KIPP Academy Boston Celebrates Their Opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Festivities included a concert by 25 1st-2nd Grade Chamber Choristers, 6th grade student Bladimir Rodriguez, speeches from KIPP:MA Exec Director Caleb Dolan, 8th grade parent Cassandra Rhea, Principal Nikki Barnes, then the Cutting of the Ribbon by KAB and KABE Principals

KIPP Massachusetts celebrated the opening of its newest campus on 37 Babson Street in Mattapan with a Ribbon Cutting at their new home for both KIPP Academy Boston Elementary and Middle School students.  The new school building, designed by Arrowstreet architects and built by Consigli Construction, opened to students on August 10th with orientations for Kindergartners and 5th graders and the following week for upper classmen.  In Boston, KIPP:MA currently serves 216 students in grades K-2, and 287 students in 5th-8th grade and will grow to serve 648 students in grades K-8 at full enrollment in 2017.  Over 100 supporters of the schools, including Board members, donors, parents, staff and 6 government officials, Senator Forry, Councilor Andrea Campbell, State Representative Russell Holmes, Walter Apperwhite from Representative Tim McCarthy’s office and State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez attended the event.

Executive Director, Caleb Dolan addressed the significant investment that KIPP has made in the Boston community, stating that KIPP’s commitment to use the school as a community center as well as an educational institution will benefit residents of that neighborhood, sharing that our teachers, leaders, kids and families have worked hard to earn this beautiful building.  He explained that the work that happens inside the building is even more impressive than the building itself stating that the real reason we’re here is the incredible work that our students, teachers, and staff are doing every day in class.  The new KIPP Academy Boston campus is the most recent step in a journey that began in 2004 when founder Josh Zoia opened KIPP Academy Lynn school.

Mr. Dolan referred to KIPP Boston’s growing Family and Community Learning program.  Today, over 290 adults take education classes in Lynn (with a waiting list); everything from ESL classes, citizenship, computer literacy, financial planning, parenting workshops, wellness and zumba, learning about the achievement gap and monthly family events and the Boston program will double in size this year. Through deliberate outreach KIPP has begun to build relationships with families of the students and is working to empower and educate parents to enable them to support their children’s journey to and through college.

6th grader,  Bladimir Rodriguez started at KIPP Academy Boston last year and shared how KIPP has helped him grow and achieve more while addressing his hope that the charter cap is lifted allowing KIPP to open a High School in Boston.  8th grade parent, Cassandra Rhea also shared her personal story on how KIPP has helped her children and her hope for a KIPP Academy Boston High School.

Principal Nikki Barnes began her speech with an introduction and compelling song that elicited a standing ovation.  She shared her compassion for serving kids who need us most, starting in Kindergarten, because they matter and their lives matter.  She shared that these kids deserve great schools and we owe it to them to provide it for them.   A seven minute video of her speech is posted on our website @ http://kippma.org/donate/

KIPP Academy Lynn Alums Return to Teach at KIPPMA

Lynn, MA — Four KIPP Alums Natalia Rosa, Chyna Hope, Kelsey Mullen and Olivia Wright returned to KIPP this fall to teach after graduating from college this past May.  Natalia Rosa is an English as a Second Language Specialist at KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary (KALE).  Chyna Hope and Kelsey Mullen are Teaching Fellows at KALE.  Olivia Wright is a Math Teaching Fellow at KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School.

 “I have learned a great deal after a month as a Teaching Fellow at KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary.  This past week we started our first week of science, helping our Kindergarteners build their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skillsI am excited to be making a difference in these young KIPPSters lives and to be a part of closing the achievement gap for them.” – Chyna Hope, 1st year Teaching Fellow at KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary

KIPPMA Teaching Fellows are aspiring teachers who have less than one year of experience leading a classroom.  They are committed to ensuring all students in the Boston area have access to a high quality education.  They spend a year in a classroom with a highly-effective KIPP teacher, observing and practicing all of the components of effective and reflective teaching.   They work alongside result-driven educators and administrators who are willing to do whatever it takes to see students succeed.  Over the course of the year, teaching fellows gradually take on responsibilities, learning and practicing components of teaching in real classrooms with the coaching and support they need.

We added 24 Teaching Fellows to our classrooms this year with plans to grow to a total of 40-50 fellows over the next few years.   Our hope is for these fellows to become lead teachers who will continue to develop through individualized instructional coaching and stay with us for many years to come.” – Caleb Dolan, KIPPMA Executive Director