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  • Celebrating Black History Month ~ 2017
    Photos from the 2016 MLK "I Have a Dream" Speech event at the Lincoln Memorial.

    Photos from the 2016 MLK “I Have a Dream” Speech event at the Lincoln Memorial.

     

     

    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!

    Watkins students are celebrating in many ways this year, including spotlighting Black History Month facts and African American leaders during Morning Announcements, dressing up as a famous African American on “African American Heroes Day,” an HBCU Panel for 3rd – 5th grades, a Black History Month Celebration on February 23rd, and last, but not least, the 13th Annual MLK “I Have a Dream” Speech at the Lincoln Memorial, on February 24th. The entire school will travel to the Lincoln Memorial to be present as the 5th grade students take turns reciting one line of the speech. It is a very moving event, and a true honor for Watkins students and families. Take a moment to watch a report on last year’s event: 2016 MLK Event.

    At Stuart-Hobson, 7th graders were treated to a screening of the film “Hidden Figures,” the story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

  • Digital Citizenship Campaign

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    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 making good decisions while using online digital tools.

    2. www.commonsensemedia.org is our partner in this endeavor and is a FABULOUS resource to answer ALL your questions about screen time, cyber bullying, privacy/safety, appropriate apps/video games/movies/TV shows and more. Check it out NOW!!

    3. When you sit down to your family dinner on Sunday, March 5th, we challenge all Cluster families to make it a “DEVICE FREE DINNER” and leave phones, tablets, TVs, and any other devices in another room! Here is a long list of fun Dinner Conversation Topics. Check for updates and more info at #DeviceFreeDinner and @CHCSPTA.

    Watch a segment on the Today Show about the Device Free Dinner: Today Show Episode

    So what’s the big deal?

    American kids today spend over 50 hours per week of screen time and the media content that they consume and create has a profound effect on their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

    Just as you ensure that your child gets regular physical and dental checkups, eats well, gets rest, wears a seat belt and a bike helmet, you also need to help ensure their DIGITAL safety and well-being. 

  • Meet the Cluster's Award-Winning Teachers!

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    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 the National Teacher of the Year competition. Congratulations, Ms. Dewhurst!

     

    DC Ed Fund surprising Ms. Brogioli with Excellence in Service Award (top left, and bottom two photos); Coach Brogioli leading the Lady Panthers to another victory (top right photo).

    DC Ed Fund surprising Ms. Brogioli with Excellence in Service Award (top left, and bottom two photos); Coach Brogioli leading the Lady Panthers to another victory (top right photo).

    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 five individuals and three school communities are celebrated through a star-studded awards show featuring video tributes and live performances. And, each winner takes home a cash bonus between $10,000 and $25,000! Check out this site to learn more: Standing Ovation 2017.

    Congratulations, Ms. Brogioli!

     

    Mr. Edwards is seated at the right; On the left are two photos of Band members learning from the Jazz Artists in Residence. The guest artists pictured are: Fred Hughes - Piano and Lead Artist in Residence, Frank Russo - Drums, David Marsh - Bass, Brad Clements - Trumpet, Peter Fraize - Sax, Mike Noonan - Trombone/Mallets.

    Mr. Edwards is seated at the right; On the left are two photos of Band members learning from the Jazz Artists in Residence. The guest artists pictured are: Fred Hughes – Piano and Lead Artist in Residence, Frank Russo – Drums, David Marsh – Bass, Brad Clements – Trumpet, Peter Fraize – Sax, Mike Noonan – Trombone/Mallets.

    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 managing director of the Carlyle Group and chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Eligible teachers must earn a rating of Highly Effective under IMPACT.

    The Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching winners are recognized at the annual Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools, hosted by DC Public Education Fund and held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

  • 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 managing director of the Carlyle Group and chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Eligible teachers must earn a rating of Highly Effective under IMPACT.

    The Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching winners are recognized at the annual Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools, hosted by DC Public Education Fund and held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

    Mr. Edwards is seated at the right; On the left are two photos of Band members learning from the Jazz Artists in Residence. The guest artists pictured are: Fred Hughes - Piano and Lead Artist in Residence, Frank Russo - Drums, David Marsh - Bass, Brad Clements - Trumpet, Peter Fraize - Sax, Mike Noonan - Trombone/Mallets.

    Mr. Edwards is seated at the right; On the left are two photos of Band members learning from the Jazz Artists in Residence. The guest artists pictured are: Fred Hughes – Piano and Lead Artist in Residence, Frank Russo – Drums, David Marsh – Bass, Brad Clements – Trumpet, Peter Fraize – Sax, Mike Noonan – Trombone/Mallets.

