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HOW COVID-19 IS RESHAPING EDUCATION
Reported and written by Word In Black
Word in Black is a news collaborative representing 10 of the leading Black publishers in the U.S. This story represents a cross-section of their work on the impact of COVID 19 on K-12 education.
Imagine this: You are trying to listen to the instructions from your teacher on your laptop, the volume is all the way up, but you still can’t hear. You look around the room and all your brothers, sisters, even parents are trying to do the same. Add the fact that you are still trying to figure out how distance learning works. Sounds frustrating, doesn’t it?
(WORDINBLACK.COM) – On Sunday, Sept. 12, the NY Times Magazine called 2020 “The Lost Year” for students across America and their families dealing with remote learning and the social, psychological and cognitive challenges it presents.
On Thursday July 30, 2020, NASA launched its most advanced rover to Mars. Back in 2019, as the Mars 2020 Rover, now renamed Perseverance, was in its testing phase of development, NASA called on the world to see who would want their names placed on the rover and travel 7 months to the red planet. Those participants would receive a boarding pass and accumulate Frequent Flyer Miles.
While Sacramento’s dining scene has been struggling with the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, there is a bright spot with this week’s opening of a new fast casual and gourmet pizza joint in Oak Park. Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria is a Nashville-based chain run by three childhood friends who dreamed up the concept inside an old garage in 2015. They spent two years testing pizza recipes in that garage and then launched their restaurant with great success. Their Oak Park grand opening marks their 5th location and is the latest Black-owned business to join the Oak Park resurgence.
More live teacher instruction, commitment to student to engagement, focus on real academic progress
While the CIF recently announced that Fall sports are delayed until January, that is not stopping us from planning for the long term. You voted and we heard your feedback, so we put together a flyover of your choice! Watch the video here. As one of the last high schools in the region that still has a dirt track & grass field, we appreciate the outpouring of support from so many of you who believe that our students deserve the same athletic facilities as other schools in the area.
Each Spring at Sacramento Charter High School we celebrate out scholars and their amazing achievements with a Senior Signing Day where they share their final college decision with our community. This year, given social distancing parameters, scholars were honored with a Senior Signing Day video. Watch the video here.
Congratulations to Sacramento Charter High School’s Class of 2020! We are so proud of these scholars and hope you will join us in celebrating their achievements. This year’s graduation ceremony was pre-recorded at the Guild Theater in Oak Park and all social distance rules were followed. Click here to watch the ceremony.
In a time of uncertainty, one thing remains certain: St. HOPE Public Schools will start on time this fall. Dedicated to our mission of sending our scholars to and through college, we know that now more than ever our scholars need to be learning. We are planning for three different scenarios that include distance learning, in person/on campus learning, or a hybrid model of the two. We will continue to seek input and guidance from the state and county to ensure students, teachers and staff will be operating in a safe learning environment.
St. HOPE’s distance learning program is truly about continued learning. The classes look different, and the methods are new and creative, but goals are the same as they’ve always been. Distance learning at PS7 Elementary, PS7 Middle, and Sacramento Charter High School is not a mere assignment of busywork or simple worksheet packets that have kids treading water.
We are so thankful that Fixins, Old Soul, La Venadita, and Oak Park Brewery are still open for take out! Support your favorite local restaurants by placing a to go order and making it a picnic meal at the park or special night with the family. Check out their Instagram pages for the latest news and discounts!
It was a tough transition to distance learning for students – so some St. HOPE teachers aimed to help ease the way through video introductions to their “virtual classrooms” helping their students understand expectations, how the new process will work, and to get excited about their new way of learning.
See below for a brief but encouraging interview with Sacramento High School’s 12th grade scholar, Jazmine Spears!
Q: Tell us a little bit about your high school experience.
A: These last four year years at Sac High have been so busy! I have been involved in so many different activities like step team, basketball, cheerleading, College Track, working at Underground Books and so much more! This year I was one of the team captains for cheer and last summer I got the experience of going to East Africa for 2 weeks with College Track. Being involved has been so important to me as it allows me to bond with my fellow classmates, be a part of a team, and gain different responsibilities.
It’s that time of the year again where our St.HOPE team gets to welcome new scholars and families to the network! We are eager to invite all applicants to attend this free, public event. Prospective families will be able to enjoy a fun filled evening with their new St. HOPE family. Our teams from PS7 Elementary, PS7 Middle, and Sac High will be ready to meet our new scholars and share a bit more about what’s to be expected at SHPS.
Sac High teacher Domina Stamas, is one of only 29 teachers from across the country selected for NASA’s “Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors” Training Program. She will fly with the SOFIA Telescope and receive training to bring a new space science curriculum to her 11th grade students.
Check out the full story on KFBK here!
Wehrly: What’s the Secret to Closing the Achievement Gap? Aligning Curriculum, Teacher and Student Expectations, and Whole-Child Support
What’s the secret sauce for academic success? A great teacher? More school funding? At-home support? This is a subject that generates impassioned debate in the halls of government as well as around kitchen tables across the country. Parents often think the key to their child’s academic success lies in which teacher they are assigned to and whether that person can identify children’s abilities, work to strengthen their core competencies and push them to be the best students they can be.
40 Acres, formerly known as the 1922 Woodruff Hotel, was once known as one of the most dangerous spaces of Oak Park. The 23,000 sq. ft. mixed use property was acquired and renovated by St. HOPE nearly 17 years ago. Today, 40 Acres is the jewel of the neighborhood and home to The Guild Theater, Underground Books, Old Soul Coffee Co., World Class Faders, Fixins Soul Kitchen, and the Upper Room Apartments. This year, 40 Acres will undergo a second set of improvements including paint, awnings, signage, window plant boxes, and more! At St.
We are very excited to announce the opening of World Class Faders, a barbershop at 40 Acres. See below for an interview with owner Lonnie Horne.
1. Where’d you get the name World Class Faders?
I wanted a name my team, myself, and the community would be proud of. I wanted our name to give the impression that the highest level of service could be expected for anyone who walks into our business.