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Monday 3/3- No school due to weather
Tuesday 3/4- Last future family tour before enrollment ends at 9:00 a.m. at PineFriday 3/7 - Big Smiles In-School Dental Program applications DUE
Saturday 3/8- TFS playground work day at 9:00 a.m.
3/8 – 4th and 5th grade Kids’ trivia night at TFS (All 4th and 5th grade SLLIS kids invited!)
Winter weather has once again closed SLLIS schools in consideration of the safety of our students, staff, and families. Extreme cold and poor road conditions have caused us to ask students and staff to stay safely at home tomorrow.
· What is your favorite thing about working at SLLIS?
My favorite thing is the uniqueness of our school program! It is not common to find this kind of program around the corner in any neighborhood, city, or even in each state in the US. Our charter public education system challenges students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth by offering an International Baccalaureate curriculum framework, and integrating the Spanish as language instruction along with content instruction.
· What is your vision for The Spanish School?
My vision for The Spanish School is to prepare students for the 21st century educational and life challenges by providing academic excellence, and developing and maintaining a positive school environment with the collaboration of the school community.
· Why are you passionate about education?
I am passionate about education because education is fundamental in developing a nation.
“The iris is the colored part of the eye that regulates the amount of light entering the eye. Education is the light of the society that regulates the amount of wisdom, kindness and compassion entering in the society. Through the eyes you can see life, through society you can see the nation.”
~Arlene Galve Salgado
· What are your hopes and dreams for TSS?
My hopes and dreams for TSS are to turn our school mission into a REALITY.
TSS Mission: “The Spanish school is committed to developing responsible, caring citizens while teaching a second language and culture. We strive to form life-long learners and provide social-emotional and intellectual development. Teachers, parents and community members will provide encouragement, respect and opportunities to foster student success in our ever-changing global economy and multicultural society. This education is offered to all regardless of race, gender and socio-economic status.”
· What do you like to do when you’re not at SLLIS?
I enjoy spending time with my family, but also I am dedicating a lot of time working toward my EdD in Educational Administration.
View the TFS Weekly Review here.
Taste of the World
What: Taste of the World is hosted by the Intern Task Force Committee. You get to travel to the teacher interns’ countries without a passport. Celebrate the wonderful work of our teacher interns by enjoying food and music from their home countries- France, Spain, Peru, Columbia & China.
If you would like to contribute to the ethnic food table, bring a dish that represents the USA or your family heritage.
When: Sunday, March 9th
Where: 4011 Papin
Time: 2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Monday 02/24: TCS Immersion Celebration at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday 02/26: Board of Directors Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 02/27: TSS SAC Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Friday 02/28: TSS Immersion Celebration at 9:00 p.m.
Saint Louis Language Immersion Schools Named to Inaugural
Charter Network Accelerator Cohort
Twelve Public Charter School Networks to Share Best Practices to Close the Achievement Gap
February 20, 2014– St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Language Immersion Schools announced it has been selected and will participate in the inaugural cohort for the Charter Network Accelerator, which is focused on helping experienced leaders, with an emphasis on leaders of color, in designing and scaling their networks of schools. The 12 public charter management organizations (CMO) selected as members of the inaugural cohort represent nearly 20,000 students at 45 schools in 11 states. Together with lead partners Achievement First, YES Prep and Aspire Public Schools, the diverse cohort will also help address an issue Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called one of the biggest challenges to effective school reform: a lack of diversity among our nation’s teachers.
Through the Charter Network Accelerator, charter management organizations achieving strong results with historically underserved populations will participate in bi-monthly learning sessions where leaders receive training in the skills required for managing a rapidly growing organization, and explore options for teacher and leader pipelines, CMO structure, and core academic programs.
Rhonda Broussard, Founder & President of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, sees the timing of this opportunity as a pivotal next step for the schools. “Within this cohort, we all are clear that we, educators, make the difference for our students. This is a study in how we can improve our adult methods to support our students to reach their potential.”
“We are excited to launch the Accelerator because we know that helping charter networks expand with excellence will mean that thousands more students will graduate from college and have access to all the opportunities in life that flow from a great education,” said Achievement First Co-CEO and President Dacia Toll. “Through the Accelerator, a diverse group of public charter school networks will share promising practices for closing the achievement gap at scale. Together, we will provide far more students with an excellent education than we could ever reach as individual networks.”
“We look forward to sharing best practices with other high-performing CMOs across the nation with the same end goal—to create more high-quality seats for students from low-income communities,” said YES Prep President and CEO Jason Bernal. “Initiatives like the Charter Network Accelerator play a pivotal role in closing the opportunity gap by ensuring that high-performing schools are prepared to serve more students and new communities. We are honored to be a partner in this work.”
“At Aspire, part of our mission is to share successful practices and help catalyze change in public schools,” said Aspire Public Schools CEO James Willcox. “The Charter Network Accelerator provides an opportunity to expand quality educational practices to meet the college-readiness needs of underserved students and their families.”
Charter Network Accelerator participants include:
- Algiers Charter School Association (New Orleans, La.)
- Charles A. Tindley Accelerated Schools (Indianapolis, Ind.)
- Collegiate Academies (New Orleans, La.)
- First Line Schools (New Orleans, La.)
- Harvest Preparatory School (Minneapolis, Minn.)
- FUSE (Hartford, Conn. and Bridgeport, Conn.)
- LEAD Public Schools (Nashville, Tenn.)
- New Urban Learning (Detroit, Mich.)
