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class of 2018

Check Out the Smiles of the Class of 2018

Jun 28, 2018

Green Dot is proud to celebrate the Class of 2018! This year marked a number of milestones for our schools, and as we reflect on the school year, it’s clear how much there is to celebrate.

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eighth

Tacoma Weekly — Destiny primed to grow as first class graduates

Jun 26, 2018

The Tacoma Weekly highlights Destiny Middle School’s first class of eighth graders moving on to high school next year, about half of which have been with Destiny since it opened three years ago.

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graduating

Kent Reporter–Kent’s Excel Public Charter School recognizes first graduating class

Jun 21, 2018

The Kent Reporter features Excel Public Charter School’s first graduating class of eighth graders.

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social justice

Edutopia–The Flexibility of Computational Thinking

Jun 15, 2018

Computational Thinking Specialist Eli Sheldon shares with Edutopia three middle school projects—in English, math, and history—use computational thinking skills to address social justice topics.

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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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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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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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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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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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CT Day

Excel Students Flex Computational Thinking Skills at Their Annual CT Day

Apr 9, 2018

Each year, students and teachers at Excel Public Charter School celebrate and demonstrate mastery in their computational thinking (CT) skills at CT Day—a full day devoted to concepts such as algorithmic thinking, pattern recognition and experimentation. At this year’s CT Day, students rotated around to various stations that challenge and hone their CT skills.

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parent

Parents at Excel Help Build the Family Feel

Apr 2, 2018

Two Excel Public Charter School parents, Office Coordinator Jessica Youmans and parent volunteer Jessica Berglund, share their experience with sending their students to a school that feels like a family.

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finalists

Announcing the Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards Finalists

Mar 28, 2018

Meet the finalists for the Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards!

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magnet

How Destiny Middle School is Supporting Students Beyond Its Own Doors

Mar 15, 2018

At Destiny Middle School, we’re excited that over 20 students from the current eighth grade class have been accepted to local magnet programs.

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balloon

Follow Excel’s Computational Thinking Balloon Into Space

Mar 9, 2018

Last spring, Excel Public Charter School launched a weather balloon to an altitude of 112,000 feet to cap off the first-ever Computational Thinking Day.

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educators

Help Us Shine Light on Exceptional Educators

Mar 1, 2018

On May 5, 2018, Green Dot Public Schools will celebrate educators and staff who are transforming the landscape of public education.

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computational thinking

Playing Kickball Using Sabermetrics and More Computational Thinking Fun

Feb 27, 2018

“One of the many reasons I’ve become passionate about teaching computational thinking is that well-planned and well-executed CT curricula produces those moments around rigorous concepts, generally disguised in fun.”

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budget

Green Dot Signs On To Joint Statement on President Trump’s FY19 Budget Proposal

Feb 16, 2018

Green Dot joined charter school networks from across the country in signing on to this statement on the President’s FY18 budget.

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Evelyn

Celebrating Black History Month with the Achievements of Evelyn Granville

Jan 31, 2018

Green Dot invites you to celebrate Black History Month with us by honoring the life of Evelyn Granville, and by nurturing the potential in all students.

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growth

The 74 — Petruzzi: In Growth-vs.-Proficiency Debate, Data, Trust, and Time Are Keys to True Student Performance

Jan 25, 2018

Green Dot CEO Marco Petruzzi makes the case for focusing on growth over proficiency in this editorial for The 74.

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King

MLK Photo Essay: Remembering We’re on a Mission for All

Jan 11, 2018

As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend, we reflect on how the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s influenced public school campuses throughout the country. Even as our nation has advanced toward better opportunities for all, far too many inequities remain, and at Green Dot, we’re still on a mission to graduate all students prepared for college, leadership, and life.

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