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Ten Green Dot Schools Win Student Growth Awards from CORE Districts

Apr 4, 2019

Last week, several schools in the Green Dot Public Schools California network were announced as recipients of the CORE Districts’ Academic Growth Awards. Most notably, Ánimo Western Charter Middle School was recognized for three years of high impact growth in English Language Arts.

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Athletics

More Than a Game: Layups and Life Skills

Apr 2, 2019

“Early in my career, my first principal told me, ‘I don’t see the value in athletics.’ My jaw dropped,” recalled Todd Wright, Athletic Director at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. Wright knew nothing could be further from the truth.

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football

Signing Days Celebrate Football Players at Hillcrest and Fairley

Apr 2, 2019

Memphis’ Fairley High School and Hillcrest High School hosted their annual Signing Days, celebrating nine football senior football players who signed letters of intent to attend universities across the country.

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reflection

FOX13 — Kirby Middle offers “reflection room” as alternative to detention

Mar 29, 2019

Kirby Middle School’s reflection room offers students a space to resolve conflict and process emotions.

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Exposing Students to Diverse Career Pathways

Mar 28, 2019

This semester, students at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School had the opportunity to learn from esteemed professionals at their second annual career day!

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seahawks

What Mitochondria and the Seattle Seahawks Have in Common

Mar 26, 2019

Caresse Fernandez has spent enough time in the classroom to feel comfortable about her approach and the strength of her curriculum, and yet this year, she decided to upend all of her tried and true curricula to start fresh. She’s making connections between classwork and local news, including the Seattle Seahawks, orca whales in the Puget Sound, and more.

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Grandparent

Why This Grandparent Loves His Grandchildren’s School

Mar 25, 2019

Meet a proud Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School grandparent! When his children were growing up work limited the time he had to particpate in their education and lives at school. But now with as a grandparent he’s able to play a critical role in his grandchildren’s education and he couldn’t be happier.

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Charter

EdSource: A cap on charters would only cap family choices

Mar 20, 2019

The raft of proposed legislation in the state Legislature seeking to limit or cap charter schools all share one disturbing element: the bills ignore the impact charters have on the students they serve.

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Math

How This Student Grew Over Three Years in Math in Just One Year

Mar 19, 2019

When Lorenzo Mays, now a sophomore at Bluff City High School, entered the school as a freshman, his iReady testing results demonstrated second to fifth grade proficiency in multiple math subjects.

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school of the year

Locke Receives 2019 Charter School of the Year Award

Mar 13, 2019

Today, Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy, the former Locke High School and Green Dot’s first turnaround school, was named Charter School of the Year by the California Charter Schools Association at their annual conference.

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Art: ‘Big Bang Mary’ by Kimberly Mejia Vasquez

Mar 6, 2019

See the art piece that won third place from all of our California high schools by Kimberly Mejia Vasquez, a student at Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy.

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Writing: ‘Shots Fired’ by Eric Daniels

Mar 6, 2019

Read the poem that won third place from all of our California middle schools by Eric Daniels, a student at Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School.

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Writing: ‘Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!’ by Albert De Los Santos Rodriguez

Mar 6, 2019

Read the poem that won third place from all of our California high schools by Albert De Los Santos Rodriguez, a student at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School.

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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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