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CHPSPO Meets Tuesday, February 17

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at a private home. We will be discussing the ESEA waiver, upcoming education hearings, Living Classrooms, and CHPSPO priorities for the coming year. I will send a final agenda around on Tuesday morning.

Hope everyone has a good weekend. Stay warm!

Suzanne Wells

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CHPSPO meeting Tuesday, October 21, at Eliot-Hine

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Eliot-Hine Middle School (1830 Constitution Ave., NE). Attached is the agenda for the meeting. Also, attached is the list of the current PTA presidents/co-presidents, principals and CHPSPO representatives. Please review the list, and send me any updates. Apologies in advance for any errors on the list.

Please remind your school communities that there will be a mayoral candidates forum focused on education this Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Center. Attached is a flyer about the forum.

See you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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CHPSPO School Year 2014 2015 Representatives.docx

MayoralCandiatesForumFlyer102014.pdf

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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – May 20, 2014

Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan215 G Street. NE

May 20, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

1.  DC Board of Education Ombudsman

–          Monica Warren-Jones, the Ward 6 State Board of Education member introduced Joyanna Smith, the new DC Board of Education Ombudsman who began her position on February 26, 2014.

–           Joyanna explained that she helps to resolve complaints, disputes and problems faced by students, parents and educators in the DC public schools and the public charter schools.  If systemic issues exist, the Ombudsman will look to make recommendations to fix problems.

–          The Ombudsman will develop a management report after the end of the school year.

 

2.  DCPS Student Assessment Task Force

–          DCPS has formed an Assessment Task Force to evaluate student assessments.  Representatives from DCPS conducted a focus group to hear parent’s views on the purpose, importance and expectations of student assessments.  CHPSPO members said:

o   They want timely feedback on test results.

o   Want access to all the testing data that is available for their children.

o   A plan of action to address student’s needs.

o   Report cards tend to just show typical progress, e.g., going from developing to mastered.  Would like to see more substance.

o   Tests can be very stressful for some students, e.g., throwing up on test day.

o   We need a healthier approach to testing.  Some students have been told their teacher’s job depends on how well they do.  Some parents talked about how they tell their children not to worry about the test, but to try to do their best.

o   Tests drive instruction too much.

o   Tests are starting to affect how students learn/don’t learn, e.g., students aren’t learning how to write multi-paragraph essays.

–          DCPS is moving to the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers next school year to better align with the common core standards.  See https://www.parcconline.org/about-parcc

 

3.  Update on Homeless Children Attending Capitol Hill Schools

–          Roni Hollman reported that 1400 homeless children attend DC public schools.  There is a desperate need for school uniforms.

o   A Facebook site was created (https://www.facebook.com/#!/ClothetheKidsCapHillUniformDrive)

o   An Amazon wish list has been set up (http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/SGKH8FLM7WFU/ref=cm_sw_su_w)

–          Help is needed to pick up uniforms that have been delivered to Evolve Management, and take them to the Playtime Project at the shelter at DC General.

–          CHPSPO will send a short message that can be posted on the school list serves describing what can be done to help.

 

4.  Student Assignment and School Boundaries Advisory Committee

 –          Marty Welles gave a brief update on the status of the effort to adjust the school boundaries and feeder patterns.

 

5.  Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet

– Gary Carleton and Marty Welles shared an update on the Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet.  The Parent Cabinet meets monthly.  They recently discussed parent engagement.  Topics are identified for each month.

– To learn more about the Parent’s Cabinet see http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Parents+and+Community/Chancellors+Parent+Cabinet.

 

Next CHPSPO meeting:  June 17, 2014

CHPSPO Meeting is Wednesday, April 23 @ Payne ES

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

Hope everyone had a great Spring break. CHPSPO will meet on Wednesday, April 23, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Payne Elementary (1445 C Street, SE). We will be discussing Bike to School Day (May 7), the proposals for school boundaries/feeder patterns, SY14/15 budgets, and ways our community can support homeless children attending our area schools. Attached is the agenda. Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Suzanne Wells

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CHPSPO Meeting is Tuesday, March 18 at SWS@Goding

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. at SWS@Goding (920 F St., NE).

I wanted to get our preliminary agenda out a little early to allow folks to prepare for the meeting. Principals were to have received their school budget allocations for the 2014/2015 school year today. At the meeting next week, we’d like to discuss the school level budgets, and how the actual school budgets match the Mayor and Chancellor’s budget proposals, e.g., to increase middle school funding. If each school could come with a brief summary of their budgets, it would be appreciated. The budget word from Maury Elementary today is that their enrollment in SY14/15 is expected to grow by 32 students, but their budget is only increasing by $101; Maury’s per student funding was $9,761 this year and is projected to drop to $9,461 next year.

We will also be discussing the applications the Public Charter School Board is considering for SY2014, and potential impacts on the Ward 6 schools (see http://www.dcpcsb.org/Start-a-Charter-School/New-Charter-School-Start-Ups.aspx?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PCSB%20News%20Releases&utm_content=Charter+School+Apps+2014). The PCSB expects to hold a public hearing in mid-April on the applications.

Finally, we hope to have a discussion on the recent reallocations of the school modernization funds.

Never a dull moment when it comes to DC education issues!

Suzanne Wells

P.S. Don’t forget to go to the Capitol Hill Cluster School Auction this Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

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CHPSPO Meeting November 19 at Ludlow-Taylor

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,
We will have our November CHPSPO meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at Ludlow-Taylor (659 G Street, NE) starting at 6:30 p.m.
We will spend the bulk of the meeting discussing the effort underway to overhaul the city’s school boundaries and feeder patterns. Please share with your school communities the attached Focus Group Flyer announcing the focus groups the Deputy Mayor for Education’s office is holding to get parent and community input on school boundaries and feeder patterns. The focus groups are not ward specific, so you may attend any of the focus groups. However, the focus group that will be held in Ward 6 is on December 10 at the Logan building. You must register in order to attend a focus group.
We will also be discussing the attached Priciples that Unite Us. These principles were developed by the American Federation of Teachers, and are being endorsed by the Washington Teachers’ Union and Empower DC. Please take a look at the attachment to see if you believe these are principles CHPSPO can support.
Finally, the annual School Information Night will be held on Sunday, December 8, from 2 – 5 p.m. If your school is interested in participating, but has not yet registered, please contact E.V. Downey at dcmusicteacher@gmail.com.
Hope to see you on Tuesday.
Suzanne Wells

PrinciplesUniteUs2013.pdf
Focus Group Flyer 11-04-13.pdf
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CHPSPO meeting on April 16, 6:30-8PM, Riverby Books

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, April 16 at Riverby Books, 419 East Capitol St., SE. Attached is the agenda for the meeting.One of the things we will discuss on Tuesday is the testimony CHPSPO is scheduled to deliver at the DC Council hearing pn April 17 on the DCPS SY14 budget.Suzanne Wells

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