PS7 Middle: Home
Scholars are expected to be dropped off at 7:30 a.m. in uniform, well rested and ready to listen, be respectful, and work hard.
For those who elect to have breakfast at school, be sure that your child is in the breakfast line before the meal service ends at 7:40 a.m.
Homeroom has two meanings here at PS7. Scholars start their day in a zero period called “homeroom.” This period is a quiet one in which scholars will finish the remainder of their breakfasts, check over their homework, read silently, and make sure once again that they have all their must-haves. Homeroom is also what we call a group of scholars that transition together from subject to subject.
Listening, being respectful, and working hard to learn new material burns up a lot of calories. At 11:45, scholars are walked to the Main Commons to enjoy a purchased school lunch or one they brought from home. We promote healthy eating habits because we believe that what they eat now will influence their health later as adults. Scholars are expected to enjoy their healthy lunch while sitting at the table, enjoying the company of friends, and chatting calmly with neighbors.
We know that our scholars are working hard in their core classes and want to make sure they also have the opportunity to move and to be creative throughout their day. All of our scholars participate in PE and Art each week. Our PE coach introduces scholars to a variety of sports, teaching them the rules and basic of each, and giving them plenty of practice.
On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, PS7 middle scholars will be dismissed only to the front of Sacramento Charter High near the parking lot exit at 3:25 p.m. On Wednesdays, kids who finish their day without incident will get to leave at 2:15. After those times, we are unable to provide supervision. Older siblings attending Sac High must pick up their younger siblings from middle school- not the other way around. Loitering on campus is not be tolerated.
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.
Sac High Alumni made their presence known at the 2017 St. HOPE Elite Hoop Classic this December and closed out the year in great company and fun!
This past December, 9th grade scholars with the highest GPA of Sac High’s Class of 2021 were rewarded with a special “Golden Ticket” inviting them to a fancy trip downtown!
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.
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. .
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.
Sac High students in the engineering pathway have been collaborating with Grid Alternatives, a local non-profit solar company, since 2015-16 as they look to expand affordable, renewable energy options to low income families.
First project in 2015-16
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.
The Guild Theater has the pleasure of bringing back Brandon Hughes and his one man play, “The Absent Father, the Wayward Son” on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Hughes plays multiple characters throughout the production by portraying the son of his absent father. During the show, the audience watches as David (The Wayward Son) learns his absent father, who he has never met, spent many nights at his home for years entirely unbeknownst to David.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.”
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.
Malcolm Brown joined the St. HOPE Family this summer as the Managing Director of Operations. Learn more about Malcolm and his journey to St. HOPE in the brief interview below.
Malcom, tell us about where you come from and what’s prepared you for your new role?
While most students are sleeping in and hanging out with friends, a group of 12 scholars entering their senior year at Sac High participated in the new St. HOPE Oak Park Internship Program. The pilot program connects students with various nonprofit organizations all located in the Oak Park neighborhood for a 4-week volunteer internship of 12-15 hours per week.
Our Oak Park Prep scholars spend two years with us, and during each and every one of those days, all of them know our mission, which can be summed up in one word: growth.
We have always placed a special emphasis on literacy. Our scholars receive two specially designed ELA classes daily. One class focuses on rigorous, grade level content while the other meets them where they are, at their individual reading level. We believe this method enhances growth and promotes a culture of learning.
New Orleans Pelican, NBA All Star, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist DeMarcus Cousins (DMC) has seen his share of successes. As a former Sacramento King, his impact was always a topic of debate. His on-court persona has been at odds with his off the court demeanor. Regardless of your opinion, one truth is evident; DeMarcus Cousins has kept his promise to the Sacramento youth who saw him develop as a professional into the superstar he has become.
There’s been a dramatic turnaround at Sacramento High School.
Fourteen years ago, it was in danger of closing. Now, it’s a charter school with 800 students operating under St. Hope Public Schools. About 95 percent of all graduating seniors have been accepted into four-year colleges or universities for the second consecutive year.
One-third of all the students at Sacramento High School are from the surrounding neighborhood of Oak Park. But because it’s a charter school, Sacramento High must accept everyone who applies.