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.
by Lorena Romero and Lety Gomez
Rocketship Parents, Fuerza Community Prep
If we want our kids to be lifelong readers, we as parents must read to them, with them and around them. Why not take this approach into the classroom? To help Rocketeers learn to love reading, many Rocketship parents, including us, participate in the Los Dichos Program through Project Cornerstone, an initiative of the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Los Dichos is a literature-based program emphasizing stories of Latino origin that not only benefits the students, but also benefits the parents.
by Alex Briones
Rocketship Parent, Southside Community Prep
When I went to the Milwaukee Common Council hearing in June to oppose the moratorium on new charter schools, it was not just for my daughter. It was for my community.
I worry for Aleigha, my seven year old daughter and second grader at Rocketship Southside Community Prep. What is she going to do for middle school and high school? I worry because I don’t know where she’ll go when she graduates from Rocketship. I worry families like mine will no longer have access to good school options. Continue reading
Concord, CA is the largest city in Contra Costa County; it also has one of the largest achievement gaps in the Bay Area. While over 75% of students in the county are on grade level, seven out of ten students in the Monument Corridor are behind. Only 15% of Latino students in the county graduate high school having completed the requisite coursework needed to gain acceptance into a UC university. This means of the 606 Latino students who graduated in 2013, only 91 were college ready. Continue reading
The collection of water bottles on the floor of my backseat can only mean one thing: home visits are well underway at Rocketship. Almost every parent offers a cool bottle of water and when visiting up to eight homes a day; the back seat of my car is where these half drank bottles end up. Continue reading
In August of my first year of teaching at Rocketship, just one month into the school year, I was standing in the front of my classroom delivering a figurative language lesson to my 29 fourth graders. Sitting in the back of the classroom was a woman. She was vigorously taking notes and staring intently back and forth between one of my students and me. That woman wasn’t my principal; she wasn’t my coach; she wasn’t the superintendent. That woman was the mother of my student Gabriel. Continue reading