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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – May 20, 2014

Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan215 G Street. NE

May 20, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

1.  DC Board of Education Ombudsman

-          Monica Warren-Jones, the Ward 6 State Board of Education member introduced Joyanna Smith, the new DC Board of Education Ombudsman who began her position on February 26, 2014.

-           Joyanna explained that she helps to resolve complaints, disputes and problems faced by students, parents and educators in the DC public schools and the public charter schools.  If systemic issues exist, the Ombudsman will look to make recommendations to fix problems.

-          The Ombudsman will develop a management report after the end of the school year.

 

2.  DCPS Student Assessment Task Force

-          DCPS has formed an Assessment Task Force to evaluate student assessments.  Representatives from DCPS conducted a focus group to hear parent’s views on the purpose, importance and expectations of student assessments.  CHPSPO members said:

o   They want timely feedback on test results.

o   Want access to all the testing data that is available for their children.

o   A plan of action to address student’s needs.

o   Report cards tend to just show typical progress, e.g., going from developing to mastered.  Would like to see more substance.

o   Tests can be very stressful for some students, e.g., throwing up on test day.

o   We need a healthier approach to testing.  Some students have been told their teacher’s job depends on how well they do.  Some parents talked about how they tell their children not to worry about the test, but to try to do their best.

o   Tests drive instruction too much.

o   Tests are starting to affect how students learn/don’t learn, e.g., students aren’t learning how to write multi-paragraph essays.

-          DCPS is moving to the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers next school year to better align with the common core standards.  See https://www.parcconline.org/about-parcc

 

3.  Update on Homeless Children Attending Capitol Hill Schools

-          Roni Hollman reported that 1400 homeless children attend DC public schools.  There is a desperate need for school uniforms.

o   A Facebook site was created (https://www.facebook.com/#!/ClothetheKidsCapHillUniformDrive)

o   An Amazon wish list has been set up (http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/SGKH8FLM7WFU/ref=cm_sw_su_w)

-          Help is needed to pick up uniforms that have been delivered to Evolve Management, and take them to the Playtime Project at the shelter at DC General.

-          CHPSPO will send a short message that can be posted on the school list serves describing what can be done to help.

 

4.  Student Assignment and School Boundaries Advisory Committee

 -          Marty Welles gave a brief update on the status of the effort to adjust the school boundaries and feeder patterns.

 

5.  Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet

- Gary Carleton and Marty Welles shared an update on the Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet.  The Parent Cabinet meets monthly.  They recently discussed parent engagement.  Topics are identified for each month.

- To learn more about the Parent’s Cabinet see http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Parents+and+Community/Chancellors+Parent+Cabinet.

 

Next CHPSPO meeting:  June 17, 2014

CHPSPO Meeting is Wednesday, April 23 @ Payne ES

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

Hope everyone had a great Spring break. CHPSPO will meet on Wednesday, April 23, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Payne Elementary (1445 C Street, SE). We will be discussing Bike to School Day (May 7), the proposals for school boundaries/feeder patterns, SY14/15 budgets, and ways our community can support homeless children attending our area schools. Attached is the agenda. Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Suzanne Wells

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CHPSPO Meeting is Tuesday, March 18 at SWS@Goding

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. at SWS@Goding (920 F St., NE).

I wanted to get our preliminary agenda out a little early to allow folks to prepare for the meeting. Principals were to have received their school budget allocations for the 2014/2015 school year today. At the meeting next week, we’d like to discuss the school level budgets, and how the actual school budgets match the Mayor and Chancellor’s budget proposals, e.g., to increase middle school funding. If each school could come with a brief summary of their budgets, it would be appreciated. The budget word from Maury Elementary today is that their enrollment in SY14/15 is expected to grow by 32 students, but their budget is only increasing by $101; Maury’s per student funding was $9,761 this year and is projected to drop to $9,461 next year.

We will also be discussing the applications the Public Charter School Board is considering for SY2014, and potential impacts on the Ward 6 schools (see http://www.dcpcsb.org/Start-a-Charter-School/New-Charter-School-Start-Ups.aspx?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PCSB%20News%20Releases&utm_content=Charter+School+Apps+2014). The PCSB expects to hold a public hearing in mid-April on the applications.

Finally, we hope to have a discussion on the recent reallocations of the school modernization funds.

Never a dull moment when it comes to DC education issues!

