GGA Monthly Newsletter - 2021

GGA Newsletter – May 2021

Girls Global Academy hosted a Sisterhood Virtual Summit for Women’s History month in March. The purpose was to spotlight women that are making a difference in our community, to provide opportunities for dialogue on topics that impact girls and women, and to give students space to share projects they are passionate about.

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GGA Newsletter – January 2021

Girls Global Academy Updates

Greetings Girls Global Academy Community!

Although we continue to face the same COVID-19 health crisis and political tensions, our focus remains the same; we have an unwavering commitment to you and the students that attend Girls Global Academy. Together we are partners in the mission of fostering pathways to lead and learn. While COVID continues to impact education, we appreciate the choice that families have made to have your student attend Girls Global Academy. We remain excited for the school year and all that we will experience together in 2021!
 
We concluded the Because Girls Matter fundraiser on December 31st. Our goal was to raise $10,000 by December 31st to strengthen our virtual enrichment programs. With your support, I am pleased to announce that we have met and actually exceeded our goal. We raised $12,199.30!
 
Thank you for continuing to partner with us to create a successful virtual learning experience and environment for students. We are encouraged by our attendance rates of over 93%, daily evidence of learning, and student ownership of their growth by setting goals. As our partners in education, thank you for everything you do to support your students learning virtually. The focus for Trimester 2 is to continue to build relationships and self-care. I host Executive Director roundtable discussions on the 2nd Wednesday of the month to hear feedback about the school and on areas that matter to you most.
 
We also have other avenues for your voice to be heard and we need your voice. Parent organization meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. These sessions will be led by our GGA parents. We also will continue to offer parent workshops. The most recent was on our student information system PowerSchool.
 
Some of you may be thinking about how long we will be in a virtual learning pattern and testing in a virtual setting.
 
Reopening Plans
We surveyed our families in November to gather interest in reopening school in December or after the winter break. 48% of families expressed interest with the majority stating only when it is safe. Safety remains the priority and we continue to monitor COVID-19 cases in the city. Based on the collective feedback from our entire school community we will continue to offer virtual learning to our students. We will bring students on-campus on a case by case basis. Please contact Jason Mellen at jason@girlsglobalacademy.org. Another interest survey for reopening school and participation on the reopening planning team will be sent later this month.
 
Together,
 
Karen Venable-Croft

Academic Updates

ACT Aspire assessments
We will administer ACT Aspire Reading and Math on January 19th and 21st. The purpose for this assessment is to measure growth in both reading and math from the beginning of the school year.
 
What is an interim assessment? 
An Interim assessment is an assessment that Girls Global will use to evaluate where a student is with their learning progress and to predict how a student might perform on future assessments.
 
What does the interim assessment measure? 
Girls Global interim assessments measure each students’ reading, writing, mathematics, and science progress to gauge a student’s college and career readiness.
 
How do I receive information about my student’s performance on the interim assessments?
Girls Global staff will provide students and their families with access to interim assessment data on report cards and in PowerSchool.
 
“ACT Aspire is an assessment system that measures academic achievement in English,
math, reading, science, and writing in grades 3 through 10. ACT Aspire is linked to the
ACT College and Career Readiness Standards, research-based information that makes
test results meaningful by connecting a student’s ACT Aspire score to specific skills and
knowledge important for college and work success. Your child’s teacher can use this
information to address areas for improvement, build on strengths, and most importantly
impact your child’s potential.”
 