  • 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 five individuals and three school communities are celebrated through a star-studded awards show featuring video tributes and live performances. And, each winner takes home a cash bonus between $10,000 and $25,000! Check out this site to learn more: Standing Ovation 2017.

    Congratulations, Ms. Brogioli!

    DC Ed Fund surprising Ms. Brogioli with Excellence in Service Award (top left, and bottom two photos); Coach Brogioli leading the Lady Panthers to another victory (top right photo).

    DC Ed Fund surprising Ms. Brogioli with Excellence in Service Award (top left, and bottom two photos); Coach Brogioli leading the Lady Panthers to another victory (top right photo).

  • Come to the 2017 Cluster Gala!

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    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, and all of the proceeds go to our school.
    Want to help? Here are some ways you could help make the event a huge success.
  • 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 the National Teacher of the Year competition. Congratulations, Ms. Dewhurst!

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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 feedback from parents about what is working well and areas of concern.

    Instructional Superintendent Natalie Gordon and Community Action Team Coordinator Nikki Petty from DCPS Central Office will be in attendance.

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  • Winter Reading Initiative 2016-17 - Traveling Around the World
    Peabody's Reading Down the Track

    Peabody’s Reading Down the Track

    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, “Peabody’s Reading Down the Track” and “Chugga Chugga Read Read!” and our families and classrooms will write the name of every book they read on a “train car,” color the car if they’d like, and add it to a train of cars winding its way through our Peabody stairwells and hallways. Our goal is to read 15,000 books over the 3-month period (equivalent of 225,000 minutes of reading). We launch our program at “Rock the Red” on Thursday, December 1st and end with a big celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Thursday, March 2nd.

    The Watkins program this year is titled “Read Around the World One Book at a Time” and the students will use 8 reading logs representing the 7 continents and Washington DC. They will color in one of the 8 landmark stars or one of the 2 transportation vehicles for each 15 minutes they read and thus each log represents 150 minutes of reading. They will “travel” from North America to South America, Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and finally to Washington, DC. Students receive a medal for circling the entire globe and completing all 8 logs.

    At Stuart-Hobson Middle School, daily reading is built into every class. Our selected theme for the annual Winter Reading Initiative is Travel, both International and Domestic. We will discuss the locations of our book settings, and why the author chose that location – picking up on the Cluster Winter Reading theme of where we begin, where we are going, and how we get there. The Winter Reading Initiative at Stuart-Hobson books will highlight books where characters make good choices, and alternately show characters who need to take a look at where they can improve bad choices. Our students are expected to have a book with them at all times, just in case the lunch line is longer than usual or if a teacher completes the lesson early. This creates a positive, habitual link to good reading for the present and for the future. Plenty of good reading material is required to keep our reading interest high. Classroom libraries are restocked monthly and student classroom librarians keep an eye on the book needs. Our overall goal at Stuart-Hobson Middle School is to prepare our students for successful High School work.

    Peabody Information and Logs:

    Peabody 2016-17 Winter Reading Program Description

    Peabody Train Car Reading Log

    Watkins Logs:

    1 North America

    2 South America

    3 Antarctica

    4 Australia

    5 Asia

    6 Africa

    7 Europe

    8 Washington DC

     

    A big thanks to the Cluster’s amazing librarians for organizing the winter reading program:

    Sue Bloom (Peabody),

    Tracy Wilson (Watkins), along with her team, Rachel Nover and Stephanie Coleman,

    Melody Sooper (Stuart-Hobson).

     

  • 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!

    PK4 students shared a meal with parents and teachers.

    PK4 students shared a meal with parents and teachers.

    PK4 students shared a meal with parents and teachers.

    PK4 students shared a meal with parents and teachers.

    PK4 students shared a meal with parents and teachers.

    PK4 students shared a meal with parents and teachers.

    3rd Grade Harvest Celebration

    3rd Grade Harvest Celebration

    3rd Grade Harvest Celebration

    3rd Grade Harvest Celebration

    3rd Grade Harvest Celebration

    3rd Grade Harvest Celebration

    3rd Grade Harvest Celebration

    3rd Grade Harvest Celebration

  • A Triumphant Family Game Night!

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    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 further electrified the students. It was a fun and energetic event for all!

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  • Peabody students celebrate Friendship Day

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    Peabody students are there for you!

