Sophie Bassat, a student at Washington Technology Magnet, who spoke at "We Day" 2015.

Washington Tech student receives ‘Bright Futures Award’ from Free the Children
Sophie Bassat, a student at Washington Technology Magnet School, recently received the "Bright Futures Award" from Free the Children. Sophie was nominated by Flipside coordinator Tamara Flowers for her dedication to youth voice in planning and implementing programming, as well as her dedication to improving her community.

Sophie is credited with creating the name of Washington's service and leadership group FLY (Future Leaders YOUnite). Sophie spoke directly to her peers on the stage at "We Day" 2015 on Nov. 3 at the Xcel Energy Center. She will also attend a program in Arizona where she will continue to build her leadership skills.

11th-graders improve ACT test scores with test prep classes at SPPS
Nearly 700 high school juniors improved their ACT test scores last year by taking free test prep classes in a first-time partnership between SPPS and The Princeton Review, a test prep company. Students chose to take the classes for three hours, nine hours or 18 hours  – and the results were significant. For example, students who took the 18-hour classes saw an average increase in their composite score of 4.14 points between their pretest to their actual ACT tests.

“Many of our students knocked it out of the park,” said Jon Peterson, Director of the Office of College and Career Readiness. “For some students, the ACT prep class was just the opportunity they needed to do their best on the ACT.”

Student-run credit union branch opens at Johnson High School
A new student-run Hiway Federal Credit Union branch is now open at Johnson Senior High School. It’s Hiway’s first student-run branch in SPPS. Hiway’s new student branch offers students a hands-on learning experience with financial literacy.

A grand opening celebration for the new branch will be 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Johnson High School cafeteria. A group of student volunteers have been working with Tina Jones, Hiway’s community outreach administrator, to plan grand opening activities.

SPPS staff featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
The “I Am SPPS” campaign shares photos and quotes from SPPS students, staff, families and supporters. The campaign can be found on Facebook, Twitter and spps.org/iamspps.

Last week “I Am SPPS” featured:

  • Bina, student and Link Crew member at Johnson Senior High
  • Jonathan, a seventh-grader at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy
  • Kay Lee, School Nurse at Frost Lake Elementary School