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  • Welcome Principal Comeforo to the Cluster!

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    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 the prowess of Stuart-Hobson with its rich reputation, dedication to extra-curricular offerings and engaged community.  I look forward to working with you all to ensure that Stuart-Hobson Middle School is recognized as the premier middle school in our city!

    Over the past eight school years, I have had the opportunity to serve at Anacostia High School as a teacher, academic dean and assistant principal, before arriving at Cardozo Education Campus as an assistant principal.  As the leader of the 9th Grade Academies at these schools, I realized that my passion is to ensure our middle schools provide students with the rigorous academic and social emotional skills to transition successfully to the high school.  I am eager to work with the entire Capitol Hill Cluster community to make SHMS a middle school of choice for all students and a leader in preparing middle schoolers for leading high schools.

    Personally, I am a proud resident of the District of Columbia, where I reside with my wife and dog.  While I was born and raised in New Jersey, I came to DC by way of Boston College, where I received my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, before receiving my master’s in teaching from American University.  I enjoy running, golf and playing the drums (I look forward to the chance to perform with the illustrious SHMS band)!

    On June 26th, I plan to hit the ground running, and would love to meet with as many of you as possible throughout the summer.  Please consider coming to one of the following meet and greet sessions, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your hopes and dreams for Stuart-Hobson Middle School.  From here, I will be able to work with you to fulfill our mutual desire to make Stuart-Hobson Middle School the pride of Capitol Hill!
    Meet and Greet Events:

    *   Staff Open House

    • Tuesday, 6/20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Location: Stuart-Hobson Middle School 

    *   Family and Community Open House

    • Wednesday, 6/21, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Location: Stuart-Hobson Middle School 

    *    Be on the lookout for dates and times for the following events throughout the summer:

    • Student-Admin team building
    • Bi-weekly open house events
    • Meet and greet events in the community
    • Staff one-on-one meetings

    If unable to attend in person, I can be reached through email at kristofer.comeforo@dc.gov, and of course, I will maintain an open door policy at school.

    I welcome and value your feedback in support of the work that we will do at Stuart-Hobson.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

    Sincerely,

    Kristofer Comeforo

    Principal, Stuart-Hobson Middle School

  • 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 emails to council members and the Mayor’s office. If you see Councilman Allen, please tell him “Thank you!” from the Cluster community.

    The Cluster ROCKS!

  • 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 in place, and then constructed a small berm or saucer around the tree that will be filled with water during the growing season to keep the tree growing and thriving.  The volunteers also answered the many questions students asked about this tree.

    This effort is part of a fourteen-year partnership between the Peabody Primary school and the UDC Master Gardener Program.  This partnership benefits the children who attend the school by creating and maintaining a nature-oriented learning environment.  The partnership also contributes expert advice on soil conditions for growing healthy foods, environmental benefits such as sustaining urban habitats for pollinators; and a place of beauty for the Hill community and visitors to see.

     

  • 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 ES, Watkins ES, Peabody ES, and the Capitol Hill Cooperative Nursery School.

    Tickets On Sale Now at Stuart-Hobson MS, Peabody ES, and School Within School ES.

    $10/person at the door, with a Pre-sale Family Combo Special of $30 for a family of 4

    Neighborhood Special……Families who reside on E, 4th, 5th Streets, please take advantage of Buy One/Get One for April 29th matinee show only!

    Join us to find out if “There are Giants in the sky!”

    Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

    Book by James Lapine

    Director: Tori Pergerson

    Choreographer: Danielle Kensey

    Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

    Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

    *Into the Woods JR, is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, NY (212) 541-4684 mtishows.com

  • 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 straight into Cluster classrooms.

    Click here for more info or to register – and don’t miss it!

  • 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 any questions you might have. (Thank you in advance to all of the teachers for their support of this night!)

    We will also be discussing the PTA budget for SY 2017/2018 and the elections for next year – we are still looking for great people to join the PTA board next year – if you are interested please reach out to current PTA President Lisa Miller (president@chcspta.org) or Vice President Thu Pham (vicepresident@chcspta.org). Elections will be officially held at next month’s PTA meeting on Wednesday, May 24th.

     

    Childcare and dinner will be provided for students on April 25.

    See below for the full agenda:

    When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Time: 6:15 to 8:00PM

    Where: Watkins @ EH

    1830 Constitution Avenue, NE

     

    6:15-6:35 PM – Welcome & PTA Election/Budget Information (Auditorium)

    6:40-7:05 PM – Meet your teachers, Session 1

    7:10-7:35 PM – Meet your teachers, Session 2

    7:40-8:00 PM – Principals’ Updates (Library)

  • 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

    Need a friend?

    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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