Going the Distance: Eliot-Hine’s Athletic Offerings!

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Boys track & field- April 2017
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About to start the intermediate level competition- March 2017

Did you know Eliot-Hine has track & field, ski club, and two gyms? That’s just the beginning! To learn more about Eliot-Hine’s athletics program and offerings, we spoke to their Athletics Director, Ms. Tanisha Kemp. You can also follow their updates on Twitter: @EHMSAthletics. Questions regarding Eliot-Hine’s Athletics can be directed to Ms. Kemp at tanisha.kemp@dc.gov or her cell, (443) 799-9432.

  • Previously I have shared updates from Eliot-Hine’s basketball teams and ski club. What are all the sports offered? We have basketball, track and field, cross country, football, bowling, softball, cheerleading, and a ski club.
  • What sport facilities do you all have on campus? We have a baseball field and two gyms. Watkins ES is currently using one of our gym while they are swinging in a part of our building and we are happy they were therefore able to have a basketball team this year. Our softball field is housed at Eastern HS and sometimes we also share Eastern’s track, which is a treat for middle schoolers!
  • What sport team always surprises people? Bowling! Our girls had a fantastic season and came in 4th place. The team comprised of mostly 6th graders and they were all first-timers.
  • How does athletics support the IB framework at Eliot-Hine? Sports are global and ideal forum for community and sharing. Think of soccer around the world and events like the Olympics that unite the community. Lessons my students learn in athletics can be applied to real-life situations: discipline, dedication, and collaboration. In order for you to be a scholar athlete, you have to be able to work with others and communicate. We practice this inside the classroom and on the field.
  • Anything new for next school year, SY17-18? Ms. Weaver will be coaching volleyball. DCIAA will also offer wrestling and lacrosse for middle school soon. We hope to have these as it is a great opportunity for our students learn a new sport.

Want to support or check out Eliot-Hine’s teams in action? Here is their spring schedule.

Eliot-Hine’s Spring STEM Fair

Eliot-Hine prioritizes STEM initiatives for their students, both in and out of the classrooms. Previously we shared posts about their award-winning Science Olympiad Team and Junk Art Club, indoor Grow Lab, community Pollinator Garden installation, Physical Science staff feature on Ms.Harrington, and more. This spring, Eliot-Hine hosted a STEM fair with exciting items like a meal worm race, a balance challenge, and a color swirl station. Students also had projects like Clara’s psychological test to evaluate if offered to eat/drink a more expensive item with both actually being the same, would participants choose the more expensive one as better tasting. Jason also experimented on whether diet or regular coke shoots off better!

Check out the photos below and you can view upcoming Eliot-Hine events on their school website.  

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Come Enroll at Eliot-Hine for SY17-18!

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This past weekend Eiot-Hine hosted an event to kick off enrollment for School Year 2017-2018. Families enrolled their students while everyone planted peas and participated in a Kusama inspired painting project from a field trip students took to the Hirschhorn Museum earlier. Check out the photos from the event below and stop by Eliot-Hine to see the new artwork!

If you missed this event, below are other opportunities you can come enroll your student or learn more about Eliot-Hine in person. Please call the main office if you have any questions about enrollment: 202-939-5380.

  • April 8, Saturday, 9 – 11 AM: Finishing the pollinator garden installation!
  • April 12, Wednesday 5:30-8 PM: PTO meeting
  • May 10, Wednesday, 5:30- 8 PM: PTO meeting
  • May 13, Saturday, 9 AM – 12 PM: Enrollment Fair
  • May 19, Friday, 12 – 7 PM: Parent Teacher Conference Day
  • June 2, Friday, 5:30 -8 PM: International Night Expo
  • June 6, Tuesday, 5 – 7 PM: Enrollment Fair

Connecting art & emotional responses: Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors field trip

Last week, Ms. Mills took a group of students on a field trip to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirschhorn Museum. Artist Yayoi Kusama’s avant-garde pieces are known for their ability to evoke various emotional responses based on her unconventional use of space, color, light and reflection. In her Infinity Mirrors exhibit, Kusama created six rooms of wonder on the beauty, stereotypes and evolution of the human condition. Students viewed the rooms as well as her earlier creations such as “Works on Paper.” Students then analyzes the six rooms and critically discuss Kusama’s perspective on the “incredible beauty of humanity.” Check out photos from their day below:

If you are interested in this exhibit, information on their free timed-passes is here. 

Eliot-Hine Staff Feature: Ms. Weaver, Autism Teacher

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Ms. Weaver, Autism teacher
  • Where are you from and what experiences led you to where you are in education today? I was born and raised in Washington DC. I’ll never forget my 2nd grade teacher. Growing up, math was not my best subject. However, the way my teacher took me under her wing and showed me different ways to approach math ultimately drove me to succeed and want to become a teacher.
  • How long have you been teaching at Eliot-Hne?  I have been at Eliot-Hine for four years. When I started working at Eliot-Hine, I was an aide. Now  I am a lead classroom teacher here.
  • How would you describe Eliot-Hine students? My students are life-changing. Each year I get students that open my eyes to different things. I learn something from them each day!
  • Share something about Eliot-Hine staff: The staff here are like family. We all come together and are a great team. We are very supportive of one another. Our strong bond makes collaboration a lot easier. Just recently, I collaborated with Ms. Harrington, who teaches my students robotics!
  • This is Eliot-Hine’s first full year as an International Baccalaureate (IB) middle school. How does this IB framework shape your teaching? We teach our students the IB learner characteristics and apply these with their social skills’ lessons. This helps our students succeed: remaining open-minded, knowledgeable, balanced. These all touch on their social skills.
  • What is something people do not know about Eliot-Hine? We are forever changing. There are more sports this year with the addition of a football and a bowling team. Next year I’ll be coaching and adding a volleyball team!
  • Describe Eliot-Hine in one word. Optimistic! Throughout everything we keep persevering and pushing. The whole school is optimistic and we love to all be here.

Eliot-Hine’s March Highlights & Upcoming Events

March has been very busy at Eliot-Hine! Check out the photos and highlights below:

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  • Eliot-Hine TV Network interviewed new DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson last week! He also met and heard from staff and current students.  
  • A group of students took a field trip to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirschhorn Museum. (A separate blog post on this coming up next week!) 
  • Eliot-Hine students read Ungifted by Gordon Korman and engaged in a book discussion with Kitty Felde of Book Club for Kids Podcast. Stay tuned for this podcast coming out in May!
  • 3 of Eliot-Hine’s Ski Team places in their recent competition:
    • Malia: 1st place, middle school intermediate division
    • Ja’shon: 5th place, middle school intermediate division
    • Elizabeth: 8th place, middle school novice
  • 5 students compete in the Science Olympiad at American University and place in five different categories they competed in!
  •  8th grade students met with their community mentors as they work on their International Baccaleaurate (IB) Community Project. Topics for this year’s research projects include raising awareness about the homeless shelters and population in DC, evaluating high school drop out rate and its consequences, how to address bullying in middle school, education reform, etc. Mentors will continue to meet with students until their presentation in late May.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, March 23: Eliot-Hine STEM Fair Expo, 1-3 PM. This event brings together our students to demonstrate their abilities to create, problem-solve, and innovate in the fields of math and science. You will be able to view: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Science Fair Projects; 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math Projects; STEM demos.
  • Saturday, April 1st: Pollinator Garden Installation & Enrollment Event, 9 AM – 12 PM.

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Spring has arrived at Eliot-Hine: New GrowLab!

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Eliot-Hine’s new GrowLab, indoor garden, was funded as part of an OSSE Farm Field Trip Grant. The purpose of this grant is to increase the number of District students who visit local farms. Students helped plant the milkweed seeds, water them consistently, and track their progress. Then in April,  6th and 7th grade students will take a field trip to Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek, MD. Also as a part of the grant, Eliot-Hine’s required follow-up activity will be installing a pollinator garden. Everyone is invited to this April 1st Pollinator Garden Installation event. Join Eliot-Hine as they continue to infuse science and sustainability in fun and productive ways!

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