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Ward 6 State Board of Education Candidates Forum 

Come learn more about the Ward 6 candidates for DC State Board of Education — and ask your questions about their views on policies & standards that affect DC schools.

Candidates are Mark Naydan & Joe Weedon

Tuesday, October 14
Eastern Senior High School
1700 E Capitol Street, SE

Moderated by Natalie Wexler of Greater Greater Education

Sponsored by:

  • Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization, www.chpspo.org
  • Ward 6 Democrats
  • Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council, http://www.seswcbcc.org<
  • Ward 6 State Board of Education Candidates

Mark Naydan
Mark Naydan is a public school teacher in Prince George’s County and a Ward 6 resident for more than two decades.  He is committed to the spirit of the decision of Brown v. Board of Education, and desires a high quality education for all of our residents.  He has been teaching high school in his current position for 10 years.  He has taught in five countries and is dedicated to excellence in teaching.  He is secretary of his school’s PTA and is involved in the National Education Association.  He is a volunteer tax preparer and is active in his church.

Joe Weedon
Joe is a proud father of 4th and 2nd grade students at Maury Elementary School. He has worked with community members to develop and implement the Ward 6 Middle School Plan and has served on the Eliot-Hine Middle School collaboration team, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Title I Committee of Practitioners and the board of two non-profits focused on expanding after-school programming. His years of service and advocacy to improve our child care and educational systems across Ward 6 means he knows and understands the educational issues impacting Ward 6 like few others.

Professionally, Joe currently serves as Executive Director of Companies for Causes, a non-profit organization working to engage socially-minded CEOs of closely held small and mid-sized companies to make a collective impact on our community.http://www.joeweedonstateboardofed.com

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CHPSPO Meeting Tuesday, September 16 at Maury

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Association members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, September 16, at Maury (1250 Constitution Ave., NE) from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

At the meeting we’ll hear report outs on progress in planning for Walk-to-School Day and the upcoming Ward 6 School Board Candidates Forum.

We will also be discussing the attached Statement of Principles that has been developed by a city-wide group of education leaders, and we will decide whether or not CHPSPO wants to be sign on as a supporter of the principles.

We also hope to have an invited speaker who will discuss a lawsuit the DC Chartered Schools Association filed against the city (http://dcacps.org/d-c-public-charter-schools-law-suit.html) regarding funding of the DC public charter schools.

Finally, attached is information about paid sick leave that is available for DC workers who need to care for sick children, and a blood drive that will be at Miner Elementary on September 20.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Wells

091614 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

StatementofPrinciplesFIN.docx

DC Paid Sick Days Flier [Spanish].pdf

DC Paid Sick Days Flier Final English.pdf

Blood Drive Miner 092014.pdf

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Upcoming Opportunities to Meet Candidates

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

While CHPSPO does not endorse or advocate for a particular candidate in the upcoming elections, we do want to forward information about opportunities to meet the mayoral and school board candidates.

CHPSPO will sponsor a Ward 6 school board candidates forum on Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Eastern High School.

Efforts are underway by a city-wide coalition of education activists to organize a mayoral candidates forum focused on education issues. The date has not been finalized for this forum. I will send a message when the date is finalized.

This Saturday, September 6th from 9 – 10:30 am in Lincoln Park there will be Coffee in the Park with mayoral candidate David Catania. This event is hosted jointly by Public School Parents for Catania and Ward 6 for Catania. There will be coffee for adults, and some activities for kids.

If you become aware of any public forums for the mayoral candidates, please let me know about them. Thanks.

Suzanne Wells

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District of Change: Making Schools Better for DC Event 10 Sept 7PM

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 7 p.m.

Over the past few years, public education in D.C. has been transformed – from IMPACT rating for teachers, to school closings, to boundary and feeder changes, to major facilities improvements, to an explosion of Public Charter Schools. Have these attempts to close the achievement gap worked? Are D.C. schools better? Join us as we talk to principals from around the city and learn about their challenges and successes.

Join moderator Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way, in discussion with panelists:
Scott Cartland, former principal, Janney Elementary School (Ward 3), current principal, Wheatley Education Campus (Ward 5);
Alexandra Pardo, executive director, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (Ward 8);
Andria Caruthers, principal, West Education Campus (Ward 4)

Please RSVP for this program over at EventBrite.

This program is part of the District of Change series of public conversations on the changing nature of the District. The series is produced by Slate editor David Plotz and author Hanna Rosin in conjunction with the DC Public Library Foundation.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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Tennis on the Hill – Fall Registration Open!

Fall back into the swing of things with Tennis on the Hill fall classes. We want to see all of you on the courts, so please register today! CLASSES START THIS COMING WEEKEND. For the kids, we have Little Shots (11:30 AM and 12:30 PM sessions), Quickstart 1 and 2 (2:30 PM , 3:30, and 4:30 sessions), For the adults, we have Adult Beginner (12:30 and 1:30 ) and Adult Intermediate (2:30 PM and 3:30 PM). In addition, this spring we are offering a Parent and Me class for parents and youth ages 12 and up. This class will be similar to the adult beginner class. Remember, our popular Monday night cardio class and weekend match play will continue throughout the fall.

Tennis on the Hill is a non-profit Community Tennis Association (CTA), promoting and facilitating the playing and enjoyment of tennis as a means of healthy recreation and lifelong physical fitness for all ages, abilities, income levels, and backgrounds in the community of greater Capitol Hill and surrounding area.

Registration is available at www.tennisonthehill.org. You can also contact Eric Legg with any questions you may have: ericlegg (at) gmail (dot) com.

Support Children Living at DC General’s Homeless Shelter‏

10295549_710102709028232_4106679170363888880_o (1)​There are hundreds of children living at the DC General’s Homeless Shelter, and many of them attend schools on Capitol Hill.  The Playtime Project has organized a Back-to-School Drive to provide support for these children as they start the school year.  As you shop for school supplies and clothes for your children, please consider purchasing extras to donate to this Back-to-School Drive.  Many people have already generously donated, but the need is still great.  Backpacks are particularly needed as are school supplies and uniforms.
 
 
Uniforms:   Homeless Children’s Playtime Project  says that “School uniforms will become an urgent need almost as soon as the school year begins. There are over 500 children living at DC General without easy access to laundry facilities. The closest laundromat is nearly 1 mile from the shelter. When children don’t have enough uniforms to get them through the week, they’re often forced to attend school with a dirty and wrinkled uniform. Help us spread the word about this wish list:”   http://amzn.com/w/SGKH8FLM7WFU
 
Playtime Project’s Backpack Drive 2014: Backpacks are very much needed for students in the next two weeks.
 
School Supplies Fall 2014:  BecauseDCPS students are expected to bring in their own supplies: