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Join the Wellness Committee!

Dear Stakeholder

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious health epidemics facing America today. The American Medical Association now recognizes obesity as a disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of children and teens in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is leading to a range of health problems that previously were not generally seen until adulthood, including high blood pressure, type II diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. We believe we have a responsibility to improve the health and well-being of our children.

Experience shows that schools can be powerful places to make behavioral and environmental changes for students and staff. To make our school environment healthier, our school is forming a School Wellness Committee. The purpose of the committee is to bring together representatives from the school and community who can help us address issues facing the health and well-being of our children and Youth.

As a parent/community member/stakeholder, your input is particularly important, and we would be honored to have you as a School Wellness Committee member. We understand that your time is valuable, and we want you to know we are committed to making changes in policies and programs that will positively affect the health of our students and school staff. We will be examining and planning for changes in the classroom, cafeteria, playing fields and more. We are following the Healthy Schools Program, which is part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The Alliance is aimed at reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity. The Healthy Schools Program provides technical assistance, resources, and tools to help our school create a healthier environment for students and staff. Our goal is to obtain the Bronze Level Recognition this year.

Our first meeting will take place on January 6, 2016 at Kirkwood from 2pm-3pm. We will provide a conference call number if you want to participate but cannot attend. We anticipate holding under-an-hour meetings monthly until April. If you have any questions, or want to know more about what sort of responsibilities you would have as a member, please contact me at LaTanya Crooms, School Nutrition Manager 404.622.2727 or lcrooms@ivyprepacademy.org. We hope you will accept our invitation and join us in taking action against the growing youth obesity epidemic.

Sincerely,

LaTanya Crooms
School Nutrition Program Manager

Ivy Prep Gwinnett Scholar Elected State President of Beta Club

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Seventh grader Selina Vazquez-Mendoza has made Georgia history as the first girls’ charter school student to be elected state president of the prestigious Beta Club for high academic achievers.

Vazquez-Mendoza, 12, is an honor student at Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett. She will serve as Georgia’s Beta Club president for one year and compete for the national presidency in New Orleans this summer. The National Beta Club, which has been serving students for 80 years, is the country’s largest independent youth organization. It promotes scholarship, leadership, character, and community service, and has more than 350,000 members nationwide.

“It feels good to be the state president,” said Vazquez-Mendoza. “I want to help others who want to become leaders like me to follow their dreams.”

Vazquez-Mendoza is the first Ivy Prep Gwinnett scholar elected to a state office. She was nominated for Beta Club after a successful year in sixth grade. Ivy scholars in grades 6-8 who have good behavior and a grade point average of at least a 3.5 are recommended by teachers to be considered for membership in the elite organization.

“There is a high standard to be in Beta Club,” said Asia Aaron, an eighth grader at IPA Gwinnett. “You have to be a really good student. Beta Club helps you prepare for the future and it looks great on your resume as you apply for high school and college.”

IPA Beta Club members in grades 7-8 travel to the annual state leadership conference each year to compete against other chapters and attend leadership seminars. Vazquez-Mendoza won the state presidency during the school’s visit to the conference on Nov. 19-20 at Macon Marriott City Center.

Dr. LaShunda Hawkins, assistant principal at IPA Gwinnett, picked the seventh grader to run for state office. Vazquez-Mendoza said Ivy Prep’s focus on perseverance, leadership, engagement, and professionalism helped her to overcome some of anxiety over public speaking and meeting new people.

“I used to be really shy when I was younger,” she said. “The minute that I would stand up in front of the class my brain would go blank. Ivy Prep helps you to be more confident in yourself. You learn about leadership, public speaking, and have the opportunity to make a lot of new friends. With the help of my family, my friends, and my teachers, I overcame my fears.”

During the Macon conference, Vazquez- Mendoza cheered on her Beta Club teammates as they competed in the Quiz Bowl, Tower-building, Banner Design, and Living Literature events. Then, it was her turn. She battled butterflies in her stomach as she practiced her speech for the election. Her challenge seemed daunting. She had to introduce herself to a conference of more than 400 students, gain their trust quickly, and convince them to support her bid for president.

“Sophia, the Beta Club president at Ivy, told me to come into the restroom and repeat my speech over and over loud enough so that everybody could hear me when I walked up to the podium,” Vazquez-Mendoza recalled. “She kept telling me ‘Louder! Louder!’”