GGA Test Taking TIPS



Service Learning & LEADership Academy

GGA Virtual MLK DAY of SERVICE
Card Making event for Seniors
Create your card at home and drop it off at Girls Global Academy before February 5th.
There will be a container labeled GGA Cards Seniors
Make Valentine's Day Card for Seniors Because YOU matter is about more than ourselves. We live in a global world and ripple effects have both small and big impacts. Our girls will develop a “roll up our sleeves” approach to making change using compassion and understanding of both themselves and others.
IB Learner Profile Traits: Caring; Thinkers
 
Welcome one and all! January 19th We are so excited to introduce you to our LearnServe team who will be guiding the students through our 6-week LearnServe Hackathon program. The purpose of this orientation will be to introduce LearnServe, provide an overview of the program, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to getting to know you and can’t wait to begin this exciting journey soon! LearnServe Hack-a-thon Orientation

Resources Folder

We know that keeping track of the different newsletters with resources is a challenge and we have now started housing everything in one place! Check out the info from the DC Libraries, summer enrichment opportunities and COVID-19 recovery. Click the image to the right to explore!
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Karen Venable-Croft’s Innovative Charter School Elevates the Next Generation of Innovators & Entrepreneurs

This passionate educator took a leap of faith and created a truly unique learning environment for young women

For more than two decades, math teacher Karen Venable-Croft was focused on bringing big ideas and unique paths to learning to her students. Then, two years ago, she and her partner took the ultimate leap, founding Girls Global Academy in Washington, DC. A charter school emphasizing engineering and business education, GGA has enabled Karen, Co-Founder and Founding Executive Director of the school, to bring her powerful brand of passion and exploration front-and-center, while educating the next generation of leaders and innovators.

Prior to launch, Karen taught math in Prince George’s County. “It was an incredibly diverse district, with more than 40 languages spoken and students from many countries and parts of the U.S.,” she says. “I loved it—but the sheer size of the school and the classes made it tough to really have the environment I wanted for my students. I wanted an environment where girls felt confident and eager to participate—somewhere they could truly thrive.”

With that vision paired with her hands-on experience, Karen and her partner set to work with a vision of creating an all-girls public charter high school unlike any other.

“Every girl takes an engineering and a business class,” she explains. “We thought that was really important for our students because it provides them with the skills to be able to critically think and become powerful problem solvers.” Students with these skills, she notes, can easily translate them no matter the educational and career paths they choose, be it STEAM, business, humanities or creative pursuits.

The school’s rigorous academics and four pillars—sisterhood, scholarship, service and safety—help girls find their passion and purpose so, during their high school careers and beyond, they can do, experience and achieve even more.

“We wanted to have a space where girls can be challenged and where they can lift each other up,” Karen says. “They know exactly who they can go to to get support. And they understand the power of service.”

This mindset has been especially critical during COVID-19, when students were forced into remote learning. Despite the challenges, GGA’s tight-knit community rose to the occasion, continuing to maintain their connections and their commitment to learning and to one another.

“Some students are already speaking with our engineering teacher on what an outdoor space could look like,” Karen says. “They took the initiative because they want to be together, to be a community. What could it look like? How could they utilize recreation centers, outdoor space in the open areas? And what does that mean—and how could it change the trajectory of what school is?” This, she notes, is central to why she launched the school—to inspire this type of real-world excitement and problem-solving. Already, she adds, that theory has been put to practice.

Looking ahead, Karen is eager to return to in-person learning—and to future GGA classes. With the school’s supportive environment and empowerment-first messaging, it’s clear students and graduates will be ready for the future work and all that comes next. While it’s been a long journey to this point, Karen wouldn’t have it any other way—and she encourages both her students and her fellow educators to take a step back so they, too, can find and act on their passions.

“Don’t be afraid to explore,” she says. “If you have a dream, pursue it. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and will allow you to ask questions—because, through those questions, you’re going to be able to find answers that drive you ahead. And above all, don’t be afraid to dream and speak out loud with your fellow sisters.”

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Uniform and Dress Code Policy 2020-2021

Students are expected to wear a GGA uniform top at all times within the building. However, choice is important so any of these tops are acceptable.

