At 10:19am on 10/19/2017, all of our AMPS schools will participate in The Great California ShakeOut! At this time, millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold in the event of an earthquake. These ShakeOut Earthquake Drills began in California in 2008 and are a great way to prepare and recover from big earthquakes wherever you live, work, or travel. Learn more here at https://www.shakeout.org
AMPS Named Among National Network of Leaders Through Achievement First's Charter Network Accelerator Program
OAKLAND, CA — Amethod Public Schools (AMPS) is among twelve charter management organizations across the country chosen this year to join Achievement First’s Charter Network Accelerator Program for their fourth cohort. This program selects charter management organizations achieving strong results with historically underserved populations.
"We are very excited for this opportunity,” says Jorge Lopez, chief executive officer of Amethod Public Schools. "Being selected as a part of the Charter Network Accelerator program aligns with our commitment to continuous learning and the growth mindset, as well as provides our organization with innovative tools, information on best practices and lessons from other high-performing organizational leaders that will assuredly benefit our students and school communities."
The Charter Network Accelerator program was founded in 2014 by Achievement First and serves over 60,000 student scholars nationwide by working with charter network leaders to strengthen their practices. Their vision is to increase the number of top quality school seats available to parents across the country who are seeking an excellent school for their children. As part of that vision, they also aim to increase the number of prominent, high-performing charter networks led by leaders of color, so that the leadership of the charter sector more closely resembles the communities they aspire to serve.
“The Cohort Four leaders – like the leaders in our previous cohorts – bring with them a deep dedication to improving education and each have extraordinary stories of achievement,” says Sara Keenan, managing director of the Charter Network Accelerator. “We are excited to learn from their accomplishments so far and support them in getting stronger as they grow their networks to serve more students.”
Participants in the Charter Network Accelerator Cohort Four include:
• Amethod Public Schools, Oakland, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Jorge Lopez
• Bright Star Schools, Los Angeles, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Hrag Hamalian
• Envision Education, Oakland, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Gia Truong
• Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Kansas City, MO
o Chief Executive Officer, Hannah Lofthus
• Gestalt Community Schools, Memphis, TN
o Chief Executive Officer, Yetta Lewis
• Henderson Collegiate, Henderson, NC
o Chief Executive Officer, Eric Sanchez
• LEARN Charter School Network, Chicago, IL
o Chief Executive Officer, Greg White
• Navigator Schools, Hollister, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Sved
• Neighborhood House Charter School, Boston, MA
o Chief Executive Officer, Kate Scott
• New Beginnings School Foundation, New Orleans, LA
o Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Blouin-Williams
• RePublic Schools, Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS
o Chief Executive Officer, Jon Rybka
• Village of Excellence Academy, Tampa, FL
o Chief Executive Officer, Cametra Edwards
To learn more about Achievement First and their Charter Network Accelerator Program, visit www.achievementfirst.org.
We are honored to share this article written by the University of San Francisco on our very own AMPS Wellness Counselor, Jorge Chavez. Learn more about his journey and how he has implemented what he has learned to make a difference in the lives of our students.
Read Jorge's story here
We are so proud of you and value all that you do for AMPS. Thank you again for your hard work and dedication to our kids. Congratulations, Jorge!
NORTH BAY, CA - Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself from the smoke caused by the North Bay Fires.
1. Minimize outdoor activities and stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible.
2. Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside
Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors.
4. Wear a mask respirator labeled N95 or N100 to protect your airways if venturing outdoors.
3. Contact your health care provider if you experience the following symptoms: repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.
If you can see, taste, or feel smoke, you should immediately minimize outdoor activities. This is especially important if you have health concerns (for example, people with heart disease or respiratory disease like asthma), are elderly, pregnant, or have a child in your care.
Check out this article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information.