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Bridgescape Students at the FBI

Students Learn About FBI Procedures

Students from Chicago Bridgescape Learning Academies recently visited FBI Headquarters in Chicago. They were participants in the first-ever community meeting with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), which seeks to bridge relationships between the community, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  This special opportunity to the students was arranged by the Enrollment Department.

Students learned about the use of force laws, policies, and procedures that exist in policing, and how those are applied to everyday situations. Students were able to be put in the real-life situations that law enforcement officers come across on a daily basis. They also learned about “The Color of Law” statute that protects the civil rights of all US Citizens. 

 

Finally, students got to enter the FATS (Firearms Training Simulator) which taught the students basic gun safety as well as placed them into scenarios that law enforcement officer deal with every day. The FATS trainer uses inert weapons in an interactive scenario where you forced to determine whether or not the use of force is necessary.

 

The students were able to connect with many different people from inside of state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as many community leaders to hold meaningful discussions that will increase the dialogue that happens between civilians and law enforcement.

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Main Street High Receives Florida School Recognition Award

Recognition Based on School Performance

 

Main Street High School in Kissimmee, Florida has received a financial award from the Florida Department of Education’s “School Recognition Program.”  This award is based on a school’s ability to: sustain high performance, make excellent progress, demonstrate exemplary improvement due to innovation and effort, or by improving more than one letter grade and sustaining the improvement the following school year.

Main Street High School received the state’s highest rating of “Commendable”, along with Andrews High School in Pompano Beach, and Chambers High School in Homestead.

Mrs. Tiffany Ward, Principal of Main Street High said, “I am very proud of our team. They did an outstanding job. Hopefully, this will be the motivation for this school year too.”

Schools selected for “School Recognition Awards” receive financial awards depending on the availability of funds appropriated and the number and size of schools selected to receive an award. According to Florida state law, school recognition awards must be used for the following: Nonrecurring bonuses to the faculty and staff; Nonrecurring expenditures for educational equipment or materials to assist in maintaining and improving student performance; or temporary personnel for the school to assist in maintaining and improving student performance.

 

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Charlottesville

Education Combats Intolerance and Hatred

The United States is the most diverse country on the face of the earth, and the vast majority of Americans embrace and benefit from a society made up of different races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and political opinions.

However, there are some who do not embrace the diversity that has long symbolized the United States as the “great melting pot”, and this fact was further evidenced this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At an event which was billed as “the largest assembly of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members in more than 50 years,” a thirty-two-year-old woman was killed, and 19 others injured, when a car - driven by a self-identified white nationalist - plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.

It has become increasingly evident that the United States is a politically divided country.  Regardless, we need to make sure that whatever we think politically, we clearly and loudly condemn any ideology that espouses bigotry, hatred, discrimination, and violence.

As an education company, we have an even more significant role to play in combating hatred and intolerance.

Educators teach far beyond textbooks and lesson plans. They teach by example, by the tone and words they choose, by how they treat others during moments of disagreement or tension.

From day one, and amplified by our 9 Core Values, EdisonLearning has advanced the belief that a school climate must encourage inclusion, promote tolerance, and embrace diversity. We know that a positive school climate reduces conflicts, harassment, bullying and violence -making schools safer and more inclusive. We also know that school climate fosters social and civic development while gradually bolstering student academic performance.

Bias is learned early, usually at home. When bias motivates an unlawful act, it is considered a hate crime, and hate today wears many faces.

Through education and proper school climate, children can learn, as Dr. King said, “to judge people not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

The United States has come too far in outlawing discrimination on many fronts over the past century to allow the proponents of hate and intolerance to poison American society.  Therefore, we each must remain vigilant, rise up against it - in greater numbers and with stronger voices.

Thom Jackson

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Class of 2017 Student Profiles

Students who overcame significant life challenges to complete their education and earn a high school diploma

These are profiles of students who overcame significant life challenges to complete their education and earn a high school diploma as a member of the Class of 2017 from an EdisonLearning network school.

 

Zhanae Hopkins: Chicago Roseland Bridgescape Graduate

In moving from the west coast to Chicago, Zhanae Hopkins not only relocated physically – she did mentally as well.  When Zhanae enrolled at the Bridgescape Roseland campus, she had already made up her mind that she could finish – and clearly displayed the determination that she would finish, and earn her diploma.

