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W6PSPO Meets Tuesday Oct 15, 2019 @ Eastern High School

The Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, October 15, at 6:30 pm at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St., NE. We will be joined by Eastern Principal Sah Brown. Principal Brown will share the current efforts to update the vision for Eastern High School, and we will have the opportunity to share our ideas about the vision. We will also have an update on the advocacy efforts around the recent sexual assault allegations. Finally, we will discuss ideas for future topics for W6PSPO meetings, and elections for W6PSPO officers.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

101519 W6PSPO

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Get Ready for Walk to School Day – Oct 2, 2019!

WTSD_2inch_ColorOn Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at 7:30 am, students from 16+ Ward 6 schools will gather at Lincoln Park (11th & East Capitol Streets, SE) for activities, snacks, warm-up exercises, student performances, and local speakers – including Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and DC Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn.

Enjoy activities for kids, giveaways, light snacks, and coffee. Walkers, cyclists, skaters, strollers, scooters and pedestrians are all welcome.

Walkers depart between 8:15 and 8:20 am so we all get to school on time!

Guest speakers, performers, and sponsors will round out the Lincoln Park Walk-to-School event:

  • Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will kick off and MC the festivities
  • Local fitness celebrities Gabriella Boston and Kathy Pugh will warm up the crowd
  • Other speakers include Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn, DC Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian, and National Park Service (NPS) representatives
  • At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman will make balloon animals (!!!)
  • The Eastern High School “Blue and White Marching Machine” will perform
  • The JO Wilson Cheerleaders and the Tyler Step team will perform
  • Community members will join with DC Water, the DC Department of Energy and Environment, the DC Public Library, and the DC State Board of Education
  • The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will support safe traffic flow around the park
  • The Capitol Hill Community Foundation generously supports the event
  • Coffee will be donated by New Course Catering and Restaurant which provides job training for low income/homeless men
  • The Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization (http://chpspo.org) organizes the event. Volunteers from participating schools make this annual event possible (Capitol Hill Montessori, Eliot-Hine MS, J.O. Wilson ES, Maury ES, Payne ES, Miner ES, Peabody Early Childhood, School Within School @ Goding, Stuart Hobson MS, Tyler ES, Van Ness ES, Watkins ES, St. Peters School, and more).

Ward 6 joins schools across DC in celebrating Walk-to-School Day – here’s a list of events registered: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/registration/whoswalking.php?sid=DC

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About Walk-to-School Day

Walk-to-School Day is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Walk-to-School Day inspires the entire community to come together and promote health and safer routes for students to walk to school.

More information here:

http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/learn-more/about-us/

https://chpspo.org/

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W6PSPO Meets Tuesday, October 17

The Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 pm. I am still working to confirm the location, and will let you know ASAP where the meeting will be.

We will be joined by Carla Mike, the DCPS Connected Schools Manager and Lena Heid, the Eliot-Hine Connected Schools Manager. We will also be joined by Teresa Biagioni, the DCPS Director of School Planning who will be sharing initial plans for the Stevens Early Learning Center DCPS will be opening. We will also have a discussion led by Betsy Wolf on the Comprehensive Staffing Model (see attached), and a discussion on possible agenda topics for W6PSPO meetings during SY19/20.

Finally, we need to begin planning for elections for the W6PSPO Board of Directors.

Please consider running for one of the following positions:

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 W6PSPO 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.

2020 Bike-to-School Chair (May 2020) – Lead a group of parent volunteers to plan the 2020 Bike-to-School Day event.

2020 Walk-to-School Chair (October 2020) – Lead a group of parent volunteers to plan the 2020 Walk-to-School Day event.

Self-nominations are encouraged.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization – August 20, 2019 – Meeting Notes

Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization – August 20, 2019 – Meeting Notes

Claudia Lujan, Deputy Chief, DCPS Strategic School Planning and enrollment, shared information on enrollment trends for the Eastern High School feeder pattern.  DCPS prepares school level Recruitment Planning Tools to help schools with recruitment.  These Recruitment Planning Tools show the percent of students living in-boundary who enrolled in the school, and they also show the “Top 5 School Competitors,” i.e., the schools where in-boundary students attend.

In general, DCPS is seeing a high in-boundary capture rate at the elementary schools (around 85%), a much lower in-boundary capture rate for middle schools, and a slighter higher in-boundary capture rate over middle schools for high schools.  Recently, DCPS has seen the middle school in-boundary capture rate increase by 3%.

Principals can use these recruitment planning tools to help in recruiting from feeder schools.  The keys to a strong recruitment strategy are:

  • Parents saying good things about schools (parents listen to other parents)
  • Principals’ vision for the school
  • Teachers and their connection with students and their families.

Principal Brown from Eastern High School shared his thoughts and the steps he is taking to increase in-boundary enrollment.  He said building relationships with the feeder schools is key. He feels it is important to get to know the leadership and counselors at the feeder schools.

