CHPSPO Meets Tuesday, September 19, at Watkins

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, September 19, at 6:30 pm at the newly renovated Watkins. Shana Young, the Chief of Staff at OSSE, will join us for a discussion of the implementation of DC’s state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan.

At the meeting we will also discuss Walk-to-School Day that will be October 4. The Mayor, Chancellor Wilson, Council member Charles Allen, U.S. Representative John Lewis, National Transportation Safety Board Member Bela Dinh-Zarr,and Tommy Wells, Director of the District Department of Energy and the Environment, are scheduled to join us!

We’ll also discuss the recently released DCPS 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, a vision for the historic Miner building, and will elect the CHPSPO Board.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

091917 CHPSPO Agenda.docx


Nominations Open for CHPSPO Board of Directors

Nominations are now open for the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO) Board of Directors. Serving on the CHPSPO Board of Directors is one way you can make meaningful contributions to public education in our community. The following positions are open, along with with a brief description of the responsibilities:

Chair – Prepare for monthly meetings including developing the agenda, inviting speakers and identifying meeting locations. Inform membership about relevant education issues affecting public schools in Ward 6. Testify on an as needed basis to represent the views and opinions of the CHPSPO membership.

Vice-Chair – Assist the Chair in all responsibilities.

Secretary – Maintain the CHPSPO website, including CHPSPO’s Flickr, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Prepare minutes from the monthly meetings.

Treasurer – Maintain CHPSPO’s 501(c)3 status and file appropriate tax documents.

2018 Bike-to-School Chair (May 2018) – Lead a group of parent volunteers to plan the 2018 Bike-to-School Day event.

2018 Walk-to-School Chair (October 2018) – Lead a group of parent volunteers to plan the 2018 Walk-to-School Day event.

Nominations will be accepted until midnight, Sunday, September 10, 2017. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please send your name and the position for which you wish to serve to George Blackmon at gblackmon.

We will vote for the Board of Directors at our September 19 meeting. Please consider running for a position. Thank you.

Suzanne Wells

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Walk to School Day is October 4 – save the date!


How to plan a fantastic party with all your school friends….

Stay tuned…


CHPSPO Meets Tuesday August 15 at NE Library

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, August 15, at 6:30 pm at the Northeast Library (330 7th Street, NE) in the conference room on the lower level. We will be joined by Claudia Lujan from DCPS who will be discussing a strategic regional analysis being done by DCPS. Claudia will be seeking input from us on what we believe Ward 6’s biggest planning needs and priorities are.

Please mark your school calendars for Walk-to-School Day which will be Wednesday, October 4. Registration for Walk-to-School Day will open on August 15.

CHPSPO will be electing officers at our September meeting. Please consider running for Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Walk-to-School Coordinator, and Bike-to-School Coordinator.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that there will be a solar eclipse on the first day of school on August 21. Many Ward 6 schools have already received FREE solar eclipse glasses from the National Air and Space Museum so students can safely view the solar eclipse. Supplies of the glasses are limited. You can contact Becca Ljungren at LjungrenR to make a bulk request for the glasses.

Suzanne Wells

081517 CHPSPO Agenda.docx


CHPSPO Meets Wednesday, July 19 at Jefferson Academy

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization Members,

CHPSPO will meet on Wednesday, July 19, at 6:30 pm at Jefferson Academy (801 7th St., SW). At our meeting, Bruce DarConte with the Near Southeast Community Partners will be discussing the activities they’ve undertaken for their Feed the Feeder effort, and Brian Doyle with the Ward 3 Wilson Feeder Education Network will discuss the Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group that DCPS recently formed to discuss the persistence of crowding issues in the Wilson High School feeder pattern. I hope you will be able to join us for these discussions.

Please let me know if your school has recently held PTA/PTO elections, and if there are any changes to your PTA/PTO president and/or CHPSPO representatives.

Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Suzanne Wells

071917 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

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SBOE Announces #ESSA Task Force Application

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

Please share with your school communities information about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Advisory Task Force the DC State Board of Education is forming. This is an important Task Force that will help create a citywide school report card, and look at the possibility of including assessments beyond reading and math in the DC accountability plan as well as school climate information. Applications to serve on the Task Force are due by midnight on July 17.

Suzanne Wells

On Monday, July 10, 2017 1:16 PM, DC State Board of Education <> wrote:

Moves to Include Historically Marginalized Voices

For Immediate Release