New at Stuart-Hobson
- SH Students Complete Green Roof Project Doug Creef’s 7th grade science students completed an exciting project last spring, working closely with Lands and Waters.
This June, Lands and Waters and partners led an innovative school green roof project funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and working with Stuart-Hobson Middle School’s 7th grade science classes, who investigated and observed how green roofs work through presentations and experiments, and then created their own green roof tiles, using native plants.This project empowered and engaged students, exploring the core questions “Why are green roofs important? How do they work? Why don’t we have more green roofs?” and making green roof technology accessible to students.The attached student-generated presentation shows how to create green tiles, and discusses the benefits of green roofs, and is designed to promote green roofs to schools, homeowners, and communities. Please share it widely to help inform others and encourage the use of green roof technology.Thanks to all partners, and especially 7th grade science teacher Doug Creef, who helped spearhead and coordinate the project!Partners:Chesapeake Bay Trust: www.cbtrust.orgProvided funding via a K-12 Environmental Education Mini Grant.Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA: http://www.
capitolhillclusterschool.org/ ptaSR Products: http://simonroofingproducts. com/Andy Latos gave a presentation to the students and led a discussion about the benefits of green roofs, with great pictures and stories about green roof projects. He also coordinated an essential donation of soil medium.DC Greenworks: dcgreenworks.orgAndrew Benenati provided expertise and helped lead the creation and planting of the green roof tiles.Green Roof Outfitters: www. GreenRoofOutfitters.comProvider of the green roof tiles. Michael Whitfield gave guidance on how best to use the tiles.
- Sign a Petition to Support an Athletic Facility at Stuart-Hobson
The next phase of renovation planning for Stuart-Hobson is underway for summer 2014 projects. To get involved or provide input, learn about SIT and other meetings here>>
Click here to sign the petition. Please share it once you do!
Click here to sign the petition. Please share it once you do!
- PTA Working Groups Award Over $11,000 in Grants
In the first of 3 rounds of funding this school year, the working groups at each campus awarded more than $11,000 in grants that directly benefit scholars, classrooms, specials, and reading instruction. Through the Working Group Grants, the PTA localizes a large portion of its funding at our 3 campuses. This year, working groups are distributing their allotted funding amounts in 3 rounds of grants (fall, winter and early spring), along with teacher supply stipends. Working groups receive proposals online then discuss submissions at an open meeting. The meetings in late October were spirited discussions about real needs – and good ideas – at each campus. Following is an overview of what was funded at each campus:
- A listening center (audio player and a set of headphones) for all PreK-4 and Kindergarten classrooms that is important for early childhood students as they learn to read.
- New instruments and teaching materials for the music program
- Independent reading books to be available for all 2nd grade classrooms
- Washington, D.C.-themed books and ebooks for use by all 3rd graders (Washington, D.C. history is a primary area of study for 3rd graders)
- Supplemental books for 3rd grade leveled libraries
- Young Playwrights Theater in-school playwriting group for all classes in 4th grade
- FoodPrints for 2nd and 5th graders. 2nd grade curriculum brings in lessons on plant biology and nutrition, and 5th grade curriculum focuses on independent cooking, math, and history. (FoodPrints classes are funded by FRESHFARM Markets only in 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade.)
- New Science books and ebooks for use by students in grades 1 through 5. This grant will help the Watkins Library purchase 60 new science books (the current collection of science books is much outdated).
- CD players for Read 180 students
- Lunchtime games
- Band trumpets
- Band banner
- Library furniture
- 6th grade boys’ basketball warm-up suits and game jerseys
- Volleyball uniforms
- Making it possible for students who otherwise could not afford it to go to Luray Caverns on a class trip
For more information about PTA Grants, visit our Grants pages.
- Stuart-Hobson: First Advisory Awards Program
- Cluster Canned Food Drives
This holiday season, each campus is hosting a food drive to feed our own Cluster families in need. Please give generously. See details for each campus below.
Peabody is taking donations in the Main Office and will be distributing the baskets to Cluster families.
Contact: Ms.Virginia Turner.
Please bring all donations of non-perishable food items such as canned goods, peanut butter, pasta, beans, etc. to Watkins ES between November 12th – November 25th. Let’s help feed our own hungry families this holiday season, sponsored by Watkins Safety Patrol.
Contact: Ms. Terrie Carraway.
