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Notes from the Delta - November 2013 Newsletter

From the Executive Director

Dear Friends, Family, & Supporters,

The past month has brought some exciting news on both our recent results and our plans for the future. The evidence is mounting that the hard work of our teachers and staff is paying off and thus building our desired reputation as the school of choice in the communities we serve. 

First, KIPP Delta was recognized as one of only two Arkansas recipients of the annual District Academic Growth Award at the recent APSRC fall conference. The award is based on achievement data generated by the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress test. While the bar for achieving the award indicates that districts must present evidence that 60% of its students show academic growth, KIPP Delta posted growth of 70% or higher in reading, math, and language. We certainly want to thank all of our hard working teachers for making this achievement possible – this award is dedicated to you!

Furthermore, the Office of Education Policy released its awards for high-achieving schools two weeks ago, this time focusing on high achieving secondary schools in the state. Our high school and middle school campuses in Helena and Blytheville all garnered high marks for achievement in Algebra, Geometry, and Grade Eleven Literacy. Our schools placed well both in the "High-Poverty" category across the state and within their regions overall. This is certainly a cause for us to celebrate the achievement of our schools! Please see the complete list of awards here.

Lastly, our high school campus held steady as the number four ranked high school in Arkansas according to U.S. News & World Report's most recent national rankings. Employing a comprehensive methodology of graduation rate, ACT scores, and Advanced Placement participation and scores, the publication has now ranked our high school as one of the effective in the state in producing college-ready graduates for three consecutive years. Our sincerest thanks and gratitude goes out to Todd Dixon, Stephanie Graham, and the entire high school staff on this outstanding accomplishment!

We are also proud to report that the Arkansas Department of Education charter authorizing panel approved our request to add grades nine through twelve in Blytheville with little to no discussion on November 13th - certainly a vote of confidence on the results we have garnered in Blytheville thus far. The road is now paved for us to keep the promises we have made to Blytheville's Class of 2018 to and through college. We could not be more excited for this development and are ready to begin assembling the team we will need to serve our high school KIPPsters in Blytheville!

This leads directly to the final point: we continue to seek outstanding talent as we build out our schools both next school year and beyond. If you or someone you know is interested in any of the following positions, please reach out to Jamie VanDeWalle:

  • Director of Finance
  • School Director
  • Assistant Principal
  • Teacher or Co-teacher

From our family to yours, please have a happy Thanksgiving and a great month!
Scott Shirey
Executive Director


Send Some Cheer this Holiday Season!

Are you looking for the perfect holiday cards to send your loved ones? Our KIPPsters have been busy crafting a solution for you! KIPP Delta students from all four schools worked on holiday-themed art projects with the hope of having their pieces turned into cards. While everyone produced excellent products, the winning selections came from Mr. Matt Balla’s class at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School and Mrs. Emily Ellis’s class at KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School.

KIPP Delta 2013 Holiday CardsYou can purchase your own set (or sets!) of these beautifully unique cards here.

The inside message reads "Wishing you a happy holiday season filled with laughter, joy and peace."  Each card is printed with the student artist’s name and graduation year on the back, so you know which KIPPster crafted each piece of art. Cards are sold in sets of 12, which include two copies each of the six designs. Envelopes are also included.  Cards will be on sale from now until December 6 th. Quantities are limited!

Please contact Sarah Regan with any questions about how to place your order
( or 870-714-1503).


Read, Baby, Read!

The culture of reading and excitement around achievement that has developed at each of our schools is palpable this year. Teachers and students alike have embraced our push for literacy growth and the results so far are very positive. At the end of October, in conjunction with Halloween, KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy hosted “Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day.” The costumes were fabulous and the students were thrilled to talk about their favorite book characters. You can see all the pictures from this festive day here.

KIPP Delta’s two middle schools are also pushing reading growth and have started a reading competition. KIPP Delta College Preparatory School (DCPS) and KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School (BCPS) are working tirelessly to read 10,000 books this year – at each school! As of last week’s tally, KIPP Blytheville is ahead by a relatively small margin: 1,731 books versus 1,667 books. Through the use of the online Accelerated Reader program, KIPP Blytheville’s sixth and seventh grades are also tracking the number of words that students have read this year. Once students become a “Word Millionaire” they will receive a prize. Leading the way is Desire Lee from the Class of 2019 with 804,355 words read in the first quarter of the school year.


Also in the News

Building a Better Tomorrow Capital Campaign

Class of 2014 College Acceptances!


Announcements and Highlights


Upcoming Events

  • November Field Lessons – November 16, 2013
  • Home Basketball Games in Helena – November 19, 2013
  • Thanksgiving Holiday – November 23, 2013 - December 1, 2013
  • Winter Holiday – December 21 - January 6, 2014
  • KIPP Blytheville SOUPer Bowl – January 31, 2014

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If you are a journalist or a member of the media and have an inquiry, please contact:

Carissa Godwin
Chief of External Affairs