Community Schools Initiative

August, 2017 Newsletter

And We're Off!

CSI had a blast this summer visiting many of the Community Schools offering summer programming. We truly were in awe of the fantastic work we saw from the students! As a small reminder, if you have photos of your summer program, please email them to We'd love to share your stories and images during the FY 18 CSI Fall Kick Off!

We are less than 2 weeks away from the beginning of a new school year! Yet, there is still much to do, and much to plan for. The service plan deadline has been extended to Tuesday, August 29, at 5:00 pm. Continue to work with your CSI Program Coordinator and you school partners to ensure we have all plans saved and ready to be reviewed. CSI will provide as much support each community school needs. The target start date for activities is Monday, September 18.

We are very excited about the upcoming year and look forward to working with all principals, partner agencies and resource coordinators.

Now let's dive in to this month's CSI News!

Eric Solorio High School Shares successes with HuffPost

This month, Principal Victor Iturralde of Eric Solorio High School sat and talked with Allan Golston, the President of the U.S. program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The two discussed the early beginnings of Solorio High School and the challenges he faced in 2010 when Solorio first opened in the Gage Park community. Principal Iturralde opens up about collecting and utilizing data with his staff to develop successful strategies, but also developing a working campaign "Know Your Numbers" where students have access to their own student data like attendance, GPA, and SAT or ACT scores.

You can read the entire conversation on HuffPost here, and watch a short video that features the students of Solorio High School.

Student-Ready at Solorio High School

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