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Janis Dworkis

Published on December 1, 2014

KIPP Nashville Annual Report 2014 . Page 3 Page 2 . KIPP Nashville Annual Report 2014 November 2014 Dear Team and Family, 2014 has been an exciting and productive year for KIPP Nashville. With 645 students currently enrolled in two middle schools and one high school, and two elementary schools in the pipeline, we have made great strides toward our goal of creating a vibrant, college-going culture in east and north Nashville. As you will see in this report, our KIPPsters continue to thrive academically, outpacing our peers citywide by almost every measure. However, the attribute that inspires us most of all, character, cannot be quantied or graphed. Character is measured by waving hands in class, the show of respect and camaraderie in the hallways and cafeteria, extending oneself beyond what is expected, and nding success and challenge along the way. These acts are among the many we see daily, and they are the signs of leaders and scholars in the making. We are grateful for the tremendous encouragement from our families, the communities we serve, and the hundreds of other volunteers who help us in so many ways. Without this support, our KIPP family would not be able to “rise to the challenge” every day, and we thank you for your belief in us. Your support has never been so visible as it was on August 12 at our Highland Heights ribbon-cutting ceremony. This day was a highlight for the entire KIPP family, not only because of the new facility and the opening of our high school, but also because we were able to witness rsthand the larger community’s belief in our work. Civic, business and neighborhood leaders surrounded an original KIPPster as she charged our founding ninth-grade class to build on the opportunity and legacy they have been given. Best of all, however, was the outpouring of support from our attending KIPP families. This family and community support is tantamount to our success going forward. At present, there is a loud and confusing debate surrounding charter schools in Nashville. It is our goal to foster a spirit of cooperation and understanding among all of our public schools, be they traditional, magnet or charter. We must unite in the spirit of doing what’s best for our families and children and together understand that there is no one right way to go about education. We must work together, learn from each other and share our resources to continue to improve public education in Nashville. While success stories from every school abound, they serve little purpose without understanding how they play into the broader framework of our education system. We have a friend who likes to say: lower the volume and elevate the discussion. We think he is right. In this spirit, we offer you a portrait of our successes and challenges from the year. Transparency and feedback are integral to our culture and essential for our continued success. We hope you will share your thoughts with us, as always. Thank you for your trust and support. Onward, Welcome Randy Dowell, Executive Director Jim Flautt, Board Chair We Are KIPP Nashville , part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in academically underserved communities for success in college and life.