In the spirit of generosity, back-to-school style

When it comes to school supply drives, the emphasis often seems to be on elementary age children. Yet, students in middle and high school need supplies, too.
Last year, Jorja McAfee, a junior at Grand Center Arts Academy, a Confluence Charter School, noticed friends and classmates who didn’t have supplies, or who didn’t have enough to get through the year. “They would ask for school supplies. I would give them my own to help,” she said. This year, Jorja decided to do something more. [Click this link to follow the full story at the Confluence Site.]  

Welcome Message from Dr. Carter-Oliver, CEO, to Teachers and Staff of Confluence Schools

To Confluence Charter Schools Staff, Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! This year, we will all take on roles that will impact how Missouri education is portrayed in the history books for years to come. From what I’ve seen thus far, we are certainly up to the task. Our new and existing administrative team members have spent a great deal of time determining what educational and support areas require strengthening and need to be revamped or restructured. We also reviewed job assignments and program needs to best utilize the talents of our personnel resources. I want to acknowledge all 12-month staff who have been providing incredible support throughout this process. Some significant partnerships have been developed with area colleges and universities, and with wraparound service agencies, to offer our students more effective STEAM, college and career readiness opportunities and social and emotional support. We are focusing our energy and resources on professional development experiences that will improve students’ academic outcomes. Increasing student achievement will be done with support, hard work, commitment, and a belief from students, staff, parents, the community and the Board of Directors. It is going to take the collective efforts of all of us, using best practices and strategies, to ensure all of our students achieve. Our work and mission is a journey toward excellence. Every day, we aim to be better and greater. I look forward to working with all of you to achieve and sustain success with each of our students beginning on the first day of school – Tuesday, August 15! Sincerely, Candice Carter-Oliver, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer

Royce Martin readies himself for upcoming auditions

Here’s a story to make your day! Royce Martin is a senior at Grand Center Arts Academy. He taught himself to play the piano a few short years ago, and it’s taking him on an incredible journey. Art Holliday, KSDK Ch. 5, met with Royce for a short feature story. It aired yesterday, June 22, during the 6:00 p.m. broadcast. If you didn’t get a chance to watch, it’s online –  

A Note from Dr. Carter-Oliver, CEO, June 15, 2017 – The impact of teacher shortages in urban public education”

As schools and districts across St. Louis get ready for the start of another academic year, there’s the excitement of new and returning students, families and staff. Yet, there are also real concerns about having enough qualified teachers in classrooms. As a leader in education, Dr. Candice Carter-Oliver, chief executive officer, shares her observations on the challenges of teacher shortages, and she offers solutions for the community to make a positive impact in public schools. By no means is this intended to cause alarm among parents of Confluence Charter Schools and Grand Center Arts Academy; it’s meant to bring awareness to concerns that many public schools are dealing with, not only in St. Louis, but across the nation.
Dedicated teachers, staff and administrators make a difference in urban public education every day, whether it’s in the classroom with students, through connections with parents, through service in the community and countless other ways.

In a few short weeks, districts throughout St. Louis will welcome the start of another school year. There will be the excitement of new and returning students, families and staff. Yet, there are also real concerns about having enough qualified teachers in classrooms.

As an education leader, it’s concerning to observe the current shortage of teachers, and the growing need to hire talented educators in many urban schools.

[The full article can be read here.]

Grand Center Arts Academy’s Class of 2017 is set to graduate on Sunday, May 21.

Seniors at Grand Center Arts Academy are ready to experience a moment they’ve dreamed of since they enrolled in a school designed for academics and creativity – graduation. As the second class in school history, the Class of 2017 continues to set the path for students to follow. Grand Center Arts Academy will celebrate commencement on May 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sun Theater with 95 students – 91 seniors and four juniors who are early graduates. Read more at the Confluence Website . . .

GCAA Board of Directors Recognizes Student Achievements

On January 27, 2017, the Board of Directors recognized six students from Grand Center Arts Academy. Rachel Mueller and Patrick O’Brien - Congrats! The Board of Directors recognizes your achievement as Top 3 finalists in the 2017 Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri essay contest. Lila Armbruster, Amirah Bauder, Sydney Malone, Jadee Sharratt – Congrats! The Board of Directors recognizes your achievement as Top 10 finalists in the 2017 Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri essay contest.
Jadee Sharratt

Jadee Sharratt

Amirah Bauder

Amirah Bauder

Sydmey Malone

Sydmey Malone

Rachel Mueller

Rachel Mueller

Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien

Lila Armbruster

Lila Armbruster

We’re hiring teachers and leaders! Spend a Day with Confluence, March 15

Confluence Charter Schools is hiring certified teachers and administrators for the coming school year. We are looking for those who are committed to public education and who want to work in our school community. Interested educators are invited to spend a day with us on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The day includes tours at Confluence Preparatory Academy, which includes Elite Academy at CPA, Aspire Academy and Confluence Academy-South City; lunch, conversations with staff, and the opportunity for an interview. Transportation to the schools and lunch will be provided by Confluence. You can choose one of three options for Spend a Day with Confluence: Full Session, School Tours, Lunch, Interviews, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. School Tours Only, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Interview Session Only, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. To participate, you must register to attend – http://bit.ly/2l8GGU5 Spend a Day with Confluence is open to those who are not currently employed with Confluence Charter Schools or Grand Center Arts Academy local education agencies. To learn more about public charter schools in our area, review facts and resources from the Missouri Charter Public School Association. To learn more about public charter schools and their impact on education across the country, review facts and resources from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. http://www.confluenceacademy.org/apps/news/article/673406