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Leona Group charter schools often become pillars in their communities, providing services, events and collaboration that unite and bring life to their neighborhoods. By building partnerships, holding community events and being a resource to area families, the schools have become friends to many. Every Leona school has many examples of community partnerships in action.

A few recent community outreach program examples: The South Pointe Learning Community is offering a series of festivals and events designed to bring neighbors, community organizations and educators together. Quarterly CommUnity Festivals unite neighbors in celebration and support of one another. The festival highlights family resources including employment, counseling, health services, after-school activities, art, food banks and more. The schools also host periodic community events such as Family Fun Nights where guests can explore science, math, language arts and social studies. At South Scioto Academy, the community enjoyed a Movie on the Lawn. Over 150 people came out for a special screening of Hocus Pocus on the big screen. The fall weather cooperated as families reserved space on the school lawn and enjoyed refreshments during the film.

graduates return just to let us know how they are doing. In are especially fortunate to have an alumnus working with our girls volleyball team.” ~ Alicia Alvarez,

principal and school leader, Alta Vista High School

Leona employees assembled for one of three kickoff events held in Arizona, Ohio and Michigan, a day of collaboration, professional development and sharing stories that remind us why every job at Leona is important, valued and significant.

Michigan Michigan’s event focused on Staging Quality at Detroit’s historic Masonic Temple. The venue came alive as Leona’s Michigan educators convened for a day focused on quality, improvement and engagement for all.

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KICKING OFF the SCHOOL YEAR

Anaid Jordan is a former Alta Vista High student and now a member of the Alta Vista High School staff. Anaid enrolled as a freshman in August of 2004 and graduated as class salutatorian in 2009. This past May, Anaid earned a degree in Spanish & Portuguese with minor in sociology and psychology from the University of Arizona. While a student at Alta Vista High, Anaid played on the girls volleyball team. With degree in hand, she returned to Alta Vista High to coach the 2011 volleyball team. Anaid is also pursuing a teaching certificate in Spanish and will be student-teaching at Alta Vista High School.

Ohio Ohio was “Under Construction,” with building and designing data team meetings, standards and results, value of teams and driving instruction using student work and results as the topics of their development day.

Arizona Growth for All was the focus in Arizona, where staff engaged in professional development surrounding effective elementary and secondary growth models.

Broward Community Charter School and Discovery Middle Charter partnered with Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine to participate in Operation Gratitude. Students donated their Halloween candy to send care packages to U.S. military men and women.

Family Times - November 2011  

Leona Group quarterly newsletter.