CHPSPO Meeting Notes – August 30, 2011

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Montessori at Logan
215 G St., NE
August 30, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


1. Welcome, and introductions of new school representatives


2. CHPSPO By-Laws – Suggested revisions to be reflected in next version of the By-Laws. CHPSPO will vote on the by-laws on the next meeting (September 20, 2011)


3. Chairman Kwame Brown Public Oversight Roundtable on Middle Grades Education in the District: Preparing our Students for Success in High School and Beyond

  • Heather Schoell ( will testify on behalf of CHPSPO
  • Suzanne will put CHPSPO on testimony schedule
  • Suzanne will prepare draft based on: background of CHPSPO and our role in middle school plan; relationship between feeder schools and their middle school (especially within teachers); request DCPS/DC look at creative ways to make sure they are ready for middle school (summer transition, year-round school); Advocate for diversity of programs at MS level that reflect diversity of elementary schools (IB, varying school size, project-based learning, museum magnet); make sure diversity does not stop at elementary school; Want to see an investment by DC in neighborhood schools; advocate to more granular data


4. Walk-to-School Day, October 5

  • Contact: George Blackmon ( to serve as point of contact for volunteers.
  • NEED volunteers to take on the following:

o Food and giveaways (contact Laura Marks and Tara Flakker???)
o Ask if Gina Arlotto can help/advise on permit for Lincoln Park
o Speaker equipment from Tommy Wells’ office (contact Anne Phelps??)
o Band (Eastern): Heather to contact Rachel S.
o Contact: Yoga (Gabriella Boston?), Elizabeth Jones? (Effervescence)

5. Race to Nowhere Screening

  • Contact: Janet Brown, Maury parent
  • Need for volunteers
  •  Timeframe: November, at Atlas
  • Will need help to sell tickets; spread the word

6. DC Parent Power Organizing Meeting

  • CHPSPO will have a presence. Suzanne Wells, Isabella Harris : Sherry Trafford to attend

7. Discussed DC CAS Scores.

  • No decision on how they fit in to the work that CHPSPO does. Share best practices among schools? Advocate for more granular data?
  • Visit for more comprehensive data.

8. Advocating for more bike lanes by CHPSPO

  • Contact: Sandra Moscoso (
  • Will send letter to DDoT.
  • Will connect with Gina Arlotto, WABA.
  • Please reach out if your school is also willing to advocate individually.

Next CHPSPO Meeting: September 20, 2011

Upcoming Events:

  • August 31 – DC Parent Power Organizing Meeting, 1630 7th St., NW, Shaw Library, 5:30 p.m.
  • September 7 –  Public Oversight Roundtable on Middle Grades Education in the District: Preparing our Students for Success in High School and Beyond, Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, 10 a.m.
  • October 5 – Walk-to-School Day


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