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Student Spotlight: Loving math and art, and dreaming of becoming an architect

We connected over Zoom with Brandy Altamira, an 11th-grade student at Santee Education Complex, whose dream is to become an architect. Learn more about her and her incredible passion for math below. Brandy is grateful for all the support she has received from the school staff at Santee. ¿Cómo te sientes en Santee? / How...

Teacher PROfile: Sharon has been whole-child-centered for 33 years

We met virtually with Sharon Westbrook, 3rd-grade teacher at Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School, to learn more about her 33 years as an educator and her nuggets of wisdom during this period of distance learning. Sharon hopes we maintain a sense of community and generosity of spirit when we return to campus. Since the beginning...

Teacher PROfile: SEL Leads to Growth Mindset and Perseverance When Learning Becomes Difficult

We met virtually with Maria Mendez, Resource Specialist Teacher, Parent Engagement Lead, and former Restorative & College Culture Lead at Twentieth Street Elementary School to understand the important stage that social-emotional learning is taking during distance learning. Read more below. Maria strongly believes that SEL helps students persevere through difficult times.  How vital is social-emotional...

Student Spotlight: The Alto Sax Helped 8th-Grader Cope With the Pandemic

We connected virtually with Adam Barillas, an 8th-grade student at Hollenbeck Middle School to learn about his interest in music and how it helped him during the pandemic, and his year-long participation in the school’s music academy. Hollenbeck’s Music Academy is directed by Mr. Erick Quintanilla alongside Mr. Christian Melgoza, who is the strings director....

Student Spotlight: Graduates from the Partnership network share distance learning successes and challenges; responsibilities and motivation were key areas of focus

We connected virtually with graduates from all Partnership high schools — Santee Education Complex, MSTMA at Roosevelt, Mendez High School, Jordan High School, and Roosevelt High School — to get their perspectives on distance learning.  We asked them the same question: What was your biggest success during distance learning and what was your greatest challenge?...