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ISTEP Testing

on Friday, 06 March 2015
ISTEP Testing

This week marks the beginning of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) at 21st Century Charter School @ Gary and other Indiana Public Schools.

Students at 21st Century Charter in grades 3-8 as well as high school sophomores will be taking the written test portion of ISTEP+ over the next few weeks, before starting on the multiple choice ISTEP+ in April.

Let’s wish our 21st Century Charter School @ Gary scholars the best of luck in their ISTEP+ testing, knowing that we’ve armed them with a quality education furnished with the best opportunities we have to offer!

Over President’s Day Weekend, third-grade 21st Century Charter @ Gary teacher Brittany Rustad attended a LEE national leadership conference in Houston, TX on the power of restorative justice policies in schools. During her first year of teaching at 21st Century Charter through the Teach for America program, Ms. Rustad joined Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Teach for America corps members and alumni to grow as leaders in their communities. Now in her second year of the Teach for America program, Ms.

Onwards to Washington DC

on Friday, 16 January 2015
Onwards to Washington DC

As the second academic quarter draws to a close this week at 21st Century Charter School @ Gary, high school students are busy studying and taking finals. Downstairs in the middle school wing, however, nineteen middle school students from 21cc and nine from another GEO school, Pikes Peak Prep, are preparing for an exciting event approaching on the horizon– the first GEO-organized 8th grade Washington, D. trip! These 8th graders are paying for half of the cost of the trip, while GEO Foundation is subsidizing the rest.

K-14 Could become the norm

on Monday, 12 January 2015


One local educator contends his charter school is working with community colleges to achieve the goal of making two years of tuition-free community college the norm for high school students, in line with President Obama's proposal.

Kevin Teasley, who is president/CEO of the Indianapolis-based GEO Foundation which operates 21st Century Charter School in Gary, said that for the past eight years or so, the charter school has offered free community college courses to every one of its high school students who are willing to work for it.

We’ve graduated five students already who have earned their associate degree (60 college credits) through Ivy Tech Community College before earning their high school diploma from us," he said. Many have earned 30 college credits; most of our students graduate with at least nine college credits with that number growing each year as students (and their parents) start to see that earning an associate degree is really possible.

National Honor Society College Visit

on Thursday, 08 January 2015
National Honor Society College Visit

The National Honor Society (NHS) at 21st Century Charter School recently took a field trip across state lines to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The students – a group of Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors – got a feel for a renowned university campus, met with professors and the Associate Dean of Academics, and even attended a free public colloquium offered monthly at UIUC.

The colloquium, titled “Towards a Model for Developing Community-based Collaborative Spaces: The Urbana Free Library Teen Open Lab”, brought 70 attendees together for a lunch panel presentation led by Martin Wolske, Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UIUC. he colloquium gave voice to various community, student, and academic professional perspectives regarding the two-year-long initiative and imminent unveiling of a Teen Open Lab at The Urbana Free Library. The Teen Open Lab project has since initiated, and is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.

Christmas Season at 21C!

on Friday, 19 December 2014
Christmas Season at 21C!

The first semester of school is almost over at 21st Century Charter School @ Gary, and teachers are getting into the holiday spirit! Each middle and high school teacher decorated their door to show how Christmas is celebrated throughout the world – from Zimbabwe to England, El Salvador to China.

Among the doors decorated for Christmas celebrations, there was one in honor of the African historical and cultural celebration of Kwanzaa.

Teachers covered their doors with lights, drawings, posters, and pictures.

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