work with their kids at home. 


 

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Weekly Update October 3rd, 2013

hot_weather.jpgIs it fall or is it summer? The weather just cannot decide! Well, the warm weather is great for kids at Hearst who get to enjoy lots of playtime on our beautiful playground. In the classroom this week our students in 4th grade math were busy figuring out how to predict patterns and looking for many ways to problem solve. In 5th grade math students were creating and solving their own decimal addition and subtraction problems using decks of cards. Ms Barron’s 2nd graders have been looking at text features to enhance their reading experiences. 


New Staff Highlight

Christina_Brown.jpgChristina Brown is new to Hearst but not new to the classroom. She comes to us with 8 years of teaching experience, including 5 years at Stokes Elementary in Washington, DC. Ms Brown (who really prefers to be called Ms Christina) is a creative energetic teacher. Her classroom is a peaceful place where you can often here classical music playing in the background. Ms Brown recently bought her first house where she lives with her adorable two year old little girl.


 important.pngIMPORTANT!

This year we are working with Flamboyan to increase our family engagement in academic areas. Part of this work includes holding APTT style conferences instead of the typical 15 minutes conferences on conference day. Most teachers will NOT have typical conferences on 10/21. Instead, on 10/24 there will be two choice sessions. One at 4:00 and one at 6:00. These sessions will enable teachers to give parents more comprehensive information regarding their students’ achievement and how they can work with their kids at home. 


 

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