Monday Message for April 29, 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
  • SBAC Testing – (May 13th – 17th)
  • Prom “Masquerade Ball” – May 24th at 6 p.m.

Message from the Director

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Dear Learners and Families,

What’s happening at EG?

Do not forget to buy prom tickets from Ms. Shantoria at Innovation Studios.

It’s Testing Season!

In schools across the country, facilitators are implementing new academic standards that provide consistent guidelines in English and math at each grade level and help prepare learners to graduate high school ready for college and the workplace. These new benchmarks challenge learners to develop a deeper understanding of subject matter, learn how to think critically, and apply what they are learning to the real world.

To help families, facilitators, and school leaders know whether learners are on the path to success, states joined together to develop improved tests of learner achievement. The Smarter Balanced Assessments have replaced existing tests in English and math for grades 3-8 and high school. Administered online, these new assessments will adapt to each learners’ ability, giving facilitators and parents better information to help learners succeed.

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

Sha’Kirim “Sha’Ki” Brown

Learner Spotlight: Angie

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What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

  • People are surprised to know that Angie is a mom.

What is something you are passionate about?

  • Angie is passionate about music. She is a member of the church choir.

Tell me about being a teen mother.

  • Being a teen mom is easy and comes naturally because Angie has a lot of support.

How has Empower Generations supported you as a parent and as a learner?

  • EG has supported Angie as a parent through the Child Development course.
  • EG has supported Angie as a learner by placing her on a path for her to graduate early.

Take a few minutes to watch this video and hear more from Angie, plus other learners and staff!

Fun Fact: National Peace Rose Day

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Each year on April 29th, we recognize National Peace Rose Day. The day is set aside to honor the “Peace” rose, a well-known and fruitful garden rose.

The light yellow to large cream-colored flowers of the Peace Rose have slightly flushed crimson pink petal edges. It is a hybrid tea rose that is hardy, vigorous and highly resistant to disease.

French horticulturist Francis Meilland, developed the Peace Rose between 1935 and 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France, to protect the new rose, he sent cutting to his friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States. It is believed these cuttings were sent to the United States on the last plane available before the German invasion.

The rose received different names in each country it was sent. In France, it was called “Madame A. Meilland” in honor of the breeder’s mother. In Italy, it was called Gioia, meaning Joy. In Germany, the name of the rose was Gloria Dei, for “glory to God.” In the United States, the rose was named Peace.

As the Second World War was coming to a close in Europe, the trade name “Peace” was publicly announced on April 29, 1945, the name it was given in the United States. Later in 1945, Peace roses were given to each delegate at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations, in San Francisco, with a note that read: “We hope the Peace rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace.”