Suzanne Wells

P.S. Don’t forget to go to the Capitol Hill Cluster School Auction this Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – February 12, 2014

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Amidon-Bowen Elementary School

401 I Street, SW

February 12, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. Update on school boundaries and feeder patterns – Abigail Smith (Deputy Mayor for Education (DME)); Claudia Lujan (Deputy Mayor for Education’s office); Denise Forte and Martin Welles (Ward 6 representatives to Advisory Committee) http://dme.dc.gov/book/student-assignment-and-school-boundaries-review-process
    • Abigail Smith delivered a powerpoint presentation with an update of the DC Student Assignment and School Boundary Review Process.  At the end of her presentation, the floor was opened for comments/questions.
    • Comment: At the focus groups that were recently held, participants were asked for feedback on school boundaries and feeder patterns, but were not provided data about how the current boundaries/feeder patterns are playing out. A: Data will be part of overall discussion, particularly with working groups. See policy brief #3: http://dme.dc.gov/node/776162
    • Misalignment of middle schools – Q: what is percentage of rising 5th graders enrolled in their designated middle schools (and elsewhere) and data around ‘out of feeder’ enrollment/trends around actual feeder patterns from ES to MS to HS? A: The DME’s office has not assessed that data, but the data will be pulled.
    • Comment: Process seems to lack a comprehensive plan around schools; how to utilize space, how system(s) want(s) to evolve. A: The process is meant to elicit ideas that could inform a comprehensive plan.  They are not making an assumption that comprehensive planning will happen prior to making decisions on school boundaries and feeder patterns.  There are discussions between the DME’s office, DCPS, and the PCSB, but there isn’t a “beautifully coordinated process.”
    • Q: How can planning take place when there is no predictability around the opening of charter schools/misalignment of middle grades (e.g., many charters enroll MS at 5th grade)? A: DME does not have authority over PCSB, but the goal of including them in the advisory committee and having the discussions is so that there is better coordination.  DME’s office wants to focus on things they have control over.
    • Q: Will committee make any recommendations about closing schools? A: No, this exercise will not lead to recommendations around closing schools but will make recommendations around strategically opening schools (like Van Ness).
    • Q.  Is it possible to get choice and equitable access simultaneously while looking at issue of income distribution across the city? What is definition of quality?  A.  Example of San Francisco was described, which incorporates a policy that guarantees a certain number of slots in high-performing schools for students from low income families.
    • Brainstorming around ideas to influence policy
      • Controlled choice (San Francisco example)
      • Colorado example of once in an out of boundary feeder pattern, cannot go back to ‘in boundary’ schools without going back through lottery
        • Expression of ‘too much choice’ today in DC leading to a lack of investment in feeder or destination schools.
    • Opportunity for better programmatic integration among feeder/destination via vertical alignment (foreign language consistency across ES/MS/HS, specialty programming like IB, museum, project-based learning…)
    • Address capacity issues by creating more ‘Cluster’ models that dedicate a building to early childhood, ES, MS, HS
    • Better sharing of data by PCSB and DCPS so that when schools open/closing decisions are made, they are done with strategic approach.

2. Adequacy Study Analysis – Soumya Bhat, DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Read detail of recommendations here: http://www.dcfpi.org/dcfpi-feedback-on-dme-adequacy-study

    • Question was asked about at risk funding, and how it is allocated at the school level?   Several examples of schools that do not receive the proportion of funds they should.  It was discussed that OSSE is accountable for the distribution of these funds.
    • Per pupil funding to include the facility funds… could underfund DCPS by $47M and overfund charters by $9M
    • Support around keeping maintenance costs outside school funding formula. Data does not exist around facility needs.
    • Moving resources allocated by outside agencies (like school nurses, etc..). Support keeping nurses outside.

3. Candidates Forum Update and Planning – PLEASE CIRCULATE WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITIES

  •  February 20     Ward 6 City Council Candidates Forum – Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

-          Sponsored by Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA) and Capitol Hill Group Ministry

-          Spread the word

  •  March 6        Ward 6 City Council Forum at Stuart Hobson

-          Sponsored by CHPSPO

-          Assist in planning and spread the word

-          Article in Hill Rag

  • TBD    City-wide Mayoral Forum focused on education

 

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  March 18, 2014

 

Upcoming Events:

Candidates Forums

  • February 20     Ward 6 City Council Candidates Forum (CHPSPO co-sponsor) – @ Capitol Hill Prebysterian, 7-9PM
  • March 6           Ward 6 City Council Candidates Education Forum (CHPSPO sponsor)
  • TBD                Mayoral Candidates Education Forum (CHPSPO co-sponsor)

2014 Fundraisers

  • March 8           Tyler Alchemy of Great Taste
  • March 14         Cluster Rocks! Auction & Gala
  • March 22         Maury at the Market
  • March 29         Brent Taste of the Hill
  • May 18            Capitol Hill Classic 10K/3K/Fun Run

 

Ward 6 Parent/Community Meetings on School Boundaries/Feeder Patterns

  • Eliot-Hine Middle School – Thursday, Feb. 13 (cancelled due to snow)
  • Stuart-Hobson Middle School – Tuesday, Feb. 18
  • Jefferson Middle School – Thursday, Feb. 20

CHPSPO Meeting WEDNESDAY January 22, 6:30-8PM

This month’s CHPSPO meeting will be on a Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-8PM. We will welcome key guests from the Deputy Mayor of Education’s Boundary Review. A more detailed agenda coming soon.