  • October PTA Meeting: Oct. 25, 6:15 PM, Watkins@EH

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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!

    Our new school will spend approximately 25% less on energy costs by using efficient lighting, windows, insulation, and heating and cooling equipment plus 100% of Stuart’s energy will come from renewable power like wind.  Stuart will also save on water–low flow plumbing fixtures will use 39% water.  Our green roof will combat the heat island effect.  Twenty percent of all new building materials were made of recycled content. Plus our school makes use of low emitting paints, flooring, sealants and more so students, teachers, and our administrators can all breathe easier.  Way to go Stuart Hobson!!

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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 one of our three in-person sales locations (Frager’s Hill’s Kitchen, Schneider’s).
    This tour works only with a lot of manpower, and many parents jumped in to carry much of the load. There were more than 70 volunteers serving as docents on tour day, and the nine houses on the tour were a varied mix of small and big, old and new. We’d like to thank all of the dedicated House Tour organizers, those families that opened their homes for us, our generous sponsors, all of the fantastic volunteers, and all of the Cluster families and supportive neighbors who purchased tickets for making this year’s House Tour a huge success.
    Congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s House Tour – this is one for the record books!
    Clockwise from top left: Grandmother and Great-Aunt to William Browning (Howard, PK-4) volunteering at House #2, Peabody PK-4 teachers - Ms. Howard and Ms. Slattery - volunteering at House #7, Map of this year's House Tour.

    Clockwise from top left: Great-Aunt and Grandmother to William Browning (Howard, PK-4) volunteering at House #2, Peabody PK-4 teachers – Ms. Howard and Ms. Slattery – volunteering at House #7, Map of this year’s House Tour.

  • Watkins and Stuart-Hobson Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

    Hispanic Heritage events drew big crowds, and everyone had a lot of fun!

    On Oct. 13, Watkins students and families gathered for musical performances in the auditorium, followed by crafts, games, music, and a piñata. The event was organized by the Watkins specials teachers, Mr. Nagbe, Ms. Sanders, Mr. Davis, and Ms. Damon, and the PTA provided dinner in the gym.

    On Oct. 17, Spanish teachers Ms. Brewer and Ms. DeSouza organized a fun Hispanic Heritage Celebration for many 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Stuart-Hobson. They danced and sang to Spanish songs, did scavenger hunts for answers among their classmates’ projects on Spanish-speaking countries, and sampled treats like chips with guacamole and salsa, tacos, and plantanos  (plantains)! It was delicioso!

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    Hispanic Heritage Night at Watkins

    Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Stuart-Hobson

    Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Stuart-Hobson

    Hispanic Heritage Night

    Hispanic Heritage Night at Watkins

    Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Stuart-Hobson

    Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Stuart-Hobson

    Hispanic Heritage Night

    Hispanic Heritage Night at Watkins

    Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Stuart-Hobson

    Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Stuart-Hobson

  • 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 out!

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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 in Ecuador, and Emma Morris in three countries across the Mediterranean Coast. Here is to more great experiences for Stuart Hobson Middle School students studying abroad inMadrid Study Abroad 3  2017!Madrid Study Abroad 2

  • 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.2016 Renovator's House Tour

    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 on a real-life budget. This year’s tour will showcase 9 beautiful homes.

    Purchase tickets and find out more about this year’s homes at: www.renovatorshousetour.org

    • $25 In Advance
    • $30 Day of the Tour

    Volunteers are needed! Please sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084ea4a82aa4fa7-renovators

    Tickets may also be purchased on the day of or at any of the following locations:

    • Frager’s
    • Hill’s Kitchen
    • Schneider’s
  • 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 Ava Pannett, a 2nd grade student at Watkins. 

    On Saturday, September 17th, Ava attended the lunch and had the opportunity to speak with the authors and illustrators, including Jacqueline Jules, Minh Lê, Lulu Delacre, Theodore Taylor III, and Kevin Sherry – proof that reading is rewarding!
    Clockwise from top left: Ava listens as author, Jacqueline Jules, addresses the attendees; Ava holding her All Star Reader booklet containing autographs from the event, as well as a signed copy of "Let Me Finish!" by local author Minh Le; Ava enjoying herself at the lunch event.

    Clockwise from top left: Ava listening as author, Jacqueline Jules, addresses the attendees; Ava holding her All Star Readers booklet containing autographs from the event, as well as a signed copy of “Let Me Finish!” by local author, Minh Le; Ava enjoying herself at the lunch event.