CHPSPO Meeting Notes – August 12, 2014

Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan, August 12, 2014

Discussion on holding a Ward 6 School Board Forum

  • Decided to hold a Ward 6 School Board Candidates Forum
  • Petitions submitted by Tom Brennan, Mark Nayden, and Joe Weedon
  • Suggested that we identify potential partners to cosponsor the forum: (VanNess parents group, NLPNA, Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Hill Rag, SESW CBCC, etc)
  • Suggested we hold the forum at (Eastern)
  • Discussed possible moderators
  • Timing (2nd-3rd week October) October 7, 14 or 16

Mayoral Candidates Forum – CHPSPO will join education and community groups across the city to sponsor this event

Discussion on holding a Ward 6 Education Summit:

  • Identify what people feel is lacking in the schools, identify how to fill those needs, and re-articulate the Ward’s commitment to schools
  • Discussed that parents have been asked multiple times what they want. People want to see action rather than another “ask” session.
  • Discussed the effort being undertaken by Companies for Causes, and the All Roads Lead to Eastern effort.
  • Discussed the importance of involving teachers more in open houses.
  • Will do a little more thinking around how CHPSPO can support the Ward 6 schools in planning for vertical integration among the feeder schools, and marketing of the schools through their websites, etc.
  • Michael Moss, Walker Jones principal, discussed “backwards education mapping” effort that Wilson High School undertook a number of years ago that brought together the Wilson feeder schools to discuss vertical integration among the schools and ensuring that elementary school students are prepared for middle school, and middle school students are prepared for high school.

Walk-to-School Day Planning – Wednesday, October 8

Next CHPSPO Meeting: September 16, 2014

Upcoming Events

August 23 Beautification Day
August 25 First Day of School
September Student Assignment & School Boundary Plan to be released
October 8 Walk-to-School Day
November 4 General Election

Status

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – April 23, 2014

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Payne Elementary School, 1445 C St., SE
April 23, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. Bike to School Day (Jennifer Heffernan, DDOT)

o   Register your school (even if you’re not making the Lincoln Park event): http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/user/login?destination=node/add/event (Create the account, then register for goodies from DDoT)

o   US Department of Transportation’s Acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Victor Mendez will participate

o   National Center for Safe Routes to School will join us

o   How to get more low income families to participate?

o   WABA Bicycle Ambassadors to direct bike trains?

o   Golden Bicycle Competition – school w/ greatest percentage of cycling (and skating, scooting, tricycling) population in DC wins!

  1. Discussion of Homeless Children Attending Capitol Hill Schools and What Our Community Can Do to Help (Lauren Conley,  Homeless Children’s Playtime Project )

o   Playtime Project philosophy: Play is a human right. Playtime Project delivers structured play (snacks, art, movement) at shelters

o   Every DC school (by law) has a homeless liaison. DCPS contact list: http://osse.dc.gov/publication/dcps-homeless-liaison-contact-list

o   Law requires funds for field trips, uniforms, transportation, etc: application of the law depends on the school’s ability: schools automatically enroll homeless children.

o   How we can help

      • Uniform drives
      • Halloween costume drive (by playtime)
      • Holiday gifts
      • Backpacks filled w/ school supplies
      • Socks, underwear
      • Gently used books, outside toys
      • Baby things
      • Talk to your kids about empathy, teasing, etc
      • Mentorship program? Girls Inc? Girls on the Run, Big Brothers:
      • Capitol Area food bank (lesson + bag of groceries)
      • Weekend food; Backpack w/ food for the weekend. http://feedingamerica.org/
      • Advocacy
      • Ways to support Relisha Rudd

o   Set aside PTA funds for a general fund in her name

o   Washer/Dryers and pantries at every school

o   Letter-writing campaign

o   November Homeless Awareness Month

o   Next Steps: Cornelia Sigworth to assemble homeless families sub-committee to pursue support activities.

 

  1. School Boundaries/Feeder Pattern Discussion (Denise Forte & Marty Welles)

o   Discussion:

o   Next Steps:

    • CHPSPO to look to Working Group Data (to be posted on DME site) at the school level and to http://ourdcschools.org results at Ward level to put together a position on boundary review

o   You can provide feedback on the proposals on http://ourdcschools.org/ (created by Code for DC) through mid-May. All feedback will be made open, while protecting privacy data.

  1. Public Charter School applications and public hearing (Suzanne Wells)

o   Suzanne Wells and Laura testified

o   Two new middle schools could be approved

o   Written testimony accepted until April 25

 Next CHPSPO Meeting:  May 20, 2014

 

Upcoming Events

April 22 – May 5              CHM@L online auction (www.biddingforgood.com/CHML)

April 26          Payne Spring Festival and Bazaar (9am-3pm @ Payne)

April 26          DCYOP @ Eliot-Hine. 12:30pm performance on the blacktop. Stay tuned for the Fall 2014 DCYOP Petting Zoo at Eliot-Hine!

