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Writing: ‘Todos Estan Solos’ by Melanie Polanco

Mar 6, 2019

Read the poem that won second place from all of our California high schools by Melanie Polanco, a student at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School.

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Writing: ‘There Are Many People Who Don’t’ by Jocelyn Urias

Mar 6, 2019

Read the poem that won second place from all of our California middle schools by Jocelyn Urias, a student at Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School.

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Art: ‘Addict’s Nightmare’ by Caroline Andrade

Mar 6, 2019

See the art piece that won second place from all of our California high schools by Caroline Andrade, a student at Ánimo College Prep Academy.

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Art: ‘Re.Birth’ by Jose Ramirez

Mar 6, 2019

See the art piece that won first place from all of our California high schools by Jose Ramirez, a student at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School.

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Writing: ‘What If?’ by Samira Comodo

Mar 6, 2019

Read the script that won first place from all of our California middle schools by Samira Comodo, a student at Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School.

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Writing: ‘Will You Fast-Forward or Pause?’ by Breanna Maldonado

Mar 6, 2019

Read the poem that won first place from all of our California high schools by Breanna Maldonado, a student at Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy.

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Literature

These Students are Closing Achievement Gaps in Reading — Here’s How

Mar 5, 2019

Though the school day is over, students at Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School (JBT) eagerly enter Krystle Braxton’s classroom. They quickly sign in, grab Kindle E-readers, and crowd around a table, eager to read and discuss the book of the month: A Wrinkle in Time.

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L.A. Times: Locke Girls’ Soccer Team Has the Help of Two Coach-Cops

Feb 27, 2019

Two local police officers have begun volunteering as co-coaches for Locke’s soccer team. Said Officer Martinez: “We went to several other schools, but the reason we picked Locke was the coach had a high standard.”

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Spelling

These Middle Schoolers are Un-BEE-lievable! Green Dot Hosts First Spelling Bee

Feb 25, 2019

This month students, families, and staff from all of Green Dot’s middle schools in California eagerly gathered in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Los Angeles Central Public Library for Green Dot’s first network spelling bee.

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Immigration

USCDornsife: Stories of Immigration

Feb 22, 2019

A plaque near a series of shops on First Street in Little Tokyo stands as a reminder of family history for one USC Dornsife student. It honors the area’s original shopkeepers, including Chiyo Machikawa, a jewelry store owner.

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How School Culture Helped This Student Academically

Feb 21, 2019

Meet Pedro Barreras, a senior at Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School (APB). In eighth grade at a nearby middle school Barreras was struggling in both math and English, demonstrating the math proficiency of a fourth grader and the English proficiency of a fifth grader. Just three years later, in his junior year at APB, Barreras showed dramatic growth.

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Culture

How Cougar Cash is Helping Transform Students Like Jeremiah

Feb 19, 2019

When Jeremiah Mason joined Kirby Middle School in sixth grade, he admits he was getting in a fair amount of trouble. “I didn’t know anyone, and I argued about work and I was fighting,” reflected Mason, currently in eighth grade. “But now, it’s just calm.”

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Rigor and Joy are Alive at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

Feb 18, 2019

Meet Walter Chen, Principal of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School (RVLAMS). “I’d say what we really try to nail with Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is a college prep atmosphere with high rigor, and yet, joy,” said Chen.

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Just Keep Livin Foundation: “Conscious Living”

Feb 14, 2019

Anthony Thomas, math teacher at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School was recognized by the just keep livin Foundation (JKL) for his work with students and service to the community.

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Chess

How One Math Lesson Turned Into a Chess Club

Feb 12, 2019

The courtyard at Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School bustles with laughter and the sounds of children as they crowd around each other at the lunch tables. Down the hall, the hollow thud of wooden chess pieces echoes in Luis Garcia’s math classroom as 20 students eagerly set up chess boards.

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I Am Black History: Why and How We Must Contribute to the Pages of All Our Students’ Stories

Feb 6, 2019

As I think about Black History Month, I remember a drawing of this little brown lady with long, black hair. It was hand drawn by one of my students and it read: “The first day I walked into this [room], I saw a young brown skinned woman. I knew right away I was going to like this class.”

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Parents

See How Parents Rallied for Change in Their Communities

Feb 4, 2019

This fall, United Parents and Students (UPAS) hosted thousands of local parents, students, and community members at the the fifth annual United Parents and Students assembly, Forward SoCal, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.

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Green Dot Joins Thousands of Parents to Rally Ahead of Charter Moratorium

Jan 30, 2019

Yesterday hundreds of parents and students from Green Dot Public Schools joined thousands more from across the city to demand that Los Angeles Unified School District board members vote “no” on a resolution to call for a statewide moratorium on authorizing new charter schools.

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Green Dot Leaders Respond to LAUSD’s Call for a Charter Moratorium

Jan 30, 2019

Green Dot National CEO Chad Soleo and Green Dot California CEO Dr. Cristina de Jesus offer a response to yesterday’s LA School Board vote to pass a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school growth.

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Why This Parent Chose Fairley

Jan 29, 2019

“The summer before my daughter’s freshman year, we didn’t have a high school picked out,” said this Fairley parent. Learn why she and her daughter eventually chose Fairley!

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