Other members also came in to coach her. “It was a wonderful team effort,” Dr. Hawkins, Beta Club sponsor, said.

selinaVazquez-Mendoza was the ninth and final candidate to give her speech to the packed room. Her Ivy Beta Club team members joined her on stage to do a skit and dance performance afterwards. Then, voting was held.

The following day, Vazquez-Mendoza was called on stage and named state president.

“When they announced my name as the winner, everybody screamed,” she said. “I called my parents right after. They were very happy.”

The good news brought Veronica Vazquez-Mendoza, Selina’s mother to tears. Her father Jose Vazquez-Mendoza was also floored. “I cried because I was so happy,” Veronica Vazquez-Mendoza said. “I knew that she was smart, but I never expected anything like this. I couldn’t believe it. Her father was so excited.”

Mr. Chaz Patterson, principal of IPA Gwinnett, is still beaming over the win. “I’m elated and overjoyed, not for just the school, but for Selina,” he said. “I have seen tremendous growth in her. It’s great to see that her fellow students in the state of Georgia also see her leadership potential. This is just a stepping stone in her limitless potential.”

The seventh grader says her win is proof that with the support of teachers, friends, and family that students can overcome anything. “I want to tell my fellow scholars that even though they have obstacles, they can achieve their goals,” she said. “If we help each other, we don’t have to struggle as much.”

The entire Ivy Prep Beta Club shared in her victory, Dr. Hawkins said. “Even though we had some sad faces after tough team competitions, when Selina won the presidency, she did it with the help of her sisters at Ivy. The fact that we walked away with the state presidency shows that our girls did an awesome job.”

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Gwinnett’s Nationally Ranked Beta Club Continues To Aim High

Administrators at Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett recently inducted high-achieving scholars into the Beta Club, IPA’s first student organization to receive national recognition for the academic prowess of its members.

The Ivy Prep Academy Beta Club promotes scholarship, leadership, character, and community service. Ivy scholars in grades 6-8 who have good behavior and a grade point average of at least a 3.5 are recommended by teachers to be considered for membership in the prestigious organization.

“It’s an honor to be in Beta Club,” said Dr. LaShunda Hawkins, assistant principal at IPA Gwinnett, who serves as the new sponsor for Beta Club. “It teaches you how to become a leader and how to work as a team. “
Beta Club members in grades 7-8 travel to an annual state leadership conference each year that features motivational speakers and club competitions.

Ivy Prep scholar Selena Vasquez was elected as state president during the Beta Club state conference on Nov. 19-20 at Macon Marriott City Center.

In July, four members of Ivy Prep’s Beta Club – Jedidah Titus, Mackenzie Williams, Shama Khan and Janai Kameka – competed as a team at Junior Beta Club’s national conference in Nashville, Tenn., where they placed fourth playing a Jeopardy-style Quiz Bowl game that tested their mastery of math, literature, social studies, and science. The scholars took a test with 25 questions and a bonus essay to earn a spot in the final rounds. They competed against teams from 35 states across the country.

“We are the only group in Georgia that made the top four,’’ beamed Mr. Chaz Patterson, principal of IPA Gwinnett. “I was so elated that our girls went in and did what they needed to do and got fourth place.”

“This is the first Ivy Prep group to make it to nationals,” said Ms. Linda Desmond, who led the organization last school year and attended nationals with the group. “I am really proud of them. They learned that they can achieve anything that they put their mind to.”

Beta Team Ivy qualified for nationals after winning second place in the Quiz Bowl at the state conference in Macon last November. The team defeated 75 contenders. Ivy Prep took 36 Beta Club members to the overnight conference to compete in a variety of events that showcased their intellectual and artistic talents.

Ivy Prep’s Beta Club is a local chapter of National Beta Club, the country’s largest independent nonprofit youth organization. National Beta Club has been serving scholars for 80 years. It has more than 350,000 members nationwide.

Beta Club is one of Ivy Prep’s largest student organizations. In addition to attending the state conference, club members also host community service activities.

Sixth graders become eligible for Beta Club membership after report cards are issued.

“We are looking at kids who have been on the honor roll and who exemplify our Prep Values – Professionalism, Responsibility, Engagement and Perseverance,” Hawkins said. “We teach them about leadership and everything they need to know to prepare for college.”

