Quarterly HOPE Community eNewsletter
April 2016
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HOPE Graduation May 26th

One of the exciting events to conclude the 2015/2016 school year will be our High School Graduation. This event will be held on the Auraria Campus on Thursday evening, May 26th, starting at 7 p.m. We are anticipating a class of nearly 80 and are looking forward to recognizing this important accomplishment in the lives of our graduates.

Everyone in the HOPE community is invited to attend Graduation. Learn more here.

The 2016 HOPE Graduation will be Livestreamed on the Internet by our charter authorizer, Douglas County School District, for those who can't attend.
Watch our website for details.

Celebrating HOPE: In the coming weeks stay tuned to our social media channels as we wrap up an amazing 2015/2016 school year by sharing stories on our Class of 2016, alumni and other outstanding students.
HOPE student earns Mayor’s Award
Leyda Belmonte, a 10th grade student from New Heights Academy in Federal Heights, was named a 2015/2016 Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award recipient. Read more.
Pueblo students win contest
So proud of our students from Alpha Learning Academy in Pueblo who presented at the Carson J Spencer Foundation's "The FIRE Within: Youth Entrepreneurs Preventing Suicide" competition on Feb. 16th. The team won $200 to launch their impact enterprise to stop suicide in their community. Learn more. The students also presented at a similar event in Pueblo on Friday, April 8th, and were interviewed by The Pueblo Chieftain. Watch our Facebook page for details on this interview and the awards the team won. 
Cheering for confidence
Meet the poms team from Awaken Academy in Westminster. They may look like your typical poms team, but as you get to know them, you will learn this experience has been life changing.  Read more.  
HOPE Happenings
Pueblo Student Prevails

Joel, a 7th grade student at HOPE’s Alpha Learning Academy in Pueblo, has been on an inspiring journey this school year. He had been a HOPE student for three years during his elementary school days, but spent his 6th grade year at a traditional public school in the area. Joel lost his mother at the beginning of 5th grade and his ability to focus on school was a struggle. Read more.
Recognizing Success

Celebrating our students and each step of their academic progress is something HOPE staff practice on a daily basis. There are countless stories and photos showcasing this school year's efforts on our Facebook page. Pictured above are students from Action High Learning Center in Aurora when they attended the Colorado Symphony in January because of their classroom performance. 
ACE Competition

Twenty-six students from HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op (representing Awaken Academy, Victory at Hillcrest, Action High, Hope at Tetra and Bridges of Silence) competed in the Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE) Challenge at the Community College of Aurora on Friday, Feb. 26th. ACE is a state-approved program focused on assisting high school students with employment-related skills. View more photos.
Science Expo

We were very impressed with the nearly 30 HOPE students in 3rd through 12th grades who took part in the Science Expo/Fair at the HOPE offices on Thursday, Feb. 25th! Many of the students presenting were one of the winners of their local HOPE Learning Center Science Fair. Students analyzed a variety of concepts, some involving areas they are pursuing as future careers, and came away with a lot of new knowledge about the world of science. Learn more here
Boosting Attendance

At our Power Learning Academy in Aurora, they have a weekly attendance cart of incentive items that visits each room and rewards students and classrooms who have been showing up to school. The students at all age levels, even the high school students, look forward to this event and motivate one another to establish good attendance habits. Other HOPE Learning Centers have developed similar programs.
Spring Activities/Athletics

We kicked off our spring activities and athletics the week of April 4th. We have four sports (HS Boys' Flag Football, HS Girls' Soccer, MS Co-Ed Volleyball, Elementary Co-Ed T-Ball), as well as upcoming Field Days in Denver and Pueblo, Spirit Week and a Spirit Competition, and Prom for our high schoolers. Additionally, our Arts Across Cultures students will be performing at the Denver Art Museum on Sunday, April 24th, and Learning Centers have fun end-of-the-year activities planned. Watch our website and social media for updates.
Cyberschools Day at Capitol

On Tuesday, Feb. 16th, HOPE students participated in Cyberschools Day at the Capitol, an event organized by the Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families. The highlights of the day were a rally on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol (our CEO/Founder Heather O'Mara spoke at the event), recognition on the floor of the Colorado Senate and a curriculum demonstration at the capitol for Colorado legislators done by HOPE teacher Nikki and a middle school student from our New Beginnings Learning Center in Aurora. Our students also toured History Colorado and the Colorado State Capitol. View more photos here.
The HONEY Project

