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Twa’Lea A. Jordan “I’m Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”
Underground Books Discussion and Book Signing
With the use of rhyming poetic text, this book celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of black girls, and it offers empowerment and motivation to young black girls. Themes such as identity, self-esteem, and unconditional self-acceptance, are explored with the use of vibrant illustrations in this inspirational literary piece.
“I’m Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!” is an encouraging and uplifting picture book that offers a wonderful read-aloud experience for preschoolers, and a magnificent self-read for older children.
Oak Park Prep scholars love to have fun and stay active. Last year was the first year the Eagle’s joined in on competitive Basketball and Soccer for both boys and girls. They had a blast and are looking forward to great seasons ahead!
At OPPA we believe that complete education includes the development of intellectual competence as well as the nurturing of fine character. Our emphasis on both academics as well as character education prepares scholars to become informed, concerned citizens who are successful in work and in life Oak Park Prep students do not just develop as intellectuals, but also as responsible citizens. By adopting and practicing Oak Park Prep’s PREP values (Prepared, Respectful, Engaged, Professional), we prepare our scholars to become leaders and give back to their families and their communities.
Oak Park Prep scholars receive over 100 minutes of both Math and ELA each day!
Oak Park Prep’s school day expands the traditional definition of a middle school day to include extended hours that allow for more individualization for our scholars and provides them with the time to catch-up if they are below grade level. Our program is purposefully and strategically designed to combat the fourth-grade slump that exponentially impacts student learning in every subsequent grade.
A small school allows for personalized, targeted instruction. By operating a middle school of 120-180 students, approximately 1/4 the size of neighboring middle schools, Oak Park Prep’s staff have the unique advantage of targeting scholars at an age that is incredibly challenging both socially and emotionally. It also enables us to create specific academic targets to push all scholars to their personal bests and quickly bring them up to grade level by high school.
Each of our Homerooms is named after a specific university to add to our college going culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BY LORETTA KALB
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.
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.’ ”
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
This past Thursday, December 8th, the Sacramento City Unified School District board of trustees voted 6-1 to renew the charters for PS7 and Sac High for five more years, through June 30th, 2022. This is a big win for St. HOPE and for the students and families we serve as it permits our schools to continue to deliver a high-quality, public, free college prep option for students and families. The St. HOPE team would like to give a big thank you to all the students, families and staff who attended the hearing (on Nov. 17th) and/or the vote this past Thursday.
It’s that classic time of year again! December is home to the St. HOPE Classic basketball tournament. Officially known at the St. HOPE Elite Hoops Classic, this year’s tournament will feature 32 of the top teams from the area, Southern California and from as far away as Utah, Wisconsin and Texas. This year’s tournament runs from December 26-30 and games will be played at Sac High, Hiram Johnson and Capital Christian. See here for more information.
The Lady Dragons Basketball team will be competing at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona during a five day period from December 18th through the 22nd. The TOC is considered one of the most prestigious high school basketball events in the country. Since 1997 it has hosted more than 20,000 athletes from across the country, including Canada. The event serves as a platform showcasing top pedigree competition, many of whom continue their careers in college and at the professional level. This will be the ninth year of participation for the Lady Dragons.
On Monday, November 21st, the St. HOPE Family gathered together for a morning of service at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services where the team aided in a successful turkey distribution that provided over 4,000 turkeys to needy families in the Oak Park and Sacramento community.
The Indivizible Speaker Series, hosted by Underground Books and St. HOPE, held its last official gathering on December 8 with well-known author Terry McMillan. The sold-out crowd of 200 people was entertained with a personal reading by Ms. McMillan from excerpts from her newest release, “I Almost Forgot About You”. As part of the program, Mayor Johnson also engaged in a more personal Q&A with Ms. McMillan before allowing the audience to ask questions of their own.