Ivy Prep Scholars Share Charter Experience At National Convention

DSC_3307Two Ivy Preparatory Academy scholars recently shared their views on charter school education at a national conference sponsored by the Black Alliance for Educational Options.

The scholars, Devante McDaniel, an eighth grader at Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy, and Khelsei Dorsett-Wilson, a seventh grader at Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett, were invited to speak at BAEO’s 7th Annual Seminar on Education Policy and Parental Choice.

More than 80 school administrators, teachers, lawmakers and community organizers from across the country attended the two-day conference at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Hotel. The meeting featured seminars on promoting school choice, fighting for national standards in education, and improving access to quality schools through scholarships.

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BAEO is a national nonprofit organization that believes that all children deserve a quality education. The group empowers parents and students to exercise school choice and find educational options that fit their needs. BAEO offers guidance to families seeking enrollment in high-performing charter, magnet, and private schools.

Ivy Prep’s Dorsett-Wilson, who spoke at the BAEO conference luncheon, said that she chose Ivy Prep because it was the best fit for her as a scholar.

“Ivy has changed me in many ways,” the seventh grader told the audience. “I have broken out of my shell, and I have become a leader. I have seen and experienced many wonderful things like college tours and the first graduating class at Ivy Prep and much more. I have a whole new college mindset.”

Dorsett-Wilson said that Ivy Prep offers college planning for students that is typically not found at the middle school level in traditional public schools. “There are college flags all around the campus,” she said. “We even have a college and career planning class.”

Dorsett-Wilson told the group that Ivy Bound classes have helped her to research colleges that she is interested in and choose a major. “I am going to Stanford University to study law.” Her announcement was greeted by applause.

DSC_3319Ms. Alisha Morgan, executive director of Ivy Prep Academies, and Mr. Chaz Patterson, principal of Ivy Prep Gwinnett, attended the luncheon with Dorsett-Wilson. Morgan also spoke at the BAEO conference.

“We welcome the opportunity to provide our scholars with a chance to highlight their journey and success at Ivy Prep,” Morgan said. “School choice is a civil rights imperative. We hope that other families will be empowered to pick the schools that are right for their children.”

McDaniel spoke during the conference’s closing session. He was eager to share insight about the benefits of single-gender education and leadership training at IPYMLA. He was accompanied by his principal, Mr. Derick Brown.

“I feel very honored to represent my school,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel told the audience that IPYMLA is preparing him for the future. He said that he is learning in classes with few distractions led by caring teachers who even come in on Saturdays to help students learn.

McDaniel said Ivy Prep believes that he is college material. McDaniel plans to study business at the University of Georgia and work for Nike someday. He also wants to own a business.

“Ivy Prep pushes me to my limits because they want me to succeed,” McDaniel told the audience. “They want me to go to the college of my choice and succeed there and in my career.“

IPA To Expand K-8 Academic Programs

Ivy Preparatory Academies is expanding its K-8 academic program to include more enrichment opportunities and exposure to college and careers for students.

The program expansion will provide additional support services to increase rigor for students meeting and exceeding standards that need more challenging lessons and assist those who are struggling in core subjects.

“We will build on our foundation of excellence and focus on what we do best – elementary and middle school,” said Alisha T. Morgan, executive director of Ivy Prep Academies. “Ivy Preparatory Academies is known for its high-quality single-gender education. We offer students a college preparatory environment that is innovative and rigorous. We are laser-focused on boosting achievement and taking our schools to the next level.”

The K-8 expansion comes on the heels of an approval by the State Charter Schools Commission that formally allows Ivy Prep to focus on serving students in K-8. On Thursday, the commission voted unanimously to approve an amendment that changed Ivy Prep’s charters making them K-8 charter schools.

High school classes at Ivy Prep ended on Oct. 30. High school teachers will continue to offer tutoring, college counseling and test prep for the 90 students that were displaced by the closing of Ivy Prep’s blended model program. A high school transitions coordinator helped to place the students in new high schools across the metro area.

“We have attempted for over three years to adjust the model and accommodate parents who wished to send their children to high school at Ivy Prep, but the stakes are just too high,” Morgan said. “We will not try to build a program while risking on time graduation for the scholars we’ve invested so much in through our elementary and middle school programs.