HOPE has partnered with a local non-profit organization, called The HONEY Project, which teaches kids about how eating right can contribute to their health. The organization is made up of students and graduates of the nutrition program at Metro State University. Visits by this group were recently made to World Impact and I AM. They included an interactive lesson, courtesy of an obstacle course, that demonstrated to kids how food is processed in their bodies and creates energy. View more photos here.  
HOPE Tops Apple Awards

Both of HOPE's 2016 Douglas County School District Apple Award representatives were honored as finalists for educator/employee of the year at the recognition event held on Saturday evening, March 5th, in downtown Denver. Congratulations Amy Nartowicz and Victoria Aguilar! View more photos here.
Blended Learning Conference

HOPE's CEO/Founder Heather O'Mara, along with students and one of the Directors from our Victory at Hillcrest Learning Center in Denver, presented at the eLearn Collaborative Conference on Blended and Online Learning held on Feb. 18th at History Colorado.
Share your thoughts with us! 

HOPE's 2016 Student and Parent Surveys are now available on the HOPE website. This is an opportunity for HOPE families to share their experiences from this last school year and ideas they have for the future. We look forward to hearing from you!
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All HOPE Learning Centers are accepting applications for the next school year. HOPE serves grades K-12th throughout the state. Share the success your child has had in HOPE with others and invite them to consider it as an education option for the children in their life.

Make an appointment today and register 

HOPE Families
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Upcoming Events
Watch for updates at HOPEco-op.org
HOPE Calendar 
(includes Sports Schedule)

April 24th: Arts Across Cultures at the Denver Art Museum

April 29th: High School Spring Formal

April 29th: College in Colorado Day (wear your college gear)
May 2nd-6th: Spirit Week (May 3rd, Spirit Team Competition)
May 13th: Spring K-8th Field Day in Lakewood (May 6th, Southern Field Day Pueblo)
May 26th: High School Graduation
May 27th: Last Day of School

Help shape our future! We are looking for parents and community members who are interested in planning and evaluating HOPE's instructional program to join our Accountability Committee. Learn more on our website.

Ways to Support HOPE



HOPE is part of several community fundraising initiatives. When you participate, we earn funds to support our work. Have the money you are already spending through these organizations also make a difference in the education of youth here in Colorado. 
King Soopers: You need a Neighborhood Rewards program card. These can be purchased through Amanda Kalina at HOPE for $2.50. Once you receive a card, you use the $2.50 on the card for your King Soopers purchases and then reload it (which you can do with your personal credit or debit card) at your local King Soopers before you complete additional transactions. 

Amazon: For HOPE to receive funds, you must shop via this link - http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-1858456.
Shoparoo: HOPE can earn funds based on your daily shopping purchases. Download this app, select HOPE Online Learning Academy as your school, and then begin submitting receipts.   

Red Robin: After you join Red Robin's loyalty program, set up an account online and select HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op as your Burgers for Better Schools recipient. HOPE will earn funds based on the purchases you make in conjunction with your Red Robin Royalty Account

Box Tops for Education: Clip box tops from one of hundreds of commonly purchased products. Submit collected box tops to Amanda Kalina (each box top is worth 10 cents). 

Labels for Education: This program works similarly to the Box Tops program, but our school earns points to purchase items like basketballs or folding tables. Learn more about the program and the products you collect labels from. Please send Amanda Kalina any labels you collect. (This program is being discontinued, and HOPE will do a final submission on June 1st.)
Target: You need to have a Target REDcard. Once you do, you can select HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op (153980) as your Take Charge of Education Program recipient on their website. (Target will be ending this program on
May 14, 2016.) 

Questions about Voices of HOPE:
Amanda Kalina, Communications Manager, amanda.kalina@hopeonline.org, 720-402-3035 

HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op
373 Inverness Parkway, Suite 205
Englewood, CO 80112

At HOPE, our pillars – Attend, Achieve, Affiliate, Aspire – influence our learning culture. The motivation for all our decisions and everything we do on behalf of our students is represented by these four principles.