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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

031814 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

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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

072313 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

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

061813 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

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

041613 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

CHPSPO March 19, 2013 Meeting at Stuart Hobson – 6:30PM

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO) will hold its March 19 meeting at Stuart Hobson Middle School at 410 D Street, NE at 6:30 p.m. We will be discussing the upcoming at-large city councilmember candidates forum and the recently released SY14 proposed budgets. The agenda is attached.

CHPSPO is one of the sponsors for the upcoming at-large city councilmember forum that will be focused on youth and education issues. We would appreciate it if individual schools would co-sponsor the forum, and help spread the word among your parents about the forum. You can let us know at our March 19 meeting, if your school is interested in co-sponsoring the forum. A flyer will be available in the near future to use to advertise the forum.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote on CHPSPO’s 2013 priorities. Attached are the results of your voting.

Suzanne Wells

031913 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

CHPSPO Priorities-SurveyMonkey-Results 031713.xlsx

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