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King, Jr. Early College
Issue 1 September 2010 Newsletter
Early College Recognized as a "Center of Excellence" The Colorado Department of Education
has recognized Martin Luther King
, Jr. Early College for two years of consistent academic growth and achievement. The Early College is one of 13 Denver Public Schools and one of just 37 statewide Title I schools to receive this very prestigious commendation. Congratulations to our hardworking teachers and students
Early College Granted "Innovation Status" After a year of intense discussions and a positive vote from both the faculty and the DPS school board
, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Early College has been granted Innovation Status! What does this mean? Essentially, the Early College administration and faculty have been given the opportunity to run the school themselves. Elected faculty from the various grade level
s and departments as well as parents and students will serve on the SGB the School Governing Board. The SGB will take the place of the other committees that schools typically use. The Early College's budget will change to "budgeting by actuals," enabling the school to keep more money in-house, rather than returning it to DPS. The money will be used to pay for more tutoring, coaching, and after-school enrichment classes. The six subcommittees include educational programs
, Personnel, Fiscal Sustainability, professional development
, Enrollment, and Community Engagement. Debaters Hear Inspiring Talk from Supreme Court
Justice Sonia Sotomayor at University of Denver Law School
Four members of the Early College's Urban Debate team--seniors Bethany James, Amber Wilson, Alyssa Ramirez, and Ruby Nunez--visited the DU Sturm College of Law on August 26th to listen to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor answer questions put to her by high school
, college, and law students. Senior Amber Wilson, Coach Rachel Bruce, and Early College alum Christina Damon (now a college student at Metro) were able to meet Justice Sotomayor personally at a private reception after the speech. The Denver Post reported: Most students wanted to know about challenges posed by her Puerto Rican ethnicity and how she overcame her family's poor financial status. She encouraged the students to pursue their education even if it means going into debt. "Education lets you fly without a plane," she said. "Get the best education you can at whatever cost it takes to pay."
Cultural Competency A Significant Focus for the School Year
Under the direction of new Assistant Principal, Nickolas Dawkins, the Early College faculty will focus on developing Cultural Competency
to address the needs of our culturally diverse student body. Effective responses to issues that emerge in a diverse environment include:
· Enhancing students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach.
· Preparing students to find their own places in the global community they will enter when they leave their School C
· Promoting positive community relations.
· Preparing students for outstanding citizenship.
· Fostering effective leadership.
From Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders, R, Lindsey, et al. 2009
Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College Upcoming Calendar Remember that the school day begins at 7:15 a.m. Classes start at 7:25 a.m. It is important for students to come to school on time. Good attendance is one of the best predictors of student success
. If your child will be absent, please call the Main Office at 720-424-0555. Recuerde que el dнa escolar comienza a las 7:15 a.m. y las clases a las 7:25 a.m. Es muy importante que los estudiantes lleguen a la escuela a tiempo. Una buena asistencia a las clases es uno de los mejores elementos para predecir que tanto йxito tendrб el estudiante en el futuro. Si su estudiante va a estar ausente por favor llame a la Oficina Principal (720) 424-0555.
Sunday Aug 29
Monday Aug 30 Black
Sept 6 NO SCHOOL
Sept 13 Silver
Sept 19 Sept 26
Sept 20 NO SCHOOL Sept 27 Silver
Oct 4 Black
Tuesday Aug 31 Silver
Wednesday Sept 1 Black
Sept 7 Silver P.A.W.S. 6:30 pm
Sept 8 Black
Sept 14 Black
Sept 15 Silver
Sept 21 Silver P.A.W.S. 6:30 pm Sept 28 Black
Sept 22 Black Sept 29 Silver
Oct 5 Silver P.A.W.S. 6:30 pm
Oct 6 Black
Thursday Sept 2 Silver Back-to-School Night 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Friday Sept 3 Black
Sept 9 Silver
Sept 10 Black
Sept 16 Black Sept 23 Silver
Sept 17 NO SCHOOL Sept 24 Black
Saturday Sept 4 Sept 11 Debate Workshop Sept 18 Sept 25
Sept 30 Black Oct 7 Silver
Oct 1 Silver Student Count Important Attendance Day Oct 8 Black
Oct 2 Oct 9
Parent/Teacher Conferences Tentative Oct. 28th Attendance is Important! Students, especially High School Students
, must attend school and take Final Exam
s in order to avoid failing their classes. Failed classes must be repeated at the high school level. Students are not excused from final exams. Por favor tome nota cuidadosa de los dнas de vacaciones en el calendario del Distrito Escolar de Denver. Todos los estudiantes, pero especialmente tlos estudiantes de la Preparatoria, deben estar en la escuela y tomar exбmenes finales para que asн no reprueben sus clases. Las clases que el estudiante repruebe en la Preparatoria tendrбn que repetirlas. No se aceptarб ninguna excusa para no tomar los exбmnes finales. Upcoming school holidays
No Classes Please mark your calendars Plan your family vacations around school breaks. Labor Day
: Sept 6; Assessment Planning: Sept 17-20; Mid-Fall Break: October 28-31; Veterans' Day: November 11; Thanksgiving Break: November 24-28; Winter Break: December 18-January 5; MLK Day: January 17; Presidents' Break: February 19-22; Spring Break: March 26- April 4. Last Day of School May 27th -2-
