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Winifred Cook: “Uncle Otto”
Discussion and Book Signing

Long before moving away from The Bottom, the poor black district of Beaumont, Arkansas, David and Mary Green yearn to escape the rural south and find a better life. The family steals away in the night, seeking a new beginning in St. Louis, Missouri. Even though St. Louis is more than they hoped for, their son, Otto, succumbs to the draw of the streets; he’s lured into the dangerous world of bootlegging alcohol at the height of Prohibition.This fictional story of a large African American family from Arkansas and their move to a new life in St.

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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

Event

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

Event

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

Event

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

Event

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

Article KCRA - June 7, 2017Reporter: Mike Luery

Students excel at Sacramento High School

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.

Article Sacramento Bee - June 20, 2017By Jason Jones

What is Cousins’ legacy? With Kings, it’s debatable. In Oak Park, it’s ‘everlasting.’

DeMarcus Cousins’ love for Sacramento did not end the day he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

He’s still connected to the many friends he made in nearly seven years, and he’s still loyal to the children and families cared for as if they were his own. That’s why Cousins was at Sacramento High School on Wednesday, working up a sweat and having fun with over 200 children for the DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Camp, which was free to all youth who registered and included an eye exam from VSP and glasses for those who need them.

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Senior Signing Day

Sac High seniors from the Class of 2017, joined by their families and other supporters, came together for the fifth annual Senior Signing Day Event on May 26th. This is one of Sac High’s showcase events and allows graduating scholars a platform to proclaim to the rest of the student body, as well as PS7 and Oak Park Prep students, where they will be attending college following graduation.

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Learning Beyond the Classroom

One of the many things that makes St. HOPE Public Schools special is having the nearby 40 Acres cultural center as an extension to school campuses.  Following on the heels of a successful Best of Sac High student art exhibit, several Freshman Honors English classes visited 40 Acres as a field lesson to explore the artwork of their peers as well as tour the various St. HOPE Development Company projects. 

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Sac High Students Meet with NASA

On May 22nd, a few of our very own Sac High 9th graders had the amazing opportunity to Skype with astrobiologist, Shawn Domagal-Goldman, from NASA. Scholars filled Sac High’s Mel Lawson Theater, anxiously waiting to meet the scientist and converse with him about sustaining life on Mars. Students came prepared with a variety of questions pondered in the previous weeks of class.

Article SN&R, David Kempa Photo by Evan Duran

Domina Stamas, educator working with NASA

This article was published on 05.18.17.

Domina Stamas has a question for her ninth-grade science students at Sac High: How would you make Mars a sustainable living space for humans? It’s a tall order, but with a wild payoff. When the school year ends, her kids will be presenting their best models to the NASA scientists working to get an American on the red planet by the 2030s. It’s not your everyday biology unit. But, then, Stamas isn’t your everyday teacher.

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Staff Appreciation Week

St. HOPE Public Schools went all out in its celebration of teachers and staff during this year’s annual staff appreciation week May 1st through May 5th. The party began early as staff gathered for a day of what they thought was going to be serious work time, but were later surprised with activities like bowling and brunch, tours of the Crocker Art Museum and excitement at K1 Speed Zone. Overall, staff members were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed a fun day to kick off a week of appreciation.

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Scholars Win Public Speaking Contest

On April 29, six dynamic Sac High Dragons competed in the inaugural Jack and Jill of America, Sacramento Chapter, Oratorical Contest, aimed at getting youth in the community to use public speaking as a way to showcase their leadership skills, as well as public speaking abilities. Founded in 1938, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

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A Middle School Limo Ride to Remember 

For Quarter 3 of the 2016-17 school year (January-March) PS7 Middle School implemented an incentive system to motivate scholars to work their hardest and try their very best. Scholars who achieved proficient or advanced on all four of their end of quarter exams in each of their core classes – Math, ELA, History and Science – were celebrated with a limo ride to Round Table where they enjoyed an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet! 

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2017 Dragons to Attend Prestigious Universities

The 140 members of the Class of 2017 will be remembered as one of our most academically successful classes ever to walk through Sac High’s doors.  For a second year in a row, 95% of the senior class were accepted to four year universities, but the quantity of students accepted to prestigious universities soared.

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Scholar Spotlight: Mackenzie Martinelli

Sac High Senior Mackenzie Martinelli accepted a full-athletic scholarship to attend Oklahoma City University in the fall.  The 5’ 10” softball standout is a 3-year varsity player with multi-purpose ability. Next year, Martinelli will step off the pitching mound and return to her normal shortstop position while playing for the OCU Stars. 

Article BY ANITA CHABRIA achabria@sacbee.com

Oak Park principals trade notes and honor students in school collaborative

Eighth-grader Araba Cudjoe watched from the sidewalk in front of her Oak Park school Thursday as a banner with her picture was hoisted on a pole high above Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Speaking to a crowd of politicians, principals, parents and students, the 13-year-old at Father Keith B. Kenny K-8 School wore the same shy and wide smile as the one on the banner as she explained it made her feel “special” to be honored. It proved, she said, that success was a matter of hard work after earning a 4.0 grade average and a years-long perfect attendance record.

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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.’ ”