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)
- by Joe Weedon
International Baccalaureate Programme
World-class curriculum and programming for Capitol Hill students
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.
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Eliot-Hine Middle School is implementing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program. What is IB? Watch these children and educators…
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Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
J.O. Wilson Elementary School
660 K Street, NE -Library, 2nd floor
February 21, 2012 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1) Safe Routes to School, Jennifer Heffernan, District DOT
**Congratulations to Brent ES, as Feb 21 was the debut of the Brent Safety Patrols!
First Annual National Bike to School Day is on May 9, Wednesday.
- Supported by DDoT (giveaways will be available to participating schools)
- Soon, schools can register to participate via WWW.Walktoschool.org – (the site is currently being redesigned to provide more biking related material)
- Brainstormed around idea of having a pitstop at Lincoln Park, rather than a W2SD type of party. Plan to record the participants and recognize the schools who participate (maybe shout outs to the schools with most participants). Have multiple pit stops, as long as there are volunteers to ‘man’ them.
- ACTION: Sandra M. to reach out to CHPSPO schools to see who is willing to volunteer to organize pit stops and where.
ABCs of Family Bicycling on Sat, April 21st, 11AM-2PM @ Logan parking lot (215 G St., NE) (rain date is following day).
- Kiddical Mass
- Families w/ experience biking will give demos, showing gear
- Bike shops will show gear
- Bicycle skills rodeo
- Bicycle train training (teach skills re: riding in group safely), followed by group ride
- ACTION: Jennifer H. to add to program – how to secure your bikes
- ACTION: CHPSPO will get event into Hill Rag
Bike Racks and Safe Routes to Eliot Hine
- Q: do all schools on Hill have full complement of bike racks? – ACTION: Jennifer to look into those bike racks installed in last year or so.
- Q: Could DDOT look into Safe Routes to Eliot-Hine? ACTION: Jennifer to look into this – Suzanne to connect Jennifer w/ Eliot-Hine
2) Community Parade, Apollo:
- Parade likely 11AM-12PM, in April or May
- To include schools, clubs, teams, music
- ACTION: CHPSPO to reach out to Capitol Hill Classic and Laps for Lincoln organizers; Apollo to flesh out theme/focus of parade
3) Mindful Parenting Workshops, Steven Seiden
- Therapist-led sharing environment w/in parents to feel like we can problem-solve issues and have support and connect
- Eventually, peer-led
- Goal is to make this a DCPS parent-engagement program
- Opening up this opportunity to all Ward 6 schools. On March 9 and March 23 9:30-11 AM (or 1:30-3:00PM); ideally, at each school
- ACTION: Steve to write up invite to circulate to schools
4) IFF Study Discussion: http://dme.dc.gov/DC/DME/Publication%20Files/IFF_Final_Report.pdf
- ACTION: ALL -read and encourage individuals to write letters to encourage Chancellor and Deputy Mayor not to look at this study, but rather at the work that is going on in schools and communities.
- ACTION: Suzanne to circulate DeShawn Wright’s response to IFF.
5) Discussion of 2012 CHPSPO Priorities, All
- Bring Principals (+ LSAT; PTAs) of middle schools together to identify where they think the community can help
- Reference to Heather’s pitch in example: need to know what volunteer needs are at the school
- Bring PTA leadership together from MS to figure out how to get them more active; bring PTA feeders together w/ MS PTAs
- Have a list of ways we think we can help that principals can consider
- Living room chats w/ feeder families
- Also set expectations
- Leading Tours for Parents
- Have schools hold PTA meetings at EH
- Request from DCPS accountability around MS plan
- Elementary school events at EH (ex: art show of feeder elementary schools at EH)
- Re-engage the collaboration teams
- ACTION: Suzanne to reach out to Principals and PTA presidents to meet w/ CHPSPO/feeders
- Elliot-Hine collaboration team meets first Wednesday of the Month at 5:30 PM @ Parent Resource Center at Eliot Hine
- Eliot Hine PTA = 3rd Thursday of the Month
Next CHPSPO Meeting: March 20, 2012
March 10, Alchemy of Great Taste, Tyler Fundraiser
March 17, School Within School Jazz Gala and Auction
March 24, Maury at the Market, Maury Fundraiser
March 24, A Taste of the Hill, Brent Fundraiser
April 27, A Montessori Night’s Dream, Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan Fundraiser
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Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
601 15th St., NE
July 19, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
New PTA/PTSO Presidents Introductions: New Presidents from Ludlow-Taylor (Anthony Allard), Tyler (Liz Weeden), Payne (Janice Brown) attended and were introduced.
