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Welcome Principal Comeforo to the Cluster!

WelcomeLetter Dear Stuart-Hobson Middle School Students, Staff, Families and the Capitol Hill Cluster Community, Congratulations on completing the school year and thank you for welcoming me into your community!  I am ecstatic and honored at the opportunity to serve as the principal of Stuart-Hobson Middle School.  Since arriving to DCPS in 2009, I have envied […]

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Peabody-Watkins Shuttle Bus for 2017-18!

There will be shuttle bus service between Peabody and Watkins for the 2017-18 school year! The bus will now be run by DDOT, thanks to the efforts of Councilman Charles Allen, his staff, and the hard work and advocacy of the PTA and the many Cluster parents who testified before the D.C. Council and/or wrote […]

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Kindergarten Plants a Tree!

Kindergarten students and Ms. Bloom, with guidance from four UDC Master Gardener/Casey Tree Citizen –Forester volunteers, planted an Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) provided by Casey Trees for the Peabody School Garden on May 12, 2017. Some students removed protective burlap from the very large muddy root ball, added soil around the root-ball to keep it […]

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Bring Your Family “Into the Woods” at Stuart-Hobson!

Stuart-Hobson Middle School proudly presents “Into the Woods” to the Capitol Hill community. Bring your family to Stuart-Hobson MS on April 28, at 6 PM, and on April 29, at 2 PM or 6 PM so they can experience this popular Stephen Sondheim musical live. Our production will feature cameo roles with students from School Within School […]

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The 38th annual Capitol Hill Classic is on May 21!

The 38th annual Capitol Hill Classic race will take place on May 21! The Cluster’s biggest annual fundraiser is also DC’s largest 10K, and takes place entirely on the historic streets of Capitol Hill. The course takes runners past the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, Lincoln Park, and RFK Stadium. The proceeds go […]

Meet the teachers at April 25 PTA Meeting!

The PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:15 p.m. at Watkins@EH is a great opportunity for you to meet your Cluster teachers for next year. Teachers from all grade levels of the Cluster will be there to provide more information on grade level expectations and curriculum, how to prepare your student for next year and answer […]

Celebrating Black History Month ~ 2017

    All three campuses are celebrating Black History Month in unique and meaningful ways. At Peabody, the Kindergarteners are studying famous African Americans and creating visual presentations in preparation for the “Famous Black American” event for teachers and parents on February 24th. This is a very special annual tradition at Peabody, and the Kindergarteners always impress! […]

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Digital Citizenship Campaign

The three Cluster Librarians have an important 3-part announcement regarding your children, and digital safety and common sense: 1.The Cluster School is on its way to earning Digital Citizenship Certification this year along with all other DCPS schools! The Kindergarteners and students in grades 2, 5, 6 and 7 will receive at least three lessons geared toward […]

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Meet the Cluster’s Award-Winning Teachers!

Stuart-Hobson’s reading intervention teacher, Beth Dewhurst, was surprised in her classroom on December 19, 2016,  by Superintendent Kang, who recognized her as the District’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Dewhurst was selected for increasing skill levels through her unique reading intervention courses and her efforts to build literacy school-wide. She will now represent the District in […]

Mr. James Edwards Won the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching!

Congratulations to Mr. James Edwards, Director of Music at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, who won the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching! The Rubenstein Awards for Highly Effective Educators honors excellent teachers, school leaders and support staff and aides with an award of $5,000. The awards are funded through the generosity of David Rubenstein, co-founder and […]

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Ms. Ann Brogioli is an “Excellence in Service” Award Recipient!

On Tuesday, January 24th, the DC Public Education Fund surprised Ms. Ann Brogioli – social worker and girls basketball coach at Watkins Elementary School – with the Standing Ovation Award for Excellence in Service. Ms. Brogioli will be officially recognized at DCPS’s Standing Ovation event in March. Standing Ovation honors eight Excellence Award winners each year on stage at the Kennedy Center. These […]

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Come to the 2017 Cluster Gala!

The Cluster Gala of 2017 will be held at OneEight Distilling on Saturday, March 25th from 8-11pm. It’s a fun adult night out sponsored by the Cluster PTA, where Cluster parents gather to celebrate all of the Cluster School staff – and everything they do every day for our kids! Appetizers, dancing and merriment are included, […]

Stuart-Hobson Teacher Named D.C. 2017 Teacher of the Year!

