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FEBRUARY 2019 ISSUE

  LEADING HOUSTON FORWARD

Computer Science Makes its Seventh Grade Debut at YES Prep Gulfton 

 
Last May, we shared news that YES Prep Gulfton received a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to start the PLTW Computer Science track at their campus. During the summer, Gulfton teachers Heidi Leventhal and Lanese Giles attended the summer training offered at the University of Texas at Tyler and kicked off the program this school year with 53 seventh graders total in two classes.  
Learn the Impact the Program is Having on Students

  STUDENT SUCCESS

Transformative Study Abroad Experience in the Dominican Republic

John Venegas Juarez, YES Prep Southeast Student
 
“We are now landing at the Santo Domingo Airport,” announced the pilot over the intercom system.  As the plane careened towards the lush green island of Hispaniola, I was eager to step out into the Dominican Republic. Although I had skimmed countless brochures and websites beforehand, I still did not know what to expect because it was my first time traveling abroad.     
Read How John's Trip Impacted His Involvement at School

  PATHWAYS TO OPPORTUNITY

Key Takeaways from School Leaders of Color Conference

 
On February 8 and 9, Teach For America presented its 2019 School Leaders of Color Conference in Dallas. Among the YES Prep school leaders who attended were School Directors Jamie Downs from Eisenhower, Jennifer Greene from White Oak and James Mosley from North Forest (pictured above). Downs and Greene share with us about their experience and key takeaways from the conference. 
School Directors Share About Their Experience at the Conference

  SPOTLIGHT

Relocating to Houston and Finding a Mission at YES

John Ezaki, YES Prep East End Algebra Teacher

I didn’t expect to go into teaching at all, and I definitely didn’t expect to be teaching math. I was a biology major back in California and when I graduated I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do so I applied for Teach For America. That’s how I ended up moving across the country and teaching math in New Orleans for two years.

Learn Why John Chose to Move to Houston for YES Prep

HEADLINES


Rice Young Alumni Dedicated Teacher: Rachael Morris
January 27, 2019 - Rice Alumni
Morris is a teacher at White Oak.

Lycoming College student, faculty member collaborate on curriculum guide for Waterdale Environmental Center
January 28, 2019 - Lycoming College News
Featuring Brandan Garcia, YES Prep alumnus.

12 of biggest Cy-Fair education stories from 2018
February 3, 2019 - Community Impact
Featuring opening of YES Prep Northwest.

Most popular schools for students transferring out of HISD
February 4, 2019 - Houston Chronicle
YES Prep comes in second with 8,969.

UPCOMING EVENTS


14th Annual Texas Hold'Em Oil & Gas Tournament 
Thursday, March 7, 2019
The Corinthian
In 2018, over 60 corporate, foundation and individual sponsors helped raise $1.3 million dollars supporting our campuses and students across the city of Houston.  Join us for 2019!

World Water Day
Friday, March 12, 2019
We will once again participate in EarthEcho's Water Challenge. Students from Southeast will kick-off this event in Galveston while other YES Prep middle school campuses will conduct water monitoring activities at their respective campus. Order your own test kit and participate from home.

Senior Signing Day
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
NRG Stadium

We will be celebrating eleven campuses and 1,300 new YES Prep graduates this year. Stay tuned to future News Updates for more information. yesprep.org/seniorsigningday
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