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.
OAKLAND, CA - Here at Amethod Public Schools, we believe that giving back to the communities that you live and work in is important. On Friday, September 15, 2017, our Oakland Charter High Schools students and staff participated in a neighborhood clean up day! Great job Matadors.
John Henry High School Students Support Hurricane Relief Efforts through "Hawks for hurricane Survivor" fundraiser
RICHMOND, CA - On September 15, 2017, John Henry High School students celebrated raising $835.63 during their "Mohawks for Hurricane Survivors" assembly at their Richmond campus. The John Henry High School staff agreed to have one faculty member shave their head into a mohawk for every $150.00 raised. All proceeds are being distributed across the world to support hurricane relief efforts.
"I am overwhelmed by the generous donations from our staff and students and am humbled by the initiatives they all took to support others in need," says Greg Beaudoin, Dean of Students at John Henry High School. "All of these funds will be donated to the current recovery efforts underway for the victims of the recent natural disasters that damaged the Virgin Islands, Caribbean Islands, Mexico and the United States."
To learn more about John Henry High School, visit www.amethodschools.org/JHHS.
OAKLAND, CA - For generations, immigrants have moved to America and made it what it is today. My family arrived to this country filled with hope and were determined to accomplish their dreams in this land of opportunity. My family knew that it would take hard work, perseverance, and grit to succeed and their hard work made America better and stronger. They were ready to create a new life for their children and our future generations.
This is no less true for the individuals who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status that grants them the right to work and be educated in this country. Recent media reports continue to suggest that President Trump will end the critically important DACA program, which has allowed hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to pursue careers and education without fear of deportation
DACA is a federal program created in 2012 to protect undocumented immigrant youth brought to the United States as children by granting them temporary permission to stay in the U.S. DACA protects over 800,000 individuals across the country and over 240,000 individuals in California.
Right now, this program is in jeopardy and could soon come to an end.
DACA students have been raised and educated here in the U.S., they are a part of our national community, and they represent one of the best parts about America – being the land of immigrants, opportunity, and a place where all people can succeed. DACA students are our scholars and leaders. They are essential to the future of ALL Americans.
Consider joining us in taking action before September 5. Click here to be connected directly with your members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the DREAM Act of 2017.
Chief Executive Officer
Amethod Public Schools
NETGEAR Supports East Bay Schools, Benefits Local Students - Donates $50,000 Worth of Technology Equipment
OAKLAND, CA — NETGEAR, an American global networking company based in San Jose, donated $50,000 worth of technology equipment to support six schools located in Oakland and Richmond.
"We would like to thank the leadership team at NETGEAR for their generous contribution to the growth, prosperity and enrichment of our schools and our students," says Adrian Clarke, technology director for Amethod Public Schools. “NETGEAR provided us with NETGEAR READY NAS 3100 devices that will enable us to have an onsite backup solution at each of our schools. This technology will help us not only increase server capacity, but allow us continue to integrate technology tools into our classrooms.
The schools benefitting from their donation included Oakland Charter High School, John Henry High School, Oakland Charter Academy, Richmond Charter Academy, Downtown Charter Academy and Benito Juarez Elementary. They are a part of Amethod Public Schools (AMPS), a charter management organization serving east bay communities in Northern California.
“Giving back to the communities around the world where we work and live is a deeply held value at NETGEAR. We are proud that our contributions help create strong communities and support our mission to connect the world to the Internet, one person at a time,” according to a statement on the NETGEAR website. “NETGEAR is very happy to be a part of helping schools help kids.”
Other philanthropy projects by NETGEAR include a nationwide contest called “WiFi My School” where students send in short essays on why WiFi is important to them and their education. The winning school won a WiFi makeover, free Wifi access points and ReadyNAS storage according to their NETGEAR Gives Back page.
Learn more about NETGEAR on their website at www.netgear.com.
Amethod Public Schools of Oakland Shows Significant Academic Impact According to 2017 CREDO Study by Stanford University
OAKLAND, CA — Amethod Public Schools (AMPS), a charter management organization serving east bay communities in Northern California, has a significant and positive impact on student academic outcomes, according to the results of the 2017 Center for Research and Educational Outcome (CREDO) study by Stanford University. According to the report, this impact for its students is equivalent to 302 additional days of learning in Math and 222 additional days of learning in English. This placed AMPS in the top tier of charter networks nationwide.