“We were unable to fulfill our mission to equip our scholars to succeed at the colleges and universities of their choice in our high school program. We apologize to parents, scholars and anyone affected by the decision. It was extremely difficult for our academic leaders, some of whom taught many of the scholars in middle school,” Morgan added. “We have committed ourselves to always do what is in the best interests of scholars. Our mission remains the same, and we will stay connected, and provide the support our departing high schoolers need and deserve as they go to and through college.”

Programs under IPA’s new K-8 focus are already taking shape.

IPA’s flagship campus in Gwinnett will offer gifted classes for high-achieving students next school year. The curriculum expansion will increase the number of gifted certified teachers at IPA Gwinnett adding more rigor to the curriculum. Students recommended for gifted instruction will be tested later this school year, said Chaz Patterson, principal of Ivy Prep Gwinnett.

IPA Kirkwood School for Girls will expand its academic coaching efforts. The school began a pilot project this year under the direction of Dr. LaKeascha Jett called the Early Intervention Program. Jett, a veteran educator with 17 years of experience, provides one-on-one academic support to students who are falling behind in their studies.

Ivy Prep Young Men’s Leadership Academy will continue working with the state to improve the literacy and language skills of students. The school has partnered with the Governor’s Office Of Student Achievement in a three-year initiative to boost reading scores. The language and literacy partnership is pushing scholars to read at and beyond grade level. The program provides weekly teacher training and classroom support from an expert coach in the state’s Reading Mentor Program.

IPYMLA is one of nine school districts in GOSA’s North Georgia region to participate in the Reading Mentor Program. Statewide the outreach serves “thousands” of students including those in Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Schools, said Kimberly Turner, program manager for the language and literacy initiative.

As the K-8 program expands, Morgan is seeking partnerships with national foundations and organizations to provide new academic opportunities for scholars. “Parents, our scholars, and our stakeholders can rest assure that we remain ‘Ivy Strong’ and focused on providing a high quality public education to existing and future scholars,” Morgan said.

2015-2016 Team Ivy Roster Announcements

We would like to thank all scholars who participated in this year’s basketball and cheerleading tryouts. Please see the roster selections below for our 2015 – 2016 IPA Basketball and Cheerleading Team. Congratulations!

Parents please read the bottom portion in reference to the fee collection process on each campus. Questions and or comments can be directed to the following email: twaller@ivyprepacademy.org

The YMLA at Kirkwood Boys Basketball Team

Mohamad Diallo
Eliot Harrison
Jimari Monroe
Jovon Howard
Mychal Glenn
Antonio Gates
Gabriel Britt
JaJuan Dixon
Jakei Banks
Justin Jackson
Jakyre Best
Ryan Hanks
Cornelius Strong
Therrian Alexander

Alternates:
De’Antoine Jones
Jaden Williams

*In the event that a participant must be replaced for unforeseen reasons, these scholars will have the opportunity to partake in the season. Please report to practice until informed not to do so by Coach Spencer.

Manager: Gionni Gilder

The Ivy Prep Academy at Kirkwood for Girls Cheerleaders

Per the request of the Administration, please see Coach Shull Tuesday morning for a special letter for all participants and parents.

Ivy Prep Academy at Gwinnett Basketball Team

Londe Hall
Janet Fasesin
LaDeja Lancaster
Jahue Hawkins
Zipporah Thompson
Daijah Figgures
Kyler Woods
Alexandria Pearson
Lauren Edwards
Kenia Calderon
Alexis Weeks
Gabrielle Hudson

Ivy Prep Academy at Gwinnett Cheerleaders

Summer Wysinger
Shakayla Hadden
Gabrielle Sampson
Deja Green
Jahayla amy-Willams
Aziamel Richards
Makenze Mathis
Meico KSavage
Kaia Wright
Tai-Charle Walker
Amara Noble
Gabriella Brooks
Imani Thorne
Camille Gunter
Deborah Adeojo

Alternates:
Kameo Hilaire
Amerra Thompson

*In the event that a participant must be replaced for unforeseen reasons, these scholars will have the opportunity to partake in the season. Please report to practice until informed not to do so by Coach Wysinger.
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Participation Fees Notice:
All participation fees are due on Thursday, October 15, 2015 to secure your scholars’ spot the roster. Please turn in the fees to the designated personnel only on each campus. Cash, money orders, or certified checks are acceptable. No personal checks will be accepted. If a personal check is turned in by your scholar it will be returned to you. A receipt will be provided for your records from the designated personnel only.