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From: “Suzanne Wells” <m.godec@att.net>

Wanted to give everyone advance notice that CHPSPO will meet on WEDNESDAY, January 22.  At our January meeting, Denise Forte and Marty Welles along with Claudia Lujan and Abigail Smith from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will join us to share information about the Student Assignment and School Boundary review process.

At our January meeting, we will also be discussing the city council and mayoral candidates forums that CHPSPO is either sponsoring or co-sponsoring.  The first of the forums will be a Ward 6 City Council Candidates’ Forum on February 20th at 7 p.m.  CHPSPO is co-sponsoring this forum along with the Eastern Market Metro Community Association and the Capitol Hill Group Ministry.  The forum will be at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church at 4th & Independence, SE.  Please share the attached flyer with your school communities.

Finally, I know many schools are having service days on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20.  Eliot-Hine Middle School is having a service day to spruce up their library from 10 am – 2 pm.  If you’re looking for a meaningful service project next Monday, please consider helping out at Eliot-Hine.

Thanks.

Suzanne Wells

 

Ward 6 Candidates Forum 022014].docx
MLK service.pdf

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – December 17, 2013

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Watkins Elementary (library, 2nd floor)

420 12th Street, SE, December 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

1- Candidates Forums

    • Report out on 12/9 Mayoral Candidates Forum –
    • Ward 6 City Council – co-sponsor with Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA) and others on February 18, 20 or 22. CHPSPO will co- Sponsor.
    • CHPSPO decided to sponsor an education focused Ward 6 City Council forum.  Joe Weedon volunteered to approach Eastern HS to see if they are willing to host the forum. Suggested the forum be in early March. Advertise in Hill Rag in Feb – Heather Schoell to follow up on advertising.
    • Mayor – co-sponsor with other education groups across the city, date TBD CHPSPO will participate. Suzanne Wells to serve as initial PoC until responsibilities are clear.

2 – Report on Catania discussion hosted by Greater Greater Education: http://storify.com/CHPSPO/gge-hosts-education-discussion-with-cm-catania

3 – Update on Middle School recommendations

    • Discussion of recommendations sent to Henderson and Catania
    • Middle school survey?
    • Per Catania, this is the Year of Middle School
    • Jan 28 – another boundary/feeder pattern hearing; encouraged CHPSPO to reach out to other ed groups across the city and find out recommendations.
    • DCPS budget survey now being framed as a middle school issue
    • ACTION: Append letter to middle school survey.
    • ACTION: Reps from each school look at MS Plan and where things are today vis-avis implementation, Rick Bardach for Jefferson, Joe Weedon for Eliot-Hine, Bill Horne for SH.

4. Update on school boundaries and feeder patterns (NOTE:  Ward 6 Advisory Committee members Denise Forte and Marty Welles could not attend the CHPSPO meeting on 12/17)

    • From 21st CSF, would be helpful to find out what is working and what is not working.
    • Like that there is a geographic boundary and a feeder school pattern.
    • Don’t like that there is little communication between middle schools and ES that feed into them or between MS and HS.
    • Don’t like that feeder patterns are not aligned from boundaries
    • On Feeder/Boundary process, need to leverage conversation to achieve bigger goals.
    • Can’t have dialogue w/out starting w/ shared understanding of the situation… no data
    • Misalignment between 5th grade at DCPS and DCPCS
    • Misalignment between feeder schools to Eastern and the Eastern boundaries

5. Data that needs to be available to community to inform boundary/feeder discussion:

    • Neighborhood residency info for students at school level (for ES, MS, HS), sorted by Ward
    • Charter and DCPS at school level, with percentage in-bounds, percentage in Ward, sorted by Ward
    • 4th and 5th grade attrition rates at every DCPS elementary school, by Ward
    • Percentage of students by DCPS and Charter middle schools at school level by grade and sorted by Ward
    • Number of kids in the current elementary school grade-level cohorts, at school level, sorted by Ward
    • How many of the past 3 or 4 years’ worth of 4th/5th graders were captured by DCPS middle schools at school level, sorted by Ward
    • School lottery results vis a vis enrollment, by school
    • DCPS and charter waiting lists for the past 5 years by school, sorted by Ward
    • Data that would help quantify students who enroll, but leave the school, either midyear when a slot opens elsewhere or through the lottery the next year, at school level, sorted by Ward
    • School level attrition by year, by grade
    • School level data around flow of students from feeder to destination schools, from perspective of students who have been through the feeder pattern from ES through HS, identifying in boundary and out of boundary.”

