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legacy

Why the First Legacy Conference Was Vital for the Achievement of Our African American Male Students

Jun 11, 2018

This year we launched our first Legacy Conference, a day dedicated to exploring the deficits in educating and empowering African American students, in particular young men.

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piano

Kent Reporter — Local students accepted into WAS Summer Residency at The Museum of Flight

Jun 7, 2018

Excel Public Charter School’s music program was highlighted by the Kent Reporter for recently being awarded a piano by the Seattle Symphony.

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connects

How This Math Teacher Connects the Dots for Her Students

Jun 7, 2018

“It never fails, every time I tell someone that I’m a math teacher they say ‘oh my god, I hated math when I was in school,’” chuckled Elizabeth Marin, math teacher at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School. Though she’s aware that not every student will leave her class in love with math, her goal is to ensure that all her students can confidently engage it.

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Warrior

Full Scholarship Alert! An Ánimo Watts Warrior Becomes a USC Trojan

Jun 4, 2018

“I will never forget the day the acceptance package came. In that moment, I was overcome with relief, empowerment, and tremendous gratitude just knowing all those difficult days and long nights were not in vain.” Ánimo Watts senior Jacqueline Martinez shares her story of getting a full ride to USC.

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Darryl

Meet Darryl: Developing a Joyful Resilience at Bluff City High School

May 30, 2018

“Every day I walk into this school, I try to make the best impression and show my teachers that I’m that guy who’s going to do something great with their life,” says Darryl Buchanan, a freshman in the founding class at Bluff City High School. “I try to make everyone proud.”

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Destiny

Tacoma Weekly — My son is happy and set to succeed in school

May 29, 2018

Destiny Middle School parent Imelda Santana shares with The Tacoma Weekly why Destiny is an important part of the Tacoma community, and the right option for her son.

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Sports

Ánimo Cup Soccer Tournament Brings Green Dot Students Together

May 28, 2018

On an early Saturday morning, Green Dot middle school and high school students laced up their cleats for the Ánimo Cup, an intramural soccer tournament for teams in our network.

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Documentary

Ánimo Venice Students Create a Documentary Exploring Sexuality, Gender, and Race in Mesoamerica

May 24, 2018

With the support of their history teacher Omar Ramirez, Mariah Bonilla, Jason Clemens, Abraham Hernandez-Mazon, and Jonathan Lopez created a documentary for the Los Angeles County History Day Competition. Their film, which focused on the history of sexuality, gender, and race in Mesoamerica (pre-colonized Mexico and Central America) and post-colonized Latin America won them a spot in the state finals in Sacramento.

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venice

Venice Paparazzi–Venice Paparazzi Rolled Out the Red Carpet for the 8th Annual Venice Wave Awards

May 22, 2018

Ánimo Venice Charter High School teacher Omar Ramirez was one of 17 local teachers honored by the Venice Chamber of Commerce Education Committee for their achievements in and beyond the classroom.

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awards

And the Winners of the Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards Are…

May 17, 2018

On May 5, 2018, eight Golden Dot Awards were given to staff who exemplify Green Dot Public Schools’ core values. Take a look at this year’s winners!

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Art: ‘Untitled Mosiac’ by Ashley Montano-Gomez

May 15, 2018

‘Untitled Mosiac’ is an art piece by Ashley Montano-Gomez, a student at Ánimo Watts Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition.

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Art: ‘Portrait of Francisco Rodriguez Mancilla’ by Jennifer Rodriguez Pelayo

May 15, 2018

‘Portrait of Francisco Rodriguez Mancilla’ is an art piece by Jennifer Rodriguez Pelayo, a student at Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition.

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Art: ‘My Father’s Hands’ by Diana Gutierrez

May 15, 2018

‘My Father’s Hands’ is an art piece by Diana Gutierrez, a student at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Writing & Art Competition.

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Art: ‘Desmond Doss’ by Tania Avalos

May 15, 2018

‘Untitled’ is an art piece by Tania Avalos, a tenth grader at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition.

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Kent Reporter–‘School Choice Isn’t Political – It’s Personal’

May 11, 2018

Excel Public Charter School parent Kesha Senters shares with the Kent Reporter what makes this neighborhood school such a good fit for her daughter.

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best schools

Seven Green Dot High Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report’s Best

May 10, 2018

We are pleased that seven of Green Dot’s high schools have been awarded medals by U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools 2018 report. The report recognizes seven of our independent public charter high schools as among the best in the nation, with Ánimo Leadership and Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo ranking in the top 1% again and both earning another Gold medal.

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appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day from Green Dot Public Schools!

May 9, 2018

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day from Green Dot Public Schools!

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‘Untitled’ by Libni Rojas

May 3, 2018

‘Untitled’ is an essay by Libni Rojas, an eighth grader at Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Congresswoman: Maxine Waters’ by Lauren Kirkwood

May 3, 2018

‘Congresswoman: Maxine Waters’ is an essay by Lauren Kirkwood, an eighth grader at Ánimo Western Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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tea party

Can’t We All Just Get Oolong? How a Tea Party and Other Gatherings Are Growing Young Ladies at Kirby

May 2, 2018

A tea party is just one of the mentorship events Kirby Middle School principal Deadre Ussery is hosting for a select group of 10 eighth grade girls.

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