Stuart-Hobson’s reading intervention teacher, Beth Dewhurst, was surprised in her classroom on Monday morning by Superintendent Kang, who recognized her as the District’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Dewhurst was selected for increasing skill levels through her unique reading intervention courses and her efforts to build literacy school-wide. She will now represent the District in […]

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Join the Parent Chats at Stuart Hobson

Stuart Hobson families, Principal Clemens wants to hear from you. Please join one of the small group chats at the following times: Tuesday, December 13th:   8 AM,  3:30 PM,  and 6 PM Discussion items will include areas of success and growth thus far this school year, short and long-term strategies to address school-wide challenges, and […]

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Winter Reading Initiative 2016-17 – Traveling Around the World

The Cluster Winter Reading Program was initiated six years ago as a 3-month effort to provide extra incentive to all Cluster students (yes, Stuart participates too!) to read, read, read during the darkest, coldest months of winter. It starts in early December and goes until Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd. At Peabody, our program is titled, […]

A Cornucopia of Harvest Celebrations

Students at Peabody and Watkins celebrated the season of giving with a variety of harvest events. We hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Triumphant Family Game Night!

Tuesday night, hordes of Cluster students and their families gathered at Stuart-Hobson for a raucous evening of games and prizes. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles brought the fun, while the PTA supplied the dinner. The gymnasium was packed as students scampered among all the tables, excitedly participating in the wide variety of games. The raffle at the end of the event only […]

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U.S. Green Building Council awards Stuart Hobson LEED Gold!

Stuart Hobson was awarded LEED Gold under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System! Stuart Hobson’s renovated building earned this prestigious recognition for improving water and energy efficiency, use of recycled and renewable materials, and preserving indoor air quality.   Good for our students and good for the environment.  Way to go Stuart! […]

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A Record-Breaking Renovator’s House Tour!

This year’s Renovator’s House Tour exceeded all expectations and appears to have set a fundraising record for the event! The amazing team of volunteers raised more money than ever before in sponsorships and advertising in the booklet. In addition, we sold roughly 325 tickets either online, at homes on the day of the tour, or at […]

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The Cluster Goes Out to the Ball Game!

Cluster families turned out Sunday, Oct. 2 to watch the Washington Nationals end the regular season with a curly “W”! Families snapped up 204 tickets to the game, doubling last year’s participation. The event raised $1,400 for the Cluster PTA, which will put the money to work funding programs on all three campuses. Thanks for coming […]

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7 Stuart Hobson 8th Grade Students Study Abroad

Seven Stuart Hobson 8th grade students studied abroad last summer through DCPS’ Global Education Team’s Cultural Immersion program. The program provides students with access to funded travel focused on global leadership, language and cultural immersion, and service learning. Maisie Arlotto, Octavia Dormu, Kayla Higgs, and Claire Witt studied in Madrid, Ayanna Norrell and Christa Jordan […]

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Renovator’s House Tour 2016

The 16th Annual Renovator’s House Tour will take place on Capitol Hill on Saturday, October 15, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Designed for the modern homeowner, this walking tour showcases a wide variety of homes and styles. The emphasis is on clever solutions to everyday problems and how to create the house of your dreams […]

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Cluster Student is a DCPL All Star Reader Winner!

As part of DC Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program, kids who read at least 28 hours could enter a drawing for a chance to attend an All Star Reader lunch with eight famous children’s authors and illustrators. There were 52 lucky winners — two from each library location – and one of them was Cluster student […]

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Come to the PTA Meeting Sept. 27!

Join the PTA on Sept. 27 at 6:15 p.m. in the Stuart-Hobson auditorium for the first PTA meeting of the year. Meet PTA board members, hear more about the goals of the PTA, and receive updates straight from the Cluster principals. For more information, click here: PTA September Flyer

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Update on Watkins Renovation Project

DCPS/DGS  COMMUNITY MEETING First, please note a newly scheduled, DCPS-hosted community meeting scheduled for September 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at Watkins @ Eliot Hine.  DCPS and DGS will report on the project schedule for the renovation of our Watkins building.   Flyers will be posted next week.   The meeting will also be posted on the DCPS Modernization webpage.  https://sites.google.com/a/ […]

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Get Ready for Cluster Back to School and Curriculum Nights!

