Join us for Walk to School Day on October 4, 2017!

Special thanks to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for supporting this event!


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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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 Meeting Notes – July 19, 2017

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – July 19, 2017

Jefferson Academy

 801 7th Street, SW

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Feed-the Feeder – Bruce DarConte, President Near Southeast Community Partners

Goal of Feed-the-Feeder effort for Jefferson Academy has been to raise teacher morale, and help teachers get to know each other.

Two Feed-the-Feeder events have been held at Agua 301 with dinner and an open bar.  Teachers and administrators from Jefferson Academy, and its feeder schools (Amidon-Bowen, Van Ness, Tyler and Brent) were invited.  Councilmembers Robert White and Silverman attended the first event.  Councilmember Mendelson and Bonds along with the DME attended the second event (275 people came).  Teachers were encouraged to mingle with teachers and principals from schools other than their own

The Near Southeast Community Partners has been administering the CSX Community Mitigation Fund, and recently gave Amidon-Bowen $15K for a new sign outside the school, and Tyler $15K for technology.  The CSX Mitigation Fund covers ANC 6B and 6D.  There are six phases of funding planned (five phases have been awarded)

Starting to plan the third Feed-the-Feeder event scheduled for early November.  Partnering with Companies for Causes for the next event.  Plan to have a principal roundtable, and have a discussion on vertical integration, closing the achievement gap, and keeping students in the feeder pattern.  Planning for the next event to include the Jefferson Academy and Eliot-Hine Middle School feeder patterns, and to also include Eastern High School.

A Learning and Development Committee has been formed.

Discussed that in Ward 3 the Deal principal goes to each of the feeder schools, and takes students who graduated from the feeder school and are now at Deal.  The Capitol Hill Cluster School works to ease the transition from Watkins to Stuart Hobson; more outreach is needed for Ludlow-Taylor and J.O. Wilson that feed into Stuart Hobson.

Discussed a desire to see DCPS do more to institutionalize efforts to promote staying within the feeder pattern.

Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group, Brian Doyle, Ward 3 Wilson Feeder Education Network (W3EdNet)

Brian Doyle shared that almost all the schools in the Wilson High School feeder pattern are at or above capacity, and even conservative projections show overcrowding will get substantially worse in the coming years.  Five schools currently have enrollments over 100% of the total capacity (Eaton ES, Hyde-Addison ES, Janney ES, Mann ES and Wilson HS).

DCPS convened an advisory group with representatives from each school in the feeder group, the Ward 3 Education Network, the Ward 3 school board representative, and a representative from Councilmember Cheh’s office.  The advisory group is planning to meet monthly through October/November 2017. Advisory group is broken into three subcommittees (facilities, enrollment policies and programming).  DCPS is conducting a community survey.  Expect to make recommendations in November/December in time for the FY19 budget and the Master Facilities Plan.

Many ideas have been raised so far:

  • Reopen old Hardy School that currently houses the Lab School
  • Look for additional space or partnerships, e.g., at UDC or Fannie Mae
  • Make more use of existing space, e.g., year-round use, overlapping schedules, use space at the renovated Duke Ellington
  • Combine Deal and Hardy Middle Schools
  • Dual feeder rights

It was noted that many of the Ward 3 schools have sizeable number of out-of-boundary students, e.g., Hardy MS is 76% out-of-boundary students in SY16/17, Eaton 45% out-of-boundary.  DCPS is not considering removing schools from the feeder pattern, discontinuing out of boundary feeder rights, or widely redrawing boundaries.

Challenges facing DCPS are:

  • Limited renovation funds, and renovations needs across the city
  • DCPS has substantial existing capacity in other Wards
  • Most solutions are imperfect
  • Wilson feeder parents reluctant to try options outside of the feeder

You can follow the Ward 3 Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group on the DC Planning Blog.


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CHPSPO Officer Nominations (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Walk-to-School Coordinator, Bike-to-School Coordinator)

 During the month of August, CHPSPO will seek nominations to fill its officer positions.  Information will be sent out about the responsibilities of each position, and people are encouraged to volunteer for the different positions.  Expect to hold elections in September

Walk-to-School Day Volunteers

Walk-to-School Day is October 4.  If you would like to volunteer to help organize this year’s Walk-to-School Day, please contact Suzanne Wells at  Many hands make light work!

Next CHPSPO Meeting: August 15, 2017

Upcoming Events

State Board of Education

Application period for the ESSA Task Force has been extended to noon on July 24th.

Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force

Tuesday, July 25, Location TBD

Walk-to-School Day

Wednesday, October 4, Lincoln Park

Visit CHPSPO on the web at


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