CHPSPO Meeting Notes – August 12, 2014

Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan, August 12, 2014

Discussion on holding a Ward 6 School Board Forum

  • Decided to hold a Ward 6 School Board Candidates Forum
  • Petitions submitted by Tom Brennan, Mark Nayden, and Joe Weedon
  • Suggested that we identify potential partners to cosponsor the forum: (VanNess parents group, NLPNA, Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Hill Rag, SESW CBCC, etc)
  • Suggested we hold the forum at (Eastern)
  • Discussed possible moderators
  • Timing (2nd-3rd week October) October 7, 14 or 16

Mayoral Candidates Forum – CHPSPO will join education and community groups across the city to sponsor this event

Discussion on holding a Ward 6 Education Summit:

  • Identify what people feel is lacking in the schools, identify how to fill those needs, and re-articulate the Ward’s commitment to schools
  • Discussed that parents have been asked multiple times what they want. People want to see action rather than another “ask” session.
  • Discussed the effort being undertaken by Companies for Causes, and the All Roads Lead to Eastern effort.
  • Discussed the importance of involving teachers more in open houses.
  • Will do a little more thinking around how CHPSPO can support the Ward 6 schools in planning for vertical integration among the feeder schools, and marketing of the schools through their websites, etc.
  • Michael Moss, Walker Jones principal, discussed “backwards education mapping” effort that Wilson High School undertook a number of years ago that brought together the Wilson feeder schools to discuss vertical integration among the schools and ensuring that elementary school students are prepared for middle school, and middle school students are prepared for high school.

Walk-to-School Day Planning – Wednesday, October 8

Next CHPSPO Meeting: September 16, 2014

Upcoming Events

August 23 Beautification Day
August 25 First Day of School
September Student Assignment & School Boundary Plan to be released
October 8 Walk-to-School Day
November 4 General Election

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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

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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – March 18, 2014

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
SWS@Goding, 920 F Street, NE - 
March 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


  1. Report out on March 6 CHPSPO-sponsored Candidates Forum (http://storify.com/CHPSPO/ward-6-council-candidates-forum-on-education-march)

2. SY14/15 Budgets (Report outs by each school on the budget allocations) and discussion of upcoming budget hearings

    • Schools reported on FY15 initial operational budget allocations.
    • Q&A around DCPS Budget Guide
    • Points to be covered by individual schools on budget:
      • Lack of transparency
      • 10% increase promised by DCPS was not met
      • What can be done to get more accurate enrollment? Trends over time?
      • Extended day – shouldn’t be tied to union vote
      • Summer school at each lowest performing schools
      • 1st/2nd wave of charter influx Oct/Feb – needs to be accounted for in the budget
      • Adequately fund libraries so that collections can be built (not just maintained)
      • Recruit librarians adequately
      • Number of schools will not have full-time nurses
    • Hearings:
      • Thursday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Cardozo Education Campus,1200 Clifton Street, NW
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 500, DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing (Public Witnesses Only).  Contact Jamaal Jordan, jjordan@dccouncil.us or call 724-8061.
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 123, Department of General Services Budget Hearing.  Contact Ronan Gulstone, rgulstone@dccouncil.us or call 478-2456.
    • Budget Open House:
      • Wednesday, April 9 (throughout the day), Councilmember Catania.

3. School modernization funding (Department of General Services guest, Melissa Millar)

    • Reprogramming of capital improvements plan (multi bill 5-6 year plan)
      • Cost escalation due to construction demand
      • Prioritize projects to finish what was started – DCPS controls the priorities
      • Ward 6 examples
        • JO Wilson $726.00 left over to be reprogrammed to other schools
        • 7 schools that totaled 6.6 million
        • 500K to Watkins
        • 2.448 to Stuart Hobson
        • Expect funding for Payne to be restored
    • For capital dollars, need to testify at both DCPS and DGS
      • Y14 about 25M went to Ward 6 schools
      • SY15, will be ready in two weeks
    • Master Facilities Plan does not seem to influence Capital Improvement Dollars
    • DME responsible for MFP, but DME does not have planning resource on staff
    • DCPS has few planners on staff – DGS supports developing education specs
    • Community liaison Jackie Stanley
    • Hearings:
      • Thursday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Cardozo Education Campus,1200 Clifton Street, NW
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 500, DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing (Public Witnesses Only).  Contact Jamaal Jordan, jjordan@dccouncil.us or call 724-8061.
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 123, Department of General Services Budget Hearing.  Contact Ronan Gulstone, rgulstone@dccouncil.us or call 478-2456.

4. Public Charter School applications and public hearing

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  April 22, 2014 (note 4th Tuesday in April)

Upcoming Events:

FY15 DCPS and DGS Budget Hearings

  • Thursday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Cardozo Education Campus,1200 Clifton Street, NW
  • Wednesday, April 9 (throughout the day), Budget Open House, Councilmember Catania.
  • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 500, DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing (Public Witnesses Only).  Contact Jamaal Jordan, jjordan@dccouncil.us or call 724-8061.
  • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 123, Department of General Services Budget Hearing.  Contact Ronan Gulstone, rgulstone@dccouncil.us or call 478-2456.

