KTV has had 6 cohorts of students finish the 8th grade. All 6 cohorts have been the highest performing grade 8 students in the City of Albany as measured by the NYS testing program. In 2013, KTV's first class of students reached college age and almost 90% of them were accepted into college with over 80% matriculating in the fall of 2013.
CHOICE & COMMITMENT
Students, their parents, and the faculty of KIPP: TECH VALLEY charter school choose to participate in the program. No one is assigned or forced to attend KIPP: TECH VALLEY Charter School. Everyone must make and uphold a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and the individual effort required to achieve success.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to success in academics and life. With an extended school day, week, and year, students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.
POWER TO LEAD
The leaders of KIPP schools are effective academic and organizational leaders who understand that great schools require great school leaders. They have control over their individual school budget and personnel. They are free to swiftly move dollars or make staffing changes, allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.
We have clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students' backgrounds. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support through a range of rewards and consequences for academic performance and behavior.
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I just wanted to pause for a moment and recognize 2 college juniors, and former KTV students, for their help at this month's Board meeting. Their insight, attention to detail, and thoughtfulness will undoubtedly make KTV an even better organization moving forward. Ms. Alaysia Surgick, a junior at St. John's, and Ms. Aleehia White, a junior at Spelman College, continue to impress me. 10 years after helping found the school as members of the first class, the ladies continue to work to help improve KIPP: TECH VALLEY. I am forever grateful for their continued support. On behalf of all former, current, and future members of the KTV Team & Family, I thank each of you for your time and efforts.
Wednesday, May 20th, our KTV Seniors will begin Part I of the Grade 8 NYS State Intermediate Science Exam. Our students have been building their skills for 4 years, and once again: it's time to show what we know!
The Part I consists of three laboratory components: including calculations of density, microscopic measurement and classification of organisms, and momentum/forces. The KTV seniors are 100.0% prepared, and I am certain that they will exceed the expectations of New York State. The pictures below show our "dress rehersal" from Tuesday, May 19th. GOOD LUCK SENIORS, I BELIEVE YOU ARE THE BEST - BECAUSE YOU ARE THE BEST!!
A huge LDS to Heaven M. of Oneonta and Zamarion C. of Oneonta for their fantastic self-control and excellence in the ELA classroom. Both teammates deserve this shout out for their supreme focus, which has translated into hall of fame type grades on the past exit tickets as well as assessments for these Kippsters. Keep up the good work and go Red Dragons!!
I just wanted to offer up a HUGE shoutout to Heaven M. of Oneonta today as she demonstrated immense self-control, patience, and grit throughout all of MPS class today. What a great way to begin the week! Way to go Heaven!
A huge LDS to Uzziah W. of Le Moyne AKA "The Chef" for cooking up some terrific choices today. Uzziah went deduction free and helped his college out with his self-control and grit. Also, an LDS to Xavion C. This dolphin swam his way to a deduction free day as well as he worked super hard in ELA class, demonstrated a ton of zest, and shared his knowledge with his fellow classmates. Great job and keep working hard down the home stretch!
I wanted to give a gigantic LDS to Sheila C. of Le Moyne! Sheila has been working extremely hard and demonstrating a ton of grit in ELA class, remediation, and after school. As a result of her hard work she earned an "A" on her last writing test! I am super proud of her and encourage Sheila to keep up the great work!
I wanted to give an LDS to Aameir G. of the Oswego Lakers who made "Kobe" like choices today in ELA. This young man continued to show grit was constantly asking if he had the "right is right" (100% correct answers) in his written responses. Way to go!! Keep up the great work and effort!