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: http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/building-on-momentum

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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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – July 20, 2010

Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization
Middle School Subcommittee Meeting
July 20, 2010
Stuart Hobson Middle School
4th & E Streets, NE
6:30 – 8 p.m.

  1. Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Precious Calloway) – Healthy Schools program (www.HealthierGeneration.org).
    Funding to support 100 (or more) schools, Need to enroll min of 40 schools by September.
    6 Step Program: http://healthiergeneration.org/builder/builderlogin.aspx
    Benefits to school/community: National recognition, resources, funding for various health/green related programs, IMPACT for teachers
    Contact: Precious Calloway – precious.calloway@healthiergeneration.org
  2. Schoolyard Greening Subcommittee – contact Laura Marks (capitolhillgreenschools@gmail.com)
    Tuesday, August 31 – meeting with Jeff Mills and Diana Bruce to discuss Healthy Schools
    Lookout: Breakfast in classrooms for ALL students to kick off on first day of school (August 23)
  3.  Walk-to-School Day
    Seeking Champion(s) to coordinate this year’s Walk to School Day (Wednesday, October 6) – Volunteers? (resources are available)
  4. Mayor and Councilmember Candidates Forum – contact Barbara Riehle (barbara@erols.com)
    Sponsored by CHPSPO, Sports on the Hill (SOTH) and Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA) – Mark Seagraves will moderate
    Ward 6 Candidates (Tommy Wells and Kelvin Robinson) have agreed to address the community on Tuesday, August 24
    Waiting for confirmation from Mayoral Candidates
    Host similar forum for DC Board of Ed candidates?
    Will give candidates questions 1 week ahead of time. Q’s to represent families with children.
    Q’s that came up tonight in brain storm (not final):
    1. How can you guarantee funding for modernization when consistently going over 40% on current projects? (Art school is being pushed)
    2. Disconnect between DC- CAS and DC-BAS – how to address continuity in testing?
    3. Transition plan bet. DCPS and Principals?
    4. What do you do w/ the School Board?
  5. By-laws Discussion and 501(c)3 – contact Barbara Riehle (barbara@erols.com) and Sherry Trafford (sherry_trafford@hotmail.com)
    Barbara to circulate draft by-laws. 501(c)3 is dependent on by-laws.
  6. CHPSPO Website & Logo – contact Sandra Moscoso (smoscosomills@hotmail.com) & Heather Schoell (heysassy@yahoo.com)
    Site is live: http://chpspo.org – please visit, and provide feedback!! (look and feel will likely change once logo is finalized).

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 Claudia.Lujan@dc.gov.

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