Feeling jealous as your kids tromp off to school? Don’t worry – parents get a turn, too. Come out and hear from your child’s teachers at back to school night! Peabody Back to School Night: Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Watkins 1st and 2nd grades: Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Watkins 3rd, 4th and 5th […]

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Watkins’ Kristina Kellogg Wins Presidential Award for Teaching

Watkins mathematics specialist Kristina Kellogg has been chosen as a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The awards are the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Up to 108 teachers are […]

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DCPS Replacing Parts of Peabody-Watkins Bus Route

WMATA has eliminated the C40 Bus route between Watkins and Peabody.  DCPS will provide free shuttle bus service between the schools during at least August and September from Watkins to Peabody. The PTA will reimburse each family who has paid for C40 service this school year.  The DCPS bus company that will be transporting ALL students is Miles Away […]

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Peabody “Play Dates” Announced for Aug. 20 & 28

Hello, new and returning Peabody students and families. The PTA has arranged for play dates for students and families to get to know each other. Mark your calendars for the below events. We’ll tweet out reminders when the dates are closer: PK3- Stanton Park between 4 and 5:30 pm on Saturday, August 20 AND Saturday, […]

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Watkins at Eliot-Hine – Open House Preview

We are super excited about the modernization efforts happening right now at our Watkins campus. We are also grateful for a year of learning at our “home away from home”: Eliot-Hine Middle School. Join us this Saturday, August 20th, from 10 AM – 12 PM for our Open House to visit the campus, meet the […]

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Miss the Watkins Community Meeting? Click Here

Curious about the layout of Watkins’ new home at Eliot-Hine? Questions about bus times? Looking for aftercare information for Watkins students? See below for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation provided by Principal Bell, as well as aftercare information, a Watkins school supply list, and a Watkins staff list. And in case you weren’t able […]

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Welcome New Assistant Principals to Watkins

Watkins is welcoming two new assistant principals this year: Nikeysha Jackson and Ashley Croft. Ms. Croft was previously a middle school teacher and assistant principal in Nashville, Tenn. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Human & Organizational Development. She also holds an Ed.M. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. […]

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See You Soon, Watkins

Watkins students have moved out, and construction workers are moving in! As soon as school ended, Watkins teachers and staff finished packing up for the big move to Eliot-Hine Middle School, which will graciously host Watkins for the 2016-17 school year while the Watkins building undergoes an extensive renovation. Leaving is bittersweet. But when Watkins […]

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So Much to Celebrate

Kindergartners moved up. Fifth graders were promoted. Eighth graders graduated. There were Field Days and summer reading kickoffs and honors assemblies. Over the last few weeks of school, there was almost too much to celebrate -and we’ve got the pictures from all three Cluster campuses to prove it! Have a great summer!

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11 Years in the Capitol Hill Cluster

More than two dozen graduating 8th graders have been Cluster scholars for their entire school career – from 3 to 13 years old. Now getting ready for high schools across the region, they will always have their Cluster friendships. At the 8th grade graduation ceremony this week, these 11-year Cluster students posed for a photo […]

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Watkins Students Sharpen STEM Skills

Watkins students have been sharpening their STEM skills with science fair projects.  First and second graders have been working on whole class projects, while third through fifth graders have developed individual projects.  Third through fifth grade students presented their projects to their class and thirty-six projects were selected to go onto to a school-wide contest […]

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A Vision for the City

A dozen Stuart-Hobson 7th graders spent the spring designing solutions to the city’s most urgent needs. CityVision is an application only program for 7th graders that takes place during the spring of the academic year, and is made possible by a close collaboration between the National Building Museum and D.C. Public Schools and Public Charter […]

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Clay Bowl Celebration at Peabody

Peabody students gathered Friday to show off the brightly hued clay bowls they worked on for five months with art teacher Katie Cushman. Each student rolled balls of real clay, which they then placed carefully around a mold to dry. After the bowls dried for several weeks, they were fired in a kiln, transforming them […]

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PTA Meeting May 24

Please join us for this month’s PTA meeting. Come vote on PTA and LSAT elections for the 2016/2017 school year and “big-ticket” project spending for all three Cluster campuses for next year. Meeting Details: May 24th – 6:15PM Watkins Elementary There will be a pizza dinner for students starting at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. ($2 […]

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This Run Was a Classic!

