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Notes from the Delta: February 2016

 
You make an impact every day in every way
Report details progress made by our schools and students
You made a big impact on our schools in 2014-15. Evidence of your impact can be found throughout our recently published Annual Report.
 
The report sheds light on the things we are able to do, thanks to your support—from expanding our facilities, to enrolling more students, to helping our students get to and through college.
 
The report presents a detailed snapshot of our progress through the lens of KIPP’s Six Essential Questions—a set of questions used by the national KIPP network that help us measure progress, keep us focused as we grow, and guide us in helping our students’ futures shine brighter.
 
Some of the information you will find in the Annual Report:
  • How many students do we serve?
  • What is our student retention rate?
  • Are our students meeting growth targets in math and reading?
  • How are KIPP Delta students performing on the ACT?
  • How many KIPP Delta graduates are still in college?
  • Are we retaining teachers and staff?
Read the report in its entirety now!
 
KIPPsters: On the move!
Check out our (soon-to-be) new homes

Unprecedented facility growth is on the horizon for KIPP Delta Public Schools, with KIPPsters in Helena, Blytheville, and Forrest City preparing to move to new facilities in the coming years.
 
In Helena, KIPP Delta has purchased the historic Beech Crest Elementary School from the Helena-West Helena School District. In Blytheville, we are in the final stages of purchasing the Central Elementary School from the Blytheville School District. And in Forrest City, a generous land donation will soon pave the way for a new campus to serve the students in that community.
 
One of the best parts of this growth is that it will breathe new life into empty buildings and revitalize local neighborhoods. But we will need your help to make these projects a reality. The facilities will require significant renovations and investment. YOU can help us bring these school buildings back to life by contributing to our revitalization efforts.
 
These new facilities are clearly game-changers for our schools and for the communities we serve. KIPP Delta will be able to serve more students, improve the quality of services provided, and build long-term regional infrastructure. Tentative plans are for the newly acquired buildings in Helena and Blytheville to house elementary students. Work will begin this spring, and we hope to have students in the buildings as soon as possible.

We look forward to updating you on these revitalization and renovation projects over the next few years. Thank you to the many donors, supporters, and friends who made this growth possible.
 
How to prepare children for college
Videos offer tips for parents

New videos produced through KIPP Delta’s KIPP Through College program are giving parents tools to prepare their children for college.
 
The videos touch on themes such as saving money for college and things parents can do to help students thrive academically.
 
Among the tips offered in the videos:
 
College creates opportunity
No matter what your student studies, college can open doors they’ve never imagined. College can change the trajectory of your life.
 
Prepare for the cost of college today
Start small. It doesn’t have to be a huge trust fund that kids are walking into. It can be $5 a paycheck. Having any savings makes your student more likely to attend college
 
Stay engaged with your kids’ lives
Know your children’s schedule, friends, and interests. What classes are they taking? What are they studying? Where are they spending their free time? Ask the tough questions. Talk to your children about dating, relationships, and even sex.
 
Encourage taking AP classes
Harder classes are more important than straight A’s. Taking challenging courses builds confidence moving forward. It’s OK to fail. As parents, you should share this message.
                 
Create lifelines for your kids
Extra-curriculars offer opportunities for entertainment and mentorship. Through school activities, students learn time management, teamwork, and other lessons they might not get in the classroom.
 
Show them love and respect
There’s some things you are going to get wrong. But you should still tell your children you love them and are proud of them. Kids will respond when they know you are in their corner.
 
Learn more about our KIPP Through College program!
 
Get ready for Beyond Z & Little Bites. Big Impact.
Annual events returning to Blytheville, Helena

 Over the next several weeks, we hope you will join us for a “double feature” of exciting events in Blytheville and Helena.
 
The excitement begins on February 20 with the annual Beyond Z gala in Blytheville. Then, on March 3, the annual Little Bites. Big Impact. event will return to Helena. Tickets for both events are on sale now. You can purchase tickets for Beyond Z and Little Bites. Big Impact. today!
 
Beyond Z is a celebration of students, staff, and community members who go “Beyond Z” in their pursuit of excellence at KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School and KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School. Held at Blytheville’s Holiday Inn, the event will feature student performances, a delicious dinner, and the annual Beyond Z awards. As a guest, you will also take home a unique gift as a thank-you for your support. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20.
 
Now in its third year, Little Bites. Big Impact. is a chance for you to join other friends and supporters at Phillips Community College Fine Arts Center for a delightful evening featuring “little bites” prepared by chefs traveling from Little Rock, Memphis, and Mississippi eateries. You and other attendees will be treated to special student performances and bring home a unique gift designed especially for you. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3.
 
Where could you take us?
Outstanding teachers needed for 2016-17

 KIPP Delta is looking for outstanding teachers to join our Team and Family for the 2016-17 school year.
 
KIPP Delta is a place where you can leverage your skills, knowledge, and character strengths to help prove what is possible in public education—that a college degree and a life of value, joy, and integrity are within reach for every student. We are looking for educators with the motivation, drive, compassion, and commitment to ensure ALL students reach their full potential.
 
Visit our website today to learn more, or to apply. Do you know someone who might like to make a difference and join the KIPP Delta Team? Share this link!
 
Applications are being taken now for numerous openings at our Blytheville, Helena, and Forrest City campuses, including the following:
  • Algebra teacher
  • Elementary special education teacher
  • Second-grade elementary classroom teacher
  • Fourth-grade elementary classroom teacher
  • Fine arts teacher
  • Elementary music teacher
  • High school social studies teacher
  • Spanish teacher
  • Part-time environmental science teacher
  • Middle school science teacher
  • High school AP English teacher

 
Climb to college underway
KIPP Delta students earn college acceptances

Preparing students from underserved communities climb the mountain to and through college is, of course, at the center of everything we do at KIPP Delta Public Schools.  
 
Our students’ hard work, coupled with your support, is making that climb possible. With the help of KIPP Through College advisors, KIPP Delta students start making college wish lists as early as eighth grade. We aim to have all students apply to nine colleges, including three “reach” schools and three “match” schools. We believe students should apply to reach schools, because that’s the only way to ensure they get to the best possible college. KIPP Through College is 100 percent funded by donors, and would not be possible without your support.

Your student could be the next one to join the climb to college at KIPP Delta. You can enroll your student or refer another student now!
 
Check out this list of colleges which have accepted KIPP Delta students for admission in 2016:
  • Arkansas State University
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Auburn University
  • Bacone College
  • Becker College
  • Belmont University
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Delta State University
  • Dillard University
  • Fisk University
  • Grambling State University
  • Henderson State University
  • Hendrix College
  • Howard University
  • Jackson State University
  • King’s College
  • Mississippi State University
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Philander Smith College
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Spelman College
  • Stephens College
  • Tennessee State University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Tougaloo College
  • The University of Arkansas
  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • The University of Arkansas at Monticello
  • The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • The University of Central Arkansas
  • The University of Memphis
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
  • The University of Tulsa
  • William Carey University
  • Williams Baptist College
  • Xavier University of Louisiana​

 

 

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

Carissa Godwin
Chief Development Officer
870-714-9635
carissa.godwin@kippdelta.org