Stuart-HobsonProviding 40 Thanksgiving Baskets to Cluster Families in NeedTuesday, November 12-Friday, November 22ndStudents bring canned goods and place them in their grade level boxes located in the main office. The grade level who donates the most cans will receive a special incentive from Assistant Principal Turner. Students will also participate in a Thanksgiving Basket decorating contest in their advisory classes. A generous donation from After School All Stars will also provide a grocery store gift card for each family receiving a basket. Boxes will be assembled on Monday November 25th and distributed on Tuesday, November 26th. This year’s Thanksgiving Basket program will be the best yet focusing on collaboration and student engagement in serving our community.
- Stuart-Hobson Fall Sports Success - Go Panthers!
Dear Cluster families,
We have two teams headed to the finals these next two weeks. Both Girls Volleyball and Boys football are undefeated this fall! They both need your support. This is a great way to enjoy family time and cheer on our students.
The Stuart-Hobson Girl’s Volleyball Team will be playing Kelly-Miller in the Semi-Finals of the DCPS Middle School Volleyball Championships this
Wednesday November 13th at 4:30 PM at Oyster Adams.
The team defeated Brown 2-0 in the quarter finals and completed the regular
season 7-0. The volleyball finals will be played Monday November the 18th at 4:30 PM at
Kelly-Miller Middle School.
Congratulations to Coach Michelle Rumph for a marvelous season and her
commitment to not only a winning season but a fundamentally sound Volleyball
Program. Her girls have gotten better every game and are poised to be a factor in
the DCPS play-offs.
I will assume that Coach has been busy preparing for his semi-final game
against Johnson this Wednesday November 13th at 6:30 PM. The game will be
played at Cardozo High School, which is located at 13th and Florida Ave NW.
The team defeated Johnson earlier in the year, 36-20 but is certainly
preparing for and expecting their toughest contest of the season.
Stuart-Hobson had a first round bye as a result of winning the Red
Division by going undefeated with a record of 7-0. Johnson earned a spot in the semi-finals by defeating Jefferson in a
quarter-final game last Wednesday.
The Football Middle School Championship game will be played November 23rd at 11 AM
at Cardozo Field.
Hope to see you out to support SH Athletics – Go Panthers!
- Scholastic Book Fairs: Peabody, Stuart
Don’t forget, the holidays are quickly approaching – this is the perfect place to shop for gifts! The Cluster earns money on book sales at the Scholastic Book Fairs to reinvest into each campus Library.
See information for PP and SH campuses below…
Peabody Primary Campus
Our Peabody Fall Book Fair starts Friday, Nov. 15 and lasts for 6 days!
Friday November 15th through Friday November 22nd
8:00 am – 9:00 am
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: First Floor Lobby at Peabody
Also it will be available ON LINE at the Scholastic Website>>
Be sure to check out STORIA, Scholastic’s new ebooks – download first 5 for free!
Please take note…
“Books & Bites”: Come grab a cup of coffee and a nibble and browse & chat at the book fair with other parents on Tuesday, November 19th from 8:40-9:15am. Our Assistant Principal, Melissa Smith and Principal Dawn Clemens, will be there as well – so it’s a great time to catch up with them too!
Shop for your teacher’s WISH LIST: The teachers will have wish lists posted at the Book Fair of titles they’d like to add to their class collection. Your child can fill out the “TO/FROM” gift sticker for inside the cover. These are tax-exempt sales!!
Student Book Fair Wish Lists: If you may not be able to make it by the Book Fair this time around, Book Fair Wish Lists will go home next Tuesday with the Book Fair flyer. With your permission, your child can still do some shopping without you.
Stuart Hobson Middle School
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Stuart Hobson! November 18-22, come ready to shop for the latest best sellers. Interested in volunteering? Email Ms. DeAngio, the Stuart Hobson Librarian at email@example.com
Can’t make the fair? That’s OK, you can do your holiday shopping online at the page set up on the Scholastic website, specifically for Stuart-Hobson>> Shop in person through November 22nd, but shop online through December 3rd.
- What You Need to Know About Family Game Night & Wine Raffle
Thursday November 7th is CHCS Family Game Night & Wine Raffle at Stuart-Hobson, from 6 pm – 8 pm. This is not just a fundraiser, it’s a fun event with an evening of games from Labyrinth Games & Puzzles. There will be food trucks starting at 6 pm and games for everyone in the family.
BEFORE THE EVENT – WINE
1. For the Wine Raffle, we ask each family to donate one bottle of wine valued at $15 or more – either by purchasing it and dropping it off at a designated location, or by “opting-out” and making a $15 donation (and we will buy the wine for you). Here’s how to do your part to build the wine collection for the wine raffle. We need your wine donation by November 4th.
2. Sell wine raffle tickets, or buy wine raffle tickets ($20 apiece or 3 for $50). Contact Wine Raffle Chair Amy Salunga at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Wine Raffle page for prize information – Grand Prize is 50 bottles of wine!
