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– by Joe Weedon
International Baccalaureate Programme
World-class curriculum and programming for Capitol Hill students
Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Maury Elementary School Library – 1250 Constitution Ave., NE
November 20, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1) DCPS School Closing Announcement (Cathy Reilly, SHAPPE, and Daniel del Pielago (Empower DC)
- Dec 5 – Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Community Discussion on DCPS Proposed Consolidation and Reorganization, 6 – 8 p.m @ Brightwood Education Campus (1300 Nicholson St, NW)
- What does this mean to us (Ward 6 families) in the future?
- Engage DCPS online – post ideas on how to save money here.
- Need to formulate collective vision of how to fix the schools
- When Hine and Eliot merged 5 years ago, combined population was +600, now Hine is ~300 total. Consolidation has proven to show decreased enrollment.
- No plan in place to enrich combined campuses programmatically.
- Valuable to attend a neighborhood school. Publicly funded, but privately run schools don’t fit into a neighborhood system.
- Teachers union not a strong voice; engage other unions?
- What impact has Basis had on the DCPS middle schools? (Latin, Two Rivers)
- Review data à http://dc.gov/DCPS/Files/downloads/COMMUNITY/CR/DCPS-School-Data-Snapshot-November-19-2012.pdf
- 40% of families affected in this closing were affected in 2008 closing
- A lot of other places DCPS could save $ in lieu of closing schools – Teacher bonus, IMPACT evaluation, vendor relations (food services)
- What does an all charter system look like?
- Two pronged approach: Retention of families + Market to new families
- Recruit captains/teams at each school by grade (public, private, charter – raising a community)
- Captains/Teams at each school by grade (public, private, charter – raising a community)
- Own listservs for the class
- Start getting involved in the HS – raise funds for music program, donate to bake sales, attend events
- ‘experts’ to think about
- Hill Rag letter
- 3rd grade playgroup: 1/3 of parents whose children had been to multiple schools.
- Summer concert series with Eastern HS band.
- Attend Eastern HS games http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/eastern-ramblers-(washington,dc)/basketball/schedule.htm
3) Title IX and sports for girls in DC (Valarie Hogan, National Women’s Law Center fellow)
- Circulate link to flyer and survey – engage MS and High Schools, coaches, parents, teachers – elem are covered but small.
- Meeting Dec 3, 6:30PM to give more info, discuss next steps @ Crolin Morrings, 1101 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
- Center has been in talks w/ DCPS for years and possibly ready to file a complaint. Another complaint has been filed – focus is on opportunities, not on spending.
- Charters have not been tracked, in process of understand DC’s responsibility around charters and equity vis a vis sports
4) Learn about IB Middle Years @ Atlas and Living Room Chats update
- Next IB education night – Jan 22 at Westminster Presbyterian in SW , 6PM
- Stuart Hobson has first Tuesday visits
- Dec 2 Moth school information night 2-5PM. CHPSPO will attend.
5) DCPS Library Task Force update
- Continues to meet: recommendations out by mid-December, a lot of support for staffing librarians at all schools, collection development
- Where are books going w/ all closures? (Almost of all schools being closed don’t have librarians)…
Next CHPSPO Meeting: December 18, 2012
- December 2: Girls on the Run 5K – 2PM @ Anacostia Park. Cheer on Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, J.O. Wilson, Ludlow-Taylor, Maury, and Tyler or register to run in the 5K
- December 2: Hill School Information Night– 2-5PM @ Capitol Hill Day School
- December 3: Title IX Sports for Girls Next Steps – 6:30PM @ Crolin Morrings, 1101 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
- December 5: Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Community Discussion on DCPS Proposed Consolidation and Reorganization, 6 – 8 p.m.
- January 22: Next IB education night – at Westminster Presbyterian in SW , 6PM
When: Tuesday, October 23, 6 PM
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St., NE
Please join Principals:
- Rachel Skerritt, Eastern HS
- Tynika Young, Eliot-Hine MS
- Natalie Gordon, Jefferson MS
and Bob Smith, DCPS’s IB Manager to learn more about the International Baccalaureate Programme in our neighborhood schools.
For a preview of the progress in implementing this new, rigorous academic program, check out Eliot-Hine Radio: http://www.live365.com/stations/tyoung1