Weekly Update January 10th, 2014


Welcome back and BRRRRRR! What a brisk way to return to school!

We jumped right on this week with rich reading and math lessons throughout the building. Ms Barron’s 2nd graders read the book Thunder Cake and worked on some complex, text-based questions. Third graders worked on identifying different types of fiction and non-fiction and the differences between them. They came up with some great ideas. My favorite was a student who said “cookbook” for a non-fiction example! Smart Thinking!


Dawkins.jpgStaff Highlight

Ms Dawkins is a veteran PK teacher at Hearst. In fact, she has spent all but one of her 15 years here in the same room! She is a natural PK teacher, creating a calm, loving environment for all of her students. Ms Dawkins has a daughter studying for her PhD in North Carolina! When Ms Dawkins isn’t teaching, she loves to sing and run 5K races – especially Color Runs!

Kennedy Center Resident Artist Visits PK and K students – colorful storytelling!




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Weekly Update December 20, 2013


This week there has been lots of excitement as our long winter break approaches. Our students have not stopped working hard, however. In 3rd grade students built solar ovens, took them outside and made s’mores with our very own sun-power! Wednesday evening, students and parents enjoyed our Holiday Literacy Night, where students read books on various holiday and winter themes and then got to do some fun activities surrounding their topics. On Thursday, our 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students enjoyed a live reading from author, Kim Cameron. Friday, we will hold our holiday school luncheon sponsored by PTA. 


Harris.jpgStaff Highlight

Mr. Harris has been a custodian at Hearst for 6 years.  He has been with DCPS for 27 years! On December 27th, Mr. Harris will be retiring from DCPS. Mr. Harris has provided Hearst with hard work and a wonderful demeanor with our kids. He brings a special energy to our school (and our kickball games!) and he will be missed, for sure. Mr. Harris is a lover of everything Redskins and has never lost his commitment to his home team, no matter what their record! We wish Mr. Harris 

Author Kim Cameron visits 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders!






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Weekly Update November 22nd

Happy-Thanksgiving-Turkey.pngIs winter upon us? It certainly feels that way! This week has been busy for everyone here at Hearst. We kicked off the week in 5th grade with the Invention Convention, where our 5th graders showed their entrepreneurial spirit! Ms Dawkins’ PK students began creating their Alphabet Books, which will demonstrate their understanding of letter and letter sound recognition. At the staff level, our Early Childhood Teachers (PK-1st) attended the NAEYC conference held in Washington, DC. We are excited to see what they bring back to enhance their classrooms. 

Schiers.jpgNew Staff Highlight

Sarah Schiers is only “newish” to Hearst. Ms Schiers worked as a Kindergarten Aide at Hearst for many years while she completed her teaching certification at George Mason University (Go Patriots!). We are thrilled to have had a place for Ms Schiers. She has developed her natural talents in the classroom and has transitioned to lead teacher with ease. She is also proving to be a teacher leader, bringing wonderful ideas for the classroom to all of the staff at Hearst! 

Thanks PTA! Fpr sending our ECE teachers to the NAEYC Conference!




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Weekly Update November 15, 2013

writing2.pngWow! What a busy week it has been. Despite the short week, we’ve accomplished a lot! Our 1st graders showed off their Writer’s Workshop skills at Wednesday’s PTA meeting. There is nothing better than hearing a 6 year old say, “I love writing!” We had another successful Open House on Thursday, with about 30 parents wondering what all of the Hearst hubbub is about. Thanks to our wonderful PTA for supporting such a successful event!

 Johnnie_Drew.jpgNew Staff Highlight

Johnnie Drew is one of Hearst’s new Super Para Professionals. She actually has a background in teaching math at the middle school level. After teaching for a bit, she decided she really wanted to pursue a career as a massage therapist. She still wanted to work with kids, so she thought being an instructional aide while she goes to therapy school made perfect sense! We certainly all agree with her!

geo2.jpgWay to Go Geo-Plungers!

Ms Boyle and Ms Kirby Support Hearst Owls As They

Take the Geo-Plunge for the first time!

•Adrian Bostic – Collaborative Award
•Sranda Rolett, Jermaine Berry & Mazen Sheppherd – 8th Place
•Anaya Lowder, Rayya Saad & Dylan Williams – Good Sportsmanship Award
•Mattias Rolett, Zakai Robinson & Saraya Bernal – Selected to attend Nationals in the Spring


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Weekly Update November 8, 2013

fall_tree.pngI’m starting to plan Thanksgiving dinner. Is that possible? Wow! Time is really flying this year.

This week lots of exciting things happened at Hearst. SAIL (Scholarship for Advanced Independent Learning) began, which gives students in 3rd – 5th grades who demonstrate above grade level performance and an ability and desire to go above and beyond standards. These students will be working on extension project based learning throughout the school year, culminating in a presentation for their classmates and parents. In second grade Ms Barron shared with her students her recent experience travelling to Dubai to work with other educators. In third grade, students are applying their new understanding of area and perimeter to design their own “Dream Bedroom” where they will ensure all pieces fit properly and that the drawing is to scale. 

 caitlin_thomas.jpgNew Staff Highlight

Caitlin Thomas is a new 2nd grade teacher here at Hearst this year. Ms Thomas has teaching experience both here in suburban Maryland and across the “pond” in England. Ms Thomas brings her teaching experience, peaceful demeanor and enthusiasm for teaching with her daily. Ms Thomas lives close by with her husband and young daughter. 

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