2016 Tenacity Fall Newsletter

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College Prep + PSS Adventure Group Gets Moving

Tenacity College Prep and Post-Secondary Services (PSS) staff plan lots of outings for students throughout the summer and school year. The outings get students out into nature and often expose them to activities they are trying for the first time. The trips are a great way to help build new skills and boost self-confidence while also building camaraderie between staff and students. Over the summer, trips included kayaking on the Ipswich River. This fall, trips included an all-girls hike to the summit of Mt. Major in the White Mountains.

CP and PSS Adventure Group logo

College Prep and Post-Secondary Services Connect with Families

Meet the New CP and PSS Team Members

Key Michel

Keyana “Key” Michel will be working with College Prep (CP) students in grades 9-11 as a Student and Family Support Coordinator. Key comes to Tenacity with an amazing zeal and strong experience with BPS students, having served as a City Year Corps member at the English High School. Most recently, she worked as a Therapist with ABA Behavioral Counseling. Key is a long time Boston resident and graduate of both UMass Amherst and Brookline High School.

Carlos Lopes

Carlos Lopes, an alumnus of the Tenacity Pathway Program, joins Tenacity as a Post-Secondary Support Coordinator. Carlos brings valuable insight into the post-secondary student experience. As a graduate of Beacon Academy, Tabor Academy, and Tufts University he has been engaged with Tenacity for many years. Lastly, as a tennis player and former Longwood Summer Scholar, Carlos brings a wonderful enthusiasm for the sport to the CP and Post-Secondary Services (PSS) program. Carlos has done, and done well, all that we dream our Tenacity students will accomplish. No doubt, he will be invaluable as a teacher, advisor, mentor, and support to Pathway students.

American University*Newbury College*
The Boston Conservatory*Princeton University*
Bridgewater State University*Suffolk University*
Bryant University*UMass Boston*
Bunker Hill Community CollegeUMass Dartmouth*
College of the Holy Cross*UMass Dartmouth – College Now Program
Eastern Nazarene College*University of Notre Dame*
Empire Beauty SchoolU.S. Marine Corps
Framingham State University*Wentworth Institute of Technology*
Hillsboro Community CollegeYear Up
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts*
Mount Holyoke College*
New England Conservatory of Music**Four-Year College or University

Meet the New Middle School Academy Team Members

Cathy AuGuste

Cathy AuGuste joins Tenacity as the new Site Director/Academic Coordinator at Curley K-8 School. Most recently, Cathy worked with middle school students in the Steps to Success program in Brookline Public Schools. Cathy has a M.A. in Teaching from Simmons and extensive experience working with both middle school students and AmeriCorps Fellows.

Curtis Blyden

Curtis Blyden has joined the team at McCormack Middle School as the Family Engagement Coordinator. For the last three years, Curtis worked with middle school students at Match Charter Public Middle School in Jamaica Plain. Prior to that, he worked at Bird Street Community Center in Dorchester as a youth leadership coordinator. That role followed several years of international experience, both in Romania and also as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia.

Zack Goodstein

Zack Goodstein, who spent the 2015-2016 school year as a Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellow at the Jackson | Mann K-8 School, has joined the team there as the Tennis & Fitness Coordinator/Family Engagement Coordinator. Zack established a wonderful rapport with students and families last year and is eager to build on that momentum. Zack holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Philosophy, from Clark University.

Mike Szkolka

Mike Szkolka has joined the team at McCormack Middle School as the Academic Coordinator. Mike is a native Bostonian, grew up in the Boston Public School system, graduated from UMass Boston, and completed a stretch of teaching at the Edwards Middle School. Mike has spent the last few years in the New York City Department of Education as a New York City Teaching Fellow and teaching in the Manhattan Alternate Learning Centers.

A STRP staff member leads a small reading group.

A daily reading curriculum provides age-appropriate, engaging reading activities that help stem summer learning loss for students participating in the Summer Tennis & Reading Program.

Returning a serve during STRP morning warmups.

Tennis and fitness activities not only keep kids active and teach new skills, they also serve as a catalyst for building self-confidence and positive social behaviors.

Making a point during STRP reading time.

Longitudinal studies indicate that the positive effects of participating in a summer learning program endure for at least two years after participation.

The 2017 Show Your Tenacity Gala

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