CHPSPO Meeting Notes – July 17, 2012

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE, Library

July 17, 2012 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

1. DCPS Library Funding Follow up, Suzanne Wells

  • June 15, July 4, and July 11 Bake Sales were successful in generating awareness (media, Washington DC Teacher’s Union, DC Council, general public)
  • CHPSPO and ‘in ward parents’ have had a presence at all ‘State of the Schools meetings (all Wards) and have raised the libraries issue in all meetings.
  • CHPSPO requested meeting to present check to Kaya Henderson of $ raised by bake sales – were instructed by DCPS to submit online
  • CHPSPO requested meeting with DCPS (Kaya Henderson) to discuss libraries, and were told because of her busy schedule she could not meet with us. Follow up requests stressing the need for a thoughtful discussion with DCPS on the library issue has gotten no response

Discussion:

  • Money is there (example: prove what’s possible grants), but “cuts” are really about choices

Next Steps:

  • Reach out to Deputy Mayor Wright, since DCPS is not responsive

 

2. What does vertical and horizontal integration mean to us? (Brainstorm)

  • Much of this was captured in Ward 6 Middle School Plan (math, languages, IB to feed from feeder ES to MS, then from MS to Eastern)
  • In our current feeder pattern, principals don’ t currently have to talk to each other; principals operate their schools as separate “islands”
  • 2-3 languages should be offered at middle schools (and the elementary schools that feed into them should offer at least one of those languages). Currently, misaligned; JO Wilson offers award winning French, but Stuart Hobson (it’s feeder MS) offers Spanish…
  • Math: Algebra for 7th graders; plan to get ES kids up to speed so they are prepared for Algebra. What happened to summer bridge programs for rising 6th graders?
  • Robotics programs across all feeder schools; similar sports/other programs that can be offered across all schools, and coordinated so schools can share resource
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Lucy Kulkins writing workshops
  • Responsive classroom

Next steps:

  • Draft a white paper (Suzanne Wells to kick off) on what we think should be expectation for Eastern feeder pattern and what needs to happen to make these expectations possible; gather community input (via voting/survey); outlines responsibilities (parents, principals, students, DCPS)
  • Follow up w/ DCPS re: Ward 6 MS plan implementation point person (raised again at State of Schools and still no follow up)
  • Follow up on communications among principals that cut through current ‘clusters’ model – need teachers, principals to communicate with each other and align. Currently, many feeder schools do not coincide with clusters, so principals (and staff) have no incentives to talk to each other.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • August 21, Next CHPSPO Meeting:
  • August 25, School Beautification Day
  • October 3, Walk-to-School Day – NEED COORDINATORS!!! Contact George Blackmon (gblackmon@hewfcu.com) if you can coordinate on behalf of your school

 

Visit CHPSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org

Ward 6 State of the Schools – May 14 @ Eastern HS

Ward 6 State of the Schools

Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol Street, NE

Join Councilmember Tommy Wells and Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson

The work of improving our schools is too hard for anyone to do alone.
Everyonehas a role to play in this effort!

You will have the opportunity to:
-Learn more about Ward 6 DCPS schools
-Interact with Ward 6 school leadership
-Meet fellow parents and community members
-Share your ideas about how to improve Ward 6 DCPS schools

Read the Agenda for more details.

Refreshments will be served & childcare will be provided

Questions? Contact Bryant.Sewell@dc.gov

Discussion with Mayor Vincent Gray on Ward 6 Education Issues

Mayor Vincent Gray joined the CHPSPO community and others in an informal discussion on Ward 6 education issues. Adam Clampitt kicked off the event, introducing the Mayor and Suzanne Wells. CHPSPO’s Suzanne Wells briefed the Mayor and participants on CHPSPO’s role in the Ward 6 Middle School plan.  Mayor Gray delivered remarks and shared education plans including expanding the measure of excellence beyond standardized testing, offering education to infants and toddlers, providing in-school special education resources, and commitment to education facilities improvements. Deputy Mayor of Education, De’Shawn A. Wright and Acting State Superintendent, Hosana Mahaley Johnson also addressed the group.

The discussion then turned to Q&A, with questions and requests for support around:

  • communicating and spreading the word about the good things that are happening within DC Public Schools
  • the implementation of the Ward 6 middle school plan
  • concerns about the adequacy of facility improvements for schools receiving phased renovations instead of full school renovations
  • holding charter schools to the same standards as public schools regarding provision of services to children with special needs
  • support for the reconstitution and strengthening of Amidon-Bowen elementary school
  • rigor around education through middle school
  • a solution to save the Capitol Hill Classic
  • a request to revisit the no distance preference policy around Logan
  • setting a tone around culture for middle schools (specifically, Jefferson)

The event and discussion will be televised via the DC Office of Cable Television.

