CHPSPO Meeting Notes – November 18, 2014

Payne Elementary School Library, 1445 C St., SE

November 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, Jeff Noel, OSSE

  1. Process of preparing first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment – computer delivered assessment; higher standard of rigor; aligned with Common Core State Standards
  2. Proposing a one year pause for high-stakes decision making (school classifications and teacher evaluations) during first year of implementing new assessments
    • in order to evaluate impact
    • Test results often come back late – may be 6 months behind: a lot of analysis follows initial rollout
  3. OSSE proposes we come together to have a discussion as the education community to discuss the new assessments. Jeff Noel was invited back to the December CHPSPO meeting for further discussion.
  4. Concerns were raised about high-stakes testing, and the desire to see more data on schools beyond test scores, e.g., student re-enrollment, school climate, teacher retention.

Parent Bill of Rights, Monica Warren-Jones

  • Goal is for kids to become the global citizens they need to be and DCSBOE are engaging families in a proactive manner
  • Draft reflects what is expected of schools
  • Not supposed to impede or supersede existing federal/state laws
  • Draft Parent Bill of Rights Public Roundtable, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
  • Aiming to vote in December and adopt as a board
  • No Bill of Rights for DC currently (MASS, NY, NH have them)

Challenger Center, Joe Weedon

  • Challenger Center was created by family survivors of the Challenger. Today there are 30 Challenger Centers in the U.S.
  • Strong desire for there to be a Challenger Center within a few miles of Capitol
  • Eliot Hine has been identified as a good location
  • In order to move forward, there is a need for a long-term rental agreement w/ DCPS
  • The existing Challenger Centers are independent, non-profit organizations.
  • All DC schools would have access to it, as well as schools and visitors from outside of the city
  • Curriculum, professional development are owned by the Challenger Center. The Challenger Center raises the money to build the Center.
  • A trip to a Challenger Center in NY may be planned in near future.

Committee of the Whole vs. Education Committee, Suzanne Wells

  • Phil Mendelson considering moving Education Committee back into Committee of the Whole
    • 9 standing committees and 8 veteran councilmembers
  • How to advocate?
    • Call Chairman’s office
    • Make office hours apt
    • Joint coalition letter

Disposition of Gibbs School Building, Suzanne Wells

  • Deputy Mayor for Education’s office is reviewing two applications for Gibbs. One application is for three charter schools (an adult education program, Monument Academy which is a boarding school for students in the foster care system, and Washington Global which is a middle school).  The other application is for Friendship Edison to move its younger students to Gibbs, and to co-locate with two adult education programs.

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  December 16, 2014

Upcoming Events


November 17  FY15/16 DCPS Budget Hearing, Payne Elementary (

November 22  EdFEST, DC’s citywide education fair, 11:00am to 3:00pm, DC Armory.

December 2     Draft Parent Bill of Rights Public Roundtable, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

December 4     Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools, 6 – 8 pm, MLK Library

December 4     Levine School of Music to present program for instrumental music at Tyler ES, 4PM – Encourage Music teachers to attend

December 7     MOTH School Information Night, 2 pm – 5 pm

March 7           SWS Auction


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 (

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, or call 724-8061.
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 123, Department of General Services Budget Hearing.  Contact Ronan Gulstone, 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, or call 724-8061.
      • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 123, Department of General Services Budget Hearing.  Contact Ronan Gulstone, 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, or call 724-8061.
  • Thursday, April 17, 10 am, Room 123, Department of General Services Budget Hearing.  Contact Ronan Gulstone, 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

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: (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 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


CHPSPO Meeting Notes – September 18, 2012

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan

215 G Street,  NE

September 18, 2012

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


At-Large School Board Member Candidates, Mary Lord and Marvin Tucker spoke about why they are running, their vision.

Walk-to-School Day (George Blackmon)

–          Participating Schools – most in Capitol Hill have signed up.

–          Food: need donations. Tyler and CHM@L will contribute Cliff Bars.

–          Speakers: Confirmed – Tommy Wells, Kathy Pugh (EZ8DC and Girls on the Run), Rita (MAFA). Pending – MPD, Capital Bikeshare (Sandra to follow up), WABA (Shahna to follow up), Josh Morgan (Anthony Allard to follow up), AAA (Peter to follow up)

–          Sponsors

Give Social (Kita McCord)

Give social is a platform to bring together groups. ( They are joining forces with Companies for Causes ( and are interested in working w/ like-minded community organizations to work w/ Eastern HS and feeder schools/community. They are looking to understand who the groups are.  PTA, out of school time orgs, to bring together community members to pool resources. Companies for Causes are 10 CEOs, staff at RAFA (Tom RAFA) that have committed to contribute. For now, focused on students immediately feeding into Eastern. Focused on most in need.

