June 2012 Spotlight on Success

June 28, 2012

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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.

The Palisades Charter High School Envirothon Team placed first at the California State Envirothon competition and will compete at the Canon Envirothon, a North American competition for students in grades 9-12, the last week of July. Learn more.

Environmental Charter High School is a winner of the fourth annual Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Green Leadership Awards, recognizing outstanding community energy conservation and environmental efforts. ECHS was the only school selected, and joins a prestigious group of innovative programs ranging from the Santa Monica Mountains Watersheds to a medical waste facility to public works projects.

Ashley Bianco of River Springs Charter School in Temecula took fourth place in Plant Sciences at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with "Novel Genes and Mutations in Arabidopsis thaliana." Each category has 100 entries, all selected for excellence, from around the world.

KIPP Los Angeles Chief Academic Officer Angella Martinez received a "Rising Star Award" from the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Two charter students made the "Fresno Bee 2012 Academic All-Stars" list! Congrats to Brooke Rowland, a Dailey Elementary Charter 5th grader, and Tristan J. Chester, a 10th grader at University High! The Bee has more, including profiles of Brooke and Tristan.

Laura Kretschmar, a 5th and 6th Grade Math and Science teacher at Lighthouse Community Charter School is a recipient of Teach for America's first-ever Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes TFA alumni who are exemplary classroom teachers for students growing up in low-income communities. Read the TFA press release.

Port of Los Angeles High School defended their CIF Los Angeles City Section small school softball championship with a 6-0 win over Harbor Teacher Prep at UCLA. Go Bears!

A team of women from Da Vinci Science won 1st Place at the third annual YES! (Youth Engineering Success) Program, an event sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers at Cal Poly Pomona. Students designed and built a catapult from popsicle sticks, tape and rubberbands and had to fire marshmallows at a target.

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