April 26          Ludlow-Taylor Spring Jubilee (2pm-5pm @ Ludlow Taylor)

April 29          Eliot-Hine Career Fair – Register here to present 15 min snapshots

May 5              Eliot-Hine Open Houses – morning and evening

May 7              Bike to School Day (Lincoln Park) – Register your school and join the Fun!

May 10           Laps Around Lincoln (Tyler Fundraiser) 9-11 AM @ Lincoln Park

May 14           Eliot-Hine PTO meeting for incoming families. How to get involved w/ PTO before you enroll.

May 18           Capitol Hill Classic 10K/3K/Fun Run

 

Status

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – March 18, 2014

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
SWS@Goding, 920 F Street, NE - 
March 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


  1. Report out on March 6 CHPSPO-sponsored Candidates Forum (http://storify.com/CHPSPO/ward-6-council-candidates-forum-on-education-march)

2. SY14/15 Budgets (Report outs by each school on the budget allocations) and discussion of upcoming budget hearings

    • Schools reported on FY15 initial operational budget allocations.
    • Q&A around DCPS Budget Guide
    • Points to be covered by individual schools on budget:
      • Lack of transparency
      • 10% increase promised by DCPS was not met
      • What can be done to get more accurate enrollment? Trends over time?
      • Extended day – shouldn’t be tied to union vote
      • Summer school at each lowest performing schools
      • 1st/2nd wave of charter influx Oct/Feb – needs to be accounted for in the budget
      • Adequately fund libraries so that collections can be built (not just maintained)
      • Recruit librarians adequately
      • Number of schools will not have full-time nurses
    • Hearings:
      • Thursday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Cardozo Education Campus,1200 Clifton Street, NW
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 500, DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing (Public Witnesses Only).  Contact Jamaal Jordan, jjordan@dccouncil.us or call 724-8061.
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 123, Department of General Services Budget Hearing.  Contact Ronan Gulstone, rgulstone@dccouncil.us or call 478-2456.
    • Budget Open House:
      • Wednesday, April 9 (throughout the day), Councilmember Catania.

3. School modernization funding (Department of General Services guest, Melissa Millar)

    • Reprogramming of capital improvements plan (multi bill 5-6 year plan)
      • Cost escalation due to construction demand
      • Prioritize projects to finish what was started – DCPS controls the priorities
      • Ward 6 examples
        • JO Wilson $726.00 left over to be reprogrammed to other schools
        • 7 schools that totaled 6.6 million
        • 500K to Watkins
        • 2.448 to Stuart Hobson
        • Expect funding for Payne to be restored
    • For capital dollars, need to testify at both DCPS and DGS
      • Y14 about 25M went to Ward 6 schools
      • SY15, will be ready in two weeks
    • Master Facilities Plan does not seem to influence Capital Improvement Dollars
    • DME responsible for MFP, but DME does not have planning resource on staff
    • DCPS has few planners on staff – DGS supports developing education specs
    • Community liaison Jackie Stanley
    • Hearings:
      • Thursday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Cardozo Education Campus,1200 Clifton Street, NW
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 500, DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing (Public Witnesses Only).  Contact Jamaal Jordan, jjordan@dccouncil.us or call 724-8061.
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 123, Department of General Services Budget Hearing.  Contact Ronan Gulstone, rgulstone@dccouncil.us or call 478-2456.

4. Public Charter School applications and public hearing

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  April 22, 2014 (note 4th Tuesday in April)

Upcoming Events:

FY15 DCPS and DGS Budget Hearings

  • Thursday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Cardozo Education Campus,1200 Clifton Street, NW
  • Wednesday, April 9 (throughout the day), Budget Open House, Councilmember Catania.
  • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 500, DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing (Public Witnesses Only).  Contact Jamaal Jordan, jjordan@dccouncil.us or call 724-8061.
  • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 123, Department of General Services Budget Hearing.  Contact Ronan Gulstone, rgulstone@dccouncil.us or call 478-2456.

