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Carla Harris
Oak Park Speaker Series

The Oak Park Speaker Series proudly presents Carla Harris.

6pm – Speaker Series (Guild Theater – 2828 35th Street)

7pm – Book Signing (Underground Books – 2814 35th Street)

Note: MUST purchase book from Underground Books to attend book signing.



Sac High Shadow Days Kick-Off!

The Sac High Shadow Day Program kicked off earlier this month by hosting eighth graders (Class of 2022) from St. HOPE’s very own Oak Park Prep Academy. The Shadow Day Program is a terrific opportunity for interested eighth graders to learn firsthand what it means to be a Sac High Dragon. Shadow Days at Sac High offer a fun and illuminating way to connect with current Sac High scholars, meet diverse leaders on campus and learn about specific courses and programs offered only at Sac High.


Black to the Future Dialogue

Underground Books celebrated Black History Month with a panel discussion led by well-known artist Milton Bowens, Dr. Torry Winn of UC Davis’ Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE) and Dr. Teresa Aldredge of the Los Rios Community College System.  


College Track Center Stage: Violet Walker

Violet Walker is a Senior at Sac High and part of the original founding cohort of College Track Sacramento. She completed her college applications last semester and is excitedly awaiting her results. She has already been accepted to Tuskegee University, Wilberforce University, Virginia State, West Virginia State, Chico State, and Benedict College. Her top choices are UC Merced, UC Davis, or Humboldt State. While waiting on the rest of her acceptances, she is busy applying for numerous scholarships. She wants to study medicine and eventually become a veterinarian.


AP Biology Students Study Plant Physiology and Breathe Success

Do you ever wonder why leaves really turn colors in the fall?  And how plants actually produce the oxygen we breathe and need to live?  If you run into a Sac High AP Biology student this New Year, she/he should be able to give you an explanation that would satisfy a college biology instructor!


Gregg Popovich Meets St. HOPE

To close out 2017, St. HOPE held its annual fundraiser with a special HOPE for the Holidays Soiree.  A capacity audience over 250 people attended the event at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento.  The soiree featured NBA coaching legend Gregg Popovich, who shared his views, opinions and experiences about a variety of topics.  


Dragons Train with Grit for SAT

On Friday, November 10, while most Sac High staff enjoyed the day off in honor of our veterans, 96 juniors showed up at 8am to take the first of three SAT practice tests. Ms. Bostick, Mr. Marks and the junior grade level team built momentum and created a sense of urgency around preparing for the real test in April. The four hour experience was grueling but the results will be worth the effort.


Sac High Alumni Transform the Guild Theater

The Guild Theater has been around since 1915 as one the largest theaters in Oak Park and was originally called the Victor Theater. After years of showing great motion pictures, the Victor Theater became vacant. Ownership of the theater changed over the years, and it eventually fell vacant again. In 2003, St. HOPE restored and reopened the space as The Guild Theater, showcasing live performances, lectures, films and more. .


McClatchy Park Clean Up Day

Recently, Sac High students were introduced to a new website feature that allows them to browse and sign-up for various community service opportunities.

One of the many opportunities available to students through the website took place on Wednesday, November 8th, as dozens of students and staff teamed up with The Oak Park Neighborhood Association, The City of Sacramento Adopt-a-Park program and AAA, and put their volunteer vests and gloves to work at The McClatchy Park Clean-up held from 2:15-5:15 p.m. after students were dismissed early for minimum day Wednesdays.


Dia De Los Muertos

While Dia de los Muertos has become more mainstream over the past years, members (mechistas) of Sac High’s M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan) wanted to make sure the tradition was also shared with their peers at Sac High. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday in which the life of lost loved ones is honored. Death is viewed as transition in life and tribute is paid to the journey while living.


PS7 Surprise Project

While students and teachers were on Fall Break, several staff members from PS7 Elementary and the St. HOPE Public Schools Home Office participated in a two-day campus improvement service project as a surprise for returning students.  The 5,360 square foot space, which was overgrown with dead grass and weeds for years, was transformed into a beautiful outdoor quad that will be used as an outdoor classroom and lunch area for students.


2017 CAASPP Data Release

The eagerly anticipated SHPS state test results were officially released September 27th. While student performance for most of the State of California flat-lined this year, the overall percentage of SHPS scholars meeting or exceeding the standard went up six percentage points in English Language Arts and two percentage points in Math.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fair

Sac High hosted the annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fair on September 15th and, once again, HBCU representatives stated Sac High students were the highlight of their multi-city tour.  More than 40 HBCUs were represented at the fair, and most of them offered on the spot admissions decisions and scholarships to qualified seniors.  The fair was a lively and positive event for our community, and our entire senior and junior classes were able to meet with admissions representatives, learn about exciting opportunities at HBCU campuses, and submit applications


Student Spotlight: Rayonna Thompson, ASB President 

Meet “Ray” this year’s Sac High ASB President and Student Representative to the SHPS Board of Directors. 

How long have you been at St. HOPE? 

This is my fourth year. My sister went to PS7 and that’s when Sac High really caught my attention. The schools are not for everyone, but the focus on A-G requirements at Sac High really excited me and got me thinking about life after high school. 

Why did you want to be the ASB President? 


New Garden Mural Created by Dragon Alumni Aizik Brown

Edible Sac High sat down to get to know more about muralist, Aizik Brown, a 2012 Sac High graduate who also studied Studio Art at Humboldt State University.  Aizik was inspired at a young age by his father, who was a graffiti artist. He remembered his father showing him how to draw and was totally stunned by it. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Aizik. “Once I found graffiti I did not want to stop doing it. I have to say that my father was the main influence and inspiration in me becoming an artist.”



St. HOPE Scholars Excel at College Track

HOPEsters participating in College Track ended the 16-17 school year with a bang and are off to a great start as they head back to school this August. Joining the Oak Park neighborhood in 2014, College Track’s mission is to remove the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships. Like us, they teach our scholars the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. 

Article Sactown MagazineBY TORI MASUCCI CUMMINS

New clothing and accessories shop opens in Oak Park
Marcy 31, 2017

It’s not a men’s clothing store. It’s not a women’s boutique. Strapping is introducing Sacramento to androgynous apparel and accessories at its new shop, which soft opened Wednesday in Oak Park’s Broadway Triangle District.

“It’s a new concept,” says shop owner Susan Stewart, a retail veteran who lives in Tahoe Park and began her online company Strapping Fit in January 2016 with clothing and accessories she designed to fit her own body type and lifestyle.