We believe transportation should not be a barrier for students to receive a great education. This year, we deployed our first-ever fleet of school buses featuring 14 brand new buses transporting more than 70% of our students to and from school at no cost to our families. Managing our own transportation program has allowed us to ensure that buses are consistently on time, maximizing students’ time in the classroom. Along with this accomplishment, it’s the first 100% propane-fueled school bus fleet for a U.S. charter school. To view the full articles, please click here and here.
2nd and 3rd grade students performed a choral concert on March 16th to family and friends that featured classic songs from Motown. Among the pieces performed were “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder, “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas, and “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. The concert concluded with a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson. Congratulations to our students for putting their focus, discipline and hard work on display to our community and bringing joy to our day.
As part of KIPP’s extended school day model, students receive consistent exposure to music, arts, and physical education. Arts education is core to KIPP’s mission to prepare our students with the knowledge, skills, habit and character for success in college and life.
The Florida Bandmasters Association hosted its annual Music Performance Assessment for middle school concert bands on March 11-12 at Fernandina Beach Middle School. Middle school band programs from across Duval and Nassau County were invited to perform and were rated by judges.
The KIPP Impact Concert Band was one of only two middle school band programs in all of Duval County to earn the highest rating of “Superior.” This is the consecutive year that KIPP Impact band program earned this highest distinction. The KIPP Impact Symphonic band was one of four middle school bands in Duval County to earn the next highest rating of “Excellent.” Congratulations to our students and teachers for their focus, discipline, teamwork, and grit!
As part of KIPP’s extended school day model, students receive consistent exposure to arts and physical education. At KIPP Impact Middle School, all students have one hour of instrumental music instruction every school day. The arts are core to KIPP’s mission to prepare our students with the knowledge, skills, habit and character for success in college and life.
The KIPP Impact Scholar Bowl team completed an undefeated regular reason after defeating Highlands Middle School 130-118. With the victory, KIPP Impact has won the Northern Division Championship and will advance to Scholar Bowl regional finals later this spring. Congratulations to our students and to Scholar Bowl coach Samantha Parton for their hard work! Best of luck in the regional finals!
We are thrilled to continue to watch our new elementary building progress! The above picture was taken from our current facility’s fourth floor conference room. Construction started in November and we are watching as the foundation and walls go up before our very eyes. Our new building for KIPP Jacksonville Elementary will be completed this summer. KIPP VOICE Elementary & KIPP Impact Middle will continue to operate in our existing four-floor facility.
KIPP operates a middle school and two small but growing elementary schools — totaling 830 students. It still has 1,200 students more on its waiting list, said Tom Majdanics, executive director of KIPP in Jacksonville.
“The more high quality school choice there is in Jacksonville, the stronger our city is,” he said. “We should be able to keep our parents and families — our tax base — in the county. At the end of the day it’s not a tax base issue, it’s what’s best for kids.”