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Mentors and mentees have first face-to-face at Mentorship Match Day

Nov 22, 2022

The Green Dot Mentorship Program kicked off its second year with the first ever face to face encounter of mentors and students at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School after starting virtually during the 2021-2022 school year in both Los Angeles and Memphis. Mentors from various partner companies met for the first time in…

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Meet our Green Dot Growth All Stars!

Nov 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…

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UPAS presents Community Investment Platform at Annual Assembly

Nov 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…

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UPAS gets ready for busy semester at Green Dot communities in Tennessee

Oct 13, 2022

The 2022-23 school year promises to be a busy one for the Memphis chapter of United Parents & Students, as Regional Organizer Kevin Armstrong prepares to take the Youth Organizing Institute year-round. “We are gearing up for the fall semester, we are going to do YOI year-round in schools as well as virtual, and preparing…

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Rodgers will focus on academic achievements at Tennessee

Oct 6, 2022

Jocquell Rodgers wants the Green Dot Public Schools community in Tennessee to recognize Fairley, Hillcrest and Bluff City High Schools for their academic achievements and not only their athletics and music programs. “For a long time, Fairley has struggled academically. It has had great success in athletics in the past, it had great success with…

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Wooddale MS, Fairley HS students shine in iReady testing in Memphis

Sep 29, 2022

Students in Wooddale Middle School and Fairley High School in Memphis reflected significant growth in Math and Reading levels in the Spring iReady testing of the Green Dot schools. “These results are extremely exciting, and they add to what has been a great year for our schools in Memphis,” said Jocquell Rodgers, executive director of…

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Organizing is the road toward prosperity, says United Parents and Students

Sep 15, 2022

Broad-based Organizing is the best way to fight inequality and improve conditions in our communities, according to United Parents and Students executive director Larry Fondation. In materials prepared by Fondation, he outlines how communities should work together identifying the issues that affect them directly, such as crime, food deserts, low wages, and long hours, as…

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UPAS graduates new leaders as part of the YOI program

Sep 8, 2022

The Youth Organizing Institute (YOI) of United Parents and Students graduated 14 students this past Summer in California and Tennessee as part of their program to empower them as leaders of their communities. The YOI program has been active for the past six years, and the 2022 graduation ceremony was the first in-person since the…

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Hillcrest High School achieves Level 4 in TVAAS for the first time

Sep 1, 2022

Hillcrest High School in Memphis achieved Level 4 scores in the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) for the first time. When Hillcrest was identified as a priority school by state assessments, the school was placed into the state’s Achievement School District (ASD), who invited Green Dot Public Schools to lead the transformation effort.  This is…

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Hillcrest HS Launches New Content Creator Course in Memphis

Aug 25, 2022

The new Content Creator initiative at Hillcrest High School in Memphis has both students and staff excited about giving them more opportunities on their way to college as well as being a motivation to excel in other courses. The program, generously supported by the Tennessee Valley Authority, will impact 20 students in the 11th and…

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Chad Everett selected as Bluff City High’s new principal

Aug 9, 2022

Chad Everett was selected to be the new Principal at Bluff City High School, one of five schools that Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee operates in Memphis. He was selected through a competitive process that included input from the community of stakeholders at Bluff City School including teachers, staff, and regional leadership. Mr. Everett  began…

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Wooddale Middle Principal Takes on Leadership Role

Aug 4, 2022

The 2021-2022 school year held many sweet moments for former Wooddale Middle School principal Marysa Utley. In April, she was named to serve as Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee first Chief of Staff. In May, she saw her first class of students get their high school diploma; and two of those students from that first…

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Over 1,800 graduates received congratulations and support

Jul 28, 2022

Over 1,800 note cards were forwarded to the 2022 Green Dot Public School graduates in the California and Tennessee region as part of the Dear Green Dot Graduate initiative, which is in its second year. The graduates received encouragement and support from Green Dot staff, business, and community leaders as they took their steps towards…

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Relationships are the key to success for Fairley High’s new principal

Jul 20, 2022

 Microphone in hand, in the Fairley High School cafeteria, Julius Blackburn is aware of every movement his students make. He checks his watch as to not go over the allotted time for recess. He calls every one of the students by their first name when he needs to grab their attention. This has been part…

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Top students Scales and Jeffries share experiences at Hillcrest HS

Jun 30, 2022

Leelah Scales, Valedictorian Leelah Scales, Valedictorian at Hillcrest High School, considers earning the achievement as the Class of 2022’s top student as a tribute to her family. “It’s not about the grades, it was about making my family proud,” said the future orthodontist minutes before addressing her fellow classmates and receiving her diploma. Scales explained…

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Bluff City Salutatorian has been focused on owning her own business since sixth grade

Jun 28, 2022

Ever since she arrived at Wooddale Middle School in Memphis seven years ago, Marlen Martinez had a single goal in mind: to become a business owner. “My plan is to major in business management because I want to open my own nail shop,” said Martinez. “Once I get my license, I want to go into…

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Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee Updates 6/10

Jun 11, 2022

One of the top priorities of Green Dot Public Schools TN is creating spaces and opportunities for everyone to persevere through any of life’s challenges, leading individuals to a place of physical and mental wellness.

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Bluff City High School Valedictorian Encouraged by Dear Green Dot Graduate Campaign

May 27, 2022

Ánimo Leadership Charter High School and Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School have upheld a sports partnership for over 10 years.

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National Charter School Week recognizes changemakers and advocates

May 11, 2022

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools kicked off its National Charter School Week recognizing changemakers and advocates, celebrating 31 years of existence. “This week is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the charter school sector with our growing community of parents, educators, activists, students, alumni, and elected officials who see the unwavering…

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Memphis schools, teachers and staff are honored at annual “Dotties” Awards

May 2, 2022

Fairley High School was selected as the School of the Year as part of Green Dot Public School Tennessee 2022 Dotties Awards. Thirteen administrators and teachers were also recognized during a virtual award ceremony held on April 4. The Dotties is Green Dot Tennessee’s way of rewarding individuals who bring the best of themselves to…

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