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Quarterly HOPE Community eNewsletter
February 2016
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HOPE at Center of Hope high school student, Phillip, during a recent weekly goal-setting meeting with Ms. Sara Stoner, Behavior and Mental Health Specialist for HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op.


HOPE paving the way to the future

Students who have struggled in a traditional school setting are finding success at HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op. This newfound confidence changes their outlook on life. HOPE graduates are many times the first in their families to graduate from high school and go to college. Our learning model focuses on working one-on-one with communities to find solutions that create a sustainable impact. 

We recently spent several months taking a closer look at how HOPE is making a difference. This story was featured in The Denver Post's YourHub.
 
HOPE's Apple Awards representatives
On Saturday, March 5th, HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op will join the Douglas County School District, our charter authorizer, to honor the 2016 Apple Awards recipients. Apples Awards recognize and celebrate the excellent and innovative teachers and faculty in the district. This year Ms. Amy Nartowicz and Ms. Victoria Aguilar are HOPE's representatives. Read more
Spreading HOPE for the holidays
HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op is thankful to the Colorado community for their generosity this holiday season! With their help, we were able to provide holiday gifts and/or food to 180 HOPE families (460 children) at 23 HOPE Learning Centers who needed assistance. Read more
HOPE Happenings
Activities/Athletics

HOPE wrapped up a successful fall sports and events season and is off to a great start for our winter programs! Two nights a week (Mondays and Thursdays) HOPE teams at the high school and middle school level are participating in basketball. The season will end for the high school boys at a Pepsi Center tournament on March 2nd. In October, HOPE held its largest-ever College Fair for our 9th-12th grade students, and 90 graduating seniors attended Senior Day on Jan. 14th. Almost two dozen acts from across all HOPE Learning Centers performed in HOPE's Jan. 29th Talent Show. View photos from these exciting HOPE activities and athletic programs, including several Learning Center events.   
Community Heroes

Students at HOPE's I AM Academy in northwest Denver wanted to let their local law enforcement know they are appreciated. In December shortly after Officer Lopez, a local deputy, was seriously injured in the line of duty, students at I AM baked cookies and made thank you cards that they delivered in-person to recognize the hard work of their neighborhood District 1 police department. 
School Pride

The entire HOPE community showed off their HOPE spirit during the second annual Purple Pride Day on Oct. 1st. HOPE's Founder and CEO, Heather O'Mara, also sported purple hair this fall after the HOPE student body met the 85 percent attendance and participation rate leading up to pride day. Setting students up for success begins with attendance, and HOPE makes it a priority to recognize positive accomplishments with our students.
Season of Giving

HOPE celebrated the holiday season with the community. Learning Centers, like World Impact in Commerce City, collected toys for children in the hospital. HOPE participated in their first-ever Colorado Gives Day, raising nearly $1,500 to support our growing activities and athletics program. Center of Hope Learning Center in Lakewood gave each of their students a book to take home before winter break.  
Community Support

The HOPE learning model is supported by many within the community. At both the HOPE and Learning Center level, we partner with organizations that help provide services to our families. One such program is Sweet Dream in a Bag. This organization schedules events at our Learning Centers where our students have the opportunity to select bedding of their very own. The CU College of Nursing program has partnered with HOPE and is helping us with student/family health-related projects. HOPE also has meetings with and gives tours of our Learning Centers to Colorado legislators, members of the state board of education and Douglas County School District, our charter authorizer, throughout the year.   
Arts Across Cultures

Students in our arts program, Arts Across Cultures, have had the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with artists from Japan this school year. The artists helped HOPE's I AM Academy students paint a mural on a wall near their Learning Center playground in August. Additionally, students visited a mural the Japanese artists painted in Denver's Confluence Park in September, as well as their Arts of Jomon exhibit at Denver International Airport in November. In December, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance performed an excerpt of their holiday performance, Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum, at HOPE's Victory at Hillcrest Learning Center in Denver.
Student Success

We are proud of what our students are accomplishing this school year! Recognition ceremonies have been held at our Learning Centers throughout the year to congratulate students on their academic progress. Additionally, we highlight student success stories on our website and Facebook page. 
Family Programs

This January, we held several FREE Family Fun events on HOPE's no school days. These were great opportunities for the students and families to meet those from other HOPE Learning Centers. Students were encouraged to bring friends who were not current HOPE students. During the holiday season, Learning Centers held student holiday shows for their families.    
Broncos Fun

HOPE students and staff wished the Denver Broncos luck on the road to Superbowl 50 by sporting the color orange or their Denver Broncos gear to school/work during two #UnitedinOrange Broncos Days on Jan. 15th and Feb. 5th.
Experiential Learning

It is important for education to extend beyond the classroom. HOPE Learning Centers have taken their students on field trips this year to places such as the Denver Aquarium and Stock Show. HOPE students in Greeley also received a letter from the President in December! Community leaders have visited classrooms on career and literacy days, and The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper caught up with students during a recent recess in the local park. Additionally, HOPE students have conducted community service projects and had their writing published in the local paper.  

Spring Testing


HOPE students will soon be participating in state testing. 

Students in grades 3 through 9 will be tested on the PARCC English language arts and math assessments beginning March 14th. The PARCC assessments are designed to give schools and teachers more information to improve instruction. Although the PARCC replaces the TCAP, the test is more rigorous, and students will be scored differently. The levels for PARCC include:

Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations
Level 2: Partially met expectations
Level 3: Approached expectations
Level 4: Met expectations
Level 5: Exceeded expectations

More information: http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources

Starting April 11th, students will take the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) in science and social studies. Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 will take the science test, and students in grades 4 and 7 will take the social studies test. CMAS follows these proficiency levels: 

Distinguished Command 
Strong Command 
Moderate Command 
Limited Command 

The top two levels indicate being on track for college and careers.

More information: 
https://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/2015cmas-sciencesocial-narrative

Students in 11th grade are required to take college readiness exams. For the 2015/2016 school year, students in grade 11 will take the ACT on April 19th, and students in grade 10 will take the PSAT on April 20th. The Colorado Department of Education has decided to replace the ACT with the SAT starting in the 2016/2017 school year. As a result, this year’s 10th-graders will take the PSAT in preparation for Colorado’s full transition to the SAT in spring 2017.

More information: 
https://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/11thand10thgradeexams


Questions? Please contact your child’s HOPE teacher, or Steve Rombach, HOPE's Assessment Coordinator, at steve.rombach@hopeonline.org or at 720-402-3000.

 
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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 




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



Feb. 11th: High School Slam Poetry
Feb. 15th-19th: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Feb. 16th: Cyberschools Day at Capitol
Feb. 25th: Science Fair

March 2nd: Court of Dreams Basketball Tournament
March 10th: High School Fun Day

March/April: State Testing (see information above)
March 24th: Term 3 Ends
March 25th-April 3rd: Spring Break
April 18th-22nd: Parent-Teacher Conferences
April 30th: High School Spring Formal

May 2nd-6th: Spirit Week (May 5th, Spirit Team Competition)
May 13th: Spring K-8th Field Day
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.
 
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
720-402-3000

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.
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