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Children’s Storytime

Books, games and activities for kids ages 3-10. 

Sponsored by River City Road Runners

Underground Books (2814 35th Street)

12pm-1pm

(916) 737-3333

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Reading is our Superpower!

The week of February 21st-24th was Literacy Week for our PS7 scholars! Literacy Week started off with a trip to the Book Fair where scholars were able to fill out their own Wish Lists and find special books they wanted to purchase.

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Teacher Profile: James Townsend

James Townsend is in his second year of teaching at St. HOPE, but he is no newbie to the family. Growing up in Oak Park, James got into quite a bit of trouble as a young kid. He attended Sac Prep for middle school, a former KIPP school that was located on the PS7 Elementary campus. It was in these years James encountered a principal and mentor who would change his life. He had never seen such a successful black male and with this picture in site, James began to envision his future of triumph.

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Underground Books is Online

We are excited to announce that Underground Books is now selling online! The launch, spearheaded by St. HOPE employee and dragon alumni, Essence Noel, took place on February 23rd. Noel and team worked diligently over the past months to create a website that is both easy to navigate and captures the liveliness of the store.

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Open Mic Night

To conclude Black History Month, a collective of scholars, staff and community members assembled for an evening of live poetry hosted by Sac High’s own Youth Activist Alliance. Twenty-one individuals performed for a crowd of over sixty guests, with topics including black pride, police brutality and black achievements. Snaps, cheers, applause and positive vibes were prevalent throughout the event.

Article By Marybeth Bizjak Photography by Wes Davis

Hanging Out In Oak Park
Sacramento Home Magazine

THIS CITY NEIGHBORHOOD is quickly becoming the place to be for Sacramento design obsessives. A slew of new boutiques, design businesses and places to eat and drink have recently opened in the vicinity of Broadway Triangle, architect Ron Vrilakas’ stylish mixed-used development. Here’s a look at some of our favorite places, both old and new.

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Article By Loretta KalbThe Sacramento Bee

St. HOPE Company Started by Kevin Johnson buys Oak Park building for $2.6 Million
February 21, 2017

BY LORETTA KALB

lkalb@sacbee.com

St. Hope Development Co. has purchased a two-story building on Alhambra Boulevard for $2.6 million as part of a larger mission to invest in Oak Park and bring education services closer to St. Hope Public Schools, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Kevin Johnson, an NBA All-Star and former Sacramento mayor, launched both the development company and the charter public schools system more than a decade ago.

Article By Bob Shallit

Louie’s restaurant closing after 28-year run near Oak Park
Sac Bee - 2.15.17

Louie’s restaurant, a landmark since 1989, is closing March 31 but could reopen as a different sort of eating spot later this year.

Frank Louie, who has run the popular Chinese restaurant and catering operation for 28 years with his wife, Gloria Wong Louie, said the couple have been considering retirement for several years.

“We love this business.” Frank Louie said, “but we didn’t want to keep doing the day-to-day grind. We said, ‘Let’s move on to the next stage of our lives.’ ”

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See the Lady Dragons Live

The Lady Dragons Basketball team is currently ranked #1 by the Sacramento Bee poll. Nipping at their heels is archrival and Bee #2 C.K. McClatchy. The Lions are eager to avenge their 54-48 loss to the Dragons during their first Metro League meeting in late January.

 

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Sac Town Veg Fest Recap

On Saturday, January 28th, local families filled Sac High for this year’s Sac Town Veg Fest. In previous years the event had been held at other area schools. However, event organizer Glenn Destatte was adamant about hosting it in Oak Park and quickly booked Sac High. With over 45 vendors and presenters and ideal weather, the estimated 1,700 guests were in for a great time. Vendors sold food, handmade soaps and various health products. Destatte confirmed that most of the vendors sold out of their products before the event ended.

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St. HOPE Scholar Profile: Ferrick Moore, Sac High Senior
Interview by Adrianne Hall

AH: How long have you been at St. HOPE and how has your experience been?

FM: It all started in 7th grade, when my parents felt I wasn’t being challenged at my current elementary school.  They transferred me to PS7 Middle School… and that’s when the workload came. I thought I was at the top of my class, but I found out that there are a lot of other kids who are also putting in the work. I know now that the hard work I was doing  helped prepare me for what’s to come in college.

