Community Stories

2014 Alumni Action Award Winners

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The Student Council is pleased to announce the Prospect Sierra Alumni Action Award winners for 2014. Joanna Poz-Molesky (Class of ‘02) received the most votes, winning the grand prize for founding and supporting JUNTOS, an international collective of dancers that seeks to educate, heal, liberate, and build community through dance. Since its founding in 2008, the organization has provided dance workshops and performances for children in orphanages, with HIV-positive street children, with seniors, in elementary schools, and with dance companies with few economic opportunities in U.S., Mexico,...

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Kindergarten Teacher Wins Great American Teach-Off!

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Madeleine Rogin Wins the Great American Teach-Off!! We are so proud to announce that Madeleine Rogin has won the Great American Teach-Off, receiving a $10,000 grant for kindergarten classroom projects from GOOD and the University of Phoenix! After five weeks of voting in this contest of elimination, the winner was announced today, with Madeleine receiving the news and her award in a surprise assembly at Tapscott attended by students and her fellow Tapscott teachers. Madeleine is being honored for her peaceful changemaker curriculum, developed with the kindergarten teaching team and in...

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2013 Alumni Action Award Winners

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The Student Council is pleased to announce the Prospect Sierra Alumni Action Award winners for 2013. As you may recall, this year we celebrate two alumni changemakers, one for high-school-aged alumni, and the other for an alum in college through age 30. Miles Makdisi (Class of ’01) wins the grand prize for his work with Sports for Development in Colombia. Miles’ work aims to provide lessons in leadership, values, community action, and social justice, as well as improved opportunities for education and work, amongst youth displaced by violence. The winners in our high school...

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Just Breathe

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A Note from Heather “Mommy, I think you should use your Breathing Tool.” So said, Alex, my kindergartener, as I frantically raced through the back streets of Berkeley, cursing under my breath, clenching the steering wheel, snapping at my boys, all the while attempting to get them to their soccer matches on time. My efforts were in vain as we arrived late. I was harried and impatient—not one of my finer parenting moments. Yet Alex’s words grabbed me, and I immediately shifted my emotions. “Thank you, Alex, for your reminder,” I calmly replied, and I pulled over. We each put one...

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Stories from Summer 2013

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Ever wonder what Prospect Sierra teachers and staffers do when they’re not at school? All summer long, these fabulous folks have been learning, traveling, exploring, and doing. Read on to find out more … I hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as I did! Annie Fujimoto First Grade Teacher I guess everyone knows my summer story: I gave birth to my first child, Dylan! He was born on July 23rd, and my husband Chris and I have been the happiest (and sleepiest!) people alive ever since. I’m looking forward to watching this little guy grow. Charlotte Gjedsted Fourth Grade...

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The Roots of Empathy

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Twenty-five kids sit in a large circle on bright red pillows on a Tuesday morning in Jonah Klein’s fifth grade class. They have a visitor this morning—a “teacher” wearing a tiny white t-shirt with the Roots of Empathy insignia on it. This teacher can’t talk yet; but he communicates curiosity and persistence as he scoots around the bright green blanket in the center of the circle, chasing a plastic ball. The students all focus intently on him, encouraging him and laughing in delight when he finally reaches the ball. The tiny teacher is Jeremy Kao, 9-month-old son of Berkeley parents,...

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