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