Denver Students Outpace State in Gains on CSAP DPS Press Release, August 10, 2010 For the fifth consecutive year, the Denver Public Schools has outpaced the rest of the state in gains on the Colorado Student Assessment Program-the state's standardized tests. In addition, over the past five years, the district's median growth percentile has increased nearly 10 points in each of the three subjects to 55 in reading and 53 in math and writing. Where five years ago, DPS students and schools were showing less academic growth than their peers across the state, today they are demonstrating significantly higher growth than similar students and similar schools across the state. "We are enormously grateful for the hard work of our talented and dedicated students, parents, teachers and school leaders that has driven these gains," said DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg. "The sustained growth over the last five years is clear evidence that our reforms in the Denver Plan have us on the right path and moving forward. Our challenge now is to accelerate those gains to meet our goal of closing our achievement gap
s and having every one of our students on track to graduate from high school prepared for college or career." On the 2010 scores, DPS' percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in reading rose by 3 points, to 50%; in math, the percentage rose by 2 points, to 39; in science, by 2 points to 27%, and in writing, the percentage dropped by 1 point, to 35%. The state's scores were flat in reading, up 1 in math,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College down 1 in science, and down 2 in writing. Since 2005, DPS students have also outpaced the state in math and reading, improving by 10 percentage point
s in each subject. They've also posted improvements of 7 percentage points in science and 5 percentage points in writing. "A gain of 10 percentage points means 8,000 more of our students have become proficient or advanced in each of these subjects," Boasberg said Tuesday at a press conference. "We are particularly pleased with the strong growth our schools demonstrated on the Colorado Growth Model, which measures how students and schools perform, compared to their peers with similar test levels across the state. Almost three quarters of our schools outperformed peer schools across the state in reading growth, and the same is true for two thirds of our schools in writing and math," said Boasberg. The gains over the past five years have been driven in part by the Middle School
years. Proficiency scores for DPS 6th-8th-graders have jumped 15 percentage points in math and reading, and increased 7 percentage points in writing. "The steady, sustained progress across the district in all subjects over the past five years is very encouraging," added DPS Chief Academic Officer Susana Cordova. "It shows that the instructional focus of the Denver Plan has paid off. Now, we need to increase and accelerate the gains and close the achievement gaps. To do that, our two areas of focus are improving teacher effectiveness
and instruction for English-language learners."
An analysis of the Early College's CSAP scores and growth will be provided in the next newsletter. -3-
Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College Lockers Be Sure to Sign the Locker Contract Lockers are assigned during Back to School Night. If your student was not assigned a locker, he/she should speak with Darron Dunson (dean). Remember that Lockers are the property of Denver Public School and are subject to search. Armarios son la propiedad de Denver las Escuelas Pъblicas y son susceptible buscar.
To Become Involved with the Early College ... ЎEstй relacionados con la escuela de su niсo! Contact the Family & Community Liaison, Eva Perez - (720) 424-0422 [email protected]
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual Yearbook Editors Named Congratulations to the following seniors who have been selected as editors of this year's yearbook: Chief Editor is Bethany James, and Managing Editors are Wesley Gallegos and Luisa Armijo. The Theme for the yearbook is: The Dream. The Vision. The Reality!! The yearbook sponsor is Mr. Tracy Smith. Middle School Athletics The Early College athletics have started! Boys and Girls Cross country is still accepting runners, but you must have a physical if you want to participate. Boys soccer is full and has their first game on Friday, Sept. 3rd against Greenwood at Greenwood at 3:45 pm. Girls Softball started this week; see Ms. Mobeck (room 215 for more information). Flag football and volleyball will start in October. Students must have a physical before they can tryout. They can schedule an appointment with the nurse or go to their own doctor. Remember all students must have a physical and Permission Slip
signed before they can tryout for any sports team! Physical/permission forms are outside of Ms. Mobeck's door (room 215).
Congratulations, Student Council! Your new Head Boy is Alex Martinez, and your new Head Girl is Jennifer Do. Student Council Sponsor: Ms. Elisha Roberts Seniors President: Wesley Gallegos Vice President: Juan Chavez Secretary/Treasurer: Judy Rem Representatives: Katherine Quijada, Ruby Nunez, Reina Martinez, and Asya Scott
Juniors President: Nadia Sharza Vice President: Kenyan Taylor Class Representatives: Adrian Jones, Erica DeBenedittis, and Keontae Neely Sophomores President: Sarah Fernandez Vice President: Stephanie Jones Secretary/Treasurer: Tianya Jackson Representatives: Selene Figueroa, Kayla Dwyer, and Kelsey Sarmiento Freshmen President: Isis Salazar Vice President: Clarisse Balase Secretary/Treasurer: Perla Butanda Representatives: Angelia DeBenedittis, Joel Chavez -4-
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