The report, by Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) looked at data from more than 5,700 charter schools in 24 states, New York City and Washington, D.C.
The study compares students from charter schools with students from traditional public schools with identical demographics and identical or very similar test scores. Researchers compare students by grade level, gender, race, poverty, English language learner status and prior test scores. CREDO then looks at how much a student has learned over a typical school year, or 180 days.
“We are pleased by these results, but know there is more work to do to give every kid a chanceto succeed,” says Jorge Lopez, chief executive officer of Amethod Public Schools. “Our teachers and leaders across our AMPS schools work extremely hard to provide a quality education for our students that helps prepare them to succeed in college and beyond. The results of this study are a true testament to our team and their dedication to our kids.”
This report concluded that non-profit charter school networks, as a whole, score better nationally than traditional public schools and included 85% of charter schools nationwide.
Following Stanford’s release of the study, the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) shared this statement, “Families just want good schools for their kids. We should encourage the best public schools, district and charter, to serve more families.”
Amethod Public Schools is located in Oakland, CA and serves approximately 1,700 students in Oakland and Richmond. Their schools include Oakland Charter Academy, Oakland Charter High School, Downtown Charter Academy, John Henry High School, Richmond Charter Academy, and Benito Juarez Elementary.
AMPS mission is to provide a rigorous college preparatory education and character development program that will prepare students from underserved communities to succeed in college and beyond.
To read the 2017 CREDO Report by Stanford University, visit credo.stanford.edu.
Oakland Charter High School Class of 2017 Graduates Take The Stage - Over $500,000 Awarded in Scholarship, 98% Attending College In Fall
OAKLAND, CA — On June 9, 2017, Oakland Charter High School held its Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center. This is their seventh graduating class with 77 graduating seniors.
Oakland Charter High School is a Title I school in the East Bay where 80% of their student population qualify for free or reduced lunch. They are located in downtown Oakland, but will be moving to a new campus located at Patten University in the fall. Each year, they serve over 550 students.
“Our seniors have worked extremely hard this year and we are so proud of them," says Sam Pasarow, site director at Oakland Charter High School. “We look forward to seeing all that they will accomplish in the future.”
Of their graduating class, 90% will be attending a four-year university in the fall and 8% will be going to a community college. As a class, they were accepted to over 57 colleges and universities throughout the nation.
Anthony Ortega, a senior at Oakland Charter High School, was also the first in the history of his school to be accepted into Columbia University. He will be moving to New York and attending classes in the fall.
“Seeing them walk across the stage to receive their diploma was a surreal moment,” says Sylvia Flores, dean of students at Oakland Charter High School. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with these kids since they were freshman and to see them heading off to college is a proud moment.”
More than $500,000 in scholarships was awarded to the Oakland Charter High School Class of 2017 to help them in the pursuit of higher education.
“From the beginning of the year, we do everything in our power to help our students know what scholarships are available to them and help them throughout the application process,” says Flores.
Veronica Lara Zermeno, a senior at Oakland Charter High School was awarded an $180,000 scholarship from the San Francisco Marines Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. She will be pursuing a future as a Marine Officer.
“I’m doing this for my parents, I’m doing this for Oakland, I’m doing this for all of the low-income and immigrant children,” says Zermeno. “I want to join the Marine Corps because it’s the branch that fits me best and I fit best here.”
Learn more about Oakland Charter High School by visiting their website at www.AmethodSchools.org/OCHS.
Amethod Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation, founded in Oakland, CA in 1993. They oversee six public charter schools in Oakland and Richmond including Oakland Charter High School, Oakland Charter Academy, Downtown Charter Academy, John Henry High School, Richmond Charter Academy, and Benito Juarez Elementary. The AMPS network flagship school, Oakland Charter Academy, is the oldest charter school in the City of Oakland, and was the twelfth school chartered in the state of California. For more information, visit amethodschools.org.