Monday, May 30th is a MEMORIAL DAY. We observe this day to commemorate those that have fallen while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
ACADEMIC PORTFOLIOS FOR CREDIT RECOVERY
Students and Parents: Final grades will post at midnight on Friday, May 27th, but students can still work to improve failing grades and finish AR goals. Students can complete academic portfolios and take AR tests to raise any 4th quarter failing grades. The building will be open from 9:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday (5/31) through Friday (6/3). STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE ALL WORK AT SCHOOL AND ALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED BY Friday (6/3).
Contact the main office for more information at 524-9762
Dove Science Academy student Yazmin Rojo leads to save lives with the Red Cross
Earns a $500 scholarship!
Yazmin Rojo is a leader. No, she doesn’t command an army or run a business. Rojo isn’t quite there yet, but she may well be in a few years. What exactly makes this high school senior a leader? She uses her passion to help others. Rojo leads to save lives.
Throughout the year, Rojo has worked diligently to host two American Red Cross blood drives at Dove Science Academy Oklahoma City (DSA OKC). For her dedication and support of the American Red Cross via the Leaders Save Lives program, Rojo will receive a $500 scholarship.
read more . . .
Most recently severe weather cut DSA OKC’s Spring blood drive short; however, students were still able to donate a total of 40 units — more than enough to help Rojo earn her scholarship and more importantly, enough blood to help about 120 people, as each unit can save up to three lives. This blood drive was the second to be organized by Rojo; a fall blood drive brought in about 36 units.
“We had so many donors the Red Cross was running out of supplies. They didn't know what to do!” said Jennifer Gingerich, LPN and DSA OKC blood drive advisor. “We’re really proud of Yazmin for all her hard work.”
The American Red Cross encourages high school students to make a difference with their High School Leadership and Leaders Save Lives programs. Students can donate blood, volunteer, or recruit blood donors. For more information, visit leader.redcrossblood.org and redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives, respectively.
“High school and college students are important in supporting a strong blood supply. Students give about 20 percent of all American Red Cross blood donations during the academic school year. Through the Red Cross, students who choose to help support blood drives are giving back to the community with their donation, learning important leadership and organizational skills, and are participating in a group activity with a mission,” said Ashley Weis, account manager for American Red Cross Donor Recruitment.
Rojo, herself, cannot donate blood because of a low iron count, but she has never let this stop her from giving back. Instead she has dedicated her time to the next best thing — organizing blood drives and recruiting donors.
“I’ve organized three blood drives, two with the school and one outside of school. I’m constantly emailing the Red Cross about pledged donor numbers and urging students to sign-up and donate,” she said. “I love working with the Red Cross.”
Rojo said she hosted the blood drive outside of school because there is always more she can do to give back and that the holidays are a critical time due to a low number of donations. Rojo doesn’t see her blood drive work as that of a hero, however to the American Red Cross, her dedication has been invaluable.
“She is a true leader, very organized, quick on her feet and knows how to get others involved. Her winter drive or the Dove Science Academy Spring drive wouldn’t have been as successful without her,” Weis said.
Compared to other schools in Oklahoma City, Weis said DSA OKC’s blood drives were very successful.
“I would say DSA was performing in the top 25 percent in my area (Stillwater down through Norman). DSA has been hosting drives with the Red Cross since 2011, and the two drives they hosted in the 2015-2016 school year were two of the most successful,” Weis said.
Rojo said if students could push past the fear of giving blood, the experience would be rewarding and that each unit of blood can save up to three people, including newborns.
"It's very important for students to donate. That's where blood banks get most of their donations. I think a lot of students are scared, but once they go for it, they’ll be happy they did it," Rojo said.
Weis agrees with Rojo and encourages every student that is able to donate.
“Blood is a perishable product that is needed every two seconds by someone in the U.S. In the time it takes you to read that sentence, a patient received the transfusion they needed because another person chose to roll up a sleeve and give blood. With only 38 percent of the population eligible to donate blood, the Red Cross urges students to be heroes to someone else in need by donating blood soon,” she said.
Rojo is the daughter of Carmen Crespo and Pablo Rojo. She will graduate from Dove Science Academy May 2016. She plans to attend OSU-OKC where she will major in business and pre-dental and use her $500 scholarship to help pay for her education.
