Special education is a lifelong vocation for MLK MS teacher

By greendot | January 12, 2023

Special education is something very close to Ms. Jennifer Ponton. The Martin Luther King Middle School teacher has been doing it for the past 26 years, bringing her experience in the matter from many places outside of Beaumont, Texas. Ms. Ponton has lived the necessities of special education students herself. Her brother and two sons…

In 2022 we continued to serve our students and communities as we adapted to the new normal

By greendot | January 5, 2023

As we continued adapting to the new normal in 2022, we had the chance to reconnect with our students face-to-face, teachers and staff celebrating their successes and difficulties. We were able to renew friendships, hold extra curricular activities and speak once again with parents and our communities to share their concerns and work together to…

King Middle School parents volunteer as an act of love

By greendot | December 16, 2022

Sheryl Marie Jackson and Adriana Vazquez have extended their love and care for their kids, who attend Martin Luther King Middle School, to all the students at the Green Dot Southeast Texas school in Beaumont, Texas. Jackson and Vazquez are two of a growing number of volunteer mothers who give back to the school by…

Reading made her magic in this MLK Middle School All Star

By greendot | December 1, 2022

Haylee is an 8th grade student at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beaumont, Texas. She has a love for reading and travel, and allows her reading to transport her to different worlds  When Green Dot assumed operational control of Haylee’s school, she was reading at a 2nd grade level. In just one year at…

David’s work ethic paved the way for progress in reading

By greendot | December 1, 2022

David is an 8th grader at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beaumont, Texas.  He is a dedicated student, both in school and in life. He is fascinated by construction, and when his Dad started the major project of building their family home, he helped build a quarter of their house. This strong work ethic…

Meet our Green Dot Growth All Stars!

By greendot | November 16, 2022

Chad is a 12th grader at Green Dot’s Ánimo City of Champions High School in Los Angeles. Chad radiates kindness – he won’t tell you who his best friend is, instead he casually shares that he is friends with everyone on campus. To bring everyone together around his favorite hobby, he is starting a book…

UPAS presents Community Investment Platform at Annual Assembly

By greendot | November 10, 2022

United Parents & Students will hold their next annual assembly this weekend, where leaders will push their Community Investment Platform as a step to reduce poverty in communities served by Green Dot Public Schools. The assembly, the ninth since the community organization was founded in 2014, will be the first one to be held with…

How this MLK Middle School teacher integrates sports into education

By greendot | October 26, 2022

As a first year teacher  at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beaumont, Texas, Ariana Darjean feels a special connection to her physical education students, thanks in part to having siblings that are as old as they are. “You need to adjust and adapt and yes, I can relate to the kids a little more…

MLK Middle School closing the gap in latest STAAR results

By greendot | September 22, 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School is closing the gap on meeting Texas state goals, where students from different student groups are making impressive strides toward their targets. King Middle met 7 of the key targets examined by STAAR in the ELA/Reading growth, where 70 percent of students achieved or surpassed their growth goal.…

King Middle’s Chaz Hall named Teacher of the Year at school and district level in Beaumont, TX

By greendot | July 27, 2022

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School’s Chaz Hall came to a personal crossroads in 2008, he had to decide what he wanted to make of his professional career, teaching made the most sense. “I know I wanted to work in an area where I could help people. I know I always wanted to…