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

DCPS School Consolidation Plan Announced

DC Public Schools’ final consolidation plan was announced on January 17.

What does this mean for CHPSPO schools?

Tommy Wells commends Chancellor Henderson and highlights direct impact to Ward 6 schools and invites the public to attend Chancellor Henderson’s briefing to the Council’s Committee on Education about her “School Consolidation Plan of 2013″ on Wednesday January 23 at noon in Room 412 (Wilson Building).

Do you see other impact? How does this impact your school?

 

DCPS Proposed School Closures – Impact to Walkable Communities?

We wanted to see how the proposed DCPS consolidation plan would impact the ability of students affected by the closures to be able to attend a school within a 1 mile walk.

We reached out DC Action for Children and they (thank you, Kate Kairys!) built the following map (super quickly!), which show all DC Public Schools, as well as a one mile radius around those proposed for closure.  It helps to see actual impact on a map. Check out DC Kids Count 2012 Databook Tools and Maps for a rich data about DC children and resources available to them (from school performance, to assets like grocery stores and libraries) where they live.

What do you see? How will this impact your community?

DCPS Proposed School Closures, 2012 by DC KIDS COUNT

School Closing Community Conversation – Weds, Dec 5, 6-8PM

This Wednesday, December 5 from 6 – 8 pm, DCPS is holding a community meeting for Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 to discuss their school closing proposal. The meeting will be held at the Brightwood Education Campus located at 1300 Nicholson St, NW in Ward 4.

While none of our schools are on the school closure list, I believe it is still important to speak out for the closing schools.  Some of the schools proposed for closure are working hard to attract neighborhood families, and are starting to see increasing interest in their schools.  Other neighborhoods are faced with not having a DCPS school within walking distance if some of the schools close.

Many of our schools have seen great improvements in recent years.  I think it is important for DCPS to hear from Ward 6 families about what is working in our schools, and share ideas for how DCPS can support neighborhood schools.  I plan to be at the meeting on December 5th, and hope to see you there.

Suzanne Wells