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SHPS Employee Wellness Fair

On January 25th, local organizations gathered for the St. HOPE Public Schools’ Employee Wellness Fair. The purpose of the fair was to provide opportunities to SHPS employees and inspire folks to take better care of themselves.  In explaining a primary reason for the fair, Emily Heizer, a member of the SHPS Human Resources team who spearheaded the event said,”Teachers give so much to our students and we really wanted to do something special for them!” 

 

Blog post February 08, 2017Alexa Renee

10 things you didn’t know about the history of Oak Park
KXTV

Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood has a deep history. 

While the area is experiencing some levels of renaissance, the neighborhood still carries much of the character it’s known for.

Located adjacent to Midtown Sacramento and within close proximity of Highway 99 and 50, Oak Park development began in the 1880s and has since grown into an urban community. 

The future of Oak Park is still unknown as development plans are still being discussed, but the area’s roots still stand.

Article By Joe Davidson

Area’s best girls basketball teams, Sac High and McClatchy, need each other
Sac Bee - January 26, 2017

RyAnne Walters hobbled a bit, her limbs tender to the touch.

The sophomore guard for the Sacramento High School girls basketball team was awash in pride Wednesday night after the No. 2 Dragons held off top-ranked McClatchy 54-48, but her gait was more deliberate than a full giddy gallop.

When these rivals meet anything goes, including a pileup of bodies chasing a loose ball that leaves fans to wonder if there will be sounds of crumpled metal and shattered glass.

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St. HOPE Scholar Spotlight
Students teaching, students leading

My name is Akosua Boateng and I am a 17 year old senior who attends Sacramento Charter High School. I have been part of the St. HOPE family since I started my 4th grade year at PS7 elementary and I’m looking forward to walking the stage this spring with my diploma and heading off to college next year. I can proudly say that college has been drilled in my head since I was in elementary school. I have applied to all the colleges I am interested in attending, so the plan is to attend one of the many UCs here in the state or go to a private school.

 

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Dragons Float On

Capitol Floats, a floatation therapy center located in the heart of Oak Park, opened its doors in February of 2016. Owner Ryan Duey and team have been extremely supportive of St. HOPE by sponsoring and attending our Edible Sac High Dinner and partnering with senior advisory classes to give students an opportunity to explore floating. 

 

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Kicking Off 2017 as a Family

After a restful holiday break, SHPS staff reunited before the return of students for a mid-year half day session of the St. HOPE Leadership Institute (SHLI) program. The purpose of SHLI is to align staff on the history, culture, and norms of St. HOPE, empower individuals to become leaders through public service and the development of effective solutions to urban challenges, and to strengthen the St. HOPE community across the entire organization.

 

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200 Wins

During winter break Sac High varsity girls basketball coach Michele Massari accomplished two incredible feats. First, her Lady Dragons Basketball team captured the title at the nation’s most prestigious high school girls basketball tournament, the Nike Tournament of Champions, held annually in Arizona. Along the way to the championship coach Massari also secured her 200th win as Sac High’s head coach.

Publication Sacramento Bee - December 27, 2017By Anita Chabria

No federal money for Oak Park, but promises remain

BY ANITA CHABRIA

achabria@sacbee.com

Oak Park will not receive a multimillion-dollar federal grant that former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in April billed as a potential game-changer for the neighborhood, but some of the social, educational and health care organizations that joined together to compete for the money will continue efforts to help children in the impoverished area.

Publication Sacramento Bee - December 30, 2016By Ryan Lillis

Historic Gateway Arch Returns to Oak Park in a Nod to Sacramento’s Past

Oak Park has brought back a piece of its past to help reinvent its future.

A new gateway arch has been installed at the entrance to the neighborhood’s McClatchy Park on Fifth Avenue, near the former site of a streetcar terminus that once served a thriving business district.

The arch is nearly identical to a sign that stood at the park’s entrance in the early 1900s, a time when Oak Park was the city’s first suburb.

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Meet Karen Henderson, Director of Edible Sac High

Edible Sac High is excited to welcome new Director, Karen Henderson to the St. HOPE Family. Karen, a successful businesswoman and star of Cupcake Wars, started off with a bang in her first week teaching cooking club scholars to bake red velvet cupcakes. The lesson was a hit and it’s safe to say that everyone is excited about what’s in store for 2017.