Thanks for a great run! Thousands of runners took to the streets of Capitol Hill on May 15 as part of the 37th Capitol Hill Classic. The event is the biggest Cluster fundraiser of the year, providing benefits to Cluster classrooms long after the last runner crossed the finish line. The event shattered records this […]

Students Enjoy Uruguayan Local Cuisine Today

The fourth and final installment of International Food Days for the 15-16 SY will be held on Wednesday, May 11th! In partnership with DCPS Go Global, Office of Food and Nutrition Services, and the embassy of Uruguay will present a menu that highlight Uruguayan local cuisine through breakfast, lunch, and supper. Remember – all DCPS […]

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A King of a Show

The Lion King cast dazzled audiences Friday and Saturday with magical singing that reached all corners of Stuart-Hobson’s theatre, dramatic acting, graceful dancing, rich costumes, and a vibrant setting.  The stage vibrated with the energy of the three-campus cast and closed with a rousing version of “He Lives in You.”  Congratulations to the cast, crew, […]

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Stuart-Hobson Students Work on Climate at Model UN

Six Stuart-Hobson Middle School 6th graders represented the interests of Bolivia and France in the Model United Nations Conference Climate negotiations on April 8th at the U.S. State Department.  Middle school students from across the region engaged on topics ranging from environment to disarmament and international security, trade and development, and education and science.  Stuart-Hobson […]

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Watkins Has Spirit!

Seeing double? Spotted sleepy children in pajamas in the school halls? Or did you maybe glimpse a giant bunny hopping around Watkins this week? That’s what you get when Watkins celebrates Spirit Week! Students celebrated Blast from the Past Day, Twin Day, Pajama Day, and more – a perfect, lighthearted week leading up to Spring Break. […]

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Stuart Hobson Students Participate in Shakespeare Festival

Through a collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library, Stuart Hobson sixth and seventh-grade students participated in the Shakespeare Festival at the Folger Library on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Students presented scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. Four students won special recognition at this event. Next sixth grade students are preparing to […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Peabody students threw Dr. Seuss an adorable birthday party this week. And they had one more thing to celebrate: Peabody students read more than 15,000 books as part of the winter reading program this year! Stuart Hobson staff and students joined the festivities by reading to Peabody students, and the teachers got into the Seuss […]

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First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Watkins FoodPrints Class

Watkins had a very special guest in 5th grade FoodPrints class last Thursday — First Lady Michelle Obama! The First Lady’s visit was to highlight FoodPrints and all of the amazing work that goes on at the Cluster. Through the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative and all of the important work that is done through the […]

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Register Now for DCPS Summer Enrichment Program

Stuart-Hobson is thrilled to host the DCPS Summer Enrichment Program! Learn more and sign up here. For the third year, DCPS students may register for a 4-week FREE summer enrichment learning opportunity for students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the 2016-17 school year. Students will be immersed in engaging and challenging topics in […]

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Watkins Young Playwrights to be Featured in Young Playwrights’ Theater 2016 New Play Festival

Congratulations to Watkins students Branaya Reese Brown and Maddie Salunga on becoming young playwrights and honorary finalists in the Young Playwrights’ Theater 2016 New Play Festival! Branaya’s play Mr. Rawr and the Kitty and Maddie’s play The Time Trap, were selected as two of 15 finalists from over 1,200 plays to be published and produced […]

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PTA Meeting Tuesday

Come out Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6:15 p.m. for the next PTA meeting at Peabody Elementary. The PTA will be awarding grants to school programs, so please come help decide how to spend the money. Also, Patrick Davis from DCPS will attend the meeting to update parents on the Watkins modernization plans and share drafts […]

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Peabody Artists Make Clay Ball Bowls

Each Peabody artist is creating a clay bowl made out of clay balls.  The student artists first create many uniformly-sized clay balls. Using a cheesecloth-lined bowl as a form, student artists build clay bowls by placing the balls in concentric circles within the form. They then smooth the clay on the inside with their fingers […]

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Watkins Hosts Spelling Bee

Watkins students competed in a school spelling bee for students in grades 4-8. Watkins’ top three winners will go onto a cluster bee and then those winners will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Watkins also hosts a “just for fun” spelling bee for students in grades 1-3, who did a great job spelling […]

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Watkins Teachers and Students featured on Great Day Washington

Great Day Washington interviewed Watkins 5th grade students and teachers, Ms. Wertheimer and Ms. Sommerville, this morning. They talked about the school’s yearly tradition of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the re-enactment of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Take a look at this awesome video! View more photos from […]

