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APRIL 2019 ISSUE

  LEADING HOUSTON FORWARD

Aldine and Spring Branch ISD Superintendents join YES Prep CEO for conversation about District Partnerships

 
On Thursday, April 11, Aldine and Spring Branch ISD superintendents joined YES Prep CEO Mark DiBella for a Board of Trustees event at the home of Trustee members Tamara and Carl Tricoli. The purpose of the event was to engage in meaningful dialogue while learning about relevant topics related to YES Prep and the local education landscape and beyond.
Read about plans for the partnerships

  STUDENT SUCCESS

YES Prep Northbrook High School's Inaugural Senior Signing Day


Amilcar Ortiz, a founding student member of YES Prep Northbrook, had heard about Senior Signing Day (SSD), one of YES Prep’s best traditions, but didn’t think he would participate because college wasn't part of his plans. However, thanks to his mother’s and teacher's support he will now be on that stage declaring where he’ll be attending college this fall. “I’m so nervous but I’m also very excited. This will be an opportunity to show everyone who I am."
Learn why Amilcar decided to attend college

  PATHWAYS TO OPPORTUNITY

Rendering of Hobby campus featuring school mascot

YES Prep Hobby will become YES Prep's 19th Campus in Houston

 
Set for takeoff in August 2019, YES Prep Hobby will reside in the buildings that were once home to Universal Weather, a pioneer in the aviation industry. Located only two miles from Hobby Airport and seventeen miles from Johnson Space Center, YES Prep Hobby will reside close to Houston’s hubs of aviation innovation. Our YES Prep Aviators will also do the same, work collectively to transform society. As Aviators, they will be focused on piloting their own destiny toward college and career readiness.
Meet YES Prep Hobby's new school director

  SPOTLIGHT

First Five Steps toward Financial Security from YES Prep's Chief Financial Officer

"April used to be my favorite month of the year because of the weather and the start of baseball. However, I recently learned that April is Financial Literacy Month and now it has a completely new meaning.  

"As the Chief Financial Officer of YES Prep, it is my job to understand the finances for our school district. Yet my education in finance started at a very young age, when I moved to Houston from San Salvador."

Learn the first five steps toward financial security

HEADLINES


New Numbers Show Low-Income Students at Most of America's Largest Charter School Networks Graduating College at Two to Four Times the National Average
March 2019 - The 74 Million
YES Prep is one of the schools included in analysis.

3 Community and Culture Events to Check Out in Houston this Weekend
March 29, 2019 - ABC 13
YES Prep's Latinx Leadership Summit was the first featured event.

New Latino Culture Speaker Series Kicks Off
April 16, 2019 - Houston Chronicle
Series kicked off at YES Prep Gulfton. The series continued with three other events.

Aiming to Cut Expulsions, YES Prep opens disciplinary alternative education program
April 16, 2019 - Houston Chronicle
YES Prep's Thrive program is the only program of its kind operated by a charter school.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Rise & SHINE - Teacher Breakfast
Saturday, April 27, 2019
YES Prep Spindletop
Opportunity for those interested in teaching at YES for the 2019-2020 school year to ask questions and interview on the spot.
RSVP here

Senior Signing Day
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
NRG Stadium

We will be celebrating eleven campuses and 1,300 new YES Prep graduates this year.
More details here 

Back to College Bash
Thursday, May 23, 2019
St. Arnold Brewing Company

YES Prep Professionals will host their annual fundraiser from 6:30 - 9 p.m. There will be food, games, drinks & raffle prizes.
Learn more here

Campus Commencements
Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2019
Bayou City Event Center

The Class of 2019 will receive their diplomas at Bayou City Event Center. For specific day and time of graduation for each campus, click on the link below.
Campus dates and times
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