Fee Collection Personnel by Campus:
Kirkwood Campus – Ms. Montgomery located in the Front Office
Gwinnett Campus – Dr. Waller located in the Fitness Center

Non Payment of Participation Fees:
In the event that the participation fees are not paid in full, unfortunately your scholar will be removed from their team on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. They will not be permitted to continue with practices any further from this date. They maybe replaced with an alternate.

Special Notice for Gwinnett Parents:
A delay in your payment for the participation fees will affect your scholar’s uniform being order. Thus, if the fees are not paid by Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The scholar uniform will not be ordered and the fees may increase due to ordering the uniform separately.

A Letter from the Governing Board of Ivy Preparatory Academies

Dear Ivy Prep Parent:

Ivy Preparatory Academies has a rich history of serving public school scholars with innovative programs. We are Georgia’s first single-gender public charter school and have been a beacon for education reform and advocacy.

We fought to open our doors in 2008 after our charter petition was denied three times by the local school district. Our parents and scholars rallied publicly for the passage of the Georgia Charter Schools Amendment on their own time. In fact, one of our children became the poster child for the movement when she gave a televised testimony in her green dress jacket about the need for more school choice in her neighborhood. The ad helped scores of Georgians with and without children understand that the future of thousands of students trapped in failing public schools was in jeopardy if they didn’t vote to expand school options in Georgia.

Ivy Prep pushes to change laws; we do not work behind the scenes to circumvent them. That is why we, as governing board members of Ivy Prep, take issue with the serious allegations made against our school on ajc.com Thursday Oct. 8, 2015, by a community activist and “supporter” who does not have children at IPA. The op-ed contained erroneous information. We would like to set the record straight.

Our decision to close the high school program at our three campuses was made with careful consideration of the impact on our scholars and staff. We simply couldn’t afford to offer a high quality competitive high school when we are funded at half of the rate of traditional public schools. We were not meeting our mission to thoroughly equip high school scholars to succeed at the colleges and universities of their choice. Our students were under-performing compared to their peers as they grew frustrated taking the majority of their core subjects online instead of face-to-face with a caring teacher. Our average SAT score was 1203, which is more than 200 points below the national average of 1490 and the state average of 1450.
The suggestion to close high school for the 2015-16 school year was initially recommended during a public board meeting in March before the school’s new executive director, Alisha T. Morgan was hired. That pivotal meeting last spring had low parent turnout.

Soon after Ms. Morgan became the new Ivy Prep Executive Director, she continued research on the effectiveness of the high school model by meeting with parents and students to discuss grades and rate their satisfaction with the program. When it became apparent that the delivery model was not educating children in a matter that met our high expectations, it became necessary to treat the situation as an emergency.

Upon receiving notification from the Ivy Prep Executive Director, the governing board directed the schools’ leadership in partnership with the board’s Academic Standards Committee to conduct a formal assessment of the high school program. The study results, along with feedback from stakeholders, validated Ms. Morgan’s concerns and ultimately led the board to make the difficult decision to recommend closing Ivy’s High School. During a regularly scheduled meeting of the board that was posted on our website, a vote was taken to do what was in the best interests of students.

We regret that our swift action may have upset our parents and scholars, but we stand behind our decision to close high school. We were not meeting the academic needs of the 90 students that we were entrusted to educate. Any delay on the closure could have negatively impacted the ability of our seniors to have the time necessary to meet graduation requirements at their home schools. We recognize the gravity of this decision and its impact on our scholars and their families. Our hearts go out to those scholars who had aspirations of becoming the second class of Ivy Prep high school graduates.

We sincerely apologize to those who may feel disenfranchised by our decision. We as administrators and board members are called on to lead and look at the big picture. Most of our parents and staff understand our decision and appreciate our intent. We are committed to supporting the transition of our scholars and are working diligently to identify high school programs that will effectively prepare them academically to enter the college and university of their choice.

Administrators and staff held three meetings with high school families to discuss transition plans and share confidential student data that showed that most high school scholars were falling below standards in their core academic classes. We will continue to support our high school students throughout the academic year by offering them tutoring, SAT prep, and college tours.