2013 Fundraisers

  • March 22        Maury at the Market
  • March 29        Brent Taste of the Hill
  • May 18            Capitol Hill Classic 10K/3K/Fun Run

Public Charter School Hearing

April 14 – 16   Exact date TBD

CHPSPO Meeting Notes October 15, 2013

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE

October 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

1. Education Adequacy Study by Deputy Mayor of Education – Jennifer Comey – send questions/comments to jennifer.comey@dc.gov and dme.adequacystudy@dc.gov

  • Find presentation and annexes here: http://dc.gov/DC/DME/About+DME/News+Room/Deputy+Mayor+for+Education+Releases+Preliminary+Findings+and+Recommendations+of+the+DC+Education+Adequacy+Study
  • Preliminary comments from Cathy Reilly and Matthew Frumin:
    • While there are a number of concerns with the impact of implementing the recommendations of the study, I think the major concern is that the charter schools will see substantially more funding  while DCPS would see more funding, but substantially less than the charters.
    •  A significant point of contention seems to be around the issue of funding M&O costs (estimated at $43.3 million).  Jen said last night that DCPS wouldn’t have to bear these costs, and there was some discussion about more efficient use of DCPS buildings, e.g., co-locating social services agencies, sharing space with charter schools, etc., that would make up some of the $43.3 million.  The bottom line though is that if DCPS does have to bear the M&O costs, the recommendations in the Eduation Adequacy Study would give DCPS an additional $13 million, and the charters would see around a $79 million increase.
  • Other background reading:

2. DCPTA – Bryan Banks

  • Elections are happening soon. Any PTA member eligible to vote. Two votes per school.

3. Public Oversight Roundtable on School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns

4. Update on Education Bills before City Council – no update this month, but here’s a bit of background: http://greatergreatereducation.org/post/20359/group-critiques-catania-education-proposals/

5. Report Out/Lessons Learned Walk-to-School Day – George Blackmon

$350 mini-grant received from Capitol Hill Community Foundation

$120.00     Permit for Lincoln Park

$  34.90     Portable microphone rental from Fragers

$  40.45     Coffee cups and creamer from Safeway

$  83.54     Gogurt and granola bars from Costco

$  71.11     Proposed payment to Vigilante Coffee

$350.00

Donations

200 bags from Georgetown Athletics/MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

50 bags from Councilmember Wells’ office (Harris Teeters bags)

250 water bottles from DC Water

250 apples from Long Meadow Farms

Thousands of fruit ropes from Clif Bars

Walk-to-School Day banners and activity flyers from Clif Bars

Light bike maintenance by The Daily Rider DC

Banner by the Long/Short Walk (via T. Bella Dihn-Zarr)

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  November 19, 2013

Upcoming Events:

October 18      Comments due to Deputy Mayor for Education on Education Adequacy Study

October 26      Tyler Harvest Festival, 11 am – 3 pm – food and games, a costume contest, and other fun activities as we celebrate the harvest of Tyler’s outdoor garden.  Learn about our Outdoor Classroom and how our garden grows!

October 26      Maury Harvest Festival, 10 am – 3 pm – there will be games, a cake walk, a dunk tank and lots of other fun activities

October 26      Brent Fall Festival, 10 am – This annual event unites the Brent community and the neighborhood.  The day is full of fun for families and kids with a moon bounce, face painting, carnival games, live music, and a used book sale.

October 26      Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan Haunted Harvest Festival, 6 – 9 pm – Mad scientist, haunted house, chili cookoff, arts & crafts, face painting and more!

November 15  Public Roundtable on School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns, 9 am

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – September 17, 2013

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
J.O. Wilson Library, 
660 K Street, NE

September 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. Open Data (Where Kids at Your School Live) – Sandra Moscoso and Harlin Harris
  • Data requests:
    • o Waitlists for each school
    • o Teacher evaluation data
    • o Follow students as they transition from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school
    • o Teacher retention
    • o Student turnover; transitions; mid year
    • o Facilities amenities; modernization plans
  • Suggest socialize with other education groups: Washington Teachers Union, Cathy Reily/SHAPPE, PCNS

 2. Discussion of policy paper on education bills before the City Council

 3. Library advocacy update – Peter McPherson – GREAT NEWS! http://chpspo.org/2013/09/05/dcps-libraries-win-big-by-peter-macpherson/

4.  Walk to School Day – George Blackmon

  • Need: stretches (Lashone Wilson); coffee (Samantha Caruth); press release (Beth Bacon)
  • When: Weds, Oct 9, 7:30-8:15 AM @ Lincoln Park

 

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  October 15, 2013

Upcoming Events:

October 9        Walk to School Day

October 13      Taste of JO Wilson (http://www.tasteofh.org/)

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – February 19, 2013

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

JO Wilson School Library

February 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

1)      At-large City Council Candidates Forum (Bonnie Cain, Councilmember Wells’ Education Advisor)

CHPSPO to host forum focused on education and youth issues.

When: Tuesday April 9 at 6:30

Where: Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Ave NE

Civics club (students) from Eliot-Hine will come up with questions. Will invite other Ward 6 middle schools to participate.

Action: Suzanne Wells to reach out to middle school principals.