Zhanae’s family played an important role in her academic success, in addition to the Roseland teachers and staff.  Together, they provided Zhanae the solid support and encouragement to come to school each day, to learn, and succeed.

Not only did Zhanae graduate and was an “Achievement Award” winner -- she completed EVERY course with an “A”.  Zhanae was committed that she would not settle for anything less.

 

Trevon Thurman: Chicago Roseland Bridgescape Graduate

Trevon Thurman was a student who never was able to get motivated to attend school or work to his potential. He had no hopes of graduating this school year. He was lacked determination and commitment.

After having a conversation with the counselor and program director at the Chicago Roseland Bridgescape Academy, Trevon was provided a detailed analysis of his Individualized Success Plan.  With a clear path for success laid in front of him, Trevon was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once he saw that light - a fire was lit.

Trevon dedicated himself to his education, knowing that if he put his mind, heart, and soul into it, all things were possible. His diligence and focus paid off.  He was a “Bridgescape Achievement Award” winner, and a Class of 2017 graduate.  As a result, Trevon realizes that he has a bright future, and looks forward to continuing his educational journey.

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Class of 2017 Student Profiles

Students who overcame significant life challenges to complete their education and earn a high school diploma

These are profiles of students who overcame significant life challenges to complete their education and earn a high school diploma as a member of the Class of 2017 from an EdisonLearning network school.

 

Carl Velez: Chicago Brainerd Bridgescape Graduate

Carl Velez came to Englewood Bridgescape Academy (later transferred to Brainerd) from a traditional Chicago high school because he felt disconnected and the discipline structure was too harsh. He was about to drop out but he learned about Bridgescape from a close friend.

At Bridgescape, Carl felt at “home”. The teachers wanted him to be there, and they showed him that they had a personal investment in his future. Carl liked the structure of the program, as it allowed him to focus on one class at a time; and appreciated that teachers were always available to support him through one-on-one tutoring and in small group instruction.

The Bridgescape team consistently inspired him and encouraged him to persevere, knowing that he was a caregiver to his mother who faced a major health challenge. Due to the challenges he faced, more than once, Carl wanted to give up and drop out.

Yet, as he said, “Ms. Battle pushed me every day to work hard. When she showed me that she cared, it made me want to come to school every day”.  Carl made a promise to his mother that he would finish high school.  Sadly, Carl’s mother passed right before Mother’s Day.

As an extra incentive and encouragement, Mr. Ernest Williams, Program/Student Success Director, promised to buy Carl’s tux for the prom. With all that was going on he did not even think that he was able to go to prom.

In order to complete his course work, Carl worked at school during the day and from home in the evening. A few weeks before graduation, Carl successfully finished all of his course work and graduation requirements. He was able to finally relax and enjoy his senior prom.

As he walked across the stage at commencement, as an “Achievement Award” winner, Carl realized that he had fulfilled the promise to his mother. He knew that his mother was embracing him, and proud of him.

Carl is truly thankful for the commitment to his education shown by the entire Bridgescape team. Carl plans to work this summer and enroll in a post-secondary program this coming fall.

Going forward, the teachers and staff at the Brainerd Bridgescape look to remain connected with Carl, and to ensure that he is supported throughout his future educational endeavors. 

 

Mariah Gonzalez: Chicago Humboldt Park Bridgescape Graduate

Mariah Gonzalez had been a student at the Bridgescape Learning Academy Humboldt Park campus for nearly 3 years. She was classified as a sophomore at the end of last year. This year, however, Mariah came with a change of heart, and a new sense of purpose and commitment to her education. She set a goal for herself to graduate by her 18th birthday. She also wrote herself a letter, and recited the letter to the staff and students on a regular basis to share with them her rededication to learning and achieving. Most obvious of all, Mariah started attending both morning and afternoon sessions. Finding a Spanish class extremely difficult, Mariah would go into the hallway to record her lessons daily. At that time, she would past by the program director’s office and reminded the PD of her goal. She was determined, dedicated and unstoppable.

Mariah’s hard work and perseverance paid off when she was presented her high diploma on June 13, and was awarded $60,000 in scholarships to continue her educational journey.  In addition to achieving her own goal, Mariah served as a model for other students, by proving to them that every student can learn and succeed.

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