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  January 22, 2014 (NOTE:  This is a Wednesday)

Upcoming Events:

December 16   DCPS and DCPCS lottery opens. Visit school open houses throughout the Spring semester. See DCPS schedule here. Apply via http://www.myschooldc.org/.

December 19   Deputy Mayor for Education’s Focus Group on School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns, Logan

January 23       3rd Annual Maury Think Tank Night http://maurythinktank.blogspot.com/

2013 Fundraisers:

 

March 8           Tyler Alchemy of Great Taste http://www.tylerelementary.net/

March 14         Cluster Rocks! Auction & Gala http://www.capitolhillclusterschool.org

March 22         Maury at the Market http://mauryelementary.com/

March 29         Brent Taste of the Hill  http://brentelementary.org/

May 18            Capitol Hill Classic 10K/3K/Fun Run http://www.capitolhillclusterschool.org

CHPSPO Meeting November 19 at Ludlow-Taylor

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,
We will have our November CHPSPO meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at Ludlow-Taylor (659 G Street, NE) starting at 6:30 p.m.
We will spend the bulk of the meeting discussing the effort underway to overhaul the city’s school boundaries and feeder patterns. Please share with your school communities the attached Focus Group Flyer announcing the focus groups the Deputy Mayor for Education’s office is holding to get parent and community input on school boundaries and feeder patterns. The focus groups are not ward specific, so you may attend any of the focus groups. However, the focus group that will be held in Ward 6 is on December 10 at the Logan building. You must register in order to attend a focus group.
We will also be discussing the attached Priciples that Unite Us. These principles were developed by the American Federation of Teachers, and are being endorsed by the Washington Teachers’ Union and Empower DC. Please take a look at the attachment to see if you believe these are principles CHPSPO can support.
Finally, the annual School Information Night will be held on Sunday, December 8, from 2 – 5 p.m. If your school is interested in participating, but has not yet registered, please contact E.V. Downey at dcmusicteacher@gmail.com.
Hope to see you on Tuesday.
Suzanne Wells

PrinciplesUniteUs2013.pdf
Focus Group Flyer 11-04-13.pdf
111713 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

CHPSPO Meeting Moved to Tuesday, July 23

The July CHPSPO meeting will be held on July 23 at 6:30 p.m. We are moving the meeting to July 23 because the Miner community has a meeting with Chancellor Henderson on July 16 to discuss the firing of Ms. Bunch (July 16 is our regularly scheduled CHPSPO meeting). CHPSPO has been asked to present testimonial at the meeting with the Chancellor.

Atttached are several testimonies that were given at last week’s hearings on the education bills that have been introduced. Attached are testimonies from Cathy Reilly (SHAPPE), Caryn Ernst (Capitol Hill Cluster School), Liz Davis (President-elect of the Washington Teachers Union), and me on the Individual School Accountability Act, and the Mayor’s education bill. Also, attached is testimony by Cathy Reilly on the funding bill.

Please note that Councilmember Catania has scheduled a series of Community Conversations focused on education. The Ward 6 Community Conversation is scheduled for July 31 at the Southwest Library. You can register for the Community Conversation at http://www.davidcatania.com/summer.

Finally, attached is the draft CHPSPO agenda for July 23. If you have other agenda topics, please let me know.

Suzanne Wells

2013-7-9 SHAPPE Testimony.docx

2013-7-9 Liz Davis testimony spoken version.docx

Testimony on School Accountability Act of 2013 – Ernst.doc

DC Council Hearing on Chartering Authority 070713.docx

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2013-7-11 Council testimony SHAPPE Funding bill.docx

Tuesday, June 18, CHPSPO meeting at Watkins

Dear CHPSPO members,The June 18 (Tuesday) CHPSPO meeting will be from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Watkins Elementary. We have a full agenda for the evening with discussions about open data for education, Revolution Foods (a DCPS food vendor), SWS proximity preference, and the education bills before the council.If you get a chance, stop by the Watkins Food Prints lab at 6 p.m. for a presentation on the “real cost of food,” and enjoy a healthy meal made with food grown by the students at Stuart Hobson (see attached).See you on Tuesday.Suzanne Wells

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SH Community Flyer.pdf

CHPSPO meeting on April 16, 6:30-8PM, Riverby Books

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, April 16 at Riverby Books, 419 East Capitol St., SE. Attached is the agenda for the meeting.One of the things we will discuss on Tuesday is the testimony CHPSPO is scheduled to deliver at the DC Council hearing pn April 17 on the DCPS SY14 budget.Suzanne Wells

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