Ned Colletti with University Prep Value students

Ned Colletti, the former General Manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers, recently met with students on two occasions at University Prep Value. He shared how hard work and dedication helped him become a successful general manager, and how his passion brought him to his current position as a professor at Pepperdine University teaching courses on life management and planning.

Ned Colletti with University Prep Value students"Mr. Colletti was really interesting," said 11th grader Sheilla. "He said, 'steel sharpens steel.' It's like our values - we make each other stronger when we look out for one another. When we have each other's back."

In his Pepperdine University course called The General Manager, and his book The Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager, Mr. Colletti is bringing the skills he has garnered to help our students develop to their fullest potential. 

Value Schools is proud to have such dedicated professionals and scholars on our side!

Mr. Cambridge with special guest Koko ArchibongBeginning last Wednesday, and for five Wednesday's to come, members of the Value Schools Board of Directors are teaching a financial literacy course for students at University Prep Value High School.

The course is led by three Value Schools Board of Directors: Mr. Jeff Garcia (who graduated from Stanford), Mr. Vince Gonzales (who graduated from Stanford and Harvard), and Mr. Grant L. Cambridge (who graduated from Harvard). 

Each is a portfolio manager from Capital Group Companies, the manager of the American Funds. Founded in 1931, Capital Group is a privately held investment management firm located in Los Angeles, CA with assets under management of $1.7 trillion!

The Value School's Financial Literacy course is designed to alert, inform, and educate students in concepts of personal finance and money management. Five broad topics will be the foundation of the course: college and career planning, money management, savings and investing, income and spending. Students are exposed to concepts related to investing, savings, debt, interest rates, compounding, and basic company analysis. The course will also include a stock picking contest.

Mr. Jeff Garcia, Mr. Vince Gonzales, and Mr. Grant L. Cambridge with students

As the first-born son of Nigerian immigrants, my parents always gave me the chance to get great educational opportunities, but I never learned to take care of the money I made along the way."
-- Koko Archibong, Guest Speaker at Value Schools Financial Literacy Course

Grant Cambridge began the first session talking specifically about the basics of financial literacy: supply and demand, return on investments, and the power of compounding interest. And to highlight the impact these practices have in the real world, Mr. Cambridge brought along a very special guest speaker.

Koko Archibong received his education at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to became a professional basketball player. He shared his experience of investing and his attitude toward money with our students. "As the first-born son of Nigerian immigrants, my parents always gave me the chance to get great educational opportunities," he said, "but I never learned to take care of the money I made along the way." He explained to our students it was important to reevaluate his relationship to money in order to better plan for his future.

During the session, Mr. Cambridge helped students deconstruct their own understanding and relationship to money, and educated them on the basic underpinnings of savings, investing and financial planning.

We are all looking forward to learning more from these leaders in the financial field! Value Schools thanks its dedicated and passionate board for helping our students thrive!

We learn better when we work together!

Educators from all four Value Schools' campuses came together to share learnings on Individual Educational Plans

On February 21, leaders and teachers from our four Value Schools who work with students with Individual Educational Plans (IEPS) met at University Prep to share best practices. David Zitin, the RSP Coordinator from Everest Value, moderated the meeting. Meetings such as this one meet our CEO David Doyle's mandate for sharing the educational wisdom and expertise across our four Value Schools in order to better serve our students and their parents.

Students are getting ready to star in Beauty and the Beast!Forty students from Everest Value School and Downtown Value School are working together for the first time in the production of Beauty and the Beast.

Led by Ana Villanueva, Maria Pina and Alice Dryden of Downtown Value and Everest Value, the students are traveling to University Prep Value High School every Wednesday to rehearse with director Larry Watts and musical director Ms. Sullivan.

"Students not only have the chance to work with one another across our K-8 campuses," says Ms. Villanueva, "they also get to spend time and familiarize themselves with the University Prep Value High School campus. We want our kids to have a Value Schools education from kindergarten to 12th grade. Projects like this help students imagine themselves doing just that."

Director Larry Watts prepares Everest Value and Downtown Value students for Beauty and the Beast

Join us for one of three performances! June 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM; and on June 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. All performances will take place at Porticos Art Space, 2033 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104. Come join us for this special event!

Mr. T. with colleagues at Downtown ValueValue Schools is committed to weaving science into all classrooms while at the same time developing teacher's skills to better understand how young people learn best.

Taylor Wheeldin, or "Mr. T the Science Guy" as he's known on the K-8 campuses, has been working with Value Schools teachers to integrate science, technology, engineering and math into teacher's everyday, core curriculum.

Mr. T. began the lesson as if he were teaching the class, and teachers sat in for middle school students. With two photographs of an airplane and a sailboat, Mr. T. simply asked, "What do planes and sail boats have in common?"

Little did the teachers know the lesson would cover Bernoulli's principle, the theory within the study of fluid dynamics where an increase in the speed of a fluid occurs simultaneously with a decrease in pressure or a decrease in the fluid's potential energy.

Ms. Mares and Ms. Martinez working to understand Bernoulli's principleThrough examples, group work and experimentation, teachers came to understand one of the most influential principles in science. And by the end of the lesson, it was clear how sailboats navigate the seas, and how airplanes soar above our heads.

We at Value Schools are committed to focusing our efforts and experience to help all our educators get the guidance and skills they need to ensure all students reach their highest academic potential. By sharing lesson plans and expertise, teachers at each campus borrow and build on ideas, learning and supporting one another as they go.

jane1Science is everywhere, in and out of the classroom. When students like Arvin and Franciella have a chance to leave the University Prep Value High School campus and hear from experts, they get a deeper understanding of how the natural, mathematical and social sciences overlap. 

This month, high school students from University Prep Value and Central City Value were given the opportunity to see Jane, a documentary about the life and work of legendary scientist Jane Goodall.  Hosted by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Value Schools' scholars joined over 250 high school students to learn about Dr. Goodall's life and work with chimpanzees and environmental activism.

Chimps are similar to humans... It makes us all think more about how we relate to each other, here at school and around the world."
-- Franciella, University Prep Value High School student

University Prep Value High School students attending JaneValue Schools' students know that expanding educational horizons help them see more clearly how the world works, and how they themselves can further their own education to give back.

"It was part of our psychology class," said Arvin. "We went to learn about her work and how her studies changed how we think about ourselves."

"The documentary showed how they are just like us," Franciella explained. "Chimps are similar to humans. They mourn, they love, they get mad, they have time to play, they use tools, they can be violent and they even have civil wars. It makes us all think more about how we relate to each other, here at school and around the world."

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