Dove Science Academy students find their voice during Close Up trip to D.C.
For over 40 years, Close Up has educated and inspired young people to find their voice and participate in our democracy. Dove Science Academy Oklahoma City (DSA OKC) took advantage of this program and encouraged its students to use their passion to infuse the political process with thoughtful, innovative ideas and solutions.
Starting in the fall, DSA OKC students began discussing hot button issues, current events, and ethics. Meeting twice a month, students participated in the Close Up program by engaging in friendly debates and discussing how the people and events represented at Washington, D.C.’s memorials impact their lives today.
read more . . .
“The students were learning by having fun. They didn’t have to worry about being graded. We were able to explore their potential. Here, they can really express their intention and pick a side. No one is judging them. It’s a non-judgmental zone and that’s where you see students open up and grow,” said Silapberdi Berdiyev, DSA assistant principal and Close Up advisor.
For the next part of the Close Up program, students took on an issue important to their community.
“Throughout this experience, students really learned that they need to challenge everything our legislature decides. At first students were surprised that we were going to let them pick their project. They’d ask ‘Are you sure’? And I’d tell them, ‘Raise your voice’,” Berdiyev said.
DSA OKC students elected to garner support for a new Oklahoma City flag design. Josmar Medina, sophomore, said he wasn’t even aware that Oklahoma City had a flag until the Close Up project.
“I was disappointed when I saw it. As Oklahoma City, you hear that we are growing and doing better as a small city, but the flag doesn’t represent that growth. And when we asked people on the streets, they felt that they weren’t unified by our flag. We want our flag to inspire a unified city,” Medina said.
However, Medina and his classmate Maia McDonald, DSA sophomore, weren’t disappointed in their campaigning efforts. In just two short months, students brainstormed new flag designs, some for instance featuring the Oklahoma City National Bombing Memorial Survivor Tree, and obtained almost 500 petition signatures in support of a new flag design. Students educated the public and got signatures by approaching their family and friends and speaking at community events like Kids Fest and the OKC STEM Expo.
“We actually impacted OKC. We made a difference, and the fact that we’re all young and not some old people in an office made it special for us,” Medina said.
“If we actually do change the flag, I can point to it and say, ‘I did that!’” McDonald added.
Once their project was on a roll, snagging signatures daily, students traveled to Washington, D.C. to learn even more about the democratic process and the nation’s history. From war memorials to monuments to Capitol Hill, students saw it all in this life changing experience.
“There was no moment of disappoint for me for the entire trip,” McDonald said. “I made so many new friends and made so many connections.”
However, for DSA OKC students, the time in D.C., although exciting, was no vacation. Each day students would travel to D.C. monuments and complete workbook exercises as well as have discussions about our nation’s democracy. McDonald said that on the bus rides from monument to monument she worked in her workbook.
“There was no down time. We were booked from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.,” she said.
During their trip, students were not only introduced to new sights, but to new people too as students from across the U.S. roomed together, discussed their projects and what it is like to live in different states.
“Even though we all live in the same country, the kids that lived there basically lived in a different country. For example, here, walking around downtown, you’ll almost never see a woman in a full-out burka, but there it’s everywhere. It was amazing how much acceptance was there,” McDonald said.
As a final part of their trip, students presented their flag project to Close Up officials and student participants as well as legislative assistants and visitors at the nation’s capitol. DSA OKC students said the best part of presentations was seeing other Close Up participant’s work and the diverse issues being addressed.
“When we actually went to Capitol Hill and presented our project, and just seeing all the other projects and other young people that impacted me. I thought, ‘Wow, I didn’t think we could actually do this, but we got here’,” Medina said.
Now back in the Sooner state, the Close Up program has concluded for DSA OKC students, however Medina and McDonald each said they would continue to push for a new OKC flag by speaking with their friends, family and community, and they even have plans to meet with the mayor.
“It was hard to balance our school work with Close Up, but every second was worth it. I would do it again,” Medina said.
About Close Up Founded in 1971, Close Up is a non-profit that exists to educate and inspire young people to participate in our democracy. Close Up uses hands-on programs to educate students and teachers in Washington, DC. Using the city as a living classroom, students gain access to the people, processes and places that make our nation’s capital so unique. For more information about Close Up, see closeup.org.
