Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
659 G Street, NE
November 19, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1. School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns – Open discussion
- Background: DME’s press release and materials: http://dme.dc.gov/DC/DME/Initiatives+and+Priorities/Statewide+Commission+on+Children+Youth+and+Their+Families/Student+Assignment+and+School+Boundaries+Review+Process
- ACTION: Sign up for focus groups and working groups
- ACTION: Volunteers will work on survey for feeder with the help of Mary Filardo, 21st Century Fund, using this as framework (see preliminary discussion below): http://dme.dc.gov/DC/DME/Publication%20Files/Defining%20Principles%20Worksheet.pdf
- ACTION: To be more intentional to give Chancellor feedback on middle schools, group is forming. For reference, the Ward 6 Middle School Plan: http://www.dc.gov/DCPS/Parents+and+Community/Community+Initiatives/Building+on+Momentum:+Ward+6+Middle+Schools
- In boundary % (on school profiles) should change to indicate that school is in feeder pattern
- Feedback on November 15 Council Hearing
- Highlights: scrutiny around process, selection of advisory committee members, Chancellor expressed lack of strategy around middle schools, Catania called upon Chancellor/DCPS to produce a middle school strategy within a month
- Video: http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=30&clip_id=1966
- Tweets: http://storify.com/CHPSPO/school-boundary-review-roundtable/
- Preparing for Principles/Survey:
- Q: What is working about your current in-boundary/in-feeder middle school?
- Capitol Hill Cluster School:
- Peabody feeding into Watkins feeding into Stuart (the cluster model is working)
- Stuart Hobson students are enrolling following on feeder patterns based on their elementary schools (Ludlow-Taylor, JO Wilson, Watkins)
- DCPS is setting enrollment numbers too high for Stuart Hobson
- The communication to parents at Peabody and Watkins about activities at Stuart Hobson helps families become familiar with their middle school and starts to set the expectation that Stuart Hobson is going to be their middle school.
- Principal reaches out to all feeder schools to encourage participation with the middle school sports, events, etc.
- JO Wilson:
- Want to maintain current feeder pattern to Stuart Hobson.
- Great local option supporting neighborhood schools and an established, reliable option for parents.
- Ludlow Taylor:
- Want to maintain current feeder pattern to Stuart Hobson.
- Want to maintain current feeder pattern to Eliot-Hine and to Eastern.
- Seeing the progress around Eliot Hine and link w/ International Baccalaureate w/ Eastern and would like to see it continue.
- Families like the choice of being able to attend the Spanish Immersion program. Like that we live on Capitol Hill, and can still have choices in the neighborhood.
- Like Amidon-Bowen feeding into Jefferson.
- The school’s intention to keep cohorts together, beyond geographic boundary. Intent to keep neighborhoods together.
- Q: What is NOT working about your current in-boundary/in-feeder middle school?
- Boundaries for Watkins don’t match the size of the school.
- Charters like Washington Latin are pulling most advanced students. If DCPS MS doesn’t offer advanced courses, it’s tough to keep the advanced students.
- Ludlow Taylor:
- At Ludlow Taylor, students are not leaving at 5th grade, because parents see a clear path to Stuart. However, there is no connection with Eastern.
- Instructional Superintendents structure does not support vertical integration of programming or collaboration among schools within a feeder pattern.
- The Ward 6 Middle school plan that DCPS approved has not been supported nor adequately funded.
- Jefferson is an important piece of puzzle – not successful in getting Brent or Thompson students
- Capital/facility improvements have come about too slowly. It is a struggle by the school and community to get DC to fund renovations.
- Too much choice in the system. Choice came about because system was not servicing schools. There isn’t thought about the capacity of a school vs. cachment as a feeder – needs to take charters into account when thinking about decisions around boundary/feeder. Currently, there is no strategy.
- General Comments
- No strategic planning between Charter and DCPS.
- (former Ward 5 parent) Ward 5 has shut down DCPS schools and many neighborhoods are being serviced by charters.
- Boundary discussion is an opportunity to ‘level playing field’ by introducing neighborhood preference and advocating for legislation that requires charters to take in-boundary students, regardless of time of year.
- Catania’s refusing to outsource MS to charters creates an opportunity.
- Boundary planning should happen w/ charters as part of discussion.
- There is intentional misalignment of middle schools starting at 5th grade.
- IB has been slow to get off the ground at Eliot-Hine, which hurt the implementation of the Ward 6 middle school plan.
- DCPS’ competitive advantage on middle schools should be a predictable feeder pattern and path for students. Charters seem to be doing a better job of operating as a system than DCPS.
- Charters seem to do a good job of showing the continuum of education among charter school feeder patterns.
- Questions still to be answered:
- What values do we hold that we believe should influence school boundaries and feeder patterns, e.g., proximity, diversity, choice, predictability?
- What is our vision for school boundaries and successful feeder patterns, e.g., successful feeder patterns from elementary to middle to high schools?
- How do middle schools influence school boundaries and successful feeder patterns?
- How to ensure an open, collaborative and fair process for determining school boundaries and feeder patterns? Ideas for getting broad input from Ward 6 parents – survey?
2. “A Call to Action” event on December 9, organized by the Washington Teacher’s Union. Stay tuned via: http://www.wtulocal6.org/. Read Principles: http://chpspo.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/principlesuniteus2013.pdf
3. School Information “Night” – December 8, 2-5PM @ Capitol Hill Day School
Next CHPSPO Meeting: December 17, 2013
December 8 School Information “Night,” 2 – 5 p.m., Capitol Hill Day School
December 9 A Call to Action (TBD)
December 10 Deputy Mayor for Education’s Focus Group on School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns, LoganRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Please save the date, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:30–8:00 pm, at Eliot-Hine Middle School, for a candidate forum for the upcoming April 23rd At-Large City Councilmember special election. This forum will focus on education and youth issues.