2013 Fundraisers

  • March 22        Maury at the Market
  • March 29        Brent Taste of the Hill
  • May 18            Capitol Hill Classic 10K/3K/Fun Run

Public Charter School Hearing

April 14 – 16   Exact date TBD

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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 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 Notes October 15, 2013

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE

October 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

1. Education Adequacy Study by Deputy Mayor of Education – Jennifer Comey – send questions/comments to jennifer.comey@dc.gov and dme.adequacystudy@dc.gov

  • Find presentation and annexes here: http://dc.gov/DC/DME/About+DME/News+Room/Deputy+Mayor+for+Education+Releases+Preliminary+Findings+and+Recommendations+of+the+DC+Education+Adequacy+Study
  • Preliminary comments from Cathy Reilly and Matthew Frumin:
    • While there are a number of concerns with the impact of implementing the recommendations of the study, I think the major concern is that the charter schools will see substantially more funding  while DCPS would see more funding, but substantially less than the charters.
    •  A significant point of contention seems to be around the issue of funding M&O costs (estimated at $43.3 million).  Jen said last night that DCPS wouldn’t have to bear these costs, and there was some discussion about more efficient use of DCPS buildings, e.g., co-locating social services agencies, sharing space with charter schools, etc., that would make up some of the $43.3 million.  The bottom line though is that if DCPS does have to bear the M&O costs, the recommendations in the Eduation Adequacy Study would give DCPS an additional $13 million, and the charters would see around a $79 million increase.
  • Other background reading:

2. DCPTA – Bryan Banks

  • Elections are happening soon. Any PTA member eligible to vote. Two votes per school.

3. Public Oversight Roundtable on School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns

4. Update on Education Bills before City Council – no update this month, but here’s a bit of background: http://greatergreatereducation.org/post/20359/group-critiques-catania-education-proposals/

5. Report Out/Lessons Learned Walk-to-School Day – George Blackmon

$350 mini-grant received from Capitol Hill Community Foundation

$120.00     Permit for Lincoln Park

$  34.90     Portable microphone rental from Fragers

$  40.45     Coffee cups and creamer from Safeway

$  83.54     Gogurt and granola bars from Costco

$  71.11     Proposed payment to Vigilante Coffee

$350.00

Donations

200 bags from Georgetown Athletics/MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

50 bags from Councilmember Wells’ office (Harris Teeters bags)

250 water bottles from DC Water

250 apples from Long Meadow Farms

Thousands of fruit ropes from Clif Bars

Walk-to-School Day banners and activity flyers from Clif Bars

Light bike maintenance by The Daily Rider DC

Banner by the Long/Short Walk (via T. Bella Dihn-Zarr)

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  November 19, 2013

Upcoming Events:

October 18      Comments due to Deputy Mayor for Education on Education Adequacy Study

October 26      Tyler Harvest Festival, 11 am – 3 pm – food and games, a costume contest, and other fun activities as we celebrate the harvest of Tyler’s outdoor garden.  Learn about our Outdoor Classroom and how our garden grows!

October 26      Maury Harvest Festival, 10 am – 3 pm – there will be games, a cake walk, a dunk tank and lots of other fun activities

October 26      Brent Fall Festival, 10 am – This annual event unites the Brent community and the neighborhood.  The day is full of fun for families and kids with a moon bounce, face painting, carnival games, live music, and a used book sale.

October 26      Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan Haunted Harvest Festival, 6 – 9 pm – Mad scientist, haunted house, chili cookoff, arts & crafts, face painting and more!

November 15  Public Roundtable on School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns, 9 am

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – September 17, 2013

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
J.O. Wilson Library, 
660 K Street, NE

September 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. Open Data (Where Kids at Your School Live) – Sandra Moscoso and Harlin Harris
  • Data requests:
    • o Waitlists for each school
    • o Teacher evaluation data
    • o Follow students as they transition from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school
    • o Teacher retention
    • o Student turnover; transitions; mid year
    • o Facilities amenities; modernization plans
  • Suggest socialize with other education groups: Washington Teachers Union, Cathy Reily/SHAPPE, PCNS

 2. Discussion of policy paper on education bills before the City Council

 3. Library advocacy update – Peter McPherson – GREAT NEWS! http://chpspo.org/2013/09/05/dcps-libraries-win-big-by-peter-macpherson/

4.  Walk to School Day – George Blackmon

  • Need: stretches (Lashone Wilson); coffee (Samantha Caruth); press release (Beth Bacon)
  • When: Weds, Oct 9, 7:30-8:15 AM @ Lincoln Park

 

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  October 15, 2013

Upcoming Events:

October 9        Walk to School Day

October 13      Taste of JO Wilson (http://www.tasteofh.org/)