November 18 CHPSPO Meeting at Payne

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Payne Elementary (1445 C Street, SE). We will have a representative from OSSE at our meeting discussing the extension of the Elementary and Secondar Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, and Monica Warren-Jones will be discussing a draft Parent Bill of Rights developed by the State Board of Education.

Also, on Monday, November 17, DCPS will hold a public hearing on its FY15/16 budget at Payne Elementary. See

Please share with your school communities the attached flyer about a panel discussion on December 4 on Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools.

See you on Tuesday!

Suzanne Wells

111814 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

DC Language Immersion Project Flyer.pdf

Draft DCSBOE Parent Bill of Rights – 10_28_14.pdf


CHPSPO meeting Tuesday, October 21, at Eliot-Hine

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Eliot-Hine Middle School (1830 Constitution Ave., NE). Attached is the agenda for the meeting. Also, attached is the list of the current PTA presidents/co-presidents, principals and CHPSPO representatives. Please review the list, and send me any updates. Apologies in advance for any errors on the list.

Please remind your school communities that there will be a mayoral candidates forum focused on education this Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Center. Attached is a flyer about the forum.

See you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

102114 CHPSPO Agenda

CHPSPO School Year 2014 2015 Representatives.docx



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 ( 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.


Suzanne Wells

091614 CHPSPO Agenda.docx


DC Paid Sick Days Flier [Spanish].pdf

DC Paid Sick Days Flier Final English.pdf

Blood Drive Miner 092014.pdf


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


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


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 You can also contact Eric Legg with any questions you may have: ericlegg (at) gmail (dot) com.