Blog content and photos provided by Ms. Bess Davis, Eliot-Hine’s IB Coordinator. You can email her to learn more at Bess.Davis@dc.gov
This school-year, DCPS Global Education partnered with DCPS’s six International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools to recognize students and families at the first annual IB Showcase. Eliot-Hine MS is one of two DCPS IB middle schools in the city. At this recent IB showcase, EH students and families viewed projects through a gallery walk and voted on their favorite IB work products. EH students’ projects ranged from science fair projects, community projects, art, and student writing.
In addition to supporting event set-up and clean-up, Eliot-Hine students were also present to share their Community Projects and receive recognition on stage. Each school honored students with Learner Profile awards and Outstanding IB Assignment awards. Parents and community members were also honored with an Outstanding Program Advocate Award. All in all, it was an exciting night to celebrate DCPS’s IB World Schools!
To learn more about Eliot-Hine’s IB Middle Years Programme, check out these former posts:
Eliot-Hine MS 7th grade students capped off their recent English Language Arts cornerstone unit, My Warrior Self, with a trip to the Newseum to see the civil rights exhibit about the tumultuous events leading up to 1968, when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Cornerstonesare powerful lessons that students engage in through the DCPS units of study. This particular cornerstone unit involved reading the memoir Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, exploring what makes a warrior and how their own definition has shifted, preparing a display about a “warrior” they know, and visiting the civil rights exhibit at the Newseum.
In Warriors Don’t Cry, the 7th graders learned about the nine teenagers who were chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957. The memoir describes the dignity and courage the nine teenagers showed throughout their year at Central High School when they were on the front lines of the efforts to integrate our nations’ schools. To relate the book to their own lives, the students chose a “warrior” they know, and prepared a display board describing how their “warrior” took a stand to fight for what is right. At the Newseum, the students watched and discussed a documentary about how civil rights activists harnessed the power of the news media to bring about social change. All of the activities in this unit are intended to provide the students with insights about how to be resilient, and persevere through inevitable challenges they will face in life.
We love to see Eliot-Hine students making real-world connections through engaging in rigorous content! To learn more about the DCPS Cornerstones Initiative, check out their website which includes libraries of examples for each subject,
In an effort to create a fun forum for Eliot-Hine MS feeder families to gather, this summer Friday book swap series was born! Join feeder families and members of the community for a picnic and fun every Friday. Bring a book, leave with another. All ages and levels welcome. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you do not have a book to bring. There are extras! Contact Amber.Gove@gmail.com with any questions.
This year Eliot-Hine MS joined other DC Public Schools for the 16th Capitol Hill 4th of Julyparade. Accompanied by Mayor Bower, Charles Allen, and their feeder schools, Eliot-Hine was so excited to meet members of the community and spread the word about their International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Join current parents/families and members of the community on Mondays for gardening 6- 7:30 PM or Fridays in Lincoln Park for the summer book swap. All ages and levels welcome!
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!
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!
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!