Europe trip enhances Dove Science Academy students’ cultural understanding and acceptance
Ancient cathedrals, boat rides on the Balearic Sea, soccer matches and so much more enriched the lives of Dove Science Academy (DSA) students during a recent study abroad trip to Spain. Within 10 days, students, teachers and alumni visited the cities of Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Barcelona and Girona.
"Being there was such a nice experience. It is something that will stay in my head. It really was magnificent," said Daisy Colindres, Spanish teacher and trip chaperon.
read more . . .
For many first time international travelers, the prospect of being far away from friends, family and the familiar is overwhelming. Giselle Ibanez, DSA senior, bashfully admitted that she cried leaving her mother behind even though it would only be a two-week trip.
“At first I was nervous. I cried before departing. But being with my friends and classmates made it easier,” Ibanez said. “I would go again though. It was worth it.”
Despite nerves, the joy of learning about a different culture made a positive impact on DSA students.
“I was of course excited to see a new place and new things; that’s what travel is all about,” said Rustan Iskandarov, DSA senior.
In addition to sightseeing, students said one of the more interesting yet challenging parts of the trip was being immersed in a foreign language. Residents of Spain speak Catalan, which differs from the Spanish many DSA students currently study.
"It was a lot to constantly not understand what people were saying. But hearing the different language every day made me want to stay and learn more," said Iskandarov.
“As a teacher this was good exposure to this type of Spanish. I was pleased we could still understand each other,” Colindres said. “As for the students, traveling abroad is a very good learning opportunity, and our students adapted well.”
One thing that students didn’t have to adapt to was Spain’s passionate soccer culture. For many students, watching FC Barcelona's win against Getafe was a once in a lifetime experience. Lionel Messi, Neymar Santos Jr., Gerad Piqué—these names of FC Barcelona players excitedly rolled off Ibanez’s tongue as she recalled the match.
“That was my favorite thing of the whole trip. I’ve been playing soccer since I was five. We even got to see the Barcelona players like Messi and Neymar. Neymar even smiled at me. We didn’t get to meet them, but we were so close to the action of the game and I got an autograph,” Ibanez said.
For other students the thrill of travel came from quiet moments observing another culture.
“Every night, I’d see all the lights lit up and people play soccer in the streets. That was my favorite part of the trip. The city felt alive and very different from here,” Iskandarov said.
Many of the students said they could only hope and dream to travel abroad more after seeing the sights of Spain, so much so, that most of the students agreed they had the travel bug.
“The last days of the trip were really sad. We didn’t want to come back! Now I want to travel more; go to Germany and Brazil,” said Stephanie Morales, DSA senior. “It’s so worth it to travel abroad. It really gives you a chance to get out of your comfort zone.”
Oklahoma City National Memorial, new documentary recognize Dove Science Academy’s dedication to the Oklahoma Standard
Silence rapidly engulfed what normally is a very rowdy soccer field as a stadium-size tifo (or banner) unfurled and read, “The spirit of this city will not be defeated.” Fans and players paused to reflect on how Oklahoma City has grown and unified since April 19, 1995.
As part of Dove Science Academy’s (DSA) dedication to support its community, students worked with The Grid, Energy FC’s supporter group, to create a tifo featuring the survivor tree that was displayed at last year’s Energy FC season opener; a day before the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. A year later, Lampstead Media honored DSA and The Grid’s community spirit and the Oklahoma Standard with the premier of the documentary “Tifo.”
read more . . .
“What an incredible story to tell … Since the film was released, people all across the country and the world are learning about Oklahoma City and our unique culture. Having students like you representing our next generation is just fantastic,” said Marshall Stockdell, member of The Grid.
“Tifo” features a unique collaboration between Dove Science Academy and The Grid after John Bratt, DSA history teacher and The Grid member, was inspired by his student, Shae Hale’s, flag design for a class assignment—the strong silhouette of the survivor tree, a symbol known to every Oklahoman and many throughout the world.
The tifo was so powerful and representative of Oklahoma City that the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum recently inducted it into its archives.
“I’m really touched not only as a soccer fan to have this tifo displayed and celebrated by others, and also as a teacher to have my students involved in it, but as a student of history to know something I created is in the memorial museum, there isn’t a higher honor,” Bratt said.
“Tifo” beautifully intertwines the past with the present and reflects on mourning that has given birth to hope in a generation of young people. During a recent DSA school assembly, Zac Fowler, Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum community coordinator, recognized this generation of young people’s dedication to the Oklahoma Standard.