DCPS Library Funding Follow up (Peter MacPherson)

–          Peter to represent CHPSPO in task force that has been assembled by DCPS.

–          Provided feedback to task force “TOR’

–          Publish librarian budget on CHPSPO site.

CHPSPO Website (Sandra Moscoso-Mills)

– We’re hoping to leverage the CHPSPO site to help get the word out about events, auctions, fundraisers, etc at all schools. Please reach out to your school communities and designate a person (or two) for your school to post content on the CHPSPO site. The site is on a WordPress platform

– Sandra to host workshop in October. Contact Sandra Moscoso –

What do vertical and horizontal articulation mean to us? (All)

–          Eastern High School feeder pattern. Based on ideas from July meeting, drafted a white paper. Need to think about how to implement. Need principals to set more of a vision of what they want to see in Eastern feeder pattern. Read White Paper – Provide feedback via email to Suzanne Wells (

Community meetings on IB  & feeder school living room chats (Joe Weeden & Suzanne Wells).

–          Continuing discussions with Eliot Hine feeder schools. 4 living room chats w/ principal young from Eliot Hine representing feeder schools, so families have opportunity to mingle. Looking for host for 3rd grade parent – (have 2, 4, 5). Reach out to Suzanne ( if you want to co-host.

–          Tuesday, October 23rd at Atlas Theatre – IB Bob will come w/ Principal Gordon, Young, Skerrit to deliver a session on what is IB. Series of 3 sessions – IB, Academic, how it relates to Common Core Standards. What does my 2nd grader need to know so that they can graduate w/ an IB degree from Eastern? What can we as parents do to support that?

Next CHPSPO Meeting:   October 16, 2012 at Amidon-Bowen

Upcoming Events:

September 29    Maury Elementary School’s Yard and Bake Sale. 9AM-2PM. 1250 Constitution Ave., NE

October 1        Deputy Mayor Community Conversation about Quality Schools Wards 2/6, Location Amidon-Bowen, 5:30-9PM

October 3        Walk-to-School Day – 7:30-8:30 AM at Lincoln Park (by 7:15 AM if you volunteer to set up)

October 14      J.O.Wilson Taste of H Street

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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – Nov 16, 2010

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization Stuart Hobson Middle School 410 D Street, NE Room 106 November 16, 2010 6:30 – 8 p.m.

  1. MOTH School Information Night (Wednesday, Dec 1 @ Eastern Market – 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM). CHPSPO will develop a 1 pager about the Ward 6 Middle School Plan. The following folks signed up: 5:30-6:30 Sandra M, 6:30-7:30 Suzanne W, 7:30-8:30 Lillian R (anyone want to join us, we could use the company!) Contact Suzanne Wells (
  2. Middle School Collaboration Teams update • Reported on Eliot Hine (meets every 2 weeks) and Stuart-Hobson (has had 3 meetings) collaboration team work.
    o Eliot Hine:  Stretch goal = 100% of 5th graders in their feeder pattern to go to Eliot Hine.  6th grade summer transition program to ensure kids are at grade level in Math.Want to meet w/ 5th grade teachers in feeder schools so they know how to prepare students.
    o Stuart-Hobson:  Identified need to hire Museum Magnet coordinator. Maria Marable-Bunch has expressed interest in meeting with the admin team after the winter break to discuss how she can support our efforts to revitalize the Museum Studies program. 

    Outreach ideas for Middle Schools:
    o Principals going to feeder elementary school PTA meetings, encouraging prospective families to go to open houses. o Letter home to each 5th grade family. (in feeder schools and local charter schools).
    o Kid-friendly section in Newsletter.
    o Get current 6th grade students to go back to PTAs to talk about Eliot Hine. o Buddy day for students

    CHPSPO outreach for middle schools
    o 1 pager to distribute on MOTH SIN and to all schools/neighborhood o Hill Rag Series
    o Press Releases

  3. 501(c)3 status, bylaws (Sherry Trafford and Barbara Riehle) • Discussion and suggestions on membership and voting. Sherry to circulate next draft for Jan meeting.
  4. Meeting with Vincent Gray on Middle School Plan • In process of scheduling 2 meetings
  5. Next CHPSPO Meeting: No meeting in December, next meeting January 18, 2011

Upcoming Events:

MOTH School Information Night – Wednesday, December 1, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Eastern Market North Hall

Various Open Houses in December: See the CHPSPO Calendar or the DCPS Open House page. PLEASE follow up w/ individual schools in order to confirm details.

