Live in DC? Weigh in on Children’s Budget and More!

Residents and stakeholders should jump on these three opportunities for input into District government programs and practices.

The DC government has two surveys open. The first is about improving the utility of the annual Children’s Budget report.****   The second is about your experience calling 211 on a cell phone (available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Amharic, and Vietnamese).

There’s also a survey inquiring about what residents and stakeholders want to know about the city’s budget process.

The surveys close by mid-September so be sure to participate soon!

DCPS Open Houses Kick Off this Month!

Curious about your neighborhood school? Check out the upcoming open houses. Mark your calendar now, but check back if the weather is particularly ‘iffy’ (as in 30 inches of snow…).

Capitol Hill Walk to School Day 2010 – Wed 10/6

Capitol Hill Walk to School Day 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 7:30 am – Lincoln Park

Join the Capitol Hill school community for Walk to School Day, an annual celebration of our walkable, bikeable neighborhood, healthy bodies, a cleaner environment, and safe routes to school with a kick-off event and breakfast in Lincoln Park.  Wear your school t-shirt, grab a healthy breakfast, and join students, staff, administrators, and families for a walk together from Lincoln Park to school.  Let’s get moving!

Please help to get the word out by forwarding on to your respective schools.  Many thanks for your help and hope to see you there!

CHPSPO September 21 meeting at Tyler

The Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization will hold it’s September 21 meeting at Tyler Elementary (1001 G Street, SE). The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The agenda is attached.

We will have a discussion with Ward 6 school board candidates Melissa Rohan and Monica Warren-Jones. Each school board candidate will have 5 minutes to share their reasons for running for the school board position; the issues they will work to address, if elected; and the role they see the school board playing in ensuring high quality education in DC. We will then have a Q&A session with the candidates. Lisa Raymond, our current Ward 6 school board member, will also attend.

If you have changes to the agenda, please let me know.

Suzanne Wells

Visit CHPSPO on the web at attached file: 092110 agenda CHPSPO.doc)

092110 agenda CHPSPO.doc

Ward 6 Council Candidates’ Forum – Thank You

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO) thanks Councilmember Tommy Wells and candidate Kelvin Robinson, who did a fantastic job at the Candidates’ Forum held on August 24, 2010. Our goal was for our members and the community to hear their views on issues of special significance to families. We feel that goal was met splendidly.

We are grateful to our moderator, Mark Segraves, for his guidance, expertise and overall terrific job of setting the tone and pace for the event.

Finally, a huge thank you to the community, to our partners, Sports on the Hill (SOTH) and Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMCCA), and our volunteer organizers for making this event such a success.

We hope to continue the discussion around these issues in the weeks and months to come.

Click here for a transcript of the discussion. For a summary posted by The Hill Is Home, click here.


Ward 6 Middle Schools Plan – Good Stuff for Capitol Hill Students

DCPS hosted a community meeting for the Ward 6 community (for all families of children attending Ward 6 schools) on Thursday, July 29 @ Maury Elementary.

Attendance was pretty impressive for a mid-summer meeting (50ish participants).

The Community learns about DCPS' implementation plan

The presentation and all supporting documents (Collaboration Team, Survey feedback and Summary of plan for each individual schools) will be available on the DCPS site:

A few highlights that impact all schools:

  1. Rigorous Academic Program
    • Differentiated Math Pathway: assessment for appropriate placement, ‘rigor’ standards that will apply to all schools, math intervention program to get all students ready for Algebra 1 in the 8th grade, teacher PD
    • World Language as a core course:  HS credit by 8th grade, sharing of teachers to offer additional languages, online programs, after-school programs for credit or enrichment
    • International Baccalaureate Middle Years implementation at Jefferson and Eliot-Hine
  2. Facilities  upgrades (Modernization and ‘Blitz’ schedule)
  3. School Culture and Climate
    • Full Service Schools
    • Educators for Social Responsibility
    • Measuring Success
  4. Grade Configuration and Feeder Patterns
    • Stuart-Hobson: moving Montessori to the Logan School, moving the 5th grade to Watkins and Ludlow-Taylor feeding to Stuart-Hobson effective SY11/12
    • Brent feeding to Jefferson and Eliot-Hine until boundaries are re-drawn
    • Possible re-opening of Van Ness as a neighborhood elementary school
  5. School Collaboration teams at each middle school to implement the above plan – contact your principal by September 10, 2010 if you are interested in joining your middle school’s team.

Congratulations to DCPS, the Capitol Hill community and to CHPSPO for this huge step towards excellence across all middle schools!

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DCPS to Reveal the Ward 6 Middle School Plan – July 29

REMINDER: Please join the Capitol Hill and Ward 6 DCPS community:

Thursday, July 29

Maury Elementary School

1250 Constitution Ave., NE

6-7:30 PM

For background on this initiative, go to:

For more information about this meeting, please contact Claudia Lujan at (202) 719-6598 or

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