“I really appreciate what you guys have done. And it’s not just me. It’s the memorial. It’s the state. People are starting to take notice of the amazing things you [DSA students] have done.
“In life we don’t always get to choose the things we remember. Some things happen and they’re just so big that we just can’t forget it whether we want to or not. But we always get to choose what we want to celebrate: whether that’s resilience; whether that is us standing up to adversity; whether that’s pulling our neighbors up through the ashes and putting them back on their feet. And that’s exactly what you guys have done here — that’s the Oklahoma Standard. I’m standing in an auditorium with the future of Oklahoma City in it. It’s our choice. What are we going to choose to celebrate?” Fowler said.
DSA students, who created the tifo, said they thought it was important because the bombing was a catalyst for where we are today.
“It’s important to remember what exactly led up to where we are today and why it’s so important to stay unified as a city and as a people,” said Sahar Hasan, DSA junior.
Throughout the creation of the documentary, Bratt said he was touched to see the symbol of the survivor tree from the perspective of his students.
“For a lot of us, my age or older, we see the survivor tree as a symbol of mourning. But Shae wasn’t alive during the bombing just like none of my students were and a lot of people come here from out of town and they’ve only experienced Oklahoma City after that, so for them it’s as much a symbol of rebirth, renewal, growth as it is a symbol of memorial. That is a perspective I was really touched by,” Bratt said.
Jason Gallagher, creative director, said although there were a lot of players to focus on in the creation of the documentary, the story really wrote itself with DSA’s love of Oklahoma City at the core.
“You guys were definitely the heart and soul of this thing,” Gallagher said. “Thank you for letting us tell your story.”
To watch the documentary “Tifo,” click here. Or to learn more about Dove Science Academy, see doveschools.org.
Celebration of World Languages opens door to richer social networks and cultural understanding
What cultural diversity can be found in your very own backyard — the loud beat of traditional Korean drums, the musical mastery of passionate Ana Becerra, or the sweet melodies of Cherokee Songbirds? With the premier Celebration of World Languages, Dove Science Academy (DSA) opened the door to richer social networks and cultural understanding with song, dance and more.
April 9 at Oklahoma Christian University, the Celebration of World Languages included song and dance performances, a scavenger hunt, poster and video contests as well as cultural exhibit booths and celebrated the efforts of dedicated educators and talented students who excel in learning another language.
read more . . .
“Bonjour. Guten Tag. Konnichiwa. Those are only a few of the languages taught right here in Oklahoma. My goodness, don’t we live in a wonderfully, remarkably rich world today … It is really heartwarming for me to see languages celebrated in this way. Let’s continue this year by year,” said Oklahoma State Department of Education Director of World Languages Desa Dawson.
From Mexico’s horchata (a sweet, milk-like rice water) and concha (sweet bread) to South Korean’s japchae (clear noodles with beef and vegetables) and mandoo (dumplings) to Vietnam’s eggrolls to Ethiopia’s injera (bread) the taste of diverse, vibrant culture filled the minds and stomachs of event attendees with cultural enrichment.
Exhibit booths included the Asian Society of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma Department of Modern Languages, University of Oklahoma Confucius Institute, Alliance Francaise d’Oklahoma City, English Language Center as well as South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Azerbaijan cultural booths, and more.
Exhibit booth volunteers were happy to share their culture with event attendees and to have the chance to dispel misconceptions or stereotypes.
“Not everyone in Mexico is with a drug cartel. Not everyone is like that. This event is a great opportunity to show the public what Mexico is really like,” said Maria Medina, mother of DSA Elementary student Victoria Medina.
“I’m excited because I get to share things I love with other people,” added Valeria Garcia, DSA Elementary student.
Many exhibit booth volunteers were simply proud to put their country’s name on the map.
“This event is a great opportunity for us because people don’t really know about us. We’re a small country next to Turkey, actually, and people don’t know that. We’re proud to share our culture here today,” said Davud Davudov about Azerbaijan.
As an inaugural event, organizers and performers were happy to see hundreds of people in attendance and expressed positive plans for the future.
“I’m very pleased with today’s turnout. Everyone seems engaged and to be having fun and that was our goal,” said Rabia Akkus, event coordinator and DSA Elementary teacher. “We hope to continue this success next year and to keep growing.”