- Public Prep (New York, N.Y.)
- ROADS Charter High Schools (New York, N.Y.)
- St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (St. Louis, Mo.)
- Scholar Academies (Philadephia, Penn.; Washington, D.C.; Trenton, New Jersey)
St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS) is a network of public charter schools in St. Louis, Missouri, classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SLLIS’ mission is to position all children for success in local and global economies through holistic, intellectually inspiring language immersion programs. SLLIS offers tuition free, full-day immersion education in Spanish, French, & Mandarin. SLLIS currently serves 871 students. SLLIS’ vision for the community is to strengthen the pipeline of creative, culturally astute leaders prepared for success in post-secondary education institutions; to increase St. Louis’ visibility as a preferred community in which to live, work and raise a family by preparing students to prevail in global economic competition; and to promote intercultural dialogue, altruism and civic pride.
About Achievement First
Achievement First is a non-profit network of college-preparatory public charter schools in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. During the past 15 years, we have successfully expanded from operating one middle school serving 85 fifth- and sixth-graders to managing 25 high-performing schools serving 8,100 students in kindergarten through grade 12. Achievement First believes in sharing best practices for closing the achievement gap at scale, and partners with traditional districts and public charter schools to improve education for all students.
The mission of Achievement First is to close the achievement gap and deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all children, regardless of race, economic status or zip code. Achievement First’s approach to teaching and learning enables every student to succeed at the highest levels. This involves:
- Providing students with more time on task and intense intervention when they are struggling so that no child falls through the cracks;
- Recruiting and developing successful teachers and school leaders and empowering them to use student data to strategically drive instruction;
- Creating a joyful school culture where it is “cool to be smart” that emphasizes character education and focuses students on college.
For more information, please visit http://www.AchievementFirst.org.
About YES Prep
YES Prep is a top-performing charter management organization that currently operates 13 high-performing schools serving 8,000 students throughout Houston in grades six to 12. Since opening its doors in 1998, YES Prep has continuously redefined what is possible for students, families and the public education system at large, and 100 percent of YES Prep’s seniors have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. In 2012, YES Prep was the winner of the inaugural Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.
About Aspire Public Schools
Aspire Public Schools is a national nonprofit organization that currently operates 37 high-performing, open-enrollment public charter schools serving over 13,500 students in underserved communities across California and Memphis, Tenn. Founded in 1998, Aspire is one of the highest-performing public school systems in the nation, delivering a rigorous College for Certain education to students in grades K-12. An unrelenting focus on college preparedness led to 100 percent of graduating Aspire seniors being accepted to four-year colleges or universities over the last four years. Opening its first schools in 1999, Aspire is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary as one of the nation’s first charter management organizations. Visit Aspire Public Schools at www.aspirepublicschools.org.
On behalf of our co-chairs Edward Monser of Emerson & Lee Marshall of Bryan Cave, it is our pleasure to invite you to save Thursday, May 8th, 2014 for the 4th Annual SLLIS Night of Celebration: Little Hands, Big Dreams at Palladium St. Louis.
We’ll celebrate with cocktail hour, student performances, dinner and an auction. Master of Ceremonies Gilberto Pinela will guide the festivities and special guest Kim Tucci will serve as our auctioneer. All proceeds from the Night of Celebration: Little Hands, Big Dreams support SLLIS’ ongoing capital expansion & enhance students’ curricular experiences.
SLLIS has many milestones to celebrate in 2014; completing our 5th school year, approved charter renewal through 2019, and authorization of The French School & The Spanish School as International Baccalaureate World Schools. It is with this spirit of achievement that we will honor outstanding local leaders in three award categories:
Social Equity: Dr. William Danforth & The Honorable Frankie Muse Freeman
Love of Language: Jane Robert
Global Understanding: The St. Louis Mosaic Project (accepted by Betsy Cohen)
“2014 is truly a milestone year for SLLIS. We are proud to honor those who have made an impact on the past, present and future of the St. Louis community. The legacy of their leadership serves as an example to every child in our schools,” says Rhonda Broussard, Founder and President of SLLIS. Learn more about our amazing honorees here.
As a member of our SLLIS community, there are many ways you can help make the Night of Celebration: Little Hands, Big Dreams a success:
• Committee Member: We are looking for volunteers to assist with obtaining
in-kind donations, preparing mailings, and assisting with other event logistics.
• Table Host: As a Table Host, you would lend your name for use in event materials. We ask you to purchase a table sponsorship and/or help sell tickets to friends, colleagues, and family. There’s no set number of tickets you need to sell; it is our hope that everyone put forth their greatest effort to make this a successful event. We will provide you with email and print invitations that can be shared with your network, as well as any other materials you may need.
• Event Volunteer: Volunteers are needed on May 8th for event set-up/clean- up, registration, greeting, and more.
• Attendee: The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of and funds for SLLIS. We hope to have a great turnout from our internal SLLIS community as well as our external supporters. Individual tickets to the Night of Celebration are $200 and go on sale Monday, March 10th. There will be a limited number of Good Samaritan tickets available to SLLIS parents and staff. These tickets will be distributed in late April. If you are interested in being put on the waiting list for these tickets, please send an email to Rachelthat includes your name, best contact information and if you would like 1 or 2 tickets.
Feel free to use this packet to share information about the Night of Celebration: Little Hands, Big Dreams. For questions or to volunteer, please contact Rachel D’Souza-Siebert, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-633-8318.