He wants parents and students to come into Eastern to begin to take away myths about the school.  Some of the myths Principal Brown identified are:

  • Eastern can’t service English language learners (the school can serve these students)
  • Brown Education Campus is a feeder school to Eastern, but many families at Brown believe they fed into Spingarn when it was open or to Friendship Public Charter School Collegiate Academy.

Eastern is working on communicating the strong academic framework it has with its International Baccalaureate program, and its 9th grade academy.  Eastern developed a vision when it reopened in 2010 that it would be the highest performing comprehensive high school in the city by 2020.  Principal Brown is working to update the school’s vision beyond 2020. Principal Brown plans to hold vision setting sessions with the community in the coming months.

The meeting ended with Sarah Livingston sharing some basic facts from the FY2020 budget for DC and DCPS based on information she has gathered from the final budget approved by the Council.  Three changes the Council made to the Mayor’s March 20 proposed budget are:

  • Increased the per pupil formula from 2.2% to 3% which raised the foundation level to $10,980
  • Allocated $5.35 million, to be spent on 31 schools that had net budget decreases in the proposed budget, including Payne, Walker-Jones, and Watkins in W6.
  • Allocated $260,000 to maintain bus service for the Capitol Hill Cluster School.

 

Next W6PSPO Meeting: September 17, 2019

Upcoming Events

October 2, 2019          The Education Committee/Committee of the Whole will hold a hearing on on Councilmember Allen’s Public School Transparency Act.  If you wish to testify you may sign-up online at bit.do/EducationHearings or call the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061 by 5:00pm on Monday September 30. 2019.

October 2, 2019          Walk-to-School @ Lincoln Park 

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Walk to School Day is October 2, 2019 – Save the Date and Register!

  • What: Safe Routes to School celebration, with student performances and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen.
  • When: Wednesday, October 2, 7:30-8:15 AM
  • Where: Lincoln Park
  • Register your school at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/registration/.

This year, we’d like to focus on student performances – please reach out if you have a performance group who would like to strut their stuff at Walk to School Day!

Contact us: chpspo@gmail.com.

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W6PSPO Meets Tuesday, August 20 @ Northeast Library

Dear Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization members,

W6PSPO will meet on Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 pm at the Northeast Library (330 7th St., NE). We will be discussing the Eastern High School feeder pattern. Claudia Lujan, Deputy Chief, Strategic School Planning and Enrollment with DCPS will join us for our meeting. Claudia will present data on in-boundary/out-of-boundary enrollment patterns at the elementary and middle schools that feed into Eastern, and where students residing within the Eastern High School boundaries attend school.

This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the strengths of the feeder pattern, and where efforts are needed to bolster the feeder pattern. We are hopeful Eastern principal, Sah Brown, will be able to attend, and we welcome other principals to the meeting.

Also, Walk-to-School Day is October 2. We will begin to plan our annual event at Lincoln Park soon. Please register your school on the national Walk & Bike to School Day website.

Hope to see you at our meeting on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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W6PSPO Updates

Dear Ward 6 Public School Parent Organization members,

First, I want to thank Danica Petroshius and the CHM@Logan community for their leadership and persistence on the sexual misconduct issues, and their efforts to ensure this won’t happen to other children.

Below are updates to share with your school communities:

1. W6PSPO will meet on August 20 at 6:30 pm. We will be joined by representatives from DCPS who will share information on the Eastern High School feeder pattern. The location for the meeting is TBD.

2. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s A Literary Feast will be October 26, 2019.
Over thirty homes on Capitol Hill will host a book-themed dinner party. All proceeds from the ticket sales go to support the Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s grants to neighborhood schools. The are still looking for families (you can also co-host to lighten the load) who are willing to host a dinner for 8 or more guests. Contact Todd Cymot, if you are interested or want more information.

3. The Deputy Mayor for Education is requesting comments on the city’s water filtration and testing protocol. Comments are due August 7. Attached are suggested comments that were prepared by Hannah Donart and other parents. Because the presence of lead and other contaminants in drinking water at our schools is a serious concern, it is important to comment on this protocol.

4. On Wednesday, August 7, Natalie Wexler, tutor, education author and blogger will discuss her new book The knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education –and How to Fix it with Elizabeth Green, of Chalkbeat education news organization, at 7 pm at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW Free, (202) 364-1919, politics-prose.com

5. On Thursday, August 15, The cast of children and adults of a delightful play with a lovingly learned lesson, The Lemonade Stand, will give two performances. Tickets are Adults–$20, Seniors & Students–$10, Children–$5. See flyer below for more information.

6. Attached is the current roster of principals and PTA leaders for the schools in Ward 6. Please send me any updates to the roster. Also, if you wish to have your name taken off the W6PSPO distribution list, please let me know.

Hope everyone enjoys the remaining days of the summer break.

Suzanne Wells

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