“For the first year there were so many people here. I was impressed. I thought it was really successful!” Monica Mercedes Rosas, who performed a Peruvian folkdance, said enthusiastically.
Research shows becoming proficient in a second language allows people to have higher test scores, better problem solving skills and access to richer social networks, however people are often afraid to go outside their comfort zones. As such, the Celebration of World Languages made language and culture accessible by way of friendly faces and enthusiastic entertainment.
“Sometimes people are intimidated to try new things, like the Japchae, but the more they try, the easier it is to explore new cultures,” said Sophia Lee, DSA Elementary math specialist.
This event was sponsored by the Kirkpatrick Foundation and Sky Foundation. While partners of the Celebration of World Languages included Dove Science Academy, the University of Central Oklahoma, Rose State College and Oklahoma City University.
To learn more about Dove Science Academy, see doveschools.org.
Dove Science Academy discusses the state of OKC public schools with Lynne Hardin
OKLAHOMA CITY —During a recent luncheon, Lynne Hardin, Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) Board of Education chair, shared her insight and passion for the Oklahoma education system with Dove Science Academy (DSA) OKC parents and the public. This open forum discussion focused on the state of Oklahoma City Public Schools and welcomed questions and feedback from attendees.
Hardin wasted no time jumping into a candid discussion about education’s most recent issues, such that community members could exchange concerns, ideas and their vision for OKCPS.
read more . . .
“We really have the opportunity to save some money on the operations side. There are things that have not been followed through from a business perspective and looking at a bottom line that I think if we can recoup some of the millions of dollars that we are going to loose over the next couple of years,” she said about the current deficit schools are facing.
Facing a difficult time in education, Drew Edmondson, attorney and former attorney general of Oklahoma, applauded his friend for all her hard work.
“She has so many skills and dedication. I am very happy to be here with Lynne Hardin, and I appreciate the work that she is doing on the school board,” Edmondson said.
With the recent change in an Oklahoma law, Nov. 2015, which gives Oklahoma school districts the ability to create charter schools, Hardin said that conversation was just beginning with her end goal to provide excellence for every child in the OKCPS district.
“I think that we don’t know yet what the outcome of this will be, but we are going to start the conversation across the district. Certainly, Santa Fe South has been a very good steward of creating academic excellence,” Hardin said.
Hardin explained OKCPS is currently working with KIPP Reach College Preparatory as well as Rex Charter Elementary School.
“We’re looking at expanding that footprint. We have had some pushback some people and some ‘yes, we’d like to do it.’ We’re going to open this conversation to the entire district because we want excellent seats for every child in the Oklahoma City Public School District.”
Additional goals Hardin spoke of included having students prepared for life after high school with an AA degree, technology certificate or internship, for example by incorporating technical training into regular required course curriculum and testing every junior with the SAT.
Umit Alp, DSA Superintendent, said DSA’s goals were similarly aligned with the district.
“We have the same goals aligned with the district. We require all of our students to take the ACT. And we have been working on a system that will hopefully be in place in two years for internship requirements. We want our juniors to complete internships to see what they’re interests are so that they can be another step closer to a successful career,” Alp said. “We just try to be another good options for parents.”
“All of these things that we’re trying to and realizing that every child does not have to go to college and how do we take care of those children as well. All of this takes time. It doesn’t help the children that our sitting here right now. We know that; this is a slow moving ship. We are all of us trying. And Dove Academy has done a fabulous job. All of their students are ready for college; ready for whatever they want to do. You have done a wonderful job here,” Hardin said.
Inspired by Hardin’s comments, Patricia Molina, parent, expressed gratitude for DSA’s commitment to students and parents.
“Our teachers are like my child and grandchild’s second parents. They’re always in the loop as to what’s going on. They’re always in contact. Students, if they have bad grades, our teachers motivate them to have better grades, so that they will go to college. For me, when my daughter’s in school, I don’t have to worry. I love this school,” Molina said.
Hardin is President and CEO of Integrated Solutions, Inc. She has initiated legislation, creating a landmark Breast Cancer Bill, which funds under served women in Oklahoma. She served as executive director of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, on the board of The Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities Foundation and the Northwest Classen High School Foundation Board, her alma mater. Hardin was elected as chair of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education Feb. 2013. As board chair, Hardin represents all schools in the district and serves as an ad hoc member of all committees.
