Book Club for Kids Podcast Comes to Eliot-Hine!

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Earlier, Book Club for Kids came to Eliot-Hine MS to talk with students about a new book, Ungifted by Gordon Korman and the episode is now available. Book Club for Kids is a free podcast and great forum where students talk about books! The host/executive producer Kitty Felde is recipient of a 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. Eliot-Hine students really enjoyed chatting with Kitty and KNX anchor Randy Kerdoon. Please tune in to see what our students had to say!

The podcast is now available to download here:

If you enjoyed this podcast, past episodes can be heard here.

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Eliot-Hine 2017 Promotion Ceremony

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Eliot-Hine MS celebrated their 8th-graders at the 2017 Promotion last week. The students were recognized for their hard work and accomplishments achieved during their middle school career. A special congratulations to Valedictorian Nafisa Weeks! Some high schools our Eliot-Hine graduations will attend are McKinley Tech HS, Banneker HS, Eastern HS, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, and Phelps HS. 

Eastern High School Principal, Sah Brown, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. He discussed the all that the graduating students had already overcome and the numerous future success we look forward to hearing about as they move to high school. Best of luck, graduates!

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Instructional Superintendent Natalie Gordon and Principal Sah Brown confirm the graduates!
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Valedictorian Nafisa Weeks with her mother and grandmother. Congrats, Nafisa!

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One of Eliot-Hine’s top 10 graduates: Congrats, Makaela!
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Congrats, Shawn!
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One of Eliot-Hine’s top 10 graduates: Congratulations, Destiny!

 

Eliot-Hine International Faire: Bringing the World to Capitol Hill

Eliot-Hine hosted a vibrant International Faire on Friday, June 2 open to the community. This event aimed to present students with a global perspective and share more about their new International Baccalaureate framework. There were fun activities such as temporary henna tattoos, Chinese calligraphy, and Arabic script writing. There were also stations featuring fun books and apps focusing on other countries and cultures like Tutu’s storybooks and an Argentinian tango demonstration. Students and families also learned about programs within Eliot-Hine that pushes a global perspective, such as the Model UN program and the DC Global Education’s Embassy Adoption Program. Thank you for such a beautiful event!

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Eliot-Hine’s National Junior Honor Society Induction

Twelve of Eliot-Hine’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society during a ceremony recently. This is the first cohort of inductees at Eliot-Hine, and the group is off to a great start getting involved in the community! The NJHS members were ushers at the 2017 Promotion ceremony and helped with end-of-year festivities. The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

Five main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. We look forward to all the support this special group will provide moving forward!

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Supporting Their City With Compassion: IB Community Project Spotlight

As part of the International Baccaleaurate Middle Years Programme,  all 8th graders complete a community project at Eliot-Hine Middle School. The community project provides an opportunity for students to collaborate and pursue service learning. Students work in groups, conduct research, and practice public speaking when they present in front of a panel of judges.

This year, Ms. Harris’ all-girls advisory is researching homelessness. Each week they stay after school, even coming in on weekends or when they have days off, and have been researching how a homeless shelter is run, what types of homeless shelters are in the DC area, the statistics on homelessness broken down by various groups, and more. A big objective of their project is changing the negative rhetoric around homelessness and teaching everyone to be more compassionate. To take it one step further, these students are raising awareness in their community by hosting a feminine hygiene product drive. They have even partnered with local alumnae of Agnes Scott College, a women’s college in Atlanta, to raise funds. All the proceeds will go to House of Ruth, a women and children’s shelter in DC, and they are so excited to show the community ways people can support these shelters!

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If you would like to support their project and make a donation, please stop by Eliot-Hine’s main office during school hours. Items will be collected until Wednesday, May 17. More details on the flyer here. 

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

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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.

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.