The Morning Metropolitan

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Post reports on Hardy again. It’s another article heavy on the “some say” phrase, which enables just about whatever speculation you want, or more specifically, what speculation the people who are feeding the article to Bill Turque want. Interesting stats on enrollment though.
  • That’s about it today. Maybe it’s the pre-holiday quiet…
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  1. PhillipMarlowe

    I came back to this website to see if GM has his/her ear on Hardy.
    Appears not, because GM got scooped by Bill Turque:
    Bill is making up some more bad news on Hardy (sarcasm):
    Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/11/2011
    Parents say Hardy in disarray; Henderson readies plan for improvements
    By Bill Turque
    Turmoil continues at Hardy Middle School, where some parent activists have renewed their calls for the removal of principal Dana Nerenberg. An “emergency parent/teacher meeting” has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss what some parents describe as the deteriorating environment at the Georgetown school. Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who said in November she had no plans to replace Nerenberg, says DCPS is finalizing a plan it will announce this week “to ensure a safer and more positive student experience at Hardy.”

    The school has had a bumpy time under Nerenberg, named last year by former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee after she reassigned longtime principal Patrick Pope. Some parents say that tardiness, fights, scheduling snafus and disrespectful behavior toward staff have been on the rise since the beginning of the school year.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcschools/2011/01/henderson_readies_plan_for_saf.html#comments

  2. PhillipMarlowe

    Here’s what the principal has to say:

    January 11, 2011

    Dear Hardy Parents:

    Happy New Year! We are excited about the opportunities the turning of the calendar provides. In the past few months, we have worked to build upon Hardy’s strengths in our efforts to make Hardy the highest performing middle school in Washington, DC. During this time, both of us (Principal Nerenberg and Chancellor Henderson) have heard concerns from some parents, teachers, and students about the school climate at Hardy. Working together, we have developed a plan to address these concerns, and we wanted to share the specific actions we are taking. We are committed to a great second semester at Hardy, and welcome your continued involvement.

    We are working strategically to address these concerns in the following ways:

    - We have reset expectations for each of our students by facilitating the Commitment to Advanced Achievement. This tool, explained during Friday’s Advisory, asked each of our students to articulate an academic goal, a social goal, and a behavioral goal. It is our aim to use the bi-weekly advisory period to help our students strategically reach these goals.

    - We held grade level assemblies on Friday, January 7. These were an opportunity for us to clearly communicate our expectations of our students and remind them that every adult in the building is committed to their success.

    - In addition to the classroom and grade level tally system, we are layering in a series of administrative consequences. This will help hold our students accountable for the choices they make in and out of the classroom.

    - We are working with DCPS’ Office of Human Resources to identify designated
    substitutes to be on site at Hardy, diminishing the need for our teachers to provide
    coverage for their colleagues.

    - We have launched the School Climate Task Force and School Scheduling Task Force. Both of these entities will be supported by DCPS-based professionals with expertise in these specific areas. Each task force will analyze what is working well at Hardy while helping us dream big as we plan for the 2011-2012 school year. These groups will visit other schools and learn best practices.

    - We have invited educators from the Office of Youth Engagement as well as other middle schools to come and spend time at Hardy, helping us identify areas where we can improve school climate.

    - Mr. Eric Redwine, Cluster Superintendent for Hardy Middle School, is establishing an office at Hardy and plans to be on-site at least once a week.

    - Our PTA is hosting a parent meeting tomorrow night to discuss concerns; we hope you will join us at 6:30 PM.

    In addition, please know we are available to you to address your child’s individual needs and concerns. The best way for us to solve problems, is through regular and on-going communication.

    The culture at Hardy is all of our responsibility, and we look forward to working together to ensure the positive environment we all desire. Please feel free to share your questions and feedback with both of us in the coming weeks and months, as we implement these strategies. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to supporting our students and our school.

    Sincerely,

    Dana Nerenberg, Principal

    Kaya Henderson, Interim Chancellor

    I suppose GM will accuse Nerenberg and Henderson of trying to sabotage Hardy

  3. GM

    Thanks for the info Phillip. You’re right, I haven’t had my ear to the ground as much as I’d wish at Hardy, but you’re wrong to imply that I have anything but support for Dana. I think she’s been put in a tough situation, but I don’t doubt for a second that she’ll succeed. I sincerely hope that Henderson stands behind her.

  4. PhillipMarlowe

    Thank you.
    I based that comment upon “what speculation the people who are feeding the article to Bill Turque want. “.

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