(Earlier this summer, a team of our educators traveled to Cabo Verde to learn more about the country and to share best practices with educators there. GLCPS Executive Director Dr. Stephen Furtado wrote a first person account of his experience.)
When two of our staff members approached me about an educational and technology exchange with schools on the island nation of Cabo Verde, it did not take much convincing to get me on board. After all, New Bedford has a rich and storied connection with this West African nation that can be traced back to the whaling days. After eight months of planning, we traveled there to share our teaching methods and our technology with two schools: a high school and an elementary school. As the executive director of the Global Learning Charter Public School and former superintendent of a public school system, I have been around education for over 30 years. I’ve also done quite a bit of traveling, so I’ve seen a thing or two. I never could have imagined that this experience would be so emotional for me.
We hope you are enjoying your summer! Our GLCPS team is busy getting ready for the 2019-2020 school year. We're excited to see each and every one of you! We are looking forward to greeting our new students and welcoming back all of our current students.
We will kick off the school year with our 13th annual Back to School Night BBQ on Tuesday, August 20th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Our Back to School Night BBQ will be held here at the main campus, 190 Ashley Blvd. We will once again have a traditional barbecue prepared by Sodexo, our food service provider.
We encourage all families to attend this event. We will be sharing important information regarding homeroom assignments, schedules transportation and uniforms.
GLCPS Class of 2019 graduate Sierra Beaulac is one of five New Bedford students to receive a $35,000 scholarship from Qualcomm founder and former New Bedford resident Dr. Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan. The Jacobs scholarship is awarded each year to one GLCPS student, one GNBRVT student, and three NBPS graduating seniors pursuing college degrees in a STEM field. Sierra Beaulac will major in Biology. She plans to be a pediatrician.
GLCPS celebrated its 2019 graduating class during commencement exercises on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The ceremony was held on June 9th in the auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. State Senator Michael Rodrigues was the keynote speaker. New Bedford City Councilor Brian Gomes congratulated the graduates on behalf of the City of New Bedford. Families, friends and GLCPS current and former staff joined in the celebration.