Dear Community Partners,
Greetings from Success Prep @ Thurgood Marshall! We’ve had an incredible fall and couldn’t be more excited for the spring ahead. I’m excited to highlight our successes of the past year and to update you on where we’re heading in 2019. We wouldn’t be able to do any of it without the support of all of you. Thank you.
Filling Big Shoes: After a decade of pouring his heart and soul into the school, our founder, Niloy Gangopadhyay, has transitioned out of the executive director role. This past summer I assumed the role and the responsibility of leading the school forward. I’m honored for the opportunity to serve our school community and to be part of this next great chapter. Many of you I already know from my work in education in New Orleans since 2000. For those I haven’t yet met, I’m grateful for your support of the school to date and excited to connect soon.
Our New Home: It’s been an exciting season of change for our school with several major headlines to share. None bigger than our move into our new home at Thurgood Marshall. A $5M renovation has prepared this 100-year-old building for our arrival in Mid-City. They don't build them like this anymore. Huge ceilings, wood floors, history. We will fight for equity relentlessly as did our namesake.
We will build a school community that any family of any means would be happy to have their child attend, anchored in rigorous and relevant academics, world class co-curriculars, and strong social-emotional development. Our kids able to say, "I take strength in where I’m from, love who I am, and know where I'm going." We will fuel passions that lead to standing ovations. We will build critical-consciousness. Our kids will open doors. Everything we do here in support of our kids living happy, healthy lives of unlimited possibility.
Charter Renewal: We’re proud to share with you that based on our performance and student growth last year, we have been granted a five-year charter renewal! We will always be incredibly humbled by the opportunity to serve our students and families and will always take that responsibility incredibly seriously. We promise our best days lie ahead as we grow and learn together. Many thanks to all our supporters that have helped get us here and are excited to join us on the journey forward.
The Sounds of Success: I’m excited to share that as we’ve moved into our new building, we have also expanded our programming in our commitment to a well-rounded education. One highlight is our launch of a K-8 music program for all of our students. With generous support from the Ben Blanchard Foundation and VH1 Save-the-Music, all of our students will learn to read music, play an instrument, and perform publicly with our first band concert scheduled for late spring. Be on the lookout for your invitation!
Supporting Our Efforts: If you’re visiting our site it’s because of your demonstrated investment and support for all students in New Orleans to receive a great education. We appreciate all you’ve done to support us in the past and want to keep you posted on opportunities to support us now and in the year ahead.
● Enrollment: Excitement is spreading about our new home, our new direction, and the work that we’re doing. We have been listed on five times as many OneApp applications this year as at the same time last year! While we’re excited about the increased demand, we still need help in making sure families applying for Kindergarten are listing us on their OneApp (#413). Please refer any kindergarten families our way!
● Hiring: We’ve got a great team of educators committed to growing with us. That said, we’re always on the lookout for great teachers and as a single-site charter count on our network of supporters to spread the word and recruit for us. Please encourage any great educators you know that are looking for a home to email me directly at email@example.com. Thanks!
● Resources: We have specific facility and programming needs that we’re working on raising funds for. This spring we’ll be taking middle school students on end-of-year trips to Washington D.C., North Carolina, and Atlanta. These experiences can be life changing for our kids. Please consider sponsoring a student’s $100 family contribution. If you have any specific connections or resources in any of our destinations, please let me know!
Once again, thank you for your support across the years. We couldn’t do the work we do without you. We’re wishing you a great 2019 and will keep you posted on all the magic happening here.