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Standing Ovation Celebrates Excellence in Teaching Award Winner Rachel Houghton

This year marks the fifth annual Standing Ovation celebration, which recognizes a record number of great educators at DCPS. Thanks to the generosity of David Rubenstein, the celebration features the presentation of the Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Leadership Awards, and showcases the Rubenstein Awards thirty additional educators.

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Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 Capitol Hill Cluster Rocks! Auction

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Cluster Rocks! Auction on Friday, March 20th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, at the Atlas Theater (1333 H Street, NE).  To make this year’s auction a huge success, we hope that every Cluster family will get involved by helping us secure and donate items for the auction.  

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Get Ready to Run! Registration is Open for the 36th Capitol Hill Classic!

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 — The Capitol Hill Classic 10K race is a major annual fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Cluster School, a DC public school with over 1,000 students.  This will be the 36th annual running of the Classic, which includes a 3K race and a kids’ fun run and is the only race […]

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Annual “I Have A Dream” Speech

Updated on January 18, 2015   Each year, the Capitol Hill Cluster School’s Watkins Elementary students rehearse and recite Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. For over a decade now, this has been the school tradition at the Cluster and this year will be […]

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“Annie” the Musical: Bravo Performance by the Cluster

Congrats to our kids and their teachers for a fantastic three-show run of “Annie” which featured students from all three of the Cluster’s school campuses. It also showcased our beautiful new auditorium at Stuart-Hobson. A big thank you to all the Cluster families, friends and neighbors who came out to watch the awesome show and […]

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Watkins Students Perform at Kennedy Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Thursday, December 4, the Kennedy Center broke ground on the first major expansion in its history at a special ceremony. Several of our students and Watkins music teacher Ms. Pergerson attended and sang “America the Beautiful”. The ceremonial groundbreaking celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Center’s original groundbreaking in 1964 and included remarks by […]

Watkins music students and staff take a photo with Vice President Joe Biden at the Kennedy Center Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Panthers Are the Champs!

Stuart-Hobson won the city football championship Saturday afternoon, beating Jefferson Academy 53-0 at Eastern High. Proud to be Panthers! Congratulations to the team, their coaches and parents! Proud to be Panthers! Stuart-Hobson Middle has won the city football championship, defeating Jefferson Academy 53-0. pic.twitter.com/bvnFNwkh9E — CapHillClustSch PTA (@CHCSPTA) November 22, 2014

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Standing Ovation Celebrates Excellence in Teaching Award Winner Rachel Houghton

This year marks the fifth annual Standing Ovation celebration, which recognizes a record number of great educators at DCPS. Thanks to the generosity of David Rubenstein, the celebration features the presentation of the Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Leadership Awards, and showcases the Rubenstein Awards thirty additional educators.

Enrolling in After-School Enrichment

Winter 2015 after-school enrichment programs will begin the week of January 26th. Registration opens Jan. 7. A full listing of available programs is below. You can learn more and register for classes at our new Web site. (Clicking on the link will open a Web site maintained by the school, in a separate window.) The Peabody […]

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Congratulations to Ms. Houghton: 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award Winner

Rachel Houghton, Kindergarten, Peabody Elementary School Rachel Houghton credits her own childhood experiences for pushing her toward her teaching career. “A big part of my becoming a teacher was my love of children’s literature,” she describes. “My mother was a children’s librarian for almost 40 years, and my father read to me each night before […]

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All About “Specials” at Peabody

Want to know more about what’s happening at Peabody in music, library, art, and physical education (PE)? Visit the Peabody Specials web site. You can find everything from the daily routines, to the latest activities as well as photos, lyrics, resources, videos for Spanish songs and books, upcoming events and more!

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A Special Thank You from the Peabody Music Room

Thank you so much for all of the support and donations to our new music room! We have had a blast these first few weeks. Some of our donations were anonymous and we prepared a thank you video to say thanks to everyone and to show what we have been doing.      Thank you so […]

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Annual “I Have A Dream” Speech

Updated on January 18, 2015   Each year, the Capitol Hill Cluster School’s Watkins Elementary students rehearse and recite Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. For over a decade now, this has been the school tradition at the Cluster and this year will be […]

Watkins music students and staff take a photo with Vice President Joe Biden at the Kennedy Center Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Watkins Students Perform at Kennedy Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Thursday, December 4, the Kennedy Center broke ground on the first major expansion in its history at a special ceremony. Several of our students and Watkins music teacher Ms. Pergerson attended and sang “America the Beautiful”. The ceremonial groundbreaking celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Center’s original groundbreaking in 1964 and included remarks by […]

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Watkins FoodPrints Program featured on NPR

Since 2009, Watkins has been home to the FoodPrints program. FoodPrints is a FRESHFARM Markets’ local foods school program that builds an edible schoolyard garden and integrates the garden into the school curriculum. Students participate in innovative FoodPrints classes in which garden activities such as planting, harvesting, and cooking are used to teach concepts in […]

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Help Keep Drop-off Safe, Courteous

Here’s a reminder of the proper procedures for dropping off students at Watkins (Clicking on the link opens a Word document from the school). Please help keep drop-off safe and smooth by following the rules. Among the important things to remember: 1. Pull all the way to the curb to drop off or pick up students. Don’t […]

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All About “Specials” at Watkins

Want to know more about what’s happening at Watkins in music, art, Spanish, computer class and other “specials”? Visit the Watkins Elementary School Specials web site to see monthly updates about students and their specials classes.