Race to Nowhere Screening: We have volunteers to coordinate this. Brainstorm session included:
- Possible Locations – Eastern, People’s Church, H St. Playhouse, Stuart-Hobson, Jefferson, Brent, Eliot-Hine
- Dates: ACTION: Schools, please share your calendars to coordinate dates.
- Cost/Childcare: Tickets will be $10.
Eliot-Hine Principal Selection: Quick discussion around the status of this. At the time of the meeting, the principal had been hired, but not announced. The Eliot-Hine principal hiring process did not include feeder school input. Since the meeting, DCPS announced Principal Tynika Young was selected. She held a feeder school meet and greet even on July 28.
Lisa Raymond meeting re: Ward 6 middle schools: Joe Weedon, Maury parent arranged for a meeting with Lisa Raymond (held on July 22).
Next CHPSPO Meeting: August 30, 2011 (NOTE: this will be the last Tuesday)
The following was send to Councilmembers Mendelson, Evans, Brown with copies to CHPSPO members on May 25, 2011.
Vote Against the Proposal to Divide Wards 6 and 7 at 17th Street from Benning Road to Barney Circle
As members of the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO), we are voicing our extreme concern about the D.C. Council’s consideration of the proposal to divide Wards 6 and 7 at 17th Street from Benning Road to Barney Circle which would effectively move Eliot-Hine Middle School and Eastern High School from Ward 6 to Ward 7. We are opposed to this move because of the impact it would have on our neighborhood cohesiveness and the community’s efforts to strengthen our neighborhood public schools.
CHPSPO started over six years ago, at a time when some Capitol Hill public elementary schools were bursting at the seams and others were woefully under-enrolled. A group of active parents from each school joined together to share common concerns and great accomplishments. It quickly became clear that our shared interests far exceeded any superficial differences. CHPSPO has established a strong record of working to support our neighborhood’s schools. The School Libraries Project, a $2.4 million public/private partnership with the DC Public Schools that renovated eight public school libraries on Capitol Hill was CHPSPO’s first success at supporting our neighborhood schools. This was followed by efforts to start 3 and 4-year-old programs at our elementary schools, and most recently a proposal to strengthen the middle schools. DCPS has said they want to replicate the community-driven process started by CHPSPO in wards across the city.
With the success of our elementary and middle schools and the renovation of Eastern, the Ward 6 public schools are becoming the schools of choice for families in Ward 6. Currently, many of the Ward 6 elementary schools feed into Eliot-Hine Middle School and then to Eastern High School. Splitting up Ward 6 would create a misalignment between the school feeder patterns and the political oversight of the schools.
Building on the academic gains Eliot-Hine has achieved, under the leadership of Principal Willie Jackson, is the cornerstone of CHPSPO’s — now DCPS’s — Ward 6 Middle Schools Plan. Our neighborhood schools have become a community. Drawing a political line at 17th Street removes Eliot-Hine and Eastern from our community at the very moment that our success at the elementary level is poised to spread into Eliot-Hine and Eastern High School.
We strongly encourage the D.C. City Council to keep the close, successful community that is Ward 6 intact and look to other less drastic solutions to realign the city’s ward structure. This proposed redistricting undermines the democratic representation we deserve and expect, and jeopardizes the progress being made to attract families back to the DC public schools.
Signed by the following on 5/24/11
Suzanne Wells, Tyler Elementary School
George Blackmon, Maury Elementary School
Elizabeth D. Festa, Maury Elementary School
Sandra Moscoso, Montessori @ Watkins/Logan
Rachel Klein, Ludlow Taylor Elementary School
Sherry Trafford, School Without Walls
Isabella Harris, Brent Elementary School
Clayton Witt, Stuart-Hobson Middle School
Barbara Riehle, Montessori @ Watkins/Logan
Heather Schoell, Maury Elementary School
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