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN THE WINE!
BEFORE THE EVENT – FAMILY GAME NIGHT
1. Put November 7th at 6 pm on your calendar.
2. Volunteer one hour of your time at the event to learn a new game from Labyrinth staff, and teach it to / play it with a small table of Cluster kids! To volunteer on Family Game Night (trust us, it’s fun and easy), sign-up through our VolunteerSpot link or contact Lona Valmoro at email@example.com.
AT THE EVENT – Family Game Night & Wine Raffle
Grab some food from the food truck! Play games with your kids! Learn a new game and teach it to other kids! And stay to find out if you won some wine.
See you at Family Game Night & Wine Raffle…
LOCATION: Stuart-Hobson Middle School Gym
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Food trucks at 6)
WHY: To raise money for our kids and teachers in the classroom, and build community outside of the classroom. Our goal is to raise 6% of our PTA budget at this event and continue our financial support of important enhancements like Spanish at Peabody, Aides at Watkins, and Math Tutoring at Stuart-Hobson.
AFTER THE EVENT – GAMES GAMES GAMES!
Labyrinth Games & Puzzles will donate 10% of all sales BACK TO THE CLUSTER! Shop for your holiday gifts at Labyrinth, located at 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE, through November 27th.
PTA dollars make a difference in the kind of education we give our kids. This is a great way to have fun and do your part!
- Sharon Draper Visit with the Cluster
Author Sharon Draper is visiting Watkins Elementary School and Stuart-Hobson Middle School on Tuesday November 12th! (Thank you CHCS PTA!)
SH Auditorium: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Watkins Elementary: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
The Cluster is pleased to welcome Author and former teacher Sharon Draper this month. Watkins Librarian Ms. Currie Renwick met Dr. Draper at her previous school in Spartanburg, when Dr.Draper captivated the Middle School students with her talk. A recipient of the National Teacher of the Year Award, Dr. Draper taught junior and senior English for years in Cincinnati, where Cluster parent Danielle Keemer, mom to Mitchell (4th grade) and Mason (2nd grade), was a student of hers.
Sharon Draper will visit with 3-5th graders at Watkins, as well as 6-8th at Stuart-Hobson. The SH students have been busy reading her books.
SH students have read:
6th – Fire From the Rock
7th – Battle of Jericho
8th – Romiette & Julio
1)Tears of a Tiger
2)Forged by Fire
3)Darkness Before Dawn
Fire From the Rock
We Beat the Street
Copper Sun – Won the Corretta Scott King Award
Clubhouse Mysteries (Series)
#1 – The Buried Bones Mystery
#2 – Lost in the Tunnel of Time
#3 – Shadows of Caesar’s Creek
We will be selling books during the events on November 12th, and Dr. Draper will be signing some books. Please be prepared to pay by cash or check.
- Wine Raffle & Family Game Night is Thursday November 7th
- Fall Picture Days Announced For Each Campus
Our school has contracted Lifetouch Photography as our official yearbook photographer for the 2013/2014 school year. Lifetouch offers a variety of portrait packages and background styles for your selection. Each student will receive a picture day flyer with payment envelope approximately 1 week prior to picture day.
Stuart-Hobson Picture Day: Tuesday October 22nd
Watkins Picture Day: Tuesday October 29th
Peabody Picture Day: Wednesday October 30th
Scheduled Make-Up Days:
Stuart-Hobson - December 3rd
Watkins - December 4th
Peabody - December 3rd
If your child does not receive this flyer additional copies will be made available in the school office. In the interest of security, check or money order is the payment type recommended. Parents preferring to pay with credit card may prepay on line by visiting MyLifetouch.com. Simply follow the on line instructions for making credit card payments. If cash is your preferred method of payment, please include the exact amount in your payment envelope. Photographers will not be able to open payment envelopes to make change for cash customers. ALL students will need to be photographed for yearbook and administrative purposes, but only those submitting a completed order form to the photographer on picture day will receive a portrait package.
Lifetouch Photography can provide additional information regarding picture day directly to parents and guardians by calling toll free 800-445-1189 Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm or via e-mail at UCAnswers@Lifetouch.com.
- Individual Graduation Portfolio Night
Attention 8th Graders & Families!
Matriculation to High School is an important step in student development and journey toward accomplishing life goals. The Individual Graduation Portfolio (IGP) process provides students and families a time to focus upon the student’s potential career aspirations and create their 4-year high school course schedules.