To learn more about Dove Public Charter Schools, see doveschools.org.
Dove alumni keep current students’ STEM dreams afloat with interactive ‘Noche de Ciencias’
OKLAHOMA CITY — How many pennies does it take to sink a boat? That’s exactly what Ralph Payne, Dove Science Academy (DSA) OKC eighth grader, discovered after at tub of water slowly engulfed his toy-size boat and his team’s chances of winning “Noche de Ciencia” (Night of Science) drifted away.
Recently, Oklahoma State University (OSU) students visited DSA OKC to present parents with financial aid information as well as offer a hands-on learning experience to DSA OKC students and the public. The event was hosted by the Hispanic Student Association’s (HSA) Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). read more . . . Payne’s excitement for “Noche de Ciencia” was never phased by his team’s loss. His love of engineering kept him captivated and engaged throughout the event, and he said he would participate in similar future activities.
“It was cool. I had fun. The building, the budget constraints, working with other people, it was a challenge, but I learned something,” he said.
With over 50 in attendance, students built a toy-size boat out of materials provided; this hands-on activity incorporated budgeting, teamwork, creativity, and STEM challenges. Teams tested how their boats could hold up to the force of rocking “waves” as well as the weight of pennies.
“This experience turns on a lamp in their minds,” said Silapberdi Berdiyev, DSA assistant principal and alumni coordinator. “In addition to the activity, there were booths about OU and OSU engineering programs and OSU admissions, each encouraging students to consider the possibilities of a STEM career.”
OSU is more than a few nautical miles away–so why bring “Noche de Ciencias” to Dove? DSA OKC alumni all agreed that bringing the program to Dove was an opportunity to stay connected to and improve their hometown.
“We chose to host the event at Dove because of the good relationships we have with teachers, admin, and current students. This is a good way to give back to our place of origin,” said Jorge Garcia, senior at OSU and 2011 DSA OKC graduate.
“A lot of people resent the fact that their high school may get better after they leave. What makes us different is that we want to be part of what makes our school better. We want to create more opportunities for students and create a domino effect,” added Adrian Saenz, senior at OSU and 2011 DSA OKC graduate.
Garcia and Saenz both said the overall goal of the event was to continue students’ excitement, originally cultivated by DSA OKC, about the possibilities and opportunities in STEM.
“Dove definitely gave us the background knowledge of how building something and discovering new processes can be exciting,” Garcia said. “They always encouraged my interest in engineering and as alumni we want to do the same for students.”
After learning the majority of OSU students who hosted the event were also DSA OKC alumni, Payne said he was inspired.
“I think it’s pretty cool. Meeting the OSU students makes me think that I have the chance to be an engineer if I want to,” said Payne.
Dove Science Academy adopt park, beautify their big backyard!
OKLAHOMA CITY — Dove Science Academy (DSA) is helping OKC clean up its act, one simple, meaningful trash pick-up at a time with OKC Beautiful’s Adopt-A-Park Program. Recently, DSA OKC adopted Military Park in order to improve the local landscape and inspire others to volunteer. Within walking distance of DSA OKC, students frequently spend time at Military Park and many consider it their big backyard.
Silap Berdiyev, assistant principal and alumni coordinator, organized the volunteer trash pick up and said that his goal is to have student groups spend two days a month cleaning the park.
read more . . .
“We really want our community to know how much we care. And this helps our students perform various volunteer work, which is important to us that we’re always challenging students to try new volunteer opportunities,” Silap said.
Since working with OKC Beautiful for the past 2-3 years, Silap says they’ve only received positive feedback from students and as such they plan to keep working with the organization at least through 2017.
Josiah Billingslea, seventh grader, said participating in the park clean up was a great opportunity to influence community members who might not consider the environment a priority.
“When people would drive by the park, they would see us hard at work and maybe that inspired them to give back themselves or at least to think twice about littering. You’d be surprised by the kinds of trash we picked up—so many cigarettes, nail polish, things you would never think to find in a community park,” Billingslea said. "We need parks. We need those beautiful spaces that we can go outside, play sports or just hang with friends and family."
And for Billingslea, as with other DSA students, volunteering, whether at Military Park or a soup kitchen, is never a chore or tiresome task.