Less than one-third of Ivy Prep’s eighth graders choose to stay with us for high school because we cannot offer them a traditional experience with sports teams and a large faculty. Most scholars, including the teen that became the poster child for the Georgia Charter School Amendment movement, leave Ivy Prep after middle school. The foundation they receive as Ivy Prep scholars serves them well. They have made successful transitions to the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; DeKalb School of the Arts; Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School; Wesleyan Academy; and a host of high-performing traditional public schools. We also have some who have received six-figure scholarships to attend elite boarding schools such as Philips Academy. We want our current high school students to have the same opportunities. Some of our scholars have withdrawn to attend Arabia Mountain High, an environmental engineering magnet program that opened their doors to partner with us when admissions for the year had ended.

Ivy Prep will continue to move ahead with our efforts to prepare students for college by focusing on what we do best – offering a rigorous elementary and middle school program. We have a demonstrated record of high-achievement in that area. We will regroup and deliver the best K- 8 academic program possible.

Since 2008, our parents have worked with us hand-in-hand to make Ivy Prep a high-quality single-gender public charter school. The majority of our current parents and the parents of our successful alumni still support us. We encourage them and the community to come to our board meetings and volunteer to help us to prepare our scholars to be competitive for college and careers. We have exciting projects ahead. We must work together and do what is in the best interests of our students to get the job done.

Sincerely,

The Governing Board of Ivy Preparatory Academies

Top Scholars Invited To Join IPA Gwinnett’s Nationally Ranked Beta Club

Administrators at Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett have extended an invitation to high-achieving scholars to join the Beta Club, IPA’s first student organization to receive national recognition for the academic prowess of its members.

The Ivy Prep Academy Beta Club promotes scholarship, leadership, character, and community service. Ivy scholars in grades 6-8 who have good behavior and a grade point average of at least a 3.5 are recommended by teachers to be considered for membership in the prestigious organization.

“It’s an honor to be in Beta Club,” said Dr. LaShunda Hawkins, assistant principal at IPA Gwinnett, who serves as the new sponsor for Beta Club. “It teaches you how to become a leader and how to work as a team. “
Beta Club members in grades 7-8 travel to an annual state leadership conference each year that features motivational speakers and club competitions.

In July, four members of Ivy Prep’s Beta Club – Jedidah Titus, Mackenzie Williams, Shama Khan and Janai Kameka – competed as a team at Junior Beta Club’s national conference in Nashville, Tenn., where they placed fourth playing a Jeopardy-style Quiz Bowl game that tested their mastery of math, literature, social studies, and science. The scholars took a test with 25 questions and a bonus essay to earn a spot in the final rounds. They competed against teams from 35 states across the country.

“We are the only group in Georgia that made the top four,’’ beamed Mr. Chaz Patterson, principal of IPA Gwinnett. “I was so elated that our girls went in and did what they needed to do and got fourth place.”

“This is the first Ivy Prep group to make it to nationals,” said Ms. Linda Desmond, who led the organization last school year and attended nationals with the group. “I am really proud of them. They learned that they can achieve anything that they put their mind to.”

Beta Team Ivy qualified for nationals after winning second place in the Quiz Bowl at the state conference in Macon last November. The team defeated 75 contenders. Ivy Prep took 36 Beta Club members to the overnight conference to compete in a variety of events that showcased their intellectual and artistic talents.

The scholars on the team are gearing up for a new round of competition in November.

“I can’t wait to see what we will do this year,” Dr. Hawkins said.

Beta Club members met recently to discuss membership intake and plans to attend the next state convention, which will be held on November 19-20 at the Macon Marriott City Center. Students can compete in the Quiz Bowl event and in several other contests.
Ivy Prep’s Beta Club is a local chapter of National Beta Club, the country’s largest independent nonprofit youth organization. National Beta Club has been serving scholars for 80 years. It has more than 350,000 members nationwide.

Beta Club is one of Ivy Prep’s largest student organizations. In addition to attending the state conference, club members also host community service activities.

Sixth graders become eligible for Beta Club membership after report cards are issued.

“We are looking at kids who have been on the honor roll and who exemplify our Prep Values – Professionalism, Responsibility, Engagement and Perseverance,” Hawkins said. “We teach them about leadership and everything they need to know to prepare for college.”

Gwinnett for Girls Parent Center

Summer Reading Lists and Logs for All Grades

Greetings, Ivy Parents! Please see below for the reading lists and reading logs for all schools and all grades. K-2 Reading Log (Kirkwood) 3-5 Reading Log (Kirkwood) 6-8 Reading List (Gwinnett) 6-8 Reading List (Kirkwood for Girls) 6-8 Reading List (YMLA) High School...
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