Please attend SH IGP Night on October 24th
What: Individual Graduation Portfolio Night
Who: 8th grade students and parents
When: October 24 from 6 PM – 7:30
Where: SH Computer Lab Room 205
More information in the IGP flyer (word doc)
- Childcare for Days Off - HoopEd is Fun!
No School, No Problem! October One Day Camps at Stuart Hobson MS!
The “No School” HoopEd All Sports and Games One Day Camps have kicked off for the 2013-1014 school year! We are SUPER pumped to be back in the Capitol Hill community at the amazing facilities of Stuart Hobson MS!
HoopEd provides a childcare service that is safe for the parents and appealing for the kids! We want the beginner athlete, the passionate athlete and the love to just play athlete in the gym with us! HoopEd has all the right skills and the fun games to keep your children busy!
We are ready, ARE YOU?
HoopEd All Sports & Games Camp 11/29/13 @Stuart Hobson MS
Maybe the kids ate too much turkey or you want to hit the sales on Black Friday or maybe you are back to work: No Worries!HoopEd will be in the gym @ Stuart Hobson MS staying active, having fun and making friends!*Donate to our Thanksgiving food drive at camp check-in and receive a $5.00 coupon for your next HoopEd registration.
Times: 9:00am (drop-off as early as 8:30am, FREE) to 3:00pm (AfterCare available until 5:30pm, $10)
Cost: $60 / $70 w/AfterCare
WWW.HOOPEDUCATION.COM TO REGISTER
Past Hoop Ed….
November 11, 2013 - HoopEd All Sports and Games Camp @Stuart Hobson MS
www.hoopeducation.com to Register
Dates: November 11,
Girls and Boys ages 5 to 13 are welcome
Camp runs from 9:00am (drop off can start at 8:30am) to 3:00pm (AfterCare is available until 5:30pm)
Cost: $60 for the day / $70 with AfterCare
- Two Cluster Teachers Win Prestigious Rubenstein Award
The Cluster is thrilled to share that two (yes TWO!!!!) wonderful teachers have been selected to receive a 2013 Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching! Congratulations to Ms. Dowan McNair-Lee of Stuart-Hobson, and to Ms. Amy Wertheimer of Watkins Elementary School. We are so proud to have you in the Cluster family.
The Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching is one of the district’s top honors, and the selection process was very competitive this year. DCPS received hundreds of letters from teachers, current and former students, parents, school leaders, colleagues, community members, and others—all attesting to the lasting impact made by the outstanding educators we are fortunate to have at DCPS.
Read more about Ms. McNair-Lee on the DCPS website>>
Read more about Ms. Wertheimer on the DCPS website>>
Ms. McNair Lee and Ms. Wertheimer will be presented with their awards, which include a $5,000 prize, during A Standing Ovation at the Kennedy Center on November 4th. Please congratulate them when you see them.
- DCPS Athletic Consent Form for SH Athletes
If your child plans to participate in any sport at Stuart-Hobson, please see the Consent for Athletic Participation Form attached to this post below and make sure your child’s current immunization records are turned in (DCPS Medical Forms for enrollment).
Every child who wants to participate in a sport must be current on immunizations and return a 2013 DCPS Consent for Participation (word doc) to Mr. Booker, or the document below.
- Walk or Bike to School Day is Wednesday Oct. 9th! Walk or Bike to School Day is Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 am at Lincoln Park
Celebrate our walkable, bikeable, scootable neighborhood together with friends and neighbors! Capitol Hill Walk to School Day is an annual celebration of safe routes to school, a healthy lifestyle, and a cleaner environment.
Join the Capitol Hill Cluster School and the entire Capitol Hill community at Lincoln Park (East Capitol Street & 13th Street NE/SE) starting at 7:30 am. Wear your CHCS t-shirt.
At the event, grab a healthy snack and a free water bottle, get moving with our performers, and hear Ward 6 Councilmember, Tommy Wells speak
Then, at 8:15, join other Cluster families as we walk or bike caravan together to our respective campus.
Thanks to members of the Watkins student safety patrol for helping out at the event!
Learn more about why we walk or bike to school: http://www.
- Order Spirit Wear by October 4, 2013
We are pleased to announce Stuart Hobson Spiritwear – order by October 4th.
Download the flyer (including visuals of the items available) and order form:
- Stuart Hobson SIT Meeting (School Improvement Team)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 6:30 PM, PARENT RESOURCE ROOM (ROOM 108)
The main purpose of the next meeting will be to review the accomplishments of the summer and outline the remaining work and schedule ahead.
