Monday Message for April 01, 2019

Upcoming Events

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Have questions? Call us at (661) 494-7454 or send an email to info@empowergenerations.org.

  • Learner Internships (3/1-5/31)
  • Senior Portfolio Preparation (Jan. 7 to May 31)
  • Get Smart Be You Workshop – the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
  • Spring Break – (4/15-4/22)
  • Friday, April 26th: iLEAD Antelope Valley Region Vision in Education Benefit Dinner (click here)

Message from the Director

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Dear Learners and Families,

What’s happening at EG?

It’s time to create mini-projects! Make sure that your final pieces of work really reflect what you have been learning.

We also had our first Senior Portfolio Defense of the year. Congratulations, Armida!

Learners, please reach out on days that you are absent. My direct line is (661) 537-3719.

Sha’Kirim “Sha’Ki” Brown

 

 

Important Message about Attendance

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The attendance rate at Empower Generations has decreased by 90%.

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your learner for success — both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your learner get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior, and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When learners are present, their grades and reading skills often improve — even among those learners who are struggling in school. Learners who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future. But when learners are absent for an average of just two days of school per month — even when the absences are excused — it can have a negative impact.

One of the most important things your learner can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: Attending school Monday-Thursday. In fact, research has shown that your learners’ attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his/her academic success.

Learners are encouraged to attend school on Monday OR Tuesday, AND Wednesday OR Thursday. This is a commitment that was made during the signing of Master Agreements, so it is imperative that our learners remain consistent.

Prom and Graduation are rapidly approaching. However, many learners will be unable to attend these events due to their lack of attendance and work completion. However, EG learners are extremely resilient, and I know that we can turn this around.

Fun Fact: National One Cent Day

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What do Benjamin Franklin, the phrase “mind your business”, and April 1 all have in common? The answer is the penny, which we recognize on National One Cent Day.

The United States first issued a one-cent coin produced by a private mint in 1787. It was designed by Benjamin Franklin. On one side it read “Mind Your Business” and the other “We Are One.” This coin was made of 100% copper was larger than today’s penny and came to be known as the Fugio cent.

It wasn’t until 1792 that the United States Mint was first created. The first coins struck by the newly established mint were called Chain cents, or Flowing Hair Chain Cents by collectors today. On one side of the coin was a circle of 13 links of chain representing the 13 colonies. On the reverse was an image of a woman with flowing hair, otherwise known as Liberty.

The one-cent coin was reduced in size in the 1850s to make the coin more economical and easier to handle. In 1856, the Mint produced the Flying Eagle cent with a wreath on the reverse side.

This coin was soon replaced with the Indian Head cent in 1859, which quickly became popular and remained in circulation for decades.

Today’s one-cent coin is made of copper and zinc and has borne the image of President Abraham Lincoln since 1909. From 1959 to 2008, the reverse featured the Lincoln Memorial. Four different reverse designs in 2009 honored Lincoln’s 200th birthday depicting various scenes from his lifetime and a new, permanent reverse – the Union Shield – was introduced in 2010.