Dear Parent(s)/ Guardian(s) and Student(s),
Girls Global Academy is committed to creating a school culture where students are able to uphold our four pillars: Sisterhood, Scholarship, Safety and Service. In order to ensure that GGA students are able to receive uninterrupted learning time; effective Monday, November 29th, 2021, there will be a change in our cell phone policy and procedure.
Our current mobile cell phone and electronic devices policy states “Mobile (cell) phones, iPads, smart watches, or other electronic devices are not allowed to be used during the instructional day. If a student brings a cell phone to school, it must be kept in their locker.” Unfortunately, this has not been upheld and has been detrimental to our school culture.
Listed below are the reasons for this change:
- Reducing social stress and anxiety
- Maximizing classroom learning and instructional time
- Promoting face to face interaction
- Decreasing digital misconduct resulting in student altercation
- Encouraging appropriate phone and technology usage
Please read the new policy change attached to this email. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter!
GGA Leadership Team
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.
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.
- 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
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
“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.
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
At Girls Global Academy, health and safety are important and we want to take the necessary precautions to ensure that we uphold our Safety pillar. We are located at 733 Eighth Street NW and our staff will be teleworking. We will not be hosting any building tours from March 16 – March 31. Although this may disrupt some of our plans to host our families, we will continue the work of our mission.
Social distancing not only applies to the employees and Board members of Girls Global Academy, it applies to our efforts to personalize our interactions with our families and community. Outreach has been a staple for Girls Global Academy since we started this journey. We will continue to work with City Bridge Education, Education Forward DC, and PAVE as they provide guidance on creative ways to continue our interactions with families and community members. We have already begun to set a plan in motion so that our families continue to feel that they are connected to Girls Global Academy.
Stay tuned to how we will connect virtually for our March 28 Open House.
Please click on this Meal Distribution link for the DC Public Charter Schools Citywide Meal Distribution sites for all students under age 18.
Thank you for continuing to engage as we work to fulfill the promise that we will open a high quality school that gives girls the voice and confidence to explore all that is possible. Because you matter we are just a phone call away if you need anything.