Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Here We Go

Trevista staff summer connecting. 

Jumping into a Turn Around school has been interesting to say the least. I am really looking forward to what is ahead but there is so much to do. The slideshow is a bit of what the staff at Trevista has been doing to reconnect and repair a community. We spent some time walking the neighborhood in our Blue Trevista shirts to make a presence and chat with parents and kids. The staff spent one day going to the local resources that are open to families. The community has access to the Wilfley Boys and Girls Club branch. Students we saw had access to computers where a staff member was teaching them how to build with Lego Robotics. They also had a gym were the staff member talked about summer league teams that were going. Students could connect with literacy staff members and work on their reading skills using the Accelerated Reader Program.  Amazing opportunity for the local families for a nominal fee of $4 a year. Our next stop took us to a program created by DU called The Bridge Project. This is another valuable community resource that helps boost students academic skills. Our final stop was the Denver Parks and Rec Aztlan facility. Here community members can play basketball, swim in the outdoor pool and use the weight room. 
***Let me back up a bit. I am going to be new to Trevista at Horace Mann as well as to Denver Public Schools. I have spent the past 10 years teaching for Jeffco as a 5th grade teacher in a Suburban school with a small minority population. I am embarking on a new challenging adventure as the Technology Teacher for an ECE-8th grade school.  The population is 96% free and reduced and has a mostly minority population. Needless to say I am excited.***
I was proud to be a part of a group of teachers who have jumped into this Turn Around school adventure spending unpaid time to connect with and learn about the community.

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