- we will present the background on Shaw@B,
- host a presentation by Cardozo EC Principal Arthur Mola on the current middle school program at Cardozo, and discuss how the community can support his school,
- dig into the result of our survey of parents on their aspirations regarding educational programming for middle schoolers, and
- discuss next steps.
The Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Miner Elementary (601 15th St., NE). At our meeting we will be sharing best practices with each other on organizing PTA/PTO meetings. Representatives from Miner, Tyler, the Capitol Hill Cluster School, and Maury will kick off our discussion. We will also be joined by representatives from the Washington Teachers Union who will be sharing their FY20/21 budget priorities.
Hope to see you on Tuesday.
W6PSPO Meeting Notes
October 15, 2019
Eastern High School
1. Eastern High School – Principal Brown
Dialogue on where we want to see Eastern 10 years. EHS is at phase zero of the planning – they are collecting information and want to hear from us.
PRIDE of Capitol Hill: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Determination, Excellence
Academic and Other Programming
EHS is an IB World School diploma program for 11th and 12th grades. They are working on being authorized as a “MYP” (Middle Years Programme) for 9th and 10th grade that prepares them for the diploma program. Even if they aren’t in the IB diploma program, a student can take the challenging IB courses. All 9th and 10th graders would be in the MYP.
EHS is also now a NAF-recognized health sciences school.
There are many extracurricular activities including band, choir, JROTC, sports, Mighty Greens, Chess Club and more.
Adding more pathways, like music, arts and humanities, to encourage more interest-driven programming during the school day to engage them throughout their years at Eastern. They also have a 9th grade academy.
In ELA, 25% of Eastern students scoring at 4 or 5 (8% increase over last year). In math, 0% are at 4 or 5.
EHS graduation rate is 78%, at high end of the comprehensive high schools.
Enrollment is on the rise at 792 (target was 754). More feeders moving in and more in-boundary staying at EHS. (Feeders are: Brown EC, Stuart Hobson, Jefferson, Eliot Hine, Kelly Miller and CHML)
- Vertical articulation with middle schools is not something that is regularly happening. But, Eastern is starting to do more to understand the students coming from the middle schools, particularly with Stuart Hobson. Making feeder school engagement more intentional, focus on bringing in Eliot Hine and Jefferson students this year, and need to strengthen ties with Brown and Kelly Miller.
- Shifting curriculum and lack of training. Need stability and continuity for curriculum to make sure it builds all the way through high school.
- Students not getting support they need BEFORE coming to HS. Students need to learn early how to resolve conflict peacefully and cope with issues. They are not getting enough of that and it carries into high school – inside or outside the school. Eastern has partners to help including a restorative justice program. They also have weapons/mace abatement policy. The school also works closely with WMATA, MPD and resource officers to create strong relationships and understandings.
What can parents do?
- Notify EHS early whether your child is going to enroll.
Questions to parents: What should Eastern accomplish in the next 10 years? How should Eastern achieve it? How can we help?
- Promote more all that it is doing for kids
- Do more to ensure the students are safe and the culture is positive and safe
- Are there other types of academies or strands to ensure all kids are connected and focused, engaged during the day?
- Invite middle school kids earlier into Eastern activities – as classes – before 8th Because they choose with their peers and the kids are making the decisions in many cases, not the adults, on where they go to school. And they are doing it in the 7th grade.
- Performance should include safe, caring environment; stable leadership; and growth (we should look at the reading level of kids coming in here and selective schools). We should make that case with DCPS.
- Need to find the way to engage more parents at the high school level – and what are the best ways to do that? And what is the reason that parents should come when kids are much more self-sufficient?
2. Student Safety Task Force
Parent and W6PSPO member, Danica Petroshius, is serving on the DCPS Student Safety Task Force. The next meeting is October 30th from 6-8 pm at DCPS where they will give input on policies and how to best implement them. Danica is asking for input on what recommendations she should bring to the Task Force. She has asked that you provide input to incorporate into the feedback by October 27th. You can email her at email@example.com. The policies DCPS is asking for feedback on are:
- Prevention of Student Sexual Abuse by Staff Policy (Also linked alphabetically on the DCPS Policies page at https://dcps.dc.gov/page/dcps-policies.)
- Local Law on Background Checks:
- Volunteer Information:
3. Ideas for Future Meetings
Suzanne asked for quick-response ideas for future meeting topics. Members suggested the following topics:
- Strategy discussion on how to recruit more members and what we want people to do with the information we all share
- How to advocate – training, discussion, effective strategies
- How can W6PSPO be more visible?
- How do we help our feeder patterns be more successful and make more connections across our schools?
- Budget – updated schedule this year and the how-to’s of the budget process
- Discussion of At-Risk funds and how LSATs should understand and use the information
- Understand how central office supports programs within school and how it affects school budgets and budget planning
Sharing Information Among Schools
- Best practices, lessons learned in schools such as communications in schools, tools, school improvement, etc. Maybe get feedback ahead of time on schools that are struggling with certain issues to focus the discussion
- Discuss how to create a clearinghouse on tools or things that work well
How to Collaborate More with Other Groups
- Have EmpowerEd present on their work and discuss collaboration possibilities
- Have C4DC present on their work and discuss collaboration possibilities
Next W6PSPO Meeting: November 19, 2019
October 21, 11 am, Committee on Education, Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot Program Act of 2019. Sign up to testify.
October 21, 11 am, Committee on Recreation and Youth Affairs, Public Oversight Roundtable on Access to the Public Field at Jelleff Recreation Center. Contact RYA@dccouncil.us to testify.
October 29, 4 pm, Committee on Education, Annual Youth Roundtable on Safe Passage and Other Issues Facing DC Youth. Opportunity for students PK3 – 12 to testify. Sign up to testify.
November 2, 2 – 5 pm, MoTH School at Capitol Hill Day School.
November 6, 10 am, Committee on Education, District of Columbia Public Schools Student Technology Equity Act of 2019. Sign up to testify.
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.
On 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
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:
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.
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
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