“Dove stands for taking care of its community. It makes me feel good to help out others. I’d like to explore other volunteer projects. It’s something I enjoy doing,” Billingslea said.
Adopt-A-Park is a citywide program that enables volunteer groups to adopt a park, median or greenbelt in order to maintain it. This program gives the community the chance to help beautify OKC’s public parks and lands. Volunteers can pick up litter, mow or make city-approved landscape improvements on a year-round basis.
To learn more about Dove Science Academy OKC, see www.dsaokc.org. Or to adopt your own park, median or greenbelt, visit www.okcbeautiful.com/programs/adopt-a-park.
Dove Science Academy’s OKC STEM Expo brings passionate, aspiring young scientists together!
OKLAHOMA CITY — A vibrant hub of activity, the 2016 OKC STEM Expo could barely contain students’ excitement for hands-on learning and the opportunity to meet young scientists and STEM professionals. Once again, March 4, Dove Science Academy (DSA) and Oklahoma City University hosted a successful, ‘STEM-tastic’ exhibition.
The event featured Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with its extensive and viable educational and career opportunities as well as showcased elementary through high school student-generated work and connected students with the community.
read more . . .
“It is inspiring to see a student work through a science investigation and het the “aha” moment of understanding, seeing that student’s eyes light up, the smile broaden across their face and the explosion of energy as they rush to explain to someone else what they have just discovered. And that is exactly what today’s event is all about,” said DSA Superintendent Umit Alp. “We are here to increase awareness of the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in society while conveying the joy of STEM.”
Located at Oklahoma City University, the expo proved to be an innovative, educational experience. Middle and high school students participated in Life Science, Physical Science, Engineering and Math categories with visually engaging projects that ranged from a hovercraft to a computer keyboard made from bananas and carrots.
“The expo is great. Students like us get to engage with other students and explain our projects while demonstrating them. It gets our brains moving,” Jose Garcia said of his hovercraft project with Jonathan Gandarilla.
“I think STEM is important, first and foremost, because it’s an opportunity to engage students and get them excited about their learning. It provides avenues for them to apply the concepts they’re being taught. It’s also awesome for them because there is so much relevance to the world that we live in through STEM curriculum,” said Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu. “Look at how many kids are here [OKC STEM Expo], all the different exhibits and demonstrations; this den of activity is just awesome.”
Bill Underwood, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics physics teacher, who had not been to the OKC STEM Expo previously, said he was inspired by the students’ enthusiasm and only wished he could have seen more of the students’ experiments.
“There are a lot of people that think the world is, so to say, going to hell in a hand basket. Through my work with the Boy Scouts and OSSM and now, here at the STEM Expo, I know they’re wrong. The next generation is every bit as good if not better. They may be different. But different isn’t bad. They’re so engaged and excited about technology,” Underwood said.
At the end of the expo, winners were awarded prizes for their efforts and received words of encouragement from Angela Monson, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Associate Provost for Community Partnerships and Health Policy.
“I saw experiments about breathing air and energy, all kinds of things, so I need some of you, if not all of you, to grow up and be real scientists. Make discoveries to help us all live healthier lives. I know you can do more. If you can think it, you can do it. If you can see it, you can create it,” Monson said.
To learn more about Dove Science Academy, see doveschools.org. Or to see more photos from the expo, visit facebook.com/okcstemexpo/?fref=ts.
Dove Science Academy promotes 100 percent college acceptance rate with SWOSU visit!!!
OKLAHOMA CITY — First the sound of soft rain hit the downbeat. Then the scratch of claves alternated beats, growing louder and more insistent. When finally the boom of a hand drum vibrated throughout the gymnasium of Dove Science Academy (DSA) on Thursday, Jan. 28. As high school seniors stood in a circle with eyes shut, Dr. Sophia Lee, Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Director of Music Therapy, directed this mishmash, impromptu orchestra and discussed the scientific and more abstract ways in which music can influence human behavior and health.
As part of Dove Science Academy’s mission to continue to achieve a 100 percent college acceptance rate and successful college preparation, Southwestern Oklahoma State University professors and department chairs, including music therapy, were welcomed to DSA’s OKC campus, 919 NW 23rd St.
read more . . .
