The July CHPSPO meeting will be held on July 23 at 6:30 p.m. We are moving the meeting to July 23 because the Miner community has a meeting with Chancellor Henderson on July 16 to discuss the firing of Ms. Bunch (July 16 is our regularly scheduled CHPSPO meeting). CHPSPO has been asked to present testimonial at the meeting with the Chancellor.
Atttached are several testimonies that were given at last week’s hearings on the education bills that have been introduced. Attached are testimonies from Cathy Reilly (SHAPPE), Caryn Ernst (Capitol Hill Cluster School), Liz Davis (President-elect of the Washington Teachers Union), and me on the Individual School Accountability Act, and the Mayor’s education bill. Also, attached is testimony by Cathy Reilly on the funding bill.
Please note that Councilmember Catania has scheduled a series of Community Conversations focused on education. The Ward 6 Community Conversation is scheduled for July 31 at the Southwest Library. You can register for the Community Conversation at http://www.davidcatania.com/summer.
Finally, attached is the draft CHPSPO agenda for July 23. If you have other agenda topics, please let me know.
The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO) will hold its March 19 meeting at Stuart Hobson Middle School at 410 D Street, NE at 6:30 p.m. We will be discussing the upcoming at-large city councilmember candidates forum and the recently released SY14 proposed budgets. The agenda is attached.
CHPSPO is one of the sponsors for the upcoming at-large city councilmember forum that will be focused on youth and education issues. We would appreciate it if individual schools would co-sponsor the forum, and help spread the word among your parents about the forum. You can let us know at our March 19 meeting, if your school is interested in co-sponsoring the forum. A flyer will be available in the near future to use to advertise the forum.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote on CHPSPO’s 2013 priorities. Attached are the results of your voting.
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: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/ (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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
…See last year’s priorities here:http://chpspo.org/2012/01/19/chpspo-meeting-notes-january-12-2012/ (SPM)
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
- January 22, 2013, 5:30 p.m., Jefferson Academy Open House
- January 22, 2013, 6 p.m., Ward 6 IB presentation, Westminster Presbyterian Church
- January 22, 2013, 6:30-8:30PM, SHAPPE Meeting, Phelps Senior High School - discussing the impact of the recently announced DCPS school closures on the city’s high schools. CM Wells is guest.
- Lots of other open houses coming up – check here for dates: http://dc.gov/DCPS/Learn+About+Schools/Step+1+-+Get+Ready/Open+Houses
- January 29, 6:30 pm, Living Room Chat with Principal Tynika Young for 2nd grade families
We will not have our monthly Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization on December 18. Thank you all for your hard work to make a difference in our public schools this year. I hope everyone’s holidays are safe and happy. CHPSPO will meet on January 15, 2013.
The Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m at Maury Elementary School.
Attached is the agenda for the meeting, the draft presentation for our March 23 meeting with Kaya Henderson on the Ward 6 Middle School Plan, and some fyi information about the current wait lists for the Capitol Hill schools.
The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization meeting was held at Brent Elementary School on February 15, 2011, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
- CHPSPO’s 2011 priorities
- Implement Ward 6 Middle School Plan and support of restart of Eastern (Championed by Suzanne Wells – email@example.com) by:
- Helping all middle schools communicate well with elementary schools, particularly rising 6th graders
- Advocate for resources to implement the Middle School Plan
- Frame out a communications and marketing strategy (Championed by Jason Townsend, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Connect and reach out to Eastern Principal Skerritt
- Schedule meeting with Chancellor Kaya Henderson – prepare briefing of status of MS plan implementation (Sherry and Suzanne have lead)
- Schedule a meeting with Mayor Gray
- Improving school food (Championed by Laura Marks – email@example.com)
- CHPSPO to serve as a forum for advocating for healthy school lunches, follow up on implementation of Healthy Schools Act
- School Greening (Championed by Laura Marks – firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Organizational support for CHPSPO ( 501(c)3 status, website, etc.) (Championed by Sherry Trafford – email@example.com):
- Support emerging elementary schools (championed by Rachel Klein, firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Discussion of Hine redevelopment and educational opportunities )
- In search of ‘education’ organizations (with funding) to be part of Hine development. Hine has a long history and affiliation with education organizations. Contact Barbara Riehle (Barbara@erols.com) with ideas.
3. Discussion and approval of by-laws (Contact Sherry Trafford – email@example.com) Draft will be circulated before the next CHPSPO meeting and plan to approve it at next CHPSPO meeting=.
- Discussed which schools are members of CHPSPO, and expressed desire to be inclusive of neighborhood public schools
- Voting members of CHPSPO will be designated by participating schools
4. Updates to CHPSPO website – please any information you’d like posted on the CHPSPO site (upcoming fundraisers, open houses, special honors, etc) to Sandra Moscoso (firstname.lastname@example.org), Laura Marks (email@example.com), or Suzanne Wells (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post to the CHPSPO community page on Facebook.
Next CHPSPO Meeting: March 15, 2011
- March 18: Ludlow-Taylor’s Spring Gala
- March 26: Maury at the Market
- April 1:Hill Community Foundation Spring Grant Deadline
- April 2: Brent’s Taste of the Hill Gala
- April 9: School-Within-School at Peabody’s Jazz Gala & Auction
- April 30: A Montessori Night’s Dream: Second Annual Silent AuctionCapitol
- Meeting with Vincent Gray on Middle School Plan TBD
The Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization will hold it’s September 21 meeting at Tyler Elementary (1001 G Street, SE). The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The agenda is attached.
We will have a discussion with Ward 6 school board candidates Melissa Rohan and Monica Warren-Jones. Each school board candidate will have 5 minutes to share their reasons for running for the school board position; the issues they will work to address, if elected; and the role they see the school board playing in ensuring high quality education in DC. We will then have a Q&A session with the candidates. Lisa Raymond, our current Ward 6 school board member, will also attend.
If you have changes to the agenda, please let me know.
Visit CHPSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org(See attached file: 092110 agenda CHPSPO.doc)