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“Annie” the Musical: Bravo Performance by the Cluster

Congrats to our kids and their teachers for a fantastic three-show run of “Annie” which featured students from all three of the Cluster’s school campuses. It also showcased our beautiful new auditorium at Stuart-Hobson. A big thank you to all the Cluster families, friends and neighbors who came out to watch the awesome show and […]

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Panthers Are the Champs!

Stuart-Hobson won the city football championship Saturday afternoon, beating Jefferson Academy 53-0 at Eastern High. Proud to be Panthers! Congratulations to the team, their coaches and parents! Proud to be Panthers! Stuart-Hobson Middle has won the city football championship, defeating Jefferson Academy 53-0. pic.twitter.com/bvnFNwkh9E — CapHillClustSch PTA (@CHCSPTA) November 22, 2014

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High School Admissions: From the Counselor

Stuart-Hobson’s school guidance counselor, Ms. Tomicula Williams, is focused on getting students into the best possible high schools for them. She’s compiled information to help students and their families investigate their options and plan the application process. Read her welcome letter. The letter includes a survey that Ms. Williams asks all families to complete to […]

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Stuart Hobson Uniform Information (2014-2015)

Stuart-Hobson students will need a logo on their shirt by 1/15/2015 to be in uniform.  Parents can order shirts with the logo from Land’s End or French Toast. Have a red shirt without a logo? Add a patch for $2!  Stop by the main office and buy an iron-on patch       Available this school year […]

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Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 Capitol Hill Cluster Rocks! Auction

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Cluster Rocks! Auction on Friday, March 20th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, at the Atlas Theater (1333 H Street, NE).  To make this year’s auction a huge success, we hope that every Cluster family will get involved by helping us secure and donate items for the auction.  

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Get Ready to Run! Registration is Open for the 36th Capitol Hill Classic!

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 — The Capitol Hill Classic 10K race is a major annual fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Cluster School, a DC public school with over 1,000 students.  This will be the 36th annual running of the Classic, which includes a 3K race and a kids’ fun run and is the only race […]

How do we instill an intrinsic desire to learn in our children?

A message from Principal Clemens about instilling grit, perseverance and an intrinsic desire to learn in our children.   Cluster parents, For the past few years, I have talked about a growth mindset: how we instill grit, perseverance and an intrinsic desire to learn in our children. I have mentioned many times the work of Carol […]

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PTA Investments in Our School, Fall 2014

The Cluster School PTA has supported $130,000 worth of important needs and enhancements at our campuses this fall. Here’s a look at what’s been funded, campus by campus:   STUART-HOBSON At Stuart-Hobson, the PTA has allocated approximately $44,000. The following items have been funded: Support for struggling readers, including library of materials that are of […]

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“Reading Rocks” at the Cluster!

  The Cluster Winter Reading Program is underway! Get cozy, grab a book, and “read to the beat” during our “READING ROCKS!” Winter Reading Program this December, January and February! Our goal is 1 million minutes of reading across the Cluster. Reading logs will be sent home in nine categories of music — Pop, Classical, […]

Coming up at the Cluster

January 27, 2015

SH - Liberty Mountain Ski Trip

Starts: 12:00 am

Ends: 12:00 am, January 28, 2015

Wellness Committee Meeting t WE

Starts: 7:30 am

Ends: 8:30 am, January 27, 2015

Duke Ellington Visits SH

Starts: 1:30 pm

Ends: 2:30 pm, January 27, 2015

January 28, 2015

Columbia Heights Educational Campus visits SH

Starts: 1:30 pm

Ends: 2:30 pm, January 28, 2015

January 29, 2015

SH - HS Application Prep Night

Starts: 6:00 pm

Ends: 7:30 pm, January 29, 2015

Watkins Modernization Community Mtg

Starts: 6:00 pm

Ends: 7:00 pm, January 29, 2015

SH HS essay, interviewing and application night

Starts: 6:00 pm

Ends: 7:30 pm, January 29, 2015

January 30, 2015

SH - Pep Assembly

Starts: 2:00 pm

Ends: 3:15 pm, January 30, 2015

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