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First Day of School in Pictures for the 2016-2017 School Year

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by BEYOND Editorial Team

School started for our Rocketeers in Nashville, Milwaukee, DC and the Bay Area just a few weeks ago and we got some incredible pictures from our families! Though we can’t share all of them, below is a smattering of pictures of our Rocketeers getting excited for school, walking into their classes, or enjoying Launch.

Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Please keep them coming – we want to follow your Rocketeers’ success all year round!

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Our Response to NPR “Hit Piece”

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO, Rocketship Education

Last Friday, NPR’s Education blog published what many are calling a “hit piece” on Rocketship Education. As co-founder and CEO, I am used to anti-charter attacks like this. But my staff and parents are not. They flooded my inbox over the weekend with outrage over the voices missing from this story. As for the voices included in the story, 6 of the 9 named Rocketship sources contacted me to express their frustration over how NPR’s blogger mischaracterized their comments.

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Telemundo Toma un Vistazo a Rocketship

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by Beyond Editorial Team
Bay Area

Nuestras puertas están siempre abiertas en Rocketship, donde damos la bienvenida a las familias, visitantes e invitados especiales durante todo el día, todos los días. El 13 de abril, le dimos la bienvenida a Telemundo para transmitir su programa de noticias en vivo  en una de nuestras escuelas. En el transcurso de la hora, Telemundo destacó tres programas que hacen Rocketship Discovery Prep una escuela de mejor desempeño para los estudiantes en el este de San José. En caso de que no lo pudo verlo e en vivo a las 6:00 am el 13 de abril, estamos compartiendo cada uno de esos segmentos aquí.

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7 Spring Break Strategies for Growing Brains

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by Logan Juve Janicula
Integrated Special Education Program Specialist

Over the next few weeks, students across the country will abandon their desks and leave their pencils and papers behind. Classrooms will transform into ghost towns, and playgrounds will be empty. Why? It’s spring break! While our students may be opting to sleep in and play outside in the sunshine instead of dissecting paragraphs and working through math lessons, it doesn’t mean they can’t continue to grow their brains this week! Here are seven strategies that students and their caregivers can engage in to keep their brains active during this spring break.
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They Shoot, They Score: Rocketship’s Annual Special Olympics

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by Emma Brady
Associate Director, Integrated Special Education

Goooooooal! Last Friday’s Special Olympics soccer tournament was a day sure to be remembered by many.  Cheers erupted from all sides of the soccer fields while students raced past family, friends and teachers on the sidelines to make that coveted goal for their school team. This tournament marked Rocketship’s second partnership with the Special Olympics.

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Photos: Rocketeers star in Avaya Stadium’s ‘Best Game Ever’

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by Nikki David
Associate Editor, BEYOND

Education can take you anywhere. In this case, excellent writing skills led a few lucky Rocketeers to the soccer game of their dreams – where they were the stars! Many Rocketeers play in San Jose’s New Stars soccer league, an external league created for Rocketship students by Rocketship Enrichment Center Coordinators. While checking out the San Jose Earthquakes‘s locker room, on what they thought was just a tour of the brand new Avaya Stadium, Rocketeers found out they had won the essay contest on why they deserved to play in the ‘Best Game Ever’. Continue reading

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Rocketeers Beat the Odds on California State Assessment

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO

This month, California released results of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment System. The first year of this more rigorous assessment exposes the severity of the achievement gap in California. But it also shows that our Rocketeers continue to beat the odds with strong academic achievement. Continue reading

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How to Build Engagement Beyond Attention Grabbers

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by LaToya Fernandez
Teacher, Discovery Prep

Attention grabbers, songs and chants are tools educators use to capture and keep the attention of students. Sometimes though, this only lasts for a few minutes or moments. Because of this, many educators have grappled with the idea of engaging students in a way that keeps their investment consistent. At Rocketship, one of our core values is responsibility; we want our students to be responsible and accountable for their education. Continue reading

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Art Class Revisited: Rocketeers Envisioning Ideas, Solving Problems & Building Their Future

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by Alexis Hamilton
Enrichment Center Coordinator, Sí Se Puede Academy

What do visual artists do?  I asked this of my K-5th grade students at the beginning of last year, and in all grades they unequivocally replied, “Artists paint.” The occasional eye roll implied, “Hello? Duh?” Even five-year-olds had already tacitly accepted the cliché that creativity equals craftsmanship.

By the end of the year, this answer had changed.  While student artists at Sí Se Puede Academy still paint, they can also do so much more.  In about 25-30 hours of art class, our students practice the eight Studio Habits of Mind that working artists use and that underpin creative problem solving. They learn these eight mental habits through art experiences, but then can apply them to every facet of life and work in the 21st century. Follow along as I explain what we changed in art class, how we changed it and why we changed the perception that artists paint and paint alone.

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Rocketship Redwood City Prep Blasts Off!

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by Kevin Bronk
Editor, Beyond

“Keep your eye on the ball, Howard!” Ms. Berry hollers, pointing to a colorful picture of Howard the bunny.

Wide-eyed, Ms. Berry’s kindergarten Rocketeers giggle on the multi-colored classroom rug.

“On the playground, Howard’s teammates try to help him,” she reads, following each word carefully with her fingertip. “Boink! But Howard doesn’t listen.”

It’s only the second day at Rocketship Redwood City Prep, but Ms. Berry’s Rocketeers are enthralled by Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen. The five-year-olds, clad in purple, are far more attentive than the book’s distracted protagonist. Continue reading

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It Takes a Village to Elevate a Teacher

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by LaToya Fernandez
Teacher, Discovery Prep

At Rocketship, we know it takes a village to raise a child. Little did I know when I began my career at Mateo Sheedy Elementary as a crossing guard that Rocketship’s village would also elevate me. Continue reading

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Great Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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by Nikki David
Associate Editor ➟ BEYOND

School’s out, sun’s out, now it’s time for your family to get out! Take a tech break and reconnect with nature at some of our favorite outdoor spots in each of our regions. From one-of-a-kind parks to nature preserves to outdoor performances, there are countless ways for your whole family to stay active, learn something new and rekindle your love for the great outdoors.

Looking to beat the heat? Check out our favorite indoor activities that will keep kids’ brains active and engaged throughout the summer.
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