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Meet our New Peabody Teachers

 Mrs. Fiona Gruver – K I’m thrilled to join the Peabody community as your students’  Kindergarten teacher for the remainder of the school year! I can’t  wait to get to know you and your child better in the coming days. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Political  Science and French, I started my career in […]

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DCPS Launches Study Abroad Programs

Attention, Stuart Hobson 8th Graders: for the first time, DCPS is offering study abroad options this summer. The trips will range from eight to 19 days, and are focused on language immersion, service, and leadership. For more information or to apply, see http://dcpsglobaled.org/ DCPS Study Abroad_One Pager_words[3]

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Stuart Hobson Students Meet POTUS

 

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “I Have a Dream” Speech

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his most influential speech, in history, to civil rights leaders and tens of thousands of marchers at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. As part of an annual tradition for more than a decade, Watkins Elementary students visited the Lincoln Memorial and re-enacted Dr. King’s […]

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Letter from DCPS

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Nikki Grimes Visits the Cluster

Award-winning author and poet Nikki Grimes visited all three Capitol Hill Cluster campuses December 10, sharing both her poems and her passion for writing poetry and reading as a young girl.  She expanded students’ understanding of poetry by having them participate in an activity that clarified the difference between a rhyming poem that makes no […]

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Stuart-Hobson Celebrates Best Student Performance in DCPS for Reading and Math

  When the unofficial numbers started to come in during the June testing window, the teachers and administrators at Stuart-Hobson could see that their students performed well, but it wasn’t until DCPS released the official numbers in August that they realized how much better their students performed than at all other DCPS Middle Schools. The […]

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Get Your Tickets for Nats Day Out Fall 2016

Cheer on the Nats with your fellow Cluster families! Join us as the Nationals take on the Miami Marlins on Sunday, October 2nd  at 3:05 pm. Tickets for $15 each while supplies last.    

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Letter from Principal Bell to Peabody and Watkins

To the Peabody and Watkins Community, I am deeply honored to have been selected by Chancellor Henderson and the Local School Advisory Team to serve as the new Principal of the Peabody and Watkins Capitol Hill Cluster Schools. In the days following the announcement, I have been the recipient of an outpouring of good wishes […]

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Meet the 2015-16 PTA Board

The 2015-16 Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA Board was officially elected on June 3. Take a moment to get to know the Board members and think about ways you can pledge your support for the 2015-16 school year. Our PTA works hard for our kids and our schools — all of which is made possible […]

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New Principal for Peabody and Watkins

The Cluster community is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Elena Bell as the new principal for Peabody and Watkins. Ms. Bell was highly recommended by the parent selection panel and we are excited to welcome her to the Cluster. Earlier this year, DCPS informed the school community that they would be adding an […]

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A Superb Year for Stuart-Hobson’s Baseball Team

Our Stuart-Hobson baseball team had a superb year with an undefeated regular season and made it all the way to the DC middle-school baseball championship!  The team had three playoff games in the city middle-school championship. To make it to the championship game, the team defeated Oyster-Adams and Jefferson. In their third game, SH was in the city […]

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Congratulations to Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Finalist Ms. Kellogg

On May 1, DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education celebrated DC Educators and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) award finalists. Congratulations to our own Watkins teacher Ms. Kristina Kellogg who was a finalist for this year’s award! The PAEMST is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of […]

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Congratulations to Our Stuart-Hobson DC STEM Fair Winners!

On Saturday, March 28 several students from Stuart-Hobson Middle School participated in the 2015 DC STEM Fair. The DC STEM Fair is a long-­standing tradition for DC’s public, public charter, parochial, private, and home‐schooled students in grades 6 through 12 to showcase their research skills and compete for a variety of awards and prizes. Congratulations […]

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Stuart-Hobson Among DC’s Top Middle Schools

Stuart-Hobson is among the city’s best middle schools, say readers of the Washington City Paper.

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Stuart-Hobson Chess Team Wins Annual Winter Tournament

Congratulations to Coach Jason and the Stuart-Hobson chess team for winning 1st place (tied with Brent Elementary) in the Chess Club in DC Annual Winter Tournament! The event was held on Saturday, January 31st at the Columbia Heights Education Campus. Mark Meus also won the 1st place individual trophy and Kaleb Hughes won the 2nd place […]

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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 […]

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