Uniforms

  • Polo Shirt – Dark Purple or Black
  • GGA T-Shirt – Dark Purple (any shirt that has a GGA logo)
  • GGA White Short or Long Sleeve Dress Shirt

Optional Uniform Tops:

  • GGA Sweatshirt GGA Zip Up Fleece Sweater

PE and Athletics Uniform:

  • GGA Athletic Shorts
  • GGA Athletics T-Shirt (We provide these uniform items)

Girls Global Academy Dress Code:

GGA’s Co-founders believe that it is important to engage parents and students about what the uniform should look like at GGA. See additional information in the FAQ. Our goal is to provide simple guidelines to ensure students are ready and prepared for school. We reserve the right to adjust this dress code to ensure our attention is focused on what matters – your student’s education. We will also expect students to dress up to a higher level when they represent GGA in the community.

 

Where can I get uniforms?

GGA has contracted with a uniform vendor Risse Brothers. All uniforms are available for purchase online https://www.rissebrothers.com/ and can be shipped to your home. In addition, uniforms can be purchased in person at their facility: 9700 Martin Luther King Jr Highway Suite B, Lanham, MD 20706. (301) 220-1985

Group of diverse women put their hands together in stack empowering each other in breast cancer awareness campaign meeting

Special Announcement: GGA on Civil Unrest

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

Angela Y. Davis

Over the last few days, recent events have revealed frustration, pain, and inequities over the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This is on the back of the many others, like Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, that have lost their lives or faced the trauma of institutional racism.  It created a host of emotions and actions across the country and right here in Washington, DC.  Last week reminded us and continues to remind us that hate- filled actions have no place in a world where we seek, inclusion, kindness and liberation.

At Girls Global Academy, our focus is on educational justice to ensure that girls have access to opportunities to actualize their dreams.

We know that systemic barriers continue to exist on our path to equity in achievement gaps, STEM and business gaps and life outcomes.  This is not separate from pay inequities, which is not separate from food insecurities, which is not separate from health care gaps, which is not separate from forced childhood marriage, which is not separate from domestic violence, which is not separate from police brutality, which is not separate from the impact of the pandemic, which is not separate from the criminalization of girls of color in schools.  These are reminders that there is still work to do so that we, together, can build and fight for the future that our girls deserve.  

We are building a school based on positive systems that affirm individual identity and uplift our school community.  Our students can explore what is possible and create a path to obtain it.  If we are to be true to our vision of creating leaders that influence change for global benefit then we must begin to have the dialogue about issues that will have an impact on our students both inside and outside of our physical school structure. 

Our mission is to foster pathways to lead and learn so that our school community feels empowered.   We want to give voice to what happened and how it impacts a school community.  Therefore, we continue daily to uphold our pillars.  

Safety: We commit to providing safe spaces to discuss and cultivate mental wellness and self- care because we value people.

Scholarship:  We continue to host and join forums for our founding students, families, and staff to dialogue on issues that matter.

Service:  We stand with people that work to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression.

Sisterhood:  We honor and celebrate our identity and connection to the local and global society. 

The GGA leadership team wanted each of you to know that You Matter and look forward to you joining us to ensure that we are creating pathways for our students to lead and learn maximizing each student’s unique potential.

Here is a resource to support conversations with students at 6:00 pm this evening through Common Sense Media.

Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News 

Together,

Karen Venable-Croft, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Girls Global Academy

Shayne Swift, Co-Founder and Principal of Girls Global Academy

Beth Blaufuss, Board Chair of Girls Global Academy

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GGA Newsletter – May 2020

May's Erollment Opportunities

From our Founding Teachers

 
We conduct discovery sessions with our families and also conduct them with our founding staff. There are two quotes from our founding Engineering teacher and founding Physical Education & Health teacher that resonated. We wanted to share these words of wisdom with you. Stay tuned for additional staff spotlights!
 
“Balance one day does not look like balance the next day”
 
“With all the uncertainties, optimism and gratitude are our greatest allies”

Resources Folder

We know that keeping track of the different newsletters with resources is a challenge and we have now started housing everything in one place! Check out the info from the DC Libraries, summer enrichment opportunities and COVID-19 recovery. Click the image to the right to explore!

In This Issue:

  • Erollment Roll Call
  • Erollment Support
  • What’s Upcoming
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