More about the SIT for newcomers to SH:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 6:30 PM, PARENT RESOURCE ROOM (ROOM 108)
1. What has been completed on Stuart-Hobson’s renovation
2. Work that remains to be done
3. A timeline for that work
As you know, we are many years into our school renovation. There still remains work to be done–and we likely will need parent involvement in ensuring we have adequate funding and timeliness. Our kids deserve the best school the city can provide–and having a great building and grounds is an important part of it.
- PTA General Meeting: GET INVOLVED! September 24, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pmStuart-Hobson Auditorium
Come to the first general PTA meeting of the new school year. The PTA is a great way to find ways to connect and get involved to make the Cluster a great place for our kids!
(A list of your 2013-14 PTA Representatives )At the meeting, families will have opportunities to:* Join the PTA (when you join, you can also allocate a donation to your child’s classroom teacher)* Talk with your PTA leaders about campus opportunities and needs* Sign up to lend a hand at our big fall fundraisers* Register grocery cards to earn money for our school* Elect new parent reps to the Cluster LSAT (advisory group on budget, policy and climate decisions)* Meet with your Working Group (the PTA group at each campus that helps support the campus and allocates PTA funds at the campus)Childcare will be available. Pizza will be served. See below!!!We will give away a free Kindle to a lucky PTA member!
Join the PTA and make a contribution — either before the meeting or at the meeting — and you can enter the raffle for a free Kindle. It’s easy to join and contribute online: http://www.
Pizza will be available in the basement cafeteria starting at 6:15.
Cluster t-shirts will be on sale ($10 child, $15 adult).
Childcare will be provided, with great things in store for the kids:
–Reptiles Alive! show for the kids, featuring a giant snake, alligator, tortoise, monitor lizard, and other amazing reptiles, plus snake secrets, lizard stories, and tall turtle tales
– Fun games donated by Labriynth Games & Puzzles store
- Attend Stuart-Hobson Curriculum Night
September 2, 2013
Hello Stuart-Hobson parents,
The Administrative team has worked very diligently since February to create class
groupings this year where every child has an individual schedule tailored to the
specific abilities and interest of each student. Unlike in previous school years where
the computer placed all students at random in core classes, (ELA, Math, Social
Studies, Science and PE) this year we have scheduled each child by name and need.
We placed students needing extra support in intervention classes and students
ready for extra enrichment in accelerated honors courses. We are accommodating
our aspiring musicians to take beginners, intermediate or Jazz band classes. For
our vocalist, we specially scheduled them in our new Choir class. By tailoring our
schedules for the needs of each child, we are experiencing a more complicated
process than in years past. Individualized scheduling is a common practice at the
High School level but not at the Middle School. The process takes two weeks to
complete as parents communicate with administrators to add/drop classes during
this time based on their child’s interests.
In addition to individualized schedules, we climbed a high mountain this summer
at Stuart-Hobson with respect to enrollment. We grew every day as the summer
progressed and moved from 387 students to 424 students. We also added many
students from the Charters and out of state to our rosters the past two weeks. We
are excited about our 100% enrollment but this affects our schedule, our honors
classes and intervention classes as well as the numbers within these classes. We
are currently leveling the class sizes to have the appropriate number of student per
class to facilitate learning for everyone.
We are proud this year not to be a “one size fits all” Middle School. Using these
practices, we are more progressive than many other middle schools in Washington
DC. Our intentions are to see that we serve every child and allow equal access to
all classes to the best of our ability. We appreciate your patience as we diligently
address schedules. If you have any requests concerning your child’s schedule,
please email Tonya.Harris@dc.gov. Schedule changes must be addressed by email.
This request is in the best interest of our students as written notes can be misplaced
creating further frustration. Please email all requests by Friday, September 6th to
allow processing and rescheduling by the 16th.
While teaching and learning will start on Tuesday, September 3rd, the honors and 9th period classes will not begin until the 16th, allowing time for all scheduling concerns to be resolved. We ask that you attend the Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 pm at Stuart-Hobson, in the auditorium; to make sure you are well informed and able to decide if your child’s schedule is what your family desires.
I hope this letter has helped clarify the scheduling process. Please let friends know
that this letter is on the CHCS website if they fail to receive it or are not on the ROBO
calls. Please know the administration at Stuart Hobson has your child’s best interest
at heart as we complete this new scheduling experience. At Curriculum Night, I
will explain our process, provide additional information and answer questions.
Thank you for being a great school community and I look forward to seeing you on
For those parents with children in Honors classes we will be having two additional
questions and answer sessions this week. We would like for everyone to attend even
if you already attended a previous meeting. The meetings will occur on Wednesday 9/4
at 8 am and Thursday 9/5 at 4:30 pm. Please join us at one of these two meetings to
learn more about the scheduling process and the process being used to determine
acceptance to these courses.