February 2011 Spotlight on Success

February 16, 2011

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The charter school movement is dependent upon the hard work of visionary founders, leaders, and authorizers, plus dedicated teachers and volunteers and inspired students. The Association is proud to recognize several of them in this month.


Da Vinci Science charter school has won an award from the American Society of Engineering Education for its collaboration with aerospace defense company Northrop Grumman. Associates with the school will pick up the 2011 Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Award at a luncheon Feb. 2 in San Antonio, Texas. Read the Daily Breeze article for details.


Caleb Buckley, the director of Yuba River Charter School, has been named president of the national Alliance for Public Waldorf Education. Established in 1994 as the first Waldorf-methods charter school in the United States, Yuba River Charter School is a public institution that has become the model for Waldorf charter schools nationally. It is in the Bitney Springs area of western Nevada County. Read more in The Union.


Sherwood Montessori, a K-8 charter school in Chico, was recently invited to take part in the celebrated "Chefs Move! to Schools" program by national nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America. The school will receive approximately $2,000 worth of cookware from such top-name companies as All-Clad, Anchor Hocking, T-Fal and Zyliss. Sherwood's food-centric curriculum teaches its students how to grow healthful food and to cook. Learn more about the honor here.


Brian Martinez, principal of Grass Valley Charter School, has been named Middle Schools Principal of the Year by the Nevada County chapter of the Association of California School Administrators.


View Park Prep High School's football team has been honored by the L.A. City Council for excellence in the classroom and on the field. The City Section's Division III champions were cited by the council in a ceremony at city hall for the 43-man team's collective 3.3 grade point average. Read more about View Park Prep, the flagship campus of ICEF Public Schools, and this honor here.


Magnolia Science Academy's Future City team receives third place in the Regional Future Cities Competition sponsored by the National Engineers Week. The team won third place overall among 28 contestants with its city named "Call of Duty: Modern Healthcare." Additionally, the team received "Best SimCity" and "Best Model" special awards.

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