2)     Bike to school day

May 8, 7:30-8:30 AM at Lincoln Park. All schools are invited.

Register your school: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/ (especially so DDOT’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator can track – last year, reflectors were distributed to participating schools)

Please get the word out and find coordinators for your school. Contact sandramoscosomills@gmail.com for details.

Can you help w/ the following?:

-    Coordinate on behalf of your school (mostly making sure folks know what’s going on)

-    Find parents or teachers from your school to lead Bike trains from park to your school

-    Map (safe) Bike routes from Lincoln park to Schools

-    Reach out to MPD to see if they can participate

-    Find someone to donate coffee (BYO reusable cup or $1 for paper cups)

-    Reach out to local bike shops to participate, lead bike trains

-    Clean up (if necessary)

-    ACTION: Sandra to get permit for Lincoln Park (need to confirm construction won’t interfere)

3)      Priorities

a. Collectively advocate to DCPS on agreed upon issues

b. Engage with Councilmember Catania on what is working/isn’t working in Ward 6

c. Working jointly to support our middle schools

d. Identify best practices to support math proficiency so students entering Eastern are prepared for high school math

e. Promote vertical articulation and horizontal integration through supporting a program, e.g., Robotics, debate clubs, GeoPlunge, Street Law

f. Promoting more events at individual schools that are open to all schools, e.g., Maury’s Think Tank, Cluster’s Family Game Night

g. More cross-school collaboration that is led by the schools

h. Promote cross-school events, e.g., a Ward 6 field day, music festival, art show, Jumprope for Heart, school zone at H Street Festival

i. Promote Class of XX events to build community; use existing events when possible

j. Promote innovative summer programs at the Hill schools

k. Advocate for open data and more transparency from DCPS, OSSE, and PCSB

l. Support extended day, extended year, summer bridge programs

m. Support building skills

n. Finalize CHPSPO’s 501(c) 3 application

- ACTION: Suzanne will circulate the priorities before the next meeting, and ask everyone to rank the priorities.  We will discuss the priorities at the March meeting, and reach agreement on how we want to move forward.

4)     501c3 – Sherry Trafford

- Members in attendance voted to adopt the conflict of interest policy that is listed in the appendix to the 501(c)(3) application

 

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – January 15, 2013

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Maury Elementary School Library
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

1) At-large City Council Candidates Forum (Charles Allen, Councilmember Wells’ Chief of Staff)

  • In April, District voters will elect an at-large City Councilmember in a special election for a two-year term.
  • Eliot-Hine would like to host a student-led candidates’ forum focused on education and youth issues.
  • Idea is to get students to organize the candidates’ forum, e.g., invite the candidates, find a moderator, advertise the forum, etc.
  • Joe Weeden offered that Defeat Poverty DC would be a co-sponsor.  CHPSPO offered to co-sponsor.
  • Suzanne Wells offered to let Principals Clemens (Capitol Hill Cluster School/Stuart Hobson Middle School) and Gordon (Jefferson Academy) know about the forum to see if there might be opportunities for their students to participate.
  • Charles Allen offered to put together a timeline leading up to the forum.

2) DCPS Lottery Communications (Alaina Smith, DCPS, Office of Strategic Enrollment Initiatives)

  • Encourage parents to attend open houses
  • Encourage schools to list open houses on DCPS open house list
  • Lottery is open Jan 28-Feb 25. Entering early does not mean better chance of getting in.
  • BIG CHANGES to waitlist and registration processes. See this year’s guide.
  • Lottery website: https://lottery.dcps.dc.gov/

3) DCPS Library Task Force update

  • Questions around how recommendations to be implemented, e.g., per pupil funding?
  • Task force recommendations here.

3) Presentation on Maury’s game lending library (Vanessa Ford, Maury Think Tank Teacher)

  • Think Tank and Science Expo on January 24, 6-7:30PM at Maury Elementary School
  • Game lending library at Maury is open to all families in the community. Many families have expressed positive feedback. Games serve as a way to engage children around math, science, problem-solving, cooperation.
  • Maury received a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation to start the game lending library.
  • Think Tank Blog: http://maurythinktank.blogspot.com/

4) Discussion of 2013 CHPSPO Priorities (tabled till next month) – see last year’s priorities here: http://chpspo.org/2012/01/19/chpspo-meeting-notes-january-12-2012/

5) CHPSPO 501(c)3 (Sherry Trafford) (tabled till next month)

  • Bank account is open
  • CHPSPO has been incorporated
  • Almost there for 501c3

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  February 19, 2013


Upcoming Events:

 

  • January 22, 2013, 5:30 p.m., Jefferson Academy Open House
  • January 29, 6:30 pm, Living Room Chat with Principal Tynika Young for 2nd grade families