November 2011 Spotlight on Success

November 30, 2011

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The charter school movement is dependent upon the hard work of visionary founders, leaders, and authorizers, plus dedicated teachers and volunteers and inspired students. The Association is proud to recognize several of them this month.

Two Hawthorne Math and Science Academy students were selected as 2011-12 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Award Recipients. The program recognizes the top 5,000 out of 235,000 Hispanic and Latino students.

Congratulations to Daniel Gonzalez, recipient of the NHRP 2011-12 Scholar Award, and Christopher Iniguez, recipient of the NHRP 2011-12 Honorable Mention Award.

San Francisco's Creative Arts Charter School 3rd graders and Walker Warner Architects took "Best in Show" at this year's 28th Annual LEAP Sandcastle Contest. The contest is Northern California's largest sandcastle building event; funds raised through the contest make it possible for LEAP to serve over 6,500 students in over 27 schools across the Bay Area with hands-on learning experiences in the arts.

Kevin Kenji Yoshimoto, a 16-year-old junior at Adolfo Camarillo High School, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during an October ceremony at Camarillo Grove Park. Kevin helped renovate the hiking area of the Park for his Eagle project.

Altadena's Aveson Charter School has been awarded The California Green School Leadership Award by the California Green Schools Summit Advisory Board. The California Green School Summit was created to address the unique needs and challenges of this growing sector from funding sources to curriculum. The Altadena Patch has more.

Principal Laura Galván and the faculty and staff of Huntington Park College-Ready Academy High School were presented a Certificate of Recognition for their strong academic achievement by the City Council of Huntington Park.

Top honors at the VEX/SMI Robotics Tournament in Calabasas went to Granada Hills Charter High School. The Robodox dominated the competition winning the tournament with two of their robots, 599 A and 599 D, and winning the Design award as a team.

Shelly Melton, executive director of Valley Prep Academy, and teachers Lisa Armentrout, Suzanna Brand, Rhonda Hearnsberger, and Lisa Taylor recently traveled to San Francisco for the 18th National Forum on Character Education. There, the group accepted CEP Promising Practice Recognition for our Monthly Character Assembly and Daily Meet and Greet. Valley Prep Academy was also recognized as a CEP State School of Character (SSOC) to serve as model of excellence within our state by sharing character education best practices.

Ana Ponce, CEO of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and a member of CCSA's Board of Directors, has made the Forbes list of "The World's 7 Most Powerful Educators." The magazine notes, "Ana represents the growing number of extraordinary school leaders working to provide a transformational education that puts children in low-income communities on a different life trajectory than their socioeconomic background would predict." Learn more.

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