En fotos: Rocketship celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

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by BEYOND Editorial Team

¡El Mes de la Herencia Hispana se inició oficialmente el 15 de Septiembre, y nuestros “Rocketeers” han estado celebrando! Aquí en Rocketship rendimos tributo a la diversidad cultural durante todo el año, pero este mes nuestros estudiantes tuvieron la oportunidad de vestirse, divertirse, y reconocer algo de la gran historia, cultura, y tradición de la diversa cultural hispana.

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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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Frustrated, Curious, Optimistic: How Teaching Social-Emotional Learning Benefits Students & Teachers

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by Alyssa Warren
Senior Associate, Rocketship Schools Team
Aiden and I started the year off strong. At our home visit before the school year had started, we played “Chutes and Ladders” and ate ice cream and he showed me all of his books, reading the title of every single one. He was a new first grader, excited to start at a new school with uniforms, multiple teachers, dancing, and his big brother across the hall. Aiden was a quick learner, eager to participate, and always winning new friends at recess with his bright eyes, wide smile, and silly jokes. Continue reading

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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Creating Equity in the ‘Land of Opportunity’

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO, Rocketship Education
According to a fascinating new article in the Atlantic Monthly, San Jose used to be a launching pad for the American dream, a place where immigrant families gathered, drawn by affordable houses and abundant economic opportunity, and worked together to help their children succeed. The article cites a landmark study released in 2014 by the economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues at Harvard University and University of California – Berkeley, which showed that “a child born in the early 1980s into a low-income family in San Jose had a 12.9 percent chance of becoming a high earner as an adult” which gave those children a better shot at prosperity than their parents, and put the city’s children in a better position than even those from progressive cities like Boston and on par with affluent countries like Denmark and Canada.

Landing: A Fun Friday with Teachers and Staff

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by Clayton Tran
Student, Rocketship Spark Academy

Every Friday, Rocketeers gather outside on Rocketship Spark’s blacktop to dance their hearts out and celebrate the end of the week at Landing. Landing is when students have a fun time with teachers by dancing to songs like “Happy” and more. It teaches us how to have a fun last day of the week with students, teachers and family.

“It is so much fun because we get to dance, and have a time for dancing with our friends,” said second grader Brooklee Tran.  Continue reading

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

Our First Day of School in Photos

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by Nikki David
Associate Editor, BEYOND

When we asked our Rocketeer parents to share their first day of school photos, we had no idea we would receive such an outpouring of Rocketeer pride! Thank you to everyone who shared your first day memories with us and with the entire Rocketship community on Facebook and Instagram.

Though we can’t re-share them all, we hope the photos below help capture the excitement for a brand new school year. From group shots to handmade signs to special animal appearances, your photos had it all.

These snaps are special not just because they’re adorable, but because they’re a celebration of new beginnings and our students’ and families’ love for learning. They are a reminder of how our engaged parents are Rocketeers’ greatest cheerleaders and advocates. Let’s take a moment to savor this moment, because we’re about to do a lot of growing, learning and changing over the next year. Here’s what Rocketeers did on their first day: Continue reading

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What Makes a School Year? Our Year in Photos

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by Nikki David
Associate Editor, BEYOND
What’s happens in 180 days of learning, growth and fun? Each school year at Rocketship is a unique and extraordinary journey from beginning to end, and we never quite grasp how much we’ve grown until we look back. So much goes into making each school year the best one yet for our Rocketeers, while still saving all the necessary, silly and bittersweet things we hope never change. Here’s a small snapshot of our 2014-2015 year in photos, from celebrating brand new schools to studying spiders at science camp, to making new friends and memories.

We sincerely hope this answers the question, “So, what exactly did we do this year?”

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We are Rocketeers

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by Ximena Valverde-Betancourt, Anjana Aravindakshan, Corina Carillo, Karla Barboza and Bryana Murillo
Fifth Grade Students, Los Sueños Academy

We are Rocketeers because we believe in empathy and community. We have been at Rocketship Los Sueños Academy for five years and we can honestly say they have been extraordinary. Despite our different background experiences, our teachers at RLS taught us being different is not only interesting: it makes us special.

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Building Schools for Success

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Harrison Tucker
Associate Director, Real Estate Development

It’s like a Dan Brown novel.

Here’s the plot: some elusive, nefarious villain – let’s call it the Achievement Gap League – has cleverly distributed the key to the world’s most pressing puzzle – Kids’ Success – among disparate parties, each party unaware the other is in possession of this sweet knowledge. To break the code, and stop the Achievement Gap League, all parties have to find each other, to share their nuggets of knowledge and arrange them in the right way. Here’s the catch, the Dan Brown twist: you don’t know if you’ve broken the code until years later. Continue reading

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Rocketship Alumni win National Samsung Solve STEM Competition

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by Maya Diaz & Pedro Castillo
Students, Downtown College Prep Alum Rock High School

Rocketeers learn how to solve problems and blast beyond the status quo long after they graduate. As our teachers work tirelessly to prepare students for lifelong success, stories like Maya Diaz’s and Pedro Castillo’s fill us with pride. Continue reading