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – August 17, 2010

Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization (
Middle School Subcommittee Meeting
July 20, 2010
Brent Elementary School
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  1. Walk to School 2010  – contact (for now, as coordinators are not yet finalized) Heather Schoell ( and Mandy Bassow ( Co-Chaired by Maury and the Cluster. Food coordinated by Capitol Hill Green Schools Initiative (CHGSI)/Laura Marks (
  2. Ward 6 School Board Candidates forum – contact Barbara Riehle ( into whether other organizations are sponsoring a forum. Will also invite Lisa Raymond to talk to CHPSPO about the role of the DC State Board of Education (
  3. DC CAS Test Scores – A 2-page document released by the Chancellor’s office, which is a snapshot of each school that tracks progress from SY07/08, was circulated.
  4. Ward 6 Democratic Councilmember Candidates Forum – contact Barbara Riehle (
    Sponsored by CHPSPO, Sports on the Hill (SOTH) and Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA) – Mark Seagraves will moderate. Ward 6 Candidates (Tommy Wells and Kelvin Robinson) have agreed to address the community on Tuesday, August 24 @ Southeast Library. Candidate questions which were formulated at the meeting are: What would they do for Hill Schools? Do you support DCPS’ middle schools plan, and what assurance can you give that the plan will be implemented? Would you support mayoral governance of schools, and how do you think this has worked? What is your focus, and what changes would you like to see? What are your priorities for school funding in the coming years?  How is there no money left? What are your priorities for serving the health and education of Capitol Hill families and for Ward 6? What would you say Ward 6 offers for families with children, and how would you improve it?
  5. CHGSI to host DCPS Food Services Roundtable Tuesday, August 31, 6:30 PM @ Peabody ES -contact Laura Marks (

    The Capitol Hill Green Schools Initiative will be hosting a roundtable discussion on DCPS food services, the Healthy Schools Act, support for school gardens and schoolyard greening, August 31, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Peabody ES Library (4th Floor), 425 C Street, NE.Joining us from DCPS will be:

    Jeff Mills, Director of Food Services
    Diana Bruce, Director of Health and Wellness
    Paula Reichel, Program Coordinator, Office of Food and Nutrition Services

  6. By-laws Discussion and 501(c)3 – contact Barbara Riehle ( and Sherry Trafford (  The following 3 things need to be answered in crafting CHPSPO bylaws.
    – What is the membership of CHPSPO? Does each school have a designated rep with voting rights, or can it be anybody?
    – Who are the officers, and how are they chosen? Elected from schools?
    – How are decisions made generally? By the board or by membership?

Next meeting – Tuesday, September 21.

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – July 20, 2010

Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization
Middle School Subcommittee Meeting
July 20, 2010
Stuart Hobson Middle School
4th & E Streets, NE
6:30 – 8 p.m.

  1. Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Precious Calloway) – Healthy Schools program (
    Funding to support 100 (or more) schools, Need to enroll min of 40 schools by September.
    6 Step Program:
    Benefits to school/community: National recognition, resources, funding for various health/green related programs, IMPACT for teachers
    Contact: Precious Calloway –
  2. Schoolyard Greening Subcommittee – contact Laura Marks (
    Tuesday, August 31 – meeting with Jeff Mills and Diana Bruce to discuss Healthy Schools
    Lookout: Breakfast in classrooms for ALL students to kick off on first day of school (August 23)
  3.  Walk-to-School Day
    Seeking Champion(s) to coordinate this year’s Walk to School Day (Wednesday, October 6) – Volunteers? (resources are available)
  4. Mayor and Councilmember Candidates Forum – contact Barbara Riehle (
    Sponsored by CHPSPO, Sports on the Hill (SOTH) and Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA) – Mark Seagraves will moderate
    Ward 6 Candidates (Tommy Wells and Kelvin Robinson) have agreed to address the community on Tuesday, August 24
    Waiting for confirmation from Mayoral Candidates
    Host similar forum for DC Board of Ed candidates?
    Will give candidates questions 1 week ahead of time. Q’s to represent families with children.
    Q’s that came up tonight in brain storm (not final):
    1. How can you guarantee funding for modernization when consistently going over 40% on current projects? (Art school is being pushed)
    2. Disconnect between DC- CAS and DC-BAS – how to address continuity in testing?
    3. Transition plan bet. DCPS and Principals?
    4. What do you do w/ the School Board?
  5. By-laws Discussion and 501(c)3 – contact Barbara Riehle ( and Sherry Trafford (
    Barbara to circulate draft by-laws. 501(c)3 is dependent on by-laws.
  6. CHPSPO Website & Logo – contact Sandra Moscoso ( & Heather Schoell (
    Site is live: – please visit, and provide feedback!! (look and feel will likely change once logo is finalized).