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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."

10We are shaped by our communities and instructed by our values.

Since 2006, hundreds of students, staff and alumni from Central City Value High School have volunteered at Angelica Lutheran Church to serve thousands of Thanksgiving Day dinners to families in the Pico Union community.

Our tradition with Angelica Lutheran Church began in 2003 when Rev. Carlos Paiva generously provided classroom space to Central City Value in its first year of operation.

As our school community has grown, giving back has become a Value Schools-wide tradition. University Prep Value High School and Everest Value School have joined their peers from Central City Value to give back to their Pico Union families and neighbors.

Value Schools CEO David Doyle reflected on the commitment he made to Rev. Carlos and his community in 2006.
“We are grateful for their support,” said Doyle, “and we serve each year because we want students to remember the kindness given to them and then to ‘pay it forward.’ Without the support of Rev. Carlos over the years, Central City Value High School would not exist today.”

It feels nice to be able to provide service to those who are less fortunate and might not be able to afford a meal with their families.  It gives me time to reflect on what we have and for what we are thankful."
-- Brenda S., University Prep Value High School student

Alumni return each season to do just that. Jennifer G., an alumnus from Downtown Value in 2007, Central City Value in 2011, and graduate from California State University, Northridge in 2015 said, “I volunteer because it gives me an opportunity to give back to my community and because I enjoy helping others. It’s very rewarding seeing how happy the families get when we serve them a thanksgiving dinner.“

But even students too young to remember the first days of Central City Value understand the importance of their service.

“Serving on Thanksgiving has become a tradition of giving back,” said Brenda S., an 11th grade student at University Prep Value High School. “It feels nice to be able to provide service to those who are less fortunate and might not be able to afford a meal with their families.  It gives me time to reflect on what we have and for what we are thankful.”

 

Rev. Carlos was so moved by the commitment Value Schools has shown to the Pico Union community, he testified before the LA City Council to secure a Conditional Use Permit for University Prep Value. His testimony, along with those from Value Schools’ parents, students and faculty, allowed for the construction of our second high school completed just in time for the 2017 school year.

Sadly, Rev. Carlos passed away in November of 2016, but the commitment of Value Schools continues to thrive.

orientationStarting any new enterprise, adventure or career comes with excitement, trepidation and even some anxiety.

Value Schools launched the VS Orientation Team in the summer of 2017 to inform new recruits about what it means to be a part of the Value Schools community. 

Mr. Doyle fashioned a team of students, parents and veteran teachers that could distill and convey their Value Schools experience to new board members, teachers and staff.

The focus was to understand the words of the values, and how those words can be turned into action. Some actions are small, some large, but when practiced daily, the values can be used to accomplish big goals.

Ligia Salazar, Office Manager at Everest Value School, managed the Team and helped decide how the core values would be best explained to the newest members of the Value Schools’ family.  Over dinner at headquarters, seasoned leaders met with new recruits, heard testimonials and watched videos illustrating the values. Team members discussed the impact Value Schools has had on their education, their careers, and their families.

For example, Edgar Ballesteros – a graduate of Downtown Value, Central City Value, and UC Santa Barbara – conveyed how the values compelled him throughout his own educational career. And after receiving so much from Value Schools, Mr. Ballesteros said he returned to Central City Value to give back to his community, now as a teacher!

Other members of the team shared stories and experiences as well, and newcomers left the orientation with a clearer sense of how the values can move from words to action.

 

Follow-up meetings are planned for the second semester to further develop our new practitioners understanding of the values.

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