“It’s hard to show passion in two-dimension on paper or flyers. We’re here to show students our passion,” said Dean of SWOSU’s College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Peter Grant. “…[O]ur students in the Arts and Sciences have been very successful. They have been awarded research internships throughout the United States — one at the White House — and even internationally, have been accepted into graduate school in prestigious universities, have been accepted into professional schools, and have the opportunity to work with faculty on their scholarship even in the first year of college.”
SWOSU is known for its quality academic programs and friendly service to students, alumni and friends. Located in the center of western Oklahoma, SWOSU offers associate, bachelors, masters, and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. For more information about SWOSU, visit swosu.edu.
As part of its visit to DSA OKC, SWOSU brought representation from seven departments in the College of Arts and Sciences: mathematics, physics and chemistry, music, social science, biology, language and literature, and art, communication and theatre. Thus giving Dove students a broad perspective of professional fields and inspiring them to explore options they might not otherwise consider.
“Today is a great opportunity for the students. It ties hand-in-hand with our mission to get students to focus on higher education,” said Eric Bradford, music and drama teacher.
SWOSU faculty discussed the basics and benefits of their university as well as answered questions from students who might not be sold on a particular area of study. When asked why people even study mathematics, Dougherty said mathematicians, who learn how to analyze situations logically, are valuable and marketable in a variety of industries.
“They [mathematicians] can think themselves out of a paper bag…anyone who can correctly do a page-long calculus problem, someone will hire them,” he said.
“Math is a subject that if I apply myself, I can do it. It’s something I’m thinking about for the future,” said Jose Garcia, eleventh grader. “Dr. Dougherty was straightforward. For me, his presentation was a 10 out of 10.”
In addition to hearing lectures from various departments, several classes participated in a hands-on demonstration with the chemistry and physics departments about light spectrums.
"The whole world's open to you if you go chemistry," Dr. Jason Johnson said.
After interacting with several SWOSU professors and department chairs, seniors Stephanie Morales and Giselle Ibanez said they were happy to learn about a new university and will consider it for their future.
“I hadn’t really heard of them before today. A lot of students only think of OU and OSU. It’s good to know there are more options,” Morales said.
“I enjoy having small classes at Dove and that’s something I’m also looking for in a college,” added Ibanez. “I want to study in the biomedical field, and if SWOSU offers that, it could be another opportunity to try to get scholarships for school.”
SWOSU faculty also had nothing but positive feedback about their visit to Dove and many said if given the chance, they would take DSA students with them to SWOSU campus immediately.
“I do think Dove students would fit in at SWOSU. They’re prepared for above average challenges and the special opportunities that we offer,” Grant said.
“These kids have such manners and discipline. They really do have all the right skills to be successful in college,” added John Hayden, Bernhardt Professor of History and Social Studies Department.
SchoolWay app for Instant Notifications
Dove Science Academy has contracted with SchoolWay to increase instant parental communication.While you access your child's grades, attendance, schedule, homework, and assessment data using our"SIMS database" app, with the addition of "SchoolWay" app, you will also be able to receive instant notifications regarding emergencies (such as school closings), get school event updates, club information and other event details right at your fingertips.
You will be asked for WayCode during registration. Please register using the following Waycodes.
Dove Science Academy-OKC: secrve
Dove Schools Parent Mobile is on the Apple Appstore and Google Playstore
Dear Students & Parents,
Dove Schools Parent Mobile applications are ready for all parents and students of our school. Parents and guardians can keep in contact with the school and track students' progress from their smart phones anytime. Dove Schools Parent Mobiles are ready on the App Store and Android Market
Access to the grades, homework, attendance, discipline points, schedule, web news, school calendar, payments and test center.
Dove and Discovery Schools are high performing K-12 public charter schools in Oklahoma that focus on math, science, engineering, and computer technologies to provide opportunities for underserved communities. Dove Science Academy Schools proudly serve more than 1,500 students in four college preparatory schools. With a college acceptance rate of 100 percent, Dove Science Academy Schools have earned the reputation of providing a distinct, high-quality education.
SKY Foundation was founded in 2000 and will grow to serve 4,600 students in Oklahoma.
100% to college
100% of the kids who were with DOVE accepted to colleges.
Students on our waiting list.
We have two school in Tulsa, and two schools in Oklahoma City.
We have 0% Dropout Rate.
We welcome all students in Oklahoma. Enrolling is free. Apply Now