Thank you to Mayor Gray for spending the time with our community and to participants for contributing to the discussion and advocating for our schools.

CHPSPO Delivers Ward 6 Middle School Briefing to Chancellor Henderson

On March 23, CHPSPO parents representing collaborations teams from Eliot-Hine MS, Jefferson MS, Stuart-Hobson MS, and the Montessori Committee (Watkins/Logan) presented a briefing to Chancellor Kaya Henderson on the implementation of the Ward 6 Middle School Plan. Click here for the presentation.

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – March 15

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization meeting was held at Maury Elementary School on March 15, 2011, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

1) Reviewed Briefing for Kaya Henderson, March 23, 5:30 p.m. Action: updated slides to be submitted to Suzanne Wells (m.godec@att.net). Click here for the final version of the presentation.

2) Ward 6 Middle School Communication Strategy (Jason Townsend)

  • Incorporate into presentation to Chancellor Henderson (ask for help from Comms Team/Peggy O’Brien)
  • Maury parent Amy W to help develop strategy
  • - School notes on Rag – CHPSPO
  • Get enrollment numbers from Moody’s group -Ask Claudia for this info
  • eMail SW if you want to go

3)  SWS Budget: CHPSPO will draft and sign a letter supportive of as much full-funding as possible for programs. Taking into consideration large wait list, large enrollment, expectation of libraries, expectation of art programs

Next CHPSPO Meeting:   April 12, 2011 (note:  Moved to 2nd Tuesday of month because 3rd Tuesday falls during DCPS Spring Break)

Upcoming Events:

March 18:  Ludlow-Taylor’s Spring Gala, Atlas Performing Arts

March 23: Kaya Henderson Briefing, 5:30 p.m

March 26:  Maury at the Market, Eastern 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 Auction

Meeting with Vincent Gray on Middle School Plan TBD

 

DC State Board of Education Candidates Forum – What they said

On Monday, October 25, CHPSPO and several other organizations sponsored a DC State Board of education Candidates Forum. The forum was moderated by WTOP journalist, Mark Segraves and was held in Maury Elementary.

The candidates, Melissa Rohan and Monica Warren-Jones answered questions posted by the sponsors and community.  Here’s what they said…. DC State Board of Education Candidates Forum Notes

Special thanks to Anna Rielhe for compiling the notes.

Rock the Vote 2010 – Take your Child to Vote Event on 10/30/10

TAKE YOUR CHILD TO VOTE!
Sponsored by CHPSPO & Rock The Vote

Who: YOU and YOUR CHILD!
What: Kids’ Party and Early Voting
When: Saturday, October 30, 9-11AM
Where: 806 D Street SE (Kids’ Party) and Hine Junior High School (Early Voting)
Why: Because voting with your kid is cool!
Take_Your_Child_to_Vote_Flyer

Research shows that voting is a habit best learned early. Take your
children to vote on Saturday morning, the last day of Early Voting at Hine
School, and then celebrate with friends, neighbors and Rock The Vote.  To
volunteer or for more information contact barbara@erols.com



CHPSPO October 19 Meeting at Miner

The Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization will hold its October 19 meeting at Miner Elementary. Attached is the agenda for the meeting.

There are two important candidate forums coming up in the next week:

Wednesday, October 20, 6 – 8 p.m., ANC6B Candidates Meet and Greet in the North Hall of Eastern Market. 22 candidates are running. CHPSPO is not co-sponsoring this forum, however, Brent, Peabody, Tyler and Watkins are located within the boundaries of ANC6B, and these schools are encouraged to advertise this candidates forum.

Monday, October 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Ward 6 School Board Candidates Forum, Maury Elementary School, 1250 Constitution Avenue, NE Additional details: Parking available on-site (lot is accessed from 12th Place NE). CHPSPO is co-sponsoring this forum, and all schools are asked to advertise the forum on their list serves.

I will be out of town for work on October 19, and unable to attend the meeting. Barbara Riehle has kindly offered to chair the meeting, and Heather Schoell has graciously volunteered to take notes. If you have any additions to the agenda, please let Barbara know at barbara. Thanks!

Suzanne Wells

(See attached file: 101910 agenda CHPSPO.doc)(See attached file: Ward 6 School Board Candidates Forum Flyer.pdf)

101910 agenda CHPSPO.doc

Ward 6 School Board Candidates Forum Flyer.pdf