The candidate forum is being sponsored by the Eliot-Hine Middle School Civics Club, Stuart Hobson Middle School, Jefferson Academy, Defeat Poverty DC, and the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO). This non-partisan forum will be co-moderated by Elliot-Hine Middle School students, and a member of the DC media.
- What: At-Large City Councilmember Special Election Candidate Forum
- When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:30-8:00 pm
- Where: Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Ave, NE (Stadium/Armory Metro; D6, 96, 97, & B2 Metrobus; BikeShare at Stadium/Armory Metro; on-site parking available)
Lots of great reasons to visit Jefferson Academy and get to know the community!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
- by Joe Weedon
International Baccalaureate Programme
World-class curriculum and programming for Capitol Hill students
Know a middle school student with super board game moves?
Labyrinth game shop is kicking off advance board game classes for middle schoolers on Wednesdays. Details below!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Principal Tynika Young of Eliot-Hine MS will join Councilmember Tommy Wells for his H Street Community Office Hours this week!
When: (tomorrow) Thursday, December 20, 8:00-9:30 AM. (Principal Young will join Tommy’s team from 8:00 – 9:00 am)
Where: Sova (1359 H Street, NE)
This is a terrific opportunity to learn about the good stuff happening at Eliot-Hine (be sure to ask about their famous, student-led radio station!)Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Eliot-Hine Collaboration Team Meeting
December 11, 2012
Attendees: Principal Young, Dorcus Lawrence, Joe Weedon, Suzanne Wells
Eliot-Hine is working to recruit students earlier, and is focusing on attracting 4th and 5th graders.
Currently the student population at Eliot-Hine is 284. There is not a breakout on the number of students from the feeder schools that went to Eliot-Hine this year. Ms. Young is going to reach out to DCPS to get the information on which schools the incoming 6th graders came from.
Ms. Young is working to reach out to all the feeder school principals. She met recently with Ms. Taliaferro-Bunch at Miner.
Joe suggested reaching out to the instructional superintendents to get them to talk with the feeder school principals about the importance of encouraging students to attend their feeder neighborhood schools.
Suzanne suggested talking with Ms. Jennifer Frentress about the need for hiring bilingual teachers to meet the needs of incoming Tyler Spanish Immersion students.
Starting January 15th, and every Tuesday through March 26, Eliot-Hine is going to have tours of the school from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., and from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. There is also going to be an open house on January 30th from 9 – 10:30 a.m., and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. A buddy day is planned for February 20th from 9 – 10:30 a.m. for 4th and 5th grade students. We discussed the importance of getting the open house information in school newsletters.
Ms. Young said the school is planning to hold a Winter Arts Festival this year. The date isn’t set yet.
Ms. Young is planning principal office hours in the community. It was suggested she team up with Tommy Wells when he hosts his office hours in the community. Tommy’s next office hours are Thursday, December 20th, at SOVA from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. It was also suggested Ms. Young attend the feeder school principal’s open meetings with parents.
On January 22, there will be a Ward 6 IB program introduction at Westminster Presbyterian Church in SW.
A living room chat was recently held for prospective 4th grade families. Ms. Young said she would be available either Thursday, January 24th or Tuesday, January 29th for a living room chat with prospective 2nd grade families. Sarah McPhie, a Tyler parent, has volunteered to host a living room chat for prospective 3rd grade families, and she will contact Ms. Young about possible dates.
Eliot-Hine is starting a Saturday Academy that meets 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The purpose of the Saturday Academy is to assist with DC-CAS preparation and homework help. Volunteers are needed to help with breakfast and tutoring. Joe suggested reaching out to Leadership Washington to recruit volunteers.
Suzanne mentioned that Whitney Minnis, a local soccer coach, is interested in starting a girl’s soccer team at Eliot-Hine. Whitney already has a girl’s team at Jefferson. The goal is to get the players ready so that when they start at Eastern, they will have a strong team.
The Eliot-Hine Radio Club is broadcasting from the inaugural ball at the Wilson Building on January 21, 2013.
The next Eliot-Hine Collaboration Team meeting is January 9.
1. Ms. Young to contact DCPS to get information on where incoming 6th grade students attended 5th grade.
2. Suzanne to share Eliot-Hine open house schedule with the feeder schools.
3. Ms. Young to continue to reach out to feeder school principals.
4. Suzanne will contact Tommy Wells’ office about having Ms. Young attend his December 20th community office hours at SOVA.
5. Suzanne to get back with Ms. Young about the date for the 2nd grade living room chat.
6. Sarah McPhie to contact Ms. Young about a date for the 3rd grade living room chat.
7. Ms. Young to contact Leadership Washington about recruiting volunteers for the Saturday Academy. Joe will provide contact information for Leadership Washington.
8. Ms. Young to discuss with instructional superintendents the need to encourage principals to support their feeder school patterns.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
When: Tuesday, October 23, 6 PM
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St., NE
Please join Principals:
- Rachel Skerritt, Eastern HS
- Tynika Young, Eliot-Hine MS
- Natalie Gordon, Jefferson MS
and Bob Smith, DCPS’s IB Manager to learn more about the International Baccalaureate Programme in our neighborhood schools.
For a preview of the progress in implementing this new, rigorous academic program, check out Eliot-Hine Radio: http://www.live365.com/stations/tyoung1Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
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