The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is a framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. One way Eliot-Hine embraces this is through their Communications Class with Mr. Birks. Students not only learn how to code and become more comfortable and confident with public speaking, they utilize technology in innovative ways and obtain journalism experience interviewing notable local and international politicians, corporations, and radio/TV personalities.
Recently, students took a field trip to Microsoft and interviewed their Corporate Vice-President of U.S. Government Affairs, Frederick S. Humphries Jr. The above photo features Mr. Birks with four 6th graders and their interviewee. They also interviewed Desmond Tutu’s eldest daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe to learn more about TuTu Desk. All their interviews can be found on the Eliot-Hine TV Network channel.
UPCOMING EVENT REMINDER: Eliot-Hine PTO meeting this Wednesday, 3/8 at 6 PM in the Media Center
Tour guides for Open House!
LeShawn Weeks: Parent of current Eliot-Hine 8th grader. Photo of her daughter on right: leading a school tour for Eliot-Hine’s Open House.
- Tell us why your student is a good fit for Eliot-Hine. My daughter is a good fit for Eliot-Hine because it’s a smaller environment where she can thrive and express her leadership abilities. Although Nafisa would thrive in any setting, I liked Eliot-Hine’s smaller setting compared to other DC schools because it feels more like a family.
- What elementary school did she attend? She attended Langdon Elementary School until 3rd grade, then J.C. Nalle for 4th and 5th. So how did you end up at Eliot-Hine? I was trying to find the best school as far as teachers, programs, and a safe environment. Being a Washingtonian, I know the city and its areas and attending school in a safe haven was important for me so she wouldn’t have to worry too much while she was learning.
- As a current Eliot-Hine parent, what have your interactions with staff been like? All of my interactions have been positive. Anytime they have had to reach out, it has been positive. Telephone, pop-up school visit, etc. no matter how I am in contact with them, whether it’s a security guard or Principal Vargas, they are very communicative.
- What did Eliot-Hine have that other middle school options did not? My daughter is all about learning and Eliot-Hine beat out a lot of schools, especially now with the IB programme. The other schools didn’t have the academic environment to allow my daughter to gain all the information she needed to be successful. At Eliot-Hine she has had the chance to shine not just academically, but also practice her leadership skills. She is a student tour guide at Eliot-Hine’s Open house! This is the school for her.
- How do you see the IB framework shaping your student? The IB MYP is a lot more open and not as constricting. The student is able to take what the teacher is giving and expand on it on their own. As an 8th grader, you have a community based project to research and present on. We’re looking forward to seeing what she will choose.
- What extracurriculars is your student part of or what is their favorite class? Her favorite class is science. She has previously been involved with the book and knitting clubs. This year she has been heavily involved with the Eliot-Hine TV & Radio Network. As an 8th grader, she is one of the lead interviewers. They’ve gone to the White House and National Museum of African American History and Culture, interviewed Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, President Obama’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Journalist and Newscaster Leon Harris and the list goes on.
- What do people not know about Eliot-Hine? People do not know how valuable the teachers are at Eliot-Hine. The teachers and staff genuinely care so much about the students and they foster such a family environment. They want to see them grow and succeed. We are grateful as this allows our students to be more confident and get the most that they can out of their middle school experience.
- One word to describe Eliot-Hine: Achievement!
Check out Nafisa’s interview